money saving tips for europe travel

Money Saving Tips for travelling around Europe & other international destinations

Are you looking to travel to Europe or further abroad? We have compiled a list of the websites that will hopefully open up options and give you the best chance to find the best travel deal for you. The key to saving money with your travels is booking early and doing your research on the different options available to you. The aim of this page is to give you all these tools in one place.  

 

two strategies for saving money with travel. Two Strategies to saving money with travel across Europe

Know where you want to go?......Book early

Research your trip, book flights early as well as accommodation (so you get the best deal on where you want to stay) and have everything organised. This is particularly important when booking for peak holiday periods.

Open to what you want to do?.....Book later

If you don't know what you want to do and are open to suggestions, then it can be worth hunting the deals. Scroll below to the daily deals on holiday categories to find a bargain holiday offer. Sometimes the later you book the better deal you can find. 

 

booking cheap flights to Europe Booking Cheap Flights to Europe

Flying within Europe: 

The best and easiest way to find value for money flights across Europe is to use comparison sites such as Skyscanner and Liligo. Both pick up both budget and mainstream airlines and link you to the airlines website.

The main airlines that fly from London Airports across Europe are British AirwaysEasy JetRyan AirWizz Air. It can also be worth checking out holiday operators Thomas Cook that charter their own planes to many holiday destinations across Europe as well as other locations internationally.

Flying Long haul/Round the World: 

If the long haul flight you are looking for is fairly straight forward use comparison sites such as Skyscanner and Liligo to find the best deal and flight for you. If you are looking for a Round the World ticket, stop over or connecting flights than it can be worth using the services of a travel agent. Students under 26 should use STA travel along with some other agents to compare. Travel agents that are usually very competitive price wise include Travel PackTrailfinders and Travel Bag.

 

booking cheap bus & train travel Booking Cheap Train/Bus Travel

Booking Europe Bus Travel:

Eurolines is the easiest way to find pricing for individual journeys across Europe other than researching each individual countries National bus services. Busabout offer excellent value for money with their hop on- hop off bus service to popular European destinations designed for travellers looking to explore various European countries. 

Booking Europe Train Travel:

Rail Europe is the place to find rail passes for travel across individual countries and Europe. For trips from London to Europe try Eurostar and The Trainline to find the best deal.

 

Options to find the best deal when booking Accommodation

hostels in Europe Hostels

Hostel Bookers, Hostel World and Hostelz are three websites that all have a large database of Hostels, compare prices to make sure you get the best deal.

 

booking private rooms Private Rooms/Bed and Breakfasts

This can be a cheap way of finding a great place to stay with a more homely feel. Try Air BnB and 9Flats.

 

booking hotels in europe Hotels

 It can be worth hunting the different websites for the accommodation you seek. Hotel Info and Trip Advisor are always worth looking at for the customers ratings of places which they have stayed. Other popular websites worth looking at in general include, LastminuteHotelsLate Rooms and Expedia.

 

booking holiday homes Holiday Homes/Villa Rentals

If looking for a Villa/Holiday Home AirBNB is always worth a look but also try the following websites Holiday Lettings, Villa's to Go and Premier Holidays.

 

booking beach holidays Booking Beach Holidays

Last Minute, EBookers, Expedia are a good to start with when looking at booking a beach holiday while the following holiday companies are always worth looking at Low Cost Holidays, Virgin HolidaysThomas Cook, ThomsonsFirst Choice and On the Beach are all good resources when searching for holidays.

 

booking luxury holiday breaks Discounted Luxury Holidays/Breaks

Secret Escapes is a free to join travel members club that offers some amazing discounted deals on luxury/boutique holidays. Well worth registering with.

 

booking city breaks Booking City Breaks

Last MinuteEBookers, Expedia are all good websites for finding value for money flight/hotel packages for City breaks while Shortbreaks offers value for money Eurostar/Hotel packages to Paris, Lille, Bruges, Antwerp and Brussels.

 

booking skiing holidays Booking Skiing Holidays

For appealing Ski offers hunt around on the following websites Last MinuteSki FranceExpedia, Crystal Holidays

 

booking travel adventure holidays Booking Travel/Adventure Holidays

Radical Travel (Busabout - hop on hop off bus around Europe as well as tours through Ireland and Scotland), Contiki (Is a well established tour company offering various tours through Europe and the rest of the world.) Trailfinders,Top DeckIntrepid TravelSta Travel and G Adventures.

 

booking golfing holidays Booking Golfing Holidays

2fore1 Golf will get you discounted green fees across many courses in the UK and Europe. So save quite a bit of money combined on a golf trip.

 

finding great travel deals Finding other Great Travel Deals

Try all the websites listed above to source the best deal or if open to where you travel try group buying websites: GrouponLiving Social, Wowcher and Mighty Deals. Also try Cashback websites: Quidco and Top Cashback.

 

Travel Essentials

booking car hire in Europe Booking Car Hire

Use a car rental comparison websites to help find the best deal such as  Car RentalsLiligo, Ebookers and Expedia. Don't just look at one site, look at all four to ensure you get the best deal.

 

booking airport transfers in Europe Booking Airport Transfers

It can often be cheaper to pre-organise Airport Transfers rather than paying when you get there although make sure you do your own research with your destination. Check local buses, trains, shuttle services with the airport you are arriving at.

The following companies provide Airport transfers although can be a touch expensive but worth checking just in case. Holiday ExtrasHoliday TransfersHoliday Taxis and Shuttle Direct.

 

organising travel insurance Organising Travel Insurance

There are so many companies it can be hard work getting the best deal which is unlikely to be what is being offered by the agent or website you have purchased a product from.

The easiest way of sourcing the best travel insurance deal is using a comparison website such as Confused.com or Go CompareCoverwise specializes in travel insurance and can also be worth looking at.

Check first that you are not covered by your bank, and if so, is that cover suitable for the travels you are taking?

- What activities are you likely to do on holiday?... and does the insurance you are getting cover these activities if you have an accident? 


 

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