Flights to Tel-Aviv that weekend are currently just under £200 return on Turkish Airlines, with stopovers in Istanbul. Since I began attending the contests in 2016, part of the fun has been getting there with the right combination of price and adventure - that first year I bought an Interrail ticket and travelled overland all the way from London to Stockholm via Amsterdam, Berlin, Hamburg, Copenhagen and Malmo, thankfully a month before the Brexit vote which would have made that journey way more expensive ever since.
For Kiev 2017, tickets didn't go on sale until quite late (February/March I think) so my only option was Air Baltic with a stopover in Latvia, about £100 return but I justified it as being able to see two different countries for the price of one. London-Riga was a standard-sized jet (almost empty on the way back) and Riga-Kiev was a tiny aircraft for the short extra distance.
Lisbon this year was the best, just a simple Ryanair flight to Madrid (about £20) and then the overnight train to Lisbon (about £20 again) and a cheap domestic flight to Porto on the Sunday to get a Iberia flight back to Heathrow. Madrid station and the train on the Thursday night were full of fans live-streaming the second semi, cheering on their favourites - the direct flights to and from Lisbon that weekend would have cost far more so I'm glad I found that less expensive way.
Half of me just wants to book the £200 ticket now and get it over with, but Ryanair and Wizz Air have both got me cheaply to Tel-Aviv in the past, via stopovers in Cyprus/Slovakia respectively - problem is that was in the winter months when demand is much less, and obviously not while a massive song contest is being held. Should I get myself a ticket again I'll give them a look.
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