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I am planning to go for a tour around Europe for one month. Must visit countries: UK-Germany-Austria-Hungary-Italy-Switzerland-France. I read a lot about feed that encourage people to go for Eurail or any Global Pass trains.

Is there any other option for a tight-budget backpacker to save on this trip?

Is there any cheap local bus that I can hop on and off between cities?

I am not good in planning ahead and I always prefer to travel on a sudden situation.

Will €800 be enough?

I don't mind sleeping or CouchSurfing or even hitchhiking.

Is it safe to hitchhike in Europe?

closed as not a real question by Ankur Banerjee Jun 7 '13 at 20:00

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    Hi Shaf IEe and welcome to Travel SE. Your question is quite vague and broad at the moment and also contains several subquestions. Could you elaborate a little bit more context and think about splitting the question up in multiple questions. Otherwise, we have to close this question. – RoflcoptrException Jun 7 '13 at 14:33
  • The "cheap transport ticket other than train" and "is it save to hitchhike" are two separate questions. – uncovery Jun 9 '13 at 8:34
  • It is ok to hitchhike, but people don't really take hitchhikers any more (Hungary, Italy). Check the hitchwiki, maybe they have newer information. – Akabelle Jan 15 at 11:27
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I never tried it but I heard MegaBus is quite cheap and they are currently in:

  • United Kingdom
  • France
  • Netherlands
  • Belgium.
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    You need to book a long way in advance to get their very cheapest deals, which might not work well for someone who doesn't plan ahead... – Gagravarr Jun 7 '13 at 14:30
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    Also try Eurolines. Quite cheap. And of course Ryanair, but be careful, they usually are quite far from city centers. – dorien Jun 17 '13 at 13:57

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