find the most economical means of transport

published by Pauline Fontaine

– November 10, 2023 at 8:00 am

Do you dream of going on vacation without spending a lot? One of the main steps to reducing your budget is choosing the most economical means of transport to reach your destination.

Anticipating your future Christmas, Easter and even summer holidays (and yes, to save a lot you need to know how to anticipate!) Trendy helps you choose the best travel option. Here are some tips to maximize your chances of saving money on your next vacation.

Compare modes of transport for each destination

There are several means of transport to reach your dream destination. Each has its advantages and disadvantages in terms of price, duration and comfort. To make the right choice, don’t hesitate to compare different options:

  • The airplane : It can be very economical when it comes to low cost flights or exceptional promotions. However, prices vary greatly depending on the season, departure/arrival airport, airline and booking period. In fact, prices are generally lowest when sales open, i.e. 6 to 12 months before the scheduled departure.
  • The train : In France, SNCF regularly offers attractive discounts for certain destinations and for people who meet specific criteria (young people, groups, etc.). You can also opt for INTERCITÉS trains to benefit from a better value for money.
  • The bus : Many companies offer bus trips throughout Europe at unbeatable prices, especially if you are flexible with booking times and dates.
  • The car: It may be more economical to rent a car or use your own vehicle for certain destinations, especially if you are traveling with family or friends. Don’t forget to take into account the costs of fueltolls and parking.
  • Carpooling: This collaborative option allows you to share transport costs with other travelers heading in the same direction. Register at specialized platforms and perform a search based on your criteria.

Use apps to find the best transport

To simplify your search and quickly select the most advantageous transport option, don’t hesitate to use the following numerous free applications:

  • Rome2Rio : This online tool allows you to explore all possible means of transport to connect two geographic points. It compares costs, times and routes to help you choose the mode of transport that suits you best.
  • Skyscanner : This application specialized in flight comparison helps you find the best airline offers for your trip, taking into account promotions and discounts. You can also find hotel and car rental suggestions there.
  • Kelbillet : This price comparator shows you the most attractive prices for trains, buses and ridesharing in France and Europe. Thanks to this tool you will be able to optimize your transport and save money.

By selecting one or more of these applications, you will be able to quickly and efficiently compare the different travel options available and choose the means of transport that best suits your expectations.

Opt for last minute bookings

If you are flexible enough in your schedule, it may be advisable to opt for last-minute bookings to take advantage of the best rates. This method works particularly well for flights and accommodation:

  • Flights: Airlines often want to fill their planes as much as possible, which can lead to price drops as departure approaches. Be patient (and flexible!) and look for the best opportunities on sites like Skyscanner Or Google Flights.
  • Accommodations: Many hotels offer last-minute deals to fill unoccupied rooms. Consider checking online hotel booking platforms such as Booking.com Or Expediato find these exclusive offers.

Please note, however, that last-minute booking also involves risks and is not guaranteed. Therefore, you should use it with caution and be prepared to accept a certain level of uncertainty in your travel planning.

Take advantage of SNCF discounts

To save on your train travel in France, remember to take into account the different reduction cards offered by SNCF and in particular – those that suit you most –:

  • Youth Advantage Card: aimed at young people aged 12 to 27, it allows you to save up to 50% on train tickets.
  • Weekend Benefits Card: If you travel mainly on weekends, benefit from a 30% reduction on return trips thanks to this specific option.

The little extra that makes the difference? Calculating the repayment of these cards based on your travel plans will allow you to optimize your budget.

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