Cheap Options for Travelling in Europe other than Bus/Hitchhiking for a Female Solo Traveler?

I’m planning to do an Interrail this summer around Europe for about 20/25 days. The plan would be something like that:

Paris – Bari – Corfu – Santorini – Mykonos – Athens – Sofia – Belgrade – Sarajevo – Dubrovnik – Split – Zagreb – Budapest – Berlin – Paris

The trains between Belgrade – Sarajevo – Dubrovnik – Split are not included in the pass, so I was thinking of maybe bus/hitchhiking? Any cheap option for the ferries other than buying the ticket? Has anybody done that in those countries? Is it safe for a solo female traveler? It’s my first solo travel and I’m kinda freaking out…!

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    Your schedule seems very tight, maybe even unrealistic, for 20/25 days, have you already set up the timetables of departures?

    I would advise you against hitchhiking from Belgrade to Sarajevo and then to Dubrovnik, you will most likely spend too much time on this. Buses are reliable and quite slow, alas. Dubrovnik-Split-Zagreb is possible for hitchhiking, but get informed about the typical hitchhiker’s points.

    Solo female traveler in the Balkans is safe in general, normal safety precautions apply.

    • Crystel Barton
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      I just decided the route yesterday… :/ still haven’t even bought my interrail, I’m gonna buy it tomorrow and planning to leave on Wed/Thursday. I haven’t done any more planning than that yet. I’ll play it by ear, and if it feels too hectic, I’ll just skip some cities on the way 🙂

      • Emie Barrows
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        Buses are definitely possible but quite slow…. maybe around 160 or 170 percent of the time that it would take a normal car/ would state on Google Maps. Not sure about hitchhiking…

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    I wouldn’t use trains in Eastern Europe since taking the bus is often so much faster 😀 It is definitely safe as a female travel. I mean I guess “just the general rule” applies: Trust your own judgment and listen to your guts. Every city/country in the world has some weird areas. I travelled alone in Brazil and nothing happend. But my wallet was stolen in a small german town, next to my home town 😀 ( and it happend because i was stupid 😉 Ah and if you buy train tickets its not too expensive. In 2016 two ways Budapest-Zagereb cost me like 56€ for a day trip.

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    I’m at the Balkans right now, only done Slovenia and Croatia so far and it’s going very well, super easy and I feel safer than I did in Canada tbh! As others have told you, follow your instinct and stay firm. If they feel fear, if you’re unclear or seem hesitant, they’ll take advantage of that.

    And Don’t hesitate to deny some rides if you get bad vibes, other people will stop for sure!

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    I hitchhiked in Serbia, Croatia, and Slovenia as a solo female traveler and it’s totally fine. Your schedule is too tight for only 25 days! Why not forget about Berlin and Paris and just stay in the south-east. That will save you 5 days or so.

    • Crystel Barton
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      I can skip Berlin, but I live in Paris, so that’ll be my departure and arrival point, but no need of visiting it! Thanks for your advice 🙂

    • Emie Barrows
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      I am from Bosnia and I confirm his advice is legit and maybe even the best way to do the trip from Belgrade – Sarajevo – Dubrovnik.

      Maybe try Podgorica – Dubrovnik – Mostar – Sarajevo. You will see amazing cities plus I think the route is better for hitchhiking than straight Podgorica – Sarajevo.

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    Check Geatours.rs for Belgrade – Sarajevo minibus service, which is cheaper than the bus, is faster and its door to door :). From Sarajevo I would suggest train to Mostar which is 2h, quite new train, you have internet onboard and costs u less than the bus ( around 4 euros if u are student tho with student ID ). From Mostar, you can catch buses to Croatia.

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    I also think there are many cities! The Greek islands that I know the only way is to go on a ferry… and they are the most famous so I recommend you go looking at the tickets.

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    In the Balkans (Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia,) there is a Balkans´ pass… much cheaper option for trains! so maybe you can make a combination.

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