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#1 Aries

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Posted 16 November 2005 - 10:44 AM

Hubby and I are honeymooning in Europe next year.
We are considering either taking trains around the place (expensive) or some budget airlines. I've heard of easy jet from the telly. Does anyone have any experience with these budget airlines and can offer any advice????

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Posted 16 November 2005 - 10:59 AM

i haven't been on them - but from what i've read, the budget airlines in europe are no frills in a way that makes virginblue look first class. but if you're just flying around within europe, they're all pretty short hops.

make sure you check the taxes - often they advertise, for eg, 1 pound airfares, but with 30 pounds of taxes on top.

some also have significant baggage restrictions - ie only carry on! so that might be something else to check on if you have a few bags!
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Posted 16 November 2005 - 11:00 AM

Ryan Air and Aer Lingus are both fairly cheap and often have some very good deals from the UK.

The thing to remember with the cheaper airlines is that the luggage limit may be lower 15kg instead of the usual 20kg, so getting hit with a $80 excess luggage fee (as I did) can work out more expensive than flying the better airlines.

Also they are not as reliable so flight can get delayed or cancelled.

But they are cheap, so if you are happy that you may arrive somewhere later than expected, but still quicker than going by train they are well worth it.

Train travel can work out cheaper if you get Eurorail passes, especially for countries like France and Italy which are fairly expensive travel wise.

Where abouts are you thinking of going to?


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Posted 16 November 2005 - 11:28 AM

Hmmm, didn't think of them having lower baggage limits ohmy.gif

That may be a problem!!!!!!!

We are going to Zurich (Switzerland), Naples / Rome (Italy), London & Dublin.

Will have a further look into the info on those airlines!!!

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Posted 17 November 2005 - 12:36 AM

I often travel low budget and have never been delayed BUT it does happen. There is a baggage limit but if you are travelling with a back pack, you should be fine. I went to Austria at Christmas time on Ryan air (which is budget) and we had a HUGE suitcase and that was plenty. If you are worried, can you leave some of your luggage at a friends?

Although the taxes are higher, flying is still cheaper then most other means of transport. Most of these cheaper airlines don't leave from Heathrow through so it is a little bit further out of London but not too far.

Also try Easy Jet, BMI baby, Ryan Air and Fly Be (just to name a few). PM me if you want more details.

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Posted 17 November 2005 - 08:27 AM

I would definately reccomend taking the train from Switzerland to Italy, it is a super-fast train, only takes an hour and a bit and costs next to nothing - and you can take as much luggage as you want!!

And flying from London to Dublin or vice versa really is not that expensive anyway, so your only flight that may cost a bit more is from Italy to London. And of course actually getting to Europe!

Have you looked into around the world fares? No idea how much they cost, but it means you stay on reputable airlines the whole way and can have a certain amount of stops, as long as you go one way, ie. you can't backtrack or zig-zag around the country. Ask your travel agent about them.
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Posted 21 November 2005 - 07:29 PM

Hi,

My fiance and I travelled around Europe on budget airlines and they were great. We flew from Paris, to Slovenia, Italy and a few more.... But, I can't bloody remember the airline name( i think it was easyjet,) but I will need to wait until the other 1/2 gets home to confirm.... Stay Tuned!


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Posted 22 November 2005 - 07:12 AM

We flew on heaps of budget airlines on our European Holiday last year- here is my quick review-

Ryanair- flew London Luton to Dublin
-bus style seating, it is a mad scramble when everyone gets on the plane, no reserved seats. we couldn't figure out why people started queueing at the gate over an hour prior to departure until we saw this. friendly, humourous irish stewarts, cheap priced beer and snacks (well relatively cheap for western europe). friday night flight, loud, but heaps of fun

Aerlingus - flew Dublin to Prague
-friendly, similar to ryanair but with allocated seating and food

Air Berlin/ Niki - flew Vienna to Rome
-we ended up on a Niki plane, this one was strange, the stewarts/attendants were in jeans and a top, with a star trek like top (all metallics too) over the top... odd! the plane was older than any of the others so far, and gave an alarming bang mid flight- never did find out what that was!!

Ryanair- flew Rome to Girona (90 min drive north of barcelona)
-see above ryanair review, although this flight, departing at 10pm was sedate in comparison, and we had great seats as we new the drill and queued up early. the bus connection (supplied by ryanair specifically for this flight connection, but for an extra fee, ended up waiting for the next flight for over an hour... so we got into barcelona at 2am, then had to find a taxi to our hotel- oh the joy ;-)

NB. this was our most expensive flight- a week before departing on our holiday we got an email from Volare, the airline we had booked from rome directly into barcelona, and they had gone belly up... no more flight for us! they are back in business now with the support/bail out of the italian government.

Easyjet- flew Barcelona to Paris
-efficient service, modern planes, but the flight left 2 hours late!

Other than our flights, we took the following transport:
Train from Prague to Vienna- this was magical (especially so considering Adam proposed in Prague)
Train from Paris to Amsterdam- first class was CHEAPER as Adam had an under 26 card, this was fun, full of execs returning from work... really reminded us how lucky we were to be on holidays
Another Easyjet flight from Amsterdam to London.

I highly recommend budget airlines for the savings, most of my flight costs were just taxes really ("Flights" priced from 10 euro cents!! to 4.99 euros, other than the last minute ryanair booking to replace the volare one, which came in at 99 euros)

Watch the luggage limits though- some have bigger cabin limits than checked baggage limits!! We were fine (and over the limit every time!!) with all but one easyjet flight (amsterdam to london), where I had to pay 30 euro excess (was more than 15kg over though wink.gif )

Any more questions, just ask!

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Posted 22 November 2005 - 09:26 AM

Thanks for all that really usefull and helpfull info. There's so much to get my head around but at least I have a bit more of an idea than I had before.

Ta,
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Posted 22 November 2005 - 11:24 AM

I've flown with Easyjet. It was crowded and cramped but they got us in on time and our bags even came out one after the other. For a 90 minute flight, you can cope with the size of the seats. You need to be careful about luggage allowances particularly if you're likely to be travelling in peak times.

I wouldn't discount train travel. We travelled a lot around Europe by train and it's very easy. Lots of trains, Eurail passes can mean they're good value, you can walk around on the train, see the scenery, and you generally get off somewhere near the centre of town while airports are often on the outskirts.

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Posted 22 November 2005 - 02:30 PM

Try Easyjet for Europe, Ryanair for Ireland.

Both of them are fine. Just make sure you get to the airport in plenty of time and don't miss a flight as their times are usually pretty bad. I missed two flights with each airline and paid for an extra fee and had to wait 7 hours or something for a new flight. Being stuck in an airport is not fun.

You pay for what you get so don't expect thrills, you buy your snacks as well or take your own stuff on board. And I would suggest booking them over the net when you get there, its a lot easier and cheaper.


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Posted 22 November 2005 - 06:48 PM

QUOTE (jobrabe @ Nov 22 2005, 03:30 PM)
Try Easyjet for Europe, Ryanair for Ireland.

I would choose ryanair for europe as well.

easyjet have a reputation over here for never leaving on time so i would choose ryan air. also bear in mind that the reason they are so cheap is because they fly into airports that are a long way out of the city.

Definitely worth it though as you can get some really good deals and sometimes for free.
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Posted 24 November 2005 - 07:10 AM

Yes, I agree with you Busterella.

When you go to book your budget flights, make sure you know where the airport is - sometimes the cost of getting from the airport to your destination is more expensive than what you would have paid for a non-budget flight!

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Posted 02 December 2005 - 06:32 PM

all the airlines listed below are great especially ryan air but do be careful about luggage constraints, although all you need are the basics for a sightseeing trip!

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Posted 07 December 2005 - 03:47 AM

I have only flown easyjet once. We were delayed on the way out and on the way back. On the way back me and my sister were really tired after a week traveling round switzerland and couldnt wait to get home (the had an unseasonal heat wave and we took winter clothes). We were dealyed 5 hrs!!! We had no money left or anything and had to drink out the taps in the toilet cause we couldnt afford any airport food. Some nice french lady gave us some money later on cause she felt sorry for us. But my point is delays DO happen and be prepared for them (not like us)
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