How To Travel Cheap in Europe
Traveling around Europe does not have to be over-the-top expensive. A lot of people think it is almost impossible to do this trip within a budget but surprise! It actually is. After living here for a long time and also traveling around the continent, I will share my ideas on how to travel around Europe in the cheapest way possible,
First of all, a bus will become your best friend. Since the countries in Europe are mostly connected to each other, it would be ideal to be on the road for hours. You want to get to your destination fast? Then sure, use the trains but expect to pay over 50€ for one long-distance route. Whereas, if you take the bus, it will be way way way cheaper. The cheapest bus company is Flixbus and I have used their buses more often than I can remember. It is relatively comfortable and snacks can be bought in their buses as well. So, it's basically a cheap and comfortable ride. If you're time-rich during your travel then this is definitely something I highly recommend. Prices vary on your route, of course, and the cheapest bus ticket costs around 5€-7€. Cheap right?
Although buses are cheap, you may want to consider taking the plane as well - but only if they are low-cost flights. RyanAir offers plane tickets for as low as 8€ per way. This is one of the most popular low-cost/budget airlines in Europe. They also travel to&from North America and North Africa. Make sure you weigh all your transportation options prior to booking a trip. Normally, buses cost less but you may be surprised just how cheap some plane tickets can get.
Couchsurfing is a website where you can meet people who are willing to let you "couch" or stay in their home for free. Yes, I said it, FOR FREE! If you, however, want to reward this kindness by bringing your host a little something from your hometown or possibly a small amount of money, then it would be so nice of you. So, basically, accommodation can be cheap (or free through couchsurfing) if you travel around Europe this way. There are many hostels everywhere, especially in the big cities. East Europe's hostel charges are naturally way cheaper than prices in West Europe.
Taking the metro or a taxi is possible all around Europe. There's even Uber, but I, personally, would rather just walk around and it basically costs nothing so why not do it? Plus, you will be able to see the beautiful sights around you. If you want to save money (like me), then walk. I, for example, walk around for about 12 hours when I am visiting a new place. On the other hand, it may be exhausting but the feeling of having experienced everything slowly and in a calm manner is really rewarding. It is also a way to meet new people on the streets and make a new friend.
Be prepared for the change of weather especially during Autumn and Spring. Yes, you may have a reliable weather app but, trust me, the weather can be very unexpected. So if you do not want to get sick then prepare.
If you're still going to school or are a student, then make sure to use your Identification (ID) Pass as much as you possibly can. Museums, boat rides, cinemas, and other tourist spots/hangout places normally give student discounts.
Now that you know some of the ins and outs of traveling around Europe, you are ready to book your trip there with the best prices you can find!
Hey there! My name is Jesuena. I was born and raised in the Philippines and moved to Germany at the age of sixteen. Now, I am living in my own little apartment in Essen, Germany and finding time to travel during holidays and weekends. At the age of 18, I have already traveled to over 15 countries. Join me as I share my stories.