period of time spent waiting for a connection (unlike stopover this is not chosen by the traveller)

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5 hours in Amsterdam

I have a 5-hour layover at AMS on a Saturday evening (16:00-21:00), on an intra-EU itinerary to the UK. I'd like to leave the airport and have dinner in town. Is this reasonable? (From reading ...
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In the context of air travel, are layovers different to stopovers?

In a recent question somebody asked about a layover without mentioning how long the stop would be, thus implying it might perhaps be understood whether layover generally refers to a stop not requiring ...
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7 hour layover in LHR - enough time to visit London for a couple of hours?

My flight lands around noon at LHR terminal 5 and my connecting flight departs also from terminal 5 at 7pm the same afternoon. Will that give me enough time to take the express train into London ...
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Carrying semi-solid food in flights?

My father is a Vegetarian and a frequent traveler. Due to this it sometimes becomes difficult for him to get a well-balanced diet on flights and airports. Since he travels quite often, he eats ...
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Where to nap in Chicago O'Hare?

I am bracing myself for a rough trip: getting up at 4AM, taking a 3 hour flight, then a 13 hour flight, with a 5.5 hour layover in between. I can almost never sleep on planes, so this trip would go ...
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What should I do/visit in Qatar for 8 hours?

I was planning to visit Oslo, Norway with Qatar Airways with a cheap priced ticket. But it's necessary to wait about 8hours for the transfer at Qatar International Airport. What should I do/visit in ...
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Does a layover of more than 6 hrs entitle me to accomodation by the airlines?

I have a 23 hour-long layover in Toronto, Canada. Am I entitled to boarding and lodging by the airlines?
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Layover at Tokyo Narita airport: can I travel outside, and what kind of visa would I need?

I am traveling from Singapore to San Francisco and an airline which I am choosing has a layover of 7.5 hours at Tokyo Airport (NRT). I am wondering if I would be allowed to go out to experience the ...
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Can I visit Chicago during a 5.5 hour layover in O'Hare?

I will be flying from Boston to Tokyo with a 5.5 hour morning layover in Chicago. I'm thinking of going out to the city for some late breakfast and/or sightseeing. I've never left an airport during a ...
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Are 7 hours enough time to leave the Brussels airport and go to the city center?

I have a seven hour layover at Brussels airport, and I'd like to know whether there is enough time to leave the airport and go into the Brussels city center for a beer or a meal? If so, what ...
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Transfering between Terminal A to terminal C at Newark airport

What is faster, the united airline bus shuttle or the airtran from terminal A to terminal C at Newark Airport? I am connecting a flight and the time is 1 hour. Both Airlines are United.
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Air travel layovers: How to prolong them to see the city?

Say I wanna go Malaga to Rio and the search engine offers me several options with layover at Paris CDG ranging from one to five hours. Is there any way to tweak the results to have at least 14 hours ...
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I've got five hours in NY, what places can I visit in that time?

My flight lands around 3PM at JFK and my connecting flight departs to Orlando at 8PM in the evening. Will that give me enough time to visit one/any places in New York City?
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Visiting a lounge in T1 at Dubai International Airport, during a layover at T3?

For an upcoming trip, I have a layover of 2.5 hours in Dubai. Both flights are with Emirates, and arrive / leave from Terminal 3. As the first flight is overnight, I'll want to freshen up, and a ...
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How does customs work if my layover is in a third country?

I want to fly from the US to Israel and am looking at a flight with a layover in Canada (PIT -> YYZ -> TLV). How does customs work on such a multi-country trip? Do I have to go through the process ...
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Layover: Dubai or Doha

I'm going to book a flight to Tokyo and I have to choose between Emirates, which stops in Dubai from 6.15 am to 2.15 am Qatar Airways, which stops in Doha form 4.30 am to 12.30 am (20 hours) I ...
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When does the 24 hour layover rule apply?

I understand that most airlines have a 24 hour stopover rule which states that on an international flight if the connecting time at the intermediate point is less than 24 hours, it will count as a ...
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Daytime airport hotel at JFK?

I have a 9-hour layover at New York JFK. From 10am until 7pm (although I have to checkin at 3pm for personal reasons). This being in the middle of a 2-day travel, I would love to take a break to ...
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A day at Dubai International Airport and the city?

On my way to India I'm planning to stay one day in Dubai. I would arrive at 6am in the morning and leave at 3am the next day. My naive plan is to lock my backpack at the airport and then walk into ...
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Checking-in bags to different destinations when flying with a layover

I am flying with an overnight layover with Swiss tomorrow. I am wondering, is it possible to check in one bag to Zurich only (so I have stuff for the night), and check another bag to the target ...
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Visiting Helsinki during 5h wait between flights

Is it realistic to do a quick visit to Helsinki, if I have 5h waiting time between flights? If so, what kind of transport should I take and what is the landmark mostly worth seeing?
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10 hour over night layover in Zurich

Firstly, does Zurich airport allow you to sleep over night in the departure area? (My layover is the middle of winter so I don't want to be sleeping outside.) If not, what is my cheapest option for ...
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Can I leave O'Hare airport during my layover?

I am flying into Chicago tomorrow and have a 5.5 hour layover. I am arriving from Holland and flying to Canada afterwards. Is this possible?
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8 hour Los Angeles layover - going to the beach?

Some friends and I have an 8 hour layover at LAX and, since it'll be summer, we'd like to get out and go check out Venice beach or something. Say we take a taxi - How much $ are we looking at and how ...
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Is 50 minutes enough time to transfer between Terminal A and C at Newark (EWR)?

We'll be arriving at Newark airport (with two kids under 7) at Terminal A and our flight connection is in Terminal C. Is that enough time to catch the connecting flight? Update: both flights are on ...
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Are laws about sex outside marriage less rigorously enforced in Dubai for people on layovers?

Last night, I read on the news that Qantas was switching its main hub from Singapore to Dubai. Smart Traveller notes about the United Arab Emirates: Homosexual acts and sex outside of marriage: ...
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Is there anything to do during an 8 hour after-midnight layover in Dubai?

We are planning a trip with an 8 hour layover in Dubai spanning from 1am-9am. I am thinking about going to see the city, but is it worth it to do it given the very late night hours? Will at least the ...
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How to choose where and how long to have my layover

I would like to make a stop from the west coast of the United States to NYC, then to Berlin. I may just stop in NYC for a few days, or for up to a week -- I'm really not sure at this moment. Is ...
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Paid lounge access at Istanbul Ataturk airport

So I missed my flight and I now have a 23 hour layover at Istanbul Ataturk airport. Is there any lounge I can pay for access to - preferably airside?
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Proof of sufficient funds for transit in Japan

I will arrive at Haneda Airport at 19:00PM and depart from Narita Airport at 17:25PM the day after. Hence, the time spent staying in Japan will probably be around 20 hours, including one overnight ...
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Stay at the airport for my 8-hour layover in Tocumen, or spend a few hours in Panama City?

On my way to AsunciĆ³n, I will have an 8-hour layover at Aeropuerto Internacional de Tocumen in Panama from 8 in the morning until 4 in the afternoon. If there's a lounge at the airport, I can ...
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Take a nap in the United Club in Chicago O'Hare?

I'm bracing myself for a rather long trip: a 3 hour flight, 8 hour layover, and then a 16 hour flight. Also, I will be getting up around 4am that morning. So it will be really helpful if I can find ...
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5.5 hr layover in San Francisco International Airport enough time to visit city?

I'm flying Seattle, USA (SEA) -> San Francisco, USA (SFO) -> Frankfurt, Germany (FRA) -> Edinburgh, Scotland (EDI). In San Francisco Airport I have a 5.5 layover. Is it advisable to leave the ...
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Is 1½ hours enough for a transit at Munich airport?

I'm heading to India next week and have a connection in Munich, Germany. I made the mistake of booking a flight with only an hour and a half layover (freaking out!) and I'm wondering if I'll have to ...
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How to travel via the US (layover) on short notice after my UK British passport was stolen

I am in Ecuador without a passport and intend to fly to Bogota in a week, and back to London the following week. My scheduled flight from Bogota to London includes a layover in Miami. In absence of ...
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Short layover in CDG between Morocco and Israel

I have a EasyJet flight from Marrakech (Morocco) to Paris CDG. 2H15 later I have an El Al flight to Tel Aviv. It is my understanding (would love some confirmation) that I cannot checkin my luggages ...
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35-40 minute layover at LaGuardia - Possible?

I'm planning a flight in October, and one of my options for a layover will get me there much earlier in the day, but it involves a short layover that seems risky for me. It's all domestic, with a 35 ...
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Hotel for a 9 hour layover in Madrid airport

I will be arriving at Madrid airport at 20:55 on a Saturday evening and my connecting flight leaves at 06:25 the following (Sunday) morning. We are a couple with a 2 year old son. How much time do we ...
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1.5 hr layover in Amsterdam

I am flying from US to Marseille through Amsterdam. Single ticket but we fly Delta first leg and partner AirFrance for the second leg. We arrive Amsterdam mid morning on a Thursday and and have a 1 ...
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How do I find out whether I am allowed to / have to disembark from a flight that transits at an intermediary airport?

When booking flights that transit through one or more intermediary airports, it is not often clear whether it's a 'technical stop', e.g., refuelling only while passengers sit inside the plane or ...
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20 hours layover Dubai [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: A day at Dubai International Airport and the city? I will be in Dubai for a 20 hours layover in the middle of November. It will be a Tuesday (13th). I know that I will ...
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Do I have to go through customs, recheck my bag, etc. during my Heathrow layover?

I am flying from New York to Nairobi, Kenya, with a layover at Heathrow. Both flights are on the same itinerary with British Airways (i.e. it was booked as a flight from New York to Nairobi). They ...
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Layovers in Riga Airport RIX: 45 min possible?

AirBaltic flights are cheap, but you always have a layover in Riga International Airport (RIX). Leading flight resellers offer flights with only 45 minutes layover time in RIX. Is that even possible ...
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I'm travelling from Heathrow to Toledo in the USA with 2 connections, will I need to see to my luggage before I get to Toledo?

I'm worried as it's my first trip on my own. All my flights are American Airlines and I have connections at Raleigh/Durham and at Chicago O'Hare, however there are no terminal changes, just connection ...
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What to do during a 4 hour layover at the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) in Kuala Lumpur?

I have about a 4 hour layover at the LCCT in the evening. This does not seem like long enough to get into the city and do anything useful. (See also What options are there for a 5-hour layover in ...
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What is the shortest layover in Istanbul that would let me visit The Blue Mosque?

I am planning a trip that will involve changing planes in Istanbul (IST) airport. This is a routing that a travel agent chose to save my client money, and I've agreed to it because I've never been ...
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Visit Brisbane during a layover

I'm flying with Virgin Australia from Port Moresby to Singapore in 2 days. On the way back, I will have a layover of 6.30 hours in Brisbane International Airport. Will I have time to leave the airport ...
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I have a 16 hour layover in Morocco - can I leave the airport and go back in through customs?

I am a US citizen traveling from New York to Ghana. I have a 16 hour layover in Morocco and want to make sure that if I leave the airport I will be allowed to go back through customs to board my last ...
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Going to Manila with layover in Sydney

I'm travelling soon to Auckland going to Manila and has a layover way back in Sydney for 12 hrs. Can I leave the airport? Or do I need a transit visa or whatsoever? I'm a first time traveller with NZ ...
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10 hour over night layover in Abu Dhabi [closed]

Me and my g/f have a 10 hour lay over in Abu Dhabi on thursday night, from midnight to 10am. We've travelled through this airport a few times and mainly had layovers of a few hours. What are the ...