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1. Posted by kellym (Budding Member 2 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi :)

I am looking to travel around Europe for about 1 month (give or take) and have been looking at all the different options, car, bus train etc and still have no real idea about which one is better...

With a car you have the freedom but you have the cost

With a bus you have the planned trips but you dont have flexibility

With a train you again have the planned trips but you dont have any flexibility

HELP, what works the best

2. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 615 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi Kelly,
Depends what you want to do.
If cities are your thing, the train is fine. Big advantage is that you can get night trains and sleep while you're travelling, reduce accommodation costs.
If you want to do beaches or countryside, then car or bus is best, but car hire won't be cheap and fuel is expensive in UK - especially compared to NZ. If you get a car, make sure it's a diesel - this is cheaper than petrol in mainland Europe, but the same in the UK, where the government rip us off for everything sadly.

3. Posted by kellym (Budding Member 2 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Thanks Heaps for that
At the moment its looking like we are only going to go through France and Italy for about 3+ weeks, and the biggest problem is that we want to see as much as possible in the time we have for as litle as possible (typical I know) Are there lots of available places to camp at this time of year for 2 girls?

4. Posted by AM (First Time Poster 1 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi Kelly,

If you would like the comfort of having a bit of structure on your trip but would like the flexibility as to where you go, how long for and who with - an option is purchasing a ticket on Busabout. It is a coach service where you can basically hop on/hop off a coach which leaves various destinations around Europe every second day.

There are a total of 41 stop of destinations throughout Europe and you can start from any of those spots.

I will be travelling for the first time in July and this is what I am going to be doing. It is cheap, they can help you with accommodation if you like and I have heard that you meet loads of people in the same travel situation as you.

You can book your destinations in advance, or just book as you go. My friends have just come back from a Busabout trip and they said that it was absolutely awesome.

Hope this helps!