Flying Within Europe: 2005
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?
Read the Distillation: Best Tips for Flying Smart, 2005
Kate, there are train connections to Lorient. You can find them on www.sncf.fr/indexe.htm. Looks like full fare for the direct connection is about 62. There are less expensive PREMS fares available online, but these are train specific, non refundable fares, so if you are flying into Paris that day, a late flight might jeopardize the ticket.
If you are flying into Orly on Air France and want to continue on, flying might be a viable solution. I noticed that a round trip ticket is much less (total for both ways) than is a one way ticket. You might want to get the round trip and just not use the return. However, that will still be more than the train.
USA Fri 12/23/2005
air travel within France
Question about flying within France-specifically, from Orly to Lorient. From what I can tell, Air France is the only carrier making the trip. Is there a bus or rail option for me as well? And is there a cheaper way for me to purchase an air ticket before I arrive in France, other than purchasing on teh air france website? Thanks for any insight.
Alexandria, VA USA Thu 12/22/2005
Flying Cinque Terre to Paris
Three times I have spent an entire day by train getting from CT to Paris. I used one day of my railpass--around $50-60. Starting early in the am, I arrived at 4pm or 8pm, depending on the route. The worst and longest day was four (exhausting) legs, changing trains in Genoa, Nice, and Marseilles. In Oct this year I flew by EasyJet from Pisa (one of the world's easiest town-airport connections) and got to Paris by noon. It cost about $50 for plane ticket plus transportation to-from town. I'm sold on flying within Europe. The down side to flying is that there is less probability of striking up an interesting conversation in such a short time.
USA Tue 12/20/2005
Flying in Europe
I don't know where you got your information, but you need to check further. All things taken into account, the absolutely least expensive way to get from Amsterdam to Zurich is with the overnight train of City Night Line. If you book ahead, you can get a bed in a private double for 69 per person, each way. That is certainly less than the cost of flying, getting to and from airports, and accommodations in one of those expensive cities on either end.
In addition, the time you spend traveling is mostly the same time, 8 PM to 8 AM, that you would have spent in your hotel room. In contrast, although Amsterdam and Zurich have two of the most accessible airports in Europe, by the time you include travel time to and from airports, check in, flight time, etc, your travel time is still going to be 4 to 5 hours, right out of your prime time day.
USA Fri 12/16/2005
Flying in Europe
I didn't think I would like flying around in Europe for a few reasons - cost, safety and travel by road isn't all that long and you see lots more. But now I love flying around in Europe. You're in Amsterdam and want to go to Switzerland? You can drive or take the train that will take a full day or you can get on plane at 9 am and be in Zurich by 11 am. It's great. Price is cheaper than a car rental for a week or round trip train.
Houston, TX USA Fri 12/16/2005
If you want to fly with low-cost airlines, always check the price of the bus to the airport. Even if Ryanair has great prices of flight tickets, in total it can be much higher as they fly from airports far away from the city centre. When I need to find out, which airlines fly to the chosen city, I use the website www.flylowcostairlines.org. It usually works pretty well, even if there are from time to time some flights missing.
USA Sun 11/27/2005
xmas travel help
Maria~~You must be doing something wrong because I found 350 RT tickets for all five people, total
Input Frankfurt hbf and Milan, 22.12.05 & 26.12.05 for the dates, and 8:00 for both times.
Click add travelers and show all five. You must do this to get "Mitfahrer" discounts. I guessed 1 and 4 as the age of the children.
Most outbound connections should qualify for the SparPreis 50 discount. The fastest is the 8:20 train through Basel.
Most of the return trips still have SparPreis 25 tickets for about 400 RT. You have to look at the far right fare column. The 11:25 train out of Milan still had SparPreis 50 tickets available for 350 RT about 10 minutes ago.
If you can't find these, email me.
USA Sun 11/20/2005
Xmas travel help
thanks for the input:) Actually that quote for 735 is for Luthansa airlines. Im not sure which airport its flying out though, but what I plan was to drive to Hahn if we are flying with ryanair ( is that correct price for 3 adults and 2 kids was around only 200+E? with ryanair or is there a catch)Anyway I was going to drive to the airport and park for 3 days till we return. Also I must be doing the inquiry wrong on the german rail site because I received a price quote of 233 per person for those dates roundtrip. I submitted an inquiry travelling from Frankfurt Main Hbf to Milan Centrale. Hmm I will look into it again. It just seeems a waste of time to travel half a day in the train when I have a limited amount time to enjoy it with my relatives. My toddler is another issue. Anyhow thank you I will look into that again. I was just shock to see the cheap fares on Ryanair. I need a confirmation again because Im new to this region. This will be my first time travelling within Europe:0
USA Sat 11/19/2005
Maria, as long as it's a major airline, like Alitalia, $735 sounds pretty good for 3 adult, 2 children round trip, particularly at Christmas. Don't fall into the Ryan Air trap. They fly in and out of "Frankfurt" Hahn. It's two hours by bus from Frankfurt.
But also, don't underestimate the cost and time involved with flying. On top of the air fare, you will have at least 30 each day for all of you for transportation to and from airports. Also, when you take into account travel time to and from airports, preboard, flight time, and finding and waiting for ground transportation when you arrive, the total trip by air will be over 4 ˝ hours each way.
The train, in comparison, takes 8 ˝ hours each way, but if you book in advance through German Rail you can get all of you round trip for a total of 400.
If you are willing to call German Rail's night train line, and places are still available, you can all travel round trip in a couchette 4 for 730. And that saves you the cost of two nights in hotels. In 2 doubles, it would be 890. Had you booked earlier, you could have had SparNight fares of 353 or 513 in the couchette or doubles.
USA Fri 11/18/2005
Schiphol - not Stiphol
Amsterdam's airport is NOT "Stiphol"...it's "Schiphol"
Knoxville, TN USA Wed 11/16/2005
We flew Easy Jet from Torino to Paris in July 2005. We booked before our trip on-line from home, it was very easy. The tickets were almost free, $7 and less than $20 each with taxes. Easy Jet was clean, had new planes, on time, well organized, and so cheap. We would do it again.
Port Townsend, Wa USA Sun 11/13/2005
Amsterdam Stiphol airport
If connecting through Amsterdam's Stiphol airport, I recommend choosing a flight with a long stopover. Try to choose one with 3 or 4 hours or more, in case your incoming flight is late. I was on late flights both coming and going! On the way in they closed the gate just before I got there, but luckily was able to reschedule for a flight 2-1/2 hours later to Stuttgart. On the way out my flight arrived late also, and just barely made it to my US flight after running like a madman about 1 mile through the expansive airport.
Albuquerque, NM USA Wed 11/09/2005
I recently flew three different airlines to different destinations within Europe. Ryanair and EasyJet were inexpensive, with no surprise tax payments at the airports. However, Alpi Eagles thru Europebyair was not such a good deal. I paid $114 for the ticket and delivery before leaving home, then was charged another 38 Euros at the Venice airport before boarding the plane. The three flights were approximately for the same distance. And the flights were on time, except Alpi Eagles which was an hour late taking off.
USA Mon 11/07/2005
Getting around luggage weight restrictions
When I flew from London to Ireland last fall RyanAir made me check my bag because it was overweight for a carry-on. When we arrived and my bag came in on the belt, it was wet due to the rain (I hoped).
So when I flew from Dublin to London a week later, I just took out my digital camera, iPod and guide book, then went to an empty check-in counter and weighed my bag on a scale. It was well under the weight required for a carry-on. I then just stuffed the excess objects in my jacket until I was done checking in and then proceeded to put them back in my bag when I was out of sight of the ticket counter.
I just didn't want to check my bag (since I had packed very light to avoid that), but this could save you a lot of money if you are about to violate the checked bag weight.
Seattle, WA USA Fri 10/21/2005
I'll try and help but there is no easy answer. Firstly it depends on the route and the days and times you want to travel. From an Airline point of view Peak Travel Times are: Fridays after 13:00, Saturdays before 15:00 all of Sunday and Mondays until 13:00. If you want to travel on a route that is served by a low-cost airline and you are not wanting to travel at a peak time and you are prepared to use a city's secondary airport and travel a little extra distance into the city and you are prepared to keep both your hold luggage and your carry-on luggage light and you will not have occasion or desire to change the times of your flights then booking on a European Low-cost airline is a good option. To get the best advantage of prices with the Low-cost carriers book as far forward as their web sites will allow ( and remember they are STRICTLY no change, no refund tickets ).
On the other hand if you want a little flexibility in your ticket or you want to travel at peak times then many airlines have 'Discover Europe' tickets which can be purchased through travel agents before departing the USA and which offer the oportunity to travel at peak times and make one change for a small fee - these tickets represent good value for money if that is the sort of ticket you need, also you will be travelling on a full service airline and will undoubtedly get a better luggage allowance, you will also be using main airports and not secondary airports, these types of ticket cannot be purchased once you are inside Europe.
When you are in Europe it is often possible to get a last minute deal on a flight. These are often to a sun spot holiday resort and include accommodation and are TOTALLY non changeable and non refundable and the accommodation can be anything from luxury to very basic and you won't know until you get there. With these types of deal the nearer to the day of departure the lower the cost gets.
It is also worth phoning individual travel agents to see if they have 'discounted' or 'consolidator' fares on routes that you want to travel. These are fares that are given by airlines to travel agents for a very low amount as a reward for high sales performance, these fares will always undercut the standard rates but you have to seek out the travel agents that have got them and if you want the really popular routes on the really popular days it may well be that nobody has them.
Finally remember that you only get what you pay for. That Low-cost ticket can represent a real saving if nothing goes wrong but if an emergency occurs ( and sadly they do occur to ordinary tourists every day of the week ) it can cost you three times as much to get to where you need to be than if you had paid a litle more and had a ticket with a Full-service airline that allowed you to make a change.
Nottingham, UK Tue 10/18/2005
Is it cheaper to by an in-Europe flight while over there or beforehand?
Puyallup, WA USA Mon 10/17/2005
Ryan Air is great! Our tickets were practically free (except for the taxes). All 3 flights were on-time.
Spokane, WA USA Mon 10/10/2005
Delays at Amsterdam Airport
Beware of delays in departure and arrivals at Amsterdam's Stipohl Airport in early October. The changes in the season from warm to cold cause dense fog that strands most passengers - most need to find last minute accomodations at nearby hotels or sleep in the airport overnite. There is usually only one flight to Seattle each day, so, you are likely to be amond the ones stranded!
Issaquah, WA USA Sun 10/09/2005
Open Jaw British Airways tickets
I just bought an open-jaw ticket for June 2006 from London Heathrow to Paris CDG, then returning 2 weeks later from Geneva to London Heathrow. Purchased through travelocity for $154.00 total and flying on British Airways.
However, I first attempted to book this trip on BA.COM, but their website will not allow an open-jaw booking. When I called their web page support people they said they could book it for me for $256 + an additional fee for having them "help" me.
I usually don't recommend booking airline tickets on travel websites, but in this case Travelocity won BIG over British Airways.
Knoxville, TN USA Tue 10/04/2005
website for european airlines between cities
Check www.cheapO.com for the inter Europe airlines available that fly between your destinations. It has saved me lots of time.
That's a "zero", not the letter "O" in Cheap0.
USA Tue 10/04/2005
Heathrow to London via Underground - weekend closures
For those fans of taking the underground to and from Heathrow, be aware that they are closing the Picadilly line between Hyde Park Corner and Acton Town, and the District line fom Earl's Court to Acton Town, on various weekends through 2007. See http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tube/travelinfo/picc-dis-weekend-closure.asp for the list of weekend closures. You can still take the Central Line to Ealing, then south to Acton Town and transfer to the underground heading to Heathrow. But travel times will be as long as 90 minutes to downtown, and is not a route the management is advising for people with a lot of luggage.
Ottawa, Canada Sun 09/25/2005
BritMidlands Wt Limits
Travelling Heathrow to Paris: wt limit for carry-on seems to be about 10 Kg: Waited at CDG terminal 45 min for luggage to appear: Ugh! Travel light.
USA Fri 09/23/2005
Flying Cologne to Paris
Air Berlin, of course, doesn't start their Cologne Paris service until Nov. 1. German Wings has a 7:15 pm flight. It will get you into CDG at 8:20. If you don't have checked luggage (carry-on limit is 17.6 #) and you can get to the RER station in 15 min., you will get into Paris (Gare du Nord) around 9:30 pm. If you leave Frankfurt at 4 pm, you will get into Cologne/Bonn airport at 17:35 with 1:40 preboard. That's a total travel time of 5:30.
The German Wings published fare is 37,00 EUR, 50,15 EUR per person with taxes, etc. ICE fare Frankfurt to Cologne is 53 EUR. RER from CDG to Nord is 7,85. Total 111 EUR. It is very similar, cost and timewise to Thalys. Versus the EuroCity train, you will spend 29 EUR more per person and save less than an hour.
USA Tue 09/20/2005
Travel from Frankfurt to Paris
I think your best bet for the train is the EuroCity that goes directly from Frankfurt at 10:43 to Paris at 17:05 (6 hrs 22 min). The regular fare for that train is 81,60 EUR per person.
There are also direct ECs at 6:43 and 14:46. You can find these train on the Bahn website. If you select "without ICE" for Means of transport, it won't show the Thalys trains and it will be easier to find the ECs.
If you are coming from Mainz, you can go from there, one connection, to Paris for 75 EUR. There are also regional train connections from Mainz. They take 7:33. Using a Rheinland-Pfalz ticket you could make the trip for under 60 EUR.
On the other hand, a connection with Thalys through Brussels can take just over 5 hours. The fare is 110 EUR if you use a Europa Spezial ticket from Frankfurt to Brussels and full fare on Thalys.
There are a lot of details here. I think it would be best for you to contact me offline.
USA Tue 09/20/2005
Travel from Frankfurt to Paris
It is interesting you mention that AirBerlin will begin its flights from Frankfurt to Paris in November. We noticed that, too, and unfortunately (for us) we will be there and need to get from Frankfurt to Paris on October 13th. What is the average cost for train fare from Frankfurt to Paris? We are still looking into this. Actually, we are considering taking a train from Frankfurt to Cologne/Bonn and flying to Paris from there. Might even be cheaper, but we are doing our homework. Should be interesting, to say the least, but we are looking forward to the trip nonetheless.
USA Tue 09/20/2005
Getting from Frankfurt to Paris
Air Berlin is a resource, and we should check all of our resources before traveling. However, after researching it, except for those with a compulsion to fly, I don't think it is worthwhile.
When Air Berlin starts its Frankfurt to Paris service in November, they will fly on Mo, Tu, and Th. The only daily flight departs FRA at 6:45, so you have to be at the airport by about 5 AM. The total cost, including taxes, fees, fuel surcharge, and transportation to and from the airports will be around 100 EUR. It is a connecting flight through Nuremberg; total time downtown Frankfurt to downtown Paris is 6 1/2 hours. That will be longer if you have to check luggage, which is likely because they have a 13# carry-on limit.
However, that is still better than $550+ for non-stop flights, or $240 - $300 for connecting flights via Zurich or Milan.
On the other hand, there are three direct EuroCity train connections daily. They take 6:20 (ave) and cost 82 EUR (75 EUR if you leave from Mainz).
So, look at flying. Look at ALL the costs - taxes, fees, surcharges, getting to/from the airports. Look at all the time - preboard, waiting for luggage, transportation to/from airports. Look at scheduled flight times. Then look at the train. It will be worth your while.
USA Mon 09/19/2005
Transavia and EasyJet
While in Europe we used 2 different carriers with good results. We flew from Rotterdam to Copenhagen and Rotterdam to Dublin on Transavia. Each flight was 121 Euros for 2persons.
We also used EasyJet from Shannon,Ireland to London Gatwick for 36 pounds. EasyJet is the same style as Southwest airlines.
Olympia, WA USA Mon 09/19/2005
FLIGHT FROM FRANKFURT TO PARIS
Try airberlin.com. You will find fares from Frankfurt to Paris one way at 71 euros. That is worth investigating.
You have to try different dates because they don't fly every day. Try Tues and Wed. to start.
They sell out early so you should research as early as you can. The low fares make your spending time on it well worth while.
DALLAS, USA Sat 09/17/2005
Check out Air Berlin. I recently some great deals on their website. One way fares from Berlin to Rome started at on 11 euros.
Seattle, WA USA Sat 09/17/2005
The best place to find cheap european flights will not always be at ryan air or easyjet. i highly recommend checking out www.flybudget.com which searchs routes for you and comes up with the airline that works best. i found the flights i needed to and from paris cdg to stuttgart germany for 1.00 euro....plus the 30 euro fees... all im saying is that there are much better choices then the two most highly publicized airlines.
NH USA Thu 09/15/2005
Flight between Spain and Barcelona
try Vueling. great deals.
kuala lumpur, malaysia Thu 09/15/2005
Flight from Frankfurt to Paris
I found 10 daytime non-stop flights between Frankfurt and Paris on Air France or Lufthansa. They cost between $550 and $570 per person each way. :(
The cost I gave for Frankfurt to Paris via Thalys was based on full fare to Köln and full fare from there to Paris. It can be done a little cheaper if you use the Europa Spezial fare (39 EUR) from Frankfurt to Brussels. It comes up if you look for the 800 or 1200 ICE from Frankfurt on bahn.de.
From Brussels to Paris, the full fare is 71 EUR. Full fare tickets from Thalys can only be mailed to France, Belgium, Holland, or Germany. However, it looks like Rail Europe sells those tickets for $90 (the Euro equivalent) each plus shipping. There may also be a lower fare, $49, but I am not sure about restrictions.
USA Wed 09/14/2005
Travel in Britain
Many Brits would fly between London and Edinburgh. Transportation to airports can be found in the various travel books and on the airport web-sites (Google "Luton Airport"). For train travel, British trains get cheaper the farther ahead tickets are bought. Seniors can buy a discount card that saves money. As a single, I would take the train. With a family, I would consider renting a car and driving to Edinburgh.
USA Mon 09/12/2005
FYI....Ryanair has a big sale on right now, for travel between 20 September and 9 February, escept for Christmas and British school breaks. If you can handle the warnings listed below (tough luggage limits; airports not always close to destination cities, eg. Frankfurt, Paris, Milan; delays) Then you might want to check it out. Booking has to be before midnight Monday night, 7 pm EDT.
Ottawa, Canada Sat 09/10/2005
from Vienna to FRANKFURT
For 129 EUR pP, less than you paid for your flight plus ground transportation, you could have had a private double compartment on night train from Vienna to Frankfurt. You might even have paid only 69 EUR pP for the private double. Plus, you would have saved the cost of the nights lodging in Frankfurt.
The trains leave downtown Vienna about 2 hours later than you need to leave for the airport, and get into Frankfurt in the morning in time to catch an early flight from the Frankfurt airport.
PS: Franfort is the capital of Kentucky, not a city in Germany.
USA Wed 09/07/2005
From Vienna to Frankfort
We recently finished a great ETBD tour (GAS Aug. 13, 05) in Vienna and flew Adria Airways from Vienna to Frankfort. It was a very nice, direct flight, using a Regional jet, used by many US airlines. One hour flight versus 5-6 hours by train. Lufthansa is their business partner. E-Ticket prices were very reasonable; everyone spoke English. WWW.Adria-Airways.com. The Vienna telephone number is 7007 36913.
Dallas, TX USA Tue 09/06/2005
Flight between Spain and Barcelona
The monopoly on this route is in the hands of Iberia and Spanair. One pretty much matches the price of the other and there are no low-cost airlines operating the route. It's a case of visiting the respective web sites and seeing which airline has the best prices for the dates and times you require. I've flown on both and much prefer Spanair, but if Iberia had a lower price I'd go with Iberia. Your only other option is the train.
Nottingham, UK Tue 09/06/2005
flying on easyjet
my traveling companion and i took easyjet fom london to paris and were more than satisfied. the price was right! the terminal was a little chaotic, but we managed. be advised that it is best to take the bus operated by air france from charles de gaulle airport into the city and then take a taxi or the metro(depending on how much luggage you have) to your destination. there are two bus lines that are mentioned in steve's guidebook.
east orange, nj USA Mon 09/05/2005
Flight between Spain and Barcelona
After reading these posts, I went to easyjet on-line and was disappointed to find that they do not fly within Spain. Any recommendations for inexpensive flights between Madrid and Barcelona? I would appreciate the help. Terri
Columbia, MD USA Sun 09/04/2005
I have flown Ryan Air many times and their prices are the best in Europe. But a few words of caution for the tourist who thinks they are getting a scamming deal.
1. As has been noted here, their airports are not always near the city listed on the site. For instance, Frankfurt (Hahn) airport is really at Hahn. About 45 minutes away from Frankfurt by car. Most of the time they have shuttles or trains to take you to the city, but they cost a bit. Sometimes this is a good thing as you can practice driving your car in the country first. A big deal in England or Ireland.
2. They will KILL you on overweight luggage fees. You are allowed something like 15KGs of checked luggage and maybe 7KGs of carry on. Not much. Fees are about 5 Euros a pound if you go over and I have seen people pay more than their ticket price for their luggage.
3. They are the worst airline in the industry for being on time. Anything within 2-3 hours is considered close enough. I've flown with them 10 times and they have been within an hour everytime but once and that one was 3 hours late. Made getting to the hotel a challenge.
4. Their cheap prices are usually only in effect for Tues, Wed, Thur and sometimes Sundays. Otherwise, you pay a lot for the services you get.
If you can grin and bear it, and pack lite, you can't beat their prices though. I'm looking forward to my next cheap flight with them.
Billings, MT USA Tue 08/30/2005
I have bought tickets on three different airlines for flights within Europe this fall. Since info on the airports is sketchy in the guidebooks, I investigated on the internet. I have found websites for the airports I will use. Beauvais is found at www.aeroportbeauvais.com. There is lots of info there including the fact that you need to catch the shuttle bus 3 hours and 15 min before flight time! Tix (13 eu)are to be purchased on the bus. There is a map for finding the shuttle bus. I'm hoping I have my bases covered, but will write a note here either way. I have always taken the train between Paris and Italy, but decided to save time and a little money this year and fly.
USA Mon 08/29/2005
Cheap flight out of Paris Beauvais
We flew from Paris to Rome on RyanAir - only 79 euros! However, getting to Beauvais airport was difficult (it is 120 km from Paris). There was no mention in Rick's book about this airport, so we were totally in the dark and on our own to find the place. Our innkeeper arranged for a taxi to take us to the bus "station" for Beauvais (our flight was at 7:30 am so we needed to leave very early for the bus). Unfortunately we were dropped off at the wrong place (the buses were going to either Orly or De Gaulle airports, not to Beauvais). We did find the correct bus in a large vacant parking lot 2 blocks away from the other airport bus stop (in front of the Air France building). Once we got to the correct bus lot, there was lots of confusion, and the people selling the bus tickets to Beauvais (13 euros) only spoke french. Every tourist we spoke to on the bus had the same type of difficulties as us. RyanAir does not mention that the airport is so far away from Paris or that you will need special transportation to get there. The fares are great, but more information would have been helpful and would have relieved much of our traveling stress.
Beauvais airport itself was a mess. Many tourists had problems with the weight of their bags (over 10 kg costs additional money) and had to pay more money to fly out. Also the people at the airport did not know which gate the plane would come to or when it would arrive (the plane was 90 minutes late getting to the airport). We were told "when you see the plane it is here" for explanation. Everyone was crowded into a mass at the door once the plane arrived and the destination was announced, and then must stand for 20-30 minutes before getting on the plane. There were no seat assignments, so you might not get to sit with your travel partners. Everything was just a madhouse, with people pushing and shoving to get on the plane. After we finally got on the plane we had to sit on the tarmac for 70 minutes before the Beauvais tower would give clearance for takeoff (even though no other planes arrived or took off during this time). All in all I would say it was a very negative experience, and I would not fly out of Beauvais again even if it is significantly cheaper.
We arrived at Rome's Ciampino airport and found it to be much more organized. The information in Rick's book about getting to and from Ciampino was very helpful. We took a bus from the airport to the metro station and then rode the metro to the stop near our hotel - all very easy. Quite refreshing after our troubles in France.
Rick, please add to your books information about the Paris Beauvais airport. The Parisians themselves do not seem to know about this airport, so getting information is very difficult once you are in Paris. We only found the correct "bus stop" because we were frantically running around at 5:45 am to find the right bus and came upon it by sheer chance. I certainly could have used some better information!
Seattle, WA USA Mon 08/29/2005
Estonian Air in Estonia
We flew Estonian Air from Tallinn, Estonia to Valnius, Lithuania. A good, clean, punctual airline.
New York, NY USA Sun 08/28/2005
Heathrow to Stansted by tube/trains
The tube does not go all the way to Stansted, but there is an over-ground train called the Stansted Express (stanstedexpress.com) which leaves from Liverpool Street station which is on the tube network. Take the piccadilly line tube (dark blue on the tube map) from Heathrow airport, change at Holborn to the Central line (red on the tube map), get off at Liverpool Street. Follow the Way Out signs from the tube, and you will come out in the main part of Liverpool Street station. The Stansted Express counter is well signposted as you come out from the underground. The Stansted Express takes about 35 minutes from Liverpool St to Stansted airport.
London, UK Thu 08/25/2005
Air Berlin(Berlin to Milan)
We recently flew Air Berlin from Berlin-Tegal to Milan-Bergamo for a base of 15 Euros. With taxes and surcharges it came to 29 Euros each. Free baggage info is posted on the site and we checked our rolling bags (under 20 kg) and was careful that our carry-ons weighed under 6 kg. They did not weigh the carry ons. The flight was great. We even got a sandwich and a drink. We booked about 3 1/2 months ahead, and was watching the web-site. We would definitly fly with them again. So much faster than the train.
Mary Jean Marshall
Cane Hill, Ar USA Tue 08/23/2005
Connecting London Airports
Go to the Bus Station at Heathrow. From there you can purchase a coach ticket to Stanstead at the National Express office. The ticket office will advise you of which bay you need and the next available coach. The service is regular and often all hours of the day. It should cost less than GBP20.00
Nottingham, UK Tue 08/23/2005
Connecting London Airports
Does anyone know how to get from London Heathrow to London Stansted? Does the tube connect them? Any info would be great thanks!
Sonoma, ca USA Tue 08/23/2005
Flying out of Vienna
If you are flying out of Vienna, take the CAT (City Airport Train) out of Vienna and you can check-in (including your baggage) at the train terminal in the city. The line was extremely short and you avoid the hustle and bustle at the airport.
Cleveland, OH USA Sun 08/21/2005
Ryanair, Air Berlin, and SAS
We flew one ways very cheaply on Ryanair, SAS, and Air Berlin. All the flights were on-time and the staff was very courteous. The only problem was that our Ryanair flight left at 6:30 am, which meant that we had to spend overnight in Stansted Airport in London (you must check in 2 hours prior to departure). Stansted looks like a refugee camp at night - there were literally 500 people trying to sleep on old chairs and a tile floor.
Cleveland, OH USA Sun 08/21/2005
FLYING MILAN TO ATHENS
Judging by my experience, you will enjoy the flight more than the ferry ride and it should take less time all things considered.
I have flown europebyair.com from Milano to Athens and return for $99 each way. I consider it a real bargain and very comfortable.
That airline is great; we had a new plane and great attendants. On time too.
When you talk about taking the train and saving money, I question your savings. Check the fares again and be sure.
USA Fri 08/19/2005
Frankfurt to Paris train fare
Frederic, the low fares I quoted Frankfurt to Paris were low because they were round trips. Sounds like you are looking for one way. Still, there are several ECs per day through Mannheim for 81,60 EUR one way pP. They will take just over 6 hours.
An alternative, if you can get Thalys Smilys fares online, is to go through Brussels. Until Dec 10, DB has a promotion called "Europa-Spezial" which includes Frankfurt to Brussels Midi for 39 EUR. Non refundable ticket requiring 3 day advance purchase and good on ICEs leaving Ffm at 8:00 and 12:00. From there you can get to Paris via Thalys for 38 EUR (a RT Smilys ticket - just don't come back). That's 77 EUR, a few Euro less than the EC, but non-refundable; with connections, it's not really any faster.
USA Tue 08/16/2005
Re: Frankfurt/Paris flight
Just a little tip.. don't look for a 1 way fare. Look for a RT fare (they then to be cheaper), and just not use the return flight.
USA Tue 08/16/2005
Frederic, Sparpreis, which means "Savings price" is a promotion of German Rail. For trips inside Germany it saves you 25% on a round trip with a 3 day advance purchase. It saves you 50% if you stay over a Sat. night. There is also an additional savings for co-travelers.
For the Frankfurt Paris trip, the savings only applies to the German part. You can purchase the SparNight tickets at the counter or at an automat, but the tickets are limited, so it might pay to order them online.
USA Tue 08/16/2005
Frankfurt to Paris train fare clarification
USA - Could you please explain what the word "Sparpreis" in your fares means? I am not familiar with that term. We are also looking to travel from Frankfurt to Paris in October so are looking for the best/cheapest way to do so. Thank you!
Frederic, WI USA Tue 08/16/2005
Venice to Palermo Airline
Swan, I see you want to go from Venice to Palermo and you used Europebyair.com. We have used them in the past but tend to have used them for international flights, not intranational flights. I believe the airline serving this route is AlpiEagles. You may be able to find cheaper flights on www.alpieagles.com. The key message, before buying a $99 airpass, plus taxes, give the actual airline site a try(if you are sure of your itinerary.)
San Francisco, CA USA Tue 08/16/2005
Lisbon to Rome....
looking for cheap airfare from Lisbon to Rome on Sept 2. Anyone see any good deals?
MD USA Mon 08/15/2005
Frankfurt Paris flights, part 2
Frankfurt airport to Paris via Thalys takes less than 5 hours. The lowest fare, if you can get it, is 109 RT. Full fare is 216.
USA Sat 08/13/2005
Re: No Frankfurt Paris flights ???
Randy, Alitalia has flights from Frankfurt to Paris through Milan. They cost $240 and up, RT, but they take 7 hours if you include time to get into Paris. In less time, just over 6 hours, you can take EuroCity trains via Mannheim. Full fare is 170 RT; Sparpreis fare is 131 RT.
USA Sat 08/13/2005
No Frankfurt Paris flights ???
I have spent HOURS and CANNOT BELIEVE that I cannot find a discount airline serving round trip flights between Frankfurt and Paris. The major airlines want a ridiculous $900 ! for a one hour flight? CAN ANYBODY HELP ~
Orlando, Florida USA Fri 08/12/2005
Cheap airfare within Spain ??
I'm looking for a low airfare from Barcelona (Spain) to San Javier airport in Murcia (Spain). If anybody knows an airline ??? please let me know. I'm going from Amsterdam to Murcia
O'stad, Aruba Wed 08/10/2005
I recently bought a ticket from Europebyair for a flight from Venice to Palermo. The pass plus FedEx (required) was $114, then there will be taxes $15-35 at the airport in Venice. I don't consider this to be inexpensive, especially considering the rates 2nd class on Italian trains. However, the trip (door-to-door) will be about 6 hours versus two days on the train. I bought a ticket on RyanAir for about $36 for a flight from Paris to Venice. Taxes not included. A flight on EasyJet from Nice to Paris would cost about $43 plus taxes. I recommend making airline reservations as soon as you know your schedule, since I ended up having to leave Venice before the crack of dawn because I delayed making my reservation.
USA Fri 08/05/2005
Lisbon to Madrid
This route is coverd by both the Spanish and Portuguese national airlines ( Iberia and TAP respectively ). Plenty of flights every day.
Nottingham, UK Thu 08/04/2005
Transavia is a fully bonded IATA ( International Air Transport Association ) airline. I have never flown with them but if anything is not as it should be you have full legal redress and entitlement to compensation under the Amsterdam Agreement.
Nottingham, USA Thu 08/04/2005
cut-rate airlines in Europe
Just got back from Gt. Britain, Amsterdam and Ireland. Flew Easy Jet from Stanstead to Ams. Great airlines, book online before you leave and print out your email confiration.( At the airport you will not be able to check in until they are 'ready for that particular flight' keep checking back on the reader board for your time to book in - it doesn't really matter if you are in group A,B or C. everyone once they have a ticket, gets a seat. It can be a little disconcerting when everyone kind of rushes forward to get on the plane, but it's well worth it, very economical. Ryannair is also very economical, and again only checks you in during a certain time frame/window. but beware of their stringent weight allowances, 15 kg each (around 33 lbs), they said 10 kigs carry on, but nevery checked. email me if you have any other questions.
seattle, wa USA Thu 08/04/2005
The 5 Kilo limit was in my "hypothetical if I were king" scenario.
However, some of the discount airlines do have a 5kg carry on restriction - Germania Express, for example (and I think German Wings also). I have not had a problem with them (1 time I travelled GEXX, was with my family of 5 - If we had even approached our 100kg combined weight limit for check-ins, I don't know how we would have managed to fit our bags into our little Opel Astra hired car!). However, a couple we are friends with did get tagged - on the way home - for a huge fee. They had really loaded up on souvenirs. Mailing the extra bags they were bringing home would've cost them very little. But the fee they ended up paying was something like 400 Euro, I think!
Swiss Air IS enforcing its 10kg restriction at least within Europe - selectively. If your check-in luggage is at/near the 20kg limit (actually, it's 23 - they give you a 3kg grace), expect that they will weigh your carry-on.
AlItalia, on our last trip with them between Europe and the US, was weighing check-ins, but not carry-ons - again, that may be different if you are near your checked weight limit. Recently, I have only flown Lufthansa inside Europe, and they are the same.
Pat, you didn't say if the weight limits they are enforcing are for national or international flights. If Alitalia is enforcing their weight limit of 5 kg (11 #) for international flights it has serious ramifications for those who want to carry on, and for wheeled bags particularly.
Rick's wheeled bag weighs almost 7#, only 4# under the limit. If all you can carry on is 4# of your own stuff, you might as well get a really light bag and just carry it.
However, it looks like Swiss Air allows 10kg (22 lb !) and Lufthansa last I checked allowed 8 kg (18#). I know what airline I would fly.
USA Tue 08/02/2005
The discount airlines have always been militant about weighing luggage, but now even the biggies like Swiss Air and Al Italia are watching the scale closely!
I know this is a whine, but the baggage weighing gets to me - especially the airlines that weigh your carry-on. Not that I think there shouldn't be a limit, but it somewhat befuddles me that I had to fill my pockets up in my jacket with bike tools to drop my luggage weight by a couple kilos to avoid a huge penalty, while passengers who outweighed me by a full 20 kilo luggage allowance or more were walking on the jet! Again - just a whine, and it's teaching me to pack lighter, even with my bicycle included.
But, were I king for a day, I'd make it a maximum combined weight - luggage plus passenger (at least for carry on). Or maybe, a maximum combined weight with an exception that everybody would be able to bring on at least a 5 kilo carry-on.
USA Tue 08/02/2005
I hope none of you are booked to fly on the budget airline EUjet. They have just gone into liquidation. A lot of passengers have been left with no flights and no hope of compensation or money back.
Nottingham, UK Wed 07/27/2005
Airport sleeping situation
Erika, According to www.sleepinginairports, Dusseldorf airport closes between midnight and 5am
Gettysburg, USA Tue 07/26/2005
Safe trip from London to Luton in the middle of the night?
This couldn't be easier. There is a coach service from Victoria Coach Station in London which departs at 04:00 and arrives at Luton airport at 05:00 it costs less than GBP10.00 ( I think it stops to pick up on the Finchley Road it certainly used to ). Buy your ticket a few days before you depart, book a taxi to Victoria Coach Station - job done !
Nottingham, UK Tue 07/26/2005
Safe trip from London to Luton in the middle of the night?
I, a single woman, need to get from St Johns Wood in London to Luton airport for a 7:10am RyanAir flight. As this will require that I travel in the late night/early morning hours, what is the safest way for me to get there?
CA USA Sat 07/23/2005
Clearing customs in Madrid
Hi Cindy - this is a tricky one because I need more info to give an exact answer. If the whole of your itinery from the US to Barcelona is printed on one set of tickets and you can have your luggage 'through-checked' to BCN by all means take the early flight. The reason for this is that the airlines are then legally obliged to get you fresh connecting flights should there be any delays. If you have booked two seperate sets of tickets ( one from US to Madrid and one from Madrid to Barcelona ) take the later flights. It takes between 40 - 60 minutes to disembark, pass through customs and security and baggage reclaim at MAD. Add on another 20 mins if you are departing from another terminal. Punctuality is a bit of a difficult issue on some transatlantic routes due to weather conditions. Sometimes you can arrive ahead of schedule and sometimes you can be significantly delayed. If you are purchasing tickets that cannot be easily changed go for the later flight, if your tickets are flexible take a risk on the earlier flight. It all depends on what you have purchased and the flexibility of the airlines you are travelling on.
Nottingham, UK Fri 07/22/2005
Find a computer to use (Internet cafe or hostel, etc). Buy a ticket using your home address or the address you use for your credit card (or answer whatever questions they ask). Print out the confirmation. Fly.
USA Fri 07/15/2005
I am in Europe and pretty much without an address. How did you all get your tickets for Ryan Air? Are they just e-tickets you can get at the gate? Also, does anyone have an 800 number from the US for them?
Lansing, MI USA Fri 07/15/2005
Luton Airport to central London
You can get a bus direct to the centre of London. On a Thursday afternoon however, that can take a little time. If you are prepared to pay a bit more you can get a shuttle bus to the rail station and catch the train to either St Pancras or Kings Cross ( they are actually next to each other ) from there you can take the tube to Baker Street, which is only a couple of stops away or if you want to arrive in style a black cab won't cost the Earth for that length of journey.
Nottingham, UK Tue 07/12/2005
easyJet Availability - August
Sorry to hog these boards - it's just that I work for a UK airline. It's a combination of the two factors. The chances of a LGW-AMS flight selling out on a Sunday are not as great as they are on any flight on a Friday or Saturday morning but in August the odds are still in favour of the flight selling out or getting down to just a few very expensive seats. As it gets nearer to the date of departure the price will increase no matter what else occurs. Sorry, that's the airline game.
Nottingham, UK Tue 07/12/2005
Luton Airport to central London
We will be arriving Luton Airport from Edinburgh, what is the best bet getting to central London, Baker Street area? Traveling on a Thursday afternoon.
Birmingham, AL USA Mon 07/11/2005
easyJet Availability - August
What's the likelihood that an easyJet flight from London-Gatwick to Amsterdam will sell out? We're flying on a Sunday in mid-August and would like to take the 13:05 flight. In the past couple of days the flight has gone up 10 pounds (from 39.99 to 49.99).
Is this based on getting closer to the date of departure, a decrease in the availability of seats, or a combination of both?
I'm not so worried about a slight increase in price (since we're holding off on buying the tickets in case our travel plans across the pond change), but am concerned that the flight will be sold out.
Does anyone have any experience with or advice about the availability of easyJet seats in August as the departure date gets closer? Thanks!
Atlanta, GA USA Fri 07/08/2005
Zagreb to London
Croatian Airlines are the only direct flights. You can go via Vienna with Austrian Airlines or via Frankfurt with Lufthansa.
Nottingham, UK Thu 07/07/2005
Zagreb to London
Any recommendations on flying from Zagreb Croatia to London?
Seattle, WA USA Wed 07/06/2005
Avoid back seat on Ryan
On a flight from Venice Treviso to London Stansted on Ryan last week, my wife, son and I all sat on the very last row of the plane. We stuffed our small carry-on bags under the seats in front of us and the attendant came over and told us we couldn't have any bags there (not even my wife's purse) on that row as it was an emergency exit. The overhead bins on our row were full of emergency equipment, so we had to look several rows ahead to find space for our stuff. What's really weird is there was nothing resembling an exit on our row, just a regular window. So, avoid hassle and avoid that last row.
San Antonio, TX USA Wed 07/06/2005
Munich to Interlaken
Kathy, definitely not a case for flying. Check out http://reiseauskunft.bahn.de/bin/query.exe/en. There are connections between Munich and Interlaken in less than 7 hours. Fares start at about 86 EUR for the 8:14 EC out of Munich through Zurich. If you reserve that train in advance on Bahn.de, you can get a 29 EUR Europa-Spezial fare to Zurich, but I am not sure what the Zurich to Interlaken fare would be from Swiss Rail - about 30 EUR, I think.
USA Tue 07/05/2005
Munich to Interlaken
I am looking for the quickest way to get from Munich to Interlaken. Any ideas?
Agoura, CA USA Tue 07/05/2005
Dubln to Rome
Ryanair flies Dublin-Rome direct. They won't have their summer 2006 schedule out until late this fall or later. But the earlier you book, the better deals you usually get. Get on their e-mail newsletter and they'll send you e-mails when they release the next travel block, or have sales. I;ve been at, but never over, their carry-on luggage limit of 10 kg (about 22 pounds), so pack accordingly, unless you don't mind checking it through. They have a bus service that runs from Rome Ciampino airport to Termini station....details on their website.
Ottawa, Canada Mon 07/04/2005
Try to avoid flying Aeroflot into Moscow, they are really nit picky at passport control and will use any excuse they can to delay you so you miss your flight and make you get transient visas for moving from terminal to terminal on the same airport for domestic flights within Russia.
I told them to deport me to Belarus after flying in from India and they said they would send me back to India but I told them that I was not an Indian Citizen and had no money so India doesn't want me. Then they decided to deport to the USA, but if they did, I was going to ditch my passport. Finally my Belarusian wife who got separated from me in passport control, convienced them I had no money and bailed me out of the international section by giving them the money for a transient visa so we could catch our plane to Belarus.
In the past, I have always been able to fly into or out of Moscow with a valid Belarus visa as there is no passport controlled boarder between the two countries but this time they told me that the Belarus visa meant nothing to them. I told them that it was stupid because I could go to Belarus and re-enter Russia without even showing the visa. Russia has gone absolutely nuts and as lawless as my own country. If you can travel by train, they almost never ask you for documents and you can usually get a good nites sleep as well. Even the locals get extremely angry with the way they run the airports. Just a few months back, I flew into another airport in Moscow on a charter flight from Gomel, Belarus and there wasn't even any passport control to check our docs. So, it appears to be only the International Airport that is a real problem.
Gomel, Gomel Belarus Mon 07/04/2005
Ireland to Italy
Traveling from Syracuse NY to Dublin, Ireland to Rome, Italy and back to Syracuse during summer of 2006. Any suggestions re flights from Dublin to Rome. Cities not critical, but countries are.
Rome, NY USA Thu 06/30/2005
europebyair and Croatia Airlines
Flew from Zagreb, Croatia to Dubrovnik and then from Dubrovnik to Amsterdam all via Croatia Airlines and using europebyair vouchers. Airport taxes were cheap well under what Rick mentions. I think it was like $3.50 for the domestic flight and $40.00 for the international one. I called Croatia Airlines ahead of time and got seat assignments without a problem. Do note that Croatia Airlines has very low weight limits for carry on. Like 8 kg
Littleton, CO USA Thu 06/30/2005
EasyJet is the Best
We were also concerned because the prices were so low. We had the choice of flying from Pisa to Paris on a flight that was about 2 hours long for about $35 (tax incl) or taking the train (about 12 hours). EasyJet was great. Clean, convenient, on time and the staff was really friendly. The American regional airlines should look at this airline and learn.
East Moline, IL USA Fri 06/24/2005
Because the ticket per person from Pisa to Paris was only $19.99, we had some qualms about flying Easy Jet. We were totally surprised: great service, comfortable seating, on time, clean and almost new jet! Don't hesitate to use Easy Jet while in Europe.
High Point, NC USA Wed 06/22/2005
Stuttgart to Paris
Diana, take the train. I don't see any low cost airlines flying that route, and mainline airlines want about $500.
Even if you could find a flight, with flight time, check-in time, and getting to and from airports, it would take at least 4˝ hours. There is an EC from Stuttgart to Paris East that take 6:01. The cost is 80.60 EUR (about $100) if you order online from Bahn.de. You need more than eight days advance order because they mail the tickets. Or you can get them from Rail Europe for $114 (plus shipping).
You can save awake time and the cost of a hotel by taking the night train, NZ 260 (23:31 7:01). The fares from Stuttgart range from 89 EUR for a couchette 6 to 114 EUR for a double compartment. You can also board that train in Munich or Augsburg, but the fares are higher. Rail Europe doesn't show that train online. There are several numbers in Germany you can call to get reservations.
USA Tue 06/21/2005
A GOOD EXPERIENCE WITH ESTONIAN AIR
I , too, can recommend Estonian Air. I flew from Moscow to Tallinn for $99 and was impressed with the service and punctuality of the line. The plane was almost new and the flight attendants were very helpful. I took the hovercraft to Helsinki for my flight home. It was cheaper and much faster than the ferry.
NYC, USA Tue 06/21/2005
A good experience with Estonian Air
In December 2004 I traveled from Stockholm to Tallinn, then continued to Helsinki by ferry. I needed to leave Stockholm on a Friday, when the overnight ferry prices were premium. I booked a flight from Stockholm to Tallinn on Estonian Air -- and I highly recommend them. I ordered my tickets on line at their easy to navigate site: http://www.estonian-air.ee/ and arranged to pick up my tickets in Copenhagen, although I could also have picked them up in Stockholm prior to my flight. (You pay in the currency of the country where you pick up the tickets. At the time, paying in Danish funds saved me money.) Fares can be as low as $43. I was totally happy with the service. The aircraft was modern, the crew were very efficient and friendly. The short flight included a drink service and box dinner (cold meat sandwich, dessert). The Tallinn airport is small and convenient to town.
Cambridge, MA USA Sun 06/19/2005
Someone might already have mentioned this... A couple of (likely obvious) ways to get around weight limits on the airlines: if traveling with others, check your baggage together so the average per person is at or below the limit (the 4 airlines I've flown have allowed this); and, it seems that typically it is one or two items that make up the majority of the over-weight--remove this/these item(s) from the checked bag and carry them on board in a small backpack, unassuming store bag, or in a purse. $0.02 worth
Palo Alto, CA USA Sun 06/19/2005
RyanAir was great as long as you pack smart
After reading some of the comments on this board my wife and I were a bit nervous about using RyanAir for our flight from Salzburg to London.... However after having done it we now would recommend it wholeheartedly to anyone. A couple of things to consider:
1. They do weigh your bags and we did see people having to take items out. The Solution: Pack Smart! How do you think they make money with cheap fares? It's by charging all the people who don't read the fine print or take the time to pack smart. We took our bags to the post office here in the US before we left and made sure that everything was under the weight limit. We were on a 16 day trip and we had no problem packing light enough (and we had much more in our bags than Rick recommends for a trip). Another tip.... wear your heavy clothes since they don't weigh you ;-) We wore sweaters, jeans and jackets in order to keep them out of our bags.
The Salzburg airport was easy to get to and easy to go through security. Stansted in London was also fine. It is a little way out of the city, but the train ride is easy (though a bit expensive) to get into the city with.
The flight itself was fine, be prepared for open seating and a sales pitch from the staff, but otherwise it's no different from a "normal" flight.
East Lansing, MI USA Tue 06/14/2005
Easyjet over Ryanair
I'm an American student studying at Oxford and have done some traveling during this past year with both Ryanair and easyJet. I have to say that easyJet is much, much better. First, they have a larger luggage allowance (20kg instead of 15). When flying from London Stansted to Cork on Ryanair, I had 16 kg in my bag and no problem whatsoever. However, on my return flight the woman at the counter was extremely rude. She had me and my girlfriend place our luggage on the scale at the same time -- and it came out to 32 kg with their 30 kg limit. She proceeded to insist we either pay or take things out -- so I was forced to remove shampoo and a pair of jeans to bring it under the limit. Second, they have much better staff. As the previous story can attest, the people at Ryanair are just not polite. On the other hand, I've never had any problems with easyJet. Everyone has been extremely friendly. I've read that the staff at Ryanair are apparently underpaid and experience an enormous amount of turnover. In April there was a new story in the press that Ryanair is now prohibiting their employees from recharging their cell phones while at work in order to save money. No wonder why their staff is so hostile! Third, their seats are more comfortable. Ryanair has stripped their planes of the original seats in order to add more and hence they are smaller and I believe actually plastic. The only drawback is that easyJet does cost a little bit more, but in the long-run it is worth it, particularly for the luggage.
NMA USA Sat 06/11/2005
Flights to/from Prague
For flights to/from London....check out GermanWings, which goes through Berlin or Bonn (http://www14.germanwings.com/), Smartwings (a Czech airline, http://www.smartwings.net/en/), and the British airline, easyjet (www.easyjet.com). For flights from Florence to Prague, the above-mentioned Smartwings might be your best bet, although you'll have to come into Rome for that. The oddly-named Swiss airline, FlyBaboo (http://www.flybaboo.com/) will fly you Florence-Geneva-Prague and return, so that might be a good route if the connections time out properly. Luckily, nowhere in Europe is very far from anywhere else, by air. NOTE: you'll both get faster, and more numerous responses, if you post questions on the Traveler's Helpline discussion board.
Ottawa, Canada Sat 06/11/2005
The best thing we did was fly Easy Jet from Paris to Milan. One hour. Brand-Spanking-New plane. And the best part? Only $62 for TWO tickets. It's the Southwest of Europe. There's NO reason to take an overnight train with the small airlines around.
Champaign, IL USA Wed 06/08/2005
Rome to Bucharest by air
Ger Sat 06/04/2005
For travel to Germany from within Europe check out Hapag-Lloyd Express (hlx.com) for super-cheap airfare. If you book on Tuesdays 6pm - midnight GMT (12noon-6pm EST in USA) you can almost always get one-way fares for 19.99 euros, provided that you book at least one month in advance. I flew between Venice and Cologne/Bonn and again between Venice and Berlin roundtrip for 39.98 euros each -- cheaper than taking a train to Rome one way!! Amazing airline. Plenty of other low-cost air carriers spring up every day in Europe and I've never heard of anyone having any trouble.
philadelphia, pa USA Fri 06/03/2005
I recently flew easyjet London to Rome, then Venice to London. The 'no frills' experience was great. Flights left/arrived on time, the seating was comfortable, service efficient. Great way to travel into one city and out another.
Edmonds, WA USA Fri 06/03/2005
Thanks for the response, H.M.J.Yeah, I thought of that, as I've used EbA several times. However, it turns out that the airline they use for their Lisbon-to-London flight is ? you guessed it ? Monarch! The fare is actually cheaper from Monarch's website (?62 or about $80 total) than EbA's $99 flight pass, which doesn't include taxes. I'm just worried about some stories I read (elsewhere) that Monarch tends to cancel flights without notice and is insensitive to customer complaints. Of course, no one likes to do business with people like that. I think I'll just sit tight for now. Maybe British Airways will run a sale in the next month or two.Thanks again.
Austin, TX USA Sun 05/29/2005
FINLAND TO GERMANY
There is a cheaper way......You can fly from Helsinki to Stockholm for $99 and from Stockholm to Munich for $99 on europebyair.com.
TX USA Sun 05/29/2005
Go to europebyair.com.~~~ Fly Lisbon to London for $99. ~~~ Call the toll-free phone number and ask which airline.
OK USA Sat 05/28/2005
No question....europebyair.com is the best fare between specific cities. I have flown from Moscow to Tallinn for $99, Milan to Athens for $99 and Athens to Milan for $99. Go to their home page and click on the interactive map which shows all the cities of Europe they serve.
USA Mon 05/23/2005
Try vueling.com to fly to Barcelona from Spain or Europe. Fare are really interesting.
Madrid, Spain Mon 05/23/2005
Getting back to the original airport
Europebyair.com is an easy and inexpensive way to get around once you get there. We planned our trip one-way by land and flew back to the airport for our return roundtrip to save time. From Prague to Brussels one-way was $540 thru the regular airlines, but Europebyair.com offers $99 flights to most major European cities.
Fallbrook, CA USA Sat 05/21/2005
Easyjet within Europe
We traveled frm Munich to London for 26 euros one way on Easy Jet. They have sales all the time but they fly to the smaller airports. If you are flexible, give them a try. Its a no frills airline and they allow 1 bag per person on board, but for the price, you can't go wrong.
USA Mon 05/16/2005
Should have said, flight in Italy was Air One
PA USA Wed 05/11/2005
I have flown within Europe twice on budget airlines. One was Air Berlin, Palma de Mallorca to Malaga (Spain) and once Catania to Rome (Italy). Both flights were fine. Both about 100 dollars for the flight, a nice price I think. Now I'm probably going to use Transavia. Anyway, don't worry about the cheap flights, just enjoy the opportunity!
PA USA Wed 05/11/2005
For those now booking a holiday, Ryanair's got another sale on....50 per cent off its flights from 20 May to 14 July. Some time and date restrictions....and must book by midnight 9 May (6 pm EDT).
Ottawa, Canada Sat 05/07/2005
On suggestion of the Wall Street Journal, I tried www.whichbudget.com to find budget airlines between different cities in Europe. I thought the site was very well laid out and easy to use, although you have to follow links to the airlines themselves to check flight schedules and prices, etc. My one complaint is that it didn't list Malmo Aviation, a budget airline in Scandinavia. But we did easily find a flight from Rome (Campiano) to Basel for 14.59E -- even after taxes, MUCH cheaper than the train.
Ithaca, NY USA Fri 04/29/2005
I disagree with the comments about Berlin Schoenefeld. The airport is tiny compared to other airports. I have used this airport multiple times with different airlines and never had any problems.
Dresden, D Sat 04/23/2005
Schoenefeld Airport Berlin
I found Schoenefeld International Airport in Berlin to be a nightmare (as well as other passengers). nothing marked, have to ask where to go for each Airline. Security is unorganized. wait for more than 30 minutes in a hallway standing in line, for any airline.
OR USA Wed 04/20/2005
Eastern European Airlines
http://www.skyeurope.com/in.php have you used this company or have you heard anything about it? I am hoping to fly from Amsterdam to Krakow. let me know
Simsbury, CT USA Mon 04/18/2005
FRA to BUD
Frankfurt Airport, (not Hahn), is a tough one to fly out of on an affordable shuttle! Anyone got any tips on cheap airfare out of that hub. I'm trying to get to Budapest. Thanks!
Hollywood, CA USA Wed 04/13/2005
ITALY BY WAY OF FRANCE
MEA....Alitalia has a flight on Wednesdays in Sept for only $234 non -stop. www.travelocity.com
denver, USA Tue 04/12/2005
I just flew easy jet from Amsterdam to Gatwick. The price for two was about $96. Had we taken the earlier flight it would have been less. The baggage allowance was 44 lbs per person for a checked bag. We were told only one carry on per person but noted the other passengers had multiple bags. We accidentally packed cork screws in our carry ons..they were nice enought to take them and check them through for us. This happened once before on a British Airways flight...they took the item from us and did not return it.
Atlanta, GA USA Sun 04/10/2005
Both Austrian Airlines ( OS ) and Polish Airlines ( LO ) fly daily between Vienna and Karakow
Nottingham, UK Fri 04/01/2005
Edmonds, WA USA Tue 03/29/2005
Just a reminder for travellers flying into/out of Heathrow's Terminal 4 who plan to take the subway. The station there is being revamped, so it's closed until September of 2006. They have a shuttle bus that takes you to Hatton Cross, the next stop up the line, where you can get aboard the subway for central London. The subway is still available to/from Terminals 1, 2, and 3.
Ottawa, Canada Mon 03/28/2005
From Italy to South France
Alitalia fly from Milan ( Malpensa ) to Nice
Nottingham, UK Thu 03/24/2005
London to Dublin low cost
I flew on March 8th London Stansted to Dublin on Ryanair which cost ?27.64 for the return flight including taxes and charges, before I booked the flight I read what Ryanairs terms and conditions of travel with them were including what their baggage allowance was and made sure I stayed within it, the result was a good value, very enjoyable return flight and vacation in Ireland, as far as I know all airlines have some sort of baggage restriction so I really cant understand the people who complain about excess baggage charges when they have not bothered to read the rules especially when they confirm that they have before they pay.
I have booked 2 more return flights from London to Dublin, but because I paid ?24 for the return train fare from central London to Stansted airport which was almost as much for a 60 mile return journey by train as was the ?27.64 I paid for my 700 mile return journey by air this time I have booked a return flight on Aer Lingus London Heathrow to Dublin for ?42.55 and another return flight made up of 2 single tickets, Aer Lingus ?30.55 London Heathrow to Dublin and British Midland (FlyBMI.Com) 18 Euro Dublin to London Heathrow, although these flights are more than Ryanairs cheapest flights because I can travel to Heathrow for free, these flights are better value for me, so for travellers not familiar with where they are going it probably pays to spend time researching where the airport they are flying to is in relation to their actual destination and the cost of transfers.
I note that whilst British Midland and Aer Lingus Checked baggage allowance is higher at 20 Kilo's compared to Ryanair's 15 Kilo's, their Carry-On baggage allowance is lower at 6 Kilos compared to Ryanair's 10 Kilo's, another difference is that Aer Lingus will accept a Bus Pass as Photo ID for travel between the UK and the Irish Republic whereas Ryanair will only accept a Passport or UK or Irish Photo driving licence so it does pay to check the airlines terms and conditions before you book. I just hope that the 9 Euro excluding tax and charges I paid to British Midland for the Dublin to London flight actually justifies the free inflight tea and sandwiches they offer.
London, UK Sun 03/20/2005
Europe by Air
Europe by air does offer reservations. Their vouchers are good for 120 days, if you just want to buy a couple and keep your travel plans flexible. Visit their website for all the answers, or call them toll-free at 888 321 4737 for any questions.
Ottawa, Canada Sun 03/20/2005
EUROPE BY AIR ZURICH TO ZAGREB
Jason~~~Norm is right about Europebyair.com. I have flown then from Milan to Athens for $99 one way and back, Moscow to Tallinn for $99 one way. They are a wholesaler handling many of the smaller airlines and can?t fly you everywhere, but well worth searching their web page. They also have a map showing where they fly. As for seats, you don?t have to reserve one because every plane I have been on had only 50% occupancy. Yes, you receive a voucher; that is all you need. Never a problem using it except in Moscow where it took 30 minutes to work through the Russian red tape. But not in Athens or Milan. Also try applefares.com, opodo.co.uk, and easyjet.com.
Midland, USA Sat 03/19/2005
Europebyair.com - Zurich to Zagreb
Do a "control F" search on this page for europebyair and you'll find several comments, all positive. They have a toll-free number you can call....888 321 4737
Ottawa, Canada Fri 03/18/2005
Not to flog for them exclusively, but Ryanair has just posted a sale which offers thousands of free seats to various destinations....you just pay taxes and security fees. The availability is rather restricted, and only for flights until June 30th at the latest. Originating at British airports. Check out http://www.ryanair.com/site/EN/ . Find the airport you want to depart from, click on the destination that looks good, and the time the free flights are available will be listed. On until Midnight British time Monday night.....7 pm Monday evening, EST.
Ottawa, Canada Fri 03/18/2005
Rachel - Paris to Athens
USA Fri 03/18/2005
Paris to Athens
I think you're trying to fly from Spain to Athens,...not Paris - Athens, correct? Try AliEagle, a discount Italian airline headquartered out of Venice. They fly from Barcelona to Venice for as low as 29 Euros....and from Venice to Athens for as low as 49 Euros. There's only 45 minutes between flights, but if you're flying light, it shouldn't be a problem, if you let the staff know you're making the connection. I used a July 20th date to get that....other dates may have other connections. Otherwise, you're stuck going thru Paris. Check them out at http://www.gesac.it/en/links/alpieagles.html . I've never flown them, but they seem to have grown slowly and carefully over the last 9 or 10 years.
Ottawa, Canada Fri 03/18/2005
I will be flying in the beginning of July, so all should be well by then.I am thinking that Blue1 is a lot like Air Canada's Tango..and as SAS is a major airline and owns Blue1, it should be safe to book. Hard decision because I have to fly a few times while in Europe for 6 weeks, and I want to keep costs down. Mind you, I don't believe that any airline is safe these days from financial woes...just look at Air Canada. Just a gamble that I'll have to take.
Vancouver, BC Canada Wed 03/16/2005
Depends when you want to go. Apparently, both airlines are faced with a cabin crew strike. According to Blue1, "The state conciliator has postponed the starting date of the cabin crew strike with two weeks, which means that a possible strike would start on March 26th 2005 at the earliest. Negotiations to avoid a strike are still ongoing. We continuously follow up the situation and will keep our clients informed about any changes as soon as possible."
Ottawa, Canada Wed 03/16/2005
London Stansted into London
Sharri....two options available....train and bus. The train runs every 15 minutes on the quarter hour until 6 pm, then at the top and bottom of the hour until midnight. It's about 14 pounds one-way...if you're going back out thru Stansted, I think a return ticket is cheaper than two one-ways. The trip takes about 45 minutes to the Liverpoll Street station, where it connects with London's subways. It also makes a stop at Totteham Hale, I believe, which is on the Victoria subway line to the northwest of the downtown. Check out http://www.stanstedexpress.com/. Remember that the tube stops around midnight, so after that,it's the bus. You can plan your journey in London by going to http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tfl/ and clicking on Journey Planner. There are buses from Stansted downtown...National Express for one. But they take longer, and if there's a traffic jam, you're stuck! Happened to me two years ago, and swore I'd take the rail from now on!
Ottawa, Canada Sun 03/13/2005
London Stansted into London
London Stansted Airport, what are the options to travel into London? We will be arriving late at night.
Portland, OR USA Sun 03/13/2005
Ryan Air Baggage limit
What I understood from Ryan Air's web site is you can have 10 kilo carry on PLUS 15 kilo checked. is this correct. anyone know for sure
Portland, OR USA Sun 03/13/2005
Ryan Air Berlin to London
Ryanair and easyjet both fly jets....737's for both, along with some Airbus A319's at easyjet.
Ottawa, Canada Sun 03/13/2005
Ryan Air Berlin to London
Low-discount airlines like Ryanair and Easyjet have lower overhead costs than bigger airlines. They use their check-in crew to board the aircraft (which is why the checkin desk is closed 30 to 40 minutes before flight time), they pay their people less, and they usually don't have unions to battle with. They also put only a certain number of seats on each flight on sale to attract business.....later customers pay more. Their in-flight service is also very basic -- you basically pay for everything you consume, but on small hops, I've never found that to be a problem. If the flight's over a mealtime, I grab something in the airport and bring it with me! The fewer frills are worth the savings. There are 2.2 lbs in a kilo, so 10 kilos is 22 pounds.
Ottawa, Canada Sat 03/12/2005
Heathrow: Need To Change Terminals For Connecting Flight
Mary: call your airline and ask them about your luggage. And also ask them if THEY have allowed enough time for terminal change.
CHARLOTTE, USA Sat 03/12/2005
A good idea -online flight consolidators
hi! i'm a big fan of the magazine "Arthur Frommers Budget Travel", and this past month they had a great article on flights and carriers within europe. The best thing to do when researching inter-european flights online is to go to websites such as searchlowestfares.com, wegolo.com, skyscanner.net, applefares.com or openjet.com. just plug in the departure and arrival cities and dates and they will give you all your options from several different carriers. using skyscanner.net i found a flight from amsterdam to the greek island of corfu- which greatly simplified my life (rather than taking a flight to venice and then a ferry to corfu). i really liked skyscanner.net..... i recommend that anyone in search for the best fares check it out!
Coralville, IA USA Sat 03/12/2005
Ryan Air Berlin to London
Ryan Air, fare is $32.61 Euro form Berlin to London. How can that be. when Luftsana and British Air are $600.00 Americian. This is for April 1st. Can anyone tell me the conversion of kg to lb? this seems to good to be true. is it a small prop plane
Portland, OR USA Sat 03/12/2005
Berlin Schoenefeld A/P: Major Expansion of easyJet and Germanwings
German Low Cost airline Germanwings just announced to establish its third hub at Berlin-Schoenefeld Airport. Domestic routes are Berlin-Munich/Cologne/Stuttgart/Dusseldorf - international routes to Stockholm (Sweden), Istanbul and Ankara (Turkey), Split and Zagreb (Croatia), Moscow (Russia). Tickets from 19,- EUR incl. Tax.Also, Easyjet is increasing the number of routes served from Berlin-Schoenefeld to a total of 27, making Berlin its second largest Hub in Europe! Routes are to London Luton and London Gatwick, Bristol, Liverpool, Belfast and Newcastle (all UK), Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and the Belearic island of Mallorca (all Spain), Rome Ciampino, Milan Linate, Naples, Olbia/Sardinia and Pisa (all Italy), Paris Orly and Nice (both France), Athens (Greece), Budapest (Hungary), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Krakow (Poland), Riga (Latvia), Tallinn (Estonia), Geneva and Basel (both Switzerland), Bratislava (Slovakia) and Copenhagen (Denmark). Tickets on selected routes from 19,- EUR incl. Tax.Delta's and Continental's new nonstop services from New York JFK and EWR as well as all other major European airlines arrive at Berlin Tegel Airport. Transfer between the two airports by public bus (20 mins) plus Airport Express Train (30 mins) is 2,- EUR!
Berlin, GER Sat 03/12/2005
Heathrow: Need To Change Terminals For Connecting Flight
We're flying from Boston to Barcelona, arriving at Terminal 4, and departing from Terminal 1. I'm assuming that we have to pick up our luggage and take it through Customs. Will we have to carry our luggage to Terminal 4, or will the airline take it back from us outside Customs? We have two hours between flights - will that be enough time to clear customs and get from T4 to T1? Thanks!
Woonsocket, RI USA Fri 03/11/2005
flying Munich to Venice
Megan,A few years ago we took a night train from Munich to Venice and it was just fine. They actually booked us 3 in a 6 bunk room but reserved the whole cabin for us. Just take tylonal PM and you will wake up happy in Venice.
Port Orchard, WA USA Thu 03/10/2005
Which London airport from Dublin
Al....can you give us some websites to check out? I've always gotten enormous one-day fares when I've tried out BA from Heathrow to Dublin one-day.
Ottawa, Canada Thu 03/10/2005
Which London airport from Dublin?
Why bother with Gatwick, Luton or Stanstead ?Fly into Heathrow and save time and effort.If you think it cost's more to fly into Heathrow then think again. There are full service carriers who cover the route from DUB to LHR and who will give you complimentary drinks and a snack on board and are very competatively priced with the no-frills market.
Nottingham, UK Thu 03/10/2005
LONDON TO SPAIN
Barb~~~~go to europebyair.com and enter London and Madrid.~~~~ You will find the fare to be $99 one way.~~~~ I selected Mar 12 to get the fare to come up; so move your date until you find a date they fly.~~~~ They use small national airlines. ~~~~ I have flown europebyair.com several times--Moscow to Tallinn $99 and last time from Milano to Athens one way $99 and the airline was first rate.~~~~ I always talk with an agent when I reserve a seat...never on the net. ~~~~ Call 888 321 4737 or 888 387 2479.
DALLAS, USA Wed 03/09/2005
Which London airport from Dublin
The trains all take about the same amount of time....30 to 45 minutes, depending which company you use and which airport you're at. All depart from train stations associated with major underground stops in central London.....Luton from King's Cross, Gatwick from King's Cross or Victoria, and Stansted from Liverpool Street. Whatever terminal you need, avoid taking the bus connections....traffic jams can play havoc with their schedules!
Ottawa, Canada Wed 03/09/2005
Which London airport from Dublin?
Planning to fly from Dublin to London. Staying in central London. Does it make a difference for ease of transfer which airport I fly into - Gatwick, Luton or Stansted?
East Peoria, IL USA Wed 03/09/2005
Thanks, Norm, I flew Ryan Air and bmi 2 years ago and we did fine with both. I'm actually glad to be rewarded for traveling light. On regular airlines, my fellow travelers are stuffing huge suitcases in my overhead bin. Glad to hear good things about Easy Jet. Has anyone hear used the new flight air passes? That's a new one on me.
USA Tue 03/08/2005
London to Spain
I've flown on both those airlines in the last couple of years, and found them to be good. So, unless you've found a super deal somewhere else, they should satisfy your wants. Just remember, discount airlines like easyjet usually have lower weight limits that others, although if you're an RS aficiondo, you'll be travelling light anyway! And remember, the people who check you in are the people who board the aircraft, so their check-in counters usually close 30 to 40 minutes before flight time. The sooner you get there, the better seat selection you'll have. The counters usually open 2 hours before departure.
Ottawa, Canada Sun 03/06/2005
London to Spain
We are flying from London to Madrid in June. I've found flights on bmi and EasyJet, but wondered if anyone here has had experience with another airline for that trip. Thanks!
MI USA Sun 03/06/2005
Joe, you can take a bus to gatwick from Heathrow.or if you have time ( and not tooo much baggage ) take the Piccadilly line to victoria station, then the train to Gatwick.You can also take the train to Luton or a shuttle bus from Liverpool street station to Stanstead.My preference is Gatwick and the coach from Heathrow is easier than the train.do your homework and read these boards. there are plenty links to the shuttles and London transport and each has price and transit time info
Beantown, MA USA Sun 03/06/2005
Airports in London
I am flying into London via the Heathrow airport. I am looking to fly to Nice (France), but the only available flights are Luton, Stansted, or Gatwick. Which is the closest to Heathrow?
USA Sun 03/06/2005
Flew RyanAir from Frankfurt/Hahn to Jerez for 94E (Incl fees). We took a shuttle bus from Frankfurt to Hahn. Worked fine.
Talent, OR USA Fri 03/04/2005
Sandy....I'm pretty sure there's only one bus service, at (http://www.aeroportbeauvais.com/index.php?lang=eng). You can buy your tickets on the bus, as long as you show up AT LEAST 3 hours and 15 minutes before your flight...there's likely be a lineup, but they're supposed to work with Ryanair to make sure there are enough places for people on the planes. Very few people, I assume, would take taxis all the way out there, so it's a pretty captive audience. Keep trying their e-mail to buy one in advance, but otherwise, just show up at their stop at Porte Maillot.
Ottawa, Canada Tue 03/01/2005
We are flying from Beauvais Airport to Scotland mid March. Can anyone recommend a bus/shuttle from Paris to the airport? We found one company via the internet but they have not responded to my emails. Thanks!
Silverdale, WA USA Tue 03/01/2005
I dont know what you people fool about Smart Wings.I?ve flown with them many times and was very happy with them.They are good, it?s great that Czechs set up this low cost airlines, available for everybody because their beautiful country is worth visiting.Czechs are very nice and honest people.I strongly recommend Smart Wings as they are more customer orientated than other airlines.
manchester, UK UK Tue 03/01/2005
I dont know what you people fool about Smart Wings. I?ve flown with them many times and everything was perfect.I can say that they are much more customer orientated than other carriers.It?s great that Czechs set up this low cost airlines, available for everybody, because their country is beautiful and has a lot to offer.It?s definitely worth visiting.Czechs are very nice and honest people as I have lots of friends amongst them.As a happy customer I strongly recommend Smart Wings.
manchester, UK Tue 03/01/2005
THE WORST COMPANY OF ALL TIMES!!! NO MORE ABUSES!!!!Beware with smart wings. They cancelled my flight from Madrid to Prague without notification, I arrived at the airport and I found out there that the flight had been cancelled in January and I was flying in February. They haven?t refund me any money. It is a huge abuse!!!! I have lost money with this company, days of vacation and I finally couldn?t find another flight to Prague. I will sue this company for sure!!!
spain Sat 02/26/2005
Use the local Travel agents, for quick tickets/passes
We've just returned from Spain, with pre-arranged flights to Madrid from USA, then we trained down to Malaga, but failed to make arrangements to get back to Madrid for the flight home, after our Andalusia Visit, while in Nerja, we just happened up a local travel agent, grabbed some plane tickets and a nights hotel, we were set, and the prices were comperable to some I had looked up prior to leaving the States, but decided I would worry ab out that a few days before we needed to be back in Madrid..
NC USA Fri 02/25/2005
Stansted Easyjet Connection
Not sure if you mean Dublin or Belfast....I assume Belfast, since easyjet doesn't fly to Dublin. The 1:15 time frame may be a bit tight, since easyjet's check-in counters close 30 minutes before flight time, so he'll have to head down to check-in after his arrival, by 18:00 hrs at the latest. Since you're going from one easyjet flight to another, the crew may be able to radio ahead if he's running late. But, to be safe, you might want to get him to wait until the 21:40 flight....you know Murphy's Law!
Ottawa, Canada Fri 02/25/2005
Stansted Easyjet Connection Correction!!!
That should be 1hr 15min for the connection!
Springdale, AR USA Fri 02/25/2005
Stansted Easyjet Connection??
My son is flying from Bologna to Belfast this summer and it looks like Easyjet is the best alternative. His flight will arrive at London Stansted from Bologna at 17:15 and there is another flight on to Dublin at 18:30. He is carrying on his backpack. Will 1hr 45min give him enough time to catch the second flight at 18:30 or should he book a later flight that leaves at 21:30? Any help would be appreciated!
Springdale, AR USA Thu 02/24/2005
Stansted Easyjet Connection??
Springdale, USA Thu 02/24/2005
Compensation for delays and cancellations.
It looks like we have got a test case to see how effective this legislation is going to be. We all know there isn't going to be compensation for delays caused by weather or circumstances that could not reasonably have been forseen but now we have a good test case. A serious delay caused by a technical fault that could have been fixed by more experienced maintainance staff on an established airlines route.http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/leicestershire/4292701.stmWhen this is resolved we will know whatv the future is really going to be like.
Nottingham, UK Thu 02/24/2005
Compensation for delays and cancellations
The E.U. has today introduced higher compensation requirements which airlines must pay when flights are delayed or cancelled. These apply to all flights within Europe, and on flights with European airlines. Details are on the BBC website at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4267095.stm
Bristol, UK Thu 02/17/2005
LONDON TO ATHENS
Jenn.....cheapest fare is on europebyair.com. $99 one way. You have to try several days to find the ones they fly on. I tried 4 different dates and found Feb 20 to work. You will find European airlines may fly only a few days a week to any one town. I have used europebyair flying from Milano to Athens and from Moscow to Tallinn each at $99 one way. Europebyair is a wholesaler selling tickets on small regional airlines. I have read lots of favorable comments but not a complaint.
BOXVILLE, USA Wed 02/16/2005
train from munich to venice
The train from Munich to Venice is beautiful and worth it at any price. But the price through Austria is quite low. Megan - check out the DB page at http://bahn.hafas.de/bin/query.exe/enYou will find that from the north Austrian border at Kufstein to the south border at Brenner, going from Munich to Venice, the fare is about 36E for two (about $25 each) in 2 cl, $37 each in 1 class. Assuming you have a eurail ticket for Germany and Italy. If that is the only travel in Austria, buying the rail ticket is a wise move. You can buy the ticket from a machine in Europe.
columbus, oh USA Fri 02/11/2005
It's not only discount airlines that have a 20 kg checked in luggage limit. I will be flying Finnair to Finland from Berlin, and their limit in Economy is 20 kgs and 10 kgs carry-on.And a charter airline that I will be taking to Europe has a 20 kg check-in limit also.And unlike budget airlines, the ticket for both are non-refundable and non-changeable. And Finnair is not a budge or a charter airline.
Vancouver, BC Canada Thu 02/10/2005
No-frills baggage allowance
Checked baggage - that is to say the amount of baggage you can have placed in the hold for free is 15K on Ryanair, 20K on Bmibaby and EasyJet.
Hand luggage - Ryanair allow 10K, Bmibaby allow 7k and Easyjet set no limit but say "a reasonable amount" of hand luggage is allowed ( what this actually means is that they will decide on the day at check-in, depending on baggage in the hold, passenger numbers, flight distance and fuel reserves but don't expect in excess of 7K hand luggage ).
As for the rest of the European no-frills airlines - you should read the terms and conditions on their web sites very carefully before you part with your money ( and you DO have to click on a box to say you have done this ). Being perfectly fair, anybody who has not read the terms and conditions when they state during the booking process that they have read them deserves all they get. That's how no-frills airlines make their profits, they clearly state their baggage allowances and charge excessive rates to people who ignore them, how else do you thing they can offer flights to France for just GBP1.00 ? People who don't read the baggage allowance limits subsidise the people who do.
All information on baggage allowance was correct @ 10:00 GMT 10 Feb 05.
Nottingham, UK Thu 02/10/2005
RE: Ryanair fees
I'm so glad I decided to check this! I'm flying 3 intra-European flights in a few weeks on Ryanair and Easyjet. Any clarification for the weight allowment? Is it 15kg to carry on for Ryanair? Any similar fees for Easyjet that anyone knows about?
Atlanta, GA USA Wed 02/09/2005
Ryanair extortion fees
Actual complaint sent to Ryanair with no response as of yet. BEWARE THIS AIRLINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dear Customer Service Department:
LA, CA USA Tue 02/08/2005
Flying or paying the difference to ride through a country?
Well, I just realized that my husband and I didn't include Austria on our EurRail ticket even though we will be travelling through it (not to it) from Munich to Venice. So, we thought about just flying directly from Munich to Venice, but we cannot find any airline that would fly us there cheaply! easyjet and ryanair only fly out of hubs, (nowhere near the two cities) and Lufthansa wants $400 for a 50 minute flight! Any recommendations? And also, has anyone experienced this before? How much would it cost to pay the difference to ride through Austria??
Hillsboro, OR USA Sun 02/06/2005
the bothers of flying
We looked at flying from close-by airports but the savings weren't there, the flight times weren't all that good. We didn't want to fly out of LHR initially because of the distance but it ended up being the best deal out of the whole lot.It worked out well so we could turn in our rental car at the same place.
Seattle, Wa USA Sat 02/05/2005
Flying between London and the Continent
I'm sorry but I think you cost yourself more than you should have done, even with a great deal from BA. When you were in Nottingham you were just twelve miles away from Nottingham East Midlands Airport, an airport from which two airlines fly to Paris. Bmibaby flys twice a day every day to Charles De Gaulle and Easyjet also fly to Paris as well from EMA. Both undercut BA's pricings. Sometimes you can save plenty by using Britains regional airports. You certainly don't have to waste time and money driving to Heathrow.
Nottingham, UK Fri 02/04/2005
Flying between London and the continent
I live in Seattle and the only direct flight to Europe is through British Airways to London. We wanted to go to Paris as well during one trip and we found that BA offers some terrific deals on flights between Heathrow and Charles de Gaulle. The flights are incredibly quick, cheap and they go several times a day. We were able to drive down from Nottingham to Heathrow on a Saturday morning, hop on a flight to Paris and we arrived in enough time to take a shower, have a cup of tea and then enjoy a leisurely dinner.When we returned to the States we found that it was easiest time-wise to fly from Paris to London to Seattle. I really like flying within Europe and I keep finding great deals.
Seattle, Wa USA Wed 02/02/2005
Flying Within Europe
We flew with Ryanair and Easyjet five times in our European travels this summer and they are GREAT. Be careful of Ryanair though as they have a lower weight restriction for bags than anyone else. Also, the ease of booking these flights on the interest GREAT. A good way to travel.
Calgary, AB Canada Mon 01/31/2005
What's going on with Smartwings?
Just a wee note on Smartwings:
Myself and a group of friends from College are supposed to be travelling from Dublin to Praque on 31/03/05 until 04/04/05.
They had all made a group booking, but since I was late deciding to go I made my own booking... which strangely turned out to be almost twice as cheap as the price my friends were each paying (mine was EUR 87 return)
Anyway everything was fine until last friday when my friend who was organising the trip called me to say Smartwings had been in touch and that their group booking had been cancelled!!
She couldn't really tell me why but there didn't seem to be any problems with with payments etc, so she was amazed and angry as we had already booked accomodation in Prague.
2 days later I have received no news of my booking being cancelled so now it looks like I have to go to Prague on my own. Will my friends get a refund? I know I can't.
Anybody from Smartwings care to comment on these strange and random cancellations??
Good luck people, and steer clear of Smartwings!!
Dublin, Ireland Sun 01/30/2005
Airfare from Rome
My daughter is spending the semester in Rome and is looking for low cost fares, planning one trip to London and Barcelona and another from Rome to Prague. How far out of the cities are some of these more obscure airports? Any other suggestions as to airlines or services? Thanks
Newtown, PA USA Sun 01/30/2005
Ryanair is cheap and that would be a decimal, not a comma. I bought all of my tickets through them for my trip in May. I used them last May as well. The only disadvatage is that the airports are usually out of the city (in some cases 1.5 hours) so you have to get transportation via bus/cab/train there. It is still definitely worth it though in my opinion.
Troy, MI USA Thu 01/27/2005
This is a silly comment, but I am wondering. The fares on Ryanair are CHEAP! The quoted online price with all fees for 3 people is 123.99 euros. Is this 124 euros or 1,240 euros? I thought decimal points were commas and vice versa.
USA Thu 01/27/2005
Booking with EasyJet
I have not had any problems with booking EasyJet online. The headline fare does not include taxes, but it is very clear what you are going to be charged before you enter your credit card details. The fares are much lower if you book early. I have only used EasyJet from our local airport, but there have never been any problems at the check-in desk. They do not even look at your copy of the booking form, just check your name from your passport against the list of passengers. So it is important that the name on the booking is exactly the same as the name on the passport. Do check first if you are booking for someone else. You can also easily change EasyJet bookings - but at a price. The only downside with EasyJet is that seats are not allocated, so it is a bit of a scrum when you board. Also, take no chances with your arrival at check-in. It closes 30 minutes before departure, and there are no exceptions.
Bristol, UK Thu 01/27/2005
LONDON TO AMSTERDAM
london to amsterdam
Jacquie~~~ try easyjet.com.~~~~ You can fly from Luton or Stansted for 7.99 Brtitish Pounds to 47.99 BP~~~~ Consider the time and cost to get from London central to the airport.
Myrtle L. Nyc
USA Wed 01/26/2005
LONDON TO AMSTERDAM
Jacquie ...go to flybmi.com. You will find fares ranging from 7 British Pounds ($13) to 41 BP ($75), depending on day of travel. That is British Midland Air Lines.
ROME, USA Wed 01/26/2005
LUTON OR STANSTED AIRPORTS
Leslie ....you may have a problem finding an discount air line flying from London to Milan and Lake Como. Try, applefares.com, and
easyjet.com, ryanair.com,flybmi.com, basiqair.com, apodo.co.uk, maerskair.com, skyeurope.com.
Applefares lists a flight for 65.98 British Pounds.(About $122).
Compared with most fares, this sounds like a bargain to me.
There may be other discount fares. You should take time to search these web pages.
NYC, USA Wed 01/26/2005
My wife and I flew RyanAir from Brussels (Charles le roi airport, about an hour from downtown Brussels), to Carcassonne, France. The service left a lot to be desired, but the round trip fare was cheap and the flight was short (1 1/2 hours). I would, and probably will, do it again.
San Francisco, CA USA Sun 01/16/2005
Easy Jet versus Ryan Air
Easy Jet from Rome Ciampino to London in October was fantastic! When we arrived at the airport, we were amazed to see that there was no line (2 hours prior to flight). Ryan Air was at the next counter, and there was a very LONG line for a flight leaving 10 minutes after ours!
Danville, CA USA Tue 01/11/2005
Ryanair Cancelled flight
On Saturday the 8th of January, the evening Ryanair flight (from Treviso- Venice to Brussels) I had booked was cancelled (due to the mist). We were abandonned in Treviso airport: we had to solve by our own all problems to be able to take a flight from Bergamo (Milano) on Monday the 10th morning!
Nalinnes, Belgium Tue 01/11/2005
Munich to Paris
I found Munich to Paris roundtrip for ?92 plus Tax in March - on Lufthansa... check www.lufthansa.com
Also good for flights from Munich (except France) www.gexx.de
Frankfurt am Main, GER Tue 01/11/2005
Paris to Norway
There is a low cost carrier called Norwegian Air Shuttle connecting Paris Beauvais airport with Oslo via Copenhagen. You might want to try that.
And by the way Germanwings have a sale on their site for April and May. I found ?1 from CDG to CGN and then ?37 from CGN to OSL!
Frankfurt am Main, GER Tue 01/11/2005
To the best of my knowledge there are no low-cost airlines flying that route. To go via Cologne seems bizarre to say the least, particularly with an overnight wait. A far better option would be to take the train and at least have the advantage of a snooze in a comfortable carriage instead of an airport floor. Alternatively you could fly on either Air France or Lufthansa but if you're watching the pennies then the train is the best option.
Nottingham, UK Mon 01/10/2005
Avoid SmartWings like the plague!
I had a similar experience to Patrick Lohan's. I had booked a reservation for my wife and I to fly between Amsterdam and Prague for an upcoming trip. With less than a month to go before our trip and much of the rest of our trip prepaid (e.g. air reservations booked, Priceline hotels in both Prague and Amsterdam booked), SmartWings send me an e-mail saying they were sorry, but our flights are canceled due to their changing winter schedule.
As a result, all the less expensive advance fares are long gone and we were forced to purchase replacement reservations on KLM for twice the price.
Other travelers considering flying SmartWings should be forewarned!
USA Sun 01/09/2005
Cheap to, from and within Spain
It may sound a bit surprising but Air Berlin is actually the cheapest and easiest carrier not only to get to and from Spain but also to travel within Spain and especially between the mainland and the Balearic islands. Fares for flights from Spain to London, Germany, Austria or within the country start at ?29 one-way incl. taxes. www.airberlin.com - oh, and they serve free food and soft drinks!!
Frankfurt am Main, GER Fri 01/07/2005
Flying low cost within Europe
Some remarks on low cost flights withing Europe from a European: Ryanair carry-on baggage allowance is now 10kg per passenger and another 15kg checked luggage are free as well. Germanwings, HLX, Wizz Air and SkyEurope are less generous. You must read the fine print on their web sites! Also note that e.g. flights from and to Ireland are actually cheapest on www.aerlingus.com as the Irish flag carrier has turned into a low cost carrier (with all its pros and cons!) Getting around in and between Germany, Austria and Switzerland is usually cheapest and fasted by train as there's a very dense and easy-to-use high-speed-train network in place. E.g. Frankfurt-Zurich or Frankfurt-Amsterdam are fater and cheaper by ICE-train than by air (ca 3hrs downtown to downtown) (www.bahn.de). Any questions please email me...
Frankfurt am Main, GER Fri 01/07/2005