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Getting Around

Transport options vary across the world, but they do have several things in common. Some countries have decent rail networks, others rely more on the roads. In general the less wealthy a country, the cheaper friendlier and more frequent the public transport - if not always the most spacious or comfortable!


Good rail networks span much of the globe. Trains are generally fast and efficient in Western countries although tend to be crowded around cities. Further afield the rail network may be slower than buses, but may be your only choice when travelling long distances. Sleeper trains can be good value - you can save a nights accommodation costs and can arrive at your destination early in the morning.

If you are visiting Europe then the Eurorail passes can be a good buy. These are split into zones and allow a travel within the designated zones. The only catch is that they can only be bought outside of the regions they cover. Other countires may have their own rail passes, particularly for students and under 25s, that offer discounted travel.


Internal flights can be a good option if travelling long distances - there are many cheap carriers throughout Europe and flying can be cheaper than the equivalent rail fares. The discount carriers, unlike major airlines, usually run their cheapest tickets well in advance, so can be expensive if needed at short notice. There's usually extra charges for any hold baggage and other extras, so try and get the full price you'll pay before booking.

Bus travel

Across most of the world, buses are the main transport to most towns. These normally run on a schedule which can be very regular or seemingly at random. In some countries buses will leave once full, even if ahead of schedule, while others will wait until full before leaving.

In some countries buses can be faster than trains, although much less comfortable over long distances. Bus travel is usually the cheapest way to travel and as such are used heavily by the locals. It's likely that many of your more interesting travel stories will come from your contact with these curious and generally friendly people.


Some parts of the world are more accessible by sea and in these cases regular ferries run. In places like Croatia and Greece the ferry system is the only way to access many of the islands. Travel by boat is usually sedate and can give some of the best views of the coastline and sea.


Taxi services of some kind exist all over the world, although these do vary in style and comfort. Motorcycle taxis are common all over Asia - a little scary for some though! Only slighty less hair raising are the 3 wheeled Tuk Tuks (motorised rickshaws) that run throughout Thailand. Normal taxis are found in the major cities, but are usually your more expensive (and comfortable) option.

One method of transport that isn't so widely spread is the shared taxi. These can be anything from a minibus to a pick up with bench seats in the back. These will pick up passengers from anywhere and divert their route according to where they want to go. It's a strange concept but does work well in smaller towns and cities.