In the last few years, the euro has fallen and traveling around Europe is cheaper than it has been. Although it still can be expensive for most travelers, especially if you don’t use US dollars. However, the fall of the euro has helped the traveler in a few ways: weaker currencies, new bus options, and lots of new budget travelling options. All of this combined has made getting around Europe a bit cheaper, maybe even affordable. Here are a few ways to get to see what Europe has to offer without breaking the bank.
Megabus is a cheap way to get around England, Scotland and the United Kingdom, where tickets can cost as little as about $1 USD. To get the cheapest tickets, you’ll need to book far in advance for popular routes. Even if you can’t get these deals, you can still use the national bus system, which tickets don’t usually get higher than about $25. Megabus also has a few trains for some places in the UK. Megabus is the cheapest way to get around the UK, and now that they’re launching routes to Paris and Brussels from London.
Busabout is another bus service that is mostly used by backpackers. You can get on and off the bus wherever along their set routes. They also sell tickets that let you travel their entire network with a set number of stops. One of the options they have for this is a nine-day flex-pass, which gives you nine stops from wherever you start, that can be as long as you want, wherever you want. That pass is $669 USD, which comes out to about $72 per trip. Busabout isn’t as handy as regular bus or train pass, because if you want to see a city that isn’t on their route, you have to find another way.
These are good options, by far the cheapest option for getting around Europe are the budget airlines. Often times, you can find tickets where the fare is just the taxes. Book at least a month early to get the best deals, although there are sales, especially during the off-season. Some companies such as Transavia, EasyJet, Ryanair and Vueling that offer super cheap flights throughout Europe. Some travelers have reported flights from Barcelona to Nice for $25 USD, and $30 to fly from London to Amsterdam.
Although with these budget airlines, it is important to remember that since the tickets are so cheap, they make most of their money from fees. Baggage limits and having your boarding pass are just a couple of the things these budget airlines are serious about, so be sure to read the fine print before you have to pay extra fees. If you’re travelling with a lot of luggage or gear, it might end up being cheaper to fly with one of the larger airlines. Here is a complete guide to flying around Europe, http://www.nomadicmatt.com/travel-tips/how-to-find-a-cheap-flight/ .
The cheapest way to travel around Europe is by budget airline or bus, but planning is an important part of the process. The earlier you book, whether you’re using a bus, plane or train, the cheaper it will be. Last minute tickets can be double what they would cost if you had booked earlier. Overall, the key to travelling around Europe on a budget is planning. Plan your trip, book your tickets in advance, and save the money. However, if you are indecisive and spontaneous, maybe a rail or bus pass can help you keep low prices, but let you keep the flexibility.