- Some very short flights to some beautiful sights
- 11 great destinations within three hours
- Flights from Edinburgh, Liverpool, Manchester and London
Feeling the wanderlust this May bank holiday? Get yourself a quick travel fix with one of these two-hour flights to some of the busiest, most exciting cities in Europe.
From city breaks to beach holidays, cultural tours to ski resorts, these 11 destinations have something for everyone, no matter which airport you're flying from.
Just book your flights, plan your trip, check your travel insurance and pack your bags; in a few hours you could be soaking in the sights somewhere exciting and new.
Shortest Liverpool to Dublin flight duration: 55 minutes
A busy, bustling city, Dublin is the first stop in many travellers' trip into the wilds of Ireland – if you can force yourself to leave the capital that is.
It's hard to look past Dublin's rich beer and spirits heritage as a visitor (both the Guinness Storehouse and the Old Jameson Distillery are must-sees), but if you manage it, there's the fantastic Dublin Zoo, the Glasnevin Museum and two famous cathedrals.
If you can make it out even further, Wicklow Mountains National Park, which is a short drive south of the city, has some stunning walks and vistas.
London Gatwick to Barcelona flight duration: 2 hours
Barcelona is famous for its striking architecture, golden beaches and late night fiestas, but in recent years it has attracted some of the most exciting restaurants, cafes, chefs and retailers to its shore.
Whether you're thirsty for a cold brew coffee or a refreshing craft ale, there's always somewhere tucked away among the quaint streets.
If you're in Barcelona for a breath of fresh air, there is surfing on the beaches and hiking in the mountains. Of course, the many parks – including the famous Park Güell, designed by modernist architect, Antoni Gaudì – offer a great opportunity to stretch the legs.
Shortest Manchester to Copenhagen flight duration: 1 hour 55 minutes
If you're lucky enough to fly into Copenhagen on a clear day, you will be instantly struck by the colour and beauty of its buildings.
You may catch a glimpse of Copenhagen's famous Tivoli Gardens amusement park, which sits in the heart of the city and is the second oldest of its kind in the world. It's a great place to take the kids for an afternoon of fun.
To see as much of the city in as quick a time as possible, catch a boat from the Nyhavn waterfront and enjoy a tour of the harbour, as many of Copenhagen's most iconic features lie on its banks.
Shortest London Gatwick to Salzburg: 1 hour 55 minutes
Are you a fan of music? Then Salzburg is the city for you! Visit Mozart's birthplace on Getreidegasse, now a museum to his music and life. Next, visit the famous steps in the gardens surrounding Mirabell Palace where the Von Trapp family sang 'Do-Re-Mi' in The Sound of Music.
After your family has worked up an appetite there is only one thing to satisfy it: a Mozartkugel. A core made from marzipan, nougat and pistachio is coated in delicious chocolate and wrapped in gold foil. First sold in the late 1800s, these delicious treats are named after Salzburg's most famous son.
Shortest Edinburgh to Oslo flight duration: 1 hour 45 minutes
Situated at the head of the Oslofjord, Norway's capital has a number of great attractions dedicated to the nation’s seafaring heritage, including the Viking Ship Museum and the Fram Museum, which contains a record-breaking wooden polar explorer.
If you are lucky enough to visit Oslo while the sun is shining, a walk through the Vigelandsparken is a must. Alternatively, the Oslo Opera House is an impressive and interesting building, both inside and out.
One of the top ten cleanest cities in the world, Oslo is a breath of fresh air to tourists who have travelled Western Europe’s more familiar capitals.
Shortest London Luton to Berlin flight duration: 1 hour 45 minutes
Berlin is arguably one of the nightlife capitals of the world, but if you're visiting for culture then you will be far from disappointed.
Berlin's long history has been fraught with political upheaval, tragedy and war, especially in the last 100 years, but the Berliners don't shy away from their past. The Jewish Museum, Allied Museum and Berlin Wall Memorial all contain fascinating exhibitions about wartime Berlin.
Despite its troubled history, however, Berlin has also helped to nurture some of the most significant artists and art movements of the last century. Visit the Bauhaus archives for spectacular design and the Museum Berggruen for breathtaking masterpieces.
7. NantesShortest London City to Nantes flight duration: 1 hour 30 minutesNantes – a city where the old and new are celebrated equally.The old: the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany has recently been restored to the glory of its former years, taking pride of place right in the heart of the French city.The new: the 40-feet-tall Great Elephant is a mechanical wonder that plods around the city, carrying a viewing platform full of tourists on its back and spraying the occasional pedestrian with water from its trunk.
Shortest London Heathrow to Basel flight duration: 1 hour 35 minutes
A city almost in three countries, Basel is situated on Switzerland's border with both France and Germany, and has suburbs in all three.
With three countries to choose from, it's no surprise that Basel has a rich history and some fascinating tourist destinations, from the Museum of Cultures to the Music Museum.
Shortest London Gatwick to Innsbruck flight duration: 2 hours
What makes Innsbruck really stand out is its vicinity to Hintertux – one of the only ski resorts that is open all year round!
A two-and-a-half-hour train or three-and-a-half-hour bus journey from Innsbruck, Hintertux is one of the Alps' busiest ski destinations during the off-season.
If you think you might be tempted to pop over to Hintertux for some skiing or snowboarding (or even tobogganing), make sure that your travel insurance includes winter sports.
Shortest London Luton to Prague flight duration: 1 hour 50 minutes
Prague, the city of a thousand spires, is known for it's baroque architecture, red-roofed buildings and Gothic churches.
The capital of the Czech Republic has a number of must-see spots, including the astronomical clock (the oldest one still operational), the Jewish Quarter, Prague Castle and Golden Lane – where medieval alchemists supposedly attempted to turn common metal into gold.
Shortest London Luton to Jersey flight duration: 1 hour
Instead of going to mainland Europe, why not visit one of the UK's many islands?
Occupied by Germany during World War II, Jersey still retains many of the naval defences and bunkers that the German military used to defend their stronghold on English shores.
Want to see the history of the occupation in cloth-form? Then the Occupation Tapestry Gallery is for you. The tapestry was weaved by the islanders to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jersey's liberation.