How to travel on a low budget in Europe?
You’re broke? You’re a student? Just follow my tips here and find out how to travel in Europe on a budget. When I’m talking about low cost or low budget travel I really mean it and in Europe it’s possibile.
Ever wondered “how much am I going to spend in Europe?” or “are the airfares cheap or…?”. That’s pretty much what I think when I visit a country (or continent!) for the first time. For example, Japan has some airlines that offer low cost flights within the country or even if you’re flying out of it. On the other hand – as far as I’m concerned – America is not really famous for low-cost airlines: I’ve quickly searched New York-Boston (round trip) and the lowest price in December is 118$ (about 93€). ARE YOU KIDDING ME? I know it’s United Airlines but if I click on JetBlue the price is the same (actually, 1$ more: 119$).
Follow my suggestions to travel on low budget in Europe and make the most out of your vacations :)
I could easily travel from Rome to Bruxelles for 50$ (40€). Same story for Paris, London, Berlin etc.
How? The answer is just one: Ryanair.
Yup, this magical airline that claims to be “the low fare airline” is the reason why most of European travelers can go everywhere in Europe without make their wallets cry. One way flights from 19€ (23$).
Of course, there are some downsides:
– One free hand luggage + a little purse/backpack (pay attention to the size and weight, they’re a company and they want to make MONEY. So if you’re bag is too big, you pay)
– You can’t choose your seat (really, is it necessary?)
– No complimentary food or drinks (come on, I know you can do it!)
But what if you’re staying in Europe for a long time (10+ days) and you want to carry your big luggage with you?
15kg -> 15€ (one way)
20kg -> 25€ (one way)
Are your traveling with friends? Of course you are, so split the cost of the bag.
Another low-cost airline is Easyjet.com. They fly to major airports and they don’t care about the weight of your bag, but will check the size. Prices are a little higher.
If you don’t want to deal with airports, transfers and bags restrictions and your purpose is to travel a lot, then the Eurail pass might be right for you.
The Eurail Global Pass takes you across the best of Europe. Free delivery in USA, Australia, Brazil and more countries.
It is a great choice if you’re planning to visit more than just a few cities and you want to be flexible.
Check the website here for more informations.
Note: the website itself, suggests a “Best of Italy Trip” tour. You’ll start in Rome and then visit Florence, Pisa, Venezia, Verona and Milan. The price per person is 539$.
TIPS TO TRAVEL ON A BUDGET IN EUROPE
– Bring friends. 4 is the perfect number when you don’t want to spend a lot on accommodations.
– Avoid tourist traps. With this I mean avoid restaurants in the very city center. Most of them, will charge you 12€ for a pizza. Ask a local or check TripAdvisor.
– Before your departure, check websites like terravision.com for low-cost airport transfers.
– You don’t need to eat at the table everyday. Enjoy the city and eat street foods (or just go to a grocery store).
– Always show your student ID for discounts.
– Choose one city to start your trip or try a multi-city search to find the cheapest route. Big hubs like Frankfurt, usually offer the best fares. Use skyscanner.com.
– Ask! Contact me here.