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1. Posted by Brooklyn79 (Inactive 2 posts) 10y

Hi all,

I am planning to travel around europe later in the year for around 5 months. I have two options for transportation, 1. Train/Bus 2. Buy a campervan.

I would love to hear your suggestions / experiences about the pros/cons of travelling these ways!

Thankx! :)

2. Posted by Desiree (Inactive 157 posts) 10y

which countries do you want to visit?

because eastern europe, north europe, ireland.. is i think a lot easier to travel by car, because the public transport isn't that good.. and with that i mean that there are busses or trains, but not that often, or you can just see the main cities..

I'm not sure if you are more interested in the main cities, because i think it's scary to drive in a city like rome or madrid, and stupid to drive in london or amsterdam because parking is very expensive and you're stuck in traffic jams..

3. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 10y

A campervan might be a good idea because you have a lot of freedom to go where you want to go, when you want to but if your travelling a lot and alone the distances will get pretty tiring if you have to drive yourself.

4. Posted by Desiree (Inactive 157 posts) 10y

oww and of course
petrol is quite expensive in europe.. don't forget that..

5. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 10y

You can get to most places in Europe by a combination of train and bus (or just bus), if you have the time and patience.

6. Posted by Brooklyn79 (Inactive 2 posts) 10y

Great, thanx guys for your comments! :)

Perhaps the best way is train/bus and then hire a car for a few days!

7. Posted by stepsdevil (Budding Member 39 posts) 10y

Hiya,
I'm about to embark on a 10 day bus trip with Eurolines. If you drop me a line by PM, I'll let you know how comfortable/uncomfortable it was, and if I had any problems booking ongoing journeys. If you're thinking about hiring a car, my Dad always uses carhire3000.com. Train is one option for you also but way more expensive than the bus tickets I think. I'd rather have a sore bum and cramped legs but a hundred quid more in my wallet because that then covers most of my accommodation. PS be sure to go to Berlin! ;)

8. Posted by Desiree (Inactive 157 posts) 10y

Quoting stepsdevil

Hiya,
I'm about to embark on a 10 day bus trip with Eurolines. If you drop me a line by PM, I'll let you know how comfortable/uncomfortable it was, and if I had any problems booking ongoing journeys. If you're thinking about hiring a car, my Dad always uses carhire3000.com. Train is one option for you also but way more expensive than the bus tickets I think. I'd rather have a sore bum and cramped legs but a hundred quid more in my wallet because that then covers most of my accommodation. PS be sure to go to Berlin! ;)

the difference between bus and train prices are different in each country, but eurolines is quite okay, altough traveling like it, is a lot more comfortable if you're not too tall, because of the legroom ;)

where are you thinking of going to? with eurolines?