Traveling around Europe can be expensive. Airline tickets, high-speed trains, overnight trains, ferries — they all are cheap when bought alone, but together, they can eat into your so planned travel budget. Fortunately, there are ways to get around Europe while saving money. The sharing economy, new bus options, discounted train passes, and lots of budget airlines — there are tons of options for navigating Europe without breaking the bank.
Here are 4 ways to travel around Europe on a budget:
Over the last few years, a new company has entered the market and totally changed the bus system in Europe. FlixBus has routes all around the continent and prices start as low as 5 EUR -and their buses include Wi-Fi, electrical outlets, free baggage, and comfy seats.
FlixBus quickly became a favorite non-train way to get across Europe cheaply. It’s not fancy by any means, but it’s the cheapest way to get around. And with an ISIC card, prices can get even lower with discounts that start at 10% off.
By far one of the cheapest ways to travel long-distance in Europe is by budget airlines. These airlines are hugely prolific on the continent and competition has led to incredibly cheap fares. It’s not uncommon to find flights for as little as 10 EUR!
Just remember that budget airlines make most of their money through fees. They are very strict about baggage limits or and many will ding you if you forget to print your boarding pass. Don’t expect any complimentary drinks or meals either. But if you follow the rules and know what to expect you can save a ton of money!
And you can enjoy amazing discounts on air tickets… Yes, with your ISIC card. There are lots of air companies with discounts for our card holders.
Traveling by train is a must for most people doing a Eurotrip: sitting in a comfy seat, relaxing while listening to some music and watching the stunning landscapes go by. It’s more comfortable than a bus and much less stressful than air travel – that’s for sure. And the European rail system is one of the best and most extensive in the world.
If you’re going to travel by train, it’s hard to beat them on price and convenience for short city-to-city travel. For longer journeys or rides that require a high-speed line, trains tend to be very expensive. If you plan to travel around Europe and don’t want to fly, getting a rail pass is your best money-saving travel option. Your cost per trip will be a lot lower than if you were to buy these tickets separately. And with an ISIC card, you’ll get a discount of up to 25% on standard adult prices for an Eurail Youth Pass.
The best way to travel Europe cheaply is to not pay for it at all! Hitching is quite common — and a lot safer than you think. I’ve met tons of travelers who have done it without incident. I myself traveled this way in Bulgaria and Iceland without any problems.
Just keep in mind that it’s important to use your head when hitchhiking. Always trust your instinct and use common sense. Keep your valuables on you in case you forget your bag in the car and never hesitate to text a friend or family member with the license plate before you get in. Write your destination on a sign and look presentable. That will help you find a ride faster.
Now that our article ending, tell us in the comment section: was this article relevant to you? How do you plan to get around on your next Eurotrip?