It’s time to explore the large cities of Europe, discover a mix of cuisines in each country, and watch the scenery change as you arrive at your next destination; add your favourite travel companion, and it is a dream come true. The sad thing is that we usually need to save up for these trips, and often an entire year in advance if you’re a student – it kind of puts a damper on the excitement, doesn’t it?
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Luckily for you, people have managed to travel between major European cities without spending too much at all. Take advantage of their knowledge and start packing right away – Paris, Prague, Budapest, Krakow, and many more are waiting for you.
Use Trains To Travel
Although a plain ticket between cities in Europe is affordable and fast, especially when you book them either up front or right before you intend on departing, you can save a lot by travelling by train. Consider investing in an Interrail ticket as these are flexible and basically designed for the young traveller who would like to see a bit more of Europe than just one country.
You can choose between an all-round ticket that’s somewhat more expensive but gives you the freedom to roam as much as you please, or a more limited ticket where you get a set amount of train journeys. There is really no downside to either; if you want to spend a month going from country to country, I recommend the all-round ticket as you don’t have to keep track of how many journeys you’ve taken. If you only want to see a few, you’d be better off with the more affordable option to not waste money unnecessarily.
Trains = accomodation!
Another benefit to travelling by train is that you might get an overnight train when you go between the main cities. Sleep like a baby in a compartment of your own, stack yourself up on a shelf above your friend, nap in your seat between other passengers, or try to make yourself comfortable on the floor when you don’t have a reservation. You can go from first class to third class in a blink of an eye, but you’ll get to the next station nonetheless.
Stay in Affordable rooms
When you don’t have an overnight train, you should consider using Airbnb or Couchsurfing. They both offer affordable accommodation in the comfort of other people’s home, and you don’t need to worry about staying at some lunatic’s house as people leave reviews and ratings of the place. Just make sure you’re a good guest, as they’re going to give you a rating as well!
If you want to have your own kitchen and all you can find on Airbnb is a single room, you can have a look at short term rentals by London Serviced Apartments. They have similar options in Berlin and the other large European cities, too, so there’s no need to worry about not getting to cook your own dinner.
Use Public Transport
Remember to stay true to the public transport system they have in the cities you visit. It’s mostly to save money, but also to explore the area as it should be explored – not in the back of a comfortable car, but squeezed between other tired travellers.