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It’s no surprise that travelling Europe is high on a lot of people’s travel lists. The continent is rich in history and has many diverse and vibrant cultures to explore and experience. It really does have a little bit of something for everyone, but this can also come at a price. Certain parts of Europe are home to the rich and famous, and with this comes a hefty price tag, but there are ways you can travel to different European countries and experience all they have to offer, without breaking the bank.
Europe is well connected by rail, with most cities having a well-serviced rail station, and the fares can be cheap if you book correctly. If you are going short distances then buying day passes is a great way to save money. Planning on taking longer, overnight trips, maybe between countries? Then you should invest in a rail pass. These can save you hundreds of pounds over the course of a few journeys and are well worth it. Trains are a fast, clean and relatively comfortable way to travel, plus on some routes, you’ll get to see some amazing sights and the views can be unparalleled.
This is a really popular service in mainland Europe and is growing in the UK. BlaBlaCar is a ridesharing service that lets you join in on a car journey with others going your way. Using the service is easy, you just sign up, select where you’re going and then pay the fare (which are usually really cheap, eg. London to Manchester for £14!). It’s a great way to safely travel around without spending loads for the pleasure. You’ll also get to meet some cool people (you can see profiles and the ratings of the drivers before you book).
Coach travel is probably the cheapest way to travel around Europe, especially if you are going to different countries or on a tour. You’ll find that most countries have a few national coach services (like Megabus in the UK), but Euroline is perfect for international travel in mainland Europe. Whilst the coaches are certainly more ‘cramped’ than train travel and will often take longer to reach your destination, it can work out to be much, much cheaper. So it’s really up to you if you’d prefer faster and a little bit more comfortable travel or if really rock bottom prices are your thing!
Europe is famous for its budget airlines (with one even offering rock bottom transatlantic flights too!) Almost every country in Europe is served by these airlines, with many flights departing daily to some of the most popular destinations. Some of the most used carriers are Ryanair, EasyJet, Jet2 and Monarch. One thing to check is the airports, are some of them may not be in the most central location.
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