I'm planning a first time travel from Brazil to Europe. I'm thinking of visiting 4 or 5 countries (United Kingdom, France, Germany, Greece and maybe Netherlands or Czech Republic).

Is it best (money-wise) to buy the plane tickets to travel around Europe at the airport or to buy in advance? I found PaylessFlights that I can buy multi-destination flights before I travel, but I don't know if they charge more or less than cheap companies (like Rayanair).

I'm asking because I could buy ticket to go to a country and come back from another.

  • Off-topic remark: also consider trains for Netherlands/France/Germany. Connection Amsterdam-Paris is really good for example. If you go by high-speed rails, you'd better also book in advance.
    – Bernhard
    Feb 8, 2014 at 10:37
  • The question still the same hehe. Book in advance or buy on time? Thanks for advice.
    – Tsuharesu
    Feb 8, 2014 at 10:40
  • Possibly a duplicate of travel.stackexchange.com/questions/2952/… Does it answer your question?
    – Relaxed
    Feb 8, 2014 at 10:57
  • It's not a duplicate, I think. The other one asks in general, I asked flights for travelling inside Europe, that have this cheap companies...
    – Tsuharesu
    Feb 8, 2014 at 11:14
  • Note that if you are a Brazilian citizens, you will need to produce an itinerary and return ticket out of the Schengen area at the relevant border (and possibly the same of the UK) so you might need to book at least some of the tickets in advance.
    – Relaxed
    Feb 8, 2014 at 11:15

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Expanding on my various comments, buying late is almost always a bad idea, especially for low-cost airlines. The main answer to Flight tickets: buy two weeks before even during holiday seasons? explains how this works and also more or less applies to low-cost airlines (perhaps even more so as very few people will ever change their booking with low-cost airlines as it's almost impossible or at least quite expensive compared to the price of the ticket itself).

Additionally, low-cost airlines are not particularly happy to sell tickets at the airport, an important aspect of their business model is to minimize customer contact and have everything go through their websites. For example, Ryanair is notorious for charging seemingly absurd prices if you forgot to print your boarding pass at home before coming to the airport. If you value flexibility, this is definitely not the right choice.

Consequently, you can compare prices between your multi-destination ticket, regular one-way tickets and low-cost fares now. If low-cost airlines are not cheaper, it's not going to get better shortly before your trip. On the other hand, if you value flexibility, you will have to decide if the price difference is worth it for you. You might also want to consider rail passes (at least for Germany, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic; Greece is not well connected to the European rail network and long-distance trains in France are best booked in advance).

  • Thanks for all the tips :) Maybe I can get night trains too, so I don't spend with hotels too hehe
    – Tsuharesu
    Feb 9, 2014 at 23:56

It is almost always a bad idea to buy at the airport (you may also have trouble, as many countries require you to book tickets several hours/days in advance), in fact, there are several studies that show that the best time to book airfare is 4-8 weeks in advance. Source one Source two .


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