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Flying back to US from Ljubljana.

I'm looking at taking 6am Adria Airways flight from LJU to Munich to connect to a BA Flight that leaves Munich at 10:35 to LHR. LHR direct to Houston. The 6am flight is around $200. BA has an amazing sale right now. Of course the leg from LJU to Munich is separate from the BA itinerary. I would fly BA to PRG to start the tour. Has anyone done this? Is it too risky? Thanks!

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For a 10:35 flight to Heathrow, connecting to a long-haul flight to the US, I would want to be in Munich the night before the flight. As you know, the connection at Munich fro the Adria flight is not protected.

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1100 posts

In case you have good flight options from Venice, a GoOpti from Ljubljana to Venice (Piazzale Roma) is about three hours and roughly 30 euros; you could take that on the previous afternoon and spend a night in Venice...

Posted by
470 posts

I would check options out of Venice, too. It’s served by BA. Flying into Munich and then doing a self transfer within only a couple of hours is risky, especially since you have to catch a Transatlantic flight.

Furthermore, Adria has been having some operational issues lately, so I wouldn’t trust them to get to Munich on time. One merged or delayed flight and your connection is gone.

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Yeah, another suggestion to look at Venice. You might not even need to stay over the night before. Some flights from Venice back to the US leave in the afternoon. This May, I had a 2:55pm flight from Venice back to Chicago, with a connection back to Portland. I got home to Portland late at night, but it otherwise worked out really well. If I had been in Ljubljana the night before, I could have leave in the morning for Marco Polo Airport without much stress (with GoOpti or maybe even just a regular bus service that runs between Ljubljana and the Venice airport). Macro Polo is an efficient airport now; they've setup automated immigration and passport checks - I flew and out of the airport in May to/from the US, and I was amazed at how quickly we passed through the lines - 10 minutes tops in and out. A few years earlier, I recall waiting almost an hour at immigration when I arrived in Venice...

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I gambled on this once, flying from Vienna at 6 am to MUC and then MUC to ATL on a separate ticket on a different carrier. BUT I flew on the reliable Lufthansa/Austrian out of Vienna on a Monday morning in July/August with only a carry-on, so I was fairly certain I would make the connection.

I watched Adria Airways' departures from Ljubljana earlier this year when considering a similar caper, but Adria did not look adequately reliable for me to feel confident that there was a high likelihood I could pull it off.