In fact if you fly a budget airline 8 times out of 10 you'll still have to travel for an hour just to get to the public transport hub from where you will most likely have to catch a train or bus (or both) to your final destination.
Of course if you miss an aeroplane, coach or train there's little you can do except wait for the next one - whenever that may be.
Wouldn't it be great to have your own transport at your disposal to take you directly where you want to go? Well you can and it's not as expensive as you might think.
In the right circumstances, car rental or car hire in UK and Europe has got to be the best way to travel.
Coaches and Buses are nice and cheap, but they're slow and uncomfortable.
Trains are quick and reliable but they're not cheap.
Planes are very fast but often don't fly directly to where you want to go.
If you are amongst a small group of friends and one of you is over 25 then getting around the UK and Europe can be quicker and cheaper if you pool your money and hire a car.
-note- Under 25s can still hire cars there is just an extra under '25s premium' added to the cost.
Average prices for a medium size car can be as little as 60euros a day.
Even after you add the price of fuel, if you're sharing with 3 other people the end price can be half that of travelling on trains.
Plus the fact that you can decide which way to go, where and when to stop along the way, as well as that, you get to be transported the entire way to your destination - door to door.
Of course, car hire in UK and Europe comes with its own bunch of hassles and worries.
Insurance waiver in the UK can be as high as ¤500 whereas in Europe you may be looking at 750euros if you damage the car.
For those accustomed to driving on the correct, left side of the road, you'll have to learn how to change gears with your right hand whilst negotiating (backwards) round-a-bouts.
In my opinion the 'pros' of car rental far outweigh any 'cons' that may arise.
Just the freedom of being able to drive up to 200 kilometres an hour on German Autobahns is worth the cost of hiring a your own car.
Add that to the fact that you don't have to lug around swollen backpacks through train stations and around crowded bus terminals whilst searching for your soon to depart form of mass transit.
Renting your own hire car in UK and Europe requires a bit more planning than just turning up at the car rental desk in a foreign country and seeing what's available.
Remember also that travelling by car is one of the more dangerous forms of transport so it's something that should be undertaken by someone with a serious attitude and decent driving experience.
-note- Always stick to posted speed limits and be aware of traffic conditions at all times.
High speed accidents don't often bear many survivors.
The search engines will offer you many car hire / rental options all over the United Kingdom and Europe.
Don't take the web price as final offer however, give them a call and see what special deal they can offer you.
now what are you waiting for?