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European Airports...'do-able' On Foot?  
User currently offlineLGW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (14 years 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2450 times:

Can anyone here recomemnd any european airports where you can get around well on foot with out a car?


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User currently offline1stspotter From Netherlands, joined Jun 1999, 526 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (14 years 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2400 times:


Depends on how long you are prepared to walk I guess.

Think you can walk to one of the thresholds of Dublin runways, Geneve is not that long walk, some spots at CDG can be reached by foot, Madrid, Zurich maybe


User currently offlineEDIpic From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (14 years 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2389 times:

I've been told that Plockton International is easy:


Getting there is the hard bit.


User currently offlineMUC_Spotter From Cayman Islands, joined Apr 2002, 157 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (14 years 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2341 times:

access to the northern runway only a small walk from the terminal. Getting to the spots where you can take photos of the planes arriving on the southern runway (which is in summer much more interesting due to the charters) is a bit more tricky, but not impossible.
Further info at: http://www.flying-wings.com/spotting/spotting.htm


User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (14 years 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2345 times:

Pretty much any airport will require a LOT of walking, when each runway is around 4 kilometers long.

But if there is only one runway, it should not be two bad, as the perimeter is minimized. Geneva isn't too terrible. Amsterdam is horrible because the runways go in every direction, making a very long perimeter. Zurich makes for very long walks as well.

Some places have bus services that go around the airport. Maybe you should list the airports that interest you, and then find out if there is a bus route that goes around it. I know Geneva does not have such a line, but you might get lucky on some airports. Perhaps someone here can help you with that option.


User currently offlineAviationIvi From Germany, joined Feb 2001, 777 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (14 years 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2330 times:

As for FRA, there are only two major spots out there:
@A5 when runways 25L/R are in use, and @18W for takeoffs from 18W and landings when runways 07L/R are in use.

As for the first one, you can easily reach it within 15 minutes from terminal 2, but when runways 07 are used, there is only one spot that I would recommend you, and this one, @ rwy 18W is too far away from the terminals (about 4 kilometers, if not more...) and as far as I know there is no way getting to this spot by public transp.


User currently offlineDstc47 From Ireland, joined Sep 1999, 1611 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (14 years 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2302 times:

The threshold of the usual active runway in Dublin is a relatively short walk from the terminal.

If feeling lazy, a regular city bus going to town will take you even closer, get off after ALSAA (arport staff sports club) and turn right at the cemetary entrance.

User currently offlineGust From Belgium, joined Oct 2001, 148 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (14 years 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2287 times:

Try Rome Fiumicino its only 15km walk from the terminal to the threshold from runway16L Big grin

Good luck

User currently offlineSkyliner From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 205 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (14 years 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2268 times:

I walked from the terminal in DUB to the parking/viewing area; took about 20-25 minutes. Unfortunately the final part of the walk is on a road with no sidewalks, so it pays to be careful. Worth the modest effort to get there, however.

User currently offlineYorkie From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2001, 125 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (14 years 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2217 times:

I have walked right round Naples a couple of times. You get a good mix of airliners and military and get good shots if they are landing towards the town. Part of the walk is through slum areas and you get pestered by groups of kids trying to sell you vegetables.

This was before ATI merged with Alitalia and I got some good shots of F27s (needless to say it was a long time ago).

(message to all on AiNet yes I'm back and unfortunately had to cancel visits to Scotland and YVR due to temporary brain damage!!! Hope to rearrange later this year)

User currently offlineRol From Germany, joined Feb 2000, 76 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (14 years 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2189 times:


You can try Basel/Mulhouse: Walk up the runway in northern direction, there is an official spotting point, built by the airport authority (french side).

Luxembourg: It's possible to walk in both directions of the runway. North: Near the cargo centre, south (2 - 3 km) near the threshold of runway 06.

Stuttgart: Walk from the terminal east, then you will come to a street, which goes though a tunnel under the airport, it leads you to the control tower on the south side of the airport (good light conditions) near the fence in the middle of the runway. Really not bad!


User currently offlineRayPettit From United Kingdom, joined May 2002, 608 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (14 years 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2150 times:

Dusseldorf is such an airport as it has two viewing terraces, and two railway stations. Whilst I haven't been there for four years, I am going back early next month. There is a shuttle bus between the two terraces, and the newer one, adjacent to the main line station is near the threshold so you can, I believe, get good taxying and landing shots. These balconies are inexpensive and are open for very long hours.
For photography, there is a village on the opposite side of the airfield which may get a bus, I don't know. The sun will be OK there on a summer evening but the aircraft will probably be far too distant.
The terraces are good for light till mid afternoon, and you may wish to use your cameras sparingly after that.


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