Where to Find Cheap Transportation Around the World

Where to Find Cheap Transportation

Once you've found a great deal on airfare (if you're traveling a great distance) and you've got your affordable lodging all squared away, it's time to figure out how you'll get around town or throughout the country or countries you'll be visiting. We want to help you find cheap transportation options, so we put together this list of reputable transport companies for you to research further. Because most of our travels have been throughout the US and Europe, this list is somewhat region specific. A great site to use when wanting to find the cheapest method of transportation between two locations anywhere in the world is Rome2Rio. Compare plane, train, bus, ferry, and driving options. TIP: Before booking ANYTHING online, always search for coupon codes that could save you money on your final purchase price. Our favorite sites for finding coupon codes include: Retail Me Not & Coupons.com. And be sure to check out our other helpful resource guides: Where to Find Cheap Flights & Places to Stay Around the World, if you haven't already!

Car Rentals

We LOVE a good road trip and have rented cars in several international countries. Having your own car allows you to go wherever you want, whenever you want. You're on your own schedule and can make adjustments to your itinerary as you go along. A rental car provides the flexibility a scheduled flight, train, or guided tour cannot. Make sure you have/purchase insurance, obey all road signs and speed limits, and before booking, check closely for additional costs, so you don't face any surprises at the rental counter. Rental cars can be very affordable or very expensive and this will be dependent on location, vehicle size, and time of year, along with supply and demand. One-way rentals can be very pricey, but sometimes is still cheaper when compared to air or train travel. Ways to save with rental cars include: bundling with flights and/or hotel packages, traveling in the off-season, opting for a smaller vehicle, and utilizing online coupon codes.

AVIS

Avis Car Rental and its subsidiaries operate one of the world's best-known car rental brands with 5,450 locations in 165+ countries.

BUDGET

Budget offers quality vehicles and a rewarding rental experience at more than 3,000 locations in more than 120 countries.

CARRENTALS.COM

Find car rentals at 29,000+ locations in 195+ countries from global brands to local specialists. Checks their deals and coupons!

HERTZ

Hertz is the largest US car rental company with international locations in 150 countries worldwide.

KAYAK

KAYAK searches hundreds of travel sites at once to find the info you need to make the right decisions on flights, hotels & rental cars.

PRICELINE

Deep discounts on car rentals. Name Your Own Price ® bid and save up to 40% on rental cars!

SIXT

Drive a premium car at economy prices with Sixt, the largest premium car rental company. Pre-pay and save 20% at 4000+ locations.

Train Travel (USA & Europe)

Train travel can be a fun and affordable way to get from city to city, country to country. Especially in Europe, we find traveling by train to be an efficient and relaxing method of transportation. Unlike at airports, there are no long security lines to wait in and no long waits at the gate. Typically your train pulls into the station a few minutes ahead of your scheduled departure time, you get on board and you're quickly on your way! Read a book or watch the scenery go by and before you know it, you'll be at your final destination. For the most affordable train tickets, travel at off-peak times and try to book at least a few weeks in advance. Depending upon how many train journeys you will take in a set amount of time, you may want to consider a rail pass. We've included a few (European) options for you below.

AMTRAK

Get your train and bus tickets on Amtrak.com to travel over 500 destinations via 30 plus train routes in the USA and Canada.

DEUTSCHE BAHN

Deutsche Bahn brings you from 16 European countries to Germany and vice versa. Travel across Europe for as little as EUR 39. Also consider the German Rail Pass.

EURAIL

Eurail is a train pass that allows pass holders (non-European citizens) to travel in 28 European countries on nearly all European railroads.

EUROSTAR

Book your train tickets to Paris, Brussels, Lille, the South of France and many more European destinations with Eurostar.

THE MAN IN SEAT 61

How to travel by train or ferry from the UK into Europe & worldwide. For help with train travel, ask the Man in Seat 61!

RAIL EUROPE

Rail Europe combines maps, schedules & fares for 50+ train companies across Europe, creating one-stop to plan and book your European rail travel.

THE TRAINLINE

Book your tickets to travel in 20 European countries with the TrainLine. All tickets. One platform.

VIRGIN TRAINS

Find the best deals on rail fares from Virgin Trains. Travel in comfort & style to London, Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow & more.

Bus Transportation (Europe)

Although not always the fastest way to get from here to there, bus travel is often is your cheapest transportation option. Most buses these days offer plenty of luggage storage space, comfortable seats, and on-board perks such as free WiFi to keep you entertained and connected throughout the journey.

FLIXBUS

Low cost European bus travel. 100,000 daily connections to around 900 destinations in over 20 different countries.

REDE EXPRESSOS

Rede Nacional de Expressos guarantees connection between 100s of destinations in Portugal with high standards of quality and safety.

STUDENT AGENCY

Student Agency | RegioJet offers affordable luxury bus service all over Europe. Additional discounts for travels <26 yo and >60 yo.

RIDE SHARE COMPANIES

Car pooling is nothing new. However, ride share companies are a fairly new commodity. Catch a ride with a local/fellow traveler to save BIG on transportation costs. Or look into relocation deals for deeply discounted car/campervan rentals.

BLA BLA CAR

Bla Bla Car is a trusted community marketplace (in 22 countries) that connects drivers with empty seats to passengers looking for a ride.

KANGARIDE

Kangaride offers reliable, well-supervised rideshare and carpooling service for Canada and the United States.

IMOOVA

Travel the world in relocation rentals (car, RV, campervan) from $1 per day. Available in Australia, NZ, USA, Canada, and Europe.

Private Transfer Services

Also, fairly new in recent years is the explosion of private transfer services offering transportation to/from airports, around town, or basically anywhere you want to go! Hire a private driver or share the vehicle with other passengers for a more economical option. Don't forget to look for those coupon codes before booking to save even more!

LYFT

Lyft is your friend with a car, whenever you need one. Download the app and get a ride from a friendly driver within minutes.

UBER

Whether it’s a ride, a sandwich, or a package, Uber uses technology to give people what they want, when they want it.

SUPER SHUTTLE

SuperShuttle provides convenient and affordable rides to/from ~40 airports in the US and a handful of international airports.

CK SHUTTLE

Fast, easy and comfortable transfer to/from Český Krumlov, Czech Republic to/from destinations like Prague, Vienna, Linz, Salzburg and many others.

RV/Campervan Rentals

Looking for a fun way to travel that combines your lodging and transportation? Though the cost per day may seem expensive at initial booking, when you consider you're getting lodging and transportation for that price, it doesn't seem so bad. By renting an RV/campervan, you only have to unpack once and then your belongings move with you as you explore! With everything from small vans to luxury RVs, there are cruising options to meet most family sizes and budgets. Renting in peak season could drive the price up, so consider renting in the shoulder season or off season for the best price (though keep in mind, weather may be a little less than ideal during those cheaper rental times).

BUNK CAMPERS

Bunk Campers provides convenient and affordable campervan/RV hire in Ireland, England, and Scotland.

CRUISE AMERICA

With 140 rental locations, Cruise America RV Rentals is your go-to place for Class C motor homes.

ESCAPE CAMPERVANS

Escape Campervans provides fun, reliable, and economical campervan rentals to/from LA, San Fran, Vegas, Miami and NY.

IMOOVA

Travel the world in relocation rentals (car, RV, campervan) from $1 per day. Available in Australia, NZ, USA, Canada, and Europe.

Jucy

JUCY RENTALS

JUCY provides car, RV and motorhome rentals in the US (Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco) and in New Zealand & Australia.

Cruise Deals

Like renting a RV/campervan, cruises are another great way to get from here to there without having to unpack more than once! Enjoy a brief time in a given destination, then go to bed and wake up in a new place! Cruising can be considered an economic vacation option because the price includes lodging, transportation, and meals! For where to find great cruise deals, check out our Accommodations and Cruise Deals Resource Page.

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