A guide to Warsaw Chopin International airport in Poland

Travellers flying to the capital of PolandWarsaw– generally arrive in the city via Chopin airport (WAW), an international hub strategically located 10 kilometres from the downtown and offering convenient direct transport connections by bus, train or car.

Arriving passengers who wish to commute to central Warsaw can do so by taking bus lines 175 or 188 from the stands outside the terminal; during the night time, bus N32 covers the same route. As an alternative, SKM trains depart regularly from Warsaw Chopin airport railway station towards the city centre, so you are advised to follow the wayfinding system after collecting your bags in order to get to the platforms if this is your choice.

Should you prefer to hire your own vehicle to travel from the airport to Warsaw city centre, there are rent a car offices available both in the public arrivals zone and on the mezzanine level among which we count renowned companies like Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Alamo, Europcar, Hertz, Sixt, Global Rent, Fox and Carrson.

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Passenger terminal of Warsaw Chopin International airport in Poland

The main terminal of Warsaw International airport is divided into two areas known as the South Hall and the North Hall, which in turn accommodate the A and B check–in desks in the former case and the C, D and E check-in desks in the latter. The North Hall is the newest one and has become home to the airlines belonging to StarAlliance and OneWorld, handling the majority of its departures and arrivals. Therefore, if you are flying with a carrier that is not a member of the aforementioned alliances, chances are that you will need to go to the South Hall when leaving the Polish capital. Although it won’t be detailed in this article, it must be noted that Warsaw airport boasts a varied shopping and dining offer distributed among the landside and the airside of its two sections.

Self check-in at Warsaw Chopin airport of Poland

Have you booked your flights with LOT Polish airlines, Finnair, Turkish Airlines, Lufthansa, Air France or KLM? If you have and you are a holder of an electronic passport, you can skip the queues and head straight to the self-service check in kiosks in Warsaw Chopin International airport, even when the ideal situation would be to be carrying only hand luggage as checked bags will still have to be handed over at a counter before you proceed to the security checkpoints.

Free WiFi in Chopin airport, Warsaw

Before flying to a new terminal that you have never been to before, it is common to wonder if you will get access to wireless internet while you wait to board the plane and whether it is available free of charge. Warsaw Chopin airport does offer complimentary WiFi to passengers going through, but it is limited to four hours and requires previous registration.

Spending time at the observation deck in Warsaw Chopin International

We are aware that aviation lovers would rather spend their waiting time at the airport watching planes land and take off at the observation terrace than in the restaurants and shops. The observation deck in Warsaw Chopin has the advantage of having a roof and isolating glass, so that it can be enjoyed even in the coldest months in Poland. Admission is free and its opening hours go from 6am to 10pm every day of the year.

Where to collect your tax refund in Warsaw airport

Before departing Poland and as long as you meet the requirements as a non EU citizen having purchased the minimum amount of goods for personal use during your trip, you can take advantage of your going through the terminal to request your tax refund in Warsaw Chopin International airport. There are Tax refund offices in the public departures hall (Global Blue and Premier Checks) which open around 5am every morning, and some others on the airside to be found both in the Schengen and non-Schengen boarding concourses.

Finding flights to Warsaw in Poland

Among other carriers handling both regular and seasonal operations to WAW, the international airlines below offer scheduled flights to Warsaw all year round.

Aegean Airlines (from Athens), Aeroflot (Moscow Sheremetyevo), Air Canada (Toronto), Air China (Beijing), Air France (Paris Charles de Gaulle), Alitalia (Rome Fiumicino), Austrian Airlines (Vienna), British Airways (London Heathrow), Brussels Airlines (Brussels), Czech Airlines (Prague), Easyjet (Basel, Berlin Tegel, London Gatwick and Geneva), El Al (Israel Ben Gurion), Emirates (Dubai), Finnair (Helsinki), KLM (Amsterdam), Lufthansa (Frankfurt and Munich), Norwegian (Málaga and Oslo Gardermoen), Qatar Airways (Doha), SAS (Copenhagen), Swiss (Zürich), Tap Air Portugal (Lisbon), Turkish Airlines (New Istanbul airport from January 2019), and Wizz Air, LOT and Travel Service Polska connecting the city to a long list of destinations across Europe.

VIP airport lounges in Warsaw Chopin

Are you looking for a passenger lounge in Warsaw Chopin International airport? Frequent flyers of LOT Polish Airlines or StarAlliance partners as well as members of travel loyalty programs and holders of certain credit cards may be granted free access to the lounges in WAW. Nevertheless, some of them also allow passengers flying with any airline in any category to pay a fee to benefit from its services, which normally include comfortable seating, complimentary catering and drinks and shower facilities.

Should you want to locate a specific airport lounge in Warsaw before travelling, know that the Fantazja executive lounge, the Preludium and the LOT business lounge are in the Schengen boarding area and stay open from 5am to 11pm, while the Bolero lounge and the Mazurek business lounge (managed by LOT Polish airlines) are situated in the non-Schengen boarding area and are available to passengers between 6am and 11pm.

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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.

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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.

A quick guide to Lanzarote airport (ACE) in Spain

Lanzarote is the island of the Spanish Canarian archipelago that is located furthest to the east. Its unique landscapes, heavenly beaches and alluring holiday apartments and hotels have become a magnet for tourists looking for a different sort of vacation and adventurers wanting to take hikes to breathtaking places. If you are flying to the Canary Islands soon, find below a practical guide to find your way around the two terminals of Lanzarote airport, use public transportation from there and visit the Aeronautical Museum within a short walk from the airport parking.

Terminal 1 of ACE airport in Spain

Lanzarote airport’s T1 is the larger of the two and all domestic and international flights are operated from it. The ground floor accommodates the baggage claim area and the arrivals hall; once outside, you may rent a car or hire a shuttle to commute to your hotel in Lanzarote island. You will also find a bar, toilets and a tourist information office on this level.

On your day of departure, you will need to go up to the first floor, where the check-in desks are located. Before going through the security filter you may have a light meal at Caffé Ritazza or get some magazines and last-minute gifts at Hudson News but, in any case, there is a broader choice of restaurants and shops awaiting you in the only-for-passengers boarding area.

Walking between terminals

You can walk both from T1 to T2 and from T2 to T1; in fact, they are adjacent buildings. However, if you land in one of them and need to go to the other, know that there is a ramp in the parking across the street connecting them. From T1, you will have to walk straight ahead and then go up the ramp, and from T2 you will need to go across the street and then down the ramp.

Terminal 2 of Lanzarote airport in the Canary Islands

T2 is home to Canaryfly and Binter Canarias, the two airline companies operating interisland flights and even some intercontinental routes to destinations in Africa in the case of Binter. The terminal is quite small and, after landing, you can collect your baggage, step outside, and easily find the car rental offices.

When departing, you need to go back to this very same place, check in at the corresponding counter (all of them are facing the main entrance) and find the security filter to your right. If you feel like a cup of coffee or a hot sandwich before taking off, you are advised to visit Caffé di Fiore in the public area, since only two vending machines are available for passengers in the restricted departures lounge. On a brighter note, there are many power outlets to charge your mobile devices free of charge while you wait to board the plane.

Commuting from Lanzarote airport to Arrecife

Right outside T1 on your left and conveniently signposted you will find a bus stop where lines 22 (operating on week days) and 23 (operating during the weekend) of the Intercity bus company pick up and drop off travellers. These buses can take you to Arrecife bus station, only 10 minutes away, from which you may commute to most points in the island or get to your hotel in Lanzarote. A single ticket to Arrecife costs 1,40. It must be noted that the aforementioned bus lines also stop in Playa Honda before reaching the capital.

The Aeronautical Museum of Lanzarote airport

This museum, situated within a short stroll across the parking of T2 and across the road from Aena’s headquarters in Lanzarote is actually the original first terminal building from which flights departed and landed between 1946 and 1970. It keeps part of its apron and its control tower, and showcases faithful reproductions of different sections of the terminal as they used to be in the past, along with invaluable objects such as radio stations, telegraphs, scales and staff uniforms.

Aviation lovers will surely enjoy the room dedicated to spotters and their pictures, and art enthusiasts will get to know more about Cesar Manrique’s contribution to the decoration of the old and new terminals. Additionally, the aeronautical museum regularly hosts temporary exhibitions. It remains open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 to 14:00 and admission is free.

A guide to Belfast International airport in Northern Ireland

Belfast International airport is the second busiest air passenger terminal in Ireland only behind Aer Lingus’ main operational base: Dublin airport. For disambiguation purposes, it must be said that Belfast in the United Kingdom has another airport located much closer to the centre and commonly referred to as Belfast City -officially George Best Belfast City airport-, but this Flybe hub is considerably smaller and focuses on domestic operations. On the other hand, Belfast International handles flights to a long list of European cities, operations between Ireland and some of the hottest holiday destinations in Spain, Greece and Italy and a long-haul route to Orlando (Florida) in the USA.

Flying to and from Belfast International airport

Will you be catching a flight out of Belfast for your holiday soon? Perhaps searching for cheap flights to Ireland? The airlines listed below fly to Belfast International airport either regularly or on a seasonal basis.

Easyjet currently offers flights from Belfast to Alicante, London (Gatwick, Luton and Stansted), Reykjavik, Keflavik, Split, Mallorca, Naples, Lyon, Lanzarote, Geneva, Ibiza, Barcelona, Dubrovnik, Birmingham, Amsterdam, Glasgow, Krakow, Manchester, Venice, Bristol and Paris Charles de Gaulle.

Jet2.com handles operations to Fuerteventura, Funchal, Tenerife, Almería, Antalya, Heraklion, Malta, Paphos, Rhodes and Salzburg from Belfast International airport.

While Ryanair flies to destinations like Bergamo, Berlin Schönefeld, Gdansk, Málaga, Warsaw and Wroclaw from this point, Tui connects Belfast with Corfu and the majority of the Spanish islands, Virgin Atlantic provides links to Orlando in USA and Wizz Air covers the route between Belfast and Vilnius.

Commuting from the airport to Belfast city centre

Belfast International airport in Northern Ireland lies 21 kilometres away from the downtown, a distance that can be easily covered thanks to the Airport Express bus line (300), with services running Monday through Sunday every fifteen minutes (except for off-peak times). Single tickets cost eight pounds and return ones cost eleven pounds, and they can be purchased at the tourist information office in the arrivals hall, from the driver or by downloading the mLink mobile app at no charge.

Some travellers prefer to travel by taxi from Belfast International to central Belfast, since official taxis are available outside the public area of the terminal 24/7. For greater independence, one can also hire a vehicle at any of the car rental offices in the arrivals area: Enterprise, Budget, Europcar, Avis or Hertz.

WiFi in Belfast International airport

As a passenger in transit, you will be entitled to 2 hours of free WiFi in the departures lounge of Belfast International airport. All you need to do is select the wireless internet option in your device, choose the airport network and complete a simple registration process for your safety.

Restaurants and shops in Belfast International airport

The shopping and dining options inside the terminal building are distributed among two levels and found both before and after the security screening.

On level 1, in the public area before passport control and by the check-in counters, there is a WHSmith outlet and a Café Ritazza restaurant. Should you need to exchange currency before leaving Ireland, you will find a Bureau de Change office right before the escalators leading to the departures lounge.

Once we have cleared security, we discover that level 2 comprises a nice selection of stores and food outlets among which we count Aelia Duty Free, Dixons Travel, Superdrug, The Lagan, Starbucks, Sip & Stone and Burger King.

Hotel in Belfast International airport: the Maldron

Will you need to stay overnight near Belfast International? Sleeping in a transit hotel close to the facilities of the airport is highly recommended when you have a very early morning flight to catch or to reduce stress on business trips.

Conveniently situated only fifty metres from the terminal building, the Maldron hotel in Belfast International airport provides spacious individual, double, twin, executive and family guest rooms as well as onsite amenities like a restaurant, complimentary wireless internet connection, round-the-clock room service and left-luggage, to mention but a few.

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San Francisco International airport in California, USA

This post intends to provide guidance and directions for you to navigate your way around the terminals of San Francisco International airport (SFO) in California, United States. Likewise, thanks to the information that will be detailed below, you will learn more about the airlines flying to and from this hub, the services offered to passengers in transit and visitors -including its acclaimed aviation museum and library-, and the various ways to go from the airport to downtown San Francisco.

SFO is located 21 kilometres away from the city centre, and serves as an important gateway for European and Asian travellers into one of the world capitals of entrepreneurship and technology.

Terminals of San Francisco airport in the United States

San Francisco International has four terminals (three domestic and one international terminal), which are connected on the landside by an Air Train. This automated people mover runs free services for travellers between the different departures zones and the car rental centre outside the facilities. As an exception, the areas of T1 and T2 from which American Airlines operations are carried out are linked by an airside connector which runs services after security, thus helping passengers who are making a connection or need to transfer from that part of the airport to the other.

*Are you having an overnight layover or will catch an early morning flight out of SFO? We recommend that you consider staying in a hotel close to San Francisco International airport in California, USA.

Terminal 1 of SFO (Harvey Milk terminal) is home to all B and C gates, and handles domestic flights by American and some Air Canada operations to which preclearance applies at the airport of origin. Terminal 2 accommodates boarding concourse B, the main check-in area for American Airlines and an Admirals Club lounge. Some Virgin and Alaska Airlines flights depart from this point. Terminal 3 is known as the United terminal with its check-in counters, three United Club lounges, boarding gates E and one American Express Centurion Lounge.

The International terminal of San Francisco airport in California is home to gates A and G and handles operations of independent international carriers as well as of member partners of Star Alliance, Sky Team and One World, therefore accommodating its corresponding business and first class lounges. In rare cases, domestic flights might depart from this building so do not discard having to travel to it before confirming your boarding gate. You will need to go straight to the International terminal if you are flying with Aer Lingus, Aeromexico, Air China, Air France, Air India, Air Italy, All Nippon Airways, Asiana, Avianca, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, Copa, El Al, Eva Airways, Hawaiian Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines, Iberia, Icelandair, Japan Airlines, KLM, Korean Air, Level, Lufthansa, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Qantas, Philippine Airlines, Singapore Air, Swiss, Thomas Cook, Turkish Airlines, Volaris or WOW.

How to go from San Francisco airport to the city

One of the quickest ways to travel from the airport to San Francisco in California is by taking a direct train departing from the BART station –accessible through parking lot G-towards the downtown and the Bay Area. However, several bus lines also connect the two points during the day and the night hours, such as route 140 (from the rental car centre to south San Francisco), routes 292 and 398 (from the baggage claim areas of the domestic terminals or courtyards A and G of the International terminal) and routes 397 and 399, covering the same distances at night, with additional stops in San Mateo and Palo Alto.

If you have already booked a hotel in San Francisco, you might want to check with them whether they offer complimentary or paid airport shuttle services. The hotel shuttle vans pick up passengers arriving in SFO at an island on the departures level of each building. Taxi cabs are available on the arrivals level and, in case you are a user of their app, Uber operates in the San Francisco airport area.

Passenger services for travellers going through San Francisco airport

The following amenities have been especially conceived for those taking a business trip to San Francisco in California, since they will surely help them be more productive while in transit and leave the city less stressed.

Free WiFi throughout the four terminals and the rental car area. After a simple registration process, travellers flying out of SFO can enjoy four hours of complimentary wireless internet on their mobile devices. Additionally, you will find work stations with power outlets in every building.

TSA Precheck lanes are located in the American Airlines area of Terminal 2 and the United area of Terminal 3.

Private showers for travellers are found near boarding zone G of the International terminal before clearing security. Products like hair shampoo and shower gel can be purchased at the premises.

Should you need to hire a mobile phone, get online, print documents or send a fax, the business centre in the main hall of the International terminal stays open from 8:00 to 20:30 every day.

Coffe shops and restaurants in San Francisco airport of California

It would be impossible to mention every outlet composing the widely varied offer of stores and restaurants in San Francisco International airport. Nevertheless, we are about to highlight a few stops that we deem mandatory before a flight. For instance, there are three Starbucks Coffee locations in the public zone of SFO (in the main hall of the International terminal, the departures zone of T2, and the arrivals hall of T3), a Mission Bar & Grill near boarding gates E in Terminal 3, and an array of world cuisines in the restricted concourse of the International terminal, as could not be otherwise. This last group of restaurants caters to the needs of passengers about to board their plane and set off on their overseas journey: Gott’s Roadside, Mustards Bar & Grill, Mum Fresh, Boudin Bakery and Tamokazu are just a few of them.

The Aviation Museum in San Francisco airport

If you are an aviation lover, it will be well worth allowing for some extra time to spend at the museum in SFO, or even commuting to the main hall of the International terminal during your trip to San Francisco just to enjoy it. This facility grants free admission to all visitors and there is no need to be in possession of a boarding pass to enter. Featuring both permanent and temporary exhibitions, it is considered one of the best of its kind within US because of its showcasing of a vital part of the American aviation history.

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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.

A quick guide to Brussels airport in Belgium

Brussels airport (BRU) is the main international gateway into Belgium for passengers travelling by air, and is located 12 kilometres from the centre of the Belgian capital city. While serving as a base for Brussels Airlines and Tuifly Belgium, it handles operations for over 250 airline companies with routes from and to this European hub.

Terminals of Brussels airport

BRU airport has a single terminal building divided into several levels. The underground level accommodates the railway station, buses and taxis depart from the ground floor, the arrivals halls are located on the 2nd floor and the departures concourses are found on the 3rd one.

Passengers will find the concourses and boarding gates in Pier A and Pier B, two zones linked by a building known as the connector. Departing travellers as well as those in transit may walk across this area to get from the check-in desks to their boarding gate, or to make a connection without having to clear security again.

You will need to go to Pier A if you are travelling within the Schengen zone or taking a Brussels Airlines flight to an African city or New York. Some outlets and services in this pier are drinking fountains (located near the public toilets), duty free stores, Relay magazines and books, a Belgian chocolate shop, a gifts shop, brands like Massimo Dutti, Longchamp, Hugo Boss and Victoria’s Secret and restaurants like Starbucks, Beers&Cheers, Sports Bar and Grab&Fly.

Pier B is dedicated to non-Schengen flights, and also has drinking fountains near the departure gates as well as luxury outlets like Antwerp Diamonds & Jewels and renowned clothing brands, complemented by fine eateries such as the Welcome Bar, Bistrot, Coffee&more and the Kimbo Pop&Bar.

Making a connection in Brussels airport

If you need to catch a connecting flight in BRU, there is no need to worry since the terminal is excellently signposted with clear signage guiding you to your connecting gate. Take into account that there are three different boarding areas: A, B and T. As soon as you land in Brussels, make sure you check the information panels to confirm your next boarding gate; from that moment on, all you need to do is follow the red connection signs. Even though, in most cases, you won’t need to clear security again, additional passport controls may be required. In order to transfer from gates B to gates T, you must take a shuttle bus departing from gate B93; this complimentary service takes only 5 minutes.

*Has your flight been delayed? Are you having a layover that is longer than initially expected? You can book a room in a hotel near Brussels airport.

Travelling from Brussels airport to the city centre and other national and international destinations

One of the most popular ways to commute from and to Brussels airport is by car: with more than 10.000 payment parking spots and major car hire companies operating at the passenger terminal (Europcar, Hertz, Thrifty and Sixt among them), business travellers find it particularly convenient to rent a car to get around during their trip.

Licensed taxis in the arrivals hall are clearly marked with a blue and yellow badge so that you can distinguish them from non-reliable services. The journey between the passenger terminal and Brussels city lasts just 20 minutes.

STIB bus lines 12 and 21 running regular services from Platform C connect Brussels airport to the city centre.

Another option is taking a train at Brussels Airport Railway Station. There are several direct trains going from Brussels airport to Bruges, Charleroi, Antwerp, Ghent, Leuven and other national destinations, yet it is also possible to travel from BRU airport to Amsterdam by train, as well as to Rotterdam and The Hague, or even to London if we change trains at Brussels South Railway Station.

Additionally, a tram operates an alternative route to the railway network transporting arriving passengers to northern Brussels.

Going from the airport to your hotel in Brussels

A free shuttle bus operates between the airport and nearby hotels among which are:

The Crowne Plaza Brussels airport

NH Brussels Airport Hotel

Hotel Mercure Brussels Airport

Park Inn by Radisson BRU airport

Complimentary WiFi in Brussels airport

There is free unlimited WiFi for passengers and visitors to use in all areas of Brussels airport. To connect your device, simply complete a quick registering process using your e-mail address, Twitter account, Facebook account or Google+ profile.

Flights to Brussels

The following are some of the main airlines offering regular flights to Brussels from cities across Europe, Africa and North America: Aegean airlines (Athens), Aer Lingus (Dublin), Aeroflot (Moscow Sheremetyevo), Air Europa and Iberia (Madrid), Air France (Lyon), Alitalia (Milan Linate and Rome Fiumicino), All Nippon Airways (Tokyo Narita), Austrian (Vienna), British Airways (London Heathrow), Brussels Airlines (destinations across Europe, Africa and the United States), Bulgaria Air (sofia), Cathay Pacific (Hong Kong), Czech Airlines (Prague), Emirates (Dubai), Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi), Eurowings (Berlin Tegel), Finnair (Helsinki) KLM (Amsterdam), Fly LOT (Warsaw Chopin), Lufthansa (Frankfurt and Munich), Qatar Airways (Doha), SAS (Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm Arlanda), Swiss International Airlines (Zürich), Tap Air Portugal (Lisbon), TuiFly (various holiday destinations in Europe, Africa and America), Turkish Airlines (Istanbul), Vueling (Barcelona, Alicante) and United (Chicage O’hare and New York Newark).

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Adolfo Suárez – Madrid Barajas international airport in Spain

Madrid International Airport, formerly known as Barajas and recently redesignated as Adolfo Suárez with the IATA code MAD, is –with its four terminals and a satellite one –a connecting hub for domestic flights to the Spanish capital or making stopovers in it, as well as for international and intercontinental flights operated by the most important airlines from across the globe. Whether you are visiting Spain during your holidays or taking a business trip to Madrid, read our tips below so that you can easily find your way around this hub.

Also, while planning your trip you should be aware that the terminals of this airport are located about 17 kilometres away from the downtown; you can check our recommendations to find the most suitable way to commute from Madrid airport to the city centre.

Terminals 1, 2 and 3 of Adolfo Suárez- Madrid International airport

You are advised to either check your booking or call the airline you are flying with beforehand in order to confirm the terminal from which your plane will depart; this way, you will be able to go straight to the right building, therefore saving precious time. Inside Barajas T1, we will find check-in desks, boarding gates from A to C and two Arrivals halls. In T2 we are also allowed to check-in, collect our boarding passes and board through gates C and D. The terminal 3 at Adolfo Suárez-Madrid Barajas airport serves as an expansion of Terminal 2, and so it only accommodates baggage claim halls and boarding gates E and F.

T4 at Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suárez and its satellite terminal

The terminals called T4 and T4S of Madrid airport consist of two independent buildings, but we can easily get from one to the other by an underground train connecting both in just 3 minutes. They compose the most important area in the airport facilities and the one with the highest level of activity due to the travel services offered as well as the wide array of fashion shops and restaurants hosted.

The T4 of Madrid airport is divided into different levels. On the -1 floor, we find the baggage reclaim belts for national and international arrivals, with their corresponding arrivals halls, aside from boarding gates from H to K; on the ground floor (street level), all check-in desks and the security filter through which passengers in transit as well as those departing from Madrid must pass.

The satellite terminal in Barajas or T4S houses boarding gates M, R, S and U, from which flights to countries outside of the Schengen area are operated. Most long-haul international flights start here, in the 4S. Its international arrivals hall has all the currently applicable filters and passport control stations.

The air-shuttle service between Madrid and Barcelona

The airline company Iberia provides travellers with a fast air transport service from Madrid to Barcelona and from Barcelona to Madrid. When in Barajas airport, in order to enter the customer service area, the check-in machines and boarding gates for the Air-Shuttle planes, we must access the T4 through the main entrance (landside) and go upstairs on our left to reach the second level.

Having a layover at Madrid Adolfo Suárez-Barajas international airport

If we travel for business purposes and we need to take a connecting flight in Madrid, thus having to spend several hours inside the terminal, there are several options in order to make this waiting time productive. For instance, we can do some work at the Business Centre located in the second floor of Terminal 4 for free as long as we are members of the Priority Pass programme, or enjoy a snack inside the Iberia Vip Lounges in case we are flying with this airline.

In the event of having to spend the night or during a long layover, we recommend you book a hotel room near Adolfo Suárez-Barajas airport in Madrid or purchase a pass granting access to the 24 hours-open Vip Lounges in its terminals, like the Neptuno lounge (available to passengers flying outside the Schengen area), the Cibeles or the Velázquez VIP lounges. Many of these lounges have meals and drinks for travellers, offer the possibility to obtain travel Visas and personalised information on flights, along with spaces specifically designated to relax and refresh.

Airlines flying to Billund airport in Denmark

Billund airport is located in central Denmark, less than two kilometres away from the downtown and 221 kilometres from Copenhagen-Kastrup airport. In spite of the fact that it is primarily known as a base for cargo and chartered operations, a good number of domestic and international routes are handled from its terminal, including regular 50-minute flights to CPH operated by Scandinavian Airlines. Over the course of the recent years, new business and holiday destinations have been incorporated to Billund’s offer; in this post, we have gathered information about the newest routes to and from BLL, the main airlines operating regular scheduled flights to and from this Danish airport and the destinations available on a seasonal basis only as well as the charter ones.

New routes to and from Billund airport in Denmark 

From late spring 2019, the following airlines will be flying to Billund from the new Istanbul airport (Turkish Airlines), Antalya, Chania, Sitia, Zakynthos and Rhodes (Scandinavian), Edinburgh, Prague and Manchester (Ryanair), Faro and Ponta Delgada (Norwegian Air Shuttle), Samos, Dalaman, Burgas and Almería (Jet Time), Fuerteventura (Atlantic Airways), and Krákow, Kiev and Timisoara (Wizz Air).

Seasonal flights to and from BLL airport

Renowned international carriers such as SunExpress and Icelandair and low-cost airlines like Norwegian Air and Ryanair offer seasonal flights between Billund and some of the most popular European holiday destinations.

For instance, Danish Air Transport flies to Bornholm on selected dates, Icelandair handles operations from Billund to Reykjavik and Keflavík in Iceland on its scheduled season, Norwegian flights to Barcelona from BLL can also be booked on specific times of the year, as is the case with flights to Antalya with SunExpress. Last but not least, you can fly with Ryanair to Mallorca, Rome (Ciampino airport), Athens, Bergamo, Girona, Malta, Pisa and Chania from Billund during the peak season.

Flights to Billund in Denmark

The following airlines are the ones already operating regular scheduled flights to and from Billund airport:

AirBaltic (to and from Riga), Air Cairo (Hurghada), Air France (Paris Charles de Gaulle), Atlantic Airways (Vágar), British Airways (Düsseldorf, Oslo, London City, London Heathrow and Manchester), Brussels Airlines (Brussels), Finnair (Helsinki), KLM (Amsterdam), LOT (Warsaw Chopin), Lufthansa (Frankfurt), Norwegian (Málaga and Alicante), Ryanair (Budapest, London Stansted, Poznan and Berlin Schönefeld), Scandinavian SAS (Copenhagen, Stockholm Arlanda), Widerøe (Bergen) and Wizz Air (Gdansk, Tuzla, Vilnius, Vienna and Bucharest).

Seasonal charter flights to and from Billund

The destinations to which charter flights are operated from Billund in Denmark and the airline companies in charge are as follows:

Atlantic Airways (Innsbruck), Danish Air Transport (Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Corfu, Sharm El Sheikh), Jet Time (Larnaca) and Scandinavian Airlines (Tenerife South). Aside from the aforementioned, it must be highlighted that Thomas Cook Airlines, a carrier that enjoys good reputation amongst the great majority of Danish travellers, who trust them when they plan for their annual vacations whether they travel alone, with their partner or as a family or group, also operates charter flights from Billund to some of the already listed holiday destinations as well as to other popular ones, namely Tenerife, Palma de Mallorca, Larnaca, Antalya, Chania, Rhodes and Heraklion.

Are you taking a city break in Denmark or visiting this Danish city for business or work? In order for you to find an accommodation that fits into your budget and suits your travel needs and style, let us help you find a hotel in Billund.

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