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DTW To LEJ, How? Other Than LH?

Tue Jan 21, 2014 7:19 pm

I was thinking about taking a spring trip to visit friends who live near LEJ. I have been there before by taking DL (NW before that) to FRA then having another ticket on LH. That is a pain in the butt because I have to collect my luggage in FRA and check in again to go to LEJ. For a time I could fly AF DTW-CDG-LEJ, which was great because I could stick with Skyteam the entire trip.

The easiest, along with the cheapest, way to get there is LH DTW-FRA-LEJ, but since I am going that far I would like to earn as many Skyteam miles as possible, since I usually fly DL.

What carriers fly to LEJ these days?

Any ideas?
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RE: DTW To LEJ, How? Other Than LH?

Tue Jan 21, 2014 8:00 pm

No Skyteam airlines currently fly into Leipzig. Aeroflot flies into Dresden.

Why not fly into FRA oder TXL and take the high speed train?

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RE: DTW To LEJ, How? Other Than LH?

Tue Jan 21, 2014 9:37 pm

You could fly DTW-AMS/CDG-TXL and then take the train from TXL. That way you earn more miles and you're only what, 2 hours away from LEJ?
 
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RE: DTW To LEJ, How? Other Than LH?

Wed Jan 22, 2014 3:05 am

Quoting DAL763ER (Reply 2):
You could fly DTW-AMS/CDG-TXL and then take the train from TXL. That way you earn more miles and you're only what, 2 hours away from LEJ?

PRG also isn't very far from LEJ, about 150 miles (250 km) by road, 3 hr. drive or 4 hrs. by train (looks like you have to change trains at DRS). Not sure if there any other ground transportation options such as bus. DL operates nonstop daily JFK-PRG in the summer, starting May 22 I believe. Or KL via AMS or AF via CDG if you want to use SkyTeam carriers.
 
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RE: DTW To LEJ, How? Other Than LH?

Wed Jan 22, 2014 6:42 pm

Quoting DAL763ER (Reply 2):
then take the train from TXL

Is the railroad station in TXL?
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RE: DTW To LEJ, How? Other Than LH?

Wed Jan 22, 2014 8:30 pm

Quoting falstaff (Reply 4):
Quoting DAL763ER (Reply 2):
then take the train from TXL

Is the railroad station in TXL?

If I may - no, that's the problem: You would have to take the Airport Express Bus from TXL to Berlin main station.
Other than that, DAL763ERs suggestion isn't bad at all.
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RE: DTW To LEJ, How? Other Than LH?

Wed Jan 22, 2014 9:41 pm

Quoting DUSint (Reply 5):
You would have to take the Airport Express Bus from TXL to Berlin main station

How often do the buses run? I have been to that station in Berlin, it is a great station (coming from a guy who likes trains as much as I like planes).
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RE: DTW To LEJ, How? Other Than LH?

Wed Jan 22, 2014 9:58 pm

Quoting falstaff (Reply 6):
How often do the buses run? I have been to that station in Berlin, it is a great station (coming from a guy who likes trains as much as I like planes).

Because TXL has never been connected to the train network, there are a lot of bus connections with good frequency.
For you, it would be the "TXL bus" which needs around 22 minutes to central station ("Hauptbahnhof"):
http://www.berlin-airport.de/en/trav...s/local-public-transport/index.php
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RE: DTW To LEJ, How? Other Than LH?

Wed Jan 22, 2014 11:59 pm

It's a little pricey, but if you are looking for variety and unique entries for your flight log, you might consider flying DTW-AMS and then connecting to Darwin/Etihad Regional that flies AMS-LEJ on the Saab 2000.

If it were me, I'd seriously consider flying into PRG and out of TXL, taking trains in between. Or something similar. DL usually prices open-jaw tickets like that about the same as the round-trip price to either city, and I like to take advantage of that opportunity to see some different scenery. And I've been waiting half my life for a chance to visit PRG...
 
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RE: DTW To LEJ, How? Other Than LH?

Thu Jan 23, 2014 6:40 am

I used to go to LEJ about 60-70 times a year at least, I'd usually take KLM to TXL then hop on the train to LEJ, its an hour ride and TXL is an interesting airport to see before it gets closed down.

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