A quick guide to London Luton airport in the UK

London Luton airport in the United Kingdom is located 45 kilometres away from central London, and serves as a hub for low-cost airlines connecting London with most of the main cities in Europe. Travellers who land in LTN may commute to the downtown by train, by direct bus, by bus via Paddington train station, taxi or Uber. While hiring a private shuttle service, taking a taxi or driving your own car will allow you to go from Luton airport to London in about 45 minutes, the bus and train options imply making at least one transfer and so travelling times may be extended to up to 1 hour and 20 minutes.

Catching a train from Luton Airport Parkway Station

In order to take high-speed trains which link Luton airport to central London in just 25 minutes, travellers have the option to transfer to Luton Airport Parkway Station. Shuttle buses that depart regularly from outside the arrivals zone transport arriving passengers to the railway station; this service implies the payment of a low fare, which might be already included in your train ticket as long as you purchased it in advance. The most popular train routes from Luton are those ending in St Pancras International and are operated by East Midlands Railway and

Flights to London Luton airport in the UK

As a base for Easyjet, Tui Airways, Ryanair and WizzAir, most flights to Luton airport in London have their origin in an European airport; nevertheless, chartered and seasonal operations also connect this low-cost hub to cities in Northern Africa and Asia, and other renowned international carriers such as Blue Air, El Al, Level, FlyBosnia, Sun Express and Vueling handle flights towards destinations overseas.

Should you need to spend the night close to LTN to catch a flight out of London first thing in the morning, we advise you to check out our recommended hotels near Luton airport.

Free WiFi in London Luton airport

You can connect your mobile device or laptop to the WiFi network in Luton at no charge for a limited time of four hours. If this is not enough and you will be spending more time waiting for your flight, you can always purchase extra time through the same web browser you used to get connected.

ATMs and Currency Exchange counters in Luton airport

There are ICE ATMs and Bureau de Change offices both on the airside and the landside, and you can get sterling pound and euro cash withdrawals commission-free or currency exchange at the lowest rates. Besides, should you need an international SIM card or topping up your mobile phone, this is the place to go. If you carry a valid student card, do not hesitate to show it to the staff: you may get a discount.

Lounges in Luton airport of London

Would you like to spend your wait before boarding in the comfort of a quiet airport lounge that offers complimentary amenities like drinks and catering? Business and first class flyers, as well as those in possession of a loyalty travel card have two airport lounges in Luton: the Aspire lounge and the luxurious Clubrooms. The former open from 4 am to 10 pm every day and passengers can stay inside for three hours immediately before their scheduled departure time, whereas the latter are operational from 4:30 am to 9:30 pm; a pass for either one costs around 27 sterling pounds, which means there is no need for you to be a first-class traveller in order to enjoy the lounges.

The Aspire Lounge in London Luton has pioneered the integration of snooze pods or nap cabins in UK airports, and –aside from drinks and catering- it provides visitors with an extensive choice of breakfast foods. Otherwise, if you choose the Clubrooms for your last hours before leaving London, you will get the chance to order from an a-la-carte menu and be served by a waiter, relax in its comfortable seats, charge your mobile devices and catch up with work in the stations specifically designated for that purpose.

Dining and shopping in London Luton airport

The airport-shopping lovers who fly out of Luton airport in London need to wait until they clear security to get to the gift and fashion shops. Notwithstanding that, waiting in the public area of the airport or the landside will surely be a nice experience thanks to WHSmith, Burger King, Pizza e Pronta, Costa Coffee, Pret a Manger and Starbucks, some of which equally are ideal places to charge your phone or work before checking in for your flight.

After security, well-known franchises like Accessorize, Dixons Travel, Boss, Next, Rituals, Boots Pharmacy, Aelia Duty Free, MAC, Ted Baker and Victoria’s Secret await in the departures concourse, while Bella Italia, Frankie & Benny’s, Benugo, Crepeaffaire and Wasabi, among other restaurants, make up the varied array of foods you can enjoy before boarding the plane.

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Hotels near Marrakech Menara airport in Morocco

Marrakech (also Marrakesh) is one of the main cities in Morocco, and is becoming increasingly popular among tourists and business travellers due to its flourishing commercial activity, gastronomy and social life. Its airport, which consists of two terminals recently remodelled to feature the most stunning contemporary design, boasts excellent connections to the downtown and the central square both by public bus (line 11) and by taxi. Thus, it is no wonder that many passengers landing in the city opt for booking rooms in a hotel near Marrakech airport. This way, they may still enjoy the quaint street markets and the Berber architecture while having a seamless travel experience.

Places to sleep and accommodation close the terminals of Marrakech airport

Hotel in Marrakech, close to the Medina and Jemaa el-Fnaa Square

The Sherazade Hotel is conveniently located within short walking distance of the Marrakech Medina and the bustling Jemma el-Fnaa, while guests can easily commute to and from the airport -situated 4,5 kilometres away- thanks to the shuttle transfer services provided by the establishment upon request and at an extra charge. Staying here will give you the opportunity to immerse in the local culture and traditions, as the hotel itself is fully decorated in Moroccan style and regional food is served at the onsite restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with the additional option of having a typical afternoon tea every day during your stay. Your room at the Sherazade Hotel near Marrakech Menara airport may be double, triple or a suite, all featuring air conditioning, private bathroom and a balcony overlooking the riad-style patio. Guests are invited to enjoy the beautiful city views from the terrace and use the complimentary WiFi at the communal zones. Should you need guidance or assistance, the multilingual staff will be glad to help in English, French, Spanish or Arabic language.

Affordable accommodation in Marrakech

Our next recommendation is a 3-star hotel in Marrakech boasting an excellent location less than 4 kilometres from the airport and a short stroll away from Avenue Mohammed V. Aside from that, you may even hire a vehicle or bike to get around without leaving the facilities, since the 24-hour front desk offers this service for guests alongside others such as laundry, breakfast in the room, express check-in and check-out and safety deposit boxes to store your valuables for a nominal fee. There is an onsite restaurant specialising in both international and Moroccan cuisine and a bar with free WiFi. The rooms at the Tachfine hotel in Marrakech are individual, double and triple, including TV, en suite bathroom and balcony.

Novotel hotel in Marrakech: the Hivernage

This 4-star accommodation belonging to the renowned Novotel chain allows you to enjoy all the amenities of this hospitality brand only 3 kilometres away from Menara airport and 1,5 kilometres from the main railway station in the city. Being arguably one of the best hotels near Marrakech airport, the Novotel Hivernage offers a lounge bar, a swimming pool, a gym, daily complimentary breakfast and left-luggage service. The superior and deluxe rooms feature views to either the pool or the city, and are fully equipped with cosy large beds, a kitchenette, private toilet and shower, working area and TV, their occupancy ranging from one to three adults. Particularly recommended for those travelling for work who would like to feel like at home during their trip, yet adding a bit of fitness and relaxation to it.

*Are you taking a business trip to Morocco and will be visiting other Moroccan cities? Take a look at our suggestions for accommodation close to Casablanca airport.

Many airline companies offer flights to Marrakech (RAK) from different points within Europe. This is the case with Air France, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Easyjet, Eurowings, Iberia, Lufthansa, Norwegian, Qatar Airways, Ryanair, Swiss, Tap Air Portugal, Transavia, Tui, Turkish Airlines and Vueling. Furthermore, you can fly nonstop from Morocco to Gran Canaria with Binter Canarias or visit the Moroccan capital (Casablanca) by flying with Royal Air Maroc from Marrakech. The duration of the flight is only 50 minutes.

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A guide to the main airport in Mexico: Benito Juárez International

Mexico City International airport (MEX), also known as Benito Juárez airport, is a major connecting hub in Latin America that serves as base for the airlines belonging to the SkyTeam alliance in the continent, for the national flagship carrier Aeromexico and for other aviation companies such as Aeromar, Interjet, Volaris and Viva Aerobus. Its passenger terminals are conveniently located just 5 kilometres away from the greater metropolitan area of Mexico City (Distrito Federal or DF), and so arriving travellers may easily commute by metro, bus or taxi shortly after landing.

How many terminals are there in Benito Juárez International airport?

Mexico City International airport has two distinct terminals separated from each other by the runways and their operations. Terminal 1 of Mexico airport – Benito Juárez is the oldest and largest one, being home to a large majority of SkyTeam alliance member airlines and some other major international carriers. That is, if you are flying with Aeroflot, KLM, Air France, Air Canada, China Southern, Turkish Airlines, SAS, Lufthansa, Viva Aerobus, Volaris, El Al, Avianca, Iberia, Alitalia, Austrian, British Airways, Garuda Indonesia, Emirates, Finnair, Air Europa or Cathay Pacific out of Mexico, you will need to take your flight in T1. Should you need to stay overnight in MEX, there are some hotels within the facilities of the airport and the vicinity, as is the case with the Fiesta Inn –right opposite T1-, the Camino Real hotel and a Courtyard by Marriott.

The newest terminal, Terminal 2 of Benito Juárez International airport in Mexico, is entirely dedicated to Aeromexico and Aeromexico Connect departures (both heading to domestic destinations and overseas), while also a few operations by Aeromar, Copa Airlines and Qatar Airways are handled from it. There is an NH hotel close to the premises.

Travelling between terminals in Mexico City airport (MEX)

Airside: if you need to commute from one terminal to another in Benito Juárez airport, take the monorail train transporting passengers from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2. This means is made available to travellers in possession of a boarding card and carrying hand luggage only.

Landside: find inter-terminal buses connecting the two terminals of Mexico Airport all throughout the day; they are located by Entrance 6 on T1 and by Entrance 4 on T2.

Transport from Mexico City airport – Benito Juárez to the city

The short distance between Benito Juárez airport in Mexico and the downtown can be conveniently covered travelling by metro. The metro line 5 departs from the domestic operations area of T1 connecting the terminal with the city centre. Depending on your final destination in Mexico, you may also walk to Pantitlán station (a short stroll from T2) and take lines 5, 9, or buses towards other cities in Mexico.

Both terminals of Mexico City airport are served by buses 24/7; these services connect the airport with the centre as well as with nearby regions.

The Metrobús line 4 links the terminals with the historic centre, Buenavista and San Lázaro.

And lastly, if you would rather commute to your hotel in Mexico city enjoying the privacy and comfort of a personal chauffeur, several authorised taxi companies offer safe and comfortable van transportation services from Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.

Flying to cities in Latin America from Mexico City

Below you will find some of the main domestic routes operated by airlines from Benito Juárez.

Acapulco, Guadalajara, Oaxaca, Puerto Escondido, Puerto Vallarta, Querétaro, Veracruz (Aeromar); Lima, Tijuana, Santo Domingo – Las Américas, Quito, Havana, Guatemala, Medellín, Monterrey, São Paulo – Guarulhos (Aeromexico); Cozumel, Culiacán, San José de Costa Rica, San José del Cabo, Veracruz, León, Mérida, Varadero (Interjet); Santiago de Chile (LATAM); Cancún, Villahermosa, Huatulco, Mazatlán (Viva Aerobus); Aguascalientes, Costa Rica, San Luis Potosí, La Paz (Volaris).

Flights to International destinations from Benito Juárez International

Below you will find some of the main international routes operated by airlines from Mexico City International airport.

Miami, Chicago, Barcelona, Amsterdam, London Heathrow, Los Angeles, Paris – Charles de Gaulle, San Francisco, Tokyo Narita, Seattle Tacoma, Seoul Incheon, Vancouver, New York JFK (Aeromexico); Rome Fiumicino (Alitalia); Dallas Fort Worth, Phoenix Sky Harbor (American Airlines); Bogotá, San Salvador (Avianca); Guangzhou (China Southern); Detroit, Salt Lake City (Delta); Dubai International (Emirates); Madrid (Iberia); Las Vegas, Houston, San Antonio (Interjet); Boston, Fort Lauderdale (JetBlue); Frankfurt, Munich (Lufthansa); Istanbul (Turkish Airlines).

What are eGates, who can use them and which airports have already implemented them?

The global increase in air travel has led to the implementation of improved immigration control systems in airports all across the world. The intended effects, that is, higher security levels and greater efficiency when it comes to handling passengers, are achieved by means of the combination of fingerprint scanning, facial recognition technology and human work. This way, queues and waiting times at the security checkpoints are meant to be considerably reduced, while safety remains a crucial target. However, it must be noted that, although eGates can be found in many airports already, they are still being trialed in some of them, there is still room for improvement and not everyone know the requirements to be eligible to go through an eGate either upon arrival or before departure, which in turn are frequently specific to each country.

Who can go through the eGates at the airport?

As a general rule, you must be 18 or older to have your face or fingerprint scanned at the eGate of an airport security checkpoint, or else be a minor (aged 10/12 to 18) accompanied by an adult. Notwithstanding that, there is an even more important requirement: to be in possession of an electronic or biometric passport, which integrates a chip with your photo that will be checked against your scanned facial features; this part of the process will make it virtually impossible for anyone to impersonate you or cheat the system.

Citizens and permanent residents of each country are the first ones to be registered and allowed to use eGates as long as they are eligible, but many airports are gradually making the service available to other nationalities. Before you travel, visit the website of your destination airport and check whether you will be admitted through the automated border control since, oftentimes, even if you have a biometric passport, you won’t be allowed to use it if the two countries do not have an agreement.

How do eGates work?

First and foremost, if you will be using the eGates upon arrival on an overseas destination, make sure you carry with you any required visa or permit that you may be asked for as a foreign visitor; either the system itself or an airport agent will check that you have them and otherwise you can be denied entry. The whole process should take you just between twenty seconds and a couple of minutes at most.

Have your electronic ID document or biometric passport ready, as you will need to hold it up to the reader or scanner so that the first gate opens for you. Once inside, the gate will close and you won’t be able to proceed until your face or fingerprint is scanned and checked against the information the system has about you. Also, know that this information will be saved and updated each time you go through security at an airport using this method. When you are identified and everything is ok, the second gate opens and you can proceed to the boarding concourse.

While trials are carried out, this process might vary from one airport to another and, even more likely, from one country to another. In some cases facial recognition will suffice, while other times fingerprints or questions from an agent will be part of it too.

Have you already got everything sorted out for your trip? If you need to find a place to stay when you arrive to your next destination, you can still find and book accommodation according to your travel budget, needs and interests.

Which airports across the world have eGates?

The denomination of automated border control systems across the world varies, yet the process does not change. Thus, be aware that eGates in Germany, for instance, may be referred to as EasyPass, and airport agents in Prague might guide you to go through the EasyGo checkpoints before boarding your plane. In France, they are called the PARAFE gates, and SmartGates in the United Arab Emirates. The renowned Global Entry program in the USA incorporates the eGates in their Global Entry kiosks, present in more than fifty four US airports, while the Smart Entry Service is the equivalent in Korean airports.

Some of the main international aviation hubs that have already implemented eGates are Rome Fiumicino International and Milano Malpensa airport in Italy; Copenhagen Kastrup in Denmark; Prague airport in the Czech Republic; Brussels airport in Belgium; Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney airport in Australia; Munich and Frankfurt in Germany; Paris Orly, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Lyon airport in France; Budapest in Hungary, Dublin airport (in both terminals) in Ireland; Lisboa and Faro airport in Portugal; Oslo Gardermoen in Norway; Alicante, Barcelona, Madrid, Málaga, Palma de Mallorca and Ibiza airport in Spain; Hong Kong International airport; Narita airport in Japan; Suvarnabhumi airport in Thailand, plus thirteen airports in the UK (including Heathrow) and over fifty in the United States.

DXB: Dubai International airport for beginners

Whether you are having a layover in DXB or you are visiting Dubai, it might take you some time to learn how to navigate this huge international hub, one of the busiest airports in the world. Below you will find a quick guide to Dubai international airport main features, including its terminals, operating airlines, transportation options and passenger services.

The three terminals in Dubai International airport (DXB)

T1. The check-in counters and boarding gates of all airlines serving international destinations -most of them operating long-haul and codeshare flights-, except for Emirates are to be found in Terminal 1, alongside their Business and First Class lounges.

T2. Terminal 2 is located in front of T1 and T3 (connected for passenger transit) and only Fly Dubai and regional, budget airlines operate from it. A free shuttle service connects it to the rest of the airport facilities. The executive flights terminal is right next to this building.

T3. The most sumptuous of the three, this terminal is exclusively dedicated to Emirates and Qantas flights, additionally housing luxurious VIP lounges and establishments. Updated on August 20, 2020: Go Airlines (India) and Biman Airlines (Bangladesh) have started to operate from Terminal 3 of Dubai International airport.

Once you have gone through the security filters, terminals are divided into concourses (A, B, C and D), and it is tremendously easy to lose your way through the incredibly varied shopping offer, the indoor garden and the dining facilities. Boarding at DXB is carried out at different floor levels, so pay close attention to the gate information displayed on the screens.

Which airlines fly to Dubai or make stopovers in its airport?

Among many other carriers, the following airlines operate from and to DXB (Dubai International airport: Aeroflot, Air Canada, Air China, Air France, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Emirates (flying to more than 100 destinations across the world), Finnair, Fly Dubai, Jet Airways, KLM, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Korean Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Swiss, Thai Airways, Turkish Airlines and Virgin Atlantic.

Transport options at DXB

To travel from and to Dubai International airport, travellers may choose the metro lines running services from T1 and T2 or the public buses departing from outside the baggage claim areas. Taxis are believed to be a safe and affordable means of transportation in Dubai, and are waiting for passengers next to the bus stops.

Also bear in mind that there is a free shuttle for those commuting between terminals, and that Emirates puts at their customers’ disposal a complimentary coach travelling from DXB to Abu Dhabi or doing the reverse journey.

Sleeping in Dubai airport: sleeping cabins or a 5-star hotel in T3

DXB has different options when it comes to having a nap, relax and unwind before your connecting flight. For instance, the Sleep’n Fly pods in concourse A of terminal 3 allow for restful sleep and even some work in absolute privacy and near the airport toilets, showers and cafés. The SnoozeCubes, found at concourse D in terminal 1, are soundproofed and offer almost everything a hotel does (bed, TV, WiFi and storing space).

For longer stays at the airport, we recommend any of the 530 rooms and suites of the Dubai International Hotel inside Terminal 3. Guests may access their fitness club, the swimming pool and other areas designated for business and events. As added value, the establishment features 15 restaurants for a fine dining experience in Dubai.

Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok, Thailand

Twenty five kilometres from downtown Bangkok stands the main international airport in Thailand, Suvarnabhumi (BKK), consisting of a huge terminal building divided into four levels that travellers can navigate without difficulty thanks to its over one hundred moving walkways and escalators complemented by a helpful wayfinding and signage system. Suvarnabhumi currently ranks fourth in the list of the largest one-terminal airports in the world, and boasts the tallest free-standing control tower in the planet. Operational 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, it serves as primary hub for Thai Airways domestic and international operations, as well as base for other Asian airlines like Bangkok Airways, Asia Atlantic, Jet Asia, China Southern Airlines and EVA Air.

If you are planning a trip to Bangkok, it is quite likely that you will need to pass through this airport, as most carriers offering direct or connecting flights to Thailand from overseas fly to BKK.

What to do in Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok, Thailand

Will you have a long layover in Bangkok airport? Are you wondering how you will spend the waiting time before boarding the plane back home? Travellers find its walk-through Duty Free shopping centre particularly alluring, since they can find last-minute souvenirs, fine spirits, perfumes, beauty products, clothing by renowned international luxury brands, watches, jewellery, electronics and chocolates. As for dining outlets, Suvarnabhumi has something to suit all tastes and travel budgets: fast food restaurants, cafés, wine bars, take-away food and healthy snack bars. Bear in mind that you can also gain admission to an airport lounge (contact your airline regarding this) or purchase a pass to rest in a day room before your flight. For a stopover, we recommend you find a hotel near Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok.

A brief guide to the terminal building of Suvarnabhumi International airport in Thailand

Bangkok airport in Thailand (BKK) has a single passenger terminal with four levels, and its airline services, passport controls, security filters, outlets and boarding gates are distributed across different parts of the building, namely the main terminal and its seven concourses (A, B, C, D, E, F and G).

Each level has a domestic check-in area and an international one, aside from the security screenings and boarding gates. On level 1, we find the bus station, a strong presence of Thai Airways counters and various escalators leading to the concourses where the VIP lounges and restaurants are located. Level 2 is home to the connection centre for passengers in transit, general information offices, shopping outlets and restaurants. Aside from its corresponding boarding gates, level 3 also accommodates some airline lounges, day rooms, shops and restaurants, and level 4 has VAT refund offices and other passenger services.

To round off your visit, traditional statues and sculptures of golden warriors, guardians and demons are on display in the departures area of levels 2 and 4.

Travelling from Bangkok airport to the city centre

The capital city of Thailand is easily accessible by road from the airport, and there is even a bikes-only track known as the Sky Lane specifically designated for those commuting to or from the terminal building by bicycle.

Taking a taxi is considered an affordable way to travel from Suvarnabhumi, and also a safe one as long as you get on authorised vehicles only. On the other hand, hiring your own car will give you greater independence to get around; the car rental centre in Bangkok airport counts on local and international companies such as Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Sixt, Thai car rental, Bizcar and Chic car rental.

All in all, for the majority of travellers –especially backpackers-, the most convenient and cheapest way to commute from Suvarnabhumi airport to the city is by using the Airport Rail Link (operational from 6 a.m. until midnight every day of the year), which departs from the airport railway station and allows you to change trains at Phaya Thai. From that point, either of the two BTS lines can take you to the stop that is nearest to your hotel in downtown Bangkok.

Airlines selling flights to Bangkok

You may book a flight to Thailand (BKK) with any of the following airline companies operating direct or connecting services to and from destinations across the world:

Thai Airways (from major cities in Europe, Asia and Australia like London, Munich, Rome, Sydney, Moscow, Shanghai and many more; we advise you to check their website for scheduled and seasonal flights to Bangkok). Aeroflot (Moscow Sheremetyevo), Air Astana (Almaty), Air China (Beijing Capital), Air France (Paris Charles de Gaulle), Air India (Delhi and Mumbai), Air Macau (Macau), Austrian Airlines (Vienna), China Southern (Guangzhou), Emirates (Dubai), Etihad (Abu Dhabi), EVA Air (Taipei Taoyuan), Finnair (Helsinki), Hong Kong Airlines (Hong Kong), Japan Airlines (Tokyo Haneda and Narita), Jetstar Airways (Melbourne), KLM (Amsterdam), Korean Air (Seoul Incheon), LOT (Warsaw Chopin), Lufthansa (Frankfurt), Norwegian (Copenhagen, Oslo Gardermoen and Stockholm Arlanda), Qantas (Sydney), Qatar Airways (Doha), Singapore Airlines (Singapore), Swiss (Zürich), TuiFly (Birmingham, London Gatwick and Manchester) and Vietnam Airlines (Ho Chi Minh city).

Flying to São Paulo in Brazil: Guarulhos International Airport and nearby transit hotels

The known as Aeroporto Internacional São Paulo–Guarulhos, commonly called GRU airport and also referred to as Governador André Franco Montoro, is the main gateway into the Brazilian city for passengers travelling by air from a wide variety of destinations across the world. Located in the populous state of the same name and 27 kilometres from downtown São Paulo, its three terminals have been serving the region since 1985. GRU is the main operational base for Avianca Brasil, LATAM and GOL airlines.

Terminals of São Paulo/Guarulhos airport in Brazil

Terminal 1 in GRU airport consists of a small building that serves as base for Azul Linhas Aereas and Passaredo, both operating domestic flights within Brazil.

The largest terminal in Sao Paulo is T2; go to this terminal for check-in and boarding if you are flying with Air Europa, Avianca, Copa Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, Aerolíneas Argentinas or Aeromexico.

Flights to and from Guarulhos in Brazil that are operated by Air France, Alitalia, American Airlines, British Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Iberia, KLM, Korean Air, Air China, Qatar Airways, Swiss International, Tap Air Portugal, United and Turkish Airlines land and depart from Terminal 3. Aside from handling the largest volume of intercontinental routes, this building in Sao Paulo airport is home to the acclaimed Airbus A380.

Commuting between terminals in São Paulo airport

If you arrive in Terminal 1 of Guarulhos airport and need to transfer to T2 or T3, you will have to take the complimentary shuttle bus for passengers linking the domestic building to the international ones. However, the two major terminal buildings (2 and 3) are close to each other and it is easy to go from one to the other by walking across a pedestrian bridge.

Travelling from GRU airport in Brazil

Buses and taxis are the easiest way to transfer from Sao Paulo airport to the city centre. Companies like the Airport Bus Service offer connections from Guarulhos to Republica Square, Congonhas airport and some of the most important points in Sampa (as the city is informally called). Official taxis found in the arrivals halls are a reliable and affordable means of transportation to the downtown, taking roughly 25 minutes to get there. If you opt for staying in a hotel near Guarulhos airport in São Paulo, know that most of them have shuttle vans to pick up travellers upon arrival.

Recommended hotels close to São Paulo-Guarulhos

-The Sleep Inn Guarulhos is a 3-star hotel located 2 kilometres from the airport terminals, and guests may benefit from pick up and drop off services at no extra charge. Its facilities comprise, aside from a gym and parking spaces, 200 modern rooms with TV, private bathroom including shower and toiletries and complimentary WiFi. A delicious daily breakfast is served every morning in the form of a buffet although, if you are in a hurry, you may prefer to stop by their mini market instead or get some snacks from their vending machines. Additionally, other services like laundry, ironing and the booking of meeting rooms for business may be requested at the front desk. 

-The TRYP Transit Hotel São Paulo airport is a 4-star hospitality establishment conveniently situated inside Guarulhos airport, in the international boarding area of Terminal 3 to be exact. This particular characteristic makes it a hotel exclusively available to those passengers flying out of Sao Paulo towards an international destination or currently in transit (that is, with already checked-in bags and a boarding pass to make a connection). It seems like the perfect choice for a stress-free layover or overnight stay at the airport, with rooms and suites with capacity to accommodate solo business travellers and families alike, an onsite restaurant and a bar.

-The Villa Real hotel is a budget hotel near the airport in São Paulo, Brazil, and offers deluxe and standard rooms for guests, their occupancy ranging from single to family. Former visitors have highlighted the cleanliness of the place, the fast WiFi connection and the hearty breakfast served daily. This establishment is located 3 kilometres from the terminal buildings and 18 kilometres from the city centre, so you may want to rent a car and smoothly commute from one point to another if needed. 

A quick guide to Dublin Airport in Ireland

All flights to Dublin or those having this Irish city as their final destination land in DUB airport, which consists of two terminal buildings connected by an elevated walkway for passengers. About 10 kilometres separate the terminals from iconic landmarks such as the Trinity College, the Liffey River, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Temple Bar, and this short journey can be covered easily by car or bus. In today’s post, we gather the most relevant information you need to know before your trip to Dublin.

Which terminal in Dublin airport should I go to?

Terminal 1. If you are flying with Aegean Airlines, Air Arabian, Air France, British Airways, CityJet, Etihad Airways, Eurowings, Finnair, Flybe, Iberia Express, KLM, Lufthansa, Luxair, Norwegian, Qatar Airways, Air Canada, Ryanair, Swiss International, Scandinavian Airlines, Transavia, Tui, Turkish Airlines, Vueling or Wow, you will probably land in T1 and should go to it for departure, too.

Terminal 2 is home to the Irish flagship airline Aer Lingus, although long-haul flights by American Airlines, Delta, Emirates and Norwegian are also operated from this base.

Travelling to and from Dublin airport

Transport options from the terminals to Dublin city centre or from the downtown to Dublin airport are varied, affordable and convenient. Most run services that start in the early morning and continue until nearly midnight.

You may choose among public bus lines 41 and 102 or the Airlink Express. The known as Aircoach may also take you to your hotel in Dublin, and other companies like Airport Hopper and Cityscape offer transfers from Dublin airport. Taxis are available at the corresponding ranks outside each terminal.

Fast security lane in Dublin airport

There is a fast lane to clear the security of Dublin airport in both T1 and T2. If you travel for business and have little time to spare or you think you will be running late on the day of your departure, know that a Fast Track Security service may be booked online for a nominal fee.

In order to make sure you won’t miss your flight, we advise you to book a hotel near Dublin airport.

Cafés and restaurants in Dublin Airport (public zones)

Should you feel like having a comforting cup of coffee, enjoy a pre-flight meal or indulge in something sweet while you wait, the public area of both terminals in Dublin airport boasts a wide array of eateries. Some of them stay open 24 hours a day, including AMT coffee in the arrivals hall of T1 and McDonalds (T1). Also located in terminal 1, Upper Crust and Marqette open at 3:00, and are perfect for after-midnight arrivals or a very early wake-up call. If you would rather go for a take away option, Wrights Food is also available around the clock.

The arrivals area of T2 feature the Thai cuisine of the Diep Noodle Bar, alongside the burgers of the Gourmet Kitchen, both open for business between 11:30 and 19:30. Other places to eat before the security filters of Dublin airport’s terminal 2 are the Oak Cafe Bar and O’Briens.

Where to eat in Dublin airport (after security)

Once you have passed through security in DUB, you will find several spots selling bottled water (0,5 l.) for only 1 euro. Terminal 1 features restaurants like Burger King, Butler’s Chocolate, the Gate Clock Bar, Leopold, Jump Juice, Marqette, Refuel, Puro Gusto, Soho Coffee Co, Starbucks and the Garden Terrace, specialising in breakfast options. Travellers in terminal 2 may equally have their coffee or meal before boarding at Burger King and Butler’s Chocolate, or else go to the Chocolate Lounge, the Flutes Champagne Bar, the Harvest Market, the Slaney or Irish Meadows, among some others. Most of these establishments adapt their opening hours to the flights departing on each specific day.

Executive lounges in Dublin airport

Travellers may access the airport lounges at both terminals of Dublin airport in order to spend their waiting time before boarding the plane in a more relaxed manner. Inside the lounge, passengers may eat, have a drink, read the daily press, surf the internet by using free WiFi or catch up with work at the business centre. The maximum period of time allowed is 3 hours immediately before departure.

Admission is granted to any passenger who has purchased a pass, regardless of the category of their plane ticket or the airline they are flying with. Bear in mind that you may not need to pay for access when you are a member of Priority Pass or other frequent flyer programs. These airport lounges in Dublin remain operational between 5:00 and 21:00 h.

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Flying to Fuerteventura airport in the Canary Islands, Spain (FUE)

The airport serving Fuerteventura in Spain, locally known as El Matorral, is located just five kilometres from the capital –Puerto del Rosario-, a small town home to the main economic and commercial district that offers frequent scheduled public transport connections to virtually every site of interest in the island. As the UNESCO Biosphere Nature Reserve it is, the unique volcanic landscape of Fuerteventura never ceases to amaze its visitors: whether you hire a car to get around or you opt for public buses, it is easy to commute from the arrivals zone of the terminal to the Natural Park of the Dunes of Corralejo, the beaches of Costa Calma or Morro Jable while admiring the views. Later in this post, you will find out where to rent a vehicle after landing or how to transfer between buses to arrive at your accommodation in Fuerteventura.

Passenger terminal of FUE airport in the Canary Islands

Fuerteventura airport has a single terminal building accommodating its baggage-claim hall, check-in counters, airline offices and passenger services. When departing, head to your right and walk past the aquarium and the Costa Coffee restaurant in order to find the check-in area. You will be able to see the desk handling your flight and when it will open on the flight information screens, however, note that there are two distinct security filters depending on your destination: the regional flights-only security is clearly signposted, whereas passengers on flights to national and international destinations must clear security in a checkpoint located behind the check-in desks. The airside has a walk-through duty free, several cafés, two restaurants with a terrace, a local products shop and an Aloe Vera store, to mention but a few. Upon arriving, travellers are guided to the baggage carousels and, after crossing the sliding doors, they are received by a coffee place and the car rental offices.

Transportation from Fuerteventura airport

Whatever the purpose of your trip, the island’s long distances are best covered by car or bus. Public transport is affordable and efficient, and renting a vehicle at one of the various car rental offices in FUE will give you the freedom to tour the island without being subject to a timetable.

To travel by bus, wait outside the arrivals zone of the terminal for line 03 towards Puerto del Rosario. This line operates every day of the week and its schedule changes according to the volume of arriving passengers, yet it is safe to say that buses normally come every 15 minutes between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m  on weekdays. It takes less than fifteen minutes to get to the central bus station of Puerto del Rosario, where you can transfer, for instance, to bus 06 towards Corralejo, also departing every 15/30 minutes.

If you prefer to hire your own vehicle, there are several car rental offices situated by the doors leading to the non-restricted area: Top Car, Avis, Cicar, Hertz, Payless, Autoreisen, Europcar and Goldcar. Take FV1 motorway going north if you want to visit the Dunes, otherwise, take FV2 so as to reach Morro Jable (the drive lasts a little more than one hour), or if your accommodation in Fuerteventura is in Costa Calma.

Flights to Fuerteventura island in Spain

If you are planning a holiday in the Canary Islands, perhaps you are looking for the best way to arrive. In the case of choosing this island belonging to the province of Las Palmas, many European airlines sell connecting and direct flights to Fuerteventura. The most popular carriers and routes are listed below:

Air Europa (from Madrid and other islands in the archipelago), Binter and CanaryFly (from other Canarian Islands and cities in Africa like Agadir, Banjul and Casablanca), Aer Lingus (Dublin), Austrian (Wien), Azur (Düsseldorf), Brussels Airlines (Brussels), Condor (Düsseldorf, Munich, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hannover and Leipzig), Easyjet (Basel, Berlin Tegel, Bristol, Lyon, Liverpool and London Gatwick), Edelweiss (Zürich), Eurowings (Köln Bonn, Düsseldorf, Munich), Germania (Berlin Schonefeld, Dresden, Bremen), Iberia and Iberia Express (Madrid), Jet2.com (Belfast, Leeds, Nottingham East Midlands, Glasgow, Newcastle and London Stansted), Luxair (Luxembourg), Olympus (Zürich), Ryanair (Florence, Barcelona, Nottingham East Midlands, Leeds, Berlin Schonefeld, Brussels Charleroi, London Luton, Manchester, Milan Bergamo), Tui (Amsterdam, Berlin Tegel, Nottingham, Bristol, Hamburg, Hannover, Stuttgart, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Munich, London Luton), Transavia (Amsterdam), Wizz (Budapest) and Vueling (Barcelona, Amsterdam, Rome Fiumicino, Paris Charles de Gaulle and most main Spanish cities such as Bilbao, Granada, A Coruña and Seville).