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Finding Cheap Transportation Deals Even When Money is Tight

December 12, 2013 3 min read

Updated: January 13, 2024

Over the past few weeks, I’ve procrastinated in booking plane tickets in advance, and with the holidays around the corner, I have yet to book the tickets. Because of my procrastination, this caused a bit of chaos with my family, as we searched for the best deals and cheap transportation at the last minute. Luckily, My dad gave me American Airlines reward miles to use for my traditional Christmas trip. The only problem with this is that you will get charged a fee for using the reward miles (A hefty one if you use one of their partners). At least that’s what happens when you use the American Airlines miles during high peak season.

Anyway, after searching for a few days for travel within our reward mile range, we ended up buying the tickets. Of course, it was in a place that we’ve been to so many times — Milan. This has only ever been done thanks to my family being in the travel industry, which I am very grateful for. Unfortunately, I do not get the same benefits I used to now that I am an adult hence, why I had to use reward miles.

Where to find Cheap Transportation?

I’ve been to Milan plenty of times, so of course I decided to look up different modes of transportation to the one place I had been wanting to go to – Budapest. From trains to planes, I wasn’t going to allow a few miles to squander my desire to visit Budapest, so I started to do my research.

So how did I find cheap transportation?

I first started on Google. Of course, you can look through any search engine. However, I do like to look through Google Flights, where I can look through the calendar to predict when there will be lower costs on flights. While this sort of helped, I had already had dates established and so far everything was about $200+.

Then after a bit of searching, I found out about Rome2Rio.


Rome2Rio is similar to Google Maps, except that I find it more travel-friendly than Google. Rome2Rio gives you an estimate as to how much each ride will be. Just make sure to adjust the correct times to get the correct estimate. It will search any city, town, landmark, attraction, or address across the globe with thousands of multi-modal routes to easily get you from A to B.

So I searched for a trip from Milan to Budapest and finally found an option that was less than $200+, making the total of the trip about $177. Not only did using Rome2Rio minimize the work I would have had to do – opening different tabs full of airlines, trains, and buses, but it kept all the information in one place.

I wouldn’t have been able to figure this out on my own, especially in such a short time. And while this total was just an estimate (does not include the tax), I found it much better than the $230 I would’ve spent. This estimate also led me to the right airlines and trains, instead of looking at irrelevant information.

Things to know

  1. There are plenty of other sites that can help with the search for cheap transportation, but Rome2Rio has been a great tool.
  2. Rome2Rio gives you a trip summary, so you can see how much time you will take flying, hopping on the bus, and so forth. It’s great if you are building your itinerary.
  3. Rome2Rio makes recommendations such as taking a train to Zurich before taking a flight to Budapest, which might be cheaper.

Even though I have yet to finish booking my trip to Budapest, tools such as Rome2Rio make my life easier and give me more access to cheaper transportation. I am excited that I will once again be traveling abroad, but I am hoping that I will be able to see Budapest and I may end up succeeding in my quest for cheap fare thanks to Rome2Rio.

Until next time,


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Hola! I'm Hanny and I have been traveling since the age of three. Although, I grew up traveling, it wasn't until 2013, when I decided to start a blog. Read More

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