Europe’s best located airports
Us Brits might notice how far London spans when it comes to its airports: it stretches from Gatwick in Sussex, to Luton in Bedfordshire, all the way out to Southend. Certainly, in the big capitals of Europe, a shortage of space means that airports are pushed further and further out.
But that’s not a universal experience: many vibrant cities make travel easy, with a conveniently located airport that’s just a hop, skip or jump away from its epicentre. Especially on quick weekend trips when time is of the essence, a low-hassle journey that takes around 30 minutes from plane to hotel is invaluable.
Here are the Flexicover team's five top airports that allow an easy transfer, leaving travellers to concentrate on the fun aspects involved in navigating a new city.
Tallinn Airport, Estonia
A dream location if ever there was, Tallinn Airport is just 2.5 miles away from the middle of the Estonian capital, meaning travellers can even walk to their hotel if they were so inclined. The easiest option is to grab a taxi outside the airport. A good exchange rate means it costs around £10 for a one-way trip, and it will get you to your destination in 15 minutes, so it really couldn’t be any easier. With a fairytale charm and thousands of years of history to investigate in and around its streets, there’s plenty to see once the bags are dropped off.
Genoa Airport, Italy
Named after its most famous resident Cristoforo Colombo (aka Christopher Columbus), Genoa Airport is a speedy 10-minute drive from the pedestrianised centre of the old town, containing narrow, cobbled streets that lead to piazzas filled with cafes, stalls and crumbling buildings decorated with magnificent trompe-l'œils. But convenience isn’t the airport’s only plus point: it’s situated on the edge of the port city’s coastline. So those on one side of the plane will see the hive of activity on its waters, while the other side will be privy to the lush mountains that encircle the city – that’s quite a first impression.
Copenhagen Airport, Denmark
The efficient public transport system in Denmark means navigating around its capital is never too difficult, and that’s certainly the case for the airport. Even though it’s nearly eight miles from the centre, frequent trains whisk you into the centre in 13 minutes. Better still, it costs less than £5 for the journey and the central station is located in the very heart of the city so you need only step out of its doors to begin exploring all it has to offer: Tivoli Gardens, Westmarket and Copenhagen City Hall are all within a stone’s throw.
Riga International Airport, Latvia
There’s a distance of six miles between Riga’s international airport and the beautiful Dome Square that forms the heart of the city. But it’s super easy to get from one to the other. Not only is the airport small enough to allow visitors to disembark speedily, but once outside, your hotel is likely to be a 15-minute ride, costing around £10. For the eco- or budget conscious, bus 22 takes around 30 minutes to get to the centre and costs £1.50. Either way, it’s speedy and easy – exactly what’s needed as visitors acclimatise to the stunning city.
Lisbon Airport, Portugal
We’re impressed that Portugal’s capital is so organised with its infrastructure that the airport is a convenient 3.5 miles from the centre, and public transport takes jetsetters there and back efficiently. Buses and taxis are good choices, but we’d recommend the Metro as it’s quick, cheap and runs from 6am to 1am which makes it a viable option for red eye flights. The metro’s red line ends at the busy district of Sao Sebastiao, but transferring lines allows you to discover Lisbon’s delights, from the portside tapas to the idyllic Parque Eduardo VII.
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