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Are you looking for a cheap way to travel around Europe? Have you already made the long flight across the pond, but plan on spending an extended amount of time in Europe?

Let’s look at some ways to get around Europe without having to spend a ton of money. Learn how to travel in Europe cheap! That way you can stay in Europe longer.

Cheap Ways To Travel Around Europe

Once you have already made it to Europe, it is pretty easy to get around and travel cheaply. The hard part is deciding where you want to go within Europe. If you are looking for some inspiration you can check out my blog on Best Destinations for Solo Female Travelers 

Driving In Europe

Driving in Europe can be expensive, this is due to the high price of gasoline and the road tolls. If you plan on renting a car and driving in Europe, be aware that the tolls can add up quickly, especially if you are going long distances.

You will also want to be cautious of the speed cameras. Speeding tickets can creep up on you if you are not paying attention to the speed limit. There are a lot of hidden cameras on the highways in Europe, and sometimes you won’t even realize that you received a speeding ticket until you are home.

Europe not only has speed cameras that will flash if you speed past them, but they also track your time between tolls. If you decide to drive, make sure you abide by the speed limit, to avoid extra fines and speeding tickets.

Cheap Flights Within Europe

Flying in Europe can oftentimes be much cheaper than taking the train or renting a car. As long as you are strictly flying with carry-on luggage.

Packing light not only saves you the frustration of carrying extra, unnecessary luggage around, but it can also save you money while you travel.

Lucky for you there are plenty of options for cheap airfare within Europe. You can sometimes get flights for around 20 Euros if you book far enough in advance.

    • Ryan Air A great, cheap alternative when flying in Europe. They tend to fly into smaller airports, but you are still able to get close to where you want to go and for a fraction of the price
    • Easy Jet This is probably the best known, cheap flight carrier in Europe. They have 100’s of flights and they are always dirt cheap, as long as you are not checking any luggage. Their flights seem to be off-peak hours of travel, but it is worth traveling late at night or early morning for the savings they offer.
    • Wizz Air A great, cheap alternative airline for Eastern Europe. 

Be sure you use Skyscanner or Google Flights when looking for cheap alternatives when flying within Europe to ensure you get the best deals.

Also if you want tips and tricks booking cheap flights on skyscanner check out these tips on cheap flights.

Cheap Land Transportation

In Europe, traveling by land can sometimes be more expensive than flying. Trains can be costly, and renting a car is also expensive. But if you are traveling with luggage, the cost of flying can also add up.

    • Train By far the most popular way to travel in Europe, but not always the cheapest. It can make for a beautiful journey though, and you are able to see more of the countryside than you would if you were to fly.
    • Flix Bus Europe has great bus transport systems that don’t even compare to Greyhound in the USA. They all come equipped with free wifi, comfortable seats, and clean bathrooms onboard. They also make frequent stops if you don’t want to use the facilities onboard. They have convenient pick-up and drop-off locations including airports. This can come in handy if you are traveling on a budget and trying to see Europe on the cheap. You can take advantage of flying into a cheaper airport and take an economical bus to where you really want to go.
    • Blah Blah CarThis is a great ride-sharing program or organized hitch-hiking. Drivers are all reviewed and rated, so it is safe. As a user, you put where you need to be picked up and where you are going. You can search for a driver that is heading the same way you want to go. You might have to be a little flexible with the time of day you leave, but you can normally find a ride for a fraction of the price you would normally pay. It is not only a good, eco-friendly option for the environment, but it helps the driver with gas and tolls. It’s also a great way to meet more locals and gives you a feel for the country you are in. I always use it to my advantage to find out local spots to where I am going. A great way to find out local eatery spots and bars, and fewer tourist traps.

5 Tips For Traveling Around Europe on a Budget

If you are traveling around Europe and looking to save money on transportation costs, it is easy to do as long as you are flexible. Here are a few tips that can help you save money on transportation costs in Europe.

  • Mix and match. If you can be flexible on your means of transportation then you will likely save some money. For example, look into taking a bus to a train or using rideshare. Don’t always think about one means of transportation to one specific destination.
  • Look for cheap flights to where you want to go, not from where you are. Looking for cheap flights to your destination can help you save money. If you are in Paris and you want to go to Hamburg, look up cheap flights to Hamburg, not flights out of Paris. A lot of times there are cheap flights to and from London, so it might be cheaper to fly to London and then fly from London to Hamburg. Be creative and you can normally save money.
  • Be flexible. If you are flexible on your path when traveling through Europe, or you can be flexible on the destinations you choose, you can normally find killer deals and save money that way. The cheapest path isn’t always the most direct.
  • Travel off-peak times. Traveling during the summer months can be expensive and there are normally not too many deals on flights, trains, or buses. If you are able to travel in October or April when the weather is still nice, you won’t only save money on accommodation, but there are normally better deals on travel as well : )
  • Book flights way in advance. If you are able to plan out your vacation in advance and prebook all your internal flights within Europe, you can save some major money. The farther in advance you can book your flight, the more you can save.

Just because you are in Europe, doesn’t mean that you can’t do it on a budget. There are plenty of ways to travel from country to country without spending an arm and a leg. There are also alternatives for where you stay and accommodation. Europe doesn’t have to be expensive if you can be flexible!

If you are planning on being in the South of France or planning a trip to Monaco. Check out my blog post on Visiting Monaco on a Budget

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  • September 2, 2019

    OMG blah-blah car sounds amazing! I’m not at all brave enough to hitch hike, but knowing that the drivers are vetted and you can use an app sounds amazing! I’d be so nervous thinking about what to talk about, or if we speak the same language though! I was so surprised how cheap flights within Europe are, you’re right on with that! Last summer I paid 30 US dollars getting from Budapest to Berlin. Great post! People often think getting around Europe must be expensive, thanks for showing it doesn’t have to be!

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  • September 5, 2019

    This is a very informative article and useful for people traveling to Europe. And as a European I can confirm this 🙂

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  • Kelsey

    September 5, 2019

    Traveling in Europe is so much cheaper than people think! I have personally used both Flixbus and the train and have loved both. I have yet to try BlaBla Car, but I’m very intrigued by it! And you can find so many cheap flights these days, too. It’s my favorite thing to do lol. Thanks for this comprehensive list!!

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  • September 5, 2019

    I had considered renting a car for our family trip to Italy next year, but I didn’t realise they had toll roads in addition to parking fees everywhere. Thanks for the advice, there is enough time so I will do more research.

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  • September 5, 2019

    I’m happy to see BlaBlaCar on your list. I grew up in France so I am familiar with the service. I’ve used it several times although it is safe, it’s important to always remain vigilant. Be extra careful, have precautions in place – especially if you are alone, otherwise, it’s a pretty cheap way to travel.

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