Bus service in Europe

Jun 28th, 2007, 08:37 PM
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Bus service in Europe

We have a friend who wants to join us in Budapest, but he has a few weeks to visit other cities on his own after he finishes another tour in Munich. Is there a bus service that he can just visit various cities at his leisure ?

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Jun 28th, 2007, 10:20 PM
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Which other cities? In Hungary, in Germany or some other countries.

GENERALLY bus travel within European countries is extremely limited and it isn't much better between countries - see www.eurolines.com - and GENERALLY it's a lousy way to travel.

Which is why people use trains - see www.seat61.com. BUT depending on where they want to go flying might be a better option - see www.whichbudget.com
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Jun 29th, 2007, 05:37 AM
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ditto what alanRow said. Long distance buses usually don't make sense in Europe. Of course there are some exceptions - but trains are much faster and can be very cost effective. And on some routes, flying will actually be cheaper than long distance buses and take a tiny fraction of the time.
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Jun 29th, 2007, 07:00 AM
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Each destination should be evaluated as to time and cost. Buses are considered safer than trains, especially by locals. Trains may be faster but they again may not serve a sight. Major airlines are more costly than Low Fare ones. Often they are less expensive overall as their terminals are closer to city centers. Inquire locally as to the best travel option. European cities have many and varied travel options that are not publicized. Michener suggest simply getting on a local bus or train and taking it to the end of the route. Spend a day there and return.
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Jun 29th, 2007, 07:09 AM
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There are tourist oriented buses that run regular routes around Europe on which you can get on and off any day - they actually take you to a certain hotel or hostel though you don't have to stay there. They are quite inexpensive but you take a scripted route. Ask STA Travel or any student travel agency for a brochure - appeals mainly to younger folk.

The much more dense train system IMO is the way to go.
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