Top tips for finding cheap breaks to Spain for the Champions League Final

Having four Premier League teams in the two European football finals is simply unprecedented

And it’s putting an unprecedented strain on travel for the supporters.

Getting to Madrid for the June 1 Champions League clash between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Liverpool FC (disclaimer: Reds fan for 50-plus years) is one thing…but travelling to Baku in distant Azerbaijan for the Chelsea and Arsenal Europa League showdown on May 29 is quite another.

It’s 2,500 miles from London – as far as Newfoundland in Eastern Canada!

There are very few direct flights around the time of the final at the Azeri capital’s Olympic Stadium (and they look to be full anyway) so it’s going to be via Istanbul, Kiev, Bahrain or Frankfurt and anything from 8-16hrs each way.

Train is a feasible option, though it will take at least four and a half days travelling through Belgium, Germany, Poland, Ukraine and Russia – and driving it will take an immense 57hrs, not including overnight stops and border crossing queues.


So, to the big one. It’s said up to 100,000 Spurs and Reds fans will head to the elegant Spanish capital for the showpiece match at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano Stadium – travelling by planes, trains and automobiles (and even ferry too!)

Obviously, prices for flights from the Northwest and London airports have gone through the roof as demand completely outstrips supply (I’ve seen an insane £1,192 return for what can normally be around £145).

However, there could be a smart money-saving solution if you can take a whole week off.

Here’s what to do: book the holiday starting on, say, Tuesday May 28, Wednesday May 29 or Thursday May 30 on the costas around Valencia and Alicante.


I did some online searches across onthebeach.co.uk, icelolly.com and loveholidays.com yesterday afternoon and found seven-day self-catering and B&B holidays in basic two and three-star hotels from as little as £157 per person with flights from Gatwick (for Spurs fans) and £274pp from Leeds (for Liverpool fans).

At least you’re now in the right country and you get a bit of beach time too!

Then, from both Alicante and Valencia main line stations, there are regular express trains to Madrid, taking around 3hrs and 2hrs respectively.

Buses are cheaper but a little less frequent and will of course take longer: around 4hrs 45mins and 3hrs 40mins.

Of course, you’ll need a taxi or hire car trip of up to an hour from your hotel on the costas to the station (though I did see one two-star hotel in Alicante itself for under £341pp from Leeds, avoiding the need for a journey along the coast).

Good hunting. Unfortunately, I can’t help you get a match ticket! And best of luck to all four English teams! (#YNWA)

Prices based on two adults sharing and correct at time of writing and subject to change.

Source

more recommended stories

  • Inside the Apollo 11 spacecraft replica you can actually book for holidays

    It’s been 50 years since the.

  • Exchange rate slump could see Brits pay 30% more on summer holidays

    Families jetting to Europe will be.

  • Best things to see in Ibiza if you’re not into the party scene

    Ibiza has earned its reputation as.

  • Siblu Holidays unveils new dedicated activities programmes for teenagers

    Any parent will know that keeping.

  • Heathrow Airport strikes planned over summer – see the full list of dates

    Brits travelling through Heathrow airport could.

  • Lagunitas Beer Circus: See the things you can’t unsee – Nick Ash

    The event, Lagunitas Beer circus is.

  • Disney film locations which were inspired by real-life places

    Disney films are set in enchanting.

  • Get half price tickets at UK theme parks simply by recycling this summer

    Thrill-seekers can bag half price tickets.

  • British Airways will begin flights to Beijing’s huge new airport later this year

    British Airways will begin operating flights.

  • Judi Dench’s Wild Borneo Adventure locations and how to follow in her footsteps

    Judi Dench has been giving her.

  • Dreamy all-inclusive Lake Como breaks are going from £159pp including flights

    Lake Como is one of those.

  • TUI slashes prices on river cruises by hundreds of pounds for 2020

    TUI is giving Brits the opportunity.

  • British Travel Awards 2019 voting opens and you could win a luxury holiday

    It’s time for the nation’s holiday.

  • 95-year-old woman’s dream comes true as she takes her first ever flight

    Boarding your very first flight is.

  • Organised friends who sort the group holiday risks losing money, experts say

    Kind-hearted Brits who take on the.

  • Cheapest weeks for Brits to travel during the summer holidays revealed

    It’s no secret that holiday prices.

  • You can bag mystery holidays for £99pp including Bali, Dubai and New York

    Want to go on holiday but.

  • Universal Orlando opens new budget hotel with rooms from £57 per night

    Universal Orlando has opened the doors.

  • British Airways has return flights to Barbados going for £414pp but be quick

    British Airways is giving holidaymakers on.

  • UK’s biggest theme park dubbed ‘UK Disneyland’ signs deal with Paramount Pictures

    If you’re a fan of theme.

  • Best value honeymoon destination revealed and it’s so dreamy

    Couples planning their honeymoons may want.

  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s love affair with Africa as they prepare to return

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have.

  • Sunlounger wars could now be a thing of the past thanks to handy new device

    Veterans of the long-running and frequently.

  • What it’s really like staying in world’s most luxurious – and expensive – hotel – Julie McCaffrey

    Where would you fly off to.

  • Flight Centre is currently offering free upgrades on Virgin Atlantic flights

    A free flight upgrade is the.

  • Virgin Atlantic gives sneak peek at A350-1000 aircraft with its new livery

    Virgin Atlantic has offered a first.

  • Cheap hotels in Benidorm that are ideal for a family holiday

    Benidorm has long been a firm.

  • Dreamy Bahamas private island prepares to open up to Brits for first time

    Brits can soon experience the Bahamas’.

  • You can hang out with alpacas and llamas at this dreamy Airbnb treehouse

    Waking up in a beautiful forest.

  • UK’s biggest and fastest city zip wire is back for summer and it’s even bigger

    Thrill-seekers may want to consider a.

  • Best all-inclusive holiday deals and expert tips to find an unbeatable package break

    All-inclusive holidays have everything you could.

  • British Airways booking secrets – the best cheap flights and late deals

    According to research, the best time.