The Best and Worst European Airports To Fly From


A new study has ranked Europes’ 10 biggest airports by how stressful they are for passengers to fly from, with Charles de Gaulle in Paris coming out on top.

Holiday car rental experts at have analysed the 10 busiest airports across Europe and ranked them based on what gets holidaymakers stressed before take off.

Most travellers can tolerate a packed out departure lounge if the travel time to the airport is quick, parking is cheap and there are restaurants to unwind in with access to wifi.

The research reveals this isn’t always the case with many of Europe’s busiest airports far away from city centres with poor facilities and expensive parking.

Charles de Gaulle airport

Charles de Gaulle airport in the French capital has been named the most stressful airport for holidaymakers to fly from, with over 57 million passengers passing through annually.

The Paris airport is over 40 km away from the city centre, making it tricky for tourists to travel in easily and boasting relatively few restaurants for its size.

London Heathrow

London Heathrow comes in as the second most stressful airport with the worst record for delays of any of Europes’ busiest airports.

Gatwick Airport

Ranking third most stressful is Gatwick Airport – at 45.7 kms it is the furthest away from it’s nearest city meaning that passengers often arrive tired even before they check in.

Frankfurt Airport

Frankfurt Airport in Germany ranks in seventh position as it’s the most expensive to park at for a week (€234) – a vast difference from the cheapest spot at Leonardo Da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport in Rome, Italy, costing just €20 for seven days.

Frankfurt is also the airport closest to the city centre, at just 13.3 km away, followed by Barcelona at 13.7 km away and then Istanbul at 17.2 km away.

Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport

Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport in Spain has been ranked the least stressful airport across Europe, with some of the lowest passenger traffic numbers, cheap parking, few departure delays, as well as being close to the city centre (Barcelona).

Schiphol airport

Ranking fifth most stressful, Schiphol airport in Amsterdam greets over 52 million passengers annually – yet scores 2.1 for departure delays and expensive parking charges at over €110 per week.

Despite the slow wifi, Munich has the second lowest score for plane departure delays (1.7), and serves the 31 million passengers in the 65 restaurants at the airport.

Comparatively, Heathrow Airport in London serves its 51 million annual passengers in just 47 restaurants.

John Charnock, CEO of said that considering which airport tourists will fly to can make or break their holiday.

He said: “The whole airport experience can be very stressful and wait times, expensive fees and slow wifi for entertainment can quickly dampen your holiday.

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