5 Best Ways To Travel Around Europe

“I met a lot of people in Europe. I even encountered myself.” - James Baldwin 

With it's excellent combination of the old and new, rural and urban, tradition and cosmopolitan, Europe is a truly outstanding place to visit. You can sip on cocktails in a bar on the beach, meander down ancient streets full of wise old characters, or visit some incredible places of interest. There really is something for everyone in Europe!

Europe is pretty varied and travelling around the continent can be more than a little daunting if you have not been there before. However, most of the European countries are set up for tourism - in fact, tourism is a massive deal for many of them, and they have excellent transport infrastructure set up to help both travellers and those who live there to get around, and hop from country to country. If you want to find out more about exploring this fabulous continent, keep reading!

The Five Best Ways To Travel Around Europe

Take a tour

One of my favourite (and one of the easiest!) ways of getting the very best out of Europe is to take a tour from On the Go Tours. This may at first seem like the most expensive way of seeing a country, but you get to experience so much that you might not if you planned everything yourself! They usually come with an itinerary full of fantastic destinations and places that you will visit. Whether it is by boat or by coach, you will usually travel in absolute comfort and have the benefit of an experienced tour guide to help you find your way about and tell you all about the incredible places and sights that you will be seeing!

Take a bus

Taking a bus is one of the best - and the least expensive - ways of getting around Europe, including between cities and even across borders! There are plenty of bus companies that offer great deals and cheap and competitive fares, so make sure you do your research and where possible, book beforehand to avoid any disappointment or confusion. This form of travel is good for short to medium distances, of no more than around 12 hours or so, as it can be a little boring and uncomfortable if you are sat still for any longer than that. However, taking an overnight bus can be a great way to save money - they are often cheaper anyway, and you avoid having to pay out for accommodation as well, killing two birds with one stone! You can sleep throughout the journey so that you awake refreshed and ready for adventures at your next destination!

Catch a train

Europe is known for its great railway network, and it is relatively easy to get on a train in one country and travel to the other side of the continent. Even the ocean does not stop it - you can travel from the United Kingdom to Paris by train in around two and a half hours (anyone for a weekend trip?!). It is quicker than using a bus, and (usually) less hassle than catching a plane - with the advantage of not having such strict luggage criteria and requirements. If you are looking at hopping from country to country, I would recommend using an Interrail pass (if you are a European resident) or a eurail.com pass (for non-European residents). These can provide unlimited travel, which is perfect for multi-destination trips!

Take a plane

One of the easiest and quickest ways of getting around Europe is via plane. All of the countries have a decent airport, and most have budget-friendly airlines that make travelling in this way affordable and straightforward. There are few luxuries, but if you are just hopping from one country to another, you do not need them! Catch flights early enough, and they can be as little as £10 a flight! I always keep an eye out for when the budget airlines have their sales, it's the perfect time to book a trip to Europe! It is super important to read the small print before you book - luggage allowance can be very limited, with many only allowing hand luggage only!

Rent a car or a camper van

Renting a car or a camper van gives you complete freedom of where to go and what to do. It can be expensive, especially if you are visiting multiple countries, but the freedom it allows you is priceless. You can visit the remote and rural areas that may not be covered by public transport links, and there is no restriction on the amount of luggage you can take - if it fits in the car or the camper van, you can take it! This option does require you, or someone in your party, having an up to date driving license, and many rental companies will only hire out vehicles to those over a particular age or with a completely clean driving license, so this is something to bear in mind! Before you do go, it is essential that you read up on the rules and guidelines for driving in the particular country you are visiting - they may drive on the opposite side of the road to what you are used to, or have different types of junctions to get your head around. I'd also recommend taking out the insurance waiver option, if this is offered to you by your hire car company. It may cost you a little more to start with, but if you do find yourselves involved in an accident, you may not need to pay a large excess!

Each form of transport has its advantages and disadvantages, and it is important to weigh these up before you go. Most people look at just the price, but do not forget to factor in things like the time involved in waiting for planes and trains, and how much luggage you want to take, as well as potential delays and the cost of any additional extras! Weigh up all of your options and decide which would benefit you the most!

Whatever way you decide to get about Europe, you will have an incredible time exploring all it has to offer! Are you planning any Europe trips this year? Let me know in the comments! 

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