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