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Brill experience, checked in online and printed off boarding passes. Had previously paid for seats as wanted to ensure we all sat together with 3 young kids (no airline has to seat you together). Got to lanzarote 30mins early. Cabin crew lovely and polite, food and drinks onboard mo different to other airlines. Follow rules and have no problems!
I was hesitant to fly with Ryanair after all the bad press they get but they were the only airline available to fly to Vilnius, Lithuania with flights within my schedule.
When using the Ryanair website you will be inundated with optional add-ons that you must click through until you eventually are presented with the option the purchase your tickets. This is slightly annoying but nothing really to cry about. The website presentation and colour scheme is a bit nauseating but I suppose the marketing team at Ryanair have a warped sense of what is tasteful.
I flew from Stansted airport on time, boarding was painless and quick. When I arrived at the gate there was already a long queue despite the gate only being announced minutes prior. I suppose people rushed there for optimal seats but either way I still entered the plane and found a seat easily despite not being near the front of the queue.
The flight itself was rather uneventful. The captain specifically stated because of the lateness of the flight that in-flight announcements would be kept to a bare minimum. The seats were standard as found on most other budget airlines, and I avoided paying for any overpriced food. We touched down on time and disembarking was again painless.
If you are a solo traveller without care for luxury, and just want to get from A to B for the cheapest price, this airline is ideal. My flight was only 2 hours 30 minutes, and was perfectly fine. For longer flights it would be beneficial to pay for the extra comfort, but I did not experience any scare stories that the press loves to publish.
I am a regular traveller on Ryanair airlines and use them at least a few times a year, or whenever I travel (Manchester to Dublin) and have always found them to be efficient, speedy and have absolutely no delays. I recently learnt that over 90% of all ryanair planes arrive at their destination either ahead of or on time, this is far more than any other air line. You are charged extra for things like luggage or priority seats but this is not unique with air lines and not an excessive amount making the total charge of your flights still cheaper than other airlines - it's just an annoying thing you can live with. The service on board is always brilliant, friendly stewards and a good selection of hot meals, cold meals, snacks and drinks available. You are kind of crammed in like sardines and this I do not like but for the money you pay and for the length of the flights, I personally take is around 30-40 minutes, it is bearable, having said that if I was doing a long haul flight I possibly would switch airlines for this reason.
Check in must be done online and you must print your boarding passes out yourself, this could be a down side for some people but I personally find this very convenient and it makes checking in at the airport extremely simple and quick, merely just a case of showing your boarding pass, passport and handing over your case - you can pay around £50 for a 20kg baggage allowance, they can be very strict if your bag is over the 20kg but you can easily swap things around and add some more things to your hand luggage or wear an extra cardigan for example and then you're fine.
All in all cannot complain and will continue to use ryanair so long as the service and prices stay as they are.
Whenever I start to plan a trip abroad, Ryanair is always my first port of call. Why? Simply the cheapest flights.
Ryanair are basic and cheap. That's all they set out to be and it's what they achieve. If you need to take any amount of luggage - which admittedly to many people will be an integral part of the trip - then the situation changes. In fact, you could say it almost becomes prohibitive. In my latest booking, adding a 20kg suitcase would have added £60 onto a return flight which cost only £34! BUT if you can get by on hand luggage for the duration of the trip, and you can be flexible in dates and/or destination, then I genuinely don't believe the other budget airlines come close.
When booking, it's essential that you make time and take care to go through the stages ensuring you don't buy any extras and this can make the booking process more time-consuming than would be ideal. But again, it comes down to how much it matters to you to get the lowest price. Recent changes in the law means they now have to display their "pay by credit/debit card" charges up front, so on my latest booking there were no nasty surprises at the checkout stage.
In terms of the flight experience I find no difference between Ryanair and any of the other budget airlines either. No frills it may be, but I don't especially want frills for a 1 or 2 hour flight, I just want a seat and to get there on time, both of which I have had on every occasion I've flown with them.
Looking for negatives, their seat room is tight and the seats are plasticy rather than fabric. They aren't the most comfortable you will experience. Again, this may become a factor for a 3-4 hour flight but not for me if it's a short one.
Their in-flight food prices are little short of extortionate, although they do have food & drink 'deals' which are pretty much on a par with other airlines, none of which are great value in my experience.
The only seriously annoying part of the flights are the incessant tanoy announcements trying to sell their lottery cards. They always seem to time these for when you are in danger of nodding off for a snooze.
I have flown with Ryanair every time I have flown-13 times now, and have never once had a problem. The flight has always landed up to half an hour early and never late. They have Europe's best record for on time flights. I think they leave themselves plenty of time, as the flight usually leaves after they sat it will.
I was worried they would be terrible after telling my friends I was going with Ryanair and getting told 'Ohhhhhh...'. You can tell that they are a basic airline, but there is nothing wrong with them.
They only do short haul flights so if you don't want to pay their prices for on flight food (which is higher than normal) then you can manage taking a snack with you/having nothing. Their aeroplanes are Boeing 737s, which hold 200 people and have 3 toilets.
Last time I sat in a over-wing emergency exit seat, so I had extra leg room, which was nice, though there is enough room for your feet in the normal seats as well. The seats are a bit uncomfortable, so I am usually glad to get off after a 2.5 hour flight!
The process of booking and checking in is simple. The price of flights usually shoot up in the week or so before, so it is best to book at least a few weeks in advance. The price of checked in luggage is high, £35 for 25kg in high season, which can be as much as your flight!
Overall I recommend Ryanair as their flights can usually be found quite cheap, especially if you are flexible, and I will fly with them again. The prices do seem to be increasing lately though.
Ryanair is not the most sophistocated way to travel - but it is one of the cheapest.
There are a few things you should bear in mind if you want to travel via Ryanair. Firstly, how light can you travel? If you can manage with a hand baggage sized suitcase, you'll be fine. Otherwise, be prepared to pay over the odds for hold luggage. Secondly, can you take your food with you? Buying food on the aircraft can be very expensive, so make your own sandwiches before you go and buy some water or drinks after the security checks in the airport. Food and baggage are where Ryan Air makes up for the cheapness of the flights, so be warned. Thirdly, are you bothered where you sit, and if you are, is your name Usain Bolt? Getting a good seat on Ryan Air means you've got to be fast getting to the front as you board the aircraft as it's often first come-first served (after the children and disabled passengers).
If you are willing to do these things, you will have an enjoyable, and most importantly, a cheap flight. I have never experienced any problems when flying with Ryain Air. The pilots always seem to take off and land well and I have never had a delay. Ryan Air really is value for money.
I've travelled with Rayanair maybe ten or more times and I choose them because they can work out very cheap if you approach the booking in the correct way. Through the following method, I've travelled to Dublin for 2 pence return! I think the glory days of being able to do that are over but you can still get a very good deal if you follow my tips below - many of these will apply to flying with other low cost airlines too.
* If possible be flexible about when and where you want to go - the prices can vary widely - select the monthly view so you can see which are the cheapest days - play around with different combinations of inbound and outbound flights.
* If you're prepared to travel mid week it'll be much cheaper than travelling on a Friday or Saturday
* Only take hand luggage - this can be done no problem if you get the right sized carry on case BUT bear in mind that they strictly police the one bag rule - this includes handbags so your handbag must be able to fit inside your main carry on bag.
* Don't pay for their insurance - you will find cheaper
* Choose the cheapest payment method - unfortunately the only free way to book is with a Ryanair credit card.
* Keep onboard costs low - take some food with you.
You can tell you're travelling on a low cost airline when you travel with Ryanair - everything is yellow and blue plastic but you just need to remember it's just a cheap means of getting to your destination. I have had a couple of delays with Ryanair - usually on the way home (when you just want to get back)! It's ontime performance does compare very similarly to other low cost airlines though and you get a little jingle when you land if it is on time!
There is alot of negativity around ryanair at the moment, they don't seem to get much good advertising at all. I have used ryanair 3times this year, bristol to faro return, bristol to malaga return and bristol to gran canria return. The sole reason i use ryanair is because of there cheap fares, other airlines couldn't compete with the prices i had for these flights. I know there are add ones and taxes but sometimes you can get flights without the taxes. Ryanair also charge for baggage that goes in the hold, which is quite expensive but me and my g/f do is book 1bag in, save on the price of the other bag which is around £35. Your are only allowed a 15kg weight allowance quite low limit. Where people tend to get caught out here is the additional charge for every kilo you are over, you see this alot at the check in desks. The charge is expensive, so i always weigh my case once packed to save hassle at the airport. Don't forget also though that, you are allowed 10kg bag in hand luggage, which i always push to the max to save space. Their planes themselves are basic, get what you pay for really, a little cramped and there is no reserving seats, once your plane is called bit of a mad rush to make sure you are near front of queue to avoid seating apart from your loved ones. Food is available on board at a price, again rather expensive, i always tend to buy from shop in terminal before i board, as most of their flights are short haul, your not on board too long anyways. Ryanair also boast a very impressive over 90% on time flight record, better than any other airline. You always here people in queues and on the planes moaning about ryanairs service but i bet they use them again. Ive never had a problem with them, and will be continuing to use them in the future.
RyanAir are a no frills airline. Its what they advertise as, its what they are. So why people complain about them "over-charging" and the like confuses me?? At the end of the day, you get what you pay for.
I have flown with Ryanair a couple of times, maybe five times in total. No where fancy, just across to the uk or up the country to Dublin. I chose them based essentially on their reputation for never being late. They are efficient and that's all I needed....to get from A to B. If I wanted comfort, luxury and attention on my travels I would have chosen Aer Lingus or Virgin for my travels. But that's not what I needed so I went for the pennie saving option!!
My first time travelling with them, I paid Euro50 for a return flight to Dublin. Euro50 !!! That's roughly 35 pound sterling. Roughly how much I would have paid for a train journey...one way!! So I chose to fly. This was quite a time ago now, in February 2007. So at that time, there wasn't extra charges for booking online or excessive charges for carrying on your luggage. Charges, yes of course (it was still ryanair) but not excessive charges. I was worried mainly about my luggage being over weight as I had heard through friends that you could be charged in excess of 100 euro for the extra weight. Luckily I was fine. That first journey I had no problems with them really. The flight was under an hour anyway so there was no time as such to panic. You had the option of where you wanted to sit, first come first served basis. Which I think works, to an extent. Obviously I wasn't expecting that as it was my first time flying with them so I didn't rush on to choose a seat and as a result I got stuck on an aisle seat next to two toddlers. Not exaclty the best situation but again, as it was a short flight I wasn't too bothered. There was food being sold on board as well as kids toys and lotto tickets etc. Prices were extremely crazy with sandwiches on offer for 8.50. If it was a longer flight I would have worried. As far as comfort goes, there was none!! I'm a tall person and leg room was squashed to say the least. The aisles were narrow which made it difficult to squeeze past another person en route to the bathroom and as for strolling around the plane to stretch your legs...forget about it..! However, I was in Dublin before I could blink, on time to the minute, alive, safe, with all my belongings. And at the end of the day, that is what I set out to do.
All my other trips were fairly similar. Flights to the uk, both London and Manchester were uncomfortable but again I did expect it. I know, when I book my 1p flight (I actually never got one that cheap but they are available to the lucky few who get in there first!!) that their "no frills" slogan is not exagerrated in any way. They over charge on the little things, cram seats in to make room for more customers, have food that tastes like plastic at extra ordinary prices....but they get you there on time (at least for all my experiences they do), safe and I have never had my luggage lost, nor have heard of anyone who has. Every experience I have had with Ryanair staff has been pleasant also. Reviews have stated otherwise, claiming they are rude and unhelpful and I understand that is the expereince of other passengers and no two experiences are the same, but it has always been the opposite for me. They do their job...efficiently and effectively. That has to say something for the aldi of the sky??
As a price sensitive consumer in this day and age, I would always choose the cheaper option, to an extent. So Ryanair will always be my choice as long as they continue to offer cheap short distance flights. Being honest, if they offered flights to the US or further afield, Im not sure I would choose them as comfort would come into play there,,,but who knows what the future will bring and how innovative this company can become!!!
I cannot work out why people complain about this airline. At the end of the day, you're getting what you pay for. I am a regular passenger on this airline as they're one of the only airlines that flies from my nearest airport to where we have a place in Spain.
If i'm only paying £50 return for a flight, i'm not going to expect something amazing! It's basic. It gets you from one place to the other. What's the problem?
A lot of people complain about ryanair because of having to pay for suitcases - don't you people realise that all low cost airlines all do the same?! If you want something fancier, you have to pay more. That's the way life is!
Ryanair are great - they often to 1p flights. 7 of us once went to Dublin for a day out. For the 7 of us, it cost us 14p return. No taxes. FANTASTIC!
The cabin crew aren't always cheery, but what can you expect? I have a friend who is cabin crew for Jet2, and he's often said that they get complaints for not being on top form. Pretty sure noone would be on top form having to work an 18 hour shift after getting up at about 4am!
I have a lot of love for ryanair, and that will never change!
On my recent holiday to Finland and Estonia, Ryanair was the airline who I flew with to Tallinn. First I must say that Ryanair was not the first choice. My sister and I had previously booked flights with another airline to Helsinki who didn't take long to decide that they were just not going to fly to Finland anymore. Because of this and the insane prices for flights to Helsinki, we chose to fly with Ryanair to the close country of Estonia and decided to get the boat across to Finland from there as it would still be cheaper than any other flight. As probably everyone will know, Ryanair is a low cost airline (the first actually) which was first open for business in 1985. I actually thought it was a lot later than this but probably because I never paid attention to things like this until I took my first flight back in 2002. Ryanair prides itself on low priced flights to Europe.
Flying from East Midlands to Tallinn, Ryanair was the best choice of airline due to the extremely cheap cost. For a return trip it cost us roughly £100 in total which, compared to the £400+ to Helsinki with other airlines, was a bargain. Ok, we had to add in ferry costs on top of that but they were only £50 each return so we were still saving a hell of a lot of money and getting to go to 2 countries instead of 1. On top of the original flight price, we chose to add on priority boarding as for only £5 each (each way), it seemed pretty stupid not to. I hate getting a terrible seat on flights or being stuck right at the back so at least this way, we would be able to sit near the front and not have to wait ages to get on and off the planes.
As this is a budget airline, you do have to check in online or it will costs you an extra £40 once you get to the airport. You still have to go through baggage drop though so I don't really see what difference it makes to check in online or at the airport as it just takes as long anyway. Anyway, your checked baggage is only allowed to be 15kg and while mine was slightly under, my sister's case was over so we had to do a bit of reshuffling before she was allowed to have it on the plane. This meant me stuffing my handbag with a hairdryer, straightners, books and some other things like shoes and I wasn't exactly happy about it.
Priority boarding seemed to have been an extremely good idea for us as no one else seemed to want to pay the small extra fee. There were only about 4 other people who had done the same as us so while the massive line of people were still waiting to show their passports, we were happily sat in our seats on the plane already. It was a good 10-15 minutes before the last passengers got on the plane and I was so glad to have been sat down for a while already and had time to get comfortable before taking off instead of having to rush.
Ryanair planes are actually a lot more comfortable than I had first imagined. Each side of the plane has rows of 3 seats and on both flights, me and my sister had managed to get a whole row to ourselves so we ended up with a little extra space. One of us sat at the window and one at the aisle so that meant we could stretch out our legs in the middle instead of under the seat in front of us. Our flight was only 3 hours long but I still wanted to be as comfortable as possible as I like sleeping during flights and due to all the room, I did this with ease. Even the leather seats were soft and easy to relax in.
Where Ryanair fails to impress is with their prices. Even though the flights are short, Ryanair do sell food, both hot and cold. Full meals are available to order in advance as they do take a while to sort out but also snacks like crisps and chocolate are available to buy. I don't normally buy anything like this on flights because I know that the prices are steeper than average but I was so thirsty this time that I had to buy myself a drink. For a can of pepsi, a fun size can I might add, cost me £1.70 which I was so completely shocked about. I would have kind of been ok with this had it been a normal size but seriously, 3x the price of a normal can of pepsi for something a hell of a lot smaller? This is definitely where budget airlines make their money because they certainly don't make it on the price of flights.
Each flight that I took with Ryanair was very smooth and without any problems. I quite happily went to sleep for the most part and each time, we arrived a little bit earlier than we should have which I was quite impressed with. I would definitely fly with this airline again because I was so pleased with my journey. I would be a little more selective with my baggage and how much I take in my carry on bag so I can bring a few more things back with me but that is the only small niggle that I can honestly say that I had.
A lot of people complain about travelling with ryanair,but the truth is that without the airline,plenty of people would not be able to take holidays or short city breaks abroad.I have flown with ryanair a couple of times and have never once experienced a problem.Each time I flew with them,I was pleased that my flight landed on time, both on the way to my destination and upon returning.
Yes,they may have lots of add on charges that you only find out about once you go further into the booking process, but the truth is,they are still one of the cheapest airlines around.You can even avoid some of these charges if you think out a way.For example:If you're going away for a couple of nights, you really don't need to check in a bag.The carry on allowance is plenty per person.The staff are pleasant enough for a budget airline.If you do encounter a member of the cabin crew that you dislike,you only have to put up with them for a short flight.All in all,for short flights across Europe,I believe ryanair is one of the leading airlines.They are convenient, cheap and a way for people earning a low wage to travel without breaking the bank.
In my last review, I was very critical of Easy jet's competitor: Ryanair. Well, several days ago I just returned off an easy jet flight from Alicante, and I can safely say I was not impressed at all.
**In this review, I'm also going to integrate a lot of information about from a channel 4 'Dispatches' documentary on the airline, which I think if this is a genuine review to guide people, they should really know about it. This is bracketed off with stars so that you can see the review is based on an experience, the dispatches is an EXTRA**
So me and the old mother decided to look up a holiday, and we couldn't complain when we found flights for £30. Haha, yeah, right. It was £30 but then with taxes, online check-in fees, administration fees, and debit card fees, the flight was then £70. I definitely expected this to happen, you never get flights for 50p.
You get given a hand luggage allowance up to 10 kilo. Although, if you look at the basket which the case is supposed to fit in, it is incredibly smaller than most other airlines and many can not fit their case in. I flew out from Prestwick airport, which only flies Ryanair with the odd Wizz airline flight or Onur air flight once in a while. So the whole airport is equipped for Ryan air flights, scales and a basket for everyone to put their case on before boarding to ensure nobody gets away with a case too heavy!
After paying £8 for online check in, I found the organisation of the airline to be very poor. You print out your boarding card, which you then have to rip half way at the bottom. The person at the gate then has to rip the rest of it. How organised is that? Ripping bits of paper to file away! You are then given the rest of the paper, and the air hostess stands with a pen and scribbles around the flight number. I mean, I'm not complaining about it, it didn't exactly ruin my holiday but it just had me wondering how organised this airline really is.
**As for pre-flight organisation, the channel 4 dispatches recoded Ryanair personnel saying to cabin crew during training "the airport will tell you to check everyone's passport. However, when a plane is on the ground it's not making money, so just make sure everyone has a passport and let them on". This to me sounds very dodgy.**
As well as this, when I arrived at Alicante, there was no passport control. This is nothing to do with Ryanair, but if there is no passport controls on the flight, who knows what sort of nutcases are getting on planes?
When arriving on the flight, it was all very kaotic. Cabin crew were getting very rude with people telling them to sit down. However, there's no surprise if they're only given a 25 minute turnaround. The next issue I would like to discuss is cabin crew. Although they seemed very friendly, on both flights there was only three cabin crew. One member of crew who seemed stressed, anxious, but knew what they were doing. The other two didn't have a crew.
On my return flight, one of the crew seemed like an 18 year old girl, who was packed in fake tan and looked very confused the entire flight. She was running up and down the isle with a case shouting "Stacey, where was I to put this? Stacey, where are you?", whilst shyly peering round the cabin and everyone looking at her. Now, this could have been the poor girl's first flight, so I'm not critising her, but then I go back to the documentary...
**On the dispatches show, the cabin crew all told the undercover interview that they received no training on planes before they began their flying. If they have not practised emergency procedures, what chances do they have in a real emergency? Also, cabin crew were told the answers for compulsory CAA exams and were given open books to complete it. A spokesman for CAA confirmed on the documentary that this is unacceptable and these crew were not properly trained. It then goes on to say that many cabin crew who did not pass security checks were allowed on flights with temporary cards. Also, other crew who could not pass disclosure tests were told by Ryanair management to get other cabin crew to write false references for them. This is very frightening as flying can be very dangerous if the wrong people get on board.**
The plane itself is very uncomfortable. The seat is made of hard plastic which makes me think if there is a rough landing, a person's head would smash right off it. Ryanair do not wish for cleaning up to affect flight times, so they do not provide baskets for placing items in. Safety cards are glued to the back of the seat, which I think is awful for passengers who are nervous flyers to be reminded the entire flight that the plane may crash and they very well may die. Also, the cards are very minimal and do not have any written information. The card was very difficult to understand, and even with my amazing eyesight, it took me a good hour studying the tiny picture to see that no jewellery or false teeth are allowed in emergency landings. Some of the pictures seemed confusing, and me and my mum sat for a while trying to work out what some of them meant.
We had to sit with all our things we brought on board on our knee and it was very uncomfortable,
The cabin is bright yellow and it seriously hurts your eyes. The leg room is absolute minimal and very uncomfortable.
Now, it's time for me to bash the pilots. They seemed very friendly, but had a bad habit of turning the fasten seatbelt signs on for no reason... funnily enough just before the cabin crew were about to sell something. Even though I am very knowledgeable about flying as I once aspired to be a pilot, I was very frighted and this is similar to the produce prior to an emergency landing (seatbelt signs are switched on and pilots speak to the lead member of cabin crew). Now I move back on the documentary.
**It was recorded that a pilot told Ryanair that he could not fly an aircraft due to fatiqueness. This captain was then denoted for first officer for this. Just think about it, if another pilot was extremely tired, would you really want him flying your plane? Obviously he won't fall asleep, but will he be able to concentrate on ensuring the plane is at the right altitude, he is at the right speed for landing, he is in position, the plane is in the right angle for touchdown, that he has pulled the lever up enough for the plane to take off properly? If not, so you think he is going to report it so that he will have his salary cut by £20,000 or take the chance and fly the plane?**
The flight was delayed both ways, but hey, what do you expect for Ryanair?
**In the documentary, a flight was so late that a captain told the undercover interviewer (who was cabin crew) that they would not be landing in Stansted as the runway would be shut. However, they were going to fly into Luton and weren't going to tell the passengers.**
**The documentary showed a lot of worrying things about Ryan air. No safety checks are done on board prior to the flight, cabin crew not trained properly, pilots landing in the wrong place.. **
I did seriously take a chance with Ryan air. I didn't have any huge issues, but the airline is very cheap and I felt seriously unsafe and uncomfortable throughout the flight. I wouldn't fly with them again as I just don't feel their organisation was quite right.
However, Ryan air is like Marmite. If you don't mind a crappy flight for a few pennies, then it's a gift send from heaven. However, if you like the idea of knowing cabin crew know what to do in the emergency, and not having to put all your things on your knee, and flights being on time.. Pay a few pennies extra and go easy jet! (Sorry, the stars system seems a bit confusing but I guess a few people can't see when someone is genuinely trying to help people. Word count without extra helpful dispatches info: 818 words)
A REVIEW FOR PEOPLE TRAVELING WITH SMALL CHILDREN- AVOID RYANAIR This was my first time flying with ryanair, it was a horrible experience. I was traveling with two small chilren under 5 years old and ryanair are not child friendly, or adult friendly. This is a flight which should be advertised as no children as all you do is struggle onto the plane and struggle off. Climbing up steep stairs with bags, children and pushchairs trying not to slip. I didn't expect much in frills as i know this is a bugjet airline but this was shocking as all the staff do is stand by and watch you stuggle. Also the standing and queueing, there either ready to board or not. Didnt buy any food or drink, but it was overpriced. On a positive note from my whole experience with ryanair I landed safe outbound and inbound, and maybe if you were a person with no children wanting a cheap flight you might have a better experience. But if you are traveling with CHILDREN AVOID.
Having just returned from holiday to Barcelona and flying with Ryanair, I feel compelled to share my experience and hopefully offer some advice to anyone considering travelling with them. For those not familiar with the company, Ryanair are an Irish low fare airline who fly mainly within Europe to over 150 destinations. You can book flights with them via their website and check in online (which I'll go into later) and they guarantee to give fares with no fuel surcharge.
*THE BOOKING PROCESS*
This is relatively straightforward on their website. You select where you want to travel from and to and the dates and you will be taken to a screen displaying the prices per person for each flight. The prices are shown as a weekly view so you can scan to see if there are dates which are cheaper at either side of the dates you have put in. Special offer flights are shown in a yellow box and these include flights with no online check in fee or with no taxes. Prices can range from a few pounds per flight to around £40-50 depending on the time of year or demand for seats but if you are flexible with dates you can usually find something really cheap. You book the flights and are sent an email receipt.
Ryanair have additional charges for practically everything except for the air you breathe and use of a toilet which are currently free. The price shown for the flights is not the price you will pay - you have to factor in the online check in fee (£5 per person each way) and any taxes they will levy but these will be shown to you quite clearly. You must pay for any hold luggage you wish to take (£15 per case per flight) and it's a good idea to do it at the time of booking as if you just turn up for the flight with hold baggage you will be charged a hefty fee. Another service you can pay for is the priority boarding (£6 per person per flight) which (supposedly) gets you onto the plane first as Ryanair do not have an allocated seating policy.
Before you fly, you must check in online which involves entering your passport number on their website and printing out a boarding pass. Why they charge you £5 for this must surely be borderline illegal as you are not using any of their resources but you have to do it. If you don't turn up with the boarding card they charge £40 to print you one at the airport and remember to do it for your return journey too or the same £40 fee will apply. If you are checking in a hold bag you go to the bag drop desk to hand it in - the allowance for this is 15kg. You may take one bag with you onto the flight but this cannot be over 10kg and must fit the dimensions 55cm/40cm/20cm. This one bag must contain all your carry on items - ladies can't have a separate handbag along with it.
This is without a doubt the most hideous part about flying with Ryanair and is nothing short of a shambles. From the minute you get through baggage a queue will develop and once the gates open it's every man for themselves. This isn't so much caused by the staff but by the obnoxious general public who the majority of wouldn't think twice about trampling a child out of the way if it ment they'd get on the plane first. The staff do very little to control the free for all and once on the plane there will be a mad rush of people trying to squeeze their bags into the overhead lockers. If you're travelling in a group or couple be prepared to be seated at different aisles if you're not at the front of the queue. The priority boarding supposedly allows you to get onto the plane first - this worked for my outbound flight but inbound it was pointless as they just let everyone through at once so it was pretty pointless paying for it.
As you would expect, you get what you pay for. The planes are very modern though and feel sturdy and safe but don't expect any frills. There are no tv's or music stations so be prepared to bring something to entertain yourself. From the moment the aircraft wheels leave the ground the cabin crew spring into their sales mode and stride up and down the aisles with something to sell to you. Food, drinks, lottery tickets and duty free products which are vastly overpriced but I suppose this is true of most airlines. It's a boring flight and I would strongly recommend you carry an ipod or a good book but all in all I found it to be what I expected. Upon landing you will hear a fanfare recording play proclaiming that it's another "flight with Ryanair to arrive on time" as if this is something to be celebrated and is not what you're paying for.
What you would expect from a low fares airline. They are dressed in nasty blue suits and don't seem to make any effort with their appearance. One girl I saw had a blue suit, black shoes and brown tights - yes I know it's not a fashion show but it's not professional to look scruffy. They are generally pleasant but they don't really put any effort into customer service unless you look interested in buying something from them.
If you play by their rules, that is, stick to the cary on bag weight and size, take your own food/drink onboard and ignore all their additional extra services you'll get a cheap flight. It's not the most pleasant of experiences but I like to think of it as a flying bus. Don't expect great service or to be seated next to your partner/group and prepare to stand your ground with other flyers who care only about getting their selfish selves onto the best seats first.
I flew from Glasgow Preswick to Girona (Spain) and had paid for the priority boarding both ways. On the flight out this was great - there was a separate priority queue and we were allowed to board first and get seats together. On the way back there was no separate priority queue and everyone was boarded first come first served - when I asked one of the ground staff I was told it's "not my problem"! I would only pay for priority boarding on a flight out of the UK as noone else seems to care about it and it's a waste of money.