Working on the go can be a great experience – especially when you can access features especially for business travellers. This guide to the top five airports in Europe will help you stay productive while waiting to board that flight.
It’s never been easier to get some work done while your on the move. Thanks to a new range of ultra-lightweight laptops such as the Lenovo ThinkPad X1; 4G-enabled tablets like the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro; or even the soon to be available Lavie Z laptops, you can be every bit as productive at the airport as from your own office.
Europeans like to get around and we can boast some of the best airports, train stations and transit hubs on earth. These are well-equipped to make travelling and working a perfectly compatible experience.
Here is our guide to the best airports, train stations and transport hubs found throughout the EU. If you have to be working somewhere… try to work here:
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Schiphol has been voted the Best Airport in Europe in the Business Traveller Awards a whopping 25 times now. Business travellers soon find out why.
The Panorama Terrace on the third floor of Terminal 2 is where you find a quiet space, cafeteria and view terrace. If you want somewhere more formal the Facility Point WTC Schiphol is a specialized business and conference centre has office space and meeting rooms with equally panoramic views.
But it’s Schiphol’s commitment to providing travellers with a good experience that sets it apart. If you are arriving after mid-2015, for example, be sure to check out the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam Schiphol art gallery. Located between lounges 2 and 3 this airport museum loans masterpieces from the Dutch Golden Age painters, including Rembrandt and Vermeer.
Kings Cross, St Pancras London
Recently renovated, these two major – and adjacent – London train stations offer a tremendous amount for business travellers. St Pancras is the UK’s home to the Eurostar, and, in combination with Kings Cross, it offers swift links to many UK destinations (including a 51 minute express to Cambridge). It’s also only a two-stop ride on the tube to Old Street, the location of ‘Silicon Roundabout’ – the UK’s main tech hub.
The seedier side of the King Cross area is gone, but it still retains its more refined features. The St Pancras Renaissance London Hotel is a spectacular Grade I listed building with meeting rooms for hire. Nearby business centres including Impact Hub, Lenta and the British Library, which offers a lot of free workspace, free Wi-Fi and a vibrant Business & IP Centre.
Voted the best airport in 2014 by SKYTRAX (and third in the World after Singapore and Seoul), Munich Airport is certainly not short of business facilities. While other airports strive to offer a unique experience, Munich is all about providing plenty of functionality.
Munich’s VIP terminals are particularly highly commended. The VipWing in Terminal 1 has conference rooms, wireless internet access, a bistro, bar and shower facilities. There are eight airline lounges with extensive facilities (including relaxation rooms with beds and baths). If you need something larger, the Municon Conference Centre has 35 conference rooms (sized for between four and 120 delegates). It’s clean, efficient and, above all, functional… it’s the perfect place to get stuff done.
Copenhagen Airport is another transit hub popular with business travellers. While it’s standard amenities are arguably nothing special, Copenhagen Airport has some great business lounges. For £20, or instance, you can get fast WiFi, comfortable furniture and free coffee, snacks and newspapers. The CPH Lounge is popular, too. It may not have the extensive meeting rooms and facilities of a larger airport, but other small airports could really learn from Copenhagen about creating a premium space for those looking to get some work done.
Famously the busiest airport in Europe, London Heathrow offers a wealth of facilities. Terminal 5 is the place to be. The new Regus Express business lounge offers wireless internet, as well as a new lounge and meeting rooms that can be booked by the hour. You can also hire a private workspace, but Heathrow offers free Wi-Fi and free charging points throughout the whole airport, so it’s often best just to find a quiet spot and work.
If you want to escape the mania of London Heathrow, then London City is a great alternative that’s popular with business travellers and well-healed locals. Like Heathrow, there’s an abundance of power outlets and free internet access, but City has a noticeably higher quality of furniture, and a more business-focussed clientele. London City serves European destinations and is located in the east, near to London’s Canary Wharf business area.