Travel Insurance

How Much Does Travel Insurance Cost UK 2020?

We’ve priced hundreds of policies to give you an idea of what you'll pay for different destinations, types of plans (e.g., single trip or annual, multitrip), levels of cover (e.g., budget vs. premium) and family sizes. Use this information to see what fits in your budget and help you decide upon the best policy for you.

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Travel insurance for a single, week-long trip starts from as little as £5 for a trip to Europe (or £13 for a trip to America); cover for multiple trips throughout the year starts from around £9 if you're only going to Europe (or £21 if you need worldwide cover).

How Much Does Travel Insurance Cost? Single vs. Annual Multitrip

On average, annual, multitrip travel insurance policies cost just under 2X the price of single trip travel insurance in the UK. For example, to buy a budget plan covering America, Brits would pay around £12.80 for a single-trip policy, or £21 for an annual multi-trip policy. This means that if you’ll travel only once per year, single-trip travel insurance should be more economical for you; if you travel 2 or more times per year, then you’ll probably save money by signing up for an annual, multi trip policy.

Comparing Costs: Single Trip vs. Annual, MultitipEuropeWorldwide including USA
Single Trip£5.3£12.8
Annual, multitrip£9.4£21.0
chart Comparing Average Costs of Single and Annual Multi-Trip UK Travel Insurance
Comparing Average Costs of Single and MultiTrip Travel Insurance in the UK

How Much Does Travel Insurance Cost by Destination?

The cost of travel insurance can vary greatly depending on the geographic area(s) covered by a policy. Generally speaking, travel insurance for Europe will be cheapest; countries in North America are the most expensive. For example, a solo traveller going to a European country like France can pay as little as £5 to cover a week-long trip; cover for America would be more than double, around £13. In the following table and chart you can see the average price of cheap travel insurance by destination for single trip policies (below that we show costs for annual, multitrip policies).

How Much is Cheap Travel Insurance for a Single Trip ?PremiumContents CoverBaggage Cover
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chart Comparing Average Costs of Single Trip UK Travel Insurance by Destination
Comparing Average Costs of UK Travel Insurance by Destination

Similar to single trip policies, when buying an annual, multitrip policy you're likely to pay the most if you include cover for America, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. These countries are typically bundled together when buying annual, multitrip travel insurance. For example, a 30-year-old traveller pays around £9 for Europe but £21 for Worldwide Cover (including USA).

How Much is Cheap, Multitrip Travel Insurance for a Year?PremiumContents CoverBaggage Cover
Worldwide (excl. USA, Canada, Carib. and Mexico)£16.7£1,120£995
Australia and New Zealand£20.4£995£990
Worldwide (incl. USA, Canada, Carib. and Mexico)£21.0£1,145£1,055
(average of ten cheapest plans from
chart Comparing Average Costs of Single Trip UK Travel Insurance by Destination
Comparing Average Costs of UK Travel Insurance by Destination

Insurance to the USA is expensive largely due to the high cost of medical treatment in America. Travel insurance to Europe is cheaper in part because many travel insurance providers require you to have an EHIC card before traveling—an EHIC card provides free or reduced-cost health care to residents of the EEA and Switzerland as they travel within the region. Since Brits can have health care in Europe covered through the EHIC programme, insurers expect lower medical costs for European travel and can reduce premiums as a result.

How Much Does Travel Insurance Cost: Basic vs Premium Policies

Some insurers offer an array of policies, from the most basic coverage to comprehensive coverage with all the bells and whistles. All else being equal, a policy offering a higher coverage amount typically costs more, and may charge a lower excess should you need to claim. In addition, premium policies may include additional coverage categories that are not included in cheaper, more basic policies. For example, SAFI or ESF, passport replacement, delayed departure, valuables, etc. are more likely to be found on more premium plans.

Should you pay more for a premium plan? Besides the additional coverage features you might find on a premium plan, it's worth noting that the additional price you pay for larger coverage amounts is usually small relative to the additional coverage. For example, plans with £5,000 of cancellation cover don't cost 5x as much as plans with £1,000 of cancellation cover—in fact, you'd pay around 2x as much for a £5k cancellation plan as you'd pay for a £1k plan on average.

Comparing Costs of Basic and Premium Travel InsuranceFrance Single TripEurope MultitripUSA Single TripUSA Multitrip
£1,000 Cancellation Cover£5.7£11.5£16.3£26.2
£2,000 Cancellation Cover£8.1£16.0£22.5£38.7
£5,000 Cancellation Cover£10.6£26.2£38.4£60.9
average of 10 cheapest quotes for each level of cancellation cover
chart Comparing Average Costs of UK Travel Insurance by amount of cancellation cover
Comparing the cost of cheaper travel insurance by the amount of cancellation cover

Cost of Travel Insurance for a Family

Insuring a family of four luckily doesn't cost 4x as much as insuring a solo traveller—it costs around 2.5x as much, give or take. For example, cheap multitrip travel insurance with worldwide cover for two children and two adults costs around £52 per year (vs. £21 for a solo traveller).

How Much is Travel Insurance for a Family?EuropeWorldwide including USA
Single Trip£12.3£31.7
Annual, multitrip£25.6£52.3
chart costs of cheaper travel insurance for a family of four
Comparing costs of cheaper travel insurance for a family of four

Paying for Extra Cover

Keep in mind that the cost of extras like golf, winter sports, weddings, cruises, etc. will increase your premium. You are also likely to pay more for travel insurance if you have any pre-existing medical conditions.

If you'd like information on the cost of travel insurance that already includes coverage for winter sports, please see our article Average Cost of Winter Sports Insurance UK; or to insure a cruise please see our article Average Cost of Cruise Travel Insurance UK.

A good travel insurance plan can help alleviate the financial repercussions and worries of a holiday gone wrong. While cover varies from policy to policy, most basic policies will include medical emergencies, cancellation cover (e.g., if you fall ill and can’t travel), personal liability, flight delay/cancellation (e.g., due to weather) and loss, theft or damage to personal belongings (e.g., baggage).

Erin Yurday

Erin Yurday is the CEO of NimbleFins. Prior to founding NimbleFins, she worked as an investment professional at TD Securities and a risk arbitrage hedge fund, and later as the finance expert in the case writing team at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business.

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