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 .
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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a really cheap way of transportation is obviously by bus.
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 ;)
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.