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1. Posted by benb (Budding Member 2 posts) 12y

I have been checking out ticket prices on Ryanair, and they all seem remarkably cheap -- 45p from London to Rome! Too good to be true? If anyone has used this service before, or just knows alot about it, please let me know the real deal on Ryanair. Thanks!

2. Posted by georgep (Respected Member 201 posts) 12y

I am verry happy with the service that rynair offers but watch the following:

- You don't get food or drinks. But you can buy them on the plane or bring some yourself

- Ticket prices go up so book on time and don't forget that they will ad the flyingtax a bit latter in the booking process.

- They mostly fly to smaller airports that sometimes is not that close to where you want to be. So check where you gone land and what the transport options to the city are. (i didn't go to rome so i don't know)

But besides that it's a good airline. They are even talking about offering tickets for free in the next couple of years (airport, hotels, car rental and so on is gone pay our tickets)

Have a good flight,

George
www.ghptravel.com "Your travel startin point"

3. Posted by ddalet (Full Member 21 posts) 12y

Hi Ben,

Provided you factor in transport to/from the airport, are prepared to take your own refreshments (or buy them on the plane), and don't mind slightly older aircraft, and the occasional seat stampede (just take your time!!), then Ryanair is great.

The 45p you've seen advertised won't included taxes, so follow the booking process a bit further to see the total cost. Also, I know it will cost you between £7.50 (Terravision coach from Victoria) and £13 (Stanstead express train from Liverpool street) to get to the Ryanair airport in London. Not sure about the Rome side of things, but this airline is notorious for using airports a long way out of cities (I recently flew Ryanair from "Oslo Torp" to discover it was a 1.5 hour coach ride from Oslo!).

Have a good trip!
Lisa

4. Posted by georgep (Respected Member 201 posts) 12y

Yes rynair and most other cheap airlines. Use smaller airports (cheaper for them).

But in case of the rome airport i thought i heard that this one is even closer to rome then the "big airport"

If i read the webpage it's 15km from the centre of rome.

Have a nice trip,

George
www.ghptravel.com "your travel starting point"

5. Posted by vilmalotta (Respected Member 95 posts) 12y

I'd like to add one thing...
Also pay attention to how much you pack.
Ryanair tends to be really strict about luggage/hand paggage
weight. See what's said in the flight terms and stick
with that.

Didn't have problems myself, but watched many people
repack at the airport or pay unreasonable amounts
for extra weight.

6. Posted by georgep (Respected Member 201 posts) 12y

One small tip from me then.

Always carry your hand luggage if like it doesn't way anything.

I normaly carry a small backpack with my photogear. and it go's close to 20kg but i neve had problems getting it in as handluggage.

And i read that easyjet now alows any weight handluggage as long as you can put it in the bagge bin yourself.

Greetings,

George
www.ghptravel.com "Your low fare starting point"

7. Posted by WeeJoe (Respected Member 336 posts) 12y

Michael Ryan knew what he was doing when he turned Ryanair into a budget airline. Europe is perfect for this and Ryanair have cut lots of corners to provide people with 'no-frills' convenient air travel. They are the best of the budget bunch.

You dont get refreshments- Your flight is normally short (about 3 1/2 hours London to Athens max) so buy a sandwich on the plane or at the airport for about £3 if you think you may starve.

You'll land miles away- On every occasion im afraid (Oslo Torp just about taking the piss) but fortunately Americans aren't the only people with a word for 'Entrepreneur' (sic);) so you'll find that bus and train services will shepherd you and your planeful of people to the respective City Centre with ease, normally departing shortly after arrival at these small airports, getting there within an hour and charging less than £10 on average. Very dependable.

I've never felt that the Ryanair airplanes were any older or less comfortable than any other flights but I havent travelled every route.

Some other airlines who DO provide more comfort and also have some deals available from time to time are SAS (Scandanavian - Lovely, a joy to fly on), BMI (British Midland - Good but not fantastic) KLM (very nice) and Air France (Lovely but difficult to get cheap seats). Avoid Alitalia like the plague as on more than one occasion I have found the staff unfriendly, unhelpful, sometimes rude and once quite threatening!

Stick with Ryanair, thats what I do now unless its implausable.

Safe Journey.