Travel Tips: Public Transport Vs. Car Rental

When travelling, the question of how you plan to get around your destination is a big one. Whilst some people don’t mind figuring out the public transport in the area and getting around the same way that many of the locals do, others prefer to have the independence and freedom of renting a car. Whether you’re the type of traveller who really likes to immerse themselves in the local culture and get off the beaten path or the type who prefers to do the more ‘touristy’ things, deciding how you’re going to get around once you arrive at your destination is important.

Travel Tips: Public Transport Vs. Car Rental
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Travel Tips: Public Transport Vs. Car Rental

Freedom Levels

When it comes to deciding how you’re going to travel around your destination, one of the biggest factors to keep in mind is the level of freedom and independence that you’ll get from the type of transportation that you choose. If you decide to use public transport, it’s important to remember that you’ll be restricted to bus, train and tram timetables, and there’s always the possibility that there could be a strike. However, when you hire a car, you have the freedom to drive to anywhere that you want at any time! In order to hire a car abroad, you will need a full UK driving licence – check this site out if you need help practicing for your theory.


When travelling, cost is an important topic which is factored in to everything that you do and every decision that you make. Depending on the length of your trip and the journeys that you’re planning to take whilst at your destination, hiring a car may actually work out cheaper than taking public transport – especially if you’re travelling with a group and can split the bill between each person. Before you set off, it’s a good idea to research both public transport and car hire prices in your area to work out which is the best value for money. Even if hiring a car will cost you a little extra, it’s definitely still worth considering due to all of the extra benefits that come along with opting for your own vehicle.

Finding Your Way

Getting to grips with the public transportation system of another country can often be a hassle, and although the majority of European countries do include signage etc. in English as well as their native language, figuring out where it is that you’re supposed to be going and which train, tram, or bus takes you there can often be difficult. Then, there’s always the risk of catching the wrong one or missing your stop, meaning that end up lost and stressed in a strange country. However, when you get a car rental, it’s often possible to hire one which is fitted with an English-speaking GPS system – simply punch in where you want to go and it will take you right there!

When it comes to getting around different countries as you travel, it’s often a choice between public transport or a car rental. Although public transport has some benefits, it’s definitely nowhere near as good as hiring your own wheels!

About Marina Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 20+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

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