Between Sunbury & Pakenham, prior to 07:00
These two Melbourne suburbs have a "As the Cocky Flies" distance of 86.8km between them (Cocky Flies, Geoscience Australia tool)
I am aware of much larger distances in other answers, but given that the OP gave an example in Melbourne, I provide what I believe is the longest example in Melbourne.
The exact ...
Summit County, CO has a nice, free bus system (https://summitcountyco.gov/586/Transit-Summit-Stage) that runs between the towns and various ski resorts in the area. With just a quick check, I think Arapahoe Basin to Copper Mountain is the longest distance at just under 29km as the crow flies.
1200 km from Brest to Nice, France.
French Railways company idTGV used to have a scheme allowing you to travel for free if in exchange you run some entertainment aboard the train during 2/3 of the time. Around 80% of users offered music, but other options included magic tricks or osteopathy. The scheme was called "voyageur acteur".
Why it might not qualify:...
Just under 300 million kilometers
According to former physicist David Sims:
The longest straight line that can be fit into an ellipse fitted to
Earth’s orbit is... 299,195,741,400 meters
I think this meets all your criteria except for boarding and exiting, but you might be able to hack those depending on your spiritual beliefs.
This seems to be a pretty common feature. For Expedia, for instance, you can choose "Show flexible dates". Google Flights also has it under "Date Grid". It doesn't to show time of day, however, so searching for the lowest fare will likely get you a lot of red-eye and such.
I'm afraid that you almost certainly aren't eligible for the standard TfL student discount promotion, since it requires a) you live in London during term time and b) your University is pre-registered with TfL. It's just possible that you could benefit from the 16-25 railcard though (which is also available to mature students if you are outside that age ...
Jin Jiang hotels or 168 are decent low priced hotels in China, there is also 268 and some others
Jin Jiang have multiple brands all the way from very cheap to 5 star properties so that’s properly the best start for you to look
I've found the answer here to be
Mid to late January. Typically starts a week or two after the New Year's rush ends. Weather might not be great, however.
Mid to late September. Most people are back in school by now (people seem less likely to skip that first week). Still warm (and hurricane season) but it seems that prices are rebounded by the first week of ...
Another cool one, as it crosses an international border:
Since September 1st 2018 all buses in Dunkirk, France, run by DK'bus are free. This includes line 20, which has a terminus at Gare d'Adinkerque in Belgium (aka. De Panne Station).
The longest journey I could find on this network is 46.665km long, from "Gare d'Adinkerque" to "Grand Fort-Philippe ...
Many gambling casinos offer free shuttle buses from nearby cities.
I'm not going to try to search for the longest such trip, but I know that at one time, the trip from Philadelphia, PA to Atlantic City, NJ was either free or "effectively free" (fare was offset by casino credits). That's a trip of about 60 miles (100 km).
Hitchhiking: 1000s of km
I can't believe this hasn't been mentioned yet, but I've traveled across Europe completely free by hitchhiking. Seems to meet all the limitations of the question. In my experience, if you stick to the main routes and you acquaint yourself with the hitchhiking customs of the country you're in (see hitchwiki.org) this can be quite ...
210km (130 miles) Bangor to Cardiff Airport in Wales
The TrawsCymru long distance bus network in Wales offers free travel on weekends.
Free every weekend, no restrictions on residency, age etc.
T2 Bangor to Aberystwyth
T1C Aberystwyth to Cardiff
T9 Cardiff to Cardiff Airport
If you really want, you could put together a much longer, convoluted trip ...
13.16 miles one-way on the Boston MBTA
During the Tobin Bridge/Chelsea Curves Rehabilitation Project, which will last until late 2020, all inbound buses on the Silver Line 3 (SL3) are free. The Silver Line bus lets off in South Station, which has free transfers to the Red Line of the subway. The most distant stop on the subway is Braintree, resulting in 13....
Am I likely to find hosts who would agree to this deal?
Sure. I've done it myself.
But on the part of the host-- long-term, off-the-books rentals are not wise.
The laws vary by state but if a host allows a guest to stay in their home long enough (California is something trivial like 2 weeks), and they are collecting the equivalent of "rent" from the ...
Since you include 'Hacks', would rafting the length of a river be considered for this? Rivers run regularly, across large distances, and many world wide do not have restrictions on if you can be on them. I do not know the longest which is unregulated however.
I tried to have a more creative answer on this one.
The most magical, and genuinely free, option would be the 5.7 miles from the gates of Magic Kingdom to Disney's All-Star Movies Resort.
Ferry to the Transportation and Ticket Center.
Monorail to Epcot.
Bus to Disney's Boardwalk Resort
Friendship Boat to International Gateway
Disney Skyliner to Disney's Hollywood Studios
Bus to Disney's All-Star Movies ...
Not exactly public transportation, but if you do a free Viking Line membership then you can take a free ferry from Kapellskär (north of Stockholm) to Mariehamn, Åland Islands (Finland) and back, a distance of around 80km each direction.
Seems like it now costs 20 SEK (2 Euro), so not free anymore
170 km free trips from St. Petersburg to Finland (and back)
As advertised on classifieds service and elsewhere.
Those trips are genuinely free and available regularly for anyone who has finnish visa.
The rationale is that they are going to (ab)use your free per-person customs limit. I.e. import some goods free of customs charge. But it's legal and free ...
Hm .. Halle (Germany, Saxony-Anhalt) comes to my mind - you can start in the north - e.g. Line 3 ffom Trotha, travel right through Halle's city center - end end up in Bad Duerrenberg
You just have to switch in Halle's center to Line 5.
The whole length is about 50km - I'm not certain about actual distance as the crow flies .. But the head mayor of Halle ...
I posted the answer below before I saw the condition: It must be available free of charge to any person regardless of citizenship, residency, age, occupation, gender or any other characteristic. Sorry. I still like the idea though. :)
874 miles in the UK, from Land's End (south-west corner of England) to John o'Groats (northern tip of Scotland) ... but ...
87 km (54 miles) from Trondheim, Norway to border shopping across the Swedish border in Storlien
The route of 108 km along the road is the longest I found searching for gratisbuss (free bus) in Swedish. It is a service offered free of charge, sponsored by the supermarket Coop Extra Storlien just across the Swedish border. It is offered two times every day, ...
Island Transit in Washington state, USA does not charge fares. This route from the March's Point Park and Ride to the Clinton Ferry Terminal covers about 54 miles by road, somewhat less as the crow flies because Whidbey Island is rather windy.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kootenay_Lake_Ferry (9 km, claims to be "longest free scenic ferry in the world"):
The Kootenay Lake Ferry is a ferry across the Kootenay Lake in British Columbia, Canada. It operates between Balfour, on the west side of the lake, and Kootenay Bay, on the east side. It is the longest free scenic ferry in the world.
675 km (420 miles) in Mauritania
People are apparently permitted to hop a free ride in an ore hopper on the iron-ore train between Noadhibou and Zouerate, Mauritania. Those able to pay $4 (at least in 2007) can upgrade to a seat in an actual passenger cabin.
GScott also mentioned this route in an answer to a prior question on where train "surfing" is legal....
Many US National Parks have established free shuttle services to alleviate automobile congestion. Most such systems are disqualified by the "access point must be free of charge" clause in the question; but there are a couple of systems I could find that have free shuttles running outside of their respective parks.
The free Kalispell-Glacier National Park ...
At the time of writing, all busses from Intercity Transit, the transit authority for the Olympia, Washington area are free. The longest route I can find is from Israel at Littlerock Rd to Tacoma Dome Station with bus routes 12 and 612. This is a total distance of 47.59 kilometres or 29.57 miles.
Unfortunately, further connections to Seattle and SeaTac ...
The Staten Island Ferry in New York City is famous for being the only NYC service which is cheaper than it was in the 19th century (or at least they told me so), since it's free as of 1997. It covers a distance of 5.2 miles.
Keep in mind that if you e-mail the agent for the property (owner or otherwise) saying, "I'll give you $1000 to stay here from June 1st to 7th this year" and they reply, "Ok," you now have a legally binding written contract. The risk here is not about not having a contract (even an oral agreement can be legally binding if correctly formed) but in how you ...
I would do this only for subsequent stays and with a written contract.
I've done this. I was renting a furnished apartment for about 5 weeks over Airbnb¹. After about 3 weeks, the host asked if I wanted to renew, and if so, with or without Airbnb. He wrote a contract which we both signed, only then I paid, and less than through Airbnb.
I don't care ...
As Nate Eldredge pointed out this is against Air BnB's T&C's and could result in both you and the property provider being banned from their platform.
But it's pretty dam unlikely you would get caught, so let's assume you and property owner have agreed to the deal you suggested. What additional downsides exist?
The homeowner could take your cash, then ...
Airbnb would almost certainly consider this to be a terms of service violation. From Section 14:
In connection with your use of the Airbnb Platform, you will not and will not assist or enable others to: [...]
use the Airbnb Platform to request, make or accept a booking independent of the Airbnb Platform, to circumvent any Service Fees or for any ...
German public transport typically only offers single tickets in standard fare or child fare with a child being under the age of 15. Since a university student is most likely port than that and doesn’t look young enough, they won’t be able to chat their way into a child fare.
Long-term passes often come in additional flavours such as senior citizens or ...
They do not cover the same area. The Network Railcard only covers journeys entirely within London and the Southeast, whereas the 16-25 Railcard covers the whole of the UK. The benefit the Network Railcard has which the 16-25 Railcard lacks is that it also gives 1/3 off fares for up to 3 adults accompanying the holder, and 60% off fares for up to 4 children ...