Should I choose a layover in Dublin or in Iceland? I'm flying to Paris. I've looked at multiple cities including NYC, Atlantic City, Orlando, and Miami and it seems the layover points in my price range are all in either Dublin or Iceland. I don't mind a non-direct flight as it allows me to see another country.
The perks of Dublin:
I would be able to fly out of Chicago round trip for about $1200 (including taxes, fees, etc)
Seems like hotels near Dublin Airport are relatively cheap at about $60-$80 USD a night
They speak English there.
Looks like the airport is close to city center and there is a bus that would drop me off for about $30 dollars round trip from city to airport and back.
Downfalls of Dublin:
I've looked at TA and not a lot about Dublin interests me.
All of the layovers in Dublin are 17-22 hour layovers over night for example I'm seeing On my way to Europe: land: 5pm leave at 10am both coming to and from Europe. So I'd have to get a hotel room twice or sleep the airport, and not even sure if I'd ever be able to actually enjoy Dublin if I always would have to be overnight.
My other option is to fly into JFK for about ($150 round trip) and the layover would be in Iceland. The trip including the cost of flying to NYC would be about the same, but it would be a hassle to fly to NYC, then Iceland, then arrive in Paris.
Iceland is slightly more interesting
I hear it's an extremely safe area
The airline is supposed to be excellent
Using Iceland as a layover point I would have a 1-2 hour layover point on my way to europe and a 17-22 hour layover on my way back during the day (I think it was like arrive 9am and leave 11pm) so I could perhaps do without a hotel room.
If I wanted to I could extend the layover with the airline for up to a week extra for free.
I'm worried about language barriers.
I'd have to convert my money twice (once in Europe and once in Iceland)
Iceland is expensive including hotels, food, etc. I saw that airport taxis charge about $60 and the tours to the local attractions can cost upwards to $100 since a lot of it requires a taxi to be taken.