airbazar From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 7443 posts, RR: 11 Reply 3, posted (1 month 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1681 times:
As much as i love airports and airplanes, in the context of long layovers any airport with quick access to the city will always be better than the best shopping mall experience So in the US, DCA has to rank right up there as the best for long layovers. In Europe, LIS is arguably one of the best as the airport is quite litteraly in the city. SIN is good too because not only is city access fairly easy but they actually have or used to have city tours from the airport.
Surfandsnow From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 2731 posts, RR: 31 Reply 6, posted (1 month 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1407 times:
The biggest mistake people make when they have long layovers? They don't take advantage of them. They'll beeline it right to their next gate or the nearest lounge, as if they have a short connection. If you just sat on a plane for hours, and will be doing just that again in a few hours, why not pass the time by walking around and exploring? You never know what you'll find. I transited through DFW with my parents a few years ago, and getting them to leave whatever inferior domestic terminal we were in was like pulling teeth. Finally, one of the Admirals Club employees helped me convince them to leave, and try Cantina Laredo in the world class Terminal D. My parents reluctantly agreed, only to have a great meal. It turned out that Cantina Laredo also has a Fort Myers location very close to their house. It is now one of their favorite local restaurants. Ultimately they were very glad that I got them to experience a lot more of DFW than would have otherwise been the case, on our long layover.
My advice: do your homework. Know what's in the airport, know whats nearby. Don't be afraid to leave the airport and experience the city itself. You probably won't have enough time to get downtown, but even with 4 or 5 hours you can easily enjoy a well-priced local meal or nearby attraction. Take LAX as an example. The new TBIT looks nice, but chances are you'll be stuck in one of the awful, dirty, crowded domestic terminals with little in the way of shopping, seating, or even food. Forget about going to Beverly Hills or Hollywood if you only have a few hours, but definitely consider grabbing a bite to eat nearby in Venice Beach or Hermosa Beach. A short cab ride will have you in some of LA's most popular/trendy areas, with amazing restaurants, boutiques, and yes, the beach. You won't have to pay airport prices, and you'll get to experience some of the best L.A. has to offer. Recommending a transit through LAX may sound crazy, but with a little creativity it can be a far superior experience to passing the time in an airport...
Flying in the middle seat of coach is much better than not flying at all!
airbazar From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 7443 posts, RR: 11 Reply 7, posted (1 month 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1303 times:
Quoting Surfandsnow (Reply 6): The biggest mistake people make when they have long layovers? They don't take advantage of them. They'll beeline it right to their next gate or the nearest lounge, as if they have a short connection.
Yup. On my flight back from BLR to BOS via CDG I had a 7 hour layover. I made a beeline for the train and went to the city, had a nice lunch, walked around for a few minutes and still got back to the airport with a couple of hours to spare. My coworker decided to stay at the airport and was ready to put a gun to his head by the time we boarded the flight to BOS
flymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 6754 posts, RR: 6 Reply 11, posted (1 month 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1092 times:
I don't have layovers very often, but when I do connect I actually try to make my layovers a little longer. I enjoy exploring the airport. Even if I have lounge access sometimes I wont even use them. My last long layover was at ATL and I enjoy ATL a lot. I took time to explore a lot of the airport and took time to walk between terminals instead of taking the train. I was happy I did because the exhibits on the history of Atlanta in the walking tunnels were interesting. And I had to get a meal at One Flew South which was great.
"It was just four of us on the flight deck, trying to do our job" (Captain Al Haynes)
Surfandsnow From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 2731 posts, RR: 31 Reply 13, posted (1 month 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 943 times:
Quoting opethfan (Reply 9): Which airports do have easy access to the city centre, should one so desire?
The city center may not always be the place to go. LAX is nowhere near downtown L.A., but most tourists (and even locals) don't care to go there anyway. LAX is nevertheless in a great part of town, with easy access to the popular world famous beaches - Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Santa Monica, Venice Beach, etc.
Quoting opethfan (Reply 9): I'm hearing reports of CDG, LIS, DCA, SIN. I know YVR does as well.
Downtown Vancouver was not easily accessible from YVR before the SkyTrain was built. Even today, anybody driving to the airport (or riding in a cab) has to endure surface streets for the entire journey due to the lack of freeways in the city of Vancouver. The airport is located in south suburban areas quite a distance from downtown, so I would not say the city center is easily accessible at all.
DCA is extremely convenient to downtown D.C. Other U.S. airports that are within spitting distance of their namesake downtown areas would be: ASE, BOS, BUR, FLL, LAS, PHX, SAN, and SJC.
Flying in the middle seat of coach is much better than not flying at all!
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 23154 posts, RR: 23 Reply 14, posted (1 month 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 917 times:
Quoting Surfandsnow (Reply 13): Downtown Vancouver was not easily accessible from YVR before the SkyTrain was built. Even today, anybody driving to the airport (or riding in a cab) has to endure surface streets for the entire journey due to the lack of freeways in the city of Vancouver. The airport is located in south suburban areas quite a distance from downtown, so I would not say the city center is easily accessible at all.
Quite a distance? About 8 miles. Many airports are much further from the city center than YVR including almost all other major airports in Canada. Only significant exception I can think of is YWG at about 4 miles. For comparison purposes, YYZ airport is about 17 miles from the city center.
MANYUL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2013, 37 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (1 month 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 824 times:
Quoting IrishAyes (Reply 1): ZRH should be removed from this list if you are connecting intercontinental between non-Schengen flights. That terminal, without lounge access, is one of the most boring in the entire world.
Not sure of what issue you have had in ZRH but there are lounges in all sectors. It has always been a pleasure for me.
I spent 6 hours in transit in MUC after landing from YUL and going on to MAN. I won't be doing that again.
SYD is another - 15 minutes by train and you have the Opera House on one side and the Harbour Bridge on the other. I know that SYD isn't really a hub unless you are connecting to another Australian city, but you could cram in some nice photos and a good lunch overlooking Sydney Harbour, and the entire side trip SYD-SYD could be done in 2 hours.
And of course HKG - now that's a long layover I wouldn't mind taking