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ABOVE: Walking is cheap, and you won't have to wait for a ride.

Tip 5: Walk, or use public transportation wisely.

Walking isn't just good exercise: It's also a great street-level introduction to European cities. Even in a large city like Paris, you can walk all the way from Montmartre to the Seine in 45 minutes to an hour. In Venice, you can walk from one end of the city to another in half an hour (assuming that you don't get lost, but that's part of the fun).

Remember this rule: Every time you walk instead of taking the bus or subway, you'll save money.

photoAvoid taxis. You won't need them if you're reasonably fit and traveling light. (When you're transferring between your hotel and the airport or train station, use buses, trams, or trains the way the locals do. The New York Times may suggest a US $56 taxi ride from Schiphol Airport to central Amsterdam, for example, but that's crazy when the train costs only a few euros.)

photoBefore buying tourist cards or passes for local transit, calculate how often you're likely to use them. Example: A carnet of 10 Paris Métro tickets that you can share with your companion is a good deal, but the Paris Visite card won't be worth the expense if you're riding buses or trains only a couple of times per day.

photoLook for local transportation bargains. Example: A 40-minute gondola ride in Venice will cost you €80 or more, but a quick ride across the Grand Canal by traghetto gondola ferry is only two euros.

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