I fly into Dusseldorf from the U.S., and need to catch a connecting flight at the Weeze Airport. I didn't quite realize that they were far apart. I leave very early in the morning, and from what I've gathered, the Weeze Airport doesn't open until 3:30 AM, so there goes staying overnight in the terminal. Other hotels/hostels are quite a distance away, since Weeze is pretty much in the middle of nowhere. Anyone have any suggestions? I'm not very picky about places to stay (even if that includes grabbing a bench at the train terminal). Thanks!
"I didn't quite realize that they were far apart." Ryan Error conceals that information so effectively. The label Düsseldorf (Weeze) is designed to mislead. If they were ethical, they would list the airport as simply "WEEZE", or at worst "WEEZE (not near Düsseldorf)". But they don't. I so pity anyone who gets caught up in the RyanError scam. There is only bus service to Weese and it doesn't seem to run as early as Ryan flies. Do you have a 6 AM flight out of Weeze? Weeze airport's website recommends getting there at least 2 hrs ahead of time. I can see the airport shuttle express from Essen (€15) getting to Weeze at "about 4:10" (leaves Essen at 3:00, takes "about 70 min"). It looks like there are trains through Essen Hbf all night long, so you could probably stay there. There is also on-call bus service from Goch that gets you to the airport at 3:54, but trains to Goch don't run that early. I found a Privatzimmer in Goch that rents for €15 per night single. Goch is a small town. You'll have to face the possibility the people who run a Privathaus don't speak English.
Ryan Air does say on its' website in multiple places Dusseldorf (Weeze, 70 km away) If you use the search function on the Ryan Air website, you will get lists of hotels that are near to Weeze. Perhaps not walking distance, but only 4-5 km away. You could use a taxi for that short of a distance. Don't mind Lee, he hates Ryan Air for some reason, though I don't believe he has ever flown with them. Some of us have found them to be perfectly fine, with great bargain flights, even if it does mean you need to take a bus for an hour or so. They have no hidden costs, but one does need to read the website correctly.
Well, I managed to go through the entire booking process (up to the point of entering my credit card number) and only saw "Dusseldorf (Weeze)". Never did I see anything to indicate that Weeze is 75 km from Düsseldorf.
To use a famous Lee-ism you mustn't have been looking very hard. I thought I'd play and get into the great Jo/Lee kaffuffel and went to the website and under where to go scrolled down to Dusseldorf. Clicked it and in big bold blue letters the first thing on my screen was Flights to Düsseldorf (Weeze) (approx. 70 km from Düsseldorf) - Germany. I rest Jo's case.
I did what anyone would do if they wanted to book a flight. I went to the home page, and there in the middle was a box labeled "Flights". I s_lected "Düsseldorf (Weeze)" from the pulldown. Nothing was ever said to me about distance from Düsseldorf. The truth about Düsseldorf (Weeze) is hidden on the destinations page (looks like CYA to me). Why would someone who wants to book a flight from what looks like Düsseldorf, not use the booking form that's on the opening page, but instead look for destinations to see if RyanAir is lying to them. Of course, you might, if you already knew that you could not trust RyanAir.
Ok, thanks for the replies. I'm not really that worried about the fact that Ryanair doesn't fly out of Dusseldorf specifically - tickets are bought, it's done. I'd love to hear from experienced travelers who have had to get to Weeze from Dusseldorf, and any other suggestions you may have to make this transition easier.
Haven't had to drive from Dusseldorf to Weeze as I live an hour south, but wanted to pass on a tip. Unlike other Ryanair terminals, the non-EU passport check is on the wall opposite the ticket counter and security gates. You must visit that counter before going to the ticket counter. The AP is at an old UK military base so not much around, but there is a village just down the road and taxis galore. Also, they never weighed our carry-ons, but they did check the size. BL - We've flown Ryanair twice and have had good experiences both times. It's budget, but it's a clean and efficient mode of transport. Good luck!