You will most likely arrive into one of Europe major airports from America. Upon landing you will have to go through boarder control or customs. You will need to completely filled out a landing card, flight attendants will hand these out on the flight before you land, as well as your passport. Some airports are adding automated security gates so you may not need to fill out a landing card, listen carefully to flight crew instructions prior to landing. After deplaning, follow signage to baggage claim and border control.
At boarder control follow signs for non-EU or non-citizen travelers. There you will hand your passport and landing card to a border control agent, they may ask you questions about your travel, such as how long you plan to stay, is this business or pleasure, etc. They’ll stamp your passport and you may proceed to claim your baggage. If you need to change planes for another destination you may go to directly to that boarding area, providing the flight is is on the same ticket as your arrival flight and you have checked your baggage through to your final destination.
If you arrive at a Schengen member country and are going to another Schengen member country you will not need to go through boarder control again at the departing or upon arriving at your final destination airport. It is just like flying from California to Illinois. For Schengen countries check our page on ➾ Schengen Agreement.
Obtaining Local Currency …
Shortly after your arrival at your final destination, you will need local currency. You have several options to either get local currency from your bank before you depart or upon arrival. Check with your local bank about their currency rates and foreign transaction fees. If you wait until you arrive at the airport you may use an ATM or or Currency Exchange booth. Please go to our ➾ Banks & Money page for more detailed information on exchanging for local currency. For information on ATM’s go to our ➾ Credit and Debit Cards page. You can locate ATM’s at airports by going to our ➾ Airports in Europe page and click on the country and city airport to open their web page. Open terminal maps where you’ll find the locations for all these services.
Public Transportation from the Airport…
You may have multiple choices for transportation from your arrival airport to your hotel or other destination. That choice could depend on the location you are traveling to. In major cities public transit like the metro, tram or bus will get you very close to minimize your waking with baggage. If no transit stops are close there are always taxis and ride share services.
Types of Public Transportation…
While all cities below have major train stations with services to other European cities, the rail category designates suburban and light rail lines with service within the metro area only. Subway lines in some cities become elevated rail lines in certain areas.
Train, Subway or Tram
This is usually the lowest in cost but, you may need to transfer to another bus depending on your final destination. Many buses serving airports have racks for luggage, others do not.
Express services are typically trains or buses with no stops from the airport to the city center. This is the quickest way into the city but, more costly than other forms of public transit Its waypoint may not be near to your final destination.
Services like Uber, Lyft, are available in most areas but, check prior to your arrival as some airports have a ban on them picking up and dropping off on airport property so alternate locations may be difficult to find.
This a good door to door option but, you will have to share a mini van with others passengers. While stops are coordinate to the same area of the city, you may be the first or last stop. Congested traffic will mean a longer travel time.
Depending on which airport you’re arriving at this could be your best option as many cities have extensive services. Usually the travel time is the fastest and it cost the least.
Always a good choice for door to door deliver but, is more costly then other transportation. There are usually flat fees from most airports to the city center so ask your driver before you enter the taxi. There are scammers that will over charge you. Heavy traffic will mean a longer travel time.
Major Car Rental companies and agencies are available throughout Europe. All major airports and train stations have multiple providers as well as locations throughout the cities and major tourist areas.
This is the most comfortable and plushest but, also the most epensive. Again, heavy traffic will make for longer trip but, who cares your traveling first class door to door. Airport web sites can provide contacts for reserving a service.
After claiming your baggage signs should be visible for transportation services. Follow those signs for trains, buses, metro, shuttles, taxis, etc.Transportation information for some Europe’s largest arrival airports are listed below. Levels of transportation services and their cost, travel times into the city are provided. We have omitted private shuttles and limos from the listings as you will need to contact those services directly to establish accurate travel times and cost. For information please go to our ➾Airports in Europe page, scroll down to find the country and city airport and click to open their web page were you will find all transportation information. Only those airports with non-stop service to US airports are listed below.
(approximate travel time in minutes / cost in local currency) Bus and taxi time are with normal traffic flow. Times will be more during congested traffic periods.
Train: 6 Belgium IC trains departures every hour.(to Nord, City Center & Midi stations) 15-19 min / €8,90. The train station is located directly under the departures and arrivals halls, at level -1. The platform is easily reached by lift or escalator.
Bus; De Lijn bus lines 12 & 21 ( to City Center) 30 min. €4. Bus line 272 & 471 (to Brussels Nord Station). The bus station is located one floor down from the Arrivals Hall, at level 0. The escalator or elevator provides easy access to the bus station.
Train: DSB trains (to Copenhagen Central station) 13 min. Kr 36) Orensundståg trains (to Malmö, Sweden). 24 min. 122 kr. Station located in front of terminal 3
Metro: Metro M2 (to Nørreport Station) 15 min. Kr36) The metro station is located in a covered, direct extension of Terminal 3. The Metro runs at 4–6 minute intervals during the day and evening hours, at 15–20 minute intervals at night.
Bus: DOTLine 5A (to Copenhagen Central & Nørreport stations) 30-25 min / 36. Bus terminal located outside terminal 2.
Bus: Airlink (to City center, Heuston and Connolly stations.) 50 min. – 1 hr. €6,10 – 9,15) Air Coach to Trinity College/Grafton St.) 30 min. €8,00 oneway / €13,50 return. Buses pick up out in front of terminal 1, past parking structure.
Train:HSL Line I (to Helsinki ) 56 min. min. €2,80-€5,00. Departs from platforms 1 & 3. Line P (to Helsinki) 63 min. €2,80-€5.00. Departs from platforms 16 & 18. Train station entrance is between terminals 1 & 2.
Bus Finnair City Bus (Eliel Square – Central Rail Station) 35 min. €6,80/€12,60 oneway/return.Departs from bus platform 51 at T2. HSL Line #415 (to Elielinaukio) 61 min. €4,60. #615 (to Rautatientori) 35 min. #617 (to Hakaniemi) 38 min. Departs from bus platform 52 & 53 at T2.
Express Train: Heathrow Express (to Paddington station) 20 – 15 min. £20. Transfer to Bakerloo, Circle, District, Hammersmith & City underground or bus lines from Paddington. Departs every 15 min. from terminals 5 and 3 only.
Metro: Picadilly Line ( to Picadilly Curcus) 67 min. £3. – 6. Transfer to multiple underground and bus lines from stations.
Train: MVV DB regional (to Munich Hbf station) S1 west side of the city with stops at Neufahrn & Laim. S8 to the east side of the city with stops at Ostbahnhof & Marienplatz. 45 min. €11,60. Trains depart alternatively every 10 minutes from terminals 1 and 2. Station located in T1 level 3.
Bus: Lufthansa Airport Bus (to Munich Hbf station) 35 min. €10,50 – 17,00. Buses located at level 3 in buildings T1 & T2.
Taxi: (to city center) 40 min. €50,00. Taxis at T2 level 3.
Light Rail: RER “B” (to Châtelet – Les Halles) 35-39 min. €11,70. This suburban train has a stop in Charles de Gaulle Airport which connects the airport with Gare du Nord and Paris-Châtelet located in downtown every 10 up to 20 minutes. You can board the RER at Charles de Gaulle Airport Terminal 2 TGV Station and at both Terminal 1 level 5, Terminal 3 and Roissypôle.
Bus:Le Bus Line 2 Tour Eiffel (to Porte Maillot//Place de l’Etoile/Torcedoro) 45-60 min. €18,00. At terminal 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2E and 2F and also Terminal 3 SNCF Line N143 (to Gare De L’Est & Gare Du Nord) 32 min.
Water Taxi: Alilaguna Blue, Orange and Red Lines ( stops at various docks in Venice) €8,00-15.00 oneway / return. 58 min.t0 1 hr 12 min. depending on final destination. Departs from airport Dock (on exiting from the Arrivals hall, look for the covered walkway on the left and follow the walkway for 7 minutes until you reach the dock)
Bus; ACTV Line 5 (to Piazzale Roma) 23 min. €8,00. Departs in front of the terminal
Taxi: (to Venice) 20 min. €40.- 55. Departs in front of the terminal