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Old May 5, 09, 2:24 am
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Venice, Italy
Programs: FlyingBlue Platinum, Miles&More Senator, bmi Diamond Club Silver, Marriott Gold Elite, SPG
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AF is exorbitant in their pricing intra-EU, especially one-ways. Alitalia codeshares on all of the AF flights, but the pricing is the exact same. Of course, AF/AZ only fly from CDG to FCO, not from ORY. You can book a return ticket and just not use the return portion. That brings the fare down substantially to about AUD$405 per person. The smarter option is to fly easyJet or Vueling. Vueling fares start at 50 euros one-way, plus your baggage (10 euros per bag, with 20kg as the limit). You can reserve normal seats in advance for free, or pay 13 euros per seat for the XL seat (bulkhead, exit row). Or if you are travelling in pairs, you can do the DuoSeat which allows you to have the aisle and window with the middle blocked for 30 euros. Either way you look at it, the price can't be beat. easyJet doesn't do that, but the fares are good. Prices start at 36.99 euros one way, plus your baggage fees. easyJet flies from Orly to Ciampino. Ciampino is a horrible dump of a place and not very convenient. Vueling flies from CDG to FCO. While Fiumicino is not exactly the Shangrila of airports, at least the DaVinci Express train runs reliably and nonstop every 30 minutes directly from the airport to Termini Station, so transportation is less of a problem. Ciampino requires riding a bus first to the train station, then taking the subway. If you want private car service, from Ciampino or Fiumicino to the city centre, it can be had for about 50 euros total each direction for 4 people.
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