Europe is vast with so many nooks and crannies to explore. From snow capped mountain tops to breathtaking basilicas, there are endless sights to see! Read further to learn how to get around Europe for as low as $5 with FlixBus!
Many people traveling through Europe opt for the Eurail Pass, but that can cost you hundreds of dollars. FlixBus is a fairly new Germany-based transportation company that makes it ridiculously effortless and affordable to experience Europe. With over 1,200 destinations and 200,000 daily connections in 26 European countries, FlixBus is THE way to get around Europe on a budget!! We used it for multiple trips through 5 countries for less than $150 a person. A Eurail Pass to explore 5 countries within 1 month can be about $600! We saved almost $500 by using FlixBus and our wallets thanked us! Our biggest score was getting from Paris to London for only $7!
Here is why FlixBus is so great…
- Affordability: Like I just said, you can get around Europe for as low as $5. It beats any train or plane ticket, that could possibly cost you hundreds of dollars.
- Accessibility: FlixBus has a user-friendly app that allows you to book a ticket in a matter of seconds. Just choose your route, find the time that works for you, and pay! When the bus arrives, show your confirmation on your phone and board.
- Clean and Comfortable: With the exception of one bus, all our coaches were well-maintained and spacious. Definitely more space than I would get cramped in Economy!
- Restrooms on Board: Sometimes driving cross-country can be daunting because you have to make stops every time you need to use the toilet. However, all coaches have restrooms!
- WiFi: Yes, you heard that right…WIFI ON THE BUS! It makes it so easy to watch Netflix, browse social media, and surf the web.
- Power Outlets: Okay, so you’re watching Netflix on your way to Brussels but your phone is at 3%. No worries because FlixBus thought of that! There are power outlets right at your seat!
- Friendly Drivers: All our drivers were friendly, accommodating, and ensured all the passengers were safe and comfortable.
- Luggage Storage: Plenty of room on the bus for your packs or rollies!
Tips for Riding FlixBus:
- If you have a long ride (7+ hours) ahead of you, opt for the overnight bus. That way, you’re saving money on a hostel and on transportation. The coach will be your bed for that night and you’re not wasting precious daylight! Go to sleep and when you wake up you’re in a new country!
- Bring snacks! Sometimes FlixBus drivers provide snacks to purchase, but just load up on your own munchies for the road. I usually pack a cold sandwich, bag of crisps, and a banana. Most of the time, your driver will make quick stops at convenience stores on long trips if you didn’t get a chance to stock up.
- Download movies or shows. Even though the coaches provide WiFi, it can get spotty sometimes depending on your route so make sure you download a ton of entertainment, so you don’t get board.
- Be early!!! Get to the pick-up location about 30 minutes ahead of time, so that you’re the first to board. You will get a better selection of seats.
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So not everything can be perfect, what are the downsides you may ask…
- Restrooms: The restroom facilities are both a blessing and a curse. Even though I loved having the convenience of using the restroom at anytime during our long hauls, the facilities weren’t always the cleanest. It was similar to an airplane toilet as far as size and cleanliness.
- Punctuality: 90% of the time our busses were ready to pick us up at the destination right on time. However, there were some instances that they we were late in pick up or drop off, but that’s just part of traveling; you can’t always have a schedule set in stone. So if you’ve got something on your agenda make sure you give yourself a little leeway in case your coach is running late.
- Time: If you’re going by bus regardless if its FlixBus or not, you’re going to be spending much more time on the road than if you were to take a train or plane. So if you’re on a time crunch, you may want to opt for a train that would cut your travel time on half.
If you have used FlixBus, I’d love to hear about it! Or maybe you have a transportation recommendation? Talk to us!
See you on the road,