Transportation is a very important consideration when planning a European vacation. It’s a big expense area; most travelers are very concerned about booking flights and finding the best fares. And once you finally book those flights, other transportation decisions must be made. What is the best way to travel? How do you find the best prices for rental cars and trains? Should you use budget airlines to fly between European cities instead of trains? How do you master driving in a foreign country? The links in this section will provide a variety of resources to help answer these questions.
Traveling by Air – General Information
Air Travel to Europe: Planning Your Itinerary and Booking Your Flight My article on the Slow Travel Tours website; helpful tips for booking air travel to Europe.
Air Travel to Europe: Ensuring a Relaxing Transatlantic Flight Second article in my series on the Slow Travel Tours website; tips for ensuring a relaxing flight to Europe.
Airfare Comparison Websites
www.kayak.com (this site is usually where I start)
Online Travel Agencies
These well-known online travel agencies help you compare fares and schedules, including major airlines and some consolidators. You can also book your flights (and hotels and flights) through these sites.
Flying within Europe
These two websites identify airlines that fly between pairs of European cities.
Traveling by Train
Train Travel in France: Planning Your Trip & Buying Tickets My article on the Slow Travel Tours website; part one of a two part series.
Train Travel in France: At the Station & On the Train Part 2 of my series on the Slow Travel Tours website.
Mastering Train Travel in Italy (Articles by Matt Daub of Slow Travel Tours)
Train System Websites
Check schedules and book tickets on these sites.
www.raileurope.com (US-based online agency for booking trains in Europe)
National Rail (British trains website)
Trenitalia (Italian trains website)
SNCF (French trains website)
SBB (Swiss trains website)
DB Bahn (German trains website) – I find this site the easiest to use to check schedules throughout Europe.
OBB (Austrian trains website)
Driving and Renting Cars
Most major car rental companies operate in Europe. We prefer to use brokers who can find you the best rate based on their volume discounts with the rental companies. Most brokers will also match the price if you find a better fare and can offer assistance if you run into problems.