Backpacking advice for a new traveler

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1. Posted by Jase96 (Budding Member 4 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

I'm considering backpacking Europe at the end off next year what's the transportation like across Europe. This will be my first time traveling outside the country and solo (I'm Australian)

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5436 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Unlike your question about doing this in the USA, public transport across Europe is absolutely excellent and will get you everywhere you'd want to go, at pretty much any time of day. Fast long distance international trains should be booked months in advance (for popular routes and convenient daytime hours) if you want to benefit from the very low prices tickets start out at (think €29 from Amsterdam to Frankfurt if you book 3 months in advance, versus €109 a few days in advance), but if you're going for a long time on a WHV or with some other plan to allow you to stay for longer than the default 90-in-180 days which you get with a schengen visa, and will thus be exploring slowly (rather than hopping from capital to capital), then short distance local trains are very efficient, and tickets can be booked on the day itself. Costs (both food, accommodation and transport) are high (higher even then in Australia) in the west and north, and get cheaper in the south and east.

All countries have their own national railways with own sites, but generally bahn.de is a great starting point to get an overview.

3. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 1125 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

As well as the trains (each European country has its own railway website with English pages...just google country name + 'railway') all European countries have excellent local and, usually, long-distance bus services (national and often international).

Long distance buses are generally slower than trains but almost always cheaper.

E.g. Alsa in Spain: https://www.alsa.com/en/web/bus/home
National Express and Megabus in the UK: https://www.nationalexpress.com/en https://uk.megabus.com/
Rede-Espressos in Portugal: https://www.rede-expressos.pt/en

The Eurolines consolidation site has details & booking for many (though not all) European long-distance bus operators:

https://www.eurolines.eu/

4. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1277 posts) 5w 1 Star this if you like it!

I travel to Austria frequently to visit friends and use Austrian Railways to purchase discounted tickets online with my U.S. credit card. See this link: https://www.oebb.at/en/tickets-kundenkarten/oesterreich-europa/sparschiene.html

I have used Sparschiene fares to travel from Milan to Vienna; Vienna to Warsaw; Vienna to Frankfurt, etc. I also have used Sparschiene fares to travel within Austria. I'll soon be buying tickets for travel in April.

5. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1876 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

At the end of the year you'll find Mediterranean Europe a lot more pleasant than the north. The winters in the north do vary - this year it's all rain but you may well encounter snow disrupting transport.

6. Posted by nickjonas4267 (Budding Member 10 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Even if you are a first timer, travelling in Europe is easy and simple. Only thing you have to keep in mind is to fix the destinations and do a little bit of research on the web to get perfect travel solutions! Have great times in exotic Europe!!!

7. Posted by Guru123 (Budding Member 9 posts) 6d Star this if you like it!

Europe is one of the good tourist spot for travelers. Those who are traveling for the first no need to worry about it. There the transportation like train, bus, and taxi are available to all major cities.

8. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1318 posts) 5d Star this if you like it!

In addition to the excellent public transportation system in Europe, there are wonderful hiking trails. You can walk nearly anyplace and it's free. We love the hiking trails in France and it's a cheap way to travel because you can pick up your food in tiny villages along the way for very little money. If you take a small tent, you can stay in campgrounds or many have rental cabins that are cheaper than hotels. You really get to see the country when you are walking.

Have a good trip.

9. Posted by miss-nika (Inactive 2 posts) 4d Star this if you like it!

Quoting Jase96

I'm considering backpacking Europe at the end off next year what's the transportation like across Europe. This will be my first time traveling outside the country and solo (I'm Australian)

Avoid Estern Europe or any Slavic countries lol that's the best piece of advice i can give

10. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 1125 posts) 4d 1 Star this if you like it!

>Avoid Estern Europe or any Slavic countries lol that's the best piece of advice i can give

Why should they be avoided?

[ Edit: Edited on 21-Feb-2020, 17:45 GMT by leics2 ]