Fun Ways to Get Around European Cities – There are many ways to travel around European cities that can add to your overall travel experience. Finding an optimal travel method is very much dependent on the city that you are visiting.
London, for example, has a subway system known as the “London Underground” that is both convenient and historic as it was the first subway system introduced. Venice offers travel by both water taxi and gondola which adds a unique charm to the city.
Be sure to research any unique offerings in each European city that you visit to explore the charms of that city.
Fun Ways to Get Around European Cities
Is a vast country with countless of places to visit and things to see, and on a holiday to Spain chances are that you will want to see more than just one place.
This can be done in several ways. Either you can rent your own car, go by bus, fly between the destinations or travel by train. In this article, we’ll talk about train travel in Spain, and what you need to know.
Traveling By Train In Spain: The Rail Network
Spain has an excellent rail network linking all the major towns and cities, with several daily connections and modern trains.
While many local trains are slow and take long routes with many stops, there are also the famous AVE trains which can travel up to 300km/h, transporting you from Madrid to Barcelona in only 3 hours!
These AVE high-speed trains are wonderful to travel with, making travel in Spain comfortable, quick and efficient.
There are several rail networks where these high-speed trains go:
- Madrid–Barcelona (via Guadalajara, Calatayud, Zaragoza, Lleida and Tarragona)
- Madrid–Seville (via Ciudad Real, Puertollano, and Córdoba)
- Madrid–Valladolid (via Segovia)
- Madrid–Huesca (via Guadalajara, Calatayud, and Zaragoza)
- Madrid–Málaga (via Ciudad Real, Puertollano, Córdoba, and Antequera)
- Barcelona–Seville (via Zaragoza, Córdoba and Madrid)
- Barcelona–Málaga (via Zaragoza, Córdoba and Madrid)
Train travel in Spain is cheaper than the rest of Europe, but some routes are still not THAT cheap.
It’s often cheaper to take the bus, but buses also don’t provide the same comfort and often take much longer.
If you plan on traveling on an EuRail or InterRail pass, you might want to reconsider. While these tickets are great for many countries in northern Europe, they’re far from ideal in Spain.
Almost every train that you’re likely to need require a seat reservation, and those are both difficult to come by and cost a significant sum of money.
So before purchasing your ticket, make sure you look up how much extra you will have to pay for your seat reservations, and if in the end the price of the InterRail and EuRail ticket is worth it, chances are that you’ll get away with it cheaper by just purchasing a normal ticket.
Booking your tickets can be a bit confusing, as there are different services running different trains. On Renfe, the main train company, it often says that there are only two routes per day to a destination, like Barcelona to Sitges, when in reality there are more, only they’re run by different trains.
The website doesn’t have an english language option, so your web browser has to do the work, which isn’t always very efficient.
It is however the cheapest option, and you can book already 60 days in advance. If you prefer to book it at the train station, prepare to wait for at least half an hour to an hour.
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Walking to explore European cities
Walking is a great way to explore many European cities. As many European cities were built prior to the introduction of automobiles, there are many town squares and passages that are not accessible to cars.
Walking through these towns allows you the opportunity to explore the nooks and crannies of many of these town centers stopping at cafes, artisan shops, and courtyards on your way.
Walking around is not always practical given the distance between locations you are attempting to visit. Cycling seems to be the best way to explore many new cities whether you’re a local or a visitor.
A bike gives people the freedom and flexibility to chart their own paths through the city along with other cyclists and experience the ‘real’ city.
Unsurprisingly, seeing tourist on bikes is nothing new anymore. Government sponsored bike schemes make their bikes available to both locals and visitors guaranteeing a cheap trip through the city.
Momondo collected all the important information, starting from how to sign up for the schemes to recommended bike routes, and incorporated it in this handy visual guide on public bike schemes in European cities.
Hiring a Guide
It is sometimes difficult to find your way when travelling to a new city with signs posted in a language you may not be familiar with. Having a local tour guide bring you to a variety of different sites and explain to you the history of the area can provide you with insight regarding the city you are visiting.
Once you sign up with a tour guide they often provide their own transportation, whether bus or other means to help you during your travels.