Longhornmaniac
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Tips For LCC Travel In Europe?

Sun Oct 10, 2010 4:30 am

Hello All,

Next summer, I will be doing some "backpacking" around Europe for a month and a half or so, and will be using a combination of trains and planes to get around.

I will be on a oneworld RTW ticket, but will be doing nearly, if not all, of my travels within Europe on my own (as opposed to using the oneworld ticket).

Basically, what I'd like to hear are some useful tips for getting the cheapest fares. Obviously, booking early if possible, staying away from weekends/peak times, but are there any other good ideas?

Furthermore, which airlines will likely be the cheapest/most accessible? I assume FR is right up there, but what are some that I might not have thought of?

Some specific destinations I'd like to hit up, that will likely necessitate air travel are Istanbul and Scandinavia. What LCC airlines serve these destinations?

One other place that I may or may not be using my last available segment on my RTW ticket is between LHR-CAI. Given that I basically want to do all of Western Europe, Scandinavia, Istanbul, and Cairo, where would you recommend using that last segment?

Currently, I have a surface segment between LHR-MAD. I am arriving into LHR from MEL on QF, and then leaving out of MAD to go to GRU (hopefully GIG, but LA hasn't loaded any award seats between GIG and SCL yet, and I need to book really, really soon).

As such, I'm trying to determine where I'll be saving the most money in using that last RTW segment. Part of determining that is finding out where I can get to cheaply.

At this point, I don't really have any firm "plan" as far as order in which things are done. All I know is that we'll be meeting my travel companion's girlfriend in Rome at some point during our trip, but when is really up in the air.

Some options I've considered:

-Using last segment on LHR-CAI, then going from CAI-IST, and then IST-FCO. The advantage of this is that I can then keep my Eurail train pass consecutive, rather than having to split it up and buy two separate ones.
-Using last segment on CAI-MAD.
-Using last segment on IST-MAD.

What LCCs serve IST and CAI, and from where?

Sorry, I know this is a lot of info and entirely convoluted, I'm just trying to figure it all out.

Let me know if I can clear anything up.

Thanks in advance!

Cheers,
Cameron
Cheers,
Cameron
 
skord
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RE: Tips For LCC Travel In Europe?

Sun Oct 10, 2010 5:42 am

As you are arriving into London, you have many options to get to Scandinavia. Norwegian have dozens of flights every week from Gatwick to various different Scandinavian cities. I have seen prices quite regularly for below £30 o/w incl tax etc. Sterling also fly from LGW but not quite as much. For flights ex London to IST, EasyJet fly from both Gatwick and Luton.
Can you advise of some kind of itinerary? I hope this helps anyway!
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RE: Tips For LCC Travel In Europe?

Sun Oct 10, 2010 7:38 am

Quoting Longhornmaniac (Thread starter):
What LCCs serve IST and CAI, and from where?

Unfortunately, CAI is notorious for NOT having LCC service. However, other Egyptian cities are very well served by Middle Eastern LCCs and are easy to reach by train from Cairo.

Probably the easiest thing to do would be to fly ALY-SAW via a Middle Eastern hub. It looks like you could do Jazeera via KWI, Air Arabia via SHJ, or FlyDubai via DXB. I know those aren't the most direct routings but they could very well be the cheapest. Plus if you go through DXB you could always take some time to check out all the cool stuff in Dubai.

When I went to Egypt I came in from Bahrain on their LCC (Bahrain Air) into ALY. Alexandria had quite a few cool things to do and then a first class train ticket to Cairo cost about $40 IIRC. 2 hours later I was at Ramses Station in the heart of downtown (whereas CAI is wayyyy outside the city!).

Hope that helps!
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RE: Tips For LCC Travel In Europe?

Sun Oct 10, 2010 8:25 am

For IST, you might consider www.SunExpress.com, www.Corendon.com, or Pegasus www.flypgs.com: they all fly from various cities in Germany and AMS to IST...

Not really LCC, but Air Berlin also operates into IST...

Let us know what you choose...
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RE: Tips For LCC Travel In Europe?

Sun Oct 10, 2010 10:32 am

Depending on the time of year, it's very easy to find LON-SAW with EZY from about £31.99 one-way including taxes. That's about US$51 - hardly bad for an as-the-crow-flies distance of 1,577 miles!

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RE: Tips For LCC Travel In Europe?

Sun Oct 10, 2010 11:35 am

Please do yourself a favour and factor in things like baggage allowances or fees, cost and duration of transport to/from the airports you're using and random extra fees. It's no good to be booked on a cheap flight that leaves at five in the morning from an airport 100 km away from your hostel if there's no cheap ground transport available.
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RE: Tips For LCC Travel In Europe?

Sun Oct 10, 2010 12:13 pm

Quoting aloges (Reply 5):
It's no good to be booked on a cheap flight that leaves at five in the morning from an airport 100 km away from your hostel if there's no cheap ground transport available.

I totally agree here. Sometimes these LCC's are not as cheap as they first appear especially when you factor in the inconvenience.

The key to getting the best deals, and the most out of your travels, is getting an idea of what you want to see most on your travels and organising from that information.

You need to see the older grand cities of London, Paris, Rome and Venice and maybe some nice leisure places like Spain and the Greek islands. Scandinavia is a must.

Turkey is not really in Europe so culturally you'd be better off including that in a tour of the Middle East, North Africa and Asia one day.
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RE: Tips For LCC Travel In Europe?

Sun Oct 10, 2010 2:35 pm

I've just thought of the "Rail & Fly" offers made by some airlines in cooperation with DB, the national German railways. Basically, it gives you the option of booking a heavily discounted rail ticket in conjunction with your airline ticket. That might be worth a look, however I don't know the details.

If you decide on using Ryanair a lot, you should try and make their peculiarities work for your benefit. If you travel light, plan well and find ways around many of the extra fees they charge, you can actually end up travelling on a shoestring.
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RE: Tips For LCC Travel In Europe?

Sun Oct 10, 2010 5:44 pm

Quoting Longhornmaniac (Thread starter):
What LCCs serve IST and CAI, and from where?

have a look into www.whichbudget.com ; also the respctive airport's pages at Wikipedia often are useful, even if they sometimes are incorrect.

For Istanbul, keep in mind that the city is served by two airports: IST and SAW. Not necessarily do all booking engines automatically include SAW when entering IST.
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