I had the opportunity to travel to Dublin with my partner while he was on a work assignment. I decided to book a 2 day excursion to Rome, Italy while I was in Europe. I booked my tickets via Ryan Air for only $78 USD! AMAZING!!!
RyanAir is a UK based economy airline. They offer steep deals, however there are some caveats to traveling with a budget airline. I have heard of people booking a $50 flight only to end up paying $150 for their flight due to unexpected incurred fees! I’m sharing some tidbits I’ve discovered to counter their outrageous fees.
#1 CHECK IN ONLINE
RyanAir allows passengers to check in ONLINE 7 days prior to the flight departure. You have the option to check in online and purchase a seat (around $8.50-$21 USD) at least 30 days in advance but I read that it’s not necessary. You’ll need your passport and possibly a credit card handy when you check in.
If you forget to check in online and print out your boarding pass, you will have to purchase a ticket printout at the check-in desk for $20 USD. Yeah…let’s try to avoid that if possible.
#2 DOWNLOAD THE MOBILE APP
Download the mobile app to keep track of your flight. I really did not end up using the app but it would be helpful if I needed to book multiple flights while in Europe.
#3 BRING EARPHONES OR EARPLUGS
In order to offer great flight costs, RyanAir blares advertisements throughout the flight on their intercom. I did not experience this on my flight to Italy but I believe it is dependent on which planes you board.
#4 BUY SNACKS AND DRINKS BEFORE BOARDING
You have to pay for all refreshments on RyanAir. I ended up buying drinks and snacks at a kiosk across from my gate. There was a BOGO deal so I bought two bottles of drink and gave one to a fellow passenger.
#5 BOOK AIRPORT SHUTTLE SERVICE SEPARATELY
RyanAir offers additional shuttle from airport to major city centers but you can book the service separately through the different transportation companies at https://www.looking4transfers.com. The rates on RyanAir are more expensive. For example, I would have paid $14 euro to get from the Dublin Airport to Dublin City Center. Instead, I booked directly through the shuttle service company and paid only $12 euro. I know it’s not a huge difference – but every bit counts!
#6 USE THE RESTROOM BEFOREHAND
It costs 3 euros to use the restroom aboard the plane. I used the restroom in my terminal and made sure not to drink superfluous amounts of liquids on the plane. My flight was 3.5 hours long and I made it out alive!
Flying RyanAir was convenient however not luxurious. I did not expect it to be. I was content with what I paid and received. I would definitely recommend it for the budget traveler. However if you’re looking for relaxation and pampering, RyanAir may not be for you.