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From touchdown to downtown – getting from Prague’s Vaclav Havel Airport to the city centre

Prague Airport by Sue ManusUnlike many other European capitals, Prague is located within easy reach of its international airport. Vaclav Havel Airport (recently renamed from Prague Ruzyne Airport) is about 17 kilometres north of the city. By taxi or public transport, you’ll be able to get from the Arrivals gate of either terminal to the city centre within about half an hour, depending on the traffic.

There are also several bus routes available, which make it easy to get exactly where you need to go in the city. Once you know where to buy your ticket or how to get a taxi, if you prefer, getting to your GowithOh apartment is a piece of cake.

Orientation

Prague is the global hub for the national air carrier, Czech Airlines (CSA) and the airline is part of the Sky Team alliance that includes Delta, KLM, Air France and Korean Air, among others. Direct flights are available on certain days between the United States and the Czech Republic through Delta, in cooperation with Czech Airlines. Most European carriers have regular flights to Prague, as well as a number of budget airlines such as easyJet, WizzAir, SmartWings, Jet2 and GermanWings.

There are three terminals at Prague’s airport. The older Terminal 1 caters to international flights to and from non-Schengen countries, for example, flights to and from the USA, the UK and Ireland. The sleek, newer Terminal 2 flies to Schengen-zone member countries, and Terminal 3 is reserved for charter and private flights. The airport handled a total of 10.8 million passengers in 2012, making it one of the busiest European airports outside of Western Europe – which isn’t surprising, given its enviable location smack-dab in the centre of the continent. For further information, there’s an English-language version available of Prg.aero, the airport’s website.

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Airport Transfer with a Private Car Service

The easiest way to get to the city center from Prague Airport is to pre-book your private airport transfer. Once you arrive at Prague airport you will be greeted by the driver in the arrivals hall. The driver will help you with your luggage and you will be on your way in no time. You will be driven in a premium black vehicle where you will be able to relax and know you will be dropped off directly at your apartment or hotel. The price for a private airport transfer is about the same as a taxi.
Our recommended company for this service in Prague is myDriver Airport Transfer Prague.

Private airport transfers – online booking

Taxis

Taxis by Daquella maneraPrague has had its fair share of justified bad rap against its taxi drivers, so it’s best to make sure you use one of the trustworthy companies, and this is especially true when travelling to and from the airport.

The best is AAA Radio Taxi (Aaradiotaxi.cz, 222 333 222), the main providers of taxi services at the taxi ranks outside each of the terminals. Its bright yellow cabs are easily recognisable. Rates are determined at set tariffs, which are clearly displayed to passengers en route. The drivers who service the airport all speak basic English, and the average fare to Prague’s city centre is about 550 to 600 Kc. AAA Taxi also offers a discounted return trip to the airport, where you can arrange for a pickup for your departure – ask for more details from the taxi driver or the taxi rank host. Taxis are available outside the airport at any time of the night or day.

Buses

There are sBus by sludgegulpereveral options when it comes to getting downtown by public transport, which is by far the cheapest option. Each goes to a different metro line, so make sure to find out the closest metro station to your apartment. All of the buses run at regular intervals throughout the day and evening, and signs at the Arrivals gates point to their pick-up points; the buses make stops at both terminals.

Make sure you have a ticket before boarding, which you then must validate on the bus (tickets are not available from the driver). You will need the higher-fare ticket, for 32 Kc, if you plan to transfer to the metro, a tram or another bus.

Bus No. 119 is the most frequented, as it runs between the airport and the Dejvicka metro station, the northern-most end of the green, or A, line of Prague’s metro system, which is the bus’s final stop. This line connects to the busiest hubs in the city centre, such as the stations in the Lesser Town and in Old Town. Note that each stop is first announced at the previous stop, indicating that it will be next. On the way to the airport, the bus makes several stops at private terminals and logistics buildings within the airport; the stops for terminals 1 and 2 come afterwards.

Bus No. 100 runs between the airport and Zlicin, which is the western-most stop of the yellow, or B, metro line. The journey takes 18 minutes.

Bus No. 179 runs between the airport and Nove Butovice, which is a stop on the yellow, or B, metro line. It takes 45 minutes.

Another option is the Airport Express bus, which runs between the airport and Hlavni Nadrazi, Prague’s main train station, located in the heart of the city. This takes about 35 minutes.

Wien-by-Roberto-Verzo

From touchdown to downtown – getting from Vienna International Airport to the city centre

Vienna International Airport is located about 12 miles (19 km) east of the heart of Austria’s capital. With the number of ways to get downtown as diverse as the travellers taking them, visitors have the luxury of choosing the way into the city that suits them best. Here’s a run-down of the varied options.

Door to door – airport taxis

If you have the euros to spare, a taxi is undoubtedly the easiest and most convenient way to get door-to-door from the airport to your downtown destination. Just beyond the baggage claim and past the main doors you’ll find a taxi rank, with a cab waiting to whisk you to Wien for between 35€ and 40€.

Taxis booked in advance typically cost around 30€ and – believe it or not – the airport of this capital city is still small enough that your driver will wait for you at arrivals with a sign bearing your name. While more and more taxis do accept cards, it’s probably best to have enough euros on hand to pay for your fare. See http://www.airportdriver.at or http://www.vienna-transfer.at or http://www.cundk.at.

Airport Transfer with a Private Car Service

DriveNow-car sharing Berlin airportsThe most relaxed and comfortably transportation from the Vienna airport is a private airport transfer service. Pre-book your private airport transfer and enter your flight information and a driver will be waiting for you in the Vienna airport arrivals hall. The driver will guide you to the vehicle where you will be able to relax while you get driven directly to apartment or hotel in Vienna. A private airport transfer is about the same price as a taxi but a more reliable service, you do not have to wait in a taxi line – the driver comes to you.
Our recommended company for this service in Vienna is myDriver Airport Transfer Vienna.

Airport Transfer with Car Sharing

A new convenient way to get to and from Vienna Airport is car sharing. Just use a car sharing vehicle parked in Vienna and drive yourself to the airport, no waiting for public transportation, or calling a taxi, just hop in and drive! Once you arrive at the airport you will be able to park at the designated car sharing parking area, parkhaus P3. Leave the car there and heads towards the gate, it’s just that easy! Are you landing at Linate Airport no problem, head towards the car sharing parking area, P3 at the airport. Find the right car you want, hop in and drive it to Vienna city centre. Park it anywhere and don’t worry about paying for parking. With car sharing everything is included in the per minute price, parking, fuel, insurance, rental, tax and more. Taking more than one person to the airport can be the cheapest option getting to or from Vienna Airport. Our recommended company for this service is DriveNow Car Sharing Vienna.

Private Transport from the Airport – online booking

Vienna Airport lines

Vienna Airport Lines by WagenjägerAnother option that’s quicker than the commuter train and cheaper than a taxi or the CAT is the bus service available from Vienna Airport Lines. With three lines from the airport to different city locations, travellers have an affordable and comfortable way to get to various places across the capital.

After collecting your bags at baggage claim, follow the signs for buses. For the 22-minute journey to the downtown destination Schwedenplatz, buses run from roughly 04:50 to 00:20 and leave the airport every 30 minutes at 20 and 50 minutes past the hour. Other lines will take you beyond downtown like to the 22nd (Kagran) or 15th districts (Westbahnhof). You can purchase tickets directly from the driver in the bus. One-way tickets cost 8€ for adults and 4€ for children, while round trips cost 13€ and 6,50€ respectively. Children under six ride free.

See: http://www.postbus.at/en/Airportbus/Vienna_AirportLines/index.jsp

The bargain option – S7

Schnellbahn by starbrust911A set of train tracks runs from the city centre to the airport, and while there is a special airport direct link train that makes use of them, it’s a well-known fact among thrifty locals that a commuter train runs along them too. For a grand total of 4€, travellers can hop on the S7 Schnellbahn at the airport and 26 minutes (and a few stops) later arrive at WIEN MITTE. This is a transport crossroads at the Landstrasse underground stop in downtown Vienna that is well connected to other public transport options, for which the S7 ticket is also good.

After collecting your bags, follow the Schnellbahn sign (it looks like a ‘S’ in a circle) towards the tracks. You can buy tickets from the automated machines at the top of the escalator and pay for them with either cash or cards. Make sure you validate your ticket (the machine will ask you) when purchasing it, as you won’t want to run into any problems once on board!

Trains run daily between 04:00 and midnight. Those to Vienna leave in the ‘Floridsdorf’ direction at 17 and 42 minutes past the hour and those back to the airport leave at 15 and 45 minutes past the hour in the ‘Flughafen Wien’ or ‘Wolfsthal’ direction. While this option does take longer than the others, the price really just cannot be beaten. See http://www.oebb.at.

Downtown in a flash – City Airport Train

Airport train by HazboyThe City Airport Train (known in Vienna as the CAT) offers a direct express link between the airport and the city centre. Once you pick up your luggage in the airport’s baggage claim, follow the green CAT signs and you will soon be on your way! Travelling along the same tracks as the S7 commuter train, the CAT is much faster because it makes no stops.

Operating between roughly 06:00 and 23:30, travel time runs 16 minutes flat with comfortable and modern trains leaving the airport every half hour (note—at 6 and 36 minutes past the hour) and arriving at their own hub of WIEN MITTE.

And when it’s time to head back home? Take the CAT and comfortably check in to your flight, bags included, before even setting foot in the airport! Operating between roughly 05:30 and 23:00, trains leave the city every half hour (note—at 6 and 36 minutes past the hour). One-way tickets cost 11€, round trip tickets 17€. You can purchase tickets online in advance or in person at the CAT terminal. Children up to age 15 travel free!

To see which airlines participate in the check-in option, make sure to check the website.

See http://www.cityairporttrain.com.

No matter which option you choose, you’ll be sipping your Wiener Melange and tasting your first Sacher Torte in no time!

100_8364 RER B by hdaniel

From touchdown to downtown – getting from Paris’ airports to the city centre

Most travellers to Paris arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport, Orly Airport or Beauvais-Tillé Airport, and there are a number of convenient ways to travel into the city centre of Paris from each one.

From Charles de Gaulle Airport (CGD)

Located 25km to the north-east of Paris and also known as Roissy Airport, Charles de Gaulle Airport is the largest in France and the seventh-busiest in the world, serving more than 65 million passengers a year.

MI 79 à Paris-Nord (1er mai 2010) by victor brito
Rail: One of the quickest and cheapest ways to travel into the centre of Paris is by the RER B (blue) train line that has station stops at both Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 of the airport. (Note Terminal 2 has seven sub-terminals, but all sub-terminals can be accessed by foot or via the free N1, N2 and N3 shuttle buses). If you arrive in Terminal 1, take the free shuttle train to Terminal 3, which is the easiest station to catch the RER B from. You can buy train tickets from one of the blue ticket machines (not the yellow machines, which sell TGV tickets only) or from a train station employee in a booth. Tickets cost 9.25€ one-way and the journey takes up to 50 minutes. Make sure you take the RER B line heading in the direction of Robinson, Antony or St-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse and the train will stop in central Paris stations such as Gare du Nord. Trains run from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris between 04:46 and 23:56 Monday to Sunday.

Bus: The Roissybus is one of the most popular buses to take from Charles de Gaulle Airport to the centre of Paris. The bus leaves from all three terminals and runs from 06:00 to 23:00 every day. They run every 15 minutes until 20:45, and then every 20 minutes until 23:00. Tickets cost 9.25€ one-way (you can buy them on the bus, so make sure you have some euros with you) and the journey takes up to an hour, terminating in the Opéra area.

A cheaper option is to travel by local bus numbers 350 or 351, which run through the suburbs of Paris and stop frequently. Departing from Terminals 1 and 2 every 20 minutes (or every half an hour during the weekend) between about 06:00 and 22:30, the journey can take up to two hours, depending on the time of day. As the most economical option, the fare costs 5.70€ one way and you can buy tickets on-board. The 350 terminates at Gare de l’Est and the 351 terminates at the Nation terminus between the 11th and 12th arrondissements.

If you’re arriving at night, night buses N140 and N143 run seven days a week and depart from all three terminals. Bus N140 runs hourly to Paris between 01:00 and 03:00, while the N143 runs from midnight until 04:30 at half-hourly intervals. Both buses terminate at Gare de l’Est and one way tickets cost 5.70€, available to buy on-board the bus.

FRANCE taxi by jean pierre gallot 69009Taxi: There are taxi ranks at all three terminals and you can spot legitimate taxis by the yellow lights on the roof. A fare to Paris city centre costs approximately 50.00€, rising by another 10.00€ at peak or overnight times (typically between 17:00 and 07:00). The journey can take more than an hour at busy times.

Airport Transfer with a Private Car Service : A very comfortable way to get to the city center of Paris from the Paris Airports is in a private airport transfer. Pre-book your ride before you go and a chauffeur driver will be waiting for you inside the arrivals hall with a name shield.
You will ride in a premium vehicle on the way to your apartment, where you will be able to relax and know you will be dropped off at the correct address. There is no need to wait in line for a taxi, and it is about the same price as a taxi in Paris.
Our recommended company for this service in Paris is myDriver Airport Transfer Paris.

Coach: For those who prefer slightly more comfortable road travel, Air France runs the Air France Coach service. Passengers of any airline can travel by this method. The Line 2 coach departs from Terminals 1 and 2 to the Arc de Triomphe, with departures every half an hour between 05:45 and 23:00. The Line 4 coach also departs from Terminals 1 and 2, operating between 06:00 and 22:00, terminating at Gare de Lyon. While there are ticket machines to buy tickets from the airport, you can save money by purchasing tickets online in advance. Online tickets cost 15.50€ per adult one-way, or 13.00€ per person if you’re travelling in a group of four or more. Buying a return ticket in advance is also more cost effective, at 26.00€ per adult.

Super Shuttle: You also have the option to take the Super Shuttle, a private or shared shuttle that takes you to the centre of Paris. The tariffs vary according to the number of passengers and the destination. You can book your shuttle online in advance or at the airport. The journey takes between 1h and 1h30 depending on your destination.

Book your transfer from the airport online

From Orly Airport (ORY)

Orly Airport is a smaller international airport approximately 13km south of Paris, which sees approximately 30 million travellers a year.

Rail: One of the most time-effective ways to travel into Paris from Orly Airport is by the RER. The closest RER station is at Antony, accessed from the South or West terminals by the airport’s driverless light rail transit line, the Orlyval. The combined fare for the Orlyval and RER is 11.30€ one-way and tickets can be bought from ticket booths before departure. The Orlyval departs every few minutes between 06:00 and 23:00 and the journey takes 10 minutes. From Antony RER station, take the B (blue) line going in the direction of Mitry-Claye or Charles de Gaulle Airport. The journey takes about eight minutes into central Paris.

100_8364 RER B by hdanielIt’s also possible to travel to central Paris by the RER C line, which is cheaper and takes only slightly longer than the RER B/Orlyval route. Shuttle trains connect both airport terminals to Pont de Rungis-Aéroport d’Orly RER station between 05:00 and 23:30 every 20 minutes, with a journey time of 10 minutes. The fare is significantly cheaper than the Orlyval at just 2.50€ per person. From Pont de Rungis station, take the RER C (yellow) line towards Pontoise or Montigny Beauchamp. The RER C route into central Paris takes approximately 25 minutes and costs 3.90€ one-way.

Bus: The Orlybus is one of the most popular bus travel options from Orly Airport to the centre of Paris. The bus departs from both terminals every 10 to 20 minutes between around 06:00 to 23:00. The transfer time into Place Denfert-Rochereau in the centre of Paris takes just 30 minutes and costs 7.20€ one-way; tickets are available to buy on-board.

Local bus numbers 183 and 285 provide even cheaper links into central Paris locations. The 183 bus departs from the South Terminal every 30 minutes, terminating in Porte de Choisy after a 45-minute journey. The fare costs just 1.90€ one-way and tickets can be bought on-board. The 285 bus also departs from the South Terminal and the journey to the Villejuif and Louis Aragon areas of Paris takes just 15 minutes. This fare also costs 1.90€ one-way and the service runs every 10 to 20 minutes Monday to Saturday, with a half-hourly service on Sundays. Both buses operate between approximately 05:00 and 01:00 Monday to Sunday.

Coach: Air France’s Air Coach Service also runs a line from Orly Airport into central Paris. Line 1 departs from both terminals and terminates at the Arc de Triomphe, via Gare Montparnasse and Invalides. The coach service operates between 06:00 and 23:40, with coaches departing every 30 minutes. The journey takes an average of 45 minutes. As with the Charles de Gaulle Airport lines, it’s cheaper to buy tickets in advance online first; a one-way adult ticket bought online costs 11.00€ and a return costs 18.00€. Those travelling in groups of four or more people can get a one-way fare for 9.00€ each.

Taxi: There are taxi ranks at both terminals and a fare to Paris city centre costs between 40€ and 50€, depending on which part of the city you want to get to. As with anywhere in Paris, fares rise by another 10€ or more at peak or overnight times (typically between 17:00 and 07:00). The journey takes approximately 40 minutes; longer in heavy traffic.

Super Shuttle: You also have the option to take the Super Shuttle, a private or shared shuttle that takes you to the centre of Paris. The tariffs vary according to the number of passengers and the destination. You can book your shuttle online in advance or at the airport. The journey takes between 1h and 1h30 depending on your destination.

From Beauvais-Tillé Airport (BVA)

This small international airport, located 80km from Paris, mostly welcomes low-cost airlines such as Ryanair and Wizz Air. This airport receives around 3.6 million passengers per year.

Train: The TER train (Regional Express Train) is one of the most popular means of travel from Beauvais Airport. You can take a shuttle at the airport which will take you to Beauvais train station (less than 5km from the airport) for 4€. You could also take a taxi to the station which costs 13€ during the day and 16€ at night. You then need to take the train to Gare du Nord in the centre of Paris for around 14€. The journey takes between 1h10 and 1h20. You can buy your tickets directly at the ticket office or using the blue ticket machines. You also have the option of buying your ticket online on the SNCF website where you can also check the fares.

Aérobus: The most practical and fastest option is to take the aérobus which takes you from the airport to Porte Maillot in the west of Paris. These buses are lined up and are easy to spot when you leave either one of the terminals. You can buy your ticket online in advance or at one of the aérobus machines just outside the terminals. The buses leave around 20/25 minutes after each plane lands. To do the opposite journey from Paris to Beauvais-Tillé Airport, you need to take a bus 3h15 minutes before your departure from Porte-Maillot.

Roissybus by abragadTaxi: This option is quite pricey bt direct and simple. The journey to the centre of Paris will cost you between 140€ and 160€ during the day and between 160€ and 180€ at night. The journey will take around 1h or 1h30 depending on where you’re going.

Super Shuttle: You also have the option to take the Super Shuttle, a private or shared shuttle that takes you to the centre of Paris. The tariffs vary according to the number of passengers and the destination. You can book your shuttle online in advance or at the airport. The journey takes between 1h and 1h30 depending on your destination.

Venice by Yoshimasa Niwa

From touchdown to downtown – getting from Marco Polo Airport to Venice city centre

Marco Polo airport is located on the mainland, about five miles from Venice. You have several options for getting from the airport to the island of Venice, ranging from very expensive to budget-friendly.

Private water taxi

Water taxi by The Cow ManUsing a sleek private boat is a luxurious way to make your way to Venice. In terms of time, it’s the best option as these boats can whisk you into the city in about 25 minutes. They’re also the best option for getting you either exactly to your apartment’s doorstep or as close as they possibly can, depending on the location of your flat.

If you have a lot of luggage, a private water taxi is also a good choice, as well as the most pricey. A one-way trip into Venice will cost between 110-125 euros. There’s a kiosk inside the arrivals hall at the airport where you can book your water taxi, then it’s just a short walk down to the dock. Water taxi transport can also be pre-booked via the internet. If you want or need to be taken directly to your apartment, this is the only way possible. All the other choices require either a transfer to another boat or walking the remaining distance from where you are dropped off.

Alilaguna public boat

The Alilaguna boat line runs public boats from the airport to Venice. The cost is 15 euros per person one way, and 17 euros for a round trip. It’s relatively inexpensive, but can be time-consuming since this boat makes several stops along the way between the airport and St. Mark’s. The Alilaguna boats run on a schedule, so you may have to wait for a boat. Transport time between the airport and Venice can take up to an hour and a half. It’s an economical choice, but not quick. Also, depending on where your apartment is located, you may have to walk quite a distance, including over bridges, with your luggage. The ticket desk is in the arrivals hall of the airport.

Airport Transfer with a Private Car Service

The quickest and most comfortable way to get from the Venice Airport to Venice is with a private airport transfer. Pre-book your airport transportation and you will have a professional driver waiting for you in the arrivals hall with a name sign. The driver will help you with your luggage and guide you to the premium car. Your driver already knows where to go for you will be able to ride comfortably to your apartment. This is the most relaxed way to get to the city on time for the same price as a taxi.
Our recommended company for this service in Venice is myDriver Airport Transfer Venice.

Private Transfer – booking online

Taxis

Vaportetto by randwillRegular land taxi cars are available from the airport into Venice, stopping at Piazzale Roma which is the terminal for all things motorised coming into or out of Venice. The taxi stand is right in front of the airport, just outside the main door. You can expect the fees to be around 35-40 euros, and about 25 minutes transportation time.

This is convenient option, with no waiting on bus or boat schedules, and you don’t have to walk down to the dock to find it. However, just like using one of the bus methods to arrive in Venice, you must remember that your destination is Piazzale Roma. From there you must take a vaporetto or walk to your apartment.

These websites provide additional information regarding time schedules and fees.

ATVO bus – http://www.atvo.it/
ACTV bus – http://www.actv.it/en

ATVO express bus

Atvo by beccafawleyThis bus, run by a private company, is like a chartered bus, with comfortable seats and a luggage storage compartment beneath the bus. The 20-minute non-stop trip from the airport to Piazzale Roma, the bus terminal in Venice, runs three times an hour. Cost one way is 6 euros per person.

From Piazzale Roma you can catch the local public boat, the vaporetto, hire a private water taxi, or continue on by foot to get to your apartment. Tickets may be purchased from a machine located near the bus stop, which is on the street directly in front of you as you exit the doors of the airport. This bus also makes trips to the airport from Piazzale Roma three times an hour beginning around 5am.

ACTV City bus

The city bus line number 5 goes from the airport to Piazzale Roma, the bus terminal in Venice. It runs several times per hour, taking about 35 minutes. This is a typical city bus, with lots of passengers, makes lots of stops along the way, and you have all your luggage right on the bus with you. These buses, not to be confused with the ATVO bus, are usually orange or white and green. You can buy tickets at the Tabacci shop (marked with a big T on a sign above it) located in the arrivals hall of the airport.

It’s important to know that once you’re on the bus, you must validate your ticket using the machine on the bus. The bus stop for the ACTV buses is also right outside the main door of the airport, but down the street to the left just a bit.

 

Santa Maria Novella by colros

From touchdown to downtown – getting from Florence Airport (FLR) to the city centre

The first stop on your Florentine adventure is almost always Florence Airport, commonly referred to as Amerigo Vespucci, or Peretola. It’s located north-west of the city, just a few kilometres outside the historical centre. Getting to the city centre has never been easier and we’ve included the different options here to get you to your holiday apartment as soon as possible.

Airport Transfer with a Private Car Service

The easiest way to get to your apartment from the Florence Airport (Peretola) is by a private airport transfer. You book your transfer online before you fly to Florence then a driver will pick you up in the arrival halls with a name sign. You will be driven in a black premium vehicle to your apartment with a professional driver for almost the same price as a taxi. It is a nice service if you are nervous about getting around the city because you put in the addresses of where to go and the driver takes you directly there.
Our recommended company for this service in Florence is myDriver Airport Transfer Florence.

Private Airport Transfer with online booking

Bus

volainbus_florenceairport_giokai421For those travelling alone or on a budget, the bus is likely the best option. Every half hour from 06:00 to 23:30 a special airport shuttle bus runs to and from the central train station, Santa Maria Novella. It costs 6 euros for a ticket or 10 euros for a return. Look for the Volainbus outside the airport next to the taxi stand – you’ll find full details on the local bus station’s website. The route typically takes about 20-25 minutes and you can buy your ticket directly from the bus driver.

Get your tickets online in advance

Taxi

Queuing @ a Taxi Stand in Florence by Brenda AnnerlThe easiest way to get into the centre is by taxi and luckily there are established fixed rates from the airport to the city centre. Depending on the time and day of week, expect to pay from around 20-23 euros for the trip. At night (22:00 – 07:00) and on holidays, the fares increase so make sure to ask the driver for the approximate price before taking off. The taxi stand is located directly in front of the arrivals exit door – you can’t miss it.

Although there are fixed fares, it’s not uncommon for taxi drivers to chance their luck and demand more cash once you arrive at your destination. The best thing is to get verbal agreement before setting foot in the taxi. That way you can avoid the awkward “that’ll be 5 euros more for me lifting your suitcase” conversation outside your accommodation.

The local number to call for a taxi in Florence is + 39 055/4242 or 055 + 4390/4499/4798 and they usually arrive within a few minutes. *Tip – a 1-euro surcharge is added for luggage (it shouldn’t be more than one euro per person).

For any other details you might be missing, visit the airport’s homepage.

Malpensa by Robert S. Donovan

From touchdown to downtown – getting from Milan’s airports to the city centre

Milan is serviced by three airports – Linate, Malpensa and Orio Al Serio.

Linate is the closest airport to the city, just a few kilometres away, and is used for many domestic Italian flights as well as some European and intercontinental. Many European and intercontinental flights, particularly for Asia, also fly out of Malpensa, as do low-cost easyJet flights. Other low-cost flights usually fly out of Orio Al Serio, which is based in Bergamo, another city 45km outside of Milan.

The good news regarding all these airports is that they’re relatively small, making it easy to get around and find your way.

Linate Airport

The best way to travel to and from Linate is either by taxi or bus. There is no train service.
Linate Express Bus Service
Shuttle bus by Atomic tacoThere’s a frequent bus running from the airport to Piazza San Babila (city centre). You must buy your tickets from the machine before boarding, though, as it’s not possible to buy them on the bus. A one-way ticket is a standard ticket, at 1.50€ for any public transport in the city, and is valid for use up to 90 minutes, meaning that you can use it on the Metro immediately after.

The bus stop can be found directly outside the airport exit doors. There are two buses: 73 and 73X. The 73X is an express service and only stops once before Piazza San Bablia, taking a slightly different route from the 73. The express runs from Monday to Friday only. Regardless, both solutions are convenient and efficient as the 73 also has an express traffic lane and generally only takes about 20 minutes depending on the time of day.

  • 73X from Linate, first departure 07.10, 07.30, 07,50 continuing like this 19.50
  • 73X from Piazza San Bablia, Corso Europea, first departure 07.00, last 20.00
  • 73 from Linate, first departure at 06.00, last at 01.07
  • 73 from Piazza San Bablia, Corso Europea, first departure 05.35, last 00.37

Once you arrive, you’ll be able to access the Metro network (joining the red line, M1, San Bablia stop) to get to your location or grab a taxi from the Piazza.

Airport Transfer with a Private Car Service

The most relaxing and comfortable way to get from one of the Milan airports to the city center is by a private airport transfer. Pre-book your transportation online entering the airport you are flying into and the address of your hotel or apartment. Once you land there will be a driver that will be waiting for you in the arrivals hall with a name shield. The driver will walk you to your premium vehicle and you will be driven directly to your apartment. It is fast and convenient at almost the same price as a taxi.
Our recommended company for this service in Milan is myDriver Airport Transfer Milan.

Airport Transfer with Car Sharing
Car Club Airport Transfer LondonA new convenient way to get to and from Milan Linate Airport is car sharing. Just use a car sharing vehicle parked in Milan and drive yourself to the airport, no waiting for public transportation, or calling a taxi, just hop in and drive! Once you arrive at the airport you will be able to park at the designated car sharing parking area, P3. Leave the car there and heads towards the gate, it’s just that easy! Are you landing at Linate Airport no problem, head towards the car sharing parking area, P3 at the airport. Find the right car you want, hop in and drive it to the Milan city centre. Park it anywhere and don’t worry about paying for parking. With car sharing everything is included in the per minute price, parking, fuel, insurance, rental, tax and more. Taking more than one person to the airport can be the cheapest option getting to or from Milan Airport. Our recommended company for this service is DriveNow Car Sharing Milan.

Private Transfer from the Airport – booking online

Air Bus

Depending on the location of your apartment or if you need to catch an inter-urban train from Central Station, you can also take the Air Bus, which is a service from Linate to Central Station.

This service costs 5€ and you can buy tickets on the bus.

  • From Linate, first depature at 06:30 then every 30 minutes until 23:30
  • From Central Station, first departure at 06:00, 06:15, then every 30 minutes until 23.00

Taxi

A taxi to the city centre will cost on average 15-20 euros, depending on where you need to go. A taxi rank can easily be found outside the airport doors.

Malpensa Airport

Malpensa is a bigger airport than Linate and it has two terminals. All easyJet flights depart from Terminal 2.

The most efficient and stress-free way to reach the airport is usually by the Malpensa Express, however there’s also a bus shuttle that can be useful, depending on where you need to go in the city and at which time and which terminal.

Malpensa Express
Malpensa Express by macgleeThe Malpensa express train service runs directly from Terminal 1 to Piazza Cadorna (red metro line 1, Cadorna stop) or to Central Station (Centrale). The Cadorna option is the fastest, usually 29 minutes whereas to Central Station it’s 52 minutes, with stops.

An adult ticket costs 11€ to Cadorna and 10€ to Centrale, with departures every 30 minutes.

  • From Malpensa to Cadorna, first departure 05.26, last at 23.28
  • From Cadorna to Malpensa first departure 04.28, last at 1.30
  • From Centrale to Malpensa, first departure 05.27, last at 23.40
  • From Malpensa to Centrale, first departure 06.35, last at 00.40

Malpensa Bus Shuttle

Although not a lot cheaper, the bus shuttles can still be useful if you’re travelling from Terminal 2 as the shuttle bus to get to the train at Terminal 1 can be avoided. The shuttle bus only takes 15 minutes but if you prefer to arrive at Central Station, it will be much more time-efficient with the bus.

There are two bus shuttles that run from the airport and you can purchase the tickets inside the airport if you wish. However, it is recommended to wait until you’re out of the airport to see which bus is ready to depart. The ticket costs 10€, and you’ll be able to buy it as you board. Usually a bus runs every 20 minutes and the journey usually takes about an hour.

A drop off at the City Fiera (exhibition centre) is also available, but ask the driver first.

Taxi

Taxi by decodrama visualA taxi has a fixed price of 90€ for Milan and takes more than an hour, depending on traffic. This includes only one stop. If you want to make multiple stops, they will not charge you the fixed rate and the cost could be a lot more, so be careful!

Orio al Serio (Bergamo) Airport

Orio al Serio is a small but newly renovated airport, however allow extra time for security checks as there’s only one entrance.

Bus Shuttle

The easiest way to arrive is via a bus shuttle service from Central Station, on the right side of the station. There are two bus services competing for the route and the going rate is 5€. Sometimes there are also special promotions.

Train

In the past, to save money, some passengers took the train to Bergamo and then a bus to the airport. However, this would cost you approximately 7.50€ nowadays. It could always be a nice option if you wanted to have a quick visit to the lovely old town of Bergamo, well worth the trip.

Taxi

A taxi takes about 45-60 minutes and costs about 100€.

Getting from Stansted, Luton and City Airports into London

Stansted, Luton and City airports are London’s smaller airports, but still offer convenient transport links into central London.

London Stansted

Stansted Express by shtumpiWith a number of budget airlines offering cheap flights into London’s Stansted Airport, many travellers opt to fly in to this airport, which is slightly further away from London’s city centre.

Train: The fastest but most expensive way to get into central London, the Stansted Express runs every 15 minutes and takes 45 minutes to London’s Liverpool Street train station. The train station is in the terminal building, with the first train departing at 05.30 and the last train departing at 01.30. Single fares cost £23.40 per person and return fares cost £32.80 per person. Booking in advance on the Stansted Express website can secure cheaper fares, including the WebDuo Ticket for two people costing £12 per person.

Easybus by eastleighbusmanCoach: Travelling by coach into central London is the cheapest option, and there are several coach providers offering transfers into the city centre. easyBus is the cheapest option, offering minibuses for as little as £2 per person for a single journey to London’s Baker Street. Booking in advance online is essential to secure the cheapest fares. Terravision offers full-sized coach transfers to either London Liverpool Street or London Victoria, for as little as £7 per single fare. National Express also offers frequent services into London Victoria, with fares starting from around £10 for a single fare. Transfer times take around 1 hour 15 minutes. Booking online in advance is cheaper.

Taxis and hire cars: As Stansted Airport is approximately 40 miles outside of central London, a taxi fare can cost around £100 (for a taxi fitting up to 4 people). You can book a taxi when you arrive from the desk at the international arrivals hall, or book in advance by calling +44 (0)1279 661 111. If you prefer to have the freedom of your own transport, there are plenty of hire car companies with offices at Stansted Airport. While car hire itself is cheap, starting from £14 through a provider such as Rhino Car Hire, the cost of driving in London is expensive, with pricey car parking and daily congestion charge fees.

Airport Transfer with a Private Car Service
The fastest way out of the Stansted airport and to your apartment in London is with a private airport transfer service. It is very convenient because a driver will be waiting for you at the arrivals with a name sign. The driver will walk you to your vehicle and you will be on your way to your apartment or hotel in a premium car. This is an ideal service if you are traveling somewhere no public transportation goes or you do not know exactly where to go. This service is about the same price as a taxi in London.
Our recommended company for this service in London is myDriver Airport Transfer London.

 

London Luton

Several budget airlines also fly into London’s Luton Airport, approximately 30 miles north of London’s city centre.

Railway Airport by Ben ShutherlandTrain: The train journey from Luton Parkway Train Station to central London is quick, at around 30 to 40 minutes to either St Pancras International or London Blackfriars. A single fare costs from £13.50 per person and a return fare from £23.50 per person. Trains run between 05.00 and midnight. Luton Parkway Train Station is around a 10 minute drive from the airport and the easiest way to get there is to catch the shuttle bus service that runs every 10 minutes. If you buy your train tickets in advance through a website such as The Trainline, booking tickets from Luton Airport (rather than Luton Parkway Train Station) to London will secure you a free ride on the shuttle bus. Alternatively, the shuttle bus fare costs £1.50 per person.

Coach: Travelling into central London by coach from Luton Airport is the cheapest option, with many well-known coach providers offering good prices. easyBus is the cheapest coach provider with single fares starting from £2, arriving at Baker Street, Marble Arch or Earl’s Court in central London. Transfer times take around one hour and booking online in advance is essential to secure the cheapest fares. Terravision and Green Line jointly run a full size coach service to central London stops including Baker Street, Marble Arch or London Victoria. A single fare costs £15, a return fare costs £22 and the journey time takes little more than one hour. National Express also runs a regular coach service to London Victoria, with fares of a similar price.

Taxis and hire cars: Black London cabs are available from the taxi rank outside the airport and a fare on the meter into central London will typically cost between £60 and £90, depending on the time of day you travel. Licensed minicab providers often have fixed fares into central London and can be booked in advance. Luton Airport’s recommended providers include Alpha Taxis Luton, Cabco Taxis Luton and Luton Taxi Association.

Hiring a car from Luton Airport is straightforward as a number of the big name car hire providers operate from here, although booking in advance can secure cheaper rates. Price comparison website Rhino Car Hire quotes car hire prices starting from £13 per day from Luton Airport. Driving in London is expensive, however, with costly car parking and daily congestion charges.

London City Airport

The smallest of all London airports, London City Airport is also the only airport to be located within London city (in the Docklands area), making it an exceptional option for business travellers.

Charing Cross London Underground by QsimplePublic transport: London City Airport is on the Dockland’s Light Railway (DLR) system and is effectively part of London’s Underground (or ‘tube’ network). Located in London’s Travelcard zone 3, a single fare into any zone 1 tube station costs £4.50. It’s more cost effective to buy an Oyster card if you are planning to travel by public transport often during your stay, as fares using this swipe card system are always cheaper. You can buy an Oyster card from the DLR station for £3 when you arrive, or in advance from the VisitBritain website, as it can be delivered to any address internationally. Tube maps are also available from the DLR station to help you plan the route to your final destination. The journey from London City Airport to London Bridge takes 20 minutes as an example, and the underground system runs from around 5.00 until around midnight.

Taxi: London’s black cabs are available from the taxi rank just outside the terminal building. Fares are on the meter and the cost of your journey depends on your final destination and the time of day you travel. The average cost of a fare into the City of London is approximately £25.

Car Club Airport Transfer:
Car Club Airport Transfer LondonA new convenient way to get to and from London City Airport is car sharing. Just use a car sharing vehicle parked in London and drive yourself to the airport, no waiting for public transportation, or calling a taxi, just hop in and drive! Once you arrive at the airport you will be able to park at the designated car sharing parking area (Terminal Parking). Leave the car there and heads towards the gate, it’s just that easy! Are you landing at a London Airport no problem, head towards the car sharing parking area (Terminal Parking) at the airport. Find the right car you want, hop in and drive it to the London city centre. Park it anywhere and don’t worry about paying for parking. With car sharing everything is included in the per minute price, parking, fuel, insurance, rental, tax and more. Taking more than one person to the airport can be the cheapest option getting to or from London City Airport. Our recommended company for this service is DriveNow Car Club London.

Hire care: Few travellers choose to hire a car in London due to the difficulty and expense of parking, high petrol costs and London’s congestion charge cost of around £10 per day. There are, however, a number of car hire providers operating from London City Airport from around £22 per day. Booking in advance via a website such as Rhino Car Hire can save some money.

Airport Madrid by dalbera

From touchdown to downtown – getting from Madrid-Barajas Airport to the city centre

Situated about 12 km from Madrid, Madrid-Barajas airport is massive. Besides, as the busiest airport in Spain, it’s hardly a relaxing place to hang out, especially when you could be spending your time throwing back wine and snacking on tapas in the Spanish capital.

The airport’s four terminals are connected by a 24-hour free bus service for non-passengers (no boarding pass required) as well as a passenger link bus for travellers with boarding passes transferring from one terminal to another. Plentiful storefronts, restaurants, and ATMS make the airport a convenient place to snack and shop before your flight. Luggage storage is available at Terminals 1, 2 and 4.

Getting from the airport to Madrid’s city centre is made simple by how well-connected it is. You can grab the metro, the bus, the train or a taxi.

Taxi

Taxis are an easy and comfortable way to get to and from the airport. All four terminals have marked taxi ranks on the ground floor, just outside Arrivals. Taxi fares from the airport should be around 20-25 euros including a supplement for the airport, but there is no separate supplement for luggage if it fits easily inside the taxi or on the luggage racks. There are additional supplements per mile after 22:00 and on Sundays. Depending on traffic and your final destination, the trip from the airport to the city centre should take around half an hour.

Airport Transfer with a Private Car Service

The most comfortable way to get to Madrid city center from the airport is by a private airport transfer service. You can book your transfer before you land in Madrid and the driver will be waiting for you in the arrivals hall with a name sign. The chauffeur will help you with your luggage and take you to the premium vehicle which will drive you to your destination comfortably. You will be able to get a premium service at about the same price as a taxi from Madrid Airport.
Our recommended company for this service in Madrid is myDriver Airport Transfer Madrid.

Private Transfer from the Airport – online Booking

Bus

BUS EXPRESS ATOCHA AEROPUERTO DE MADRID BARAJAS by MirayvuelaThe bright yellow Airport Express buses at Madrid-Barajas run 24 hours a day 365 days a year. It’s great for travellers who have to catch a red-eye and can’t take the metro or the train.

The trip from Madrid-Barajas to Atocha Train station is approximately 40 minutes. The bus runs every 15 minutes during the day and every 35 minutes at night. There are only three stops – the corner of O’Donnell and Doctor Esquerdo, Plaza de Cibeles (where you can catch an EMT night bus somewhere else) and Atocha Station (only between 06:00 and 23:30). Catch the bus from terminals T1, T2 and T4. Tickets cost five euros and can be purchased on the bus.

http://www.esmadrid.com/en/barajas-airport-express.

Metro

metro de Madrid by vladimixHop on metro line 8 from Madrid-Barajas (in any terminal) to Nuevos Ministerios in Madrid’s city centre. The trip takes around 15 minutes. From there you can transfer to metro lines 6 and 10. Madrid’s metro system runs from 06:00-01:30 approximately every five minutes during the day, every 10 minutes from 22:00 to 23:00, and every 15 minutes from 23:00-02:00.

Metro tickets with an airport supplement start at 4.50 euros and can cost up to five euros depending on your final destination. They’re available for purchase from ticket machines at the toll entry in the airport and metro stations throughout the city. If you plan on using the transport system a lot during your visit, spring for the Madrid Tourist Travel Pass for zone A 1, 2, 3, 5 or 7 days and you’ll be able to avoid paying a special fare for the airport.

Train

Metro Ligero en Somosaguas Centro by Ricardo Ricote RodríguezTake the light rail (‘metro ligero’) from Terminal T4 to Chamartín, Nuevos Ministerios, Atocha or Príncipe Pío stations. To get to Terminal 4 if you’re somewhere else, take the free terminal shuttle. The trip to Chamartín station takes approximately 11 minutes. Tickets to and from the airport cost 4.50 euros. The light rail runs from 6:00 to 01:33 with trains every 15 minutes early morning and late at night, and trains every 5-8 minutes during the day.

From touchdown to downtown – getting from Barcelona’s El Prat Airport to the city centre

Barcelona Airport by shin-kTo save you an unnecessarily long transit time, this article gives you all the information you’ll need when it comes to your travel options from Barcelona’s El Prat airport to the city centre. Whether you travel by bus, train or taxi, the info here should ensure you have a smooth and easy transition between the airport and your GowithOh city break apartment.

Airport Transfer with a Private Car Service

The most comfortable way to get to the city center from Barcelona El Prat Airport is by a private airport transfer. A chauffeur will pick you in the arrivals hall with a name sign and will drive you directly to your hotel or apartment in a luxury ride. This is an ideal service if you are nervous finding your apartment, you book your trip beforehand so the driver knows exactly where to go. This service is about the same price as a taxi to the city center in Barcelona.
Our recommended company for this service in Barcelona is myDriver Airport Transfer Barcelona.

Private airport transfers – online booking

By Aerobus

This is an airport bus service that leaves from both Terminals 1 and 2 (A, B and C) and travels directly to the centre of Barcelona. There are four main stops in the centre: Plaça Espanya, Gran Vía (at Urgell), Plaça Universitat and Plaça Catalunya. When you leave the airport, head straight to the bus stop and you’ll see a light-blue bus, with Aerobús on the side.

The journey to Plaça Espanya takes around 25 minutes, depending on the traffic, and around 40 minutes if you stay on the bus to its final destination at Plaça Catalunya.

Aerobús, Barcelona by Ulf LiljankoskiIf you choose to hop on the Aerobus for travelling back to the airport, you just need to make sure you get on the right bus – A1 for Terminal 1 departures, and A2 for Terminal 2. The number of each service is displayed clearly on the front of the bus. If you do happen to catch the wrong one, all is not lost – there are connections between the two terminals.

A single journey on the Aerobus (‘un billete sencillo’) will costs 5.90€, while a return ticket (‘ida y vuelta’) comes in only slightly cheaper at 10.20€. A return ticket is valid for a total of nine days, and you can pay the driver directly on the bus or purchase the ticket from the machines next to the bus stop. The machines accept both cash and credit cards, whereas drivers will expect exact change.

The advantage of this option is that it’s fairly cheap, reliable and fast – buses leave every five minutes every day of the year, starting at 05:30. There’s also usually plenty of room for luggage.

Public buses from El Prat

Another option is to catch a public bus from the airport to the city centre. This isn’t for those in a hurry, however, and there’s frustratingly little room for bulky luggage.

The advantage, of course, is that this is the cheapest solution. A single journey ticket costs 2€ or you can use a T-10 ticket (10-journey ticket valid on Barcelona buses and metro), which costs 9.80€. Buses generally leave from Terminal 2 but also from Terminal 1 before heading in the direction of the city centre.

Throughout the daytime, the service to look out for is line 46. This is the only direct line between the airport and Plaça Espanya. It operates from 05:00 till midnight.

If you’re travelling during the early hours of the morning, the night service (‘Nuit N17′), is especially for you and operates from midnight to 05:00. The main stops are at Plaça Espanya and Plaça Catalunya and buses come every 20 minutes.

By train

Renfe UME Barcelona Airport by GemiTuxYou can catch a train from Terminal 2, which will take you directly to Barcelona’s city centre. Trains run from 6:08 to 23:38, and stop at various stations – Sants, Passeig de Gràcia and Clot. If you’ve got further to go, all three stations are connected to the metro system. Trains leave every half an hour

If you arrive into Terminal 1, you’ll first of all need to catch a free connecting bus to Terminal 2.

At the moment it isn’t possible to take the metro directly from El Prat airport to Barcelona city centre. Work is ongoing to connect metro line 9 to the centre, but for the time being, you can use a standard metro ticket to catch a train from the airport. A single ticket costs 2€ or if you’re going to be using the metro a lot while in the city, you might be better buying a T-10 ticket (10-journey ticket valid on Barcelona buses and metro) for the remainder of your stay.

By taxi

Travelling by taxi tends to be the most expensive way of reaching the city centre from the airport, but it’s generally also the fastest and most comfortable. The fare to the city centre should be around 30€, maybe slightly less.

Airport by Arzaga

From touchdown to downtown – how to get from Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam city centre

Schiphol airport train station by clint mcmahonThe fourth-largest airport in Europe, Schiphol Airport has won several prizes for the facilities and activities it offers. Before heading to the city centre of Amsterdam, you can pause to admire paintings from Dutch masters at Rijksmuseum Schiphol, see inside a real Fokker plane or start your city break completely relaxed at one of the airport spas – the choice is yours.
Alternatively, if you can’t wait to get to your Amsterdam apartment, the Dutch capital is calling. Here’s the lowdown on the various options for reaching the city centre from Schiphol Airport.

Taxi

taxi by Jos van ZettenIf you’re in a rush or simply want the convenience of being ferried straight to your door, a taxi is the best option. At Schiphol you can choose to either take a taxi with other people (shared transport) or with your own private group (private transport). A taxi ride to the city centre is quite expensive, though, as you approximately pay 40 to 50€. If you do want the simplicity of grabbing a cab, you can catch any taxi in front of Schiphol’s arrivals terminal, which is the airport’s official taxi stand.

Airport Transfer with a Private Car Service

If you are flying into Schiphol Airport for the first time and want the convenience of someone waiting for you once you land, a private airport transfer service is a perfect fit for you. For about the same price as a taxi you will be able to get to the city center in style and comfort. The chauffeur driver will wait for you at the arrivals hall with a name sign and help you with your luggage to the vehicle.
Taking a private airport transfer is also ideal if you are planning on traveling outside of the city, where no public transportation goes for you will know the driver knows where to go and will take the shortest time possible.
Our recommended company for this service in Amsterdam is myDriver Airport Transfer Amsterdam.

Private transfer from the Airport – booking online

Train

Taking the train to the city centre is the most convenient travel option, in terms of both comfort and speed. The train journey to central Amsterdam takes only 15 to 20 minutes. The main train operator across the Netherlands is Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS), which operates trains from Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam Central Station.

Schiphol Train by smlp.co.ukSchiphol’s train station is located directly underneath the airport and trains run 24 hours a day. From 06:00 to 00:00 trains depart several times an hour. During the night, from midnight to 12am to 06:00, there’s only one train per hour. If you’d like a more detailed overview of your train journey, you can always check the timetables at the official website of the NS. Please note that Amsterdam Central Station is not the only destination the NS trains run to, as they also head to the outskirts of the city, such as Amsterdam Sloterdijk and Amsterdam Amstel.

A ticket for a one-way journey costs 3.30€ and €7.80 for a same-day return journey (although you’re unlikely to need that one if you’re in town for a few days’ holiday). You can buy train tickets at the yellow ticket machines on the platforms at Schiphol Plaza or at the NS offices near the Meeting Point, which is a large square cube, at the same Plaza.

Bus

lijn-192-op-Schiphol-Plza-by-Alexander-53Schiphol Airport has a large number of bus connections to Amsterdam. Bus lines 197 and 370 (Interliner) run to Leidseplein, which is located in the city centre and Oud Zuid during the day. Buses depart every 15 minutes. If you’re travelling at night, you can take bus lines 97 and 358 (Niteliner) to the same destinations. These buses run from 00.30 to 05:00.

To board the bus, head to Schiphol Plaza, in front of the arrivals and departures terminal. For more detailed information about your travel schedule, you can visit the 9292 website, which shows you the exact departure and arrival times for several transport options, including the bus. The journey takes 30 minutes and a one-way ticket costs 4€, which you need to buy on board.