Transport for your trail
Trains, buses and taxis.
Once you have arrived at your destination we think the most ideal walk is a circular one, preferably starting and finishing from your acommodation, with an idyllic lunch spot situated around halfway with soft grass to sit on and maybe a couple of butterflies playing in the light breeze. In practice it might well turn out to be a linear trail where you have to travel to and from both ends as best you can... and pack a lunch because you are not sure whether that little village en route has a shop or cafe that might or might not be open (France is really good at this). Getting transport out to the start of your chosen trail and then walking back to where your accomodation is a safe bet, rather than getting stranded (like we nearly did in Ireland) at the very tip of the Dingle Peninsula, where there was virtually no mobile phone reception, and only one taxi company who was about to close for the evening.
You can be fairly sure that taxi drivers in major cities will speak a little English to get you where you want to go, but out in the countryside we have found in France, Germany, Spain etc. the older taxi drivers often don't speak a word of English (probably too long out of school) ...although younger ones might. This is where the longstanding British tradition of brandishing a map and pointing vigorously helps, naturally checking the price whilst you are at it.
Buses are often confusing especially in a city, and some work on timetables and checking availability from the internet before you go is a good thing to do. Use your favoured search engine to learn the local bus company, the route number and then print out the timetable. If you have a 3G phone, and have decent reception where you are going, you could source timetables on that.
Where there are trams these are often more understandable. In some countries you often have to buy the ticket from a machine or kiosk before you board and validate it when you start your journey. We have found rural bus services quite reliable in most countries because they serve the local population. Listen to advice given by your accommodation too, with maybe just a hint of mistrust in the bus service and a taxi phone number in your pocket just in case.
The feature pages, selected by the silver buttons, will have information and links that give ways of locating transport.
Rail Europe ...link might be handy too for long or short distances.
How's this for transport? ~ Debra and David take a Crazyguides Communist Trabant ride...
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