We all want to travel in Europe with a cheap budget these days.
Budget and low-cost airlines have developed in almost every European country in the past few years – all of them fighting hard with each other to offer the best deals of cheap value. But are we really taking advantage of these lower European travel prices or are we hampering the attempt to travel in Europe to outperform the benefits? Would the low budget price blind us to the hassle the cheap price might hide? Let's take a look at some of the current cheap European travel deals and see what we find.
Almost every European country has at least one budget airline. Easy Jet and Ryan Air have become known and popular in Great Britain and Ireland. In Germany there are four or five low-cost airlines that specialize in cheap flying. Meanwhile, in Sweden, SAS has just launched its own budget called Snowflake.
At first glance, the rates charged by these airlines may seem very low. Ryan Airlines has given flights almost free of charge in the past – although you still have to pay the airport tax, which is around twenty pounds. But where do you catch? Is there a catch? Can you really travel across Europe by air without spending a fortune?
Here's the deal if you want to travel to Europe with a cheap budget:
First, low-cost airlines in Europe always use airports outside regional cities – often forty or fifty miles from the respective city centers. This can add up to two hours of travel time for your trip at each end. You must also pay for the bus or train to get from the airport to the city center. Make sure to add this price to the cost of your ticket when comparing prices between cheap airline deals and prices charged by major airlines. In most cases, the main airlines take you to the city center airport, thus reducing your travel time and the cost of any additional transportation.
If you're not lucky enough to miss a flight, you might be stuck in a rural airport at night with all food outlets closed and there is no way to return to the city or city.
Second, you only get what you pay for. European budget airlines may not provide on-board service for food and beverages. Or, if they do, they will charge you a great price. Coffee, sandwiches and beer may be really expensive. To be fair, many flights only take an hour or two, so snacks and drinks may not be critical.
Three – know the total travel time and compare it to costs. For example: It takes five hours to move from central Glasgow in Scotland to central London by train and costs about 25 pounds each way.
Now – you might pick up a cheap flight from Glasgow to London, only to find that both airports are forty miles from the city center. This instantly adds three hours to your travel time, without counting at airport waiting, baggage handling and all the additional hassle that accompanies it. You will also have to pay separately for a bus or train trip from the airport to the city center and vice versa. Unless your airline is very cheap, you may spend more money in the long run for a less comfortable flight. Check all of that carefully in advance if you can.
Fourth, the cheap airline tickets shown are only for Apex travelers. You may have to pay a large additional amount if you need to change the time of your flight. Normally cheap price pricing is only available if you buy in advance – buying a day or a day will add a big premium to the price. Baggage weight is also on the average side – often no more than 15 kg or 20 kg per person. Any more, and you will experience a very big bonus on your cheap price ticket.
In short – you can travel to Europe cheaply by choosing the discount airline package carefully. But try to weigh all of the additional hidden costs when comparing airline tickets prices. You should also consider the additional travel time that arrival at a regional airport may bring.
Please remember: Do not close everything!
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