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The best and worst European airports to fly from

In this article we share with you the best and worst European airports to fly from

From London Heathrow to Paris Charles De Gaulle a new study has revealed which of Europe’s biggest airports are the most and least stressful for travellers. 

Holiday experts have analysed the factors tourists find most stress-inducing before take off, including parking charges, plane delays, and poor facilities. 

best and worst European airports

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

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 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 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).

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.

“We’ve found that Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris is the most stressful spot in Europe, with pricey parking, few restaurants and being over 40 km away from the city centre.

“However, Barcelona Airport has been named the least stressful, with low departure delays, fast wifi and significantly cheaper parking.

“This year, holidaymakers should consider a staycation, or using other means of getting to their destination – such as hiring cars for the ultimate summer road trip, where you can take your time and not be bothered by the anxieties of an airport.”