Best Short Haul Destinations for 2019

Use your annual leave wisely and jet off for a weekend to one of the best short-haul destinations to visit in 2019

Stansted Airport in Essex is growing rapidly. With further expansions planned, it’s now easier than ever to fly to a number of short haul destinations this summer. Here are our top picks…

Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, Iceland

Flight time: 3 hours from London Stansted with easyJet

Iceland has topped many bucket lists over the last few years with good reason; Iceland’s capital offers a quirky long weekend getaway with opportunities to visit the mystical Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, a chance to spot the magical Northern Lights and cutting-edge accommodation including everything from igloos to hipster, boutique hotels.

Vienna, Austria 

Flight time: 2 hours 10 minutes from London Stansted with Laudamotion

The home of Freud is best explored on foot with key sites easily being ticked off in a 3-day trip. Stroll through the pristine streets to stumble upon restaurants serving up local delicacies like schnitzel while sipping on rich coffee, before a night at the opera in the majestic Vienna State Opera. Cultural spots and museums are scattered throughout the beautiful city with everything from high-end hostels to grand hotels available.


St Petersburg, Russia 

Flight time: 3 hours 25 minutes from London Stansted with Pobeda

A modern-day fairy-tale, St Petersburg’s regal architecture can fill weeks’ worth of Instagram posts in just one long weekend. Filled with history and culture, the city is a visual delight to stroll through, stopping off at trendy bars and sushi spots.

Berlin, Germany

Berlin, Germany  

Flight time: 1 hour 50 minutes from London Stansted with Ryanair and BA

Ideal for trips with groups of friends, explore Berlin in a weekend by drawing up an itinerary of electro-clubs, having a nosy at the hipster street art or taking in the sites through a Segway tour. Aside from the trendy scene and flea markets, there is a historic side to the city which can be discovered through the various museums scattered around the city.

Copenhagen, Denmark 

Flight time: 1 hour 55 minutes from London Stansted with Ryanair

Escaping the daily grind to spend a few days in the ‘happiest city in the world’ can be enough to rejuvenate any British worker’s sense of zen. Bicycle is an easy and fast way to get around and spot sights like The Kissing Bridge and The Round Tower.

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