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11. Posted by vxmike (Budding Member 64 posts) 8y

I took two Ryanair flights on my recent trip to Europe, and I'll never fly with them again.

1) The base rate sounds cheap, but they kill you with fees. If you have a decent amount of baggage it will get expensive very quickly. They tried to charge me 15 Pounds for being 2 kilos over their 15 kilo limit per bag. I ended up wearing several layers of clothing on that flight and leaving a towel on the airport floor.

2) As already mentioned they fly to tiny airports far away from major cities.

3) I had a flight cancelled due to fog, and the next flight was almost 12 hours later that day. If your flight is cancelled you may be stranded b/c they don't add additional flights you just have to hope they have another one soon. Some people were told the next flight is two or three days away. They announced a cancellation and offered no solutions or help at all...it was basically "the flight is cancelled, good luck getting to your destination".

4) Their entire operation is very amateurish.

12. Posted by lagosmm (Budding Member 50 posts) 8y

I have NEVER had a weight limit to my CARRY-ON luggage, even with LCC. In most of my situations, I have weight limits to my checked baggage, so I instead transfer my more dense objects to my carry-on to avoid fees with airlines; my family has been doing this since we moved overseas when I was 11 years old.

13. Posted by S_Deisler (Respected Member 266 posts) 8y

I've been to frankfurt hahn for 27 euros, liverpool for 50 eurosand paris for around 40 euros, all roundtrips, and even adding the bus fee, i mean, the price of the ticket u need to get to the cities, it is still a great deal.

14. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 8y

Quoting jaxstar84

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

Ryanair doesnt fly to AMsterdam but Easyjet does, straight into Amsterdam Schipol Airport. Sorry if i confused anyone, i meant easyjet, not ryanair.

15. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 8y

By the way, for anyone complaining about these cheap air companies....they do fly to most cities, not all flights go to a town nearby, this is a myth, also, if you book a flight for 20 quid what are you expecting to get? they are NO FRILLS AIRLINES!!! That mean s exactly what it says. NO FRILLS. Just a cheap flight, thats all u get. bloody hell, we are not talking Singapore airlines here !!! get over yourselves and just get on the plane, fly to where u wanna go and get off, easy really. Do u really need pampering to make yourself feel good? Do u expect a film to watch every time u get on a bus???? Some people really are just sooo fussy!!

16. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 8y

Quoting vxmike

I took two Ryanair flights on my recent trip to Europe, and I'll never fly with them again.

1) The base rate sounds cheap, but they kill you with fees. If you have a decent amount of baggage it will get expensive very quickly. They tried to charge me 15 Pounds for being 2 kilos over their 15 kilo limit per bag. I ended up wearing several layers of clothing on that flight and leaving a towel on the airport floor.

2) As already mentioned they fly to tiny airports far away from major cities.

3) I had a flight cancelled due to fog, and the next flight was almost 12 hours later that day. If your flight is cancelled you may be stranded b/c they don't add additional flights you just have to hope they have another one soon. Some people were told the next flight is two or three days away. They announced a cancellation and offered no solutions or help at all...it was basically "the flight is cancelled, good luck getting to your destination".

4) Their entire operation is very amateurish.

I'm going to defend Ryanair, not because I love flying with them, but because I think some of this criticism is a bit unfair......

1) Even including the fees, and I agree some of the hidden charges are a bit sneaky, Ryanair flights are usually considerably cheaper than any 'major airline' alternative. I don't see why you should expect them to check in your luggage for free if it is over their weight limit, which they have advertised in advance.

2) This is sometimes true but by no means always - Ciampino airport, for example, is actually slightly closer to Rome city centre than Fiumicino. I have recently flown Ryanair to Riga, Carcassonne and Alghero, and all of the airports were very conveniently located. Also I find flying to small airports a bonus, 'cause it usually takes no time to get through customs and sort your baggage out.

3) This is true, you can be a bit stuffed if the flights aren't that regular. Any airline can cancel flights due to fog however, and it's quite normal for them to put you on a flight the next day.

4) I don't think it's true that they are 'very amateurish'. Obviously, they run on a tight budget to be able to offer the cheap flights, and that means they have to cut some corners that other airlines don't, but the planes are clean and modern, the cabin crew are usually fine, the website and online check-in are clear and work well.

If you're thinking about flying Ryanair, (or Easyjet, Windjet, etc) here's a list of things you need to consider
1) Check that your luggage isn't going to be over their weight limit.
2) Check that the airport is actually near where you want to go (look it up on a map, don't go by the name).
3) Check that there is at least a flight every day (so you won't be stranded anywhere longer than a night).
4) Take some refreshments on board with you, 'cause they're dead pricey.

17. Posted by thevital (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y

also, if youre going to use these services, get ready for the stampede to get onto the plane... most of these companies dont allot seating, so its basically a mad rush to get a good seat(what a good seat is on a plane i do not know!).

18. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 8y

Just as someone said....you get what you pay for.

They don't all go to/from out-of-the way airports. Some got from really good major airports. For example, Jet2.com fly from Manchester, to lots of major cities. Sure there are extra costs, like, I flew from Manchester to Budapest last year and there was an extra charge for check-in baggage, but it still was a real bargain.

If you are planning on flying definatly check out the cheap airlines. Even if there are a few hidden costs, it will still save you money, just make sure you read the small print so you know what you are getting.

A really good website for finding cheap flights around Europe is http://www.skyscanner.net/ .

[ Edit: Edited on Nov 17, 2007, at 7:58 AM by Clarabell ]

19. Posted by lagosmm (Budding Member 50 posts) 8y

Quoting thevital

also, if youre going to use these services, get ready for the stampede to get onto the plane... most of these companies dont allot seating, so its basically a mad rush to get a good seat(what a good seat is on a plane i do not know!).

not sure whats a good seat? In the cases when you choose your seats in advance, this website is very helpful. it defines what a good seat is! :D

http://www.seatguru.com/

20. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1384 posts) 8y

http://www.flylc.com/directall-en.asp gives you an overview per route, and matches the airlines that fly to your route.

Don't forget that there are about 50-60 airlines that are considered to be budgetairlines in Europe. So don't focus to hard on Ryanair and Easyjet. But always check the little print and the actual airport you are flying to, especialy with Ryanair! They tell you they fly to Vienna, and put you on the ground in Bratislava, which isn't even in Austria!!!

Also take a look at the normal airlines. Lufthansa for instance has a 99 euro deal on return flights to about 40 cities in Europe (check BetterFly, it is somewhat hidden on their website), if you fly out of Germany. Iberia tries to compete, with airlines like Vueling or Clickair on some routes, and has prices as low as the budgetairlines.