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flights to Croatia

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flights to Croatia

Has anyone used Europebyair for flights? Please let me know your thoughts. Thanks

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Hi Wulfanite

I hadn't even heard of them until i read your post but after googling them & reading some threads about them in fodors(i don't know if ta would be too happy if i posted the links here,so just google europebyair fodors) it looks like pricing using the links below & then going direct to the airliine sites could be just as cheap or cheaper in some cases & certainly less complicated

http://www.skyscanner.net

http://flightchecker.moneysavingexpert.com/

http://www.whichbudget.com/

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another good site is eDreams.com with some good deals available

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I used Europe By Air in October to fly from Split back to Paris. When I originally booked my flight - a direct Croatia Airlines flight leaving in the afternoon - Europe By Air was a fantastic savings. Booking the flight directly with Croatia Airlines would have cost something like $320 with taxes and fees, but with Europe By Air I was able to do it for about half of that, after taxes and fees.

I did have a considerable worry though in that Croatia Airlines canceled my original flight a few days before I was to get on it. They automatically re-booked me on a connecting (early morning!) flight from Split to Zagreb and then Zagreb to Paris. Not only were the times really early - I had to leave downtown Split by 4am to catch it - but because I used Europe by Air, the re-booking really confused the airline, and Europe by Air themselves were not helpful (they did not respond to email; I should probably have called them). I went to the Split airport a day ahead of time to get the booking straightened out and all was well once they figured it out, but it was a bit stressful. Had I simply done nothing and gone to the airport the morning of the flight, it would have been really tight making my flight with the extra hassle required.

Europe by Air tells you that YOU are responsible for confirming your reservation/checking flight status a few days before you leave, because no one will be able to contact you to let you know of a flight change as happened in my case. Had I not checked ahead of time, no one would have told me and I would probably have been totally out of luck.

You do have to pay the taxes (in CASH, in LOCAL currency!) at the airport or an airline ticket office before your flight, too. Don't just show up at the airport before you flight and hope to pay with a card because you've already exchanged or used all your Croatian Kuna. If you are flying Croatia Airlines, as I was, try to pay your taxes before you even get to the airport by going to a city Croatia Airlines ticket office (there is one in Split on the Riva).

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Wow, Andrew - I do feel your pain!!! Yikes!!!! I know exactly that type of hassel. Thank you for those wonderful insites.

Thank you everyone else for the links which I'll check into!!

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We used this for multiple flights on a trip from paris-croatia-italy-greece. It was significantly cheaper than booking through the airline directly or with other sites. We had no issues at all with either one of our flights, and it went very smoothly. I would use them again without hesitation. As mentioned you do have to do one extra step at the airport, and that is go to the airlines ticket counter (not to be confused with the check in counters, this is the counter where you would actually buy tickets) and pay in cash the taxes for the flight, which didn't come out to much.

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How did you get to Croatia from the U.S.??? Our initial investigations have shows that it is NOT easy!!! 11 hrs + in the air. Originally thought we would fly into Venice, rent a car and drive the Croatian Coastline, but haven't figured otu the specifics yet. all the tour companies offer are totally escorted trips -- no "hosted" or fly/drive.

Any help you may be able to offer would be VERY appreciated. We are getting a little frustrated. Going in May of this year.

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t's not that hard. You can't fly direct but Lufthansa and BA fly out of many US airports and then to Croatia via their hub cities (Frankfurt/Munich or London). You can also "open jaw" i.e. you can fly into Dubrovnik or Split, hire a car and drive up Croatian coast and fly out of Trieste or Venice in Italy. You will have to leave your car in Croatia though. That shouldn't be a problem. You can leave your car in Rovinj or Porec in Croatia and take a ferry across to Venice.

Alternatively you can start from Venice and make your way down to Dubrovnik and take a ferry from Dubrovnik to Bari in Italy or from Split to Ancona in Italy.

Renting a car in Italy will probably work out cheaper.

Work out what's cheaper for you or more convenient.

You could also fly in and out of the same airport, hire a car and return it to the same depot i.e fly to Venice or Trieste in Italy drive down the Croatian coast all the way down to Dubrovnik and then jump up on an overnight ferry back to Rijeka which is only an hour away from Trieste or 2.5 hours from Venice

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Last fall I did a three week itinerary in Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and finally a few nights in Paris. I flew from Portland to Milan via Amsterdam and then Paris back to Portland via Amsterdam again. (My EuropebyAir flight near the end was from Split to Paris.) I worked my way from Italy to Croatia via train and bus (Milan-Parma-Venice by train; bus to Ljubljana; train to Zagreb; car rental and buses/catamarans from there). My itinerary worked out great for me, actually (and Ljubljana, Slovenia was worth the nights I stopped there!).

I looked at a lot of different possibilities for getting to/from Croatia, but I always started with that direct flight from Portland to Amsterdam and back. So you might build your itinerary around whatever direct flights get you to Europe from your home city and work from there. I looked at going directly from Amsterdam to Ljubljana or Dubrovnik. Croatia Airlines has direct flights to Zagreb every day from Amsterdam I think and direct to Split or Dubronvik on some days of the week. Use Kayak.com for researching flight schedules - Croatia Air flights show up there. Check different days of the week, too.

You might consider using one of Europe's budget airlines like easyJet to get you the rest of the way to Croatia. If you can get a direct flight to London, you might then hop on an easyJet flight (British Airways tends to have rival flights that aren't too expensive either) on to Dubrovnik or Split. But if you have to change airports in London, I'd just add an overnight there at least. And it's London - not such a bad place to start out or end up on your trip! You might find you save enough money by stopping in London that it pays for stopping there for a day or two.

I found it hard to get by air from Italy directly to/from Croatia in the fall. easyJet might have some seasonal summer flights direct from Milan to Croatia - check their web schedule. There was a Ryan Air flight twice a week between Zadar and Pisa that I considered at one point but I heard enough negative things about Ryan Air that I didn't want to build my trip around them! Taking Croatia Airlines from Split to Paris worked out the best for me.

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