We are huge fans of traveling overland. So when we’re not touring on the bikes, we like nothing more than going on a train, ferry, or bus to our next destination.
During visiting places, we’re more than happy to use the public transport system or the local ride-sharing apps to get around. Getting there and getting around.
This page sets out resources for all types of transport, except flights and rental vehicles (Which we thought deserved separate pages) and random local options like bullock carts and jeepneys.
We’ve included ways to find and book international and intercity:
Along with intracity:
- Public transport
- Airport Transfers
- Taxis, tuk tuks and ride sharing
There’s no way we can add all the different booking platforms and apps for every city and country on this page. Instead, we’ll add the information to the individual Destination Pages where we have it.
Section 1 – Provides a selection of resources, websites, and links to transport of all types.
Section 2 – Links to other posts and pages relevant to transport.
Of course, resources such as websites, apps, and booking platforms, constantly evolve.
We try to keep up, but please tell us if you know of other products, services, and tools we should add to the list. We’re always excited to learn about and test new things.
Section 1 – Transport Resources
International & InterCity Trains
To find out all the information on international and national train travel, our first port of call is always the fantastic website “The Man in Seat 61.“ It’s not pretty, but it is comprehensive and incredibly useful.
Other Platforms we’ve used with great success include:
12Go – for both Trains and buses. It’s worldwide but has more coverage in Asia & Oceania, as that’s where it started. We’ve booked a ton of tickets in India with this app which helped skirt the seemingly impossible task of getting an Indian Rail ID as a foreigner or using local apps with an international credit card. Support is helpful, too, when your chosen route is unavailable.
Trainline – We seriously saved HUNDREDS of pounds in the UK by buying a TwoTravel Railcard and planning. We’ve not used it for the rest of Europe, but it covers 45 countries and over 200 rail and coach companies.
Busbud – We’ve not used Busbud yet, as I’ve only just discovered it. But as well as ‘the world’s largest selection of bus tickets.’ you can also book trains. It has coverage worldwide as opposed to just in Europe. I had a dig around their site, and it looks pretty neat. It has a nice UI and is easy to use So I’ll give them a go as soon as we have the opportunity and compare prices against the other options we’ve listed.
International and Intercity Buses
12Go – for both Trains and buses. It’s worldwide but has more coverage in Asia & Oceania, as that’s where it started.
Flixbus – We used these guys to transfer us and the bikes from Berlin to Amsterdam. It was much cheaper than the train and a more direct route. The drivers were polite and helpful and drove safely, and we left and arrived on time. They have regular routes all over Europe, Canada, the US, and Brazil. The ability to book bike slots is a bonus for us.
Trainline – We’ve also used Trainline to book National Express buses in the UK. You can also book buses across the rest of Europe, including FlixBus.
Busbud – We’ve not used Busbud yet, as I’ve only just discovered it. But it claims to have the world’s largest selection of bus tickets. It also has coverage worldwide as opposed to just in Europe. But I dug around their site, and it looks pretty neat. It has an excellent user-friendly interface and is intuitive to navigate. So I’ll give them a go as soon as we have the opportunity and compare prices against the other options we’ve listed.
We’ve taken a lot of ferries over the years.
Sometimes we book through the company itself in person or online; other times, we’ll use a website like Direct Ferries, which has tickets for over 4400 routes and 900+ ports in 160+ countries worldwide.
It always pays to check with the company itself to see if you can get a cheaper price. But not all booking systems are created equal…We take the path of least resistance if it’s only a matter of a few bucks.
I performed an in-depth review of the benefits of using Direct Ferries vs. booking direct for our most recent journey to Europe with the bikes. You can check it out HERE.
Ride Sharing & Taxi Apps
We came late to ride-sharing but are now big enthusiasts, especially in countries with chaotic and overcrowded public transport systems. And, it’s often cheaper and safer than negotiating with taxis and tuk-tuks that don’t/won’t use meters.
All of the following companies have Android and IOS apps
Uber – is the big one in many countries around the world, BUT not all.
Bolt operates in over 500 cities in more than 45 countries in Europe, Africa, Western Asia, and Latin America.
Asia & Oceania
Grab is huge in South-East Asia. We’ve used them extensively in Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia. They are also active in Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, and the Philippines. Along with cars, you can book motorbikes and tuk-tuk/auto rides.
Gojek is also making a massive push in Asia. You can find them in Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, and Vietnam.
OLA is the one we’ve used most in India and is also expanding to Australia, NZ, and the UK.
DIDI is huge in China and rapidly expanding to South America, Japan, Australia, Russia, and South Africa. We’ve not used them yet, but we will try them out on our next trip back home.
Lyft is a popular ride-sharing service in the US
Curb is a taxi booking service in the US
Careem, (a subsidiary of UBER) is the best option for many countries in the Middle East.
UK and Europe
BlaBlaCar is big in Europe
Cabify in Spain (and Latin America)
Easy Taxi started in the UK and has plans for expansion further afield
Central & South America
Cabify is in Spain and Latin America)
Jrny – Exclusively South Africa
We don’t tend to book airport transfers unless it’s via our hotel. Most times, we either use ride-sharing apps, pre-paid taxis from the airport, a shuttle bus, or public transport system if it can take us to our accommodation safely and efficiently.
However, I can see the allure if you’re arriving after a long flight in a foreign city late at night or in the early hours of the morning. Or if the city is notorious for taxi scams, is unsafe, or has notorious traffic. And the more of you there are, the more cost will stack up against airport trains etc.
So we’ve added a few of the larger Airport Transfer companies around the trap. We have used none of them to date, so can’t comment on their services.
Kiwi Taxis – Operates in 110+ countries and 500+ airports.
GetTransfer – Is available in 22 languages and operates in over 100 countries, some of which have no other service established yet. They also offer helicopter and airplane transfers and drivers for hire by the hour.
HolidayTaxis – Has airport transfers to over 21000 resorts in 150+ countries.
One of the latest trends worldwide is e-bike, e-scooter, e-mopeds, and e-car hire.
Download the app, find one of the many locations around a city, swipe your credit card, jump on, and explore. Then leave it wherever you like. (Preferably in the middle of a footpath to cause the most inconvenience for others [sarc/])
A few of the companies in this space include:
Lime – e-scooters & e-bikes across the world
Helbiz – has a range of options in Europe and the US
Felyx – e-mopeds in The Netherlands & Brussels
Help us add to the list. If you know of good micro-mobility companies worldwide, let us know so we can inform others.
Section 2 Blogs
- No relevant blogs yet.
- X ways to get yourself around in a new destination.
- Tips for negotiating a ride in foreign countries.
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