SJCRRPAX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (8 years 12 months 1 day ago) and read 2848 times:
I have booked a flight to Rome from SFO for my Family of four, and it seems that I can save a lot of money by transferring from UA arriving at LHR to Ryanair at Stansted.
The question I have, since neither my daughter or wife know how to travel light (I expect 22 KG suitcases for both + 10 KG carry on --- and I don't dare say a word if I value my marriage) what is the best way to transit between airports. The UA arrives at 7:10 Am and RyanAir departs 12:40PM, I assume subway travel might be rude to carry on that much luggage with commuters in route to work, also maybe thats more luggage than airport shuttle would like or more than Taxi can take. Is the best bet private Limo or airport Bus? With the amount of money I save from transfer the Private Limo cost would not be a problem I think.
RAFVC10 From Spain, joined Sep 2005, 1980 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (8 years 12 months 1 day ago) and read 2832 times:
National Express runs a coach every hour between Heathrow and Stansted, with a journey time of approxiamately 90 minutes. Services are less frequent in the evenings, early mornings and throughout the night. Return fares start from £26.
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BCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (8 years 12 months 1 day ago) and read 2810 times:
You should be OK, as you have allowed 4 hours for the transit but remember FR is a point to point carrier and if you fail to make it to their checkin by 12.00 midday, you forfeit your fare and don't even think of asking for a refund!
The National Express Coach would probably be the best, otherwise you will have to transit London using either the Heathrow Express to Paddington, underground or taxi from Paddington to Liverpool Street, and then the Stansted Express, see http://www.baa.com and click on Stansted and then "To and from our airport". Not recommended if you have heavy luggage and a nagging wife and screaming kids in tow!
Quote: National Express runs a coach every hour between Heathrow and Stansted, with a journey time of approximately 90 minutes. Services are less frequent in the evenings, early mornings and throughout the night. Return fares start from £26.
A taxi or limousine would cost a fortune and outweigh any saving on your fare from STN.
Do not worry about being "rude" to commuters who might give you funny looks when they see you will all your luggage. It's your train as much as theirs!
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SJCRRPAX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 12 months 22 hours ago) and read 2757 times:
Thanks RAFVC10 and BCAL!! I just went to the National Express website and bought the tickets on line. So now I'm off to do the "typical American European vacation", where we visit, Rome, Paris and London for 5 days each and pretend we've seen all of Europe. Tips like this on A.net have been real helpful (the main reason I decided to cough up the money and become member! ) I work with an Italian, a French Woman, and a British Man, and they all agree I will not be seeing the "real Italy", the "real France" or the "real UK", but I guess its better than the EPCOT center!
N1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 27140 posts, RR: 74
Reply 4, posted (8 years 12 months 22 hours ago) and read 2752 times:
Quoting SJCRRPAX (Thread starter): I assume subway travel might be rude to carry on that much luggage with commuters in route to work
Actually, people ride the Tube with that much luggage all the time. The National Express, which you booked, is definately an easy option. I do think you might be able to save a little time by using Heathrow Express to Paddington, the tube to Liverpool St. and Stansted Express from there. No traffic worries either. Still, you should be fine with the bus.
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Greenjet From Ireland, joined Aug 2001, 980 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (8 years 12 months 7 hours ago) and read 2649 times:
Quoting SJCRRPAX (Thread starter): The question I have, since neither my daughter or wife know how to travel light (I expect 22 KG suitcases for both + 10 KG carry on --- and I don't dare say a word if I value my marriage
Watch out for the excess baggage charges on FR. They only allow a 15kg bag per person and no pooling of allowances is permitted. So if you have two 22kg bags for example you will face an excess baggage charge of €112! Caveat emptor.