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LCC's In Europe - Which Way Should I Go?  
User currently offlineGoomba From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 309 posts, RR: 1
Posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3503 times:

I am traveling to Europe with my wife in September and want to go from country to country while there via LCC's. Which one's are the best to go on?

I have done some research and found the fares to be reasonable on most of them. One's that I have looked at are easyJet, Volare, and RyanAir. Are there others that I should consider?

My route is ATL-BOS-CDG there and then CDG-ATL direct for the return. When I get to Paris, we will probably head to Venice next. Which LCC is the best?

Please advise...

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User currently offlineRichardw From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 3745 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3477 times:

Avoid Ryanair, pay a little extra for EZY, it is worth it.

User currently offlineNicedream From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 33 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3468 times:


Easyjet may be a *little* better than Ryanair, but I would never say avoid Ryanair. They do fly a lot of routes, and are often times very cheap. Just make sure you know where you're actually landing, as it can sometimes be far from where you actually want to go. For example, I flew London-Stockholm, but had to take a 1 hour bus ride to get to the city center once I got there.

Here's a good web page for low fare airlines in europe:

http://www.cheapflights.co.uk/low-cost-about.html

And don't forget BMI (http://www.flybmi.com) Last year they were cheaper than Easyjet and Basiq for my London-Amsterdam flight.


User currently offlineGoomba From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 309 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3457 times:

Nicedream: Isn't BMI expensive? Are they really a LCC? I looked at BMIbaby and they were much more expensive at this point than RyanAir and easyJet.

User currently offlineFLYtoEGCC From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 947 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3444 times:

Goomba, you're bound to hear conflicting points of view on here as everyone has their favourites/hates.

I always book far in advance and compare Ryanair, Easyjet, bmibaby and Jet2 on their prices. Ryanair are consistently the lowest and despite what people say about them, they are not a bad airline. They are very punctual and do everything they advertise, which is provide a reliable service for a very low price. My advice would be stick to them as far as possible. Sometimes, if you are looking at a route that Ryanair does not serve, and you are looking at Easyjet's prices for it, you might find the full-service airlines are the same price or even a little cheaper.

[Edited 2004-03-10 16:43:04]


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User currently offlineGoomba From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 309 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3425 times:

FlytoEGCC: Are there any others that I should consider for other countries besides the UK? I am starting from Paris and going to Venice, then probably Prague, then Amsterdam, then back to Paris for the return flight home.

This is what I am interested in.

Thanks for everyone's input.


User currently offlineNicedream From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 33 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3419 times:


Goomba: True, BMI is not a "low cost airline", but as has been pointed out many times, sometimes you can do better on a traditional airline. Just trying to help this guy out.

My London to Amsterdam trip was a weekend (Leave Friday, return Sunday), so Easyjet and Basiq flights were pretty expensive. It was cheaper to fly BMI, plus I even got a sandwich onboard.


User currently offlineFLYtoEGCC From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 947 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3415 times:

Goomba, not too sure about that, I've only ever really paid attention to UK ones! Seemingly popular European ones are Volareweb, Helvetic, Hapag-Lloyd Express... other than that, I don't know a lot about it.


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User currently offlineGoomba From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 309 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3396 times:

So as it stands considering I'm booking far in advance. Easyjet, RyanAir, Volare, Hapag-Lloyd are the best options.

I've also seen Air 2000, FlyBe, German Wings, Buzz, Virgin and Air Berlin. Any insight to these airlines?


User currently offlineNicedream From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 33 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3371 times:


Buzz was bought out by Ryanair (I think), so they are no longer around. I flew them once from Amsterdam-London and they were pretty good.


User currently offlineGoomba From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 309 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3356 times:

Thanks NiceDream. If anyone else has any suggestions...please share them with me.

User currently offlineBmi330 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1450 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3349 times:

You should come to GLA with flyglobespan.com and you will have a great holiday

GLASGOW
scotland with style!


User currently offlineGoomba From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 309 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3341 times:

Scotland is beautiful...I've been before. Just not on the docket for this trip across the pond. The wifey wants to go to Tuscany and to Prague.

User currently offlineScottishLaddie From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 2384 posts, RR: 8
Reply 13, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3335 times:

Go could have gone direct from EDI to Prague on CSA or Venice on FlyGlobespan and experienced Edinburgh's festival at the same time. Everyone has to do it in their lifetime, it rocks! Big grin
AVOID RYANAIR!! I'm going to start a campaign for everyone to avoid Ryanair so they go bust!  Laugh out loud if only! Not sure what kind of presence Easyjet have at Paris, but they are always a safe bet.
Have fun whoever you fly with, and let us know what happens!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlineGoomba From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 309 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3328 times:

What is the largest French based LCC then?

User currently offlineBmi330 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1450 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3322 times:

I new you were a GLA van really. If FR go bust no pik = loads a euro services out a GLA go on my little side kick. who wants to go to edi ? Glasgow is scotland with style you not seen the hype and you should belive the hype!

User currently offlineScottishLaddie From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 2384 posts, RR: 8
Reply 16, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3302 times:

I'm saying nothing.  Yawn  Insane

User currently offlinePetertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3351 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3295 times:

I can agree with everyone saying BMI. They are really great and not nearly as expensive as you'd expect. More often than not they are cheaper than Ryanair because it is quite expensive to get from London to Stansted whereas LHR is quite cheap.

Also: Air Berlin, Germanwings, Basiq Air (part of Transavia).

France has no loco I know of. However, it may be interesting to try the TGV fast train. You really notice the speed at 1 meter above the ground!



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User currently offlineFlyingDoctorWu From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 307 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3283 times:

Paris-Venice-Prague-Amseterdam-Paris

how much time do you have?
I went fiveyears ago on an Eurail pass- it was quite nice. We did Paris-Rheims-Strasbourg-Zurich-Florence-Nice-Avignon-Paris and I think our pass was about 300 bucks- it was a student fare... It looks like you there is a pass for $374 which covers 5 days of travel. Bonus is that it's city centre to city centre. Minus- can be slow. I know that someone is going to shoot me down with lightning for suggesting that... but I love the trains in Europe and I think that that can be quite the "European way to go"

Chris


User currently offlineGoomba From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 309 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3272 times:

Chris:

The Eurorail is great. I've been to Europe on vacation numerous times and the train is wonderful. I have a 10 day vacation with two of these days sloted for crossing the pond. That's 8 travel days total. If I want to see Venice, Amsterdam, Prague and Paris, I will need to fly between these destinations as the train will take way too long to get inbetween the destinations. This is why I'm researching the LCC's.

BMI as of booking today is like 500 Euros from Paris to Venice whereas Volare was something like 40 Euros plus taxes. Tm me in US Dollars, that's like $60 one way. Surely the way to go from my perspective.


User currently offlineGoomba From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 309 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3245 times:

RyanAir, Easyjet, Volare are the three best LCC's in Europe?

User currently offlineRichardw From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 3745 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3221 times:

Perhaps you should tell us where you actually want to go in europe, Goomba.

User currently offlineGoomba From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 309 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3217 times:

Richard - read the previous posts.

I am arriving from the US into CDG.

Then we will go from
Paris to Venice
Venice to Prague
Prague to Amsterdam
Amsterdam to Paris



User currently offlineScottishLaddie From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 2384 posts, RR: 8
Reply 23, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3207 times:

I know they're not LCCs but have you looked at AF,CSA,KLM,Alitalia etc?

User currently offlineGoomba From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 309 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3197 times:

Scottish - they are much more expensive. That is why I started this thread. I'm looking for the LCC's that operate from the cities that I mentioned above to figure out how best I can travel "Inter-Europe" without having to go broke doing so.

25 Petertenthije : Varig flies the 777 between AMS and CDG at really cheap fares, but the flight is quite late so may not suite your schedule. Worth to look in to perhap
26 Post contains links ScottishLaddie : OK, how about trying the airport websites for lists if airlines operating into them and pick out the LCCs. http://www.paris-cdg.com/ http://www.venice
27 Geoffm : There are few (any?) routes where LCC compete directly with each other between the same two airports. You're therefore restricted by your routing, unl
28 FutureCGNPilot : If you would be interested in a short visit to Germany, I would recommend you take a detour to Cologne. It's a beautiful city and sure has a lot to of
29 Goomba : Future: That's the type of information that I am looking for. Thank you very much.
30 Goomba : Scottish - Thank you for the airport links too. That is a good way to find out the airlines that service these airports.
31 Thomas_Jaeger : I would assume that those would be the cheapest one-way options then: Paris-Venice: Volareweb (www.volareweb.com) Venice-Prague: Volareweb (www.volare
32 Post contains links FutureCGNPilot : To complete my last post here are some links that might be helpful: http://www.germanwings.com http://www.hlx.com http://www.stadt-koeln.de/en/koelnto
33 Aviationfreak : Petertenthije is right. Varig is flying a 777 between AMS and CHG. I myself did an effort to book this "budget air" flight at and which is 38 Euro ret
34 Nudelhirsch : Cool to hear, You are travelling to Europe...avoid 2 things: 1) Skipping regular airlines, which are sometimes almost as cheap, but hours closer to to
35 Post contains links Aviationfreak : Goomba, Here is a list of LCC's worldwide: http://www.etn.nl/lcostair.htm Hope this helps. Good luck and happy holiday. Aviationfreak
36 Broose27 : Goomba, Also try Sky Europe (fly between STN and Budapest, STN and Bratislava), and for something quirky, try Iceland Express: daily flights from STN
37 Icarus75 : From paris to Venice, try Volareweb. Italian LCC flying from ORY, nice prices if you book in advance (like most of the LCC)
38 Post contains images Amhilde : Or you could book tickets for $99 single on europebyair.com- but they have to be booked before you leave the US- unfortunately a quick check and some
39 Chriskam : When in Paris, why not fly to Scandinavia? Danish (well, Norwegian-owned!) Sterling (www.sterlingticket.com) operates to Copenhagen (with connections
40 Post contains images Airtrainer : Goomba, which airline will you fly transatlantic ? Maybe they can offer a skypass in Europe ? This is just idea Another idea is to book a flight+hoste
41 Goomba : It seems like Volare, and EasyJet are the ways to go. By the time I get there, EasyJet will be doing either Orly to AMS or CDG to AMS which is nice. I
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