I wish before I had arrived in Germany someone would have told me about these tips. It wasn’t until the end of my travelling, when I had finally settled down, that I had begun to learn all these.
Back when this tunnel was built in Hamburg, it was used mainly for cars to get to the other side of the river in Hamburg. Today, as the world’s transportation methods have greatly improved, it is used mainly for pedestrians and as a tourist attraction.
I have been living in Germany (this year) for about 6 months now and would like to share these tips so you don’t spend more money than you need to when traveling here… because let’s be honest, there are so many other amazing things to spend your money on in Europe that aren’t transportation.
1 – Flixtrain & Flixbus
Flixtrain are Flixbus are a great way to travel within in Europe actually. There are trips offered from all over Europe using this company. They are becoming more and more popular even with the locals as it is such a cheap way to travel.
Last August I traveled from Vienna, Austria to Stuttgart (9 hour trip) using a Flixbus and only paid €27.
2 – BlaBlaCar
This is a great way to meet people actually. BlaBlaCar is an organization where someone is already going to a certain destination and invites anyone else making the same trip to join.
Using the website you can book online, see how many people will be in the vehicle with you, and choose different drivers based on ratings.
Last July I traveled from Stuttgart to Hamburg (an 8 hour trip) for €25!
And depending on where you want to want to go, there are even options to drive to the neighboring countries as well.
3 – DB (Deutsche Bahn) Navigator App
For this you will most likely need to download the app – name just as it is “DB Navigator”, then in the menu to the left is a section for saver fares.
This will show you all the trips, using Deutsche Bahn, beginning with the cheapest offered price.
It is also possible to book using Deutsche Bahn online. Just follow the link to the website.
4 – RyanAir
I think RyanAir is becoming more popular for travelers who have been to Europe, because it really is all that it’s cracked up to be.
For example, next weekend I’m flying to Dublin from Stuttgart (and back) for €40! As a North American, this is insane to me, as we can’t seem to fly within one state or province for less than $100
5 – Local Day Passes
Finally… local day passes. These are available in any German city with a local inner city tram network (basically all cities have a network). For as low as €7 you can ride the tram system for 24 hours and they are valid for U-bahn or S-bahn networks within the specified zone.
You can buy the passes at any station from the ticket machine using either cash or credit card.
And of course – BOOK AHEAD! No matter what this will always save you money. I have found trips to Hamburg using the most expensive train system for only €29 just from booking ahead.
AND! If you are at all interested in what life in Germany is really like, read my 10 things that are different in Germany post. Some topics are specific to living here, but nonetheless, some good tips to know even for a vacation.
Happy Travels 🙂