Is Ryanair a safe airline?

Many think that low-cost airlines are not to be trusted. But that is not quite true… At least in most cases.

Ryanair is an Irish airline, whose route serves about 32 countries. What Ryanair does is to keep its cost as minimised as possible, so they save money and are able to offer low prices. But do not think for a second they save money on safety, fuels or engines.

1. Using Secondary Airports

One way to do so is by using secondary airports. For example, the main airport of arrivals in Cyprus is in Larnaca, but Ryanair flights only in Paphos. If you want to travel to London, be prepared to land on Stansted airport, outside of London. Why? Because not many companies flight in Paphos, so the costs are really low to land there. They usually choose airports outside all big cities, whenever possible.

2. Fast Come & Go

The moment you arrive at the airport, you want to leave the plane. As you go down the stairs, at the same time you see the passengers for the next flight waiting outside, ready to go on the plane. It is known that airlines pay large amounts of money for renting the space they land in. They usually stay there for hours or days, until the next flight. However, Ryanair saves money on renting costs, by trying to stay landed for less than an hour.

3. In-Flight Food & Drink

Every time you travel, you usually say: ‘Oh it’s OK. I’ll drink something on the plane’. That is not the case here. Ryanair minimizes costs by not serving anything. No drinks, no snacks, no meals. Of course they are available if you are willing to pay some crazy prices for them. But you will not be offered anything for free.

4. Luggage Nightmare

You want to travel low-cost? That’s fine. Just be prepared to take a maximum of 3 outfits with you and be left with probably no space for souvenirs. You are only permitted to travel with a carry-on, and be charged with 40 euros for a suitcase, if you want one. Ryanair earns a lot of money on fines, since people mistakenly think they will get away with a bigger suitcase. Therefore, they pay up to 40 euros for each extra kilo on their luggage.

At the end of the day, you get what you pay for. You know you will not be offered drinks or that you can only travel with a carry-on. If you are not happy with the rules, find another airline.

5. No Space

The legroom space in the Ryanair aircrafts is quite small. People barely fit and during the flight they cannot move at all. Furthermore, there are no backseat pockets or room for the personal belongings you might use during a flight. By giving passengers less space in their seats, Ryanair has managed to fit more seats in the aircreafts. More seats means more passengers. More passengers mean more money.

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To Oyster or Not to Oyster? Transportation in London

Getting a ticket for the London transportation can be quite tricky for the first-time visitors. Personally, the only way I have used transportation was through an Oyster card.

If you planning to visit London for a day or two, probably getting an Oyster is not the option for you. Instead, you can pay through American Express, Master Card and Visa for contactless payment cards

You can also get Day or Group Day travelcards or a Visitor Oyster one. When using the bus the adult fare is always  £1.50. But for all the other means of transportation, there is no fixed price. The price depends on what zones you will travel from and to and at which time. Peak times in London are Monday to Friday from 06:30 to 09:30 and from 16:00 to 19:00.

Most London visitors buy an Oyster card no matter how many days their visit is, because they want to keep the card as a souvenir. Why keep a card as a souvenir? Only because is represents the rhythm and life in London. There is no Londoner that does not use the Oyster card. In case you buy one and do not need it afterwards, you can always return it and take your money back. But how does it work?

You can buy your Oyster from most metro stops. The price is  £5.00 and you need to add £5.00 more, which will not be taken away from your balance. It is better if you put around £15.00 in total, since you will spend all of them. Trust me on this.

After purchasing the Oyster, you have nothing to worry about. You can go anywhere you want without worrying about tickets. Just remember to place it on the readers on the station gates before you exit. If you do not see one around. look again.  

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Each time you use your Oyster on the way in or out, you can always see how much you were charged and how much money you have left.  Recharge your card by placing it on the charging cubic machines and once you select the amount of money you want to add, you place the card again, so that the transaction can be complete.

Cubic HQ where they run the Oyster card and turnstile services for TFL ...
Cubic HQ where they run the Oyster card and turnstile services for TFL …

The most important thing you need to know about the Oyster, is the daily price capping. After using the card for about 2 days, on the third day the card will cap at some point. Based on your average use of the card, when you reach the average of the 2 previous days, you do not get charged anymore.

 

 

 

 

Transportation in Germany

While in Germany, you will not be disappointed by the transportation. Is easy, fast and always on time whether you want to travel from one city to the other or inside a specific city.

Bus: Definitely the cheapest choice to travel through Germany, especially if the cities are close to each other. Costs vary from 5 euros up to 19 euros (most of the times). Right now, Flixbus is the only coach company for travel within Germany. The advantages of choosing the bus is that is cheap, fast and has wifi connection.

Train: The faster choice, but not the cheapest. Try to find the cheapest tickets (usually early in the morning or late afternoon). If you wish to go around Bavaria, you can purchase the Bayern ticket, which costs 23 euros for one person and an extra charge of 5 euros for the next person (ex. 2 people will pay 28 euros, 3 will pay 33 euros and so on, with a maximum of 5 travellers). The benefit of the Bayern ticket is that travel as much as you want for that day and the ticket is also valid for the return, including free transportation of the city you visit. Also, when travelling on weekends, the ticket is valid for both days.

Click on the following cities to view each city’s official page for transportation information and ticket prices.

Munich

Nuremberg

Frankfurt

Cologne

Dusseldorf

Hannover

Bremen

Berlin

Hamburg

Dresden