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I am thinking of using frequent flyer miles for a trip from the US to BKK and it allows me to fly through Europe (I usually have to go the other direction).  I am allowed up to a 23 hour layover.  If I fly that way I am thinking of booking a long layover (example: arrive LHR 6am fly out at 930pm) or I can fly into Frankfurt, Munich, Paris, or Zurich. 

 

I am looking for a cool places to see and do the tourist thing for my short stay that are not too far away.  I am guessing the airport will hold my luggage.  Have any of you done this before and in what order would you say is the best to worst places to fly into.   I've never been to any of those countries before.

 

London LHR

Frankfurt FRA

Paris CDG

Zurich ZRH

 

Thanks,

   Doug

 

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you shooud take paris off your list, best advise i can give.

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Pity Amsterdam isn't on your list.

 

Not sure which I'd choose out of the others. Probably worth researching ease and cost of getting from and to the airport as for some cities it can be a pain and expensive.

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Amsterdam ... 

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I think because you might only be there just a day choose the one that will have best travel connection from airport...like tube, subway,rail links etc.I know Heathrow is well connected.The 9.30pm flights out of Heathrow are mostly direct to bkk.The other cities don't know much about.

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I would pick LHR (London)

Use Heathrow express to get into the city in 15 minutes (arrives at Paddington station). Close to park and also connected to subway system

 

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What is your definition of "cool places to see and do the tourist thing?" If it is mongering, I would go to Frankfort and check out the FKKs. If it is for legit regular site seeing.. no sex.. I would do Paris.
 

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Just had a look at connection s if you pick Heathrow and looks like two services run from LHR to Paddington.Heathrow express 15 minutes and Heathrow connect 30mins.You would have too look at what terminal you land to connect to those services.

 

https://www.heathrowconnect.com/home

 

https://www.heathrowexpress.com

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Paris CDG is one of the worst airports in Europe. I would choose London.

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Heathrow is a really shitty airport.

 

If you want to do 'touristy' things and want to see London then at least you will be able to get into the City fairly easily.

Heathrow express will cost about £40 return and will take you to Paddington. You then need to take the tube. Get a day ticket and it shouldn't be too expensive (I think they still do them despite Boris wrecking things).

 

Altogether less than an hour to the centre.

 

According to the website, left luggage at Heathrow will be about £11 a bag.

 

As others have said, I'd choose Amsterdam if it was an option.

 

Book a lounge for Heathrow before your flight out to freshen up. If you can't with your points, I think it's about £30.

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Agree with others. If you can do Amsterdam instead, go for it. Great fun city,real easy and cheap to get to from airport. Paris is a great city, but tougher on a short layover. London would be fine, but Heathrow is a horrible airport. Frankfurt is one of the least interesting cities in Germany. Don't know enough about Zurich to comment.

 

 

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Paris cdg is far away from the city centre.

 

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Excactly what is " the tourist thing" and what time a year do you plan to do it?

 

I am thinking of using frequent flyer miles for a trip from the US to BKK and it allows me to fly through Europe (I usually have to go the other direction).  I am allowed up to a 23 hour layover.  If I fly that way I am thinking of booking a long layover (example: arrive LHR 6am fly out at 930pm) or I can fly into Frankfurt, Munich, Paris, or Zurich. 

 

I am looking for a cool places to see and do the tourist thing for my short stay that are not too far away.  I am guessing the airport will hold my luggage.  Have any of you done this before and in what order would you say is the best to worst places to fly into.   I've never been to any of those countries before.

 

London LHR

Frankfurt FRA

Paris CDG

Zurich ZRH

 

Thanks,

   Doug

One of the multiple variables is length of the stay. Ticket may allow up to 23 hours but as you plan to use miles there may not be available ticket and  12 - 18 hours layover after a redeye doesn't really allows any time for "tourist thing"
If you got any luggage, calculate min. an hour to get out of the airport and get the stuff stashed, 30-60 minute on to a city train station, regardless of which airport and, unless you are flying business, you have to be at the airport 2-3 hour prior to departure to pick up your stuff, check in, clear security and immigration etc so unless you have a burning desire for a glimpse of a specific attraction in one of the 4 mentioned cities I would recommend shortest possible transit and stay focused on the mission

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Are you sure you want to try this? I would be all stressed out

 

Anyway, IMO like others forget Paris.

You also mentioned MUC (München) is that city still on?

 

London

München

Amsterdam

 

Never been in Zurich, so no comment from me.

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Cant comment on the rest, But terminals in London Heathrow have mostly been revamped, if you check your luggage through and only have a rucksack, getting into london is easy, there is an underground station for all 5 terminals and an all day travel pass can be purchased, alternatively take the Heathrow express into town, more expensive and a bit quicker. London is a big place to get around suggest you research and have a plan.

Another option is going away from London, Windsor is on a bus route out of all terminals at Heathrow, No443 I believe, about an hours travel. Obviously the Castle, the River, Eton, bit of a cafe society going on, Windsor Park. The bus route also passes within a few hundred yards of the Kennedy Memorial on Runnymede,  also where the Magna Carta was signed.

From Windsor back to airport in a minicab is less than 30mins depending on traffic and about £45 if you dont fancy the bus trip.

If you want to monger, there are a multitude of airport hotels to book and every taxi driver to concierge will be able to give you a contact tel.

Enjoy your stopover and trip.

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Paris CDG is one of the worst airports in Europe. I would choose London.

Why is the airport relevant? OP has a 23 hour layover. He is not sleeping in the airport!

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There are approximately 45 countries and 500 million people in Europe.

 

Trying to narrow down the choices to those that are " cool " is going to yield some widely varying opinions.

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I can see why Heathrow would be suggested, but, keep in mind, you may be hit with fuel charges.  Check that with AA (who I assume you are using, since United allows stopovers) before you book.

 

Being in LA, I almost always go West, but I did one trip where I flew over via Europe/Transatlantic (and back via Japan/Transpacific, so I literally flew around the World).  My route was LAX-Heathrow(on United); Heathrow-Frankfurt (on Lufthansa); Frankfurt-Thailand (Thai).  It was a last minute frequent flier ticket put together by a frequent flier mile service -- I was just happy they got me there!

 

No long layovers (I was running through Frankfurt airport, but it was a false alarm -- was at gate long before my departure), so I can;t give specific advice.

 

This website may be very helpful: http://www.layoverguide.com/

 

Check the carry-on restrictions for each city, as well. 

 

Finally, one BIG thing to keep in mind: you can only have a 23 hour layover if the flights actually line up to permit it.  It may turn out that the best you can do at some of your options is a far shorter layover.

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Cant comment on the rest, But terminals in London Heathrow have mostly been revamped, if you check your luggage through and only have a rucksack, getting into london is easy, there is an underground station for all 5 terminals and an all day travel pass can be purchased, alternatively take the Heathrow express into town, more expensive and a bit quicker. London is a big place to get around suggest you research and have a plan.

Another option is going away from London, Windsor is on a bus route out of all terminals at Heathrow, No443 I believe, about an hours travel. Obviously the Castle, the River, Eton, bit of a cafe society going on, Windsor Park. The bus route also passes within a few hundred yards of the Kennedy Memorial on Runnymede,  also where the Magna Carta was signed.

From Windsor back to airport in a minicab is less than 30mins depending on traffic and about £45 if you dont fancy the bus trip.

If you want to monger, there are a multitude of airport hotels to book and every taxi driver to concierge will be able to give you a contact tel.

Enjoy your stopover and trip.

from heathrow to paddington railway station as described above and go outside and pick up a bus tour day rover ticket

 

http://eng.bigbustours.com/london/homealternate.aspx?src=ppc&gclid=CI-aqprRxMsCFfYy0wodg48BcQ

 

one route stops just outside paddington station and you can get all over the historic city centre by changing between the tour bus routes.

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If you have never been there London is an easy and interesting place for an English-speaking person to visit. Lots of museums, parks, shops, architecture.

 

Check your luggage through to your final destination, thus saving left luggage charges.

Forget the ridiculously expensive Heathrow Express and buy a one-day Zone 1-6 Travelcard http://www.heathrow.com/transport-and-directions/underground

This will get you to London in an hour and you can use it all day to go anywhere you like on tubes and buses. https://tfl.gov.uk/fares-and-payments/ticket-types/paper-tickets?intcmp=11507

 

It also gets you a discount on the riverboat which I think is an interesting way to get a different view of London. You can go all the way to Greenwich if you like. I love it.

 

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Paris cdg is far away from the city centre.

 

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45 minutes by train that leaves every 20 minutes or so.

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