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Getting to Gothenburg[edit]

I am going on a flight to Gothenburg, Sweden, on Friday morning. My plane leaves Helsinki-Vantaa Airport at 08:00 in the morning.

How much time should I allow to get on the plane? Is it enough to arrive at the airport at 06:20, which would leave me 1 hour 40 minutes to get on the plane? I'm not bringing any checked luggage, only hand luggage.

Once I get to Gothenburg, how do I get from Landvetter Airport to the city centre (Nils Ericsson Terminalen)? I assume there's a Flygbussarna service. Do I need to buy a ticket in advance? Is the ticket for a specific time or can I just go on any Flygbussarna bus travelling to the city centre? As I am going back on Sunday, do I need another Flygbussarna ticket to get back to Landvetter airport or can I use a return ticket (tur-och-retur biljett)? Can I pay for the tickets on the bus? Asked by: JIP (talk) 18:37, 23 April 2017 (UTC)

I can recommend the Flygbussarna from and to the airport, have used it myself. Good quality bus with free wi-fi. Stops only in a few places but those it does are convenient. You do not have to book ahead (although quicker and cheaper if you do), can pay at time of getting on the bus. I have no experience Helsink airport but usually 1 hour 40 min would be enough time for in European flights as long as not a peak time (i.e. Monday morning or start of a holiday week). --Traveler100 (talk) 18:51, 23 April 2017 (UTC)
As a tip, assuming the weather is not too bad, getting around the centre using Styr & Ställ bicycle hire system is really convenient and cheap as long as you make sure to change bike before the 30 minute fee time limit is up; just a small upfront charge and reserve fund against your credit card. --Traveler100 (talk) 18:55, 23 April 2017 (UTC)
Thanks, but I'm not staying at Gothenburg, I'm continuing to Helsingborg by train. I've already bought the train tickets. JIP (talk) 19:03, 23 April 2017 (UTC)

It looks like the suitcase I'm bringing with me is over Flygbussarna's cabin baggage size limits, so it has to go in their cargo hold. That should be no problem going to Helsingborg, but coming back I have only about 12 minutes at Gothenburg Central station to transfer from the train to Flygbussarna, and even that only leaves me 2 hours to get on the plane to Stockholm and then back to Finland. Will this be enough time?

Also, on the train back from Helsingborg, the connection between Laholm and Halmstad is broken because of track repairs, so I have to go on a bus. I only have about 8 minutes time to get on the bus. Will this be enough? Halmlandstrafiken has already told me that the bus will be in direct connection with the train and there should be people in yellow vests to guide passengers on the bus.

I have done this once before when coming back from Austria to Finland last July, as the connection between Gloggnitz and Bruck an der Mur was also broken, and I had no trouble with it. As long as I manage to get on the bus it should be OK. JIP (talk) 21:53, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

Any of you ever flown Ryanair?[edit]

Has any of you ever flown Ryanair? I'll be on my first flight of said company shortly, and I want to avoid all potential pitfalls. Apparently what I intend to use as a carry on bag is slightly larger than the official dimensions. How likely is this to cause trouble? Asked by: Hobbitschuster (talk) 21:04, 23 April 2017 (UTC)

It's been several years since I flew Ryanair, but I recall them actually enforcing the baggage size rule. Like any other low-cost airline, Ryanair's business model relies on figuring out every possible point where they can extract money from passengers after luring them in with a low fare. So unfortunately, this means your bag might present a problem... it really just depends on whether the person checking you in at the gate will be a stickler for the rules. PerryPlanet (talk) 21:28, 23 April 2017 (UTC)
I also seem to recall the overhead bins being slightly smaller on Ryanair's planes, but it's really hard to tell if that was real or just my own impression. They definitely place the seats closer to each other to cram one or two more rows in, so it could have just been the overall cramped feeling of the plane playing tricks on my mind. PerryPlanet (talk) 21:32, 23 April 2017 (UTC)
Hobbitschuster, you're really rolling the dice, as I recall the penalties for overweight bags really eat into whatever you intended to save on your airfare. Ikan Kekek (talk) 21:44, 23 April 2017 (UTC)
Had I had free choice, I wouldn't have taken Ryanair. But as it stands, I can either book an additional bag in addition to the 15 kg already included in my airfare, or I can roll the dice with my hand luggage. Does showing up earlier help my chances? Hobbitschuster (talk) 22:02, 23 April 2017 (UTC)
I'd be inclined to pay extra, since the fee at the airport is likely to be excessive when compared to the online fee. Andrewssi2 (talk) 22:56, 23 April 2017 (UTC)
I used to use Ryanair a reasonable amount but conditions got worse over the years so changed to driving across Europe instead (takes a little longer but more comfortable). It is a reasonably cheap and fast service but live cattle transport in Europe have more rights and comfort. As mentioned above their business model is extracting extra charges whenever they can so little chance of bending the rules or being a little flexible as with the national carries. Getting there early will not help, but getting there late you may not get checked in. It used to be worth paying the extra fee for first boarding but so many people started using it that also became a scrum. If two doors on plane used for boarding take the rear, buy drinks and food in airport (after security) to take on plane, prices onboard are high. --Traveler100 (talk) 04:57, 24 April 2017 (UTC)
So I just measured. It's a soft shell with wheels and a handle. It's about a centimeter too long (if you are pedantic in the measurement) in the length department (56 cm instead of 55 cm) it's narrower than the maximum width and it's depth is not the full 20 cm (though obviously if I cram too much stuff in, it gets above that). It'll only be a two and a half hour flight, but I'll depart at 6:00 from SXF (the second time I fly to/from a Berlin airport after it's supposed to have closed long ago) so I hope to grab a bite on the way there. My brother might know some place that's open around 4:00 AM because I doubt anything in the airport will be. Otherwise I'll just go hungry. C'est la vie. At any rate, if I write less over the next weeks and months, it'll be to a) sketchy internet and/or b) work taking a bigger part of my time. Hobbitschuster (talk) 18:14, 24 April 2017 (UTC)
Unsociable hours seem to be a recurring theme with Ryanair. The one time I nearly flew with them, my family were booked on an afternoon flight to Cork. A couple of days before we were due to fly, the airline got in touch to say they had pushed the flight back to late evening, and we were now going to be landing at a deserted Cork airport just before midnight. Was the car hire place still going to be open for us to collect our vehicle? Like hell it was. So if Europcar weren't going to dance Ryanair's merry little game of musical landing slots, neither were we, and we luckily found a few last minute tickets with the impeccably efficient and reliable Aer Lingus. I hope they don't screw you around, Hobbitschuster. Wherever you're headed, bon voyage. --ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 09:58, 25 April 2017 (UTC)

At any rate, I am on the plane right now and so is my hand luggage. Hobbitschuster (talk) 03:50, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

Did you sneak it past them? Ikan Kekek (talk) 07:32, 26 April 2017 (UTC)
they didn't even give it a second glance Hobbitschuster (talk) 18:15, 26 April 2017 (UTC)
You're lucky. I hope you get it through your return flight (if any). Ikan Kekek (talk) 18:48, 26 April 2017 (UTC)
I'll cross that bridge when I get to it. Right now I'm more concerned about work and getting decent wifi.Hobbitschuster (talk) 19:05, 26 April 2017 (UTC)