American visitors to Europe are often surprised at how easy it is to travel from one country to another. This is particularly true in the case of air travel, since Europe has a wealth of affordable flights, including many short hops. If you're eager to pack a lot of different environments into your itinerary, international flight may be the way to go. There are, however, a few important points to consider when making this plan.
Intercity flights in Europe are very affordable, sometimes more so than train or bus tickets. However, you'll still get the best deals by planning ahead. Keep in mind that these tickets are generally nonrefundable.
Check the Airport Location
Discount airlines often fly from airports quite a distance outside the nearest city. Though an airport may be referred to as "London" or "Munich," it may be over an hour's drive away from the city, and sometimes inaccessible by public transportation.
Know About Regional Hubs
Many airlines have hubs in one or more cities, where they offer incredible discounts. If you're not particularly pressed for time, flying to and away from one of these hubs can sometimes get you an amazing discount compared to a direct flight. Be careful to leave plenty of time between flights, though, in case of delays.
Consider choosing a piece of luggage like a travel backpack or wheeled suitcase designed to fit in the overhead compartment. Many European airlines have no free baggage allowance, so realize that you may pay for every bag you want to check.
Many intercity flights in Europe don't offer any amenities such as beverage service. You can generally find a standard fare airline that does have these features if you prefer, just be sure you know what you're paying for and plan for your own needs accordingly.
Article Written By Laura Gee
Laura Gee has a B.A. in history and anthropology, but now spends more time blogging and producing web content. She has worked and/or trained as an illustrator, crafter, caterer, yoga teacher, child-care provider and massage therapist, and she loves to travel when she gets a chance.