Commute Options on Europe trip

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Europe is a dream destination. And we had the privilege to travel here this summer. Yes, it does require quite some planning to have a beautiful Europe trip that you are going to remember through your lifetime. You can refer to our book and our previous article on how to plan a trip to Europe. A major part of Europe trip (Particularly if you are traveling from a different continent) is about commute options. And that is why we decided to elaborate on the same in this post. When it comes to Europe, unlike other places, there are varied commute options on Europe trip available to you, right from the choice of flight to choice of commute between cities and inside the cities and towns. Since, Europe is a major travel destination as well as it boasts of the best public transport network in the world. So, let us describe to you the options available for your commute planning on your Europe travel.

things to do in Bern
Beautiful banks of the beautiful river Aare in Europe

Flight options on Europe trip

There are many flight options from across the world, that connect to Europe. From India itself, from where we flew, now a days there are multiple flights. If you plan to travel across different countries in Europe, or even in the same country across different cities, you must compare the flight costs and durations before making a decision on which flight to book. Now a days, middle east has become a hub for flights to Europe. Flights like Etihad really provide very affordable as well as comfortable options from economy to luxury range. Also, the airlines companies come up with discounts and delightful offers from time to time. So, if you are planning a trip to Europe, you can keep an eye for such offers. Last but not the least, as we always advocate, do remember to book your tickets a little in advance as the prices tend to be steep at end moments.

Inter city commute options on Europe trip

Apart from flying to and from Europe, next you also think about commuting from one city to another. We have not heard of anyone who would fly for hours to reach Europe and be confined to just one city 🙂 So, chances are high that you will be commuting between cities. And to commute between cities on your Europe trip, you will have multiple options. Hiring a car, booking a bus ticket, or taking a train ride are the most common of those options. You need to figure out which one best suites your requirements. Our personal recommendation would definitely be trains. Since they are so economical, convenient and have such a great network in Europe. Even we , on our Europe trip, mostly commuted by train from one city to another. You can also take the Euro rail pass in case you are going to be mostly in one or a few countries and are going to travel through them extensively. What’s more , most of the train journeys are very scenic.

Commute options on Europe trip inside the city/town

Paris Metro

Again, the robust public transport options of Europe come into play as you decide how to hop between sites in a city or town. You will be spoilt by choice. You can hire a taxi, take a bus ride, also ride a tram or a metro or just walk 🙂 . Actually, you might have to use all of these, in one situation or the other, like we did. Let me give you a few examples. When in Paris, we made good use of the Paris Metro which was a very economical as well as brilliant means of transport to know the local ways as well as to save time and travel with speed. We did bus hop on hop off trip in Paris and Amsterdam on site seeing around the cities as we were in these cities for just couple of days.

In bigger cities you also have options of combined tickets for transport as well as entry to several important sites. For instance, the Amsterdam city card or the Paris card. Find out more about the Amsterdam city card. These cards again come in different variations and you can choose one based on how many days you are in the city as well as how extensively you want to explore the city.

Sometimes, like when we had to catch our bus to Disneyland we were really pressed by time. And hence, we called upon a taxi to reach the bus stand. But do remember that taxis are the most expensive means of transport and if you are using them frequently then you might loose your euros very fast. Last but not the least, in canal rich cities like Venice and Amsterdam you can hop on and off the boats as well.

Commute options on Europe trip on day trips

When doing day trips around a town or city, the best commute options are the ones that give you time to soak into the natural beauty around. Like when we were based out of Lucerne in Switzerland, we did day trip to Grindelwald, Bern and Interlaken through buses and trains. But, one thing that we didn’t do and would love to do next time is to drive through the breathtaking swiss countryside and Tuscany countryside by hiring a car. So you see, again you have multiple options to decide between when doing day trips around Europe and you need to choose wisely between them.

tour of florence

Summary

Finally, let us summarize here, the commute options on Europe trip that are available at your disposal:

  1. Flight : Compare prices, look at the travel duration and choose you flight wisely. Also, book a little in advance to get best prices.
  2. Eurorail : Our preference when commuting between cities. Go for individual point to point tickets if you are going to travel less by train and are considering other means like bus, car hire etc. as well. Also, in case you are not going to stay in one country for long. Book a euro rail pass if you plan for extensive train travel during your Europe trip. Also if you are covering couple of countries, or, whole of Europe.
  3. Buses and self driven cars : For inter city commute as well as on day trips , as an alternative to train, if these are providing you cheaper or more comfortable options. Or, if you want to drive at your own pace, stopping as you desire, then cars are best.
  4. Taxis: Our recommendation – use taxi when you have no other options. Since, they are extremely costly in Europe.
  5. Metros : Use metros to commute in the big cities of Europe like Paris to avoid traffic. And travel faster.
  6. Use boats and ships when in canal rich cities like Amsterdam and Venice.

Hope these commute options on Europe trip will equip you to travel to Europe with the best possible commute at your disposal. Also, we would love to hear back from you what commute options worked best for you on your previous trips to Europe.

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55 Responses

  1. I haven’t been to Europe. And if ever I will sometime in the future, I will definitely go back to this post as reference. Loved that you listed down every detail on how to travel to Europe. As in other destinations, we really have to compare prices and all to know what will fit in our budget.

  2. This is very helpful. A really comprehensive post on how to travel and commute around Europe. Thank you for this.

  3. Do you need an international driving licence if you want to drive on your own in Paris?

  4. Neha. Which is the best way for cheap flight hacks into Europe? Is there a way I could use a flight through middle east to arrive at a place, and do a train to explore europe?

    • As per my knowledge, you try skyscanner to scan through the deals. And look for the offers that airlines come with time to time. Also, you can try booking your air tickets through agents. Sometimes, they have good deals at their hand

  5. Great post! When my family went to Europe last year we went on all the options you mentioned hehe. I personally liked the trains cause they were so convenient and fast!

  6. PackYourBaguios

    I wish we had as many options for travel here in the US! I love seeing Europe by train. Next summer, we’re going to rent a car and do a road trip through Tuscany.

    • A road trip through Tuscany sounds so exciting. Will like to know your experience once you are done with your trip

  7. Europe is so convenient for traveling around. I wish other continents had so many commute options. My favourite method of travel in Europe is by bus.

    • Yes, totally agree. The abundance of public transport and add to that the ease of walking. It’s so walking friendly as well

  8. Love reading this! You have indeed provided a very detailed guide on how to travel to and within Europe! I’ve always wanted to visit Europe and this will be really handy when we get to visit. Love that there are plenty of options including trains, buses and boats PLUS the promise of those scenic views are something I’d definitely look forward to!

    • Thanks Marvi! Do let us know if you have any inputs/feedback for us when you plan the trip

  9. Very informative post on commuting options in Europe. I will like to try in my next Europe trip.

  10. That’s a wonderful guide. I personally prefer only local transport when traveling in a new destination. The Eurorail sounds exciting. I mostly takes metros within cities to save time and money. Never tried boats and ships though.

  11. The canal travel is not just convenient but also, very cultural in experience. I loved it in Amsterdam, Paris and Venice. The HoHo buses too, are a good option for sightseeing within a city. London ones specially are really good. On the whole, there are just a lot of convenient ways to get around in Europe as you have listed. Well done with that.

  12. You have left no leaf unturned when it comes to sharing every possible detail needed for planning a trip to Europe and here comes another addition to the batch. Great job Neha. I m sure your posts on Euro trips will be of great help to many people.

  13. Your posts are always informative and detailed. Touring Europe might be somewhat unpleasant if one doesn’t plan well. So these commuting tips are super super helpful. Thanks!

  14. Great information on the pros and cons of all the modes of travel around Europe. I’ve been through Europe in lots of different ways, and I have to say the Eurail pass is my favorite way to get between cities/countries!

  15. Being from Europe, well from England and having now traveled all around the world, one of the biggest thing that I’ve come to realism is just how easy it is for us to get around from one place to another (Sure this might be harder for us brits when Brexit finally kicks in) But in general like you’ve mentioned in your post there are so many transport option and interlinking. One of my friends is going a trip through Europe right now with his Australian Girlfriend and she can’t believe how accessible everything is

    • Thats so well put Amit. Actually, that’s one of the reasons we haven’t planned a trip to Australia till now. Getting around is not as easy as in Europe definitely

  16. Great post! so good to know about the cost-effective and great ways to travel across Europe. THEIR TRANSPORT SYSTEM is really good!

  17. There are so many commute options in Europe. We loved train travel a lot, especially in Switzerland. But we were surprised to note that in many sectors Air travel is cheaper than traveling by train. For example flying from Zurich to Rome worked out cheaper than train.

    • Yes, that’s a very good point that you brought out. We will try out this option the next time we travel to Europe

  18. I love Etihad as well… 🙂
    Commuting around Europe through trains seems so easy… wish to try this soon and hopefully I won’t be lost…

  19. those are great tips which helps in travelling to europe ,great informative tips Neha

  20. We did a road trip through Montenegro, Slovenia, and Croatia and loved it! Can’t wait to use the Swiss Travel Pass and explore Switzerland by their trains. Your day trips from Lucerne sound amazing!

  21. This is a nice commuting guide. And great photos of the speed trains, too. But how about Uber and Lyft, or any other ride-sharing systems? Are they as popular in Europe or not?

    • Uber is there in bigger cities like Paris. I didn’t look for the shared option though. But they are again at times more costly than the metro and trains

  22. Very useful post for travel in Europe! I’d also add for flight options, there’s a lot of cheap budget airlines in Europe who regularly have seat sales if you sign up for your email list. These include EasyJet, RyainAir and Vueling. I’ve booked trips from London to Geneva, Scotland, and Greece for less than £100.

  23. Alexander Popkov

    What was your trip to Europe and how did you get around? 🙂 Just curious in actual map and transportation used.

    • Checkout our blog post on how we planned our Europe trip, it has all the details. We travelled through Italy, Switzerland, Paris and Amsterdam. For 20 days. Used trains, walking tours, day trips around by bus, metros in bigger cities like Paris and local trains in Amsterdam. Sometimes, when in dire need, we did book taxis

  24. I so missed Europe! It was age ago when I visited! Nice pics there!

  25. It’s a bit different for us as we live in the UK, so we can absolutely do a single European city on a trip if we feel like it. We vary our travel options depending on where — for nearby places we’ll often drive, that goes for within the UK as well as France and Belgium in particular, making it easy to bring back beer, wine and food treats on the way home. For further afield, we’ll either use the train (the Eurostar offers fast travel from London to many cities) or fly. When we get to where we’re going, sometimes we’ll hire a car there if self-driving gives the best option to see the area.

    • I really envy you Kavita. If I were living anywhere in Europe, I would do exactly what you are doing..one city at a time, explore Europe completely!!

  26. very very interesting post. informative. When it comes to Europe you really have plenty of option!

  27. We have traveled widely by train in Europe and found it really convenient. But we were really surprised to find that flghts worked out cheaper in many sectors. For example we found a flight from Zurich to Rome on Swissair worked out cheaper than a train ticket. You are right one needs to compare different modes of options before deciding.

    • Thats a great trip. We didn’t explore this option on this trip. Will definitely do next time

  28. hi
    such a comprehensive option , i was wondering if u could suggest some sites where the bookings could be done and any specific details that need to be catered . all in all a grt article indeed

    rgds

    sumit

    • Thanks Sumit. That’s a good suggestion. I will include sites information in the blog post soon

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