Star Alliance carrier LOT Polish Airlines is offering a nice business class fare with departure from Budapest. With a change of planes in Warsaw, you can reach the Indian metropolis Mumbai for as little as €1,298 (~HUF 491,378).
Our availability calendar highlights all possible flight dates at the lowest price for trips up to 29 days. It will forward you to Skyscanner with your selected flight dates. From there, you can proceed to LOT’s website and also check what OTAs have to offer.
Flights between Budapest and Warsaw are operated by Embrearjets with a 2-2 seating pattern. The seat next to you will remain empty. Long-haul duties are handled by LOT’s fleet of Boeing 787 airplanes, that feature lie-flat seats in a 2-2-2 seating pattern.
The Polish airline LOT only has one long-haul aircraft type, the Boeing 787 (Dreamliner) – thus every flight will have the exact same seats. Everything is slightly above average, except the seat alignment (2-2-2), which doesn’t offer direct access to the aisle for the window seats. A further disadvantage of flying with LOT: There’s no Wi-Fi, even if you’d be willing to pay for it. So, if you intend to work (with internet access) during the flight, you should choose a different airline. LOT is, however, very generous with its baggage allowance (3 x 32 kg).
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The offer is valid without a travel period. You need to stay at least six days or one night from Saturday to Sunday in India to get the cheapest fare. You can find availabilities between February and July 2024.
Why is booking with an airline better than with an online travel agency?
More often than not, online travel agencies offer lower fares than airlines do. We still recommend booking with the airlines directly. There are two main reasons for that:
Better Customer Service
In case any problems like delays, cancellations or missed connections arise, you can communicate directly with the airline. The airline has to take care of you because you have a contract with them.
If a travel agency issues your ticket, you may have to reach out to them first. You also depend on your OTA to forward information like flight changes instead of receiving them directly from the airline. In many cases, you may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem-solving.
This especially applies to premium tickets. You don’t want to spend more than €1,000 to wind up with some budget OTA’s telephone hotline in case anything goes wrong.
Baggage and Other Fees
Economy fares not including hold luggage are industry standard by now. In most cases, travel agencies charge much higher baggage fees than the airlines themselves. If bags are not included in your fare, airlines are often the cheaper alternative.
This also applies to other things like food services, insurances or priority treatment. In almost all cases, you pay less for additional amenities when booking on the airlines’ website.
LOT issues tickets for all flight segments in booking class F. Star Alliance frequent flyers can earn the following mileage:
- 13,274 Award Miles + 480 Points on Miles&More 2024
- 11,780 Miles on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 10,478 Miles on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 8,432 Miles on Asiana Club
- 8,382 Points on SAS EuroBonus
- 8,246 Miles on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 8,182 Miles on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 7,852 Award Miles + 1,312 PQP on United MileagePlus
- 7,852 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 7,852 Miles on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 7,852 Miles on Copa ConnectMiles
- 7,852 Miles on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 7,852 Miles on TAP Miles&Go
- 7,852 Miles on Avianca LifeMiles
- 7,852 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
- 7,852 Miles on Egyptair Plus
Information & Tips for Mumbai
Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay, is the most populous city in India. Its city center is located on a peninsula. The city is famous for its breathtaking, pompous colonial buildings like the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station or the Bombay High Court. The heart of India’s financial industry is located in Mumbai as well, resulting in numerous skyscrapers and contemporary buildings in its Southern districts.
The Best Time to Visit
Mumbai is hot and humid all year round, so there isn’t really a “best time to visit”. But there definitely are times when you shouldn’t visit the city – like in its monsoon season. That lasts from June to the end of September and sees daily, heavy rain showers pour on the city.
From The Airport to the City
Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Int’l Airport serves as a secondary hub for Air India and attracts many international airlines from all over the globe. It is located roughly 30 kilometres north of the city centre. Before 2021, there will be no metro connection to the airport. Instead, you can take air-conditioned buses provided by private companies. A taxi ride downtown can take up to 90 Minutes due to heavy traffic, but its rather affordable and should not exceed 400 rupees (approx. €5).
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Information & Tips for India
India is billed as a “subcontinent” not only for geographical reasons. The argument can be made that there is no region on the entire planet as culturally different as India. For example, it is home to as many vegetarians as the rest of the world. But its unique cuisine is just one of reasons to go there – India has a lot to offer. You can finde paradise like beaches in Goa and Kerala. Buzzing metropoles like Delhi and Mumbai invite you as well as and extravagant buildings and palaces like the world famous Taj Mahal. In conclusion, a country as huge as India is full of possibilities.
Visa & Entry
EU citizens need a visa and a passport to enter India. The easiest way is to apply for an eVisa, that will grant you two entries and a stay up to 60 days. It costs around 30€ on the government’s official site. With it, you can enter the country at almost any international airport.
Flag carrier Air India and a bunch of smaller LCCs connect the airports of Delhi and Mumbai to almost any noteworthy city in the country. For a country its size, India has an excellent railway network. This allows for extremely cheap ground transportation. Renting a car is possible, but incredibly dangerous due to poor road conditions and reckless driving habits.
Official currency is the Indian rupee. 100 rupees are worth around 1,30€.
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