Thursday 22 February 2018

Planes, trains and automobiles: Fans face scramble to get to all-Irish Pro12 final as cost of flights soar

Will Slattery

Will Slattery

The best way to organise a trip to the Pro12 final is to just have blind faith.

As soon as Edinburgh was announced as the host city for this season's decider, Irish fans would have been better off taking a punt and just booking flights in the hope that their team would be involved.

Leinster and Connacht will contest next Saturday evening's final in what should be a cracker but if supporters of either province waited until after their semi-final wins to book a trip to Edinburgh, they will likely be left disappointed or footing a sizeable bill - even just taking the travel costs into account.

Six weeks ago a return flight to Edinburgh leaving on the afternoon of Friday 27th of May and returning on the afternoon of Sunday 29th of May would have cost €85 with Ryanair.

There isn't even a price you could pay with that airline to secure the same flights now, as all flights to Edinburgh on Friday and Saturday that would arrive in time for the game are sold out, as are all the return flights on Sunday.

Aer Lingus has flights running to Edinburgh on the Friday, with costs ranging between €306-347. Their return flights on Sunday are priced between €318-358 so a return trip- minus accommodation - would set you back more than €600.

Saturday's game kicks off at 5.30pm, so if any Leinster or Connacht fans are feeling brave they could fly into Glasgow at 3pm for €228 one way and motor down to Edinburgh in time for kick off.

Or if you own a car and enjoy travelling by sea, you can get a return ferry for €242 from Belfast on Saturday morning to Cairnryan, which will require you to drive for three hours to reach Edinburgh before returning home the following morning.

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