Review of Vueling Airlines flight Rome Split in Economy

Airline Vueling Airlines
Flight VY6724
Class Economy
Seat 9F
Aircraft Airbus A320
Flight time 00:47
Take-off 02 Sep 22, 15:04
Arrival at 02 Sep 22, 15:51
VY   #7 out of 14 Low-cost airlines A minimum of 10 flight-reports within the past two years is required to appear in the rankings. 170 reviews
Published on 8th September 2022


Hello dear FlightReporters
The 3rd September my cousin get married with a croatian girl
In spring my family and all the other relatives were invited to the wedding ceremony in Split
All of us were offered two nights in Split, 2nd and 3rd September

Since only my father had been in Croatia when he was young, we decided to make a small vacation there after the wedding.
My aunt with her husband and another cousin of mine joined us for the following days visiting Šibenik and Trogir.
With the marriage scheduled for Saturday 3rd September we decided to arrive in Split the day before and stay in Croatia until 6-7th September.


The 9th May we booked the flight from Rome, making a reservation for us and my uncles (6ppl in total).
The best solution appeared to be flying with Vueling, leaving on 2nd Sept afternoon and return home in the morning of 7th Sept.

Of 5 nights we slept 2 nights in Split (hosted by my cousin), 2 nights in Šibenikand 1 night in Trogir. Since the latter is located 5 km from Split Airport we chose to sleep there the last night to avoid a too early wake up on the 7th Sept morning.

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Vueling offers three fares: Basic, with under-the-seat baggage only; TimeFlex, with an additional cabin baggage to store in the overhead lockers; Optima, with a checked bag up to 25 kilos.

Since we needed to bring ceremony clothes we decided to divide the reservation in two:
-Three of us flying with Basic fare, adding the seat selection and the cancellation insurance
-The other three flying with Optima fare, adding the insurance only

We selected our seats in advance, 9D-E-F and 10D-E-F.

The overall price was 798€, 133 per person.

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Some stats:

First time flying into SPU

Before the flight

Vueling allows passengers to check-in 24 hours before the departure. Differently from other airlines (like WizzAir, from a recent experience of mine) the check-in was valid for both legs.

When I logged in on VY website I got noticed that FCO-SPU flight would have had a 15-minute change in its schedule. Definitely not an issue

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The new schedule

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I want to make an appreciation about Vueling online boarding pass
It contains all the information about the times (check-in, boarding etc.) and the baggages allowed by the chosen fare.
In my opinion this is really useful because sometimes, in my opinion, baggages allowances are not very clear, especially on low cost carriers.

I've no doubts to say it's one of the best I've seen in recent times.

On the left my boarding pass and my father's one on the left. I put them in comparison because I was on Basic fare while he was on Optima's one.

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A few days before the flight my father and my uncle booked Aeroporti di Roma long-term parking, linked to the Terminal by a shuttle bus

Arriving at FCO and check-in

With the flight scheduled for 14:35 we left home around 12:15.
Less than 25 minutes after we arrived at Rome-Fiumicino "Leonardo Da Vinci" Airport

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When we got at the entrance gate we read from the screen that the parking was full, despite the reservation. The agent at the barrier told us that the parking was in overbooking. Fortunately he told us that we could have use the multi-level parking, located straight in front of the terminal, for the same price. Definitely a good news, considering that a 20-minute shuttle bus ride is required to go from the long-term parking to the terminal

Vueling is hosted at Terminal 1, which houses ITA Airways and other European carriers

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Our flight was reported to be on time

Due to a strike that day all LH flights had been cancelled

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VY check-in desks are located at the far end of the terminal
There was no queue and it took less than 10 minutes to register our baggages

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After having lunch landside we accessed the security checkpoint 15 minutes before boarding, scheduled for 13:55

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At the airport

The security checkpoint was empty and the screening itself took 5 minutes
Some lanes were equipped with more advanced X-Ray machines that allows people not to remove electronic devices and liquids

Mandatory passage through the duty free

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Our flight would depart from gate E14, located into Terminal 3
Since Croatia is not part of the Schenghen Area the passport control is required

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The control took no time thanks to the e-Gates. By the way my uncles didn't bring their passport (not required to enter Croatia) and they're sent to a manned booth. The queue and the control required 10-12 minutes.

Boarding area E hosts all extra-Schenghen flights at FCO, while A area is dedicated to domestics and Schenghen operations

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A bit of spotting

The apron between pier E11-24 (left) and pier A1-10 (right)
ITA Airways A320 in Alitalia livery and Ryanair Boeing 737 parked at pier A1-10

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A couple of Vueling birds in the background

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We arrived at the gate at 14:05, while the boarding was in progress

A negative note about FCO. The departure lounge is split in half by the passport control, with Terminal 1 closer to boarding area A and Terminal 3 close to boarding area E. This implies a long walking between T1 and gates E (and the contrary also). In our case getting from the check-in desk from the gate required around 1 km, a bit long if you're rushing for a flight…

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We're among the last to get onboard
Our bird for today
Vueling Airbus A320-200, EC-MVM, delivered to Air Deccan in April 2006 (16.5 years old). The plane was later leased by Simplifly Deccan, Kingfisher Airlines, AerCap, AtlasJet and AtlasGlobal, before becoming part of VY's fleet in May 2018. It's equipped with 180 seats, all in Y.

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I gave the flight report form to the Purser and made my way to my seat, 9F
Last passengers were getting onboard, load factor seems to be more than 80%

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Pegasus Airlines A321neo parked next to us

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Egyptair Boeing 737

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easyJet A320

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One minute after scheduled doors were closed

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At 14:49 pushback started

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Saudia A320 parked next to the Pegasus A321neo

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Kuwait Airways A330

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Heading to runway 25

Emirates A380 parked at the far end of pier E11-24

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Turkish Airlines A321neo

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Old Alitalia Triple-7s stored and Swiss A321

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Lufthansa A321s

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Poste Air Cargo Boeing 737F and ITA Airwas A320 in Alitalia's livery

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ITA Airways A320

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Another stored Alitalia Boeing 777

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We took around 10 minutes to reach runway 25, generally used for departures

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the flight

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Almost half a hour after planned with start our take off run

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In the air…

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Runway 16R-34L with Focene town in the background

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Climbing over Tyrrean Sea

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We banked almost 180°
Tyrrean coastline south of Rome

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Sky was painted with clouds

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Fucino Valley, an ancient lake, in Abruzzo region

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Ten minutes into the flight payed service was delivered
I got a sugar-free coke

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We approached Adriatic Coastline over Pescara, one of the main cities in Abruzzo

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Abruzzo International Airport (IATA: PSR, ICAO: LIBP)

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Pescara city, cut in two by Pescara River

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Francavilla al Mare, the town where my family has a vacation house

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Ortona town with its harbour

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Half a hour into the flight we started our descent, with the Adriatic Sea scrolling below us

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Approaching Croatian islands, located roughly 200 kms from Italy

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Solta Island with Brač Island in the background

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Brač Channel

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Split harbour and downtown, dominated by Diocletian Palace

Marjan Hill is visible in the foreground

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Stadion Poljud

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Kaštel Štafilić

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Since the airport is partially surrounded by mountains direct approach is not possible, requiring a turn very close to the runway

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Last moments in the air

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At 15:51, only one minute after scheduled, we touched down at Split-Resnik Airport

Landing brake was very hard, maybe because the runway is connected to the apron with just two taxiways. Missing one would mean backtracking the runway, losing time

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Vacating the runway

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A private Citation CJ2

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Blocking next to an AirSerbia A320 and a Croatia Airlines Dash 8-Q400

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Such a short taxi

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Disembarking the Purser gave me the flight report form, which was well-filled
I said "hello" to the Captain and thanked him for the paper

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arrival procedures in split

The airport is not equipped with jetbridges
Moreover the terminal is so close we could reached it by walk

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The terminal had been opened in 2019

WizzAir A321neo and easyJet A320s parked in the background

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Last view of our plane

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Dobrodošli u Hrvatsku, Dobrodošli u Split
Welcome to Croatia, Welcome to Split

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Since two other flights had landed at our same time the passport control hall was full

Meanwhile we're able to spot our plane already boarding passenger to FCO, I guess neither cleaning was made

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The immigration took around 20 minutes, even if the control itself was very fast
Baggages were already on the carousels

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We got off the terminal around 16:30

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Being 6 people we got at the taxi stand asking for a van
Despite the reported price to Split city center was reported to be 41-55 euros (+30% for the van) the taxi driver applied the Uber fare (120 euros) due to the high request at that time

It took around 20 minutes to get to our hotel, ready to enjoy Split and have a beautiful time at the wedding

Stay tuned for the return flight

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Cabin crew7.0
Buy-on-board menu7.5

Rome - FCO


Split - SPU



I've flown with Vueling many times and I think the service is good for a short flight

As I've written before in the report I think that FCO needs to improve the internal organization of the terminal, since the walking distance inside was kinda long. To their defence it must be said that they're making great improvements work and this "maze" should be solved once the refurbishments are done

Good impression on Split Airport, such an interesting architecture and a cozy atmosphere, typical of small airports



If you liked this review or if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to post a comment below !
  • Comment 611500 by
    KévinDC TEAM SILVER 6105 Comments

    Hi Carlo! Nice report with good detail as always. I’ve been considering some flights on Vueling for next summer because they fly to a decent amount of Italian destinations from TLS and I’ve been looking to do a weekend in Italy once we’re back in Europe for the summer.

    Overall Vueling seem like a good option, though I wish they were a member of oneworld since they are a subsidiary of Iberia. My oneworld Emerald status is with AA so I would not get any miles or recognition of status when flying Vueling. Still it may be worth it if the price is right. Plus i don’t really need the lounge access from oneworld status since I have Priority Pass.

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Comment 611514 by
      Carlotherocks BRONZE AUTHOR 80 Comments

      Thank you :)
      I always find pleasant flying with Vueling because the prices are good and the service is not as low as Ryanair
      By the way it's so annoying they're not linked to Iberia in terms of frequent flyer programs or codeshare
      I've a British Airways mile account, it would be much better to gain points also from VY

  • Comment 611506 by
    NGO85 GOLD 1871 Comments

    Hi Carlo, thank you for sharing this report. As Kevin said, its a shame there is not better codesharing within IB to OW partners since Vueling operates a number of routes between Italy/Spain. Great aerials of Pescara and on arrival in SPU. Interesting that the pilots noted this is the shortest flight they operate from FCO.

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