BlaBlaCar english language: A ride sharing service for seriously cheap car trips
Try BlaBla Car for ride-share trips in Europe. Photo: BlaBla Car
Looking for a cheaper way to travel by car around Europe? You might want to try a ride-sharing service like BlaBlaCar. Founded in 2006, this sharing economy business is a good option to get between points A and B, especially on longer routes or those without an affordable public transport option. It can also work really well for travelers who don’t want to rent a car, but still want to visit small towns or villages near a big city.
Currently the BlaBlaCar carpooling service is available in the following European countries: Belgium, Brazil, Germany, Spain, France, Croatia, Italy, Hungary, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Serbia, Turkey, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Russia, and Ukraine.
What is it?
BlaBlaCar is a lot like Lyft or Uber, but generally geared towards longer-haul car trips. Ride-shares include everything from popular routes in one country, like the trip from London to Stonehenge, to longer trips that cross borders, like the drive from Amsterdam to Paris, or even across oceans, like the ride from London to Brussels. In Barcelona, you can even find a ride to El Prat airport for €5 or less, which is actually cheaper than the Aerobus.
When it comes to budget car travel in Europe (especially in countries where Uber and Lyft haven’t really taken off), the service is a game changer. It’s much cheaper than taking a cab, and at least most of the time, it has the added bonus of a much more interesting travel experience. Most drivers are locals making a commute or a trip and are usually pleased to share their insights into area attractions, places to eat, and their life in Europe.