Flying Within Europe: 2004
These days you can often connect European cities by air as economically as by train. Any good or bad experiences flying within Europe? How about the cut-rate European airlines? Are the various air passes worthwhile?
Ryan Air experience
My wife and I flew from Paris to Rome via Ryan Air. The cost was dirt cheap at 90 euros I believe after taxes. The flight was fast and on time. My only problems were that the flight time was very late at night causing us some headaches. Also the airport in Paris was very very small and out of the way. It took us a 30 minute bus ride to get there. It was the same with Rome. So beware there are some caveats with Ryan air. But if you don't mind these then by all means fly with them. Also for you Americans we found very few employees spoke English.
slc, ut USA Tue 12/28/2004
Low Cost Airlines
Low Cost Airlines - recently travelled on Ryan Air, Ezy Jet, BMI and Air Portugalia on Europe by Air pass.As reported on this site numerous times, beware the excess baggage costs. However, Ezy Jet 'take the cake'. They weighed our hand luggage and included it in the overall weight of our baggage. What a rip-off. They were the only airline who stooped this low!!Never ever, fly with Ezy Jet again and have advised all our friends accordingly.Can highly recommend Europe by Air - first class service.
Adelaide, SA Aus Tue 12/28/2004
More bad news
Volare the Italian low cost airline has just suspended operations and declared insolvency. I hope none of you were holding tickets - they may prove to be worthless.
Nottingham, UK Thu 12/23/2004
Nottingham, UK Wed 12/15/2004
Nottingham, UK Wed 12/15/2004
SmartWings consumer abuse
Booked three flights on SmartWings (Dublin/Prague) ..and then our flights from Orlando, Florida where we reside. Booked hotels and then transportation etc for our european vacation in Feb 2005. Then 2 months later got an email from Smartwings saying out flights were cancelled, and we had to choose alternative days, and no refunds.
Orlando, FL USA Mon 12/13/2004
Estonian Airlines -- bargain flights and super service
I just returned from three weeks in Scandinavia, Estonia and Russia. I have to say that ESTONIAN AIR was a wonderful budget "find." I needed to visit Tallinn from Stockholm, and then get to Helsinki to catch a train to Russia. I used the very friendly Estonian Air site and found tickets for $87 Stockholm to Tallinn. They offered ticket pickup at airports and city locations all over Scandinavia, and when I had the ticket stolen replacement was kinder and gentler than what I experienced with American Airlines (understatement). My impressions during the flight and my subsequent visit in Tallinn left me feeling that the tour industry in Estonia is trying very hard to please. The short (I mean SHORT) flight included a blitz service by flight attendants of bevvies AND a dinner (sandwich on whole grain bread, juice, dessert). The taxi into Tallinn from airport is efficient and inexpensive (less than $10). I look forward to returning to Tallinn, and I would use Estonian air again.
Cambridge, MA USA Mon 12/13/2004
Beauvis airport in Paris
Beauvis isn't anywhere remotely near to Paris. It is over 50km away and it will take you at least an hour to travel between Beauvis and Paris. I have no idea as to the cost of this additional travel but prepare for a large financial outlay. When all the pro's and con's have been weighed up you may well find that this is another occasion where the money you save by flying on a low cost airline and arriving many miles from your real destination is eaten up by additional transportation costs.
Nottingham, UK Mon 12/13/2004
Beauvis airport in Paris
I am looking for the cheapest flights from Venice to Paris. Ryan Air seems to be the best, BUT I can not seem to find on a map the Paris airport they use, Beauvis! Has anybody used this airport? How far away from the city is it? Is there good transportation to Paris? Does anybody have a better idea on flights?Laura
Astoria, OR USA Sun 12/12/2004
easy Jet rocks; we flew that from a'dam to London. It was super cheap and a nice quick flight.
MPLS, MN USA Sat 12/04/2004
HELP STILL NEEDED
Hi RaechelYou can fly from Rome to Valencia or Girona or Santander in Spain on Ryanair.
Nottingham, UK Fri 11/19/2004
Ryanair is easy to use
I wanted to respond to those who are questioning using one of the budget airlines in Euroep. A friend and I just completed a vacation in Europe and using London as a base city, we traveled by Ryanair to Italy (Forli & Treviso)and Dublin from Stansted Airport. Ryanair was very easy to use. Had no troubles with carry-on luggage. Only one flight was delayed due to bad rain, but made it back to London in plenty of time for our Dublin flight. Will use Ryanair again.
Remember: Travel light, and you will have no troubles using Ryanair. Bring clothing that you don't feel bad leaving behind if you need the space in your suitcase or carry on. Also, in Italy the train system is very good, I recommend it for getting to and from the out of the way airports. We used it with ease. It is cheap and you get to experience Italy.
Minneapolis, mn USA Wed 11/17/2004
HELP STILL NEEDED
Applefares.com didn't have any flights at all going from Italy to Spain for anywhere near that time period...anyone else have any ideas?
Rome, Italy Wed 11/17/2004
FLYING TO SPAIN
RAECHEL~~~~~~Search www.applefares.com. They list 20 discount airlines flying in Europe and you will find one. You may have to be flexible with your dates because these lines are cheap because they don?t fly every day. That means you keep searching dates until you find one you can use. It takeS patience, but well worth it. The fares are incredible!
NYC, NY USA Mon 11/15/2004
Flying to Spain
I'm trying to fly to Spain between Christmas and New Year's from Rome and I'm having trouble finding a decently priced flight -anyone know of any other cheap airlines besides RyanAir and EasyJet that would go from Rome to either Madrid or Barcelona?
Rome, Italy Mon 11/15/2004
Low cost airlines
We used Ryan Air and Easy Jet to fly between London and the continent. Even with an overnight hotel stay at the outlying airports these airlines use, we saved a lot of money. However - they charge for anything and everything extra including phone calls to confirm your flight. You can be put on hold and charged for that time too. We incurred a 14 Euro charge for less than 20 minutes (most of that on hold.)
Walnut Creek CA, CA USA Wed 11/10/2004
good experience with Niki
Good experience with Niki.In Sept, I flew from Rome to Vienna via Niki for 77 euro. That was my first experience with low cost airline. I did not expect anything except getting me to Vienna. To my surprise, the the attendents very very nice(their uniforms look like from outer space). For a 2 hr plus flight they served water, choice of salami or salmon sandwich and some sort of dessert which I declined. In the US I would have probably gotten a little bag of peanuts.A wk later flew from Rome to Brussels via Virgin express for 67 euros. About what I expected, need to pay for food on board. Only complaint is that we left Rome with an hour + delay
USA Fri 11/05/2004
In setting up our June trip to western Europe, we needed to get to Munich from Paris. Surprisingly, this is not a popular route for any form of transportation. We booked 2 flights on Germanwings: Paris-Cologne (the hub), and Cologne-Munich. By arranging a day layover in Cologne, we added this city to our itinerary. The Germanwings flights were unbelievably cheap (25 and 39 euros, respectively) and very professional.
Arvada, CO USA Wed 11/03/2004
Hapag-Lloyd thumbs up
I flew Hapag-Lloyd Express (www.hlx.com) from Manchester UK to Cologne, Germany. I booked several months in advance so I only paid 20.99 GBP for the flight. The flight was just fine, leather seats, nice flight staff. My recommendation for flying the discounters: you MUST review the restrictions on the airline's website.
CA USA Wed 11/03/2004
Hapag-Lloyd thumbs up
I flew Hapag-Lloyd Express (www.hlx.com) from Manchester UK to Cologne, Germany. I booked several months in advance so I only paid 20.99 GBP for the flight.
USA Wed 11/03/2004
Canada Sat 10/30/2004
Canada Sat 10/30/2004
This site is excellent for listing all the budget routes between European cities. http://www.whichbudget.comNote that you can sometimes get a great rate on major airlines too, so check those separately.I've flown on Ryanair, EasyJet, and BMI for cheap fares and with no problems.
Canada Sat 10/30/2004
Keep up with the latest trends everybody! There are currently a myriad of discount air carriers, and nobody should be paying $100 to fly one-way between sizable towns in Europe!Check out the article at this link:http://www.usatoday.com/travel/bonus/fall2004/2004-09-28-european-discounters_x.htmALL of the carriers are listed by country that they serve.
St Peters, MO USA Wed 10/20/2004
London to Paris and back and Rome to Paris and back
To Jann Longman - You can fly from London Heathrow to Paris Charles De Gaulle airport and back on either: British Airways, bmi ( British Midland ) or Air France. You can also go from London Luton to CDG on EasyJet. You can also take the Eurostar train service from the heart of London to the heart of Paris. To jennifer Neves Alitalia and Air France cover the Rome to Paris return routes
Nottingham, UK Mon 10/18/2004
Another one bites the dust
Yet another low-cost European airline has gone bankrupt. V-Bird airlines, based out of Niederrhein airport near D?sseldorf, had to stop flying last week when all 4 of its planes were repossessed by the leasing company. As usually happens in these cases, thousands of ticket-holders were left stranded. So as always, the moral of the story is: caveat emptor!
Amsterdam, NL Sun 10/17/2004
flying within europe
Hello, I'm trying to find a flight from Rome to Paris in November but, I can't find any carriers. Help!!Thank you for any helpJen NevesSacramento,CA
sacramento, ca USA Thu 10/14/2004
London to Paris and back
This summer I'll be going to Kenya for a safari, but have an 8 day layover in London. I'd like to go to Paris for a good part of that time. Any suggestions on airlines or on which airports to fly in and out of? Thanks
Issaquah, Wa USA Thu 10/14/2004
EU air travel... Madrid, Rome? Amsterdam? open jaws if possible
The reason that EasyJet isn't quoting the route is because it is only part of their winter schedule and doesn't come into operation until 31 October, up until then the summer schedule applies.
From Nantes to Madrid is such a relatively short hop that you may well be better off both in terms of time and money using a train. To go from Madrid to Rome to Amsterdam your best bet is Alitalia purchasing an open jaw with them may well prove less costly than two singles with Iberia and KLM.
Nottingham, UK Tue 10/12/2004
My wife and I flew RyanAir from Frankfurt-Hahn airport to Venice-Treviso. I booked the flight several weeks out and the fare was about $50 USD for the two of us. RyanAir is no frills and will nail you E7.00 for every kilo over 15 kilos (33 lbs) per checked bag, no exceptions! They weigh each bag at checkin. We packed light (20 lbs/bag) and survived 3 weeks nicely. Everything about their operation went smoothly, and the aircraft was clean.
Seattle, WA USA Mon 10/11/2004
EU air travel... Madrid, Rome? Amsterdam? open jaws if possible
I'm currently in Nantes, France and want to travel to Madrid, then on to Rome then to Amsterdam. Any suggestions on airlines? I've been to most of the suggestions on the wall but Madrid seems to be a tough one. Easyjet.com that I've used before seems to be flying Paris to Madrid but the website will only allow bookings after 10/31/04 and I would like to travel mid Oct around the 19th or so. There are 2 of us and we are fleible as to dates/ times. Any help is welcome and appreciated.
Los Angeles, CA USA Mon 10/11/2004
London to Amsterdam
Thanks for the info on the flights! I would be going r/t from Heathrow and with taxes, etc., it is running around $120 on any of the airlines indicated. Does this seem correct?
Providence, RI USA Thu 10/07/2004
London to Amsterdam
Nottingham, UK Fri 10/01/2004
LONDON TO AMSTERDAM
Susan~~~try this webpage: applefares.com. ~~~ Keep changing your departure dates because some airlines fly only a few days a week and if you ask for the wrong dates you will see ?no seats available?. ~~~~ . They list a large number of discount European airlines.
OK USA Thu 09/30/2004
London to Amsterdam
Perhaps someone has info on this; we are looking to fly from London to Amsterdam in November any ideas as to an airline? I checked British Air and although the flight was cheap, the surcharges were insane!
Providence, RI USA Wed 09/29/2004
London to Krakow
Thanks for the tips about flights from London to Krakow. I visited SkyEurope.com and found that they are now doing direct service to Krakow on selected days for as low as 17 GBP.
Dallas, TX USA Sun 09/19/2004
Cheap flights in Europe
It is difficult to keep up with all the low-cost air travel options in Europe, and many airlines only fly a few routes. A good guide is Skyscanner Europe which can be found at http://www.skyscanner.net/wings.asp. You can use the site to check who flies where and which days of a month have the cheapest flights.
It is also worth remembering that there are many flights from local airports. If you are at Bath, or elsewhere in south-west England, for example, you can fly from Bristol to Venice, Prague, Madrid, Berlin, Rome and many other places.
The smaller UK airports are also much more pleasant to use than the big London aiports. Check-in times are shorter, and there are no long walks to the gate. You also have the thrill of walking across the apron to your waiting aircraft.
Bristol, UK Sat 09/18/2004
LONDON TO KRAKOW
Silas.........flying from London to Krakow is quite expensive, as you have probably discovered .....try airbaltic.com, airpolania.com, skyeurope.com, europebyair.com and applefares.com for possible discounted fares.
BUFFALO, NY USA Fri 09/17/2004
London to Krakow ???
Need help with a low cost flight from London to Krakow in January 2005 ??Any ideas---or advice ??
Mesquite, TX USA Thu 09/16/2004
Flying Cheap in Europe
For the best possible deals flying within Europe, I recommend EasyJet (do a google search for EasyJet to find their international website). Tickets are cheap, and the airline is in many ways the European equivalent of Southwest. Book far enough ahead of time (about a month or so) and you ought to be able to fly to most airports in Europe for between 40-60 dollars. This is a quick and often cheaper alternative to taking the train, especially if you are covering a large distance.
For instance, we were able to fly from London to Prague for only $35, whereas taking the train would have been over a day of travel and $150 cost. There is definately something special about the trains, but when you are in Europe your time and money are valuable: fly EasyJet (or some other cheap airline) if it saves you money or time.
Geneva, CH Tue 09/14/2004
DISCOUNT EUROPEAN AIR FARES
I have read so many comments on applefares.com which is a metasearch engine covering 24 European airlines. It will search for the lowest fares between major cities for all lines and save you time. It will cover only the small national air lines; they do not fly to smaller cities.
DALLAS, TX USA Thu 09/02/2004
I too have flown europebyair.com and recommend it eagerly. There are a limited number of cities they fly to, but you can call them at 1-888-387-2479 or 1-888-321-4737. They sell coupons for flights for $99 one way. They have a map on their webpage showing routes. That map may not be up to date; so once you set your itinerary, call to find out if they offer the flights you need. I flew from Moscow to Tallin Estonia and from Milan to Athens and back using the coupons. They claim to serve 110 European cities. They are much cheaper than major airlines.
Santa Fe, NM USA Sun 08/29/2004
Try www.europebyair.com, they have a $99.00 flight pass. You, have to check their map of connecting cities but it works. Just used the flight pass to fly from Geneva to Brussels to connect for my flight home. There was a small amount of confusion from the desk clerk about my pass, she was new to the job, but another agent helped us out. You can book your flight through europe by air or just get the flight pass and book when you are ready through the airlines. Give it a try.
Denver, CO USA Sat 08/28/2004
I flew RyanAir, EasyJet, and GermanWings in my recent trip to Europe. All are pretty much the same which is a great deal and you have to pay for any snacks or drinks you get once on board. One recommendation that I have is if you are flying into London Stansted; don't buy their bus tickets wait until you get to the airport and buy a roundtrip ticket via National Express coach it will save you a few pounds and if you haven't been to London; you'll need every pound you can get trust me!
Las Cruces, NM USA Fri 08/27/2004
We flew Ryan Air in Ireland and to Rome and Paris. All went very well. They did not weigh our carryons as long as they were within the size requirements. The staff was friendly, organized and on time. London Stansted was fun,lots of great stores, just be sure and check out the screens to find out where you check in....about 1 1/2 hours before the flight.....security took no time at all....all in all a fine experience....we booked everything online here
USA Wed 08/25/2004
Flying standby, or sub-load as it is more properly called in the airline business, is not for the faint hearted. Having said that I fly everywhere sub-load. The real trick is to know when flights are going to be busy and when they are not. As a general rule Friday, Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoon and evening are no go areas for sub-load travel. So is first thing on a Monday morning. Tuesday and Wednesday are normally the golden days and so is Thursday morning.
First check that the airline you wish to fly on actually sells standby tickets. Then ask them how the loads are looking. Then ask them if the ticket can be endorsed to another airline (this is vital - a sub-load ticket that can't be endorsed for use on another airline is almost worthless ). Then ask what the lowest confirmed seat price is and work out if the saving is enough to justify the hassle you are going to face at check-in and departure gates.
The golden rule of sub-load travel is this: 'The airline staff get to decide those who fly and those who do not.' To be successful at sub-load flight you will need charm, politeness and good manners to travel as a sub-load passenger. It also helps to dress smartly, for men a shirt and tie are the minimum essentials, no jeans, no sneakers, no sweat shirts. Power dressers get to fly sub-load, people who look like tourists or who always want the last word don't get to fly.
Do not be surprised if you are in a queue with other sub-load passengers and some of them get on and you do not. There are different priorities for sub-load travel, you may have a low priority ticket while someone else has a higher priority. If there is one seat left and three people on standby as a general rule the best dressed, most polite passenger gets to fly. It's sort of a reward by departure gate staff for not giving them a hard time. The final golden rule is this - never show up drunk or smelling of booze. It's a simple rule but you would be amazed at the number of passengers who have not made one flight and are waiting for the next one who choose to spend waiting time at the bar - big mistake !
UK Wed 08/18/2004
British Midland - two hour checkin, not more
bmi ( The airline formerly known as British Midland ) is hardly unique in it's policy of not checking bags prior to the two hour barrier. In the post 9/11 aviation world this is an obvious and very necessary security measure. Having said that it is a policy that has been in place for over ten years not only with bmi but also with most of the major European carriers - it was a lesson that was learned from the Lockerbie air disaster, which as you will all remember was caused by a terrorist getting a bomb checked into the hold of an aircraft. I'm sorry your breakfast was rushed but there are plenty of places at Dublin airport where you can get breakfast prior to check-in. These measures may seem annoying but they are in place for passenger safety and national security.
Nottingham, UK Tue 08/17/2004
Pricing of Inter-Europe Flights
I am trying to book an airline ticket from Frankfurt to Rome and back to Frankfurt from Florence. If I lived in Europe the ticket would cost about $300 but since I live in the U.S. it costs $750! Does anyone know a)why and b) is there a way around the difference in flying prices. None of the cheap airlines in Rick's book fly the routes I need. I'm posting this in traveler helpline, too....TIA!
San Mateo, CA USA Mon 08/16/2004
British Midland - two hour checkin, not more
If you fly British Midland Airways within Europe, don't count on checking in baggage early. In Dublin, I tried to check in my luggage more than two hours prior to the flight departure to London Heathrow, but the luggage checkin counter did not want to check in anyone other than the specific flight that they were checking in, which was a flight to Paris. I had to wait about half an hour until I was allowed to check in and get boarding passes. That did not leave much time to get breakfast but that was fine, the flight departure was delayed anyway. I do not recall any such a thing happening with other airlines.
Frisco, TX USA Sat 08/14/2004
Cheap Intereuropean travel -- depends on the carrier!
Just returned from my "grand tour" of Europe (wanted to take one before I turned 40!). Anyway, I flew about nine times for under $100 and had a wide experience. Some carriers are good, some awful. My first flight was on SAS, which flies some cheap flights in Scandinavia. I flew from Bergen, Norway to Copenhagen for $86. Then I flew from COP to Tallin for about $100 on Estonian Air. Both of those flights were good. Travelled by boat to Helsinki then Stockholm, then the disaster -- Ryanair to Rome. Not only was the Skavksa (sp?) airport in Stockholm an hour and a half way from the city, but they charged me the equivalent of $160 for excess baggage. The interiors of the aircraft resemble a bus. Anyway, I would fly them again only if I had no luggage and I was sure the airport was convenient.
Ultimately because I don't pack light and bought so much I would have been better off buying a round trip on Alitalia then ditching the return trip. From Rome I flew Alitalia to Athens for about 100 euros. Surprisingly they weighed my luggage and I was able to get away with the excess only because I met a friend there who had virtually no luggage.
From Athens I flew Aegean to and from some islands. Again no problem with my excess weight. Very nice cheap airline -- 50 euros a flight. From Athens I flew GermanWings to Cologne for about 60 euros and suffered no excess charges.
From Cologne to Palma Spain on Hapag-Lloyd I ran into a problem. A witch of a check in lady who was going to charge me 70 euros for my excess baggage. I told her that rather than do that I was going to throw out some of my belongings. I then proceeded to redistribute my baggage so that the bulk was carry on and paid only 20 euros for the excess. When I tried to enter the aircraft, however, the lady threw a fit in German as I was entering the plane. Finally after a call to a supervisor I was able to board. My final flight from Palma to Brussels was on Virgin Express. No weight problem, and no objection to two rather substantial carry ons.
Another companion who met me in Palma had a bit of a problem on Volare -- his flight from Venice was delayed nine hours! A representative who was sent to mollify the passengers in Venice actually told them that the flights are usually two or three hours late, but they had never been nine hours late before. Cold comfort. During all this time, he was given no information, and only a small piece of toast and some water. Beware Volare!
New York, NY USA Sun 08/01/2004
Arrival Time Requirements
Get to the airport EARLY. We had no idea that there were any specific timing requirements. We arrived at Brussels at approx. 9:10 AM for a 10:30 AM flight. By the time we found where to check in for our Continental Airlines flight, it was between 9:25 and 9:30. There was a supervisor present and the agents were surprised at our arrival. 1 agent was on the phone and when she hung up, she advised that the flight was CLOSED. We asked why the requirement was a full hour before the flight and when this requirement had been communicated in any of our bookings. I still haven't found that. Worse yet, we found you have very little chance of getting back to the USA from Europe at the end of July. In fact, the 1st flight they could "confirm" seats on was 2 weeks later!!! Luckily, we were able to squeeze on the flight the next day via standby. It was close and LOTS of stress and strain in the interim. Had we known the consequences, we clearly would have been at the Airport 3 hours in advance (like we were the next day) just to make sure. They really should do a better job of communicating these deadlines when the consequences are so severe.
Cincinnati, OH USA Fri 07/30/2004
Frankfurt Carry-On Restrictions
I was in Frankfurt a couple of days ago - security is very high. I came in from Birmingham, England so I was well within the EU area. Nevertheless on four seperate occasions I had to produce my passport. My briefcase was subjected to very minute searching. Currently you should expect noticable security check delays at Frankfurt. Carry on baggage limitations for Lufthansa ( this applies to all airlines which are part of the Star Alliance ) is 115 square cm or 45 square inches. So multiply the height of your bag by the width and by the depth and if it is more than 115cm or 45 inches the airline is not obliged to accept it in the cabin. Because of security issues many full service European Star Alliance airlines are enforcing this very strictly and Lufthansa is definitely enforcing it. Other Star Alliance airlines may ( as a concession ) allow you to take larger carry on luggage but they are not legally obliged to do that. Also the carry on weight must not exceed 7 Kgs no matter what the size of the luggage.
As for the low cost airlines they can, and do, change their luggage policy on a daily basis in order to keep weight and fuel requirements to a minimum. This is part of how they are able to operate at such low fares. The low cost airlines baggage allowance for both the hold and the cabin is whatever they say it is on the day you travel ( check the small print - it is on their web sites and you do have to click on it to say you have read it, but hey how many of us read all the small print right down to the very end of the page ? Not me - I admit it. )Also note that the low cost airlines charge a very high rate for excess baggage ( again this is how they are able to keep the fares low ). A good rule of thumb regarding low cost airlines is to consider 20Kg as a maximum total baggage allowance. So both your carry on baggage and your hold baggage should not weigh more than 20Kg in total ( unless you are burdened with hard cash you wish to give away to a low cost airline ) and your carry on baggage should be very small and very light. You are normally allowed only one piece of baggage in the hold so if your carry on baggage goes into the hold they can, and often do, charge you excess baggage.
One final thing - often in order to make their time slots at airports low cost airlines will not unload all baggage if they are running late. Instead they will deliver it the next day or the next time they are running on schedule at the airport the luggage should have been unloaded at. They have no legal requirements to get the luggage to you. You have to collect it ( again this is in the small print ). Where do I get my knowledge ? I work for a European airline that is part of the Star Alliance - for once I really DO know what I'm talking about.
Nottingham, UK Thu 07/29/2004
Frankfurt Carry-On Restrictions
I'm also looking for information on the new carry-on bag limitations out of Frankfurt. Lufthansa's website says 8" maximum depth, while in the US it's 9". Of course, *all* of our bags are 9" deep! I'd love to hear from anyone who's been through there recently.
Louisville, CO USA Wed 07/28/2004
We needed to fly one way from Paris to Vienna, and most of the flights we found on our own and through our travel agent were about $1,000. We discovered Germanwings, and were able to book a flight on-line for under $100. As we had to change planes in Cologne (their hub) on a very tight schedule, this was the part of our trip I was most nervous about. But everything went smoothly. One thing to be aware of: baggage is not checked through to final your final destination. You need to claim it and then check-in again, so they suggest that you allow 90 minutes between flights. We only had 55 minutes, but we made it. I would use them again.
Medina, OH USA Wed 07/28/2004
Sterling Air - Denmark to Italy
We flew from Copenhagen to Bergamo on Sterling Air in June. At 120 euro, it was much less than any other airline and the quality was about the same. The only difference we noticed was that there was a charge for all food and beverages.
Brighton, MI USA Mon 07/26/2004
Condor airlines shine.
Please look at Condor airlines. Their flights are many and their prices are cheap. They fly to places like Bourgas, Bulgaria which is a great place to visit.
Minford, OH USA Mon 07/26/2004
European Travel Search
I've found "mobissimo.com" to be a comprehensive website for comparison-shopping among all the booking services. It was started by a woman from California who traveled to France for business every month and was frustrated by the traditional websites. The site has been refered to as the "Google of travel searches".
Seattle, WA USA Thu 07/22/2004
Watch Out For Bargain Fares!
These days many European Low Fare Airlines just have or will be giving you the chance to book tickets from the winter schedule ahead - so is Easyjet with new routes to Poland.
I would strongly recommend you register with their newsletters so you will be informed about new routes to book and special fares, e.g. Germany's Hapag Lloyd Express (www.hlx.com) offers a bunch of extra 19 Euro tickets on Tuesdays and Germanwings has this kind of "event" taking place every 2nd or 3rd Thursday.
Berlin, GER Tue 07/13/2004
Heathrow to Milan
Try bmi the airline that used to be called British Midland
Nottingham, UK Tue 07/13/2004
Inexpensive Airline Alternatives to EasyJet and RyanAir
Does anyone know of an inexpensive airline (besides easyjet and ryanair) that flies between London and Milan or any other northern italy city?
Seattle, WA USA Fri 07/09/2004
Cheap, convenient travel
We could use a Ryanair type airline in the state, even more so than Europe needs one! We had a group of 10 and saved literally thousands of dollars by taking busses and flights with Ryanair. London Stansted - Rome Ciampino, total with taxes $30/head. Frankfurt Hahn - Stansted, $19/head. Add the bus expense for London's National express and you tack on an extra $10 on average and it got us exactly where we wanted to go. Hahn, Stansted and Ciampino are all small but full service airports where we were able to pick up and drop off rental cars. If I could fly to San Francisco for $30 I'd go there just for dinner!
Maple Grove, MN USA Fri 07/09/2004
According to news reports, Ryanair is considering eliminating checked baggage entirely. Because of increased competition in the low-cost sector, they're trying to cut costs any way they can, and Ryanair's attitude is "our prices are so low, people can just buy what they need at their destination." So, at the risk of repeating what people have already said a hundred times: read the fine print!
Amsterdam, NL Fri 07/09/2004
Good experience with low fare airlines in Europe
Just got back from three weeks in Europe. Flew Ryanair London to Treviso (Venice)--Virgin Express from Rome to Amsterdam ---Bmi Amsterdam to London. All three flights were good considering the low fares. I was worried about the weight of luggage, especially with Ryanair and had NO problems. The luggage was not even weighed at Ryanair desk as we checked in. The 4 people in front of us had 6 carry on bags and nothing was said to them. Bmi was the only flight that served complimentary drinks. The leg room was better too.
Bakersfield, CA USA Thu 07/08/2004
Good Ryanair experience
Just finished hopping around with Ryanir and it was quite pleasant: London to Rome to Barcelona to London. The small airports are so restful I felt much less fatigued than I expected. Kind of funny seeing your airplane taxi-ing to you, letting out passengers, gassing up, then going on board.
Newark, DE USA Wed 07/07/2004
Try traveling on a night train ( NOT). No AC/no service. Two train strikes while we were there for 2 wks. Almost kept us from getting to Paul McCartney concert in Paris...not fun...be ready for any and everything to happen, so you can roll w/ it...
houston, tx USA Fri 07/02/2004
OPEN JAW FLYING
Jan: My experience with open jaw is that the fare (one way) to your destination city is added to the fare from your return departure city (one way) to make your fare. I have not experienced any saving.
The best way to get the lowest fare is to call the airlines flying from Philadelphia to Gatwick and ask each one for the open jaw fare you have chosen. Ask about the round trip fare from Philadelphia to Glasgow and compare.
A I S
ANDERSON, NJ USA Fri 06/25/2004
RyanAir - better than I expected
In late May, I used RyanAir for from Paris to Rome and Rome to London. Traveling lightly with just one bag, I had no problem with excess baggage fees (don't Rick Steves readers use just one bag?!?).
The Paris/Rome flight actually left 30 minutes before scheduled. You really must show up the recommended two-hours ahead of departure. And don't be afraid to board the plane from the back -- break from the pack! I wish we could load/unload planes twice as fast in the US with that system!
I definitely would fly with them again, and the longer the distance the better. Even having to travel to an airport an hour outside of the city at both ends beats an overnight, and then some, on a train.
Stillwater, OK USA Thu 06/24/2004
RYANAIR - BAD; EASYJET - GREAT!!
Hi Eric - to be fair how much did you pay to travel with Ryanair ? They have fares starting from GBP1.00 plus tax. For those kinds of rates you aren't going to be treated like the Duke of Westminster. Neither Ryanair or EasyJet are currently posting profits both are running at a loss and EasyJet has been for over two years. Ryanair is famous ( or notorious if you prefer ) for it's lack of customer care, surely you could not have been unaware of their reputation ? They take the line ( rightly some may say ) that at the prices they offer they can't afford the niceties of travel. I'll bet they took off around about the slot time and landed at around about the slot time. At Ryanair prices that's all you get and it's all you can expect. You say you do a lot of travelling, good, and may I say how much Europe values your custom. Next time, however, might I suggest you choose to pay just a few more pounds and travel on an airline that values your custom and offers just a little extra. Both Ryanair and EasyJet are low cost airlines and both have notoriously bad customer relations. Sometimes the cheapest isn't always the best.
Nottingham, UK Wed 06/23/2004
RYANAIR - BAD; EASYJET - GREAT!!
I've flown close to a million miles over the past 8 years, so I think I've become a fair judge of airlines. On our recent 10-day vacation thru the UK, we flew Ryanair from Gatwick to Dublin and later onto Edinburgh. We were all treated rudely by several attendants on both flights. They were only concerned about being ontime and treated customers like trash. Since they load people from both ends of the plane, the near freezing howling winds were a real delight. One local Dubliner argued with an attendant while others cheered.
On the other hand, we flew Easyjet from Edinburgh to Gatwick and were treated very well like all other airlines. Since Ryanair does not accept email complaints and charges for the phone call, this is the first forum found to complain. Several websearches revealed that many others have had terrible experiences with Ryanair.
Easyjet is thriving and growing and respects customers. But we will never ever fly RYANAIR again.
boulder, co USA Mon 06/21/2004
Used Ryanair from London (Stansted) to Rome. No problems, excellent service would use again. It didn't hurt that we got the 1 cent rates either (just paid taxes totalling about $30 US dollars).
USA Wed 06/16/2004
TRAVEL WITHIN EUROPE FRANKFURT
Nate...I have had that experience of landing at an airport and wondering how to get to the RR station.....I have found it best to ask ANYONE and then ask someone else for a second opinion and then find the Tourist Information Office and ask again. ...usually the bus is cheapest.....once I asked the flight attendant on the plane and he told me how he gets into town....it worked great.
As you may know the International Frankfurt airport has a RR station in the basement where you can arrive and also depart if you are going on by rail.
CAIRO, IL USA Tue 06/15/2004
I just returned from 3 weeks in Europe and wanted to give a recommendation for SkyEurope Airlines(www.skyeurope.com)--an airline that is based in Hungary, but flies many routes in Western and Eastern Europe. With just a couple days advance, I needed to get from southern Croatia to Vienna. For 99 Euro I was able to get a quick flight from Split to Bratislava, with a SkyEurope shuttle(10 Euro)on to Vienna. The shuttle usually takes you to downtown Vienna, but the driver dropped us off at the Vienna airport for our flight home. Very nice! The staff was professional, the airplane was clean, the flight was smooth--and I would fly with them again.
Seattle, WA USA Wed 06/09/2004
Three budget airlines
Transavia: I flew on Transavia on a "scheduled charter" from Amsterdam to Antalya, Turkey. The plane was completely full of Dutch package tourists (so the in-flight announcements were in Dutch only), and somewhat dirty, but given the low fare (120 euros) what do you expect? Food and drink were reasonably priced compared to some low-cost airlines. Transavia, which flies mainly to Mediterranean destinations, is the parent company of Basiq Air, which connects various Dutch airport to the UK and other northern/western European destinations. Not great, but not horrible either (though the screaming kid behind me certainly didn't help).
Onur Air: I flew from Antalya to Istanbul for 44 euros. Again, nothing remarkable, except that they provide free drinks and snacks (though it's such a short flight, I don't know why they bother). The only glitch was that the toilets were locked for the entire flight; I don't know why. And like many other low-cost carriers, they don't have access to "normal" gates with jetways; you have to disembark onto the tarmac and take a shuttle bus to the terminal. And my luggage took an eternity to arrive. Still, this is a good low-cost solution for covering large distances in Turkey; infinitely preferable (IMO) to spending the whole night on a bus, and not that much more expensive.
And finally, I flew on corendon.com from Istanbul to Eindhoven. The fare was 84 euros including taxes. The on-board catering was overpriced, but a good way to get rid of leftover Turkish liras. The only problem I had was in Eindhoven when I tried to buy a train ticket back home to Amsterdam; there's no ticket office, and the ticket machines don't accept paper money or foreign bank cards! So I had to make some pointless small purchases in order to accumulate 15.50 euros worth of coinage.
Amsterdam, NL Sun 06/06/2004
travel within europe
Any advice on getting from Ryanair's airport in Frankfurt to the main train station? thanks
chicago, IL USA Sat 06/05/2004
my wife, sister-in-law and myself just returned from the uk where we used ryanair to fly london to dublin/dublin to prestwick. we had absolutley no hassles and would fly with them again. our total fares were $90 canadian
vancouver, bc canada Sat 05/29/2004
STO-PRG / FRA-PRG
Stockholm to Prague ? You realistically have two choices; either SAS (Scandanavian Air Systems) or Czech National airline. Both are excellent full service airlines, neither are low cost 'no-frills' airlines.
Frankfurt to Prague ? It's either Lufthansa or Czech National, both excellent airlines but neither of them are low cost airlines.
Nottingham, UK Wed 05/26/2004
flying frankfurt to prague
any advice on flights from frankfurt to prague?
chicago, IL USA Mon 05/24/2004
flights within Europe
Any advice on airlines from stockholm to prague?
chicago, IL USA Sat 05/22/2004
Flying from Frankfurt to Vienna?
We are planning on taking a trip to Frankfurt in November. We are thinking of going to Vienna. Does anyone have any thoughts on if we should drive or fly, and if flying which airlines are the best? Thanks for any help!
Ripon, CA USA Fri 05/21/2004
Flights within Europe
Just returned from 6 weeks in Europe, with more than average amount of luggage, as my daughter was on way home from 12 months working in Dublin. Ryan Air - we paid big time for excess baggage, as expected. British Airways, London, Prague return - very, very accommodating - no excess. Easy Jet - London/Naples - the biggest crooks of all!! They even included the weight of our carry on bags in the excess (just what we needed!!!).
Air Portugalia - fantastic airline, food service, exceptional. Allowed us 25 kgs.each. Singapore Airlines back to Oz - nil.
I booked our Air Portugalia flight from the Europe by Air website and would highly recommend this site when searching for flights in Europe.
In hindsight, it would have been cheaper for us to fly with the major airlines.
Adelaide, SA Australia Thu 05/20/2004
Reply regarding Ryanair and Iberia
For Marie in CA regarding Ryanair luggage allowance: as a general rule Ryanair are very very strict regarding excess baggage weight. As you know they are a low cost, no frills, airline. Making passengers pay handsomely for excess baggage is a legitimate means of keeping their ticket prices low. Do not expect them to show you any leeway regarding any excess baggage.
Regarding Marie's comment about Iberia. This is only true for travellers in economy. Other sections of the aircraft still get full service as part of their ticket price. In Spain you do have an alternative, if you think the service on Iberia is not to your taste try flying Spanair. Spanair still provides catering in economy class - it's basic but I always find it very acceptable.
Nottingham, UK Wed 05/19/2004
Iberia/Air France Food Service
This is small potatoes compared to stranded passengers on bankrupt airlines, but note that Iberia now charges for all food and drink, including water, on virtually all flights. We recently flew from Spain to London, a 2.5 hour flight, and paid nine Euros for the worst sandwich I have ever eaten bar none. OTTH, Air France puddle jumper from London to Paris provided better food for free, and drinks.
Sevilla, SP SP Tue 05/18/2004
Smartwings Cancelled Flight
My wife and I booked a flightfrom Zurich to Prague on Smartwings on May 1, 2004. The flight was cancelled. There were no signs, announcements or ticket agent to tell us of the cancelled flight. A ticket agent of another airline made calls to verify the cancellation. We were fortunate to be able to book a flight with another airline. Air. I am currently trying to get a refund.
Charles R. Rhyner
Green Bay, WI USA Fri 05/14/2004
I will be flying on ryanair this summer and read the posts on luggage limits. I have also read their conditions so I know that only one bag at 15kilos or less is allowed. Obviously two bags would be a red flag but my question is for those who have flown ryanair recently, how strictly is the weight and/or size limits for one bag imposed? Thanks for the help.
CA USA Thu 05/13/2004
Today a new Irish budget airline called JetGreen (hmm, something about that name sounds familiar!) went out of business, just one week after its first flight -- and after having sold about 40,000 low-cost tickets. As a result, about 400 Irish tourists are now stranded in Spain.
The moral of the story is: buyer beware! And try to have a backup plan in case your low-cost airline goes belly-up.
Amsterdam, NL Thu 05/13/2004
USA Mon 05/10/2004
USA Mon 05/10/2004
I'm looking for cheap flights from Budapest to Krakow and Krakow to Prague. I've tried EasyJet,Ryanair,smartwingsand wizzair. Any HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!! would be appreciated!!!!!!!!! I'm trying to avoid some REALLY long night trains!!!!
CV, CA USA Mon 05/10/2004
Flying cheap to Prague
Smart Wings, a discount airline based in the Czech republic, just started service on May 1, 2004. They fly to Prague from Zurich, Paris, Amsterdam etc. Much better prices than the incumbent airlines. Website: http://smartwings.net/en
San Jose, CA USA Wed 05/05/2004
Poland and Hungary
But wait, there's more! This summer the amusingly named Wizz Air (www.wizzair.com) is going to start low-cost flights to/from Katowice (Poland) and Budapest, and various European destinations.
Amsterdam, NL Tue 05/04/2004
Germany to Bulgaria
Found another one! If your travel plans include Germany and Bulgaria, you can fly from one to the other on "bexx" (www.fly-bexx.com) very cheaply. And apparently their airfares include shuttle-bus service to points all over Germany and the Netherlands.
Amsterdam, NL Tue 05/04/2004
New service, NL to Istanbul
There's a new airline called corendon.com (I believe the .com is part of the actual airline name!) that flies from Eindhoven (NL) to Istanbul, starting at ?19 each way. I haven't heard any feedback about them; just thought I'd mention it in case anyone is heading that way. Incidentally, Ryanair flies to Eindhoven too, so anyone planning to travel from the UK to Turkey might consider using this route -- it's a pain (you'd have to go through customs twice, and check in twice) but certainly cheap.
Amsterdam, NL Tue 05/04/2004
RYANAIR FLIGHT TO FRANKFURT
C MARRS...You made the same mistake many travelers make, you didn?t read the fine print about restrictions. .... I have read several comments just like yours from others who have paid extra for luggage on discount airlines. They admitted that they ignored the restrictions. The only way we get cheap fares is through expecting less service.
C M A
LONDON, USA Sat 05/01/2004
C Marrs re: Ryanair
C Marrs: You should have checked their website. Ryanair's policies are all clearly listed, including baggage limits and in-flight services (or lack thereof).
CA USA Sat 05/01/2004
Ryanair flight from London-Stansted to Frankfurt-Hahn
We ended up paying the cost of another ticket because our luggage was overweight on Ryanair, so the flight wasn't such a bargain after all. Considering the time and expense it took us to get to Stansted airport outside of London and from Frankfurt Hahn to Frankfurt, we wished we had taken the train. There is no leg room at all on Ryanair planes. I've never seen so many seats crammed into one plane. Also, they sell soft drinks to you, which was irritating, after the additional charges we already paid. The biggest disappointment was the charge for overweight luggage. We each had two bags to check and one carry on bag, which seemed normal, not excessive to us. If you are going to fly Ryanair, mail your souvenirs home before catching the plane! Still wish we'd taken the train.
Albuquerque, NM USA Fri 04/30/2004
SN Brussels Airlines and EasyJet were extraordinary in pricing and in customer service. Would happily fly with them again.
Mike and Teddie
Austin, TX USA Sat 04/24/2004
VolareWeb Paris Orly to Venice
We just returned from a trip to Paris and Italy where we needed to fly one-way from Paris to Venice. We flew VolareWeb from Paris Orly to Venice and had no problems with cancelled flights or being charged for overweight luggage. We had read the 11/03 posting on this subject where the passenger had overweight charges, so we tried to keep our bags as close to their limit as possible. They didn't weight our carry-on bags and our check-in bags were a little over, but there was no problem. We got the tickets for 19.99 euros but with all the taxes and other charges it came to about 50 euros each. I was able to book on their website and had no problem with the e-ticket.
San Diego, Ca USA Fri 04/23/2004
Another good flight with easyJet.
Easyjet pleased me once again! We flew round trip from Amsterdam to London and then London to Rome on easyJet. This was my second reservation with them and once again, I was pleased with the service. We were late leaving Amsterdam and I don't know why but it was still within their track record. This put us into London later than expected and messed up a little of our sightseeing schedule but it all worked out okay. I just can't say enough for the value with easyJet except that you have to factor in the extra time spent arriving early for check in and the amount you must spend on transportation to your chosen city compared to the cost from a wider-known airport. Note that they ARE a point-to-point airline so we allowed a full day between travel points. Lastly, my son gets air sick EVERY time a plane lands but in all four connections, he never got sick on easyJet and was amazed how smooth their landings were!
Almere, NL Thu 04/08/2004
London - Florence or anywhere else they fly
Beware of Meridiana Airlines! They canceled both of incoming and outgoing flight at the last possible minute. Getting stranded in Florence was a low light to an otherwise glorious trip. Meridian also claims to need up to 2 months to refund for the canceled flight. I have had better luck with easyjet and ryan air.
Redmond, wa USA Thu 04/01/2004
Manchester to Cologne
I just booked a flight on Hapag-Lloyd Express from Manchester, England to Cologne, Germany. Price was only 20.99 GBP (about $38 USD). Flight will only take an hour and a half. Apparently this route only goes the one direction, not from Cologne back to Manchester. I won't be taking this trip until the fall, but thought I'd pass on the info in case anyone was looking for a similar route.
USA Sun 03/28/2004
We flew from Detroit to Amsterdam to Venice via NWA/KLM. Our layovers in Amsterdam were five hours, both going and coming. I couldn't decided if this would be enough time to go from the airport to the city and back. When we arrived, we stopped at the information counter and asked. They assured us that we would have enough time, so we went for it. Schippol Airport has lockers, so we ditched the carry-ons (4E small locker; 5E large), got the passports stamped (very easy, even a few days after the Madrid bombings), and headed outside to get train tkts (about 15E for two/7.50E each, RT). It takes about 20 minutes from Schippol to the Amsterdam Central Train Station. We were carrying the RS section on Amsterdam and the "cartoon" maps were all we needed. On the inbound trip into town, we had time to walk around, tour the Anne Frank House, and eat lunch before we returned to the airport with plenty of time to spare. I wanted to try for the Rijksmuseum but it looked too far away to walk so we skipped it (I will add that the museum had a temporary exhibit in the airport, but we did not take time to tour it). On the outbound trip, we were flying on Monday morning and we learned that most stores are not open until after lunch (very civilized custom!) so we mostly just walked around and took photos. Everything was very easy and the layovers in the city, rather than the airport, of Amsterdam were great! I am glad we took a chance on it!
Oklahoma City, OK USA Thu 03/25/2004
Ryan airports "way" out-of-the-way
We were able to add a lot more to our trip to Europe because of the cheap airfares on Ryan Air. Only drawback was the obscure airports they use. Brussels South is really Charleroi about 25 miles south of Brussels. No trains from Brussels early enough to catch a 6:25 Am flight so we spent the night n Charleroi then took an early morning taxi to the airport. That was 12 euros and it wasn't really Brussels. In Rome Chiampino is a hour from the Termini buy an "iffy and very crowded" bus service (12 euros each way). In Paris you land at Beauveis (a little country airport with a tent over gravel for arrivals) which is another hour outside Paris by that famous dedicated bus service (another 10-12 euros each). As I said, it extended where we could go but it does make me want to consider the time and hassel factor plus the price of the transportation to and from the airports.
Seattle, WA USA Tue 03/23/2004
Gambling with inter-airport transfers in London
Just got back from a week in Rome. Our round-trip tickets were to London. To get to Rome, we used the cheapest fares available. This turned out to be Ryan Air going to Rome and EasyJet coming back. Both airlines were fine. My only surprise was that the sequence or boarding number they give you means almost nothing.
We had a very bad experience with National Express, getting transferred from Heathrow to Stansted. We had pre-purchased tickets for the 7:40 am bus, but it didn't show up. So when the 8:10 bus came in at about 8:20, there was an enormous crowd waiting, and of course the more aggressive folks got on the bus. We didn't. By the time we got to the front of the line it was full, and the driver told us we'd have to catch the next bus, which had just pulled up. I showed my ticket to the driver and he refused to let us board. I explained what happened, and he said that I should have been there on time. I repeated my explanation (louder this time), and he sent me away, saying "You pays your money, you takes your chance." People, avoid National Express in London! They apparently think they're running a casino, not a transportation service.
Salem, OR USA Wed 03/10/2004
How does RyanAir set its pricing? I checked their website, and if I book a flight from Frankfurt-Hahn to Venice, say next week, it runs about 20 EUR. If I book a flight for way out, like mid-September it's only 6 EUR! What a deal! But, if I was to book that far out, I'd have to be darn sure that my plans weren't going to change between now and then...which is pretty unlikely! Still, the overnight train is about 168 EUR and takes about 12 hours.
Seattle, WA USA Sun 03/07/2004
Low Cost Airlines to/from Berlin, Germany
In April, the British airline EasyJet is going to set up a new base at Berlin-Schoenefeld airport. From there you can easily reach the Berlin city centre by train in 20 minutes' time for less than $3. Destinations are London Luton, Newcastle, Bristol, Liverpool (all UK), Paris Orly (France), Naples (Italy), Athens (Greece), Barcelona, Majorca (both Spain), Copenhagen (Denmark), Budapest (Hungary), Basel (Switzerland) and Nice (France).
Also serving Berlin-Sch?nefeld are Volareweb.com (Rome FCO, Milan LIN, Venice - all Italy), Germanwings (Cologne/Bonn and Stuttgart - both Germany) and Ryanair (London-Stansted, UK).
From Berlin's Tegel airport, the busier one, there is Air Berlin (London Stansted, Rome CIA, Milan, Barcelona, Vienna and Zurich), HLX (Cologne/Bonn, Naples, Klagenfurt) and GEXX/Germania Express serving Dusseldorf, Munich, Frankfurt, Zurich, Vienna, Majorca, Lisbon, Athens, Moscow and Istanbul. Don't miss Berlin cause it's really worth visiting both for people who love culture and those who love to party!
Berlin, Germany Sat 02/28/2004
UK to southern Portugal & Spain
Had a great flight from Faro in Portugal to Manchester UK on Monarch Airlines. US $128. The meal was very good with a complimentary drink. If you book ahead they have cheaper fares.
San Antonio, TX USA Sat 02/21/2004
Flying Ryanair in Europe
A friend and I flew from London to Sweden, then to Scotland, to Dublin, and to Brussels, and had no problem whatsoever with Ryanair. At first we had our doubts and we had heard some horror stories. We found the plane to be clean and new looking. We were sure to have our passports, print outs with confirmation #s and were under the size/weight limits. The employees all seemed pleasant and willing to help, other than the Scottish Immigration guy who grilled us as to our whereabouts and plans in Scotland...as if we wanted to illegally stay there...what a joke. Anyway, Ryanair was great for us (college students on a budget) and got us around Northern Europe very nicely. We booked our tickets online a couple months in advance, and got flights for 1 penny and other great prices. Most flights we ended up just paying the taxes (approx. $20 USD) and the four flights cost us about $100 USD each. Can't beat it. I'd fly Ryanair any time.
Boston, MA USA Tue 02/17/2004
Flying in Europe
During summer 2003, my wife and I travelled to Scotland, from Orlando to Gatwick, via Newark, NJ. I had initiall looked at taking the train to Fort William, our initial site. Our Gatwick ETA was 6:15AM London time with expected arrival at Fort William about 10:15 PM London time. The train fare was about $80.00 each, senior fare, from London to Edonburgh or Glasgow. Beyond that, we would have to take the Gatwick Express into Lonsdon, then the underground to Kings Cross or Euston Station for thye train. We found EastJet, direct from Gatwick to Edinburgh, at about $65.00 for the two of us. We took CityLink bus from Edinburgh to Fort William. Note that EasyJet limited carry-on bags to 15 kilos. The bus trip, via Glasgow, was SUPERB. Easy to arrange tickets online and a beautiful ride past Loch Lomand and through Glen Coe. We reached Fort William about 6:00 PM London time. My recommendation: Think flying and bus in Britain, as opposed to rail.
Fernandina Beach, FL USA Wed 02/11/2004
Paris to Cologne on German Wings for 20E
I'm surprised to find airfare of about 20E for a one way flight Paris to Cologne/Koln in May on German Wings. This appears to be lower than the train fare, even after adding the transportation cost to the airport, plus saving hours of travel time.
Beaverton, OR USA Mon 01/26/2004
EasyJet cheap deals
I'm just about to embark on another of easyJet's deals, and all I can say is why doesn't everyone do business like this? Brilliant service at rock bottom prices. They still have some last minute good deals, but usually for the best results you need to book about 4 weeks or more in advance, as they put prices up according to availability. Keep up the good work, easyJet!
Bristol UK Sat 01/24/2004
Ryanair - better than expected
My partner and I booked two one way tickets on Ryanair; Stansted to Dublin and Dublin to Paris/Beauvais over the holidays. I think we paid under $100 for both tickets; a bargain! After reading this board, I was pretty nervous about the experience, expecting total chaos, extra charges, etc. We carefully packed our small carryons and came in just over the weight limit (by .4kg) with one bag, but they let us on. Stansted was pretty organized, except for the long lines everywhere, but Dublin was a mess. Instead of boarding by group, as at Stansted, passengers swarmed the gate. We were lucky to sit together. The only other advice I'd have is that when flying into Beauvais, even though the flight crew tells you you can purchase bus tickets on board, you can't. All tickets must be bought inside the terminal at a little window. Other than that... easy. I'd do it again. Just not at 6am.
Calgary, AB Canada Wed 01/07/2004