Hi! Welcome to Complete City Guides!
My name is Patrick, I'm originally from Sydney (Australia) - and I love exploring cities (and writing about it!)
I work online in marketing, which gives me the opportunity to travel around the world full time.
So while I am away, I keep this blog updated with full travel info. I tend to stay in a city for a few months at a time, to really get to know it - then I write guides on it.
When I travel, I love to be able to land in an airport and be in the city center ASAP. But some cities are a bit of a nightmare for this - the airports are either really far away or there are awful public transport options.
So I've gone through the major European city hotspots and worked out the top 10 European airports that are close to the city center.
I've mostly focused on fun/interesting cities, with airports that serve the major low-cost airlines, such as Ryanair, Easyjet, Wizzair etc. These airlines will often have very cheap flights, so when combined with a city center that is close (so cheap public transport into town) you can have a super cheap city break. And if the airport is so close to the city center, even if you are there only for 24 hours you can still spend plenty of time in the city and not travelling between airport and city.
There are going to be airports really close to popular cities but not included in this list if they aren't popular for 'normal' city break trips. For example, London has London City Airport very close to the middle of the city. But I've never heard of anyone using it for a city break - so it is not included in this blog post! Also all prices are accurate as per our research in April 2016 (Euro or US Dollar conversions are estimates). Please double check everything before you make a trip - public transport and other details change from time to time!
Airport Name Tallinn Airport
Price: €1.60 ($1.80)
Duration: 20-30 min
Price: Around €10
Airport Name Marrakesh Menara Airport
Price: 30 Moroccan Dirham ($3 / €2.70)
Duration: 15-20 min
Every 30 minutes an air conditioned airport shuttle bus goes between the airport and the city center. 30 Moroccan Dirham ($3 / €2.70) for a one way ticket, or 50 Moroccan Dirham ($5.20 / €4.60) for a return.
Airport Name Vilnius Airport
Duration: 15 min
Duration: 7 minutes duration, but one train every 45 min
Price: €10 to €15
Airport Name Lisbon Portela Airport
Price: Aerobus Shuttle: €3.50 (10% discount when bought online and printed). Normal bus: €1.75.
Duration: 10 min on normal bus
Duration: 15-25 min
Price: €10 - but they are often dishonest
Airport Name Bratislava Airport
Price: €15-20 if you book one, but closer to €30 if you get one from the street
Airport Name Riga International Airport
Price: €1.15 ($1.30), or €2 if bought from driver
Duration: 20-40 min, depending on bus route
Duration: 15 min
Mini Bus options from €5
Airport Name Copenhagen Airport
Price: 25 DKK ($3.80 / €3.40)
Duration: 30-35 minutes
Price: DKK 36 ($5.50 / €4.90) 1 way
Duration: 13 minutes on metro / train
Price: DKK 275 ($41 / €36)
Duration: 20 minutes
You buy a 24-hour ticket which costs 80 DKK ($12 / €11) - you can then travel by bus, metro and train
Airport Name John Paul II International Airport Kraków–Balice
Price: 4zł ($1 or €0.93)
Duration: 30 min
Price: 35zł ($9 / €8)
Duration: 25 min
If you get one of the airport taxis it will cost around 90zł. Order one over the phone, wait 10 minutes and it is much cheaper. Or use uber.
Airport Name Manchester Airport
Duration: National Express coaches around 25 minute. Normal stagecoach busses around 1 hour.
Price: £4.20 single
Duration: 30-40 min
Price: £4.20, or day ticket for £5
Airport Name Schönefeld Airport
Price: €3 for single
Duration: 28 min to central station
Berlin's Schönefeld is quite far away from the city center (compared to most other airports listed here), but that is mostly because Berlin is so huge. Depending on where you are staying, Schönefeld could feel very close!
Also, the Berlin Tegel Airport airport is much more central!
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