We all want to travel around Europe these days on a cheap budget.
Over the past few years, airlines with budget and discount prices have sprung up in almost every European country – they are all fiercely fighting among themselves to offer the best prices on cheap airline tickets. But do we really enjoy these discounted European travel prices or do the disadvantages of trying to travel around Europe outweigh the benefits? Do budget tickets blind us to unnecessary worries that can hide cheap prices? Let’s take a look at some topical cheap European travel deals and see what we find.
Virtually every European country now has at least one budget airline. Easy Jet and Ryan Air are becoming well known and popular in the UK and Ireland. In Germany, there are four or five cheap airlines and cheap ticket specialists. Meanwhile, in Sweden SAS has just launched its own budget section called “Snowflake”.
At first glance, the rates paid by these airlines may seem absurdly low; In the past Ryan Air gave away its flights almost for free, although you still have to pay an airport tax of around twenty pounds. But where is the catch? Is there a catch? Can you really travel around Europe by air without spending a fortune?
Here’s the deal if you want to travel around Europe on a cheap budget:
First, low-cost airlines in Europe almost always use out-of-town provincial airports – often about forty to fifty miles from their respective city centers. This can add up to two hours to the trip each way. You also have to pay for a bus or train to get from the airport to the city center. Make sure you add this price to the cost of your ticket by comparing prices between cheap airline ticket offers and prices charged by major airlines. In most cases, major airlines transport you to the city center airport and thus reduce travel time and the cost of additional transportation.
If you are unlucky enough to miss a flight, then you can literally linger at a very rustic airport for the night when all outlets are closed and there is no way to get back to town or town.
Second, you only get what you pay for. European budget airlines may not provide food and beverage services during the flight. Or, if they will, they will charge a premium for it. Coffee, sandwiches and beer can really be very expensive. In fairness, many flights last only an hour or two, so snacks and drinks may not be as great.
Third – calculate the total travel time and compare it with the cost. For example: from the very center of Glasgow in Scotland to the very center of London by train takes five hours, and it costs about twenty-five British pounds.
Now – you can pick up a cheap flight from Glasgow to London, only to find out that both of your airports are forty miles from the city center. This will immediately add three hours to your travel time, not counting waiting at airports, baggage handling and all the extra hassle. You will also have to pay separately for the bus or train from the airport to the city center and vice versa. If your fare is very low, you may end up spending more money on a less comfortable trip. Check it all out in advance if you can.
Fourth, the price of cheap airfare is only for APEX travelers. You may have to pay much more if you need to change the flight time. Cheap ticket prices are usually only available if you buy in advance – buying the day before or the day will give a big premium in price. The size of luggage is also on the middle side – often no more than 15 kg or 20 kg per person. What’s more, and you get a very big prize for your cheap ticket.
So you can travel around Europe by carefully choosing your airline’s discount package. But try to weigh all the extra hidden costs by comparing airfare. You should also consider the extra time on the road that may bring arrival at the provincial airport.
Please remember: don’t stop hanging!
Traveling to Europe is fun – but you do it.