ZakHH From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 4106 times:
Many spots at major airports are reachable without a car. LHR for example - Myrtle Avenue is a 10 minute walk from the Hatton Cross tube station. Envoy Avenue is only a few minutes more, in case they land on 27R.
Landings on 09 are a bit trickier, but doable as well without a car.
AMS is tricky without a car, though.
MUC and FRA are doable without cars. I haven't been at ZRH, but I heard that most spots are easily accessible as well.
EMA747 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 1163 posts, RR: 1 Reply 7, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 4067 times:
I'm interested in this topic too. It's kind of a shame most spotting sites don't really mention what is doable without a car. I'm sure there are quite a few people who go spotting and can't drive or can't afford a hire car for such a trip.
AMS is doable by bike. That is if you have the time ie more than one day. As far as I am aware there is stupidly NO cycle rental at the airport so it's a case of getting a train to the main city and renting from there. You then have to cycle out to the airport (quite a nice ride along some rivers) but it is quite a long way. If it's of any interest I have a detailed cycle routes map of the area from when I went so I could scan the relevant parts and email them.
HAM has some pretty good spots that are only a few minutes walk from the main terminal but are probably only good if landing the appropriate direction. There is also a viewing deck there.
FRA there is one important thing to note - you are NOT allowed to take luggage onto the viewing terrace. I was there last year only really to chance trains but decided to have a look around the airport in the hour layover I had. I was told I could not take luggage to the terrace so I was unable to go there despite being only a few meters away!!!
ZRH I'm not sure what the current situation is with the viewing terrace. Isn't it closed at the moment? I am not sure about the spots around the airport but I am planning a trip there sometime this year as my friend now lives in Zurich.
I would be interested to hear more about MUC without a car.
Hope that gives some info.
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ZakHH From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 4053 times:
Quoting EMA747 (Reply 7): HAM has some pretty good spots that are only a few minutes walk from the main terminal but are probably only good if landing the appropriate direction. There is also a viewing deck there.
The viewing deck in HAM is not suitable for taking photos, as it's surrounded by (usually dirty) glass.
Landings on 23 can be taken from a parking deck right next to the terminal building. Other spots are accessible without a car as well, but may require ~30 minutes walking.
The biggest problem in HAM is the lack of interesting traffic on an average day (unless you have an A320 fetish ).
spencer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1631 posts, RR: 18 Reply 11, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 4026 times:
The multi storey doubles as a deck so that would cover him. He doesn't say what he wants from his visits; it could be number crunching, for all we know. Quite surprised by you Karl, not actually defending your holy MAN for once... ;-P
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