Thanks to budget airlines, the quickest and easiest way to travel Europe (and now many other countries) is by plane. The low-cost carrier godfathers (easyJet and Ryanair) have made it possible to fly from country to country just about anywhere in Europe in under 3 hours. And yes, your plane ticket will probably be cheaper than the taxi to the airport. If you’re looking for comfort and quality service, you’re in the wrong place. If, however, you don’t want your flight to be the biggest part of your trip expenses, read on.
Hopefully reading this post means you’ve come to the realization that you’re better off saving your money for something other than a little extra leg room and a softer plane seat. As I indirectly said above, if you catch a good deal, you can fly from country to country for $20 – $100. Some people have even been known to stumble upon “promotional flights” for less than $2…that’s right t-w-o (before taxes of course, but the deal is still unbelievable). Here’s how you can do it too.
Why Are Budget Airlines So Cheap?
Most major cities have a smaller, secondary or satellite airport (some have more than one), and these are the airports that low-cost or budget airlines fly into. Compared to main or central airports, the landing fees are cheaper, which in turn helps keep prices down for you.
On low-cost airlines like easyJet and Ryanair, you usually can’t check any baggage, saving time, space, and fuel. You’re allowed one carry-on, which is sufficient for a decent sized hiking backpack, and if you do need to check in a bag, it’ll cost you anywhere from $20 to $60.
Nothing, other than the ticket, is a cheap on a budget airline flight. Complimentary food and drinks don’t exist, the cabin is plastered with ads, the food and drinks offered on board are crazy over-priced, and there are fees for almost everything (Ryanair is even phasing in coin-operated toilets). The good news is that a ticket is the only thing you’ll need to buy.