Consultants / Your Guide to Europe


Consultants / Your Guide to Europe

Looking for a role in mainland Europe? Relocating to a new post and want to know more about your new home? Welcome to our interactive guide to working in Europe.

Our map provides useful insights into the European countries best known for their SAP and change management opportunities. Click on the capital cities to view key information on each country, including tips on travel, hotels and restaurants recommended by our consultants. If you can’t find the information you need here, contact us.

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Belgium

Denmark

Finland

France

Germany

Ireland

Italy

Luxembourg

Netherlands

Norway

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland

United Kingdom

Estonia

Latvia

Lithuania

Poland

Czech Republic

Portugal

Slovenia

Hungary

Austria

Slovakia

Romania

Bulgaria

Greece

Cyprus

Malta

Country

Belgium

Capital

Brussels

Other Main Cities

Antwerp, Gent, Liege, Charleroi

Currency

Euro

Time Zone

CET

EU Member

Yes

Travel Tips

  • Train link from Brussels airport connects with city centre
  • Brussels Airport Expresses links the airport to Antwerp
  • Royal Dutch Coach links from airport to Rotterdam and The Hague

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Country

Denmark

Capital

Copenhagen

Other Main Cities

Aarhus, Billund

Currency

Danish Krone

Time Zone

CET

EU Member

Yes

Travel Tips

  • Kastrup Airport - Cheap frequent and quick service to central station
  • Fly to Copenhagen for working in South Sweden (Malmo, Lund)
  • Billund - best airport for working in Jutland or Aarhus
  • Some operators fly into smaller airport of Aarhus

Hotel Recommendation

  • Hotel Twentyseven, Longangstraede 27, Copenhagen

Restaurant Recommendation

Country

Finland

Capital

Helsinki

Other Main Cities

Turku

Currency

Euro

Time Zone

CET

EU Member

Yes

Travel Tips

  • Helsinki-Vantaa Airport is located 15km from Helsinki city.
  • Terminal 2 for international flights
  • Half hour taxi journey to the city from the airport costs approx. 48€
  • Finnair bus €6.30, travelling time 30 minutes (depends on the traffic), runs every 20 minutes. Bus 615, €5.00, travelling time 42 minutes (depends on the traffic), runs every 15 minutes.  Or Bus 615, €3.88 with prepaid travel card, this (or monthly travel card) is what most local people use.
  • Train (begins 1 July 2015) costs the same as bus 615, travelling time 27-32 minutes depending on the route selection.  It is a circular railway, both ways go to Helsinki and runs in daytime every 5 minutes and other times every 10 minutes.
  • Easy route guide at https://www.hsl.fi/ (in English too)

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Country

France

Capital

Paris

Other Main Cities

Lyon, Marseilles, Lille, Toulouse

Currency

Euro

Time Zone

CET

EU Member

Yes

Travel Tips

  • Paris Airport also known as Charles de Gaulle Airport, 26km NE of the centre of Paris
  • Links from Airport to city by train network
  • Charles de Gaulle Etoile station – good for connections particularly to La Defense and Clichy

Hotel Recommendation

  • Hotel Belfast and Hôtel Du Bois – both on the Champs-Elysées and both fairly close to the RER and metro station

Restaurant Recommendation

  • Les Ferdinand – near Porte Maillot

Country

Germany

Capital

Berlin

Other Main Cities

Hamburg, Munich, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Cologne, Stuttgart, Hanover, Bremen, Leipzig

Currency

Euro

Time Zone

CET

EU Member

Yes

Travel Tips

  • Berlin airport is known as Tegel Airport

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Country

Ireland

Capital

Dublin

Other Main Cities

Cork

Currency

Euro

Time Zone

CET

EU Member

Yes

Travel Tips

  • Dublin airport is 10km north of Dublin close to the M1 and M50 motorways
  • Dublin airport does not have its own rail service – the nearest stations are in Dublin City

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Country

Italy

Capital

Rome

Other Main Cities

Milan

Currency

Euro

Time Zone

CET

EU Member

Yes

Travel Tips

  • Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (Rome) is 32km west of Rome, on the western coast of Italy
  • There is a rail link between the airport and city taking 35 minutes and costing approx 14€

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Country

Luxembourg

Capital

Luxembourg

Other Main Cities

-

Currency

Euro

Time Zone

CET

EU Member

Yes

Travel Tips

  • Findel Airport (Luxembourg) is 5km east of the city.
  • A bus service runs between airport and city approx every 15 minutes

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Country

Netherlands

Capital

Amsterdam

Other Main Cities

The Hague, Rotterdam, Eindhoven, Maastrict

Currency

Euro

Time Zone

CET

EU Member

Yes

Travel Tips

  • Schipol Airport (Amsterdam) is 15km SW of Amsterdam
  • Schipol station is under the airport terminal – 15 minute journey into Amsterdam
  • When working in the Netherlands the Dutch railway system is a highly efficient and economical method of travel.  Trains are punctual and journeys can be easily planned, in detail, in advance, using the website http: www.ns.nl/en -- Manager at Tata Steel

Hotel Recommendation

  • CitizenM, Schipol – next to the airport
  • Park Inn, Schipol
  • Valuas, Venlo
  • Mercure, Amsterdam

Restaurant Recommendation

  • Restaurant Lastage, Geldersekade 29, 1011 EJ Amsterdam www.restaurantlastage.nl 'Top end."
  • Eetcafe Van Beeren, Koningstraat 54, 1011 EW Amsterdam www.eetcafevanbeeren.nl "Cheap and cheerful."

Country

Norway

Capital

Oslo

Other Main Cities

Trondheim, Stavanger

Currency

Norwegian Krone

Time Zone

CET

EU Member

No

Travel Tips

  • Oslo Airport, otherwise known as Gardermoen Airport, is located 48km North of the capital city
  • A high speed train service connects the airport to Oslo, making the journey in 19 minutes, at a cost of around NOK 120

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Country

Spain

Capital

Madrid

Other Main Cities

Barcelona, Bilbao,  Malaga

Currency

Euro

Time Zone

CET

EU Member

Yes

Travel Tips

  • Madrid Airport, otherwise known as Barajas Airport, is located 13Km North East of the city centre of Madrid

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Country

Sweden

Capital

Stockholm

Other Main Cities

Gothenburg and Malmo

Currency

Time Zone

EU Member

Travel Tips

  • Fly to Copenhagen for working in South Sweden (Malmo, Lund)
  • Stockholm-Arlanda Airport is located 42km north of Stockholm

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Country

Switzerland

Capital

Bern

Other Main Cities

Zurich, Basel, Geneva

Currency

Swiss Franc

Time Zone

CET

EU Member

No

Travel Tips

  • Bern-Belp Airport is located 9km south east of the Swiss capital

Hotel Recommendation

  • Alpina, Frankenstrasse 6, 6003 Lucerne

Restaurant Recommendation

  • Scala Restaurant - Art Deco Hotel Montana, Lucerne

Country

United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland)

Capital

London

Other Main Cities:

Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast

Currency

British Pound

Time Zone

GMT

EU Member

Yes

Travel Tips

  • England’s largest airport is London Heathrow Airport located 24km west of the centre of London, close to the M4 motorway and with good rail links into the city
  • The Sofitel at Gatwick Airport North Terminal is a great place for business meetings

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Country

Estonia

Capital

Tallinn

Other Main Cities

Tartu, Narva

Currency

Euro

Time Zone

EET

EU Member

Yes

Travel Tips

  • Tallinn Airport, otherwise known as Ulemiste Airport, is located 4km south east of Tallinn, on the shores of Lake Ulemiste, north west Estonia.
  • The airport is situated adjacent to the E20 main road heading into the city centre.
  • There is a bus service (having free WiFi Internet access) between the airport and Tallin costing €2 (bus stop is located outside the arrivals terminal).
  • Taxis are available and the journey into the city centre should cost approximately €12.

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Country

Latvia

Capital

Riga

Other Main Cities

Liepaja

Currency

Lat = £1.20 or €1.40

Time Zone

EET

EU Member

Yes

Travel Tips

  • Riga International Airport is located 13km south west of the capital city Riga, on the Baltic coast.
  • There is a bus service every 10-30 minutes between the airport and the city, taking 30 minutes for the journey with a fare of 0.70 LVL (approx £1) .
  • There are also bus connections to other Baltic countries and Poland.
  • A taxi to the city centre would cost approx £12.

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Country

Lithuania

Capital

Vilnius

Other Main Cities

Kaunas

Currency

Lithuanian Lita = Approx £0.24 or €0.29

Time Zone

EET

EU Member

Yes

Travel Tips

  • Vilnius Airport is located 7km south of Vilnius.
  • A train service runs between the airport and Vilnius during the daytime with a journey time of 7 minutes and cost of 2.5 Litas, the airport station being approximately 300m from the terminal building, accessed via a covered walkway.
  • A bus service is also available into Vilnius at a cost of 2.5 Litas.
  • Taxis are available and a drop into Vilnius old town should cost around 35 Litas or 10 Euros. Kaunas Airport is located 15km north east of Kaunas, central Lithuania. A bus link runs from the airport to Kaunas approximately every hour during the day, at a cost of 2 Tita (approx. £0.50), and a bus service runs to Vilnius timed to suit particular flights.
  • Taxis are available with the journey into Kaunas costing 50-60 Lita, around £15.

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Country

Poland

Capital

Warsaw

Other Main Cities

Krakow, Lodz, Wroclaw, Poznan, Gdansk, Szczecin

Currency

Zloty (PLN) = approx. £0.20 or €0.24

Time Zone

CET

EU Member

Yes

Travel Tips

  • Kraków-Balice Airport, otherwise known as John Paul II International Airport, is located 11km west of the city of Krakow The airport has rail and bus connections with Krakow and beyond.
  • The airport train station is approximately 400m from Terminal 1 and can be accessed via a shuttle bus. Trains depart approximately every 30 minutes during the busy parts of the day (less frequently at night) with a journey time to Krakow of 18 minutes, costing 10 PLN.
  • Bus from the airport into Kraków will cost around 4 PLN.  A free shuttle bus connects the two terminals and the railway station every 30-60 minutes.
  • Taxi into Krakow should cost around 60 PLN for the 20 minute journey.

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Country

Czech Republic

Capital

Prague

Other Main Cities

Brno-Turany, Ostrava-Mosnov

Currency

Czech Koruna (approx. £0.033 or €0.04)

Time Zone

CET

EU Member

Yes

Travel Tips

  • Prague Ruzyne Airport is located 10km north west of Prague city, in the west of the country.
  • Several bus services connect the airport to Prague city centre, metro or rail stations and taxis are also available. Bus services also run to other nearby cities.

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Country

Portugal

Capital

Lisbon

Other Main Cities

Porto, Madeira, Faro

Currency

Euro

Time Zone

WEST

EU Member

Yes

Travel Tips

  • Lisbon Airport, otherwise known as Portela Airport, is located 4km north of the city centre of Lisbon, the capital.
  • There are regular bus links to Lisbon railway station and other locations in the area.
  • The airport has its own metro station with the journey into the city costing €1.40.

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Country

Slovenia

Capital

Ljubljana

Other Main Cities

Maribor

Currency

Euro

Time Zone

CET

EU Member

Yes

Travel Tips

  • Ljubljana Airport, otherwise known as Brnik Airport, is located 26km North of Ljubljana.
  • A bus service runs from the airport to Ljubljana costing just over €4 every hour during the day on week days (less frequently at weekends), where there is a railway station.
  • A taxi from the airport to the centre of Ljubljana will cost approximately €40

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Country

Hungary

Capital

Budapest

Other Main Cities

Debrecen

Currency

Forint = approx. £0.003 or €.0035

Time Zone

CET

EU Member

Yes

Travel Tips

  • Budapest Ferihegy Airport, otherwise known as Ferenc Liszt Airport, is located 16km south east of Budapest.
  • A train station is located 200m from Terminal 1, with the journey into Budapest taking under 30 minutes.
  • There is a public bus service connecting the airport to the city and also a shuttle bus service.
  • A taxi into Budapest is likely to cost around €20-25.

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Country

Austria

Capital

Vienna

Other Main Cities

Salzburg, Innsbruck, Klagenfurt, Graz, Linz

Currency

Euro

Time Zone

CET

EU Member

Yes

Travel Tips

  • Vienna Airport is located 12km south east of Vienna.
  • A city airport train runs every half hour during the day and evening, taking 16 minutes from the airport to the city of Vienna at a cost of €12.
  • The suburban railway link into the city also runs every half hour during the day and evening, taking 25 minutes and costs €4.20.
  • The bus takes 20 minutes to connect with the city of Vienna costing from €8 and there are also buses into Hungary and Slovakia.

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Country

Slovakia

Capital

Bratislava

Other Main Cities

Kosice

Currency

Euro

Time Zone

CET

EU Member

Yes

Travel Tips

  • Bratislava Airport, otherwise known as M R Štefánika Airport, is located 9km north east of Bratislava, western Slovakia, 55km from Vienna in Austria.
  • A bus service runs from Bratislava to the airport every 10 or 20 minutes during the day and the journey takes 25 minutes.
  • Terravision run a non-stop bus service to and from Vienna dedicated to the Ryanair flights (journey time 90 mins) priced from €6.

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Country

Romania

Capital

Bucharest

Other Main Cities

Bacau, Timisoara, Targu Mures, Cluj-Napoca

Currency

Leu (RON) = approx. £0.20 or €0.23

Time Zone

EET

EU Member

Yes

Travel Tips

  • Bucharest Henri Coanda Airport, otherwise known as Bucharest Otopeni Airport, is located 16km north of Bucharest.
  • A regular bus service makes the 60 minute journey between the airport and Bucharest centre.
  • A train station serving the airport is located approximately 1km from the terminal with a shuttle bus connection between the two. Journey times, shuttle 15 minutes, train to Bucharest North station 25 minutes.  A taxi into Bucharest is likely to cost €15.

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Country

Bulgaria

Capital

Sofia

Other Main Cities

Bourgas, Varna, Plovdiv

Currency

Lev - £0.43 or €0.51

Time Zone

EST

EU Member

Yes

Travel Tips

  • Bourgas (Burgas) International Airport, otherwise known as Sarafovo Airport, is located 6km north of Bourgas on the Black Sea coast of eastern Bulgaria.
  • Sofia Airport is located 6km East of the capital city Sofia, Western Bulgaria.

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Country

Greece

Capital

Athens

Other Main Cities

Thessaloniki, Heraklion

Currency

Euro

Time Zone

EET

EU Member

Yes

Travel Tips

  • Greece has many small international airports, often on small islands, and the facilities are often considered to be limited.
  • Athens Airport, otherwise known as Fleftherios Venizelos Airport, is located 20km south east of Athens.
  • The rail station is located 200m from the terminal building, accessed via a covered walkway, with both metro and suburban trains.
  • There are bus, metro and suburban rail connections between Athens airport, Athens and the surrounding area.
  • A taxi to Athens is likely to cost €35 during the day.

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Country

Cyprus

Capital

Nicosia

Other Main Cities

Paphos, Larnaca

Currency

Republic of Cyprus: Euro
Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus: Turkish Lira (approx. £0.36 or €0.43)

Time Zone

EET

EU Member

Republic of Cyprus: Yes
Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus: No

Travel Tips

  • Larnaca Airport is located 5km south of Larnaca, south east Cyprus: the largest of the two commercial airports in Cyprus and the main gateway to the island.
  •  A local bus service links the airport to neighbouring towns of Larnaca, Limassol, Ayia Napa, Protaras, Nicosia.
  • Paphos (Pafos) Airport is located 16km south east of Pafos, south west Cyprus.

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Country

Malta

Capital

Valetta

Other Main Cities

Cirkewwa

Currency

Euro

Time Zone

CET

EU Member

Yes

Travel Tips

  • Malta International Airport, otherwise known as Luga Airport, is located 8km south of Valletta.
  • Regular buses run from the airport to the main bus station in Valletta (approximately every 20 minutes during the day).
  • A taxi ride into Valletta is likely to cost €15 or €35 for Cirkewwa.
  • There is also a shuttle bus service to Cirkewwa for the ferry crossing to the island of Gozo.
  • There is also an airport-hotel shuttle service which can be booked online

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