Often, transportation within countries or from country to country in Europe, stacks up the biggest expense during Europe tour packages. The cost of air, bus and train travel can be quite daunting to most travellers. However, it is possible to enjoy a trip around Europe without emptying your bank balance in the process. Here are some great budget options to end your transportation woes:
By Air: Budget Airlines
There are a number of great options when it comes to booking budget flights. As there is stiff competition in the European market, getting a flight ticket for cheap is a very real possibility.
There are companies like Ryanair, Transavia, Vueling and EasyJet that offer great deals on flights between different popular destinations. If youre lucky, you may even bag a flight ticket that requires you to pay no more than taxes. Jetsetting across the continent is no longer a dream for budget travellers, as long as you plan and book well in advance. Make sure to book your tickets at least one month before your actual travel date so you can get a fantastic deal. Watch out for sales and other offers online on travel and ticketing portals, especially during the off season when fewer people are travelling, making airlines more agreeable to providing you a ride at an easily affordable price.
By Bus: Eurolines
All international bus travel services in Europe come under the purview of Eurolines. While each country may have its own national bus services for travelling from destination to destination within its borders, to travel from one country to another, you can avail of Eurolines buses. Bus travel is much cheaper than train travel in Europe, making it an affordable transport option. Of course, it has its cons too, buses dont provide as much room per passenger as trains and youre stuck in your seat unless the bus makes a stop. Still, the savings more than make up for it. Its a great option to use when youre on a tight budget and not particularly restless. Besides, you also get to pass right through cities and towns, giving you a glimpse of how life is lived in different places.
By Train: Eurail Pass
If youre going to be travelling a really long distance, a train would be a better option than a bus. But dont worry, there is a budget tip that you can use to prevent spending too much while travelling by rail. A rail pass is your golden ticket to save on train ticket fares. While short distances cost less and overnight journeys a good deal more, a rail pass lets you save on both kinds of tickets. A pass is often valid to cross into certain provinces of neighbouring countries too, so you can use it to travel both within individual countries or multiple countries during your Europe tour.