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Simon Calder travel advice: Here’s how England fans can get to the Euro 2024 final

Simon Calder’s Travel

After England’s dramatic last-minute victory over the Netherlands on Wednesday, many fans are desperate to be in Berlin for Sunday’s final.

From the moment Ollie Watkins’ 90th-minute winner went in, supporters started booking and prices soared.

Direct flights from London to the German capital appear completely sold out on Saturday, and returning on Monday, and some hotel rooms are extremely expensive.

Simon Calder, travel correspondent of The Independent, has been travelling in Germany this week.

Getting there: what are you seeing in terms of flights?

Starting in London, which normally has the biggest range of flights to Berlin, the cheapest route out there that’s been on sale today involved a precarious self-connect journey: £275 going out from Luton to Antalya in Turkey, where you must stay overnight on Saturday before an early flight back to Berlin for an 11.20am arrival. Coming back on Monday, you would fly from Berlin to Palma de Mallorca – a surprising option given the number of Spanish fans who will be supporting their team – with a connection back to Luton.

But that disappeared late morning on Thursday. If you’re prepared to accept a long overnight stay in Zurich and not reach Berlin until 6pm on Sunday, returning on Monday with a stopover until Tuesday on Vienna, then a £300 deal from London Heathrow is still on offer.

What about flights from elsewhere in England to Berlin?

Manchester is the main airport outside the capital, and the prospects look worse. A similar overnight trip via Zurich, and coming back on Monday via Frankfurt – with a 24-hour layover – is the only trip I can see for below £400. And from Bristol – well, a £600 adventure will take you to Split in Croatia, with time for a decent lunch by the Adriatic before an onward flight to Berlin – returning via Izmir in Turkey.

Those fares and routes look absurd – so what else can you propose?

Fly to somewhere else with good train links to Berlin. The most obvious candidates are actually outside Germany – Szczecin in Poland would be best, but links from Liverpool and London Stansted are all sold out before the match. If you can stick around until next Wednesday in Germany, you’ll be able to fly back to Liverpool from Szczecin for £26 one way.

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