TRAVEL EUROPE CHEAP 2020 | How to Save Money on Trains, Buses & Flights in Europe (EVERY TIME!)

TRAVEL EUROPE CHEAP 2020 | How to Save Money on Trains, Buses & Flights in Europe (EVERY TIME!)

If you’re looking for the cheapest ways to
travel around Europe, then this video is going to break down all
the tips and strategies that I use to score epic deals like Paris to London for two euros,
first-class Swiss trains for 30 euros and countless other trips for less than 50. Be sure to stick around until the end because
I’ll also be giving you a free checklist with a step by step breakdown on how I find those
deals. If you’re new here, welcome. My name is Christina. I help travelers like you travel Europe smarter,
cheaper, and we’re off the beaten path, so if you want more videos with insider tips
like this one, be sure to hit the subscribe button now. Without any further ado, let’s get to it. Hit that cheesy intro. What’s up Smarties? Today we are going to be talking about transportation
in Europe and how to get from point a to point B in the smartest, cheapest possible way. I have been traveling extensively around Europe
over the past five ish years and sometimes I’m even able to get to my destination for
less than the price of lunch. If you want to learn how to do that, here
are some of my best tips on how to save big. Tip number one is to know your options. So oftentimes when visitors from overseas
think about Europe, they think about train travel and they think about getting a rail
pass, and while rail passes are great, there’s actually so many other options out there that
tend to be cheaper and so are better for you if you’re planning on traveling Europe on
a budget, for example, there are a lot of budget airlines out there, there are extensive
bus networks. There’s things like Blabacar, which I’ll explain
later, so be sure to keep that in mind and know that you actually have so many different
options at your disposal. Tip number two is to know the transportation
triangle. So when I talk about transportation in Europe,
I like to think of it in terms of a triangle. You’ve got budget friendliness, comfort, and
flexibility. And you can usually only pick two. But the sooner you realize that the more you’re
able to kind of make peace with it and understand that there’s going to be certain choices that
you have to make. So in terms of finding something that’s highly
affordable, very comfortable, and also very flexible, it’s honestly probably not gonna
happen. So be sure to keep that in mind and get ready
to make some tough choices. Tip number three is to know all the different
tools at your disposal. So one really great tool that I always recommend
to people is called Omio. Full disclosure, I am an Instagram ambassador
for them, but they are not paying me to say this. I’ve actually been using Omio for years back
when they were known as GoEuro. And they’re essentially a free search engine
that allows you to compare and book different trains, buses and flights. So what’s really cool about that is you can
just punch in your point a and your point B and it’ll show you the different options,
allow you to sort it by what’s cheapest, what’s quickest. And that way you have an overview of all your
different options in one place at a glance. All right, and with those tips out of the
way, let’s jump into each mode of transportation I discussed earlier and show you how to get
the best deals on each one. If you want a full video on any of these modes
of transportation, please be sure to let me know in the comments because clearly I can
talk about this stuff all day. All right, let’s first talk about trains. Train travel is probably my favourite way
of getting around Europe but unfortunately in terms of the transportation triangle you
lose out on budget friendliness and if you book a cheap train you often miss out on flexibility
but nonetheless, here’s some of my top tips for riding European trains on the cheap. So tip number one is to book early. This is by far the best way to ensure you
get the best fares possible. But of course the unfortunate truth is when
you book early you’re committing yourself to one specific fare. Usually the cheap fares are non flexible tickets,
meaning you are booking it for that time and that date and if you miss it or if you have
to change anything, then you’re not going to get that money back. But that’s a pretty fair tradeoff considering
if you book early enough oftentimes the fares will be literally one eighth of what they
are the day of. So you really can save a significant amount
if you’re able to just decide early on when you’re going to take that trip and you can
commit to that trip in advance. Train tip number two is to know your discounts. So virtually every country in Europe likes
to reward people for being young. So a lot of the time countries will offer
a special youth rate for people that are usually under 25 or 26 years old. So for example, in Belgium they have something
really cool called the Go Pass One and with the Go Pass One you can travel one way literally
anywhere in the country for six euros and 60 cents, which is incredibly cheap. I’ve also gotten youth discounts in Portugal
and a lot of other countries, so it’s very much worth into whether or not you can get
a discount for your age. They also tend to have discounts for seniors
and students as well. Tip number three is to ride regional trains. So in most European countries they tend to
make a distinction between regional trains and high-speed ones. So the high speed ones usually are nicer. Of course they’re faster, they’re a little
bit swankier but regional trains, while they’re a little bit slower, maybe not as nice. Oftentimes they’re way cheaper than their
fast counterparts. So if you want to get the best possible deal
on trains in Europe, be sure to check whether or not you’re getting on a regional train
or a high speed train. Usually regional is much cheaper. Lastly, Train tip number four is to know when
rail passes are worth it. So for a lot of people, when they think of
train travel, they think that rail passes are the cheapest way to get around. This is actually not the case. And if you book point-to-point tickets really
far in advance, like I mentioned earlier, often this is much cheaper than a rail pass
would ever be but there are a lot of perks to using a rail pass, especially in certain
countries and during certain times of the year. So for example, if you are under 27 you’re
eligible for youth pass, which is much cheaper so you’re more likely to get your value back
in addition to that Eurail and Interrail often has discounts during the off season and shoulder
season because they want to incentivize more people to buy the passes. This past year, for example, I purchased a
10 day in two month global Eurail youth pass, which was only 307 euros and at the same time
they were also running a really cool promo where if you bought a second class pass, you’ve
got a first class upgrade for free. So basically what I got for myself was 10
travel days in two months for 307 year olds in first class. And what I did was I took this rail pass to
Switzerland and with that I was basically able to ride first-class in all these incredible
scenic panoramic trains including big names like the bringing express and glacier express
and all I did was pay 30 euros for the entire day, which is literally like a fraction of
the cost of what it normally would be. So there are certain ways to make sure that
you get value out of your rail pass. However, on the other hand there are certain
countries where a rail pass like this simply isn’t worth it. So countries that you should avoid with a
rail pass include Italy, France and Portugal because these are countries where you really
need to make reservations in advance, which you have to pay for and of course that negates any savings that
you actually get from the rail pass. If you’re interested in the Eurail pass, please
be sure to subscribe because next week I’ll be doing a full review and guide on the past. All right, next let’s talk about bus travel. So buses are a very, very good way to get
around Europe if budget is your number one priority. On the flip side, there are a number of cons
when it comes to riding buses around Europe, mainly that they can be a little gross, they’re
not necessarily the nicest experience, you can get stuck in traffic, et cetera, et cetera. But in terms of prices, buses can often be
very tough to beat. Once upon a time I scored a bus ride from
Paris to London for two euros, which is absolutely crazy. So if you are looking for very cheap deals,
buses are a great option. In addition to that, there are certain parts
of Europe where bus travel is actually way better than taking trains for instance. And the Balkans is a really great example
of this. They have extremely extensive bus networks
that travel around the Balkans and it’s a really great way to get around. So definitely don’t discount bus travel. The number one player in budget bus travel
in Europe is definitely Flixbus. It’s actually kind of scary, but they’re slowly
but surely acquiring all their competition. But don’t worry, Flixbus is fine. You will eventually get there. It’s just not the most glamorous way to travel. But there are other bus companies as well,
like Eurolines and a number of smaller regional bus companies that service different countries. The most enticing offer that Flixbus has is
something called the Interflix ticket. The Interflix ticket is 99 euros and gets
you five one way trips all over Europe with any of the routes that they do. So that’s a really good option if you’re a
backpacker or if you want some flexibility and spontaneity like with a rail pass, but
a little bit cheaper. I do have a very brutally honest review of
Flixbus if you want to know what you’re getting into and I’ll link that down below. So number three, let’s talk a little bit about
budget airlines. So without a doubt, budget airlines are the
lifeblood of budget travel in Europe. But the thing is a lot of these no frills
airlines kind of have a bad reputation. Some of the more popular ones include RyanAir
from Ireland, easyjet from the UK Wizzair in Hungary and tons of others across the map. So in my opinion, there is no better way to
hop long distances for cheap than budget airlines. Really, budget airlines, if you catch them
during a fare sale, sometimes you can find Ryanair deals for less than 10 euros and on
very special occasions less than one Euro. So really in terms of frugality, that’s quite
impossible to beat. But, and there’s a big butt here… With these budget airlines, a lot of the time
where they get you is with hidden costs. So be aware that all those base fares that
you’re paying for less than 10 euros, less than euro, all that really entitles you to
is that little square where you put your butt on the plane. Anything else will probably come at an extra
cost, including choosing where to sit on the plane, bringing bags on board, even getting
a glass of water is going to cost extra. In addition to that, you should also be aware
that many of these budget airlines fly into smaller airports outside of the city. So oftentimes you’re going to have to commute
a little bit farther to get to these airports, which also kind of cuts away at those savings
as well. So that’s the key to flying with these low
cost airlines. For them to truly be low cost, you have to
read the fine print and you have to beat them at their own game. Next, let’s talk about Blabacar. So Blabacar is a mode of transportation in
Europe that a lot of overseas visitors probably haven’t heard of, but basically it’s a carpooling
service that matches up drivers and passengers who are headed in the same direction and allows
them to kind of pool their funds to have a cheaper trip. So think of it as essentially you’re paying
for gas and for other expenses in exchange for a seat in the car. And I know this might sound a little bit sketchy,
but the thing is Blabacar also operates very similarly to Couchsurfing and Airbnb in the
sense that it’s regulated by reviews. So so long as you’re able to vet your driver
beforehand, look at their reviews, maybe chat with them a bit before you’ll be completely
safe. A lot of my friends have been using Blabacar
religiously to get around cheaply around Europe and so you really have nothing to worry about
if budget is your number one priority, this is a very good option because you can kind
of think of Blabacar as a more regulated version of hitchhiking, which brings us to the next
mode of transportation that we’ll be discussing. Full disclosure, I have not hitchhiked a lot
in my life because mainly I am a paranoid hot mess, but you should know that hitchhiking
is actually a very common mode of transportation in certain parts of Europe like in the Balkans,
which is actually the only place I’ve ever hitchhiked. He was very nice. He was a lavender farmer… The car smelled great, but regardless there
are a few rules of thumb (ha get it?) That you need to keep in mind when you are
hitchhiking around Europe. Really if you need to be somewhere at a certain
time, if you are on a time crunch or if you’re not like a go with the flow kind of traveler,
hitchhiking is probably not for you. In my opinion. Hitchhiking is every bit about the experience
as much as it is about saving money. So if you’re kind of like one of those carefree
types that really just wants to do it for fun, for the experience and for meeting new
cool people, then by all means do it. But I would not recommend it as just a way
to save money, especially because there are so many other options that I’ve outlined in
this video that I think might be better suited for most. So tell me, what was the cheapest transport
deal you’ve ever scored in Europe? Feel free to brag it out in the comments below
and if you’re looking for that checklist that I promised at the beginning of this video,
just hit that link down there to download it. So thanks for watching Smarties. I hope you enjoyed the tips in this video. If you did be sure to give me a thumbs up
comment, give me a virtual hug, virtual pug and be sure to subscribe in the future for
more videos just like this one. Until then I’ll see you guys around. Byeeee!


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    Happy to Wander

    Hope you guys enjoyed this second video of mine! Click here ( to check out the checklist I mentioned, and let me know in the comments if you have any more tricks to add!

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    Monish Kumar

    Truly Awesome!, I totally liked it!, check my guitar(solo)+vocals cover of 'ticket to ride',channel link, doo check 🙂

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