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1. Posted by Lana-Josh (Budding Member, 10 posts) 7 Aug '09 14:41

I need some advise as to which airport location to choose from Central London to Berlin. Ryanair only departs from Stansted airport which seems the farthest from the city while Easyjet uses Gatwick and Luton. Departure time for all three choices are at 6am and I am not sure how easy it is to take public transportation this early.

Since I am visiting Kent and Stonehenge, I was wondering if it would be best to stay in Kent the day prior to my departure and use the closest airport from there. Please also provide recommendations of other budget airlines I may not be aware of.

Any help will be appreciated.
Lalena

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3. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member, 560 posts) 7 Aug '09 18:58

Personally, I'd leave late evening the night before and get a few hours rest at the airport.

Plenty of fast links. Airport Transfers

Stonehenge btw is miles away in Wiltshire.

4. Posted by mojorob (Moderator, 1044 posts) 7 Aug '09 23:04

The Gatwick Express has some early trains from London Victoria to Gatwick airport - takes 30 minutes.

5. Posted by Lana-Josh (Budding Member, 10 posts) 8 Aug '09 00:02

Thank you all for the responses. Will check the websites and choose the Gatwick route. By the way, is it possible to take a day trip to Stonehenge? Leave early morning and return the same day to the city?

6. Posted by mojorob (Moderator, 1044 posts) 8 Aug '09 00:09

Yes you can make a day trip to Stonehenge from London - there are companies that do day tours which include Stonehenge.

7. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive, 698 posts) 8 Aug '09 06:41

Flights from London LHR to Berlin TXL are not so expensive with British Airways. One way for £80. If you consider the train fare to either LGW or STN is being cut out of the equation then I think it is a good deal. The chances are you will get a free meal on the plane too that Ryanair and Easyjet would want probably another £10 for. I know BA are stopping meals on short-hauls under 3 hours but it hasnt come into being yet. Materialistically, LHR to TXR will almost certainly work out as cheap as a budget airline from one of the smaller London departure points.

[ Edit: Edited on 08-Aug-2009, at 06:42 by BedouinLeo ]

8. Posted by t_maia (Moderator, 3291 posts) 8 Aug '09 08:21

Given the choice between Ryanair and easyjet I'll always prefer to fly with easyjet. Easyjet simply has the better service and you don't have to pay extra for each and everything.

9. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member, 560 posts) 8 Aug '09 11:39

Quoting Lana-Josh

Thank you all for the responses. Will check the websites and choose the Gatwick route. By the way, is it possible to take a day trip to Stonehenge? Leave early morning and return the same day to the city?

Are you leaving for the airport when you get back? Saves messing about getting to central London from Kent at 2 in the morning.

[ Edit: Edited on 08-Aug-2009, at 11:41 by fabyomama ]

10. Posted by baluba (Respected Member, 407 posts) 8 Aug '09 13:53

Quoting t_maia

Given the choice between Ryanair and easyjet I'll always prefer to fly with easyjet. Easyjet simply has the better service and you don't have to pay extra for each and everything.

I am afraid in the UK you do have to pay extras with Easyjet. £8 per checked bag each way, a surcharge for payment regardless of what type of card you use (debit cards being the cheapest as £2.95). Food on board can be pretty expensive too. Better to buy snacks etc. at the airport.
I have flown with both Ryanair and Easyjet and didn't see much difference between the two other than Ryanair charge around £4 for payment by debit card.

I have to agree though that Easyjet have a really good service, no frills, get what you pay for and in my experience are rarely late and I have flown with them a zillion times.

A train to Stansted from London Liverpool street will cost £19 or £17.20 if you book via Easyjet. The Gatwick Express from London Victoria costs £16.90. Another option is National Express buses, they service all airports from all over UK. An example fare is London Aldgate to Gatwick is £7.30.

Hope this helps, if you need more info just let me know including the dates you are travelling as it can make a difference.

Re Stonehenge, you could take a look at Viator.com, they do several day trips to Stonehenge from London including sights such as Bath, Oxford and/or Windsor or a self guided trip to Stonehenge only for £33 which takes just 5 hours (includes coach tickets and entrance fee)

[ Edit: Edited on 08-Aug-2009, at 13:59 by baluba ]