12 Ways Travelers Can Reduce Transportation Costs

Transportation costs can eat heavily in your travel budget. You may be able to work around food requirements, accommodation and even obtain great travel deals. Still, getting around at your destination might set you back by hundreds of dollars. Here are 10 ways to save money on transportation while traveling.
1. CARPOOL
If you’re staying at a hotel, network with other tourists there and see if you can carpool to major sights. This way you can avoid hiring a taxi to take you around. Carpooling also allows you to get to know other tourists, make friends and stay safe within a group.
2. TAKE THE LOCAL BUS
Most cities in the world have local bus services that’ll be much cheaper than any other form of transport. Grab a bus route map from the tourist department and take the right bus to wherever you want to go. You can save yourself money and the headache of locating sights as well, as locals on buses will be more than happy to help you.
3. RENT A BICYCLE
In countries such as Switzerland, China and Sweden, you can happily rent a bicycle, grab a map, and ride to wherever you want to go. Local signs and helpful people will set you right when you lose your way. All you’ll be spending on is the bike rental and if you rent for a few days, you can save a lot of money.
4. WALK
You can easily walk up to 5 miles in any direction from your accommodation without unduly straining yourself, provided you’re fit. Grab a map, chart out your routes, put on a pair of good walking shoes, take a stick along and start walking. You can even take the local bus to a midpoint and walk to your sight from there.
5. RENT A SMALL MOPED
If biking doesn’t appeal to you, rent a small moped. These bikes are simple and easy to ride and don’t guzzle fuel like bigger bikes do. You can lift and carry them easily and park them just about anywhere – they don’t take up much space. Plus, you get great mileage out of them!
6. TRAVEL BY LOCAL TRAINS
Taking the local train is another option for cheap transportation. Most developed countries have some form of local trains, subways and so on. In some cities there’s more than one line running through the city and if you read the maps carefully, you can easily hop on and off intersecting trains to get where you want to, quickly.
7. GET DAY OR SEASON PASSES
Most cities, notably Australian cities, offer day or season passes for buses, trams and local trains. With these passes, you can travel on any of these facilities to your heart’s content, get on and off wherever you want and see the whole city. When you buy a pass, all you have to worry about is food and shopping expenses.
8. CHECK FREE HOTEL SHUTTLE
When you book your accommodation, ask if any complimentary transportation is included. Many hotels will provide free car transport to major sights. Some hotels allow free transportation to their residents to any place within a 5 or 10 mile radius from the hotel. You can save a lot by exploiting such a service. Don’t forget to ask if you get free airport drops from your hotel as well.
9. LOOK FOR FREE GAS CARD OFFERS
Check with your hotel if they offer free gas cards. Some hotels do this to help offset the high prices of gas. These free gas cards help you buy gas at reasonable prices, so renting a car makes sense.
10. RENT A CAR
If you want to travel long distances and cross borders at your destination, renting a car is the best option. Compare prices between multiple travel agents online. Prices vary over the day, so spend a day checking out the variance before you book. Check if student and exclusive membership discounts are available. Read the fine print and double check the cancellation policy before you sign. Check if your insurance agency or credit card company provides auto insurance for rentals before you pay for car insurance.
11. OBTAIN DEALS ON LOCAL AIRFARE
Plan your journey to the last bit before you leave for your destination. This allows you to book local connecting flights in advance. Look for government sponsored local carriers that promote tourism; you can get better prices with these. By booking online in advance after price-watching and bidding, you can save a great deal on inter-city
12. EXPLORE INTER-CITY TRAIN TRAVEL
Another option to looking for cheap flights is to explore cheap inter-city train travel. Most developed and developing nations have good railway systems, notably Europe. Talk to people at the local tourism department to find out if seasonal discounts are available.
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