Discount travel center: Transportation

My funds always seem to be limited, so these links are ones I personally use to find travel discounts. I hope you find them useful!

But there’s a lot more here, too, whether you are looking for country information, connecting your laptop, finding companions, getting visas, looking up a specific ferry, converting currencies or even living abroad.

Most of these links were originally researched by Andy Gerard of Transitions Abroad, and were augmented and organized by me.

Discount airfares

Orbitz
Where I personally start my research.

Cheap Tickets
This is the second place I check.

Trailfinders
If you are planning a giant, round-the-world trip, be sure to check with this London-based agency. See my positive experiences in Finding Time and Money.

Discountfares
Major savings on international fares.

Travelocity
Airline tickets, hotels, cars, vacations and cruises, as well as travel tools.

1travel.com
Offers discount airfares via “Farebeaters” feature.

European Travel Network
This nonprofit site is a good place to find budget travel information, such as cheap fares and hotels.

Kasbah.com
Cheap flights, cheap hotels, discount airfares.

KLM UK
Low-fare airline goes from domestic U.K. airports to destinations worldwide.

Priceline
Online auction that allows travelers to save money by getting bids from many travel agents. You name the flight and travel agents bid to offer you the lowest price. Also deals on air, hotel, cruises, rental cars.

Web sites, major air carriers

In search of the lowest airfares, our friend Nancy Brucker compiled this valuable listing. Here are some sites with Internet and email specials:

Bus, train schedules

Amtrak
Schedules, fares and special offers for rail travel in the United States.

Deutsche Bahn AG
Up-to-date timetables for train service in Europe. Well-designed site has options for text-only browsers and English or German language.

Greyhound Bus
Timetables and fare information.

Peter Pan Bus
Great deals from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore to New York, as well as other timetables and fare information.

Bolt Bus
Apex Bus
Dragon Coach
Ivy Media
For great fares between East Coast cities, try one of these Chinatown bus lines. For consolidated information and a forum warning of breakdowns, dirty toilets and confusion on some of these buses, visit Chinatown Bus Information.

RailServe
The Passenger and Urban Transit links by region on the pull-down menus have information and links for rail travel worldwide.

VIA Rail Canada
Schedules, fares for Canadian trains.

Discount rental cars

Web sites of major car rental companies:

Note from Consumer Reports Travel letter: When comparing rates, “remember that the ‘low basic rate’ is never the final price. When you make the reservation, insist on a quote for the total estimated bill, including all mandatory and optional charges.

Luxury rental cars

Prestige Luxury Rentals, available in Miami, Orlando, Atlanta and New Jersey.