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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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.

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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.

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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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Trip preparation checklist

How do you prepare for a trip? Have you ever forgotten something essential to avoid trouble abroad or to travel comfortably? Experienced travelers are well acquainted with the fact that all smooth and pleasant trips have one thing in common: a thorough checklist made well in advance before traveling. But what does this list need to include? Is it valid for all destinations? It would be safe to answer “yes”, take note of our recommendations for a trip preparation checklist below and keep it handy for all your upcoming adventures. Revising it every time you start thinking about your next destination will ensure that you won’t overlook any important requirement and will get everything you need prior to your departure.

Prepare for your next travels with this vacation or trip checklist

Book your accommodation well in advance

Secure a safe place to stay during your trip as soon as possible. Bear in mind that nightly rates generally go up as your arriving date approaches. Before making a reservation, search for hotels that will cater to your needs, are close to your interests and seem to offer good value for money. Reliable hotel booking websites will let you modify or cancel your stay without penalty as long as you do it between 24 and 48 hours prior to your scheduled arrival.

Search for flights and book with the best airline covering your route

In order to find the lowest airfare with an airline operating flights to your destination, you can use a flight price comparison website. However, don’t reserve a seat until you have checked what is included in the final fare (the luggage allowance, snacks, assigned seats, etc.). In this case, the same rules of hotel booking applies: the earlier you get your flights, the better the deals.

Check whether you need a Visa, Permit or Tourist Card to enter your destination

If entering the country you plan to visit requires a travel visa, tourist card or some kind of permit, note that you should apply for your document soon, since processing visas for visitors with a foreign passport may take up to several months. Planning ahead will ensure that you will have received your permit by the time you depart.

Learn about health and vaccination requirements

Many destinations still ask travelers to show proof of their current health condition and vaccination status, and a few may still require you to quarantine for a period of time before being admitted into the territory. It is also advisable that you carry written prescriptions by a doctor if you are carrying any type of medication with you.

Purchase a travel health insurance plan

You should always buy specific medical insurance for your travels, especially when planning long stays abroad. Today, you may even find multi-country health insurance plans for international tourists and business travelers. Learn more by watching the video (text continues below).

Make sure you have suitable clothing for your trip

You might be travelling somewhere with very cold weather, to a tropical part of the earth with dry climate and high temperatures, or something in between where you will be smart enough to wear layers of clothing. Also pay attention to what you will be doing: meeting clients (or bosses), walking long distances or practising extreme sports and choose your clothes accordingly. Don’t forget your portable travel iron to look impeccabble all the time.

Keep a printed copy of your passport and plane tickets in your hand luggage

Printed copies of your documentation, plane tickets and hotel reservations will come handy if your smartphone suddenly stops working or runs out of battery. In other words, don’t rely solely on your devices for crucial steps of your trip like boarding the plane or checking in at the hotel, and take photos of your belongings inside your bags just in case they get lost.

Get cash in the local currency of your destination

Visit your bank or the bureau the change counter at your home airport to purchase foreign currency that you can use just like a local in the city you will be visiting. Think that small stores and restaurants may not accept international debit or credit cards, especially if you plan to explore non-touristy towns.

Arrange airport transfers and shuttle services before getting there

You will surely need some means of transportation to go from the airport terminal to your hotel, and from your hotel to a congress venue, for instance. For a smoother trip, book all your rides while you are still home, and print out the confirmation e-mails with your itineraries and schedules.

Put battery chargers and powerbanks in your hand and checked luggage

No matter if you travel for work or for leisure: nobody wants to miss the chance to come back home with the coolest photos and videos. When you pack your bags, put USB chargers and powerbanks in both your checked and your cabin luggage so that you can keep the battery of your digital camera and electronic devices fully charged at all times.

Download useful travel mobile apps

In order to stay informed while in transit, it would be ideal to download your airline app, as well as any other relevant mobile applications related to transport, health regulations, activities or city guides of your final destination.

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Terminals of Stuttgart airport and transportation to and from the city

Stuttgart airport in Germany -to which the IATA code STR has been assigned- serves the city of the same name about thirteen kilometres from its four terminals. The complex operates as one of most important bases for Eurowings within the country, and handles connections to a wide array of international airports, including a nice selection of holiday destinations.

That being said, STR is also essential for business travellers in Germany and Europe, since it equally functions as the gateway into the city for those attending events and exhibitions at the Stuttgart Trade Fair grounds, adjacent to the airport facilities.

If you are planning a city break to Stuttgart or will be travelling solo or as part of a delegation for work, we advise you to continue reading to get helpful tips on what to do upon arrival, how to commute to the downtown and where to go on the day of your departure.

Transport options to and from Stuttgart airport in Germany

Buses from Stuttgart airport

In order to catch a bus towards the city centre once you have landed and collected your bags, go to the bus station in Stuttgart international airport, situated next to Terminal 4 on ground level. Routes 122 and 828 –the so-called airport sprinter– link the facilities to the city in approximately forty minutes. However, if your final destination is a different one, know that buses departing from this point also cover the distance between the terminal and various cities inside and outside Germany.

Trains to central Stuttgart from the airport

Two railway stations are located in Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 of Stuttgart airport respectively. You can go to either one to take an S-Bahn train towards the city centre. This journey takes about 27 minutes to be completed, and ticket fares are almost as low as bus fares.

Stuttgart airport taxi service

Travelling by taxi may be the most convenient and fastest way to get to your hotel in Stuttgart, or even to go straight from the airport to the Stuttgart Trade Fair grounds. In the case of commuting to the city centre, flat rates apply and you will know exactly how much the ride will cost before setting off. Taxi ranks in Stuttgart airport are easily spotted in the curbside by each terminal building.

Car rental in Stuttgart airport

Should you decide to hire a vehicle to get around Stuttgart, head over to the car rental offices in Stuttgart International, which are situated upstairs in Terminal 3. The options available include the local company Buchbinder, and worldwide renowned brands such as Hertz, Enterprise, Avis, Budget, Sixt and Global Drive, offering a diverse range of cars and vans that can adjust to one’s specific travel needs and style, from economy to luxury and from sports cars to compact family cars.

How many terminals are there in Stuttgart airport?

There are four terminals in Stuttgart airport of Germany, with the distinguishing feature that, while they all have distinct landside areas, all airside zones merge into a single one beyond each security filter. Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 are considered as the main buildings and so they encompass some of the most relevant passenger services and airline offices. Operations are also handled from Terminal 2, yet a large part of the shopping and dining activity is concentrated on it. And lastly, Terminal 4 is almost entirely dedicated to holiday and charter flights.

Which terminal in Stuttgart airport does my flight depart from?

While planning your trip, it is advisable that you identify the terminal your airline operates from before travelling from the city to Stuttgart airport. This way, you will quickly locate your check-in desk if needed –do not forget you can always get an electronic boarding pass– as well as the baggage-drop counter, something that will enable you to speed up the process of checking into your flight and clearing security prior to flying. Airlines are distributed among terminals in STR as follows:

Aeroflot, Air Serbia, Tap Air Portugal, Turkish Airlines, Czech Airlines and Eurowings (T1).

Austrian, Swiss and Lufthansa (T2).

Adria Airways, Aegean, Air Baltic, Blue Air, British Airways, Condor, Air France, Delta, Finnair, Flybe, Iberia, KLM, Tui Fly, LOT Polish Airlines, Easyjet, Luxair, Pegasus, Vueling and Scandinavian Airlines (T3).

Air Cairo, Bulgarian Air Charter, Ryanair and Sun Express (T4).

Will you be visiting other cities within Germany as part of your business trip? If Munich will be another stop along the way, take a look at our recommendations for a business stay close to Munich airport.

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Closest hotels to Paris Orly airport in France

Orly International airport (IATA code: ORY) lies 13 kilometres south of Paris city centre in France, and is a hub for low-cost airlines as well as major carriers operating flights to and from holiday destinations in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, America and the Caribbean. For instance, passengers in transit who land aboard easyJet, Air France, Corsair, Transavia, Vueling, TUI fly or Air Caraïbes planes in order to make a connection in Paris Orly may find it convenient to book a hotel room near the airport terminals (T1, T2, T3 or T4) and sleep close the departures zone to avoid missing their flight.

Long-haul journeys, delays and unexpected layovers are always tiring, but travelers going through ORY aeroport in Paris can always take a short trip to the city by hopping on the OrlyVal, a RER train, an Orlybus or else one of the public bus lines linking to the downtown (183, 285 or 292). Otherwise, spending the night in a hotel near Paris Orly airport and getting some good rest before resuming their journey sounds like an excellent idea. See our recommended accommodation within short distance of this travel hub below.

Hotels near Paris Orly airport in France

The closest hotel to Orly airport in Paris, France

The Novotel Paris Coeur d’Orly airport hotel is a 4-star rated accommodation superbly located a 5-minute walk from Terminal 4, or a free short ride on the Orlyval from T1, T2 or T3. Guests staying here can enjoy in-room amenities such as USB power outlet near the bed, memory foam mattresses, flat-screen TV, attached bathroom with tub or shower and, in selected rooms, a private balcony. The premises also feature a bar with terrace, a restaurant, and secured parking lot.

Ibis Paris Coeur d’Orly airport hotel

This 3-star Ibis hotel near ORY is conveniently situated just 600 metres from the terminals of Paris Orly and features an onsite restaurant, complimentary wireless Internet access and 24-hour front desk. It provides travelers in transit with comfortable and functional bedrooms including a bathroom as well as a varied choice of breakfast foods served on site every morning. The accommodation accepts pets (it is pet-friendly) and arranges free shuttle services to and from the airport around the clock.

Mercure hotel in Paris ORY airport

If you choose to stay in the Mercure Hotel close to Orly airport in Paris, you can reach it from Terminal 4 in just 7 minutes by riding the tram. Its service has been rated with 4 stars and it stands roughly one kilometre from the travel hub. At the Mercure Orly Tech aeroport, guest rooms have mini-bar, satellite TV, air conditioning, free WiFi, safety deposit box, comfy beds and private bathroom, and a buffet-style breakfast is offered daily. The premises have a fitness centre and an open-air terrace for guests to enjoy.

Ibis Styles transit hotel in Orly Paris

This Ibis Styles hotel for passengers in transit is found 1,3 kilometres from Orly airport, in a particularly convenient location for business travellers attending an event at Paris Expo – Porte de Versailles, only a short drive away. Its well-appointed soundproofed rooms all feature air conditioning, complimentary WiFi, flat-screen TV and attached bathroom for private use. Room service is available at all times. The facilities include parking area, restaurant, bar and shared lounge, and guests can have a continental or buffet breakfast in the morning.

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Taoyuan International airport in Taipei, Taiwan

International travellers visiting the Republic of China (Taiwan) have their main gateway into its capital (Taipei) in Taoyuan airport, located 40 kilometres from the city centre and a hub for China Airlines, Eva Air, Uni Air and Tigerair Taiwan. For the time being, the complex consists of two terminal buildings that accommodate the totality of passenger services, airline desks, retail concourses and operation handling areas, although it is undergoing ambitious expansion works that will result in at least two more terminals.

Transferring between terminals in Taoyuan International airport of Taiwan

When flying to or from Taipei airport, you might need to travel between terminals to make a connection or for any other purpose. In such case, you will have three different means of transportation available to cover this distance in a very short time.

-First, you may travel from Terminal 1 of Taoyuan airport to Terminal 2 or take the reverse journey by shuttle bus at no cost; in order to find the free shuttle buses in Taiwan airport, follow the signage system to their stands outside both buildings.

-As an alternative you can use the metro underground trains connecting the terminals of Taoyuan International, which are free for passengers in transit, who are given an electronic pass. The metro trains will also take you to the Plaza Premium airport hotel in Taoyuan, Taipei.

-Lastly, an equally good option is the SkyTrain running services from one passenger building to another in both directions, and operating on the airside as well as on the landside; moreover, it has an extra perk which is that it is available upon request during the night hours.

Buses and metro trains from Taoyuan airport to Taipei in Taiwan

Upon arrival in Taipei, you may head over to the bus stands in the arrivals B1 zone of terminal 1 or in the first floor of the public area if you land in terminal 2. After purchasing your ticket from the designated counter, you can travel to Taipei Main Station in about 55 minutes with line 1819, to Nangang Exhibition Center in no more than 80 minutes with line 1843, and to either the East bus station or the City Hall bus terminal in less than one hour and a half. Even so, and although buses in Taiwan have proved to be a convenient and safe way of travelling, you are encouraged to considerably reduce your transfer times by catching an express or commuter metro train departing any of the two terminals every seven minutes throughout the day. Follow the wayfinding system in order to arrive to platform A12 if you are in T1 or to platform A13 when landing in T2.

E-gates in Taoyuan International airport of Taipei

Taiwanese citizens and permanent legal residents of Taiwan are allowed to use the priority e-gates for clearance when travelling internationally via Taoyuan airport. To this purpose and after a simple registration process, the passenger’s fingerprints and facial features are scanned, thus contributing to expedite arrivals and departures in all their future travels.

Flights to Taipei in Taiwan

Have you already decided that you want to take a trip to Taipei or include it as a stopover in your Asian tour? In order to start preparing for it, below you will find some of the main international airlines selling flights to Taoyuan airport in Taiwan along with the airports of origin in the routes offered. However, if your airline company of choice is not listed here, we encourage you to check whether it flies to this destination or not by visiting their official website.

Air Asia and Malaysia Airlines (from Kuala Lumpur), Air Busan (Busan, Daegu), Air Canada (Vancouver), Air China (Beijing Capital International, Hangzhou, Shanghai-Pudong), Air France (Paris CDG), Air Japan (Tokyo Narita), Air Macau (Macau), Cathay Pacific (Hong Kong, Osaka, Incheon in Seoul), China Airlines and Eva Air (from a variety of destinations across Europe, Asia, Australia and North America), Emirates (DXB), Jetstar (Singapore), KLM (Amsterdam Schiphol), Korean Air (Busan and Seoul), Mandarin Airlines (Changchun, Fuzhou, Nanjing and Xiamen), Philippine Airlines (Manila and Puerto Princesa), Scoot (Sapporo), Singapore Airlines (Changi), Thai AirAsia (Chiang Mai), Thai Airways (Bangkok Suvarnabhumi), Tigerair (Bangkok Don Mueang, Fukuoka, Komatsu, Nagoya and Sendai), Turkish Airlines (Istanbul), United Airlines (San Francisco) and Vietnam Airlines (from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City).

Passenger services in Taoyuan airport of Taiwan

Before you leave Taipei to resume your international journey or return home, it is likely that you will have some spare time to spend inside the terminals. As our last recommendation, we will provide helpful info about the restaurants, shops, shower facilities and tax refund offices in Taoyuan.

For an Asian pre-flight meal, the varied selection of outlets in the departures concourses offer Chinese barbeque dishes, dim sum, Thai specialties, Halal cuisine and Asian bakery and desserts; nevertheless, if you would rather opt for a more familiar taste, know that fast food chains like Subway, McDonald’s and Burger King or the convenience store 7-11 are also present in Taipei International airport. Prior to boarding you will also have the chance to buy travel gifts, jewellery, clothing, books and electronic devices, get a massage or find the latest cosmetic products at the duty free area.

Do not forget that, as long as your nationality entitles you to it, the applicable refund on the taxes paid after shopping in Taiwan can be claimed before boarding the plane. Tax refund offices in Taoyuan airport of Taipei stay open 24 hours a day and are located in the public zones of both terminal buildings (1F and 2F).

Finally, should you wish to refresh before continuing the journey, you will find shower facilities for travellers to use at no charge; these are classified into “men only” and “women only” and are strategically situated in arrivals as well as in departures. To spot your nearest shower in the airport faster, ask the terminal staff at the information booth for directions.

A guide to Agadir – Al Massira airport in Morocco

Agadir airport or Al Massira air terminal (AGA) is the main gateway into the southwest of Morocco for travellers arriving in this region aboard either domestic or international flights. Finding direct flights to Agadir has become easier in the recent years thanks to the rising interest that the rest of the world has taken in this new destination for sea lovers and holiday goers. By way of example, new routes will start operating this year 2019 from Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Vienna to AGA, although its two flagship airline companies already connect this Moroccan city with main European hubs such as Dublin, Manchester, Stockholm Arlanda, Paris Orly and Moscow.

How many terminals are there in Agadir airport?

There is only one terminal in Agadir – Al Massira airport of Morocco, as well as just one departures concourse, even though it is divided into two sections for travellers catching domestic flights and those flying to destinations overseas respectively. Passport control is not required in the domestic area, except in the case of passengers who will be making a connection towards a destination abroad after landing in Casablanca airport. While at the terminal building, travellers will find a bureau de change, coffee shops, ATMs, wireless internet and a VIP lounge.

Flying to Agadir airport in Morocco

If you are searching for flights to Agadir from your origin or home airport, know that both Air Arabia Maroc and Royal Air Maroc fly to this city in Morocco from major cities across Europe, but you may as well book your seat to fly with Binter from Gran Canaria, Brussels Airlines from Brussels, Lufthansa or Condor from Frankfurt and Munich, Easyjet from Berlin Tegel and London Gatwick, Eurowings from Düsseldorf, Germania from Zürich, Transavia from Amsterdam, Tui Fly from Manchester and Ryanair from London Stansted or Marseille.

Perhaps your airline of choice is not listed above or you are flying from a different city; in such case, take a look at the carriers offering seasonal flights to Agadir: Binter from Tenerife North, Alba Star from Milano Malpensa, Adria Airways from Ljubljana, and Tui Fly, Tap Air Portugal, Smartlynx, Jet Time and Easyjet from other airports in Europe.

Travelling from Agadir – Al Massira airport to the city

When you arrive, you will have several options to go from Agadir airport in Morocco to the city centre.

If you travel for business to Agadir or have resolved to get around independently, head to one of the two car rental offices in the public arrivals area. Whether you are picking up someone or taking a trip to come back later, the terminal facilities also encompass a parking lot for travellers.

Travelling to central Agadir from the airport by taxi takes about twenty minutes and costs 200 dirham (which is an already fixed flat fare for arriving passengers transferring to the city); taxi ranks are located outside the arrivals hall. Shared taxi rides are permitted from AGA, thus helping international travellers and tourists to start saving money as soon as they land in Morocco.

Nevertheless, the cheapest way to travel from Al Massira airport to Agadir is probably the public bus, although this implies one change along the way. Before this journey, you will need to take a short stroll to the bus stop outside the airport terminal building and hop on bus line 22; this route ends in Inezgane, the main transport hub in the area and the closest one to Agadir city centre. Once there, you must catch bus line 20, 24 or 28: any of them will take you straight to the heart of the town.

Will you be touring other cities in Morocco for either work or leisure purposes? If you have also included Marrakech in your itinerary, we recommend that you consider our recommended hotels close to Marrakesh Menara International airport.

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