Thursday, April 17, 2014

The best way to Prague is from Hong Kong to Frankfurt on Cathay Pacific

Arriving in Prague in style

I discovered the best way to Prague from Hong Kong entirely by accident, living a Travelife.

As I've written in a previous blog entry, I found myself on an entirely different route and airline several nights ago, on my way to Europe from Hong Kong.

Because of a slight delay in my original flight, I ended up flying to Frankfurt on Cathay Pacific, and then connecting to Lufthansa's flight from Frankfurt to Prague.

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THE QUICKEST WAY TO PRAGUE

This combination of Cathay Pacific and Lufthansa flights is probably the shortest way from Hong Kong to Prague.

And because the bulk of the travel is done on a long-haul jet, you're assured of a comfortable flight no matter what class you fly on.

On business class, this means you get the flat beds and the new 1-2-1 configuration of seats.

We walked across the Charles Bridge on Day 1

THE BEST SEATS IN BUSINESS CLASS

There are two sections of business class on this flight: one small section ahead, and a longer section afterwards. If you get seated in the first section, like us, it's really very private.

There are only six seats here and you're not in the way of the bathrooms or the galley, so it's very quiet.

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SLEEPING ALL THE WAY TO EUROPE

The Cathay Pacific Hong Kong-Frankfurt is a great 12-hour overnight flight.

I try to get the overnighters whenever possible because this completely eliminates jetlag for me. I sleep right after takeoff and wake up just in time for a quick breakfast.

Then I have the whole day ahead upon arrival, and no jetlag whatsoever.



IN AND OUT OF EUROPE

When I got to Frankfurt, it was a very short wait. 

I think I had 90 minutes to get through the very clean and organized Frankfurt Airport, and then it was time to board a Lufthansa aircraft for the 45-minute flight to Prague.

Lufthansa airport a few days ago
Just like most European airports, Frankfurt has a regional flights section and an international flights section.

To get on a regional flight from anywhere outside of Europe, you will need to pass through Schengen territory immigrations.

EUROPE, TWICE IN 90 MINUTES



Interestingly, the Lufthansa lounge was in the international section and there was no lounge in the regional flights section. However, I only discovered this once I'd passed through Schengen immigrations.

This meant I technically had to leave Europe just to access the Lufthansa lounge from the regional flights section, and then to enter Europe again to board my flight.

The process isn't difficult or long, but you do have to change floors and endure a couple of security checks.

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WHAT IF YOU HAVE A SINGLE-ENTRY VISA?

And what if you just happen to have a single-entry Schengen visa? Then you're unable to access this lounge once you've entered European territory.

Fortunately, I have one of these five-year Schengen visas, so I was able to "get out of Europe" and into the lounge. 

Then I "headed back into Europe" to catch the Lufthansa flight.

PRAGUE, EARLIER THAN PLANNED

We got to Prague in time for a delicious beer before lunch

As for reaching the Czech Republic in one piece, I ended up arriving in Prague several hours earlier than my original flight, even if I took off from Hong Kong over an hour later.

What luck.

There was more time for shopping and even a delicious roast duck lunch, in Prague, living a never-endingly eventful Travelife.

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