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Ridesharing and Hitchhiking?
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Hi everyone, I’m going to Europe this summer and I’m not buying a Eurail pass because it doesn’t make sense for my route, so I’m wondering about the feasibility of ridesharing or hitchhiking in a few places to ease budget strain. What countries are best and worst to hitchhike in? Can you generally rely on rideshare/hitchhiking to get around somewhat efficiently? And please no rants on hitchhiking dangers, I’m taking that into consideration too. What websites are most commonly used for rideshares/carpooling across Europe? I’ve found a few like Hitchhikers.org, Mitfahrgelegenheit.de, and RoadSharing.com and a few others, has anyone used these sites with success in the past?

A few routes I’m considering trying:

Brussels —> Amsterdam
Berlin —> Wroclaw
Wroclaw —> Prague
Barcelona —> Pamplona
Paris —> London

Anyone have some wise words of wisdom to impart upon my soul?

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You might also want to join CouchSurfing — I see a lot of people posting requests for rideshares in their forums, plus you can see their profiles with recommendations and reviews.

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Hitching doesn’t get much discussion here. Here are some old posts from a couple of years ago that have rideshare links or other information:
http://www.eurotrip….
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Try the search box for older posts….

I think Let’s Go guidebooks still have information about hitching even though they recommend against it. It’s useful for country/area specific information like hand signals, whether you’re expected to pay, best places to get rides, and other information about the local culture involved.

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Thanks for your feedback!

I am leaving from Vancouver, BC, Canada with $5000 for 43 days
Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin, Munich, Prague, Bratislava, Venice, Rome, Barcelona, Pamplona
Requesting help with Transport, Hostels, Budget, Itinerary, Nightlife, Food, Sights

no regrets