While on a multi-destination trip, your biggest cost besides lodging will be transportation. How should you get to all those cities without breaking the bank? Here’s your three best options..
1. Airfare: Flying around Europe is extremely cheap compared to flying in the US. Cheap airlines have popped up such as Ryan Air and Easy Jet. Book well in advance to get the best deals from these airlines. Pay special attention to what airport you’ll be flying in/out of. Because its much cheaper, you will be flying out of smaller airports that might require extra travel to get there.
2. Megabus: Megabus will take almost anywhere in western Europe. This is probably the cheapest option you have, but it also means a long and uncomfortable drive with EXTREMELY limited bathroom breaks. If you really want to be wild, take overnight busses to combine lodging and transport into one low cost.
3. BlaBla Car: Although I’ve never actually used this, I wouldn’t hesitate to use BlaBla Car. Share a ride with someone who is already traveling by car to your destination. Split the price of fuel, and meet some new friends a long the way!
4. Busabout: I really wish I’d known about Busabout the first time I traveled around Europe. This bus has a set route, and you can hop on and off as you please. Stay in any location for as long as you’d like. The bus comes through each destination every two days, so you’ll never have to wait long to catch a ride! You can also combine your bus ticket with other things such as sailing tours or music festivals.
5. Hitchhiking: The best things in life are free, right? Hitchhiking is popular among tourists, especially backpackers in Europe. Just remember that it’s always better to be safe than sorry- just because someone stops for you, doesn’t mean you have to get in their car.