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1. Posted by super_ev (Budding Member 18 posts) 11y

So I am planning a short trip to Europe (about two weeks) and I want to visit more than one or two places. I was thinking this was going to be hard taking the train everywhere, since that would take up a lot of time on its own. I was looking at prices for Ryanair to the places I wanted to go, and they were amazing for the dates when I'm going. Is there any benefit to taking the train when I'm going on a short trip and really want to get around (ie. Paris, Barcelona,... others) as opposed to flying within Europe??? Also am I going to lose the deals if I don't book way ahead (this is for end of June/July)... any insight would be great.

Thanks in advance

2. Posted by pschwerdt (Budding Member 26 posts) 11y

I've heard Ryanair is very good... I flew Easyjet in Europe, and it was inexpensive and quick. No complaints.

3. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 11y

Ryanair is extremely cheap and there's absolutely nothing wrong with them - I've flown with them plenty of times without trouble, most of their planes are brand-spanking new and comfortable enough. Remember that you have to add on the tax for each flight though! (you can't really get away with paying just 50p). Easyjet are also fine.

4. Posted by BjornParee (Full Member 150 posts) 11y


Please be aware that cheap airlines like ryan air do not use the airports near by the city. If you fly ryan air than check on wich airport you arrive and how far it is from the city centre and ofcourse how much it will cost.

5. Posted by CathyMacD (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

Ryan air is good and cheap. Another option depending where you're flying from and to, is Easyjet.

But note, I don't think you can check baggage, so may be restricted in what you can bring. Check those deatils out.


6. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 11y

You can check baggage, however the limit is low (15kg I think). Some airports are a long way from the city (London Stansted being one, though there are cheap buses), but some are really close just flew back from Tallinn which was almost in the city centre!

7. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 11y

Please be aware that cheap airlines like ryan air do not use the airports near by the city.

YES becareful with this. Ryanair in Paris is actually a town 1 hr away called Beauvouis (sp), same situation with Barcelona i think too

8. Posted by Twinkle (Travel Guru 1112 posts) 11y

I used Ryanair a lot and I would reccomend them (saying that Ive just sat and watched that dreadful documentary about them on channel 4!!!ha ha ha!!!) but either was I think they are great...yeah so its no frills, but who cares, they are super cheap and Ive never had any problems with them!!!!They do use less well know airports but they also sell tickets onboard and at the arriving airport to get a bus that takes you into the city centre of wherever you are going!!!!So I say if youre pushed for time choose Ryanair!!!Yeah I agree, Easyjet are great, similar sort of set up to Ryanair but a little bit more expensive, but still a budget airline in all costs!

9. Posted by BlankFrack (Respected Member 280 posts) 11y

From my own experience I don't know if I'd recommend flying by Ryanair over using trains - depending on where you're going of course, if it's Barcelona to Berlin or something then obviously flying is better. I went on a fortnight trip to Germany, France and Denmark and decided I'd fly rather than take the train, however it ended up so much hassle getting to and from airports that I wouldn't recommend it.

So benefits of the train in my opinion would be firstly, all train stations are generally located in the center of a city where your accomodation is likely to be, therefore naturally it's a lot easier to get to the train station than the airport - especially for budget airlines that as has been said already often use airports a long way outside the city (in some cases they have poor transport to the city as well). I know that doesn't sound like a big deal because you'll save all that time flying, but there is a lot more time spent going through security/getting to the airport/finding out where you're going etc, when flying than getting the train - most of the extra time spent travelling by train will literally be spent sitting down on a comfy seat. So flying certainly takes less time in total, but it certainly isn't less stressful or more enjoyable as far as I'm concerned than a train (which also has nice scenery).

Second, you have more choice of where you go when going by train, not just in terms of your destination but if you have a train pass then you can obviously travel around the area around the particular city you're staying in a lot more easily. For example I stayed in Bern for 4 or 5 days last year and managed to see a large portion of Switzerland by getting trains to other cities in the morning and coming back. Obviously it's not practical (or possible more than likely) to get planes to small surrounding points of interest in the way that you can do very easily with a train pass and if you did use the train in this way without having a pass then it would cost a lot of money.

10. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 11y

Quoting magykal1

Ryanair is extremely cheap and there's absolutely nothing wrong with them

I happen to agree with you, I just wondered if you've seen the adverts for horizon or whatever that "channel four serious documentary" is called about ryanair being a shambles, with staff sleeping on the job, being short-staffed and generally a bit cr*p??

I'd say take the eco-friendly option anyway!!