We all want to travel to Europe on a cheap budget these days.
Budget and discount airlines have sprung up in almost every European country in recent years – all of them fiercely fighting each other for the best value cheap airline deals. But do we really benefit from these discounts on European travel prices or do we outweigh the disadvantages of trying to travel around Europe? Does the low price budget blind us with the hassle that cheap price may be hiding? Let's take a look at some current cheap travel deals in Europe and see what we find.
Almost all European countries now have at least one budget carrier. Easy Jet and Ryan Air are becoming well known and popular in Britain and Ireland. Germany has four or five low cost airlines and low cost airline specialists. Meanwhile, in Sweden, SAS has launched its own offshoot budget called Snowflake.
At first glance, the fees these airlines charge may seem ridiculously low; Ryan Air has given up its flights for almost free in the past, though it still has to pay around twenty pounds UK airport tax. But where is the catch? Is there a catch? Can you really travel by air without spending a fortune?
Here is the offer if you want to travel to Europe on a cheap budget:
First, low-cost airlines in Europe almost always use out of 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 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. Be sure to add this price to the cost of your ticket by comparing prices between cheap airfare deals and the prices of major airlines. In most cases, major airlines take you to the city center airport, thus reducing travel time and the cost of any extra transportation.
If you are unlucky enough to miss a flight, you will literally be stuck in a very rural airport overnight with all the food stalls closed and there is no way to get back to town or the city.
Second, you only get what you pay for. European budget airlines will not be able to offer any flight service during the meal and drinks. Or, if they do, they will charge you for a higher price. In fact, coffee, sandwiches and beer can be very expensive. To be fair, many of the flights only last an hour or two, so snacks and drinks may not be as important.
Third, find out the total travel time and compare it to the costs. For example: It takes five hours to get from central Glasgow in Scotland to central London by train and costs around £ 5 a round.
Now – maybe take a cheap flight from Glasgow to London, only to discover that the two airports are forty miles from the city center. This adds three hours immediately to your travel time, not to mention waiting at airports, handling luggage, and all the hassle that goes with it. 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 airfare is extremely cheap, you can spend more money in the long run for a less comfortable trip. Check everything carefully in advance if you can.
Fourth, the prices of cheap airline tickets quoted are for APEX travelers only. You may have to pay a lot more if you need to change your flight time. Cheap airfare prices are usually only available if purchased in advance; the purchase of the day before or the day will add a large premium to the price. The luggage amount is also averaged – often no more than 15kg or 20kg per person. Even more, you will face a very heavy premium on your cheap ticket.
In short: you can travel to Europe cheaply by carefully choosing your discounted plane package. But try to measure all the additional hidden costs when comparing flight ticket prices. You should also consider the extra travel time you can get to a provincial airport.
Remember – you don't get hung up on everything!
Traveling in Europe is fun, but you do it.