Hello wonderful people out there,
Me and one of my friend are planning to go Spain and Italy in August for 2-3 weeks. We are on a typical backpacking budget but, we are open to little bit compromises here and there since, we are short on time also. We have two particular questions about the local transport system in Europe:
Like Desirae, I'd recommend Italy's train system, especially if you're only going to be traveling between major cities. It's been a while, but last time I was there in the summer, we had no problems buying tickets at the last minute.
As for getting from one country to the other, prices for trains and flights are comparable, but if you're paying for a faster train, it will probably be more expensive than flying. I'd at least be looking at airfare now, and book within the next few weeks. I feel like it tends to go up as you get within a couple of months of your travel dates.
Hi Aditya, for late or last minute bookings you might also want to check out international coaches (the biggest network is www.eurolines.com). The average trip between two countries should be around 50-60 euros and you travel at night. They also have some flatrate unlimited travel tickets. You can get passes also for railways (http://www.interrail.eu/interrail-passes).
Hello there! Cheapest way to travel between countries is via low cost flights, usually ryanair. If you book now you can find rates below 30€. Travelling by train between cities both in Spain and in Italy is easy but can become quite expensive.. Again, if you book tickets in advance you can get big discounts. A good alternative is the blablacar.it and blablacar.es system (sharing car rides), used in both countries, it is often more convenient than a full price train ticket.
Hope that answered your question!
Have a nice holiday!
We did a rental car when we did a cross country trip to Italy. The only time it was helpful was in Amalfi. Everywhere else we basically paid to park the car and take the train into the town or city center.
Personally I suggest taking trains from town to town and once in town, most places have buses or are small enough you don't need one. Have a GREAT trip!
Also, the trains are fairly inexpensive, so it won't eat much of your budget.