How to Travel Across Europe on a Tight Budget

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Traveling across Europe is by no means cheap but it is possible to make your dream tour possible without breaking the bank! In today’s post, we are listing down great ways to travel across Europe on the cheap:

Take the Megabus

Taking a cab or renting a car in the UK is fairly expensive. Instead of paying for a serviced vehicle, why not take the bus? The Megabus will take you all over the UK, including England, Scotland, and Wales. You can take the Megabus if you are traveling to Paris, Amsterdam, or Brussels too! A single ticket costs as little as $1.50. Of course, you need to book ahead if you are taking popular routes for a reserved slot. For popular routes, the ticket could set you back ten bucks a piece.


Busabout is an excellent transportation service if you are heading to certain points of Europe. The beauty of this bus service is that you can get on and off anywhere within the set routes. In addition, you can buy tickets that will let you travel through all the routes within the Busabout network and stop at designated spots. For instance, you can go for the 9-day flex pass. The flex pass will let you take 9 stops from the starting city of your choice. The stops will depend on you too. A single 9-day flex pass costs about $669 USD or about $72 per trip.

Booking Via Budget Airlines

If you want to save a couple of hundred dollars on your airfare, we recommend opting for budget airlines that go around Europe. Transavia, EasyJet, Ryanair, Vueling, and RyanAirBy are some of the best budget airlines that offer trips to Europe. Just make sure to book your trip at least a month in advance to score the best deal.

Getting a Eurail Pass

A Eurotrain pass allows you to travel all over Europe in vast distances. Although you can always take a European rail, the routes are limited to shorter distances. The additional costs could add up, making for a very expensive tour. Securing a Eurotrain pass allows you to travel to different European countries on the cheap. A single pass costs about $100, which is cheaper than most public transportation services.


Eurolines is an international bus company that offers bus service to different parts of Europe. You can take the bus for long-distance travels such as Berlin to Paris, etc. The pass could set you back $248 or more, depending on your destination. The only setback to taking Eurolines is the limited legroom. A Eurolines bus is smaller compared to a train.


If you are really committed to traveling all over Europe without spending money, then your best bet is to hitchhike a ride. Hitchhiking is surprisingly common in Europe. A lot of backpackers prefer to hitchhike because they literally pay zero euros to get around the country. The only issue with hitchhiking is safety. You just can’t ensure safety if you are flagging down random strangers on the highway.