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This blog is intended to be helpful to English-speaking foreign residents in Spain by explaining "How to ... " do certain things. "The Crazy Guy" has lived in Spain full time since 2008. A fluent Spanish-speaker he reckons he knows his way round the bureaucracy, the indifference and sometimes downright rudeness of "funcionarios".

Wednesday, January 11, 2023 @ 8:40 AM

In these difficult economic times, brought about by Covid-19, Brexit and the war in Ukraine, it’s perhaps worth taking a look again at HOW TO FLY.

The Crazy Guy is a triple-F, ie a Fairly Frequent Flyer. When he went abroad, to the UK or Germany, he would drive to the airport – Malaga, Jerez, Sevilla or Granada – and valet-park the car until he returned.


In the years BC – before car – I either used to get the bus or get picked up by friends. After that, we used to drive to the airport, and park the car until our return. Nowadays, with prices of everything rocketing – flights, fuel, car parking – I am looking at ways of flying more cheaply.

I shop around for flights being prepared to use any of the “local” airports, even Gibraltar. Being retired, I can be flexible on dates. Some days are cheaper than others, eg mid-week and on Sundays. I try to travel light, so as to avoid checked-in luggage charges. The small free carry-on bag is adequate for short visits. When my daughter comes to visit with her two young children at half-term, she intends to travel light, buy stuff here and leave it at our house for future visits.

Fuel has gone up in price and, since January and the disappearance of the Spanish government subsidy, costs 20 cents a litre more.

Car parking charges have also increased. Not really sure why, since they have no fuel costs, as they use the client’s car to get to and from the airport. Profiteering?

So, for our most recent trip, to Germany for Christmas and New Year, we decided to use public transport as far as possible.

We got the coach from Ronda to Malaga (6€* each) and stayed at a hotel near the airport (Royal Costa 40€) - our flight was very early in the morning. The local train wasn’t running at that time of the morning so we had to get a taxi to the terminal, but it only cost 15€.

Our return flight was to Sevilla, but landed too late for a bus connection to Ronda, so we stayed in a hotel (IBIS Budget 60€). The following morning we took an Uber to the bus station (10€ - 2€ more than the bus) and caught the coach to Ronda (6€* each) and a taxi home (17€).

By the way, the airport legs in Germany (Baden-Baden to Heilbronn and back) were done by public transport also, namely bus, S-Bahn and train (36€ each for the entire return journey).

It all worked perfectly fine. It was more relaxing and less exhausting than driving in the early dawn and late at night, and we saved money into the bargain.

We paid just under 230€ for both of us for everything in both Spain and Germany, except the flights. If our flight timings had been more conducive we could have skipped the taxis and the hotels and saved even more. In that scenario we would have only paid just under 80€ for both of us!

By comparison, normal taxis to and from the airport would be around 300€. Paying a friend would cost, say 180-200€, if you can find one willing to do it at that time of day.  Driving and parking at the airport would come to about 110€, but that only works if you fly from and back to the same airport.

Conclusion? On this occasion, we chose the best option in terms of comfort and cost. I think we will do the same in the future.



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Tags: Baden-Baden, bus, coach, Crazy Guy, Germany, Gibraltar, Granada, Heilbronn, IBIS Budget,  Jerez, Malaga, public transport, Royal Costa, S-Bahn, Sevilla, taxi, train, Uber

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rob_j1 said:
Saturday, January 14, 2023 @ 4:27 AM

Not exactly the same, but I'm semi retired, and play tennis in a nice group of about 50 people. We always have someone in the group who does airport runs, and because it's "mates rates", it's better than taxi or Uber.

I'd suggest linking in with some groups of people (doesnt have to be tennis; can be anything really), and you'll find a lovely group of people that are also very helpful.

Paul Groves said:
Saturday, January 14, 2023 @ 9:40 AM

Sorry to say, but with Climate Change it is irresponsible to continue flying as we perhaps used to. As we create more CO2 the earth warms and we get more climate events .... fires in California, Australia, Europe and even UK, and floods including recently in Pakistan and loss of Pacific Islands.
Flights in Sweden and France are banned within a 3 hour train journey and if we want to leave a world suitable for our children, grand-children etc, then we have to Seriously Curtain our flying.
I come from an aviation family, my father was a pilot flying extensively (almost daily) for 40 years, I did too including 3 times around the world and my son worked for Airbus including 100 flights per year around Europe to Airbus factories, and half our family live in Australia.
But in response to Climate Change I have not flown for 5 years and will not if there are other means to travel, for example by train or car .... or I just won't go.
It has been said that we should limit ourselves to one return flight regionally for example in Europe every 3 years and/or one return long-haul flight every 8 years.
It is perfectly possible to have a nice life with just a bit of thought and responsibility, and in doing so leave a nice world for our children, grandchildren etc.
I'm doing my bit and we need everyone to realise and do the same.

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