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I've recently spent some time finding the cheapest fares for my journey and that got me thinking.

Essentially I'm traveling UK <-> Tallinn (Estonia) anytime within the next 4 months for a week. But I'm not bothered travelling through other airports or countries if that makes my journey cheaper (and as a EU citizen with no checked in luggage all the transfers shouldn't be a big hassle).

So currently if I search for MAN <-> TLL in flights.google.com that gives me the cheapest return for the end of May for about £190 with transfers (that's only because I've already bought my tickets so using end of May as an example to compare prices).

I live near Manchester but if I buy my tickets in advance (which I usually try to do) it doesn't matter if I fly from Manchester Airport, Edinburgh Airport, any airport in London or possibly anywhere from in the UK. Although it's less hassle to get back home from Manchester Airport - any airport in the UK presumably is fine for me as long as it's cheap (just an example to prove what I mean: I've spent £16.50 for the train ticket to get from Lancashire to Stansted Airport (London) and £14.05 to get from Manchester Airport back home, so there really is no big difference in price).

And if I choose London (all airports) <-> TLL that gives me around £100 for a direct return.

So currently I have purchased the following tickets: STN->TLL (£36.71), TLL->DUB (~£23.84), DUB->MAN (~£7.94). So that's about £69 in total for a "return". And I could have reduced that price even more (by buying STN->RYG (£13) & RYG->TLL (£12) instead of a direct one but I got a direct one because that one was better for me for that specific day only), or also had an option to fly MAN->DUB, DUB->TLL that would be again cheaper than my direct flight STN->TLL.

So the question is: I can of course find these routes and prices manually but it will take me days to look up every possible route between the UK and Tallinn (Estonia) and compare all the possible prices to narrow it down to 1-5 cheap options to choose from. I've used flights.google.com and skyscanner.net (and possibly some other ones) but none of them are able to find these cheap rotes that I can find manually (which is disappointing). Is there any website-software-anything that can find the cheapest tickets with layovers/transfers through other airports/countries from a country that I choose (for example the UK) to a country/city/airport (for example Estonia or Tallinn or TLL)?

P.S. Sorry for the long question but I had to provide my example to make it clear that the usual websites doesn't seem to find what I want to find.

EDIT1: Although broad searching is one aspect of my question, the most important one is actually finding the cheap connections automatically. Google or Skyscanner didn't see the possibility of flying cheaper like MAN->DUB->TLL or STN->RYG->TLL, the only cheap option it knows about is the direct flight STN->TLL with Ryanair, although somehow the more expensive flights that it finds are with connections, so it can find flights with connections just not the cheap ones!

EDIT2: I've accepted Tor-Einar Jarnbjo's answer that explains why I couldn't find these cheap flights but if anyone knows a website that can still find these cheap flights please let me know! I accept all the risks!

EDIT3: As it was found out this question is a duplicate of How do I search for connecting point-to-point flights? , although that original question was only answered because I've asked mine. :)

marked as duplicate by Doc, JonathanReez, Gagravarr, Willeke, mts Apr 24 '16 at 7:21

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OMG, @Doc helped me find the answer, this is the answer!

These two godlike websites are mentioned there:

http://www.azair.com/

https://en.skypicker.com/

They do exactly what I was looking for! And they both can do search by countries, and they both account for flexibility (allow you to choose a range of days you want to stay at your destination, for example 4-8 days) and they both allow you to choose a range when you are thinking to travel. OMG, feels like this is the best day of my life!

P.S. Skypicker also seems to have an interesting free "insurance" called Skypicker Guarantee that protects you in case you miss your connections if the flights were delayed or cancelled.

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Connecting Ryanair flights are not found by the search engines simply because Ryanair does not sell multi-leg tickets. You can of course buy the tickets separately, but are then left on your own if you misses your connection e.g. in RYG when flying STN-RYG-TLL. Only you can know if saving roundabout ten pounds is worth the risk having to pay several hundred pounds to book new transport on short notice from Oslo to Tallin if you are left stranded.

  • Thank you. I guess I just wanted to find the tick "I accept responsibility if all goes south" on the search engines website to find those flights. Ryanair had a MAN->TLL direct route for a lot of years before this winter (maybe some other direct ones) but now it's either STN->TLL direct with Ryanair or connections. And depending on the day (or the season) STN<->TLL is not always the comfortable or the cheap option. Sometimes it can save way more than £10. – kiradotee Apr 23 '16 at 17:56
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Specifically for Ryanair flights, you may try Ryalive.

  • !!!! That's gold, Jerry! Gold! Although can't quite see if there is a way to see the prices for the routes they show? – kiradotee Apr 23 '16 at 22:04
  • ^ Got an answer from the creator of that website. If you log in then you can see the prices. :) – kiradotee Apr 23 '16 at 22:56
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    @ilakast this question was closed as a duplicate please repost to travel.stackexchange.com/questions/38381/… if you won't I'll post a community wiki. – chx Apr 24 '16 at 8:56
  • @ilakast, is that website broken? Doesn't show me any results anymore. :( – kiradotee Jan 17 '18 at 21:40
  • @kiradotee I performed a random search just now and it worked for me.. – ilakast Jan 21 '18 at 21:48
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Actually, you can search tickets from country to country for a specific month (or the cheapest one in a year) using SkyScanner:

SkyScanner search from the UK to Estonia

  • Still the most it can find is the cheap direct Ryanair flight from London. It's like it doesn't know it's possible to fly Manchester -> Dublin -> Tallinn or London -> Oslo -> Tallinn for cheaper. – kiradotee Apr 23 '16 at 17:14

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