Though the CEO of the Irish ultra-low-cost company said before that the era of 10 euro tickets is over, his company seems to attract people with low ticket prices. Some of them cost less than what Ryanair has to pay for the Hungarian government because of the recently introduced departure tax (‘excess profit tax’). A Hungarian media outlet specialised in travel issues collected some very cheap destinations. Read more below.
The CEO of Ryanair, Michael O’Leary, repeated several times that after the COVID panic came to an end, the era of cheap flight tickets would not return. That is because of the growing demand, the war in Ukraine, the skyrocketing inflation and the quickly approaching energy crisis. However, it seems that his company still tries to attract people with very cheap tickets from Budapest to several directions in Europe.
According to okosutas.hu, facts show that we can still book tickets to lots of directions in the system of Ryanair. That means that Ryanair pays us to board their plane since the departure tax they must pay after each ticket (3,900 HUF = 9.57 EUR) is higher than the ticket price.
For example, if you want to travel to Warsaw with an Ireland-based low-cost airline, you now have to pay 2,879 HUF (7.07 EUR). The same category of prices applies to Torino, Italy and Kraków, Poland. Unfortunately, these two destinations are among the eight routes they will be cancelled from Budapest. Of course it needs to be mentioned that, before the departure tax, a ticket to Torino was only 5 EUR.
To Göteborg, a ticket costs 3,669 HUF (9.00 EUR). Thus, the route to Sweden is cheaper than the Hungarian departure tax. In the category of 12-13 EUR tickets, there are London and Paris. Meanwhile, you can buy a ticket for 15-20 EUR to most of Ryanair’s destinations from Budapest.
In the case of Wizz Air, most directions cost at least 15 or 40 euros. These ticket prices are the company’s so-called fixed prices, which they introduced last month. However, for 15 euros, you can fly with the Hungarian low-cost airline to most of its destinations. But to fly to Barcelona, for example, you have to pay 40 euros. A similar price applies to the London-Gatwick route, while Luton is in the 15 euro-category.
Meanwhile, you can book a ticket to Göteborg for only 10 euros, which means the company does not always stick to the fixed prices they introduced.
All in all, you can still travel to lots of destinations for only 15 euros with the two budget airlines.