Transportation in and around a city can get pretty expensive while traveling. The goal of this blog post is to talk about some of the best ways to get yourself around a city in the cheapest way possible while traveling on a budget. A lot of people will prey on tourists and try to take them on city tours or get them to pay for transportation they don’t need. Always be aware when buying transportation in and around city, this is a time when people can get pick pocketed easily as well so keep your wits about you.
Most cities in Europe have a metro system, these are by far the cheapest ways to get around a city other than walking. Side note, walking is always a good way to see a lot of the city for free, get some good exercise, and keep you on budget. My favorite thing to do when I arrive in a new city is get a map from the front desk of the hostel then go get lost walking around the city. You’ll be surprised how quickly you can find your way about,by the second and third day you will be an expert on finding your way through the city. Back to the metro, most cities will offer bulk tickets, either multi-day passes or multi-trip passes. If you are going to
be there for a couple of days the bulk passes are usually worth it.
Never, ever, take a taxi from the airport into the city. This is by far the most expensive way of transportation when traveling. Taxis prey on tourists and you have to watch out for many of their scams. When you arrive at a new airport check for buses that will take you into the city, train, or metro lines these will all be much cheaper than getting a taxi, even if you are splitting it among friends.
If you are looking for transportation in between cities, make sure you check out BlaBlaCar. BlaBlaCar is the equivalent to long distance Uber. Once you are on the website you can type in your city and destination and a list of people who are making that trip will pop up. They all have reviews, a price, and estimated time of travel. It will also include when they plan on leaving and from where. BlaBlaCar is a great way to meet new people, nothing brings people together quite like a road trip, give it a try.
Going over the main points of this blog post, walking is the best way to see a new city and will save you lots of money. Never get a taxi from the airport or any other time while traveling, only in emergencies should you be needing a taxi. BlaBlaCar is a great alternative to buses and trains to travel in between cities around Europe. While riding public transportation in Europe keep your hands by your valuables, a lot of pick pocketing happens on the public transportation in Europe. Now go out, get lost, and happy traveling!