Smart ways to save money in Europe this crazy, crowded summer


1. Use Public Transportation – Taking public transportation instead of taking cabs or renting a car can save you quite a bit of money. Invest in a travel pass or an integrated travel card for use on public transportation, such as Eurail and regional passes, and you can travel cheaper and often faster.

2. Make Use of Tourist Discounts – Most European cities offer discount cards that give you access to free or discounted transportation, admission to attractions, and discounts on food and shopping. These cards can easily save you up to 40% or more on your overall spending.

3. Consider Couchsurfing – Couchsurfing is a great way to stay for free in Europe. You can find cheap hostels, or free accommodation from hosts who are willing to share their homes with you. It’s not only a great way to save on accommodation, but to also meet locals and expand your cultural knowledge.

4. Eat Like a Local – Restaurants near tourist attractions tend to be much more expensive. To save on food expenses, consider eating street food, farmer’s markets, and cheap eateries frequented by locals. This is also a good way to get a taste of the local culture.

5. Plan Ahead – Research and plan your trip ahead of time. Look for deals and discounts for attractions, accommodation, activities, and transportation. Pre-booking your tickets for attractions such as Disneyland Paris, Eiffel Tower, and Louvre Museum can save you time and money.

6. Skip Shopping – Preparing what you need before you leave can save you from spending extra money on souvenirs and other items in Europe. If you must shop, look for outlets, flea markets for bargains.

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