Traveling from the city where one lives is comfortable and shortens time, so choosing the vacation destination based on the places you can go without transfers is common. On these holiday dates, many flights depart from Zaragoza, both to Europe and nationally, and there are also trains that bring Zaragozans closer to Spanish and European capitals. Also, for those looking for last-minute trips, leaving from home makes it easier to organize and less time is needed to prepare the vacation.
Direct flights to European capitals
From Zaragoza you can fly to a dozen European cities with low cost companies such as Ryanair, Volotea, Wizz Air or Vueling. Some flights are regular and are offered throughout the year, such as those from London or Brussels. Others are enabled in high season, such as the summer months, when there is more demand. With Ryanair you can currently fly to seven capitals (Bologna, Brussels, London, Marrakech, Milan-Bergamo, Paris and Vienna). You can go to Venice with Volotea and to Paris you can also go with Vueling. Finally, Wizz Air connects Zaragoza with two cities in Romania, the capital Bucharest and Cluj-Napoca.
This range of possibilities has a but and that is the flights do not leave every day and, sometimes, it is difficult to balance the holidays with the day of departure and arrival. Thus, those who choose an Italian destination this summer will be able to fly with Ryanair to Bologna on Mondays and Thursdays, and to Milan on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. To go to Venice, Volotea flights are currently active on Mondays and Thursdays, and from December Ryanair will also operate on Wednesdays and Sundays. The French capital is another of the most popular tourist destinations to which you can travel from Zaragoza both with Ryanair (Wednesday and Saturday) and with Vueling (Monday and Thursday). The Irish company flies to London on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays and you can also travel to Vienna (Thursday and Sunday), Marrakech (Wednesday and Sunday) and Brussels (Tuesday and Saturday).
The current list of European destinations by plane from Zaragoza is completed by the Romanian cities of Bucharest, to which flights will depart during the month of August on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; and Cluj-Napoca (Monday and Friday). Starting in November, the Zaragoza airport will be directly connected to Lisbon, with Ryanair flights on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
National destinations: Canary and Balearic Islands
The direct flights from Zaragoza to national destinations are to the islands, both the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands, tourist destinations par excellence in summer. Thus, planes leave from the airport practically every day to the Spanish archipelagos. Volotea operates to Menorca on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday and to Mallorca you can fly with both Ryanair (Wednesday, Friday and Sunday) and Vueling (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday). This company also flies to the Canary Islands and connects Zaragoza with three islands: Gran Canaria (Saturdays), Lanzarote (Sundays) and Tenerife, with flights to both the southern and northern airports on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
The company Binter Canarias also operates from Zaragoza with direct flights to the Canary Islands, specifically to Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria and Tenerife North, with option of links to the other islands.
As for prices, although they are higher on key dates, you can find cheap tickets, especially in last minute reservations that complete planes. For example, you can travel to Palma de Mallorca for about 50 euros round trip, or to Menorca for 40. As for European destinations, the rates are not so cheap and in the case of Marrakech the prices go up to 400 euros. You can go to Vienna or London for more modest amounts (around 150 or 200 euros round trip).
To move around the rest of the peninsular geography from Zaragoza, the high-speed train is the best alternative. It is comfortable and fast, although not cheap, but you can always find offers even at odd hours or on weekdays. Along with Madrid and Barcelona, the most common destinations on the AVE from the Aragonese capital, in these summer months there are others that climb positions in the ranking of demand. This is the case of Malaga, the capital of the Costa del Sol, which can be reached by direct train from Zaragoza in four hours. in a similar time You can travel by direct train to Seville, another of the most chosen destinations for both long vacations and weekend getaways. To go to other Spanish capitals, such as Alicante or Orense, you have to change in Madrid and the trip takes between four and six hours.
Travel by train in French Provence
One of those trips in which the journey itself is already worth it is the one that can be done by train from Zaragoza to Marseille. The high speed connects the Aragonese capital with French Provence, passing through cities such as Perpignan, Nimes, Montpellier or Narbonne. In addition to enjoying the journey, these trains are the salvation for those who do not like to travel by plane. Fears aside, taking a train is much faster and more comfortable as far as protocols are concerned and it is also usually more comfortable as a means of transport.
The complete journey (Zaragoza-Marseille) lasts approximately six and a half hours. There is a single daily route that departs every day from Zaragoza at 2:50 p.m. and from Marseille at eight in the morning. As for prices, there are rates in tourist class that range between 130 and 150 euros each way, and the premium option is also offered, the cost of which rises to 260 euros for the days and hours most in demand).
Although there are fewer and fewer bargains to be found and with the general rise in prices, going on vacation this year is inaccessible for many people, there are options, like these, to see the world and disconnect. In addition, as fuels are, leaving the car parked in Zaragoza and taking a train or a plane regardless of the destination could be the escape route for this summer.
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