Places To Backpack In Europe

in Europe

Getting Around

Getting a Eurail train pass is the most economical way to get around to all of these places and travel throughout Europe. The train system throughout the continent is comfortable and convenient, and will get you anywhere you need to go. There are several Eurail train passes to choose from, so you can determine which one you need.

You have a choice between a few budget airlines that operate in Europe as well. Beginning as low as 1 Euro for a one way ticket (not including tax) you can fly to smaller airports throughout Europe on airlines such as RyanAir and EasyJet.

Portugal

Portugal is a small country at the each of Europe that is sometimes overlooked by travelers. It offers a unique Mediterranean feel like that of Spain or Italy, but is a bit more affordable in comparison.

Lisbon, the capital city, is smaller compared to other European capitals, but offers a rich history and culture. Consider getting a Lisboa Card when you get there. This will enable you to qualify for discounts or even free entry into various museums and attractions throughout the city. It will also allow you to travel for free on the metro, buses, and trams within the city for a certain period of time. Prices for the Lisboa Card begin at about 16 Euros for 1 day use and increase from there.

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Porto is Portugal’s second largest city after Lisbon. Like Lisbon, it also has an impressive public transportation system with extensive metro and bus routes. As for accommodations, Porto Spot Hostel is highly rated on HostelBookers and costs about 17 Euros per night per person. It boasts being the newest hostel in Porto, and is housed in a historical building that was constructed in 1935.

England

England’s extensive and affordable public transportation makes it an ideal place for backpackers. Although the British Pound is strong in comparison to many other currencies, traveling on a budget does not mean you have to avoid traveling in England.

London is a good place to start your trip in England. The cost of living there is high, but you can still enjoy yourself without burning a hole in your wallet by finding budget London hotel rooms. There are numerous popular and free museums in London, such as the British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Tate Modern museum.

The Generator Hostel London was ranked in the top 3 most popular hostels in Europe by HostelBookers, and accommodates over 800 people. It has a central location being only 5 minutes from the British Museum, and offers internet access, lockers, and more.

In Northwest England, travelers enjoy visiting the hometown of The Beatles: Liverpool. In addition to its music history, the city is also home to several UNESCO World Heritage sites. There are various sculptures scattered throughout Liverpool, and the architecture ranges from Tudor style to Victorian to modern. Traveling to Liverpool is easy because it has an international airport and England has an extensive rail system that reaches to all corners of the country. Local transportation includes affordable buses and trains, as well as a ferry system to gross the river that runs through Liverpool.

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Bulgaria and its cities are gradually being discovered by the backpacking community, which is refreshing because of the history and culture it has to offer. Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, is not a huge city, so it is easy to get around by metro, taxi, and buses.

Saint Aleksander Nevski Cathedral, located in downtown Sofia, is an Orthodox Bulgarian cathedral. It is one of the biggest Eastern Orthodox cathedrals in the world, as it can hold up to 10,000 people. Construction of the Aleksander Nevski Cathedral began in 1882 and ended in 1912, in honor of the Russian prince and to honor the Russian lives lost during the Russo-Turkish War of 1877, which resulted in Bulgaria’ s liberation from the rule of the Ottoman Empire.

Art Hostel is a recommended hostel in Sofia (almost 7 Euros per night) and highly rated on HostelBookers. It is right around the corner from restaurants, bars, and other attractions.

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