inexpensive travel

Dec 12th, 2001, 10:31 AM
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Carla
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inexpensive travel

My son will be studying in Siena in the Spring. My husband and I would like to visit but the airfares are killers. Does anyone have a suggestion of how to travel more cheaply? Is is realistic to fly to London and then take a train to Italy?
 
Dec 12th, 2001, 10:39 AM
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Hi Carla,

Ryanair go from London Stansted airport to many Italian airports. I do not know what the nearest one to Siena is .

Ryanair often have very cheap fares and special offers and would probably be cheaper than the train.
Their website is www.ryanair.com
Flying into London is probably a good bet as the most competitive fares are likely to be found on the US-London routes.
You could also try flights to Rome or Zurich then taking the train.

Hope this helps.
 
Dec 12th, 2001, 10:46 AM
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I see an add on Ryan air for flights from Stansted to Pisa for 27 pounds one way. That would give you a 2 hour train trip (vs a 15 plus hour train trip from London that will cost you far more). The closest airport to Siena is probably Florence.
 
Dec 12th, 2001, 11:20 AM
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The closest airports that ryanair fly into are ( from their map) ;
Pisa
Fiorli
Ancona

GO (www.go-fly.com) fly into Rome Ciampino.
I do not think any of the low cost carriers fly into FLorence but occasionally the major carriers ( British airways or Alitalia would have seat sales into Italy)
 
Dec 12th, 2001, 11:43 AM
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Carla, When you say the spring, do you mean the spring season or the spring semester? I ask because if you mean the spring semester which usually starts in January or February, I would think that you could get some pretty good off-peak fares for flights through early March.
 
Dec 12th, 2001, 01:03 PM
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Carla--You don't say where you are flying from, but many of the airlines are having sale fares good through March. I live in Atlanta, and have tickets on Delta for my husband and me to fly Atlanta-Rome then Venice-JFK-Atlanta in middle March. Our ticket was $421/per person for the trip. Try Frommer's newsletter today for a list of other airlines with sale fares to Europe. Barb
 
Dec 12th, 2001, 01:06 PM
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I would suggest two things. One Priceline your tix. I have done it several times and usually have only one layover. Be careful about specifics when you put in your needs. Also set up a fare watcher on Travelocity and Expedia as well as on some of the major London/Spain airlines BA, Iberia, RyanAir, BM to check airlines. I have been back and forth to Europe 15 times in the last three years and I have never paid more than $350 round trip. You just have to be patient.
 
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