We all want to travel around Europe on a cheap budget these days.
Budget and discount airlines have appeared in almost every European country in recent years, all of them fighting furiously among themselves to offer the cheapest airline deals. But do we really benefit from these discounted European travel prices, or do the disadvantages of trying to travel around Europe outweigh the benefits cheaply? Do low budget rates give us the hassle that can be hiding the cheap price? Let’s look at some current cheap travel deals in Europe and find out what we find there.
Almost all European countries now have at least one unlimited budget airline. Easy Jet and Ryan Air are well known and popular in Britain and Ireland. Germany has four or five low-cost airlines and specialists in cheap flights. Meanwhile, in Sweden, SAS has just launched its own offshoot budget called Snowflake.
At first glance, the fares these airlines charge may seem ridiculously low; Ryan Air has left its flights almost free in the past, although you will still have to pay the airport tax of about twenty British pounds. But where is the catch? Is there a catch? Can you really travel by air to Europe without spending a fortune?
Here’s the deal if you want to travel around Europe on a budget:
First, low-cost airlines in Europe almost always use outside the city’s provincial airports, often about forty or fifty miles from their respective city centers. This can add up to two hours of travel time at each end. You also have to pay for the bus or train connection to get from your airport to the city center. Be sure to add this price to the cost of your ticket when comparing prices between cheap flight deals and the prices of major airlines. In most cases, major airlines take you to the city center airport and therefore reduce travel time and the cost of any additional transportation.
If you’re lucky enough to miss a flight, you could literally get stuck at a very rural airport at night with all food establishments closed and you won’t be able to get back to the city or town.
Second, you only get what you pay for. European budget airlines cannot offer in-flight services for food and drink. Or, if they do, they will charge you a higher price. Coffee, sandwiches and beer can be very expensive. To be fair, many of the flights are only an hour or two long, so snacks and drinks may not be as important.
Third, calculate the total travel time and compare it to the costs. For example: it takes five hours to travel from Glasgow center in Scotland to central London itself by train and costs around twenty-five British pounds each way.
Now, perhaps you can pick up a cheap flight from Glasgow to London, just to check that both airports are within 40km of the city center. This immediately adds three hours to your travel time, not counting the wait at the airports, the baggage handling and all the hassle. You will also have to pay separately for the bus or train journey from the airport to the city center and vice versa. Unless your airline is extremely cheap, you will be able to spend more money in the long run for a less comfortable trip. Check everything in advance if you can.
Fourth, the prices of these cheap airline tickets are for APEX travelers only. You may have to pay a lot more if you want to change your flight time. Cheap flight prices are usually only available if purchased in advance; buying the day before or the day before will add a great premium to the price. The amount of luggage is also average, often no more than 15kg or 20kg per person. In any case, you will have a very strong premium on your cheap price ticket.
In short, you can travel to Europe cheaply by carefully choosing your discount airline package. But try to increase all the additional hidden costs as you compare the prices of your flight tickets. You should also consider the extra travel time you can get to a provincial airport.
Remember: don’t think too much!
Traveling to Europe is fun, but you do it.