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Question 3:

What's your itinerary: city to city, rural and small towns, or a mixture of cities and countryside?

If you most of your travel is between cities (e.g., from Paris to Amsterdam or from Rome to Berlin), forget driving and take the train. You'll probably save money, you'll almost certainly save time, and you'll avoid the hassles of driving and parking in crowded city centers.

If you're touring the countryside, a car is likely to be your best bet (unless you're a bicyclist, in which case you can spend your money on good food instead of motor fuel).

If you're visiting cities but also touring the countryside or smaller towns, consider taking the train between cities and renting a car for local and regional excursions. ("Rail and drive" railpasses are available, and many national railroads have their own train/car-rental packages.)

Where you're going may also influence your choice of transportation. In a country like Switzerland, which is compact and has an extremely dense rail network, you can visit most towns and resorts by train, postal bus, funicular, cable car, and/or lake steamer. In a country like Portugal, where the rail network is less developed, a car may be a necessity in many areas unless you can adapt your itinerary to local bus schedules.

Score your answer:


CITY/COUNTRY = .5 point

CITY TO CITY = 0 points

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