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European Travel

A crowded Tube car.

Planning Your Trip

It is a good idea to have an idea of the sites you want to visit, as well as things you want to do during your trip. Do some research on travel blogs and communities. You should ask friends and family who have traveled before about places they enjoyed the most. Read through site-specific guide books like Lonely Planet, Let's Go, Rough Guide, Rick Steves, or Frommers.

Although you will want to book all travel as far in advance as possible, you should NOT book any trips until after the first week of classes. You may find that there are already NYU-sponsored trips in place.

Last Minute Tips

  • Inform someone (your parents, the school, a friend) of your travel plans in case of emergency.
  • Make sure you have more than one source of money (e.g. cash and a credit card, or two credit cards)
  • Make a copy of your Passport and a credit card and pack these to bring along with you.
  • Bring email confirmations of all reservations and arrangements you have made.
  • Write down the address of your destination to show to a local if you need help. Also, print out directions of how to get to that location.
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Traveling by Plane

If you are planning weekend travel, then flying from city to city may be your cheapest option. With flights, the earlier you book, the cheaper it will be. Be aware that the taxes for the flight may be more money than the cost of the actual flight. Many of the cheapest flights leave very early in the morning from airports outside of the city.

In some places it can be difficult and expensive to travel to these airports at these very early times because public transportation may not run all night. If you go on a low-fare airline, expect to pay a fee for any stowed luggage you bring.

Traveling by Train

National Rail

This site is specifically for train travel within the United Kingdom

Eurostar

This train will take you into the heart of Europe.

Rail Pass

Railpass lists all of your train options and information about the trains for all the different European countries.

Eurail

If you are planning on traveling (especially after your semester) you may find that Eurail is the best option. It is a train pass that gives you train travel within 18 European Countries. Not only is it a cheap, convenient way to travel around Europe, but also many Euro trains are super comfy! Buy your tickets in the US as they are more expensive in Europe.

Traveling by Bus

Transport for London

This site is specifically for bus travel within London, United Kingdom. Here you can plan trips and see bus routes and maps.

Megabus

With Megabus, you can travel throughout the UK for as little as £1.50.

Busabout

Busabout is designed for back-packers which makes it a great way to meet people, and a cheap way to get around—it may be more appropriate if you plan to do more traveling during the summer.

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