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TRAVEL: Europe’s airport to city transport costs are revealed

Saturday, 11th November, 2017 10:00am

Story by Jack Gleeson
TRAVEL: Europe’s airport to city transport costs are revealed

Getting from the airport to the city fast means more time to enjoy your break.

TRAVEL: Europe’s airport to city transport costs are revealed

Getting from the airport to the city fast means more time to enjoy your break.

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NOW that autumn is here, and the summer holidays are well and truly behind us, many Irish holidaymakers may be considering a short city trip to keep the holiday blues at bay before Christmas.

Although travellers from Ireland can often find cheap flights to many European destinations and there’s always hotel bargains if you choose your dates carefully,  many overlook the time and money spent getting from the airport to their city of choice - and on a quick city break, time is everything.

In an effort to help travellers maximise their time, travel search engine Kayak.ie has collected data on the most popular European cities for Irish holidaymakers, revealing the average costs and travel time to expect when visiting these destinations. 

Quick connections:

For those looking to start their holiday without wasting a single moment, Arrecife, in the Canary Islands is undisputedly the best option.

With its airport conveniently located just seven kilometres from the city centre, travellers barely have to wait at all to start soaking up the sights.

And with public transport available at just €1.40, the short trip to and from the airport can save travellers more than €10 on taxi fares.

Other convenient options include Faro, Portugal, as well as Amsterdam (Schipol Airport), both of which are reachable in around a quarter of an hour by public transport (15, 17 minutes).

For those who prefer the comfort of a taxi, the quickest options are Arrecife, Faro, Lisbon and Palma de Mallorca, all of which can be reached from the airport in 15 minutes or less.

However, travellers should be prepared to pay more: at €27, the quick trip from the Mallorca airport to the city centre will set travellers back €1.80 a minute.

Best bargains:

Price-conscious travellers looking to save their money for sightseeing and shopping should probably start their trip by skipping the taxi.

This is especially true when travelling to Paris, Rome or London. In each of these cities, travellers can save more than €45 by choosing to use public transport options instead.

In the British capital, which has the highest taxi prices out of the top 20 most popular cities for Irish tourists, travellers can save €46 by opting to rely on public transport - and they’ll also arrive in the city 20 minutes earlier compared to those choosing to ride in a taxi.

Apart from Arrecife, with its €1.40 airport connection, the cheapest cities to reach by public transport are Rome (€1.50), Budapest (€1.70), and Lisbon (€1.90).

However, holidaymakers can cut their travel time in half (15 minutes) with a reasonable €8 cab ride to Lisbon, compared with the 30 minute journey on the underground.

Higher costs, longer journeys

The Kayak.ie analysis also highlights the destinations for which travellers should budget extra time and money to reach the airport.

Rome, Paris, and Athens, all famous for their traffic congestion, can each take at least 40 minutes, no matter the mode of travel chosen.

However, travellers should also plan extra time if they are travelling to Budapest (45 minutes by train and 30 by taxi), Prague (40 minutes by bus and 30 by taxi), and Madrid (45 minutes by train and 20 by taxi).

When it comes to costs, London and Paris are unsurprisingly the two standouts, with even public transportation options costing at least €10 from airport to city centre. 

Visitors to the French capital should expect to pay €10.30 for the 40 minute trip to the city centre, while those visiting London will need to shell out a whopping €24.30. 

John-Lee Saez, travel expert at Kayak.ie says: “Many low-cost carriers are known to fly into airports located on the outskirts of cities, which can be difficult to reach - and sometimes even more expensive than the cost of the flight.

“Luckily, using Kayak.ie’s Explore tool, Irish holidaymakers can find the best flight offers for their respective travel budgets.

“Simply enter a departure airport, the desired date and flight duration, and the amount they wish to spend, and Explore will show you the matching destinations - all laid out nicely on the world map.”

• To find great flight, hotel, car hire and holiday deals visit Kayak.ie.

Frankfurt Airport train station makes it easy to get to the city within 20 minutes. The Barcelona airport express bus service connects the airport to the city centre.

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