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1. Posted by redleaves (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

Hey,
I'm going to Europe next year for the first time and with Ryanair, etc flights around Europe so cheap I'm just wondering if it's too good to be true? Such as a flight from Barcelona to Venice for $50 in July. I know the airports are usually out of the way but how easy and expensive is it to get to the actually city? Thanks!

2. Posted by S_Deisler (Respected Member 266 posts) 9y

hello

well it depends
from girona (where they land) to barcelona will cost u around 6 euros, theres a direct bus which goes from there to the city. the one in paris costed me 13 euros, one way, and the onw from frankfurt, i dont really remember

3. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 9y

Hi,
In fact it is really true. The flights with Ryanair and Easyjet really are very cheap indeed as long as you book them in advance. Not all the airports are out of the way either. You fly to Amsterdam with Easyjet and you land at Amsterdam Airport. Simple as. Some airports are a bit out but not so much that it should put you off. I love Easyjet and Ryanair. In fact I am just about to book another trip to spain from Liverpool UK for 20 quid ($40). Also if the airports are out of the way, Ryanair lay on a coach service direct to the city centre for quite a reasonable amount of money. The coach is ready and waiting outside arrivals especially for Ryanair flights.
Enjoy.

4. Posted by lagosmm (Budding Member 50 posts) 9y

I would recommend being very careful when picking your destinations. I am personally not a fan (and you should really consider frequent flier programs if your doing transatlantic flying! I'm with a couple of programs myself and the rewards are brilliant...if you careful about using them correctly,) but for cheap european flying its a descent deal.

It is true Ryannair doesnt land in the major airports, and as a result, it is sometime quite out of the way. The "olso" location for Ryannair is actually a 2 hour bus ride outside the city with a round trip bus ride of 300 KR (around 50 bucks give or take exchange rates.)

Make sure to look into the locations, they normally give prices and distances for busing if you just google it.

5. Posted by jaxstar84 (Respected Member 415 posts) 9y

ryanair doesnt fly into amsterdam, but eindhoven, which is almost 2 hours away n apparently a 30euro bus fare.
wtf.

6. Posted by lagosmm (Budding Member 50 posts) 9y

You should also consider looking at the fine print of your tickets. They charge a lot of fees in order to sell the tickets for as low as they can. It could work effectively if you work around the fees:

For example: (got from www.ryanair.com)
Cabin Baggage
One item of cabin baggage per person, weighing no more than 10kg and with maximum dimensions of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm, may be carried into the aircraft cabin free of charge (due to security restrictions - certain items cannot be carried in cabin baggage -

My friend's carry-on baggage was too heavy, and the flight attendant made her wear most of the clothes that were in there to lighten the load. It was quite ridiculous.

check-in
Each passenger checking in at the airport is subject to an Airport Check-In fee of £2/€3 (or local currency equivalent) which is payable at the time of flight reservation. (just print the PDF online before you get there)

Passengers travelling on a reservation with checked baggage are required to check-in at the airport and are subject to an airport check-in fee of £2/€3 (or local currency equivalent) per person/per one way flight.

Each passenger is permitted to check in up to a maximum of 3 bags combined weight of 15kgs subject to the payment of the applicable checked baggage fees. Checked baggage booked online is charged at a discounted rate of £5/€6 for the first bag and £10/€12 for each additional bag. If checked baggage fees are paid either at the airport or through a Ryanair call centre, the standard rate of £10/€12 per bag will apply.

7. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

It's true - but watch for taxes and airports. As someone here mentioned, you could end up travelling over an hour and spending just as much money on the rain/bus fare to get into the city.

8. Posted by Wonkerer (Respected Member 592 posts) 9y

They do charge a lot of extras and I don't know about getting to where you really want to go. If you are flying into a town you want to be in, it's probably worth it even with the extra charges, it will still probably be a good bit less than most everything else. Or at least that's my experience

9. Posted by lagosmm (Budding Member 50 posts) 9y

The airport taxes add up to quite a bit, and are not included in the original price. this is in fact illegal based on EU regulations, which is a bit of a controversy at the moment.

10. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 9y

It completely depends on the route and dates you are travelling. Some airports Ryanair fly to are extremely convenient. You get the best deal booking well in advance and carrying light luggage.

My friend's carry-on baggage was too heavy, and the flight attendant made her wear most of the clothes that were in there to lighten the load. It was quite ridiculous.

Well, this is true if you exceed the weight limit on any airline - I think it was good that the attendant suggested this novel solution. ;)