Planes, Trains & Getting Around on a Budget

Tips on getting from A to B

Amazing destinations await, but how will you get there?

SEARCH ENGINES

cheapoair.com

skyscanner.com

kayak.com 
 

AIRLINES

When booking with budget airlines, keep in mind their baggage checking fees and the transportation time/cost to the farther out regional airports they often use. They can be a great option if you know what to expect. Conversely, hidden fees and charges can often more than DOUBLE the original ticket price! So, when flying with airlines like RyanAir, do your best research and stay organized to avoid having a low-cost fare turning into a first class price!

ryanair.com

aerlingus.com (Ireland flights)

easyjet.com

vueling.com (Spain flights)

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TRAINS

A great way to travel, but be sure to compare flying and train prices, as you may be surprised as to what ends up being cheaper. Begin your research online with the search engines below, then go to the local train station to actually purchase the tickets if possible so that you can be sure to qualify for any discounts available. Purchasing in advance can also save you some cash, as same day tickets can be very expensive, and often times can sell out for even the most obscure destinations.

Obb Timetables - Enter you origin, destination, and desired times and dates and this "Route Planner" will show you what's available for what you requested

DB Timetables - Great resource for your railing needs

BUS LINES

Buses take forever, but may be your cheapest option at times. Central Europe is a little behind in their high speed rail connections, but they make up for it with bus companies. You can find some great options when trying to link up cities like Berlin, Prague, Krakow and Budapest.

Orangeways.com is a Hungarian bus line that connects many of Central Europe's top cities

StudentAgency.eu Even though it's called Student Agency, there are two things to keep in mind: they often don't have the cheapest rates, and anyone can ride these buses, not just students.

Eurolines.com is Europe's biggest brand and it spans the continent. You can find options that connect cities in Spain, France and England as well as Central Europe cities.

BerlinLinienBus is a German-based business but has numerous options beyond Germany.

BusBud.com is a website that posts blogs about the best ways to connect city to city by bus, with numerous articles about Europe, and other places around the world. 

RIDESHARING

Ridesharing is becoming quite popular in many countries across Europe. Head to your country's site and shop around for connections moving out in the next few days. It's best to go with at least one friend, and always keep your wits about you when choosing to get in someone's car. For more links, google "Ridesharing" or "Carpooling [your country]"

Carpooling.co.uk is the best bet for starting your search. You can look up reviews and profiles of people you're considering riding with.

CAR RENTALS

Exploring a bit on your own? Now that you're across the pond, the rules are a bit different regarding rental cars. Check out Sixt, one of the largest car rental companies in Europe with over 4,000 locations across the world. Make sure to book in advance, and of course, inquire about student discounts!

Katrina Alford, Concordia University - Irvine

Happy Backpackers

This past weekend, I traveled to Budapest with WSA with a couple of friends from my university abroad, and I couldn't have asked for a better trip! After arriving at the hostel, we met Bogi, our tour guide for the weekend, who was instantly friendly and welcoming. Throughout the weekend, Bogi was an amazing guide! She showed us some great places for shopping and food, as well as the top sights around the city. You could tell she loved her job and never passed up an opportunity to share about her hometown and some of its history. She was so friendly and was sincerely interested in us as individuals and did everything she could do accommodate our priorities for the weekend (whether it was food, shopping, nightlife, sightseeing, etc.) I would highly recommend WSA's guided tours for any student studying abroad who wants to explore more than their university's city!

Katrina Alford, Concordia University - Irvine ~ AIFS Richmond, Spring 2015

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