How to plan a cash-saving trip to Europe by taking trains and coaches | The Sun
HAVE you been inspired to avoid plane travel by hit show Race Across The World?
Taking a train or coach can be a romantic adventure, and save you stacks of cash.
Here are some ideas on how to plan a trip into Europe by rail and road . . .
COACH: Travelling by coach is cheap and fuss-free compared to by plane.
Come prepared with drinks and snacks — plus a travel pillow to help you sleep.
FlixBus picks up from cities across the UK, including Glasgow, Swansea, Plymouth, and London, and heads to most top destinations in Europe. International buses tend to leave from London, so you’ll need to transfer unless you start your journey in the capital.
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From London direct to Amsterdam and Brussels, I found one-way tickets from £25.99pp, or Paris from £29.99pp.
Book further in advance and travel at less popular times to bag the best prices.
Omio.co.uk/coaches lets you compare European coach operators and coach against plane and train routes.
EUROSTAR: Eurostar travels direct from London and Ashford in Kent to destinations including Amsterdam, Lille, Paris, Brussels and Disneyland Paris.
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You can get good value tickets by booking a few weeks in advance.
Best-price tickets from London to Paris for the summer are currently £39 one way.
But Eurostar also periodically offers flash sales with tickets for £29 one way.
Sign up to its mailing list to be notified when these go live.
RAIL: If you want to travel further into Europe, plan routes and buy tickets at thetrainline.com.
But if you’re travelling in one individual country, check if you can get a better price through the country’s rail operator.
France’s state-owned SNCF has national and regional special offers at bit.ly/3L62Q4k.
It’s all in English too.
For example, a family day pass for two adults and two children to make an unlimited number of stops through the French Riviera is £31 (35 euros).
- All prices on page correct at time of going to press. Deals and offers subject to availability
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