Money Saving Tips For Travelling In Europe

Money Saving Tips For Travelling In Europe

Travelling in Europe can be pricey even if you’ve managed to bag a bargain luxe-for-less holiday which covers your flights and accommodation. From eating and drinking to sightseeing, there is a lineup of additional expenses which can add up to quite a sum, and hit you hard in the wallet. So what are our top tips for saving money once you are at your destination? When it comes to getting around, in most European cities it is best to avoid taking taxis or renting a car; instead use public transport, strap on some comfy shoes and walk, or if you are in a city where you can rent a bike cheaply, such as Amsterdam, consider doing that. Where public transport is concerned you can often buy passes which discount travel, and are valid for one day to up to a week, such as London’s Oyster card. If you need to travel between destinations, you can also save money by booking in advance such as train travel, or flying with a budget airline. Eating out and drinking can be expensive pastime, so make the most of local supermarkets and liquor stores, especially if you have booked self-catering accommodation and you can cook at home. Also be on the lookout for lunch deals or set menu dinner deals, which are popular in many destinations, and in cities where there are weekend markets you can often score cheap eats at food stalls. Sightseeing is a great part of the fun of travel, but you’ll need to budget for this also. However, you can often buy passes in European cities which can offer discounted entry into multiple venues, often combined with free use of public transport. Many museums and galleries have free access days in cities including Paris, Berlin and Venice, or you can stick to free attractions; many cities hold free events such as concerts, and there are often free walking tours to help you get your bearings and see some of the key sights. To find out if there are any in your destination of choice, head for a Tourist Information Desk, which are usually located a key tourism and travel sites, where you can get information on free attractions, cheap transport, and discount cards and accommodation. The people working there should also have plenty of local knowledge to get you away from expensive tourist areas and into the real city.

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