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1. Posted by Yardmaster (Budding Member 4 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Any experiences with them? After getting to London we're thinking of using them for Tampere or Helsinski in May. We might have to get to Stansted.

2. Posted by StephenJen (Respected Member 37 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Yep - have flown them a few times.

Most important!!! Get to your check in and gates early!!! If you have seen the shows like "Airport" etc - you will know that quite often people do not get on their flights ... these budget airlines tend to overbook the planes and people arriving late are unlikely to actually get on (and you then have to pay to get on the next flight... if there is one...)

The flights themselves are fine. The staff are certainly not the classiest or the best in customer service but you get what you need for the cost of the ticket!

Buying tickets well in advance is recommended for exceptionally cheap tickets - like 50p tickets (plus taxes).


3. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Ryanair is a budget airline. The saying goes that they charge you for pooping in their on-craft toilets and it is not very far from the thruth. For example Ryanair has a 15 kgs weight limit for the single one piece of checked luggage they allow and they charge extra you for it. They usually fly in very late or very early to out-of-the-way airports that are hard to get to unless you rent a car. (Stansted is ok though.)

Ryanair can be a good deal, but when you got checked luggage and decent chance to accumulate enough airmiles with a big-daddy-airline to actually use them it can be better to use the big-daddy-airline. The hidden costs of the Ryanair-ticket and the costs of getting to and from the Ryanair-airport can make it cheaper to use the big-daddy-airline. So carefully compare.

4. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Expect to pay more than the advertised price . . . there are add-ons for EVERYTHING although I believe the in-flight safety demonstrations are included in the price of the ticket (for now, someone just hasn't thought of charging extra for it yet)

5. Posted by Laura.. (Budding Member 17 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I have never heard great stuff about ryan air but i did my work experience at bristal airport iwas really shocked by them. When i was in the control tower watching the planes lane ryan airs plane nearly went off teh runway and the guy said thats the second time ryan air have done that in 2days and the were defferent pilots. so i woould never fly with them.

6. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Service on the ground is appalling: attendants are grumpy (not surprising: they're chronically underpaid) and not customer-minded at all. They can be cheap, but only if you're flying outside school holidays: I've had price quotes with them that were double that of KLM, for instance.

As to destinations, imo that is not too bad. Small airports in my view tend to be better than large ones anyway, and all airports I've flown to so far had decent public transport options. Time tables are more of a problem: in 90% of cases, you need to spend the night somewhere if you fly Ryanair, and that makes the overall price difference with regular airliners very small.

7. Posted by j3nn1f3r14 (Budding Member 60 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

i have flew with them a few times, everything has always gone smoothly! i'd def use them again!

8. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3898 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I've found them ok but have only flown with them between Dublin and Manchester a couple of times. For £20 including taxes I thought they were pretty good!

9. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

RyanAir are pretty OK. They cut costs - therefore thay have to cut corners. I've flown with them a lot and so far (touch wood), never had any problems. In fact tonight I'm off to Sardinia with them for under €60 return - from Manchester. I've had more problems with B.A. Oh and the post who says their attendants are grumpy.... Try American Airlines. They're the grumpiest.

10. Posted by Yardmaster (Budding Member 4 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Thank you all for your thoughts and experiences. As it turns out my wife and me have decided to just fly from Minneapolis to Helsinki and skip London for now. It's Northwest Airlines (Now sorta Delta) and will make the trip a little more predictable. Again, thank you!!!!