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Cheapest Ways To Travel Europe

Cheapest Ways To Travel Europe

Europe is THE destination for many would be travellers and backpackers looking to take a gap year or just spend a summer break abroad. Many of those travellers also want to do it as cheap as possible so having experienced Europe myself I wanted to share what I’ve learnt to be the cheapest ways to travel Europe whether you are taking a bus, train or aeroplane.

Now there are many more ways to get around Europe on the cheap such as hitchhiking, car sharing or even hiring a car but for the sake of keeping it simple I’m going to stick to what is most practical for first time European travellers.

Bus

Depending on what country you are in bus travel could be the main form of getting around or it could be playing second best to the train. However almost always the bus is going to be the cheapest way to travel from point A to point B. In my travels I found the bus was much more prominent in the baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania due to the lack of train transport. Perhaps as a way to make up for the lack of trains all the buses I caught in that region had free wifi as well as a coffee machine.

The most prominent bus provider in Europe is easily Eurolines. With connections covering all of Europe, the UK and Ireland you’ll always be able to find somewhere to go. Pricing is always fairly competitive whether you book in advance or last-minute with tickets from London to Paris around 40 Pounds ($66 AUD July 2013) and Berlin to Prague costing around 41 Euros ($58 AUD July 2013).

Eurolines also offer a travel pass which can boost your savings even more if you plan to spend up to 30 days travelling around Europe. Full details can be found on their site.

If you’d prefer to have something a bit more tour group based without being a tour group you can look into Busabout. These guys run a great Hop On, Hop Off service with a variety of routes around Europe. The basic principle is you book a particular route and just hop on and hop off the bus as it crosses countries. There are some set requirements for travel days vs non-travel days and they don’t cover all over Europe, but for first time travellers looking for a tour without it being a tour this is a great setup and still a cheap way to travel around Europe.

Costs do vary and you’ll often find they have sales leading up to peak season but at the moment student tickets for the flexitrip package which offers the most freedom costs 335 Pounds ($515 AUD July 2013).

Busabout - Cheap Europe Travel

There are also more location specific bus companies such as Megabus in the UK. These guys can get you from London to Glasgow for as little as 15 Pounds ($25 AUD July 2013) but the trip will take some 9 hours to complete. Not the most luxurious trip by far but much cheaper than the train for the same journey so ideal for those on a tight budget.

Train

Train travel is my FAVOURITE way to get around Europe. They go just about everywhere, deliver you to the center of the destination city, often have food carriages, have big windows for taking photos and best of all you can get up and move around much more freely than a bus or plane. The only downside to train travel is that it can be expensive.

For many people the Eurail Pass is the go-to option for keeping your train costs down. The problem is that is only half-true. If you are 25 years of age or younger then the Eurail pass is a sweet deal. If you happen to be over 25 years of age however then I’d think really hard about getting the pass. The cost just doesn’t add up because you are forced to buy a first class ticket instead of a second class ticket which are much cheaper and can be bought once you arrive in Europe. Of course thats just my opinion and I’ll save the full story for another post, just know if you are over 25 years of age the rail passes require a lot more research into your costs to see if you’ll save money.

Travellers that are 25 or younger however are getting a great deal taking a railpass, especially since you can buy them before leaving home. The guys over at Rail Europe offer the best deals on passes with the current Global Pass offering 10 days of train travel over 2 months costing just $615 AUD (July 2013). The only thing to keep in mind is that this won’t be the final cost of your train travel in Europe. Many journeys using your Eurail pass will need you to make seat reservations prior to your travel at the train station. Some are free, others cost a few euros while a select few can be upwards of 20 euros.

Cheapest Ways To Travel Europe By Trains

If you feel the rail pass isn’t for you then don’t despair, I’ve found you can often buy train tickets in Europe at the train stations for a cheaper rate when taking short journeys, especially if you are willing to book your tickets in advance. The choice of pass vs buy on the road comes down to convenience in my mind, if you want easy get a pass if you want to seek out the best deals and take it as it comes then buy your train tickets on the road.

A really useful way to start planning your trip is lookup the German Railway Website which offers a timetable and occasionally pricing for tickets right throughout Europe. It’s an amazing tool when your are still at home planning how you intend to get around Europe.

One last note if purchasing a rail passes, they aren’t valid on the Eurostar or in the UK. To get cheap travel on the Eurostar be sure to book 2-3 months in advance and you’ll receive tickets at half the last-minute price. For travel in the UK you can lookup Red Spotted Hankey online or seek out any train station to book tickets in the UK.

Budget Airlines

Coming from Australia the cheapest ways to travel the country have always been by plane. In Europe it can often work out to be the most expensive. While there is an abundance of cheap airlines available such as Ryanair, Easyjet and Wizz Air you always need to book well in advance to secure the cheap rates. One tip to keep up with cheap offerings is to sign up for their email newsletters so you get notified of any promotions they might have on offer right away.

Cheapest Ways To Travel Europe By Planes

The problem with cheap airlines is that while the sticker price may say $20 to fly from say London to Rome it’s often the hidden fees and other costs that you fail to take into account. There will be extra fees to take checked luggage as well as additional airport fees and a credit card surcharge added to your total when finalising your purchase.

The other factor many people don’t take into account is that cheap airlines regularly fly into airports located in more remote parts of the country. Instead of flying into Heathrow which is well-connected by the tube to the rest of London, you’ll fly into Luton which means a bus and a train just to make it into the city. All of these extra hidden costs can quickly add up to being the same price as the normal full price airlines. I know I’d prefer the full rate airline over Ryanair any day of the week.

So to help keep the costs down when thinking of flying it comes down to doing the research. There is an army of online flight search tools around these days like Skyscanner and lesser known Dohop which service Europe well.

Combining that with monitoring the airlines promotional emails and a bit of luck now and then flying around Europe can be made a bit cheaper. While it will never be as convenient as bus or train travel which deliver you to the heart of the city it’s the best way to get from one side of Europe to the other.

Conclusion

Train travel will always trump the rest in my book due to it’s simplicity. For those seeing Europe on the cheap and unlucky enough to not be under 25 to buy a cheap rail pass then the bus will almost always be the cheapest way to travel Europe. Air travel is best kept for weekend getaways if you’re living in the UK on a working holiday visa or for moving between the UK and Ireland or mainland Europe.

If you’ve travelled Europe what has been your experience with transport. Was the train, plane or bus your favourite mode of transport or have you got a secret tip that could help future travellers save on transport in Europe? Leave a comment below and let me know I’d love to hear it.

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41 Responses to Cheapest Ways To Travel Europe

  1. MICHAEL July 29, 2013 at 11:23 AM #

    As an Aussie living in Germany the best solution for me was buying a “Bahn Card 50″. It is bought through Deutsche Bahn however gives you 50% of majority of train rides and through Europe. It cost me about $300 and it’s a lot more flexible for travelling for a whole year in Europe than the Eurorail pass.

    However for me plane is always good as I’m not set on any location so I travel onto the next place based on what’s got the cheapest airfare and it’s a good base in Germany. Also being based in Germany I travel pretty light with a tiny backpack and most of the time I am away for max 2 weeks so I avoid baggage fees.

    Other than that driving is very easy and is by far the most flexible for me travelling. It is also a preferred option for a lot of Germans.

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD July 29, 2013 at 2:50 PM #

      Hi Michael that Bahn Card sounds like a worth-while investment if you are living in Germany and still want to explore Europe on the cheap.

      When you are already living in Europe or the UK for that matter the means for getting around in Europe are much different compared to people looking to plan a trip while still home in Australia. What was once a daunting task just becomes easier and easier as you learn the way of the land so to speak.

  2. BRIAN July 29, 2013 at 3:10 PM #

    This is a timely article for us. We’ll be heading to Europe next year and are increasingly thinking we’ll bus it around. We like to travel slow (it will have taken us 4 years of full-time travel to cover the U.S.) and expect we’ll keep most of our transit times to around 3 or 4 hours in Europe. We’re not in a hurry so we’ll not likely need to hop a plane or overnight train. We plan to just bob from town to nearby town and the bus seems ideal for that.

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD July 29, 2013 at 3:27 PM #

      Hi Brian, if you are taking short trips then the bus can be a great option for getting around Europe. Its almost always cheaper than the train and while you lose some of the train comfort for shor trips the cost savings can be worth it. Just be sure not to stay in Europe for 3-4 years straight, pretty sure the customs folks won’t be impressed since the max stay is 90 days without a visa :)

  3. AMANDA July 30, 2013 at 5:33 PM #

    Great post! I’m actually traveling with Busabout right now!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD July 30, 2013 at 5:47 PM #

      Nice one Amanda, I’ve not had the chance to do it myself but from everyone I’ve spoken to they rate it highly.

  4. VICKI August 7, 2013 at 7:27 PM #

    Great post! I´ll be heading there this january (yes! winter!) and i’m planning to stay for about 45 days. I’m really thinking hard what to do. My friends say train is the best option. I hate airplanes and I think train doesn’t require a lot of planning. But, I’m 27 years old, so, yes, is not that cheap. Anyway, I’m still thinking it. Bus can be an option…

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD August 8, 2013 at 2:34 PM #

      Hi Vicki, I have to agree with your friend as the train really is an amazing way to explore Europe (especially in the winter due to its convenience). If you can plan out where you intend to go and how often you might need to use the train to get from one place to the other it would help work out the costs.

      Short trips could be taken by the bus and then maybe get a pass for longer journeys.

      • VICKI August 12, 2013 at 4:16 AM #

        Thanks for the answer! May I ask you one thing? Is the bus a good option in winter? I haven’t thought about that… Thank you!

        • THE AUSSIE NOMAD August 12, 2013 at 1:26 PM #

          Hi Vicki, I’ve never taken the bus in winter but would imagine its still quite good no matter the weather.

  5. LINDA BIBB August 16, 2013 at 7:02 PM #

    This is a fabulous post. Really useful. Dang those Schengen rules; 90 days and then have to be out for 90. Sure wish there was some way to get around that without having to get a job.

  6. ANDREW DAVISON August 20, 2013 at 1:48 PM #

    I’ve got to agree with you, train is very much the way to travel in style. I’m a big fan of the Seat61 website, great information on costs and routes etc.

    But is there a similar resource for buses, when ever it comes to researching bus travel around Europe I’m rely on a bundle of mostly crappy Tripadvisor posts, old forum questions or travel agents with their jacked up prices…. just want a bus wiki where I can see how long/uncomfortable/expensive it’s going to be so I can compare to other options :-)

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD August 20, 2013 at 1:52 PM #

      Hi Andrew, the seat61 site is a great resource I agree with you there.

      For bus travel I’ve found it’s a mix between using the eurolines website and anything else I can find. I know there is one website called goeuro that’s trying to bring all forms of transport together but so far its still in beta and not as useful as I’d like it to be.

      • ANDREW DAVISON August 21, 2013 at 9:53 AM #

        Cheers for the tip.

        I guess it requires so much effort to bring together and maintain… and then their is the SEO battle for it to get noticed… and then the need for revenue… Seat61 looks like a labour of love as much as anything!

        Andrew

  7. JOHNNYSUPERTRAMP August 22, 2013 at 11:15 PM #

    A very comprehensive post.
    It might not be the greenest suggestion, but in my opinion Europe is a great region for a road trip as well:
    The streets are very good and traffic is save as well. It might be a little challenging adapting to the styles in for example in Italy or France, but if you consider yourself as a relaxed driver it´s absolutely worth trying. I also rate the flexibility of a road trip extremely high, due to the flexibility of visiting more remote places. And as soon as you are at least a travel party of two it beats the price for train tickets as well (depending also on how long you stay in a place and leave your car unused).
    Furthermore it makes camping much more convenient (due to the fact that you don´t have to carry around your tent and cooker) which works well in most European countries (good infrastructure in most places) and saves lowering traveling expenses enormously.

    Another good alternative, less flexible but allowing you to get in touch with locals is finding a (paid) lift for example on http://www.mitfahrzentrale.de/index.php?landnr=D&lang=GB
    There are other portals as well, but I´ve choosen this one due to the fact that they have an English frontend.

    Last but not least if you travel slow and are a bit sporty there are several countries that are extremely good for biking:
    Suisse is almost perfect there´s lots of special bike roads where no cars are allowed to drive. And lots of signs showing you they direction for bikers. Same for Netherlands.
    Germany is good and Norway is also good. Italy can be a bit challenging due to having almost no bike lanes and lots of traffic on some roads.

    And you could also hike for example from Germany, Poland or Austria via Suisse to the south of Spain on a pilgrims route. The Camino de Santiago is famous for that. I´ve never done it myself but lots of people I know did it and appreciated it a lot. They say it´s not only a beautiful hiking trip, but also an intense spiritual experience, even if you are not religious. There is great infrastructure on the hike like inexpensive hostels on the way (especially towards the end). And you can be sure to meet other pilgrims heading the same direction.

    Enjoy your trip to Europe! It´s such an exciting and diversified place to go.

  8. KANYA October 2, 2013 at 2:21 AM #

    Hey,

    I’m looking at spending 1-2 months traveling around Europe with my partner and potentially another couple.

    I was wondering what your thoughts are on buying a campervan (I have some friends trying to sell one over there at the moment) and travelling around in that?

    By the way… your site has been a HUGE help :) really making me turn my dreams to reality!!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD October 2, 2013 at 12:39 PM #

      Hi Kanya, it could be a really fun way to see Europe and allow you to visit parts that many others would not get to without a vehicle.

      You’d need to look into what’s required to buy a car abroad when you aren’t a citizen etc (believe you can but not sure) but otherwise sounds like a fun trip.

      And thanks for the kind words about the site. It’s been a huge amount of fun building up so glad people get something out of it.

  9. MARIE October 5, 2013 at 12:22 AM #

    Hello Aussie Nomad,

    Brilliant site! I’m heading over May 2014 to walk the Camino de Santiago and then explore a bit more of Europe over 2-3 months.
    I was wondering if you have any recommendations on sites or airlines out of Australia to Europe (preferably Paris) that provide good deals. I’m trying to be smart (I hope!) about this and researching in advance to see where I can land the best deals.
    Thank you so much for sharing your wealth of knowledge, as someone who has only begun her travel adventures, I find your site very calming in the sense that I have no idea what will be out there :)

    Marie

  10. ASIM November 14, 2013 at 8:33 AM #

    It’s definitely buses as long as the distances are manageable. I’ve used budget airlines to hop regions (say brussels to rijeka, etc) but otherwise mostly relied on buses. At the end of the day it does come down to the region, for e.g. trains are very common and cheap in Czech Rep. (Student Ageny buses are really good but don’t offer the same flexibility) while Estonia & Latvia have cheap high end bus service companies like Lux Express, etc.

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD November 14, 2013 at 11:16 AM #

      Hi Asim, you are right about the region. Estonia/Latvia don’t have any trains to link them but the buses there are amazing. Still can’t believe I got wifi on a bus there before anywhere else in the world.

      And for the trains its the same situation. You just need to plan where you’ll be and research which is the cheaper option.

  11. MAUREEN November 24, 2013 at 5:16 AM #

    We have been walking the Chemin de Compostelle in France covering 8-10 days per year for the last four. On these and other holidays in France, I have used the Voyages-SNCF site to book tickets on-line, in advance. I am a great fan of Seat61 and he explains the booking process for the french site very well. If you have planned and booked your accommodation, it is worth booking your train fare using this french site and DB for Germany and other parts of Europe. French first class seats can often be booked for only a few Euro more than second when two months in advance…a great bargain as I would never pay full 1st class fare otherwise.

  12. ALEKA January 14, 2014 at 8:18 AM #

    Great information. Do you have any experience using the night train? Like City night line. If yes, how was it? I accidentally booked the 2nd class seat couch in an unlocked compartment instead of locked sleeper compartmen. Now I am a bit worried about the safety.

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 18, 2014 at 1:21 AM #

      Hi Aleka, I travelled from Krakow to Prague via an overnight train and was only in a seat in a cabin. Luckily it was only myself and another person in there but I never worried about my safety. There are train conductors walking about so the only thing you’ll probably have to worry about is the lack of sleep you will get.

  13. BRITTANY January 16, 2014 at 12:17 PM #

    My friend and I are looking at travelling around England and nearby places at the end of this year in December. We will both be 17 and I was wondering if our age will effect the places we can stay and the activities we can do? Do you have any advice for us as younger less experienced travelers?

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 18, 2014 at 1:24 AM #

      Hi Brittany, the only thing I can think of is some hostels ( if you are staying in them ) might not let you stay as you are under 18 but otherwise I don’t see any problems for you at all. You’d not be able to participate in any pub crawls but I’m sure you know that already :)

      Otherwise tours and so on should be fine for you to do.

  14. PAUL February 18, 2014 at 9:59 PM #

    Great site and excellent info . My wife and I wish to travel from Prague to Split by train but finding it a little difficult to access information, especially a about whether Eurorail passes cover such a journey . We would like to break the trip up into stages stopping over at various cities for a couple of days rather than do the trip in one long session.

    Any and all clues would be very much appreciated
    Thanks Paul

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD February 19, 2014 at 2:48 AM #

      Hi Paul, the eurail website shows a list of countries the pass is valid in. Which for you travelling from Prague to Split should be all good as all the countries you’d pass through including Croatia is included on the pass.

      With your route decided on you will then need to work out how many potential travel days you have to work what type of pass to get. So passes allow 5 days of travel in 2 months or 10 days etc. This will need you to narrow down how long you are staying for and then how often you want to move from one city to the other. On a travel day you can travel as much or as little as you like only paying for reservation fees if they are required.

      With all the above decided you can then pick a pass that fits best. If you are over 26 years of age the passes can be a bit expensive so take note of how far you intend to travel on your travel days.

      A bus could be a very cost effective option for some sections of your trip if you are just moving a short distance or you may find buying a train ticket at the local station will work out cheaper than using your eurail pass.

      Have a look over some of the resources I’ve linked to above to help you plan the trip and if you have any other questions then let me know.

  15. MENNA August 4, 2014 at 7:10 AM #

    next year i am looking at traveling around Europe for 6 months, and found this article very handy,
    but do you have some advice for cheap accommodation?
    iv never traveled before so I’m trying to get as much information as possible

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD August 8, 2014 at 1:50 PM #

      Hi Menna, look to stay in hostels to keep your expenses down but also if you plan to be in Europe for 6 months look into the types of visas you can get as legally you can only be there for 3 months in every 6 months.

  16. DAVID NORTHEY August 17, 2014 at 9:47 AM #

    G’day, just wondering what you would say is the best way for myself and my family wife and 2 daughters 11,9 years of age, we land in Rome and head up through Italy, Switzerland to holland, back to Belgium, Paris, London, Scotland? I’m struggling to find best advice. Also have you ever used flipkey, was just keen to see what you think of it? Cheers David

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD August 22, 2014 at 7:35 PM #

      Hi David, enjoy the trip with the family should be a lot of fun. Given the distance you are travelling I’d be inclined to travel by train. Its a great way to see the countryside and you get delivered right to the center of town. Also plenty of room for the kids to move around without feeling trapped in their seats for hours on end.

      As for flipkey I’ve no experience with them I’m afraid.

  17. RUPA August 19, 2014 at 12:37 AM #

    Hey,
    This is by far the best travel blog for me personally. Thanks a ton on that. Me and my husband live in Melbourne and we are planning a 3 week backpack vacation to Europe this December , a cheap and best one, but I’m still struggling with where to start from!
    The places, flight travel, stay (safe & cheap), mode of transport in Europe, what to pack and what not to pack, expenses, Visas. Your website is so motivating me to go ahead but I have lost focus on that start point.

    Any guidelines from you will be totally loved!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD August 22, 2014 at 7:42 PM #

      Hi Rupa, when it comes to travel there sure is a lot to deal with. So my advice is pick a handful of countries you’d like to visit and map out the best way to get between them (train would be my pick). You only have 3 weeks and it will go quickly so you don’t want to stretch yourself to thin visiting a lot of places.

      If you hold an Australian passport there is no need for visa, you just turn up and are good to go.The obvious hostel booking websites have an abundance of quality places to stay (not just dorm rooms) so you should be fine finding a place and just looking at the reviews and feedback on what is the best location to stay based on the city.

      And last of all, enjoy it. Travel is fun so the moment it becomes confusing or difficult take a step back and look at it again.

  18. LUCAS BICKERTON August 25, 2014 at 3:19 AM #

    HI, Great article you have here! So me and two other mates are wanting to travel around Europe mainly France, Italy, Germany, Austria and switzerland. We are planning to be mostly heading out towards to ski fields in these countries. Your tips about the buses and trains are really good but we were thinking maybe of buying or renting a car. What would be your recommendations on buying or renting? I know renting would be fairly expensive but are cheap but sturdy cars to buy cheap in Europe? And would fuel prices be hefty on the money? We will be on a tight budget and want to travel cheap.

    A car would give us more freedom but would it be viable over buses and trains?

    Thanks for the help!!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD August 28, 2014 at 12:45 PM #

      Hi Lucas, honestly if you want to keep costs down then getting the bus from place to place would be the cheapest I think. I’ve not looked at costs of buying a car but imagine there would be some expense there along with insurance and fuel etc.

  19. EMILY DAWSON September 22, 2014 at 7:24 AM #

    Hi Aussie Nomad,

    I’ve just started organising a 2 month holiday in Europe for me and my partner in April / May 2016.

    I would like to hire a car to travel around Italy first for about 21 days. I also want to go to Paris, Amsterdam Greece and Turkey. But there is such long distances between these countries.

    After Italy I was thinking I could train it from Milan, Italy or Rome, Italy to Paris. Or I could hire/ lease a car in Italy and drop off in Paris.Then train again to Paris to Amsterdam.. But then its so far to Greece and Turkey. Maybe I could fly to Athens or Istanbul from Amsterdam?

    I’ve heard Rome is the cheapest to fly into Europe. Is there another city that is reasonably priced to fly to? As I’m basing my itinerary on where I fly into.

    Its all just ideas at the moment! Open to any suggestions :)

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD September 23, 2014 at 9:07 AM #

      Hi Emily, sounds like a great trip you have planned. In terms of your destinations they are somewhat spread out so getting from one to the other is a feat of planning all on its own. Given you want to start in Italy I’d look to do your trip there and then fly to Paris (I believe you could get a flight cheaper than renting a car from say Rome).

      Train from Paris to Amsterdam (buy the ticket early to get it cheap) and then fly down to Greece to finish the trip. You could do all this via train as well but if you following the price of airline tickets I think you’ll get it cheaper that way.

      In terms of flying into Europe I’ve flown in and out of Amsterdam but have no idea on the difference in costs over it and Rome. If you were open to changing around your trip you could fly into Amsterdam, train down to Paris then fly into Rome for your hire car travel and then hop over to Greece last before returning to Amsterdam to fly home.

  20. DEBBIE D October 5, 2014 at 5:51 AM #

    Hello Aussie Nomad,
    We are planning a trip in Sept 2015 on busabout doing both North and south loop, we are in our late 50’s and hoping you could give us some tips with this kind of travel? such as accommodation along the way and is busabout suited for all ages?
    Thanks
    Debbie

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD October 5, 2014 at 2:02 PM #

      Hi Debbie, accommodation is not provided by busabout but they do have a list of recommended hostels that the buses stop at or you can book a hotel but you’ll need to make your way to the drop-off points for the next leg of your journey. The demographic is also far more focussed at the 18-35 solo traveller so I’m not sure if that is a worry to you but something to know.

      I’ve never taken a trip on busabout myself but do know friends that have so most of my knowledge comes from them.

  21. CARLA October 20, 2014 at 1:14 AM #

    Hi Everyone,
    I am also an Aussie living in DE.
    I saw someone mention mitfahrzentrale, there is also mitfahrgelegenheit.de – it’s in German but I think you could figure it out with an online translator. It’s a carpooling website. A lot of people do speak English, so you could try it out or get a German speaking friend to help you set it up.
    Travelling by train is also a great option. I recommend going to the actual train station and trying to find a real person to help you get a good deal – It can be tough to figure it out on your own at the machine or online (the Deutsche Bahn website is really confusing) and you can end up missing out on cheap deals.
    If you go to the station and explain where you want to go they can help you get the best price. Again, of you have German contacts, use them – they know all the tips and tricks.
    For example there are weekend tickets, city tickets and other special deals that are tricky to find out about on the Deutsche Bahn Website.
    The Bahncard is also a great option and usually pays for itself pretty fast – This can be complicated for non German speakers though as if you sign up for this, you automatically get registered to keep purchasing it forever into the future unless you cancel it in writing 6 weeks before it expires. This could cost you a lot of money!!! It also gets posted to you in the mail and can tke up to two months! Sounds unbelievable, but trust me, it’s a normal thing here.

    Another awesome resource for you to check out is http://www.toytowngermany.com – heaps of great tips from expats (lots of Aussies) and an active forum to answer all your questions about Germany and Europe.
    Also check out couch surfing – a great and cheap way to get cheap accommodation!

    Happy travelling!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD October 20, 2014 at 11:28 AM #

      Thanks for the great comment Carla, thats some really useful info for anybody heading to Germany.

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