Cheap and Affordable European Holiday Routes to Meet Any Budget!
A European holiday with the family usually encompasses visits to more than 1 or 2 countries, especially if you’re like us and are travelling from Australia. The close proximities between nations allow us to explore several cities on the one journey and if planned properly, can certainly be done on a shoestring. The trick is to group the trips geographically which has the dual advantage of reducing the travel time and enables you to fit more cities in or jump on some seriously cheap flights that are available at certain times of the year. Here are some real bargains that we have found for under €50, at the time of script:
CHEAP EUROPEAN ROUTE TIP #1
Route: Tallinn to Helsinki. Transport: Ferry. Cost: €22.50.
From the Baltics to Scandinavia, jump on the ferry and cross the Baltic Sea to get from Estonia to Finland. There are currently 3 ferry companies that provide this service. Tallink Silja operates their crossing up to 6 times per day, Viking Line 3 times per day & the Eckerö Line service is available up to 14 times per week. The journey takes only 2.5 hours and will make for a good break from going in and out of airports. We have just booked our ferry ride in the dead of winter and hoping the trip across a sea of ice will be memorable!
CHEAP EUROPEAN ROUTE TIP #2
Route: Paris to Bucharest. Transport: Plane. Cost: €29.99.
Departing from Beauvais–Tillé Airport, Wizz Air offers cheap flights to Romania. For a flight just under 3 hours and over 2300km, it is most definitely a bargain! However we do warn you that Paris’ third airport is about 1.5 hours from the centre of Paris and accessible by shuttle for €15.00 (still under €50.00!) Having never flown this budget airline before, we were most sceptical but were pleasantly surprised by the flight. Wizz Air is a family friendly airline and they also have an initiative for young passengers to meet the Wizz pilots. Download the Captain’s Pass and upon collecting 6 flight stamps you may get an invitation to see the cockpit and talk to the pilots. Do they have an adult’s pass???
CHEAP EUROPEAN ROUTE TIP #3
Route: Bratislava to Vienna. Transport: Train. Cost: €15.00.
Trains link Bratislava Hlavna with Vienna Hauptbahnhof every hour with the journey time taking only 60 minutes. No reservations may be made to board the trains and are to be purchased at the stations. With the high frequency of trains, it’s easy enough to hop on one without a booking. So many who visit Austria never make it to this beautiful city in Slovakia and for most of us city dwellers, what’s an hour on a train? That’s just a commute to work for us!
CHEAP EUROPEAN ROUTE TIP #4
Route: London to Krakow. Transport: Plane. Cost: €34.99.
Literally as I am writing this post, Ryan Air decided to have a 24 hour Referendum sale with some ridiculous prices. Flying out of Stansted in London, you can fly to Poland for a meagre €9.99! 15kg luggage costs more, at €25.00! Moral of the story would be to constantly keep an eye out for these flash sales by signing up to newsletters. Certainly allows for impromptu trips or exploring destinations you may have otherwise not thought to.
CHEAP EUROPEAN ROUTE TIP #5
Route: Dubrovnik to Podgorica. Transport: Bus. Cost: €29.00.
Bus Croatia runs a trip from Croatia to Montenegro twice a day (additional bus during the busy season) and it takes just over 4 hours. This is also by far the best way to get from point A to point B as there are no rail connections between the 2 cities nor are there any direct flights either. Considering they are only 150km apart, the transport selections are certainly very limited. But at €29.00, who’s complaining?
CHEAP EUROPEAN ROUTE TIP #6
Route: Munich to Bern. Transport: Train. Cost: €39.00.
Trainline Europe is such a useful site to find fares to get from one city to another as it connects over 35,000 stations in 30 countries. It also pays to plan your trip ahead of time as savings of up to 52% can be made of tickets booked 30 days in advance. For a trip just over 5 hours, you can travel from the home of Oktoberfest and the largest city in the state of Bavaria to the capital of Switzerland.
CHEAP EUROPEAN ROUTE TIP #7
Route: Barcelona to Montpellier. Transport: Bus. Cost: €14.00.
Enjoy the captivating city of Barcelona as you relish in a gastronomic seaside journey under the Iberian sun only to move onto Montpellier, a beautiful French city in the southern coastline of the Mediterranean sea for a mere €14.00! The comfortable bus trip takes just under 5 hours as the route either takes you past Genoa or Aix-en-Provence, pending on the timetable that suits you.
These are but just some examples of great fares to some amazing cities of which some of them are just standard rates. This will also allow you and your family to explore towns or cities you may not have thought of stopping by but some strategic planning of your holiday route may mean discovering delightful destinations. Take full advantage of the highly connected transportation systems and milk this continent for all its worth!
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