Nowadays, we all want to travel around Europe on a cheap budget.
In the last few years, airlines with budget and price discounts have appeared in almost every European country – they have all fought fiercely with each other to offer the cheapest airline tickets. But do we really take advantage of these discounts on European travel prices, or do the disadvantages of trying to travel around Europe outweigh the advantages? Do the low budget prices of plane tickets blind us to the additional quarrel that the cheap price can hide? Let’s take a look at some current cheap European travel deals and see what we find.
Almost every European country already has at least one budget airline, which is not superfluous. Easy Jet and Ryan Air became well known and popular in the UK and Ireland. Germany has four or five low-cost airlines and low-cost airline specialists. In Sweden, meanwhile, SAS has just launched its own budget section called Snowflake.
At first glance, the fares these airlines charge may seem absurdly low; In the past, Ryan Air provided flights almost free of charge – although you still have to pay an airport tax of around £ 20. 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 suburban airports – often about forty or fifty miles from their respective urban centers. This can add up to two hours of travel time to your trip at each end. You also have to pay for the bus or train connection to get from the airport to the city center. Make sure you add this price to the price of your ticket when comparing prices between cheap airline tickets and prices charged by major airlines. In most cases, the main airlines take you to the airport in the city center and thus reduce travel time and the cost of additional transport.
If you are not lucky enough to miss a flight, then you could literally stay at a very rural airport overnight with all the restaurants closed and there is no way to get back to the city or town.
Second, you only get what you pay for. European budget airlines cannot offer in-flight food and beverage services. Or, if they do, they will charge you a premium for it. Coffee, sandwiches and beer can really be very expensive. To be honest, many flights only last an hour or two, so snacks and drinks may not be such a big deal.
Third, find out the total travel time and compare it to the cost. For example: from the center of Glasgow in Scotland to the very center of London takes five hours by train and costs about twenty-five pounds one way.
Now, you can take a cheap flight from Glasgow to London, only to find that both of your airports are forty miles from downtown. This instantly adds three hours to your travel time, not counting airport waiting, baggage handling and all the extra hassle involved. You will also have to pay separately for the bus or train journey from the airport to the city center and back. Unless your plane tickets are extremely cheap, in the long run you can spend more money on less comfortable travel. Check everything carefully in advance if you can.
Fourth, the listed prices of cheap airline tickets are only for APEX travelers. You may have to pay a lot extra if you need to change your flight time. Cheap airfare is also usually only available if you buy well in advance – buying the day before or the day will add a big premium to the price. The luggage permit is also average – often no more than 15 kg or 20 kg per person. Moreover, you will face a very solid premium for your cheap ticket.
In summary – you can travel around Europe cheaply by carefully choosing your discounted airline. But try to weigh all the extra hidden costs while comparing flight ticket prices. You should also consider the extra travel time that may result from arriving at a provincial airport.
Please remember: Don’t overdo it!
Traveling in Europe is fun – but you do it.