Transport

How to get around

In order to get the most out of a backpacking or budget holiday it is worth moving around to see as much of your destination country as possible. In general inter-continental or very long distances should be covered with flights. With the current rise of low cost airlines there is now a great deal of choice when it comes to reaching destination and prices are cheaper than ever.

If you want to find out the distances between any two airports, or what destinations you can reach by travelling from one or another airport, visit World Airport Codes.

Overland travel is a cheap way to cover moderate distances and it also lets you stop off at intersting places on the way. A leisurely pace might involve spending 4 hours on a bus or train each day allowing you to take in the local sights. If you are trying to reach a particular destination there is usually sleeper trains and overnight buses that cater well for tourist needs.

If you are travelling with a group and your budget can stretch to it hiring a car gives you the most freedom with regard to travel. Although an expensive option it really lets you get to out of the way and remote areas which can have some wonderful local culture.

Ferries are generally best used on short hops out to Islands, for example a hop out to Arran Island when visiting Ireland. Ferries over long distances are slow and expensive and generally not very flexible and are best avoided. Even for travel across the channel the Eurostar is a more convenient option and is arguably cheaper than ferries.

Within this section we give advice on various methods of travel in various destinations. This will let you select the most convenient from of transport for you. It will also help you get the best value for money out of your chose transport method.

Whether its negotiating the confusingly similarly named rail passes for European travel or you are trying to book an overnight bus from the US to Canada you will find helpful tips and information within our transport section!