What you need to know for a stress free budget European flight

Yes, you have to pay extra for just about anything and everything. And yes, it won’t be the most comfortable flight of your life. However, the budget experience doesn’t have to be a bad one.

Ryanair gives you the chance to see incredible destinations all over Europe, for a fraction of the cost compared to the bigger carriers. Leaving you more money to try new things, and see more places.

How do you avoid being the next ‘holiday horror story’?

The main reason why people get caught out is thinking that Ryanair is like other airlines – it’s not. This will get you into trouble and potentially cost you much more than you originally thought.

So, to find out how to make your next holiday a memorable one (for the right reasons), keep reading as I share with you my 6 tips for surviving your next Ryanair flight.

  1. Check the location of the airport?

    It sounds like a no-brainer, I know. But one of the reasons why Ryanair is so cheap is because of the airports they fly to. If you don’t, you could be in for quite a shock.

    Frankfurt Hahn airport (Germany), for example, is roughly 1 hour away from Frankfurt International airport. You might laugh, but mistaking the two is more common than you think. It’s a similar story with Venice Treviso (Italy) and London Stanstead (England) airports as well.

    Interesting fact through – in the last year or so Ryanair has started using Frankfurt International for selected flights. The same with the more centrally located Venice Marco Polo and London Gatwick Airports. Fingers crossed this pleasing trend continues!

  2. How do I get to the airport?

    Once you’ve sorted out which airport you’re departing from, the next question is, how do I get there? The good news is there’s usually a train, or more likely a bus, that’ll get you to the airport on time.

    This may mean a 4:30 am or so bus if you have a redeye flight, but at least you can get a bit of extra shut-eye on the way.

  3. Do I really need that extra pair of shoes?

    Baggage size and weight restrictions are something Ryanair takes very seriously. If you like to pack a few spare jackets or enjoy a good spot of holiday shopping (and let’s be honest, who doesn’t?), then opt for the online baggage upgrades when booking.

    Otherwise, you’ll be stung with higher baggage charges at the airport.

  4. Don’t forget to check-in

    You must check-in at least 2 hours before your flight. This can easily be done via the iOS or Android app. Or online and print your boarding pass.

    I’m sure you’ve figured this out by now but if you try to do this at the airport, expect to hand over even more of your hard-earned cash – 55€/55£.

  5. Get that stamp…

    For non-Euro passport holders only. See the ‘Passport Check Desk’ to get your Visa checked before clearing the security screening. If not, you won’t be flying today.

  6. Practice your people skills

    Being a budget airline, it’s a bit cosy. So yes, you will get to know your neighbors.

    As for legroom, I’ve never found the lack of space a major issue for my 175cm frame. Mostly because most flights are short-haul.

    But if you’d like the comfort of extra legroom, then pre-select an exit row or extra legroom seat during booking. For an extra cost of course.

It’s all about knowing what to expect

Treating Ryanair like other major and more expensive airlines will get you in trouble. It will cost you a lot more money than originally expected. And you might not even make your flight!

But knowing the Ryanair process and what you have to do to get onboard hassle free will make surviving your next Ryanair flight a breeze.

Worried that your flight might be canceled?

Yes, having the pin pulled on your flight is always a concern, no matter who you fly with. However, Ryanair’s on-time arrival record is impressively high. Typically, in the 90% region.

Scrolling through the official records, I don’t see too many of the major airline matching that stat.

What are your tips for flying budget?

Let me know in the comments 🙂