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Lauren
Thibodaux, Louisiana

Lauren from Thibodaux, Louisiana asked

Advice/opinions on backpacking through Europe? Best ways of transportation?

So planning my month-long backpacking trip to Europe starting mid September and I would LOVE some advice/opinions on where to go and best modes of transportation. I would appreciate all the help! I want to travel between Germany, Czech, Austria, and Switzerland -- do you suggest renting a car? I am aiming for cheapest possible . 

Europe   Germany   Czech Republic   Austria   Switzerland

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Maria from Dublin

Hi Lauren,

September is a lovely time in Europe, the weather is usually sunny and most of the tourists will have gone home. I love train travel and have travelled by train throughout Europe. It's usually efficient, clean and cheap. Take a look at www.seat61.com. The countries on your list are relatively close together. If you go to southern Germany: MunichBavaria areas you could cross into Switzerland by Lake Constance and also include Northern Italy which borders Switzerland If your budget stretches you could use a low cost airline like Ryanair or German Wings to fly between cities like Berlin and Prague thus saving you some time. You'll see a lot in a month though! Definitely spend a little time in Vienna Prague Berlin Munich and Geneva The Black Forest area is also lovely. Renting a car could be tricky as there might be issues about crossing borders in a rental and it could also make the trip expensive.Prague


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Ben from Kenzingen

Hey there,


a really cheap way of transportation is obviously by bus.

In Germany www.meinfernbus.de and www.deinbus.de are quite cheap and have quite sophisticated networks throughout the country as well as to other European cities.

As far as I know, the biggest European player is Megabus, which often offers you ridiculously cheap travels, at least that's what I heard.

Check it out, and if you have further questions, let me know ;)

Cheers,

Ben


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Tereza from Prague

Hi Lauren,

while traveling from Prague to anywhere in the Czech Republic or Germany, I usually take the bus by Student Agency (big yellow buses - quite well recognizable :-) - spacious seats, free WiFi and (mostly) cheaper than train tickets. 
Take a look at www.busbud.com/en to find the best connection for you or to compare the prices.

And Maria is definitely right - car rental may increase your expenses. 

Have fun!


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