Traveling is something which can incur many costs when to comes to transportation- and no, we’re not just talking about the plane ticket. Of course your plane ticket may be your largest investment in the trip, but all the little tickets and costs you’ll have to pay to get around can really add up to take a major chunk out of your budget, if you aren’t careful! Especially if you are just traveling on the fly, you can pay a pretty penny for a last-minute train ticket at the station. All it takes is a bit of knowledge and strategy to know how to save money when you’re traveling. And if you can figure out how to save money on transportation costs, you’ll have way more left over for the fun things you want to do!
Buy a pass
This is where planning out your trip ahead of time can really come in handy. If you know you’re going to be traveling throughout Europe, from Italy to Spain and France for example, it is way cheaper to buy a Eurorail pass than it is to buy individual train tickets. You’ll save hundreds of Euros by paying up front for the pass, and then you’ll have the freedom to travel as you like. Similarly, if you’ll be staying in a city for a few days or a week, buy a public transportation pass rather than individual tickets. Not only does it save you money, but it’s far more convenient when you don’t have to go to the ticket machine every single time you want to ride.
If you’re into being active while traveling, try renting bikes on your trip. This way you’ll have a quick way to get around and you won’t have to pay for public transportation or taxis. Renting bikes can be just a few dollars a day in some places, which is the same price you would pay for just one round-trip ticket on public transportation. Plus you’ll get your exercise, some fresh air and have a lot of fun!
Haggle with taxis
When you get into a taxi, make sure you always know the cost before you start going. And when they tell you the price after you tell them your destination, don’t agree with what they say! They are telling you the highest price they think that you will pay. So haggle with them because they know they are overcharging you. For example, in Thailand you shouldn’t pay more than a few dollars to get around the city.
Know the local rates
It’s important to have some awareness of what the transportation costs are in the cities you’re visiting. You can get some idea of this by comparing the costs of living and transport in different cities. This is a great way to get a feel for what transportation will cost in New York vs. London vs. Melbourne and a whole bunch of other cities. It’s a great way to set up your budget and be prepared for what you will spend.