Me and a friend are planning to travel around Europe for 6 weeks next summer for as cheaply as possible (GAP year) and were just wondering if anyone had any good links to any websites which would help regarding travel. We've found a lot of cheap accommodation but can't find any cheap travel. We were hoping to use any coaches or trains or any other mode of transport which isn't flying...any ideas? We'll be backpacking so won't have any extensive luggage.
Thank you in advance for any replies!
PS. We've found a flight from Barcelona to Lyon for £14 each including tax etc on www.edreams.com, is this website for real?! It seems too cheap!
Transport is not cheap in Europe.
For long distances flying is usually the cheapest. It is not impossible to find flights for 0.01 EUR plus taxes, which usually works out to about 30 EUR one-way. A good search engine is www.skyscanner.net
Bus travel is usually done within the Eurolines network, they have a bus pass that you should look into. See www.eurolines.com . Another, tourist-oriented company is www.busabout.com
Train travel is faster and more comfortable than bus, but also more expensive. Again there are passes that you can use, namely Eurail (if you are from outside of Europe) or Interrail (if you live in Europe).
The most important decision you need to make is whether you are going with a pass (eurolines, busabout, eurail, interrail) or whether you'll be buying point-to-point tickets.
I suggest you tell us more about your travel plans, then we will be able to help you with the cheapest way to get from A to B.
The cheapest (and quickest) way of getting around Europe is flying. Coaches are expensive and trains even more expensive. edreams are cheap though you have to pick the right days for the best fares, as with other budget airlines, like Ryanair, Go, etc. Tickets are not usually refundable so you have to get it right first time. Since your main costs (after accommodation) will be travel, you could pick a few main centres (like Rome, Paris, London, Barcelona, etc) and take day trips out from them, as well as exploring them.
Most of the people are on holiday from mid-July to end of August. To save money, start your holiday at the beginning of June when things will be cheaper and not so many tourists everywhere. Note: May should be good weather in Spain if you want to start earlier.
OK cheers that's been really helpful! We're still very much in the planning stage seeing as we have 18 months so not much is set in stone regarding our plans.
But thank you!
Why don´t you take a look at this web site... www.gapyear.com
I agree the cheapest way to fly around Europe. There are tons of discount airlines in Europe. I use Ryanair quite often and the cheap fares are for real.
However...catching buses and trains to airports can be stressful and time consuming and can put a dent in your budget. My first trip to Europe was exhausting trying to understand how trains works and finding bus stations and hostels etc.
I would check out a company called Busabout. They have a bus itinerary throughout Europe with a jump-on-jump-off network. It is not really an organized tour but gives you some peace of mind. You can book your own accomodation or they will hold a place for you as you go along. I would check it out anyway.