When booking a ticket for a flight with Ryanair, they will try to sell you health insurance, suitcases, ski equipment and text messages, all of them at an extra charge of course. The booking process is tedious (which other company makes you fill out a Captcha when you want to make business with them?), but if you travel without luggage and you don’t forget to print out your own boarding pass, the Ryanair flights can admittedly be very cheap.
As one of the cities covered by this new programme is Vilnius, where I currently live, I got suspicious. I use Vilnius airport quite often and I did not really see the need for an additional low-cost bus. But let’s see what Ryanair will charge for the bus from Vilnius airport to the bus/train station in the city:
- There are regular public transport buses between the airport and the train station. One ride costs 2.50 Litas (= 0.72 Euros).
- There is a train from the airport to the train station. One ride costs 2.50 Litas (= 0.72 Euros).
- Lastly, the shuttle bus which Ryanair advertises is already in existence, has been in existence for a long time and is running on the same schedule already. Ryanair have not added a single journey. The only difference? If you buy the ticket from the driver, it will cost you 3 Litas (= 0.87 Euros).
So, this Ryanair “low-cost bus” is more than four times as expensive as the public transport and still more than 3 times as expensive than the regular ticket for the same bus that Ryanair will put you on.
I picked Vilnius as an example because I currently live here, but you are most welcome to check the prices for your city and add them in the comments below (Ryanair have announced this service for Barcelona El Prat, Dublin, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Jerez, Katowice, Krakow, Liverpool, London [Gatwick, Luton and Stanstead], Madrid, Malaga, Malta, Manchester, Marrakesh, Milan Bergamo, Pisa, Porto, Rome Ciampino and Venice Treviso, so that travellers are warned and can travel smart. Yes, sometimes this blog is even of some practical use.