Airport transfers: The best connected airports in Europe - but none of them are in London

Airport transfers: The best connected airports in Europe – but none of them are in London

Airports that are well connected make holidays both much easier and cheaper.

Travel metasearch engine GoEuro has analysed 70 airports in Europe to rank the fastest and cheapest transfers to the centre of the city.

They have highlighted the best connected airports and cities on the continent according to GoEuro’s 2017 prices and times.

“City centre transfer fares for the airports we looked at range from 64p to £25 travelling by either bus or train,” Chris Hall, Country Manager, UK and Ireland at GoEuro told Express.co.uk. “Journey times vary from five to 85 minutes across Europe.”

“Lanzarote and Malaga are the top choices for those wanting to maximise their time on holiday and not waste any money travelling from the airport to the beach, as transfers start from less than £2, when travelling by IntercityBus in Lanzarote and Cercanías Renfe train in Malaga.”

Airport transfers: The best connected airports in Europe – but none of them are in London

Nice Côte d’Azur was revealed as the most convenient airport in Europe, with a transfer time of just five minutes by train and costing £1.59.

In second place was Lanzarote with a 10 minute transfer from £1.24 by bus.

In good news for the UK, Birmingham came in third place in the rankings, with a nine minute transfer from £2.90 by train.

Unfortunately, such good connectivity was not seen throughout Britain. 

“It won’t be a surprise to Londoners, but Gatwick ranked as one of the least convenient airports, based on journey length and price, with a half hour transfer costing nearly £20 by train,” said Chris.  

 Airport transfers: Nice Côte d'Azur was revealed as the most convenient airport in Europe

Airport transfers: Nice Côte d’Azur was revealed as the most convenient airport in Europe

“Similarly, London Heathrow, Luton and Stansted airports all scored in the bottom 10, based on comparatively long journey times from the airport to the city centre and more expensive travel fares.”            

Chris’s top tip for saving airport travel is avoiding peak times and investigating railcards. 

“Travellers can save money on airport travel if they know when different peak and off-peak travel times start across the UK’s train providers,” he said.

“Ticketing systems can be complicated with off-peak train times varying by up to an hour across different UK cities. Some train providers also accept Railcards, providing a further discount. 

“As with all travel, it’s best to research prices as soon as you know you’re travelling, as cheaper tickets sell out sooner.”

Airport transfers: Some train providers also accept Railcards, providing a further discount

Airport transfers: Some train providers also accept Railcards, providing a further discount

Another piece of advice is to consider avoiding flying altogether and going by rail.

“A travel hack worth noting is that flying isn’t always the cheapest or quickest way to get from A to B,” points out Chris.

“Taking into account city transit, security processes and travel times, buses and trains can actually be faster than flying. 

“Plus, there’s no need to wait for ages in the airport, and often no limits to how much luggage you can take. 

“For example, travellers heading from London to Paris can reduce their journey time by almost 3.5 hours when taking the train instead of plane, while taking the train from London to Amsterdam can shave almost 50 minutes off total journey time.”

Top ten airports to save travellers money and time

1.      Nice Côte d’Azur, five minute transfer from £1.59 by train        

2.      Lanzarote, 10 minute transfer from £1.24 by bus         

3.      Birmingham, 9 minute transfer from £2.90 by train                      

4.      Málaga-Costa del Sol, 12 minute transfer from £1.59 by train                     

5.      Frankfurt, 10 minute transfer from £4.24 by train

6.      Nürnberg, 12 minute transfer from £2.65 by train

7.      Cologne Bonn, 13 minute transfer from £2.12 by train     

8.      Prague, 15 minute transfer from £0.79 by bus                     

9.      Leipzig-Halle, 13 minute transfer from £3.97 by train                        

10.   Amsterdam Schiphol, 14 minute transfer from £3.71 by train

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