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Tips for going to a gig abroad

So, your favourite music artist has announced a new worldwide tour and you can’t wait to catch them perform live. Why not take in a new city and go exploring while being in a foreign city? Team the show with a short break or holiday at one of the hottest venues in Europe.

You may have been to the city before but if not; take note of our top tips for travelling to, staying and enjoy yourself while travelling abroad to see a gig. Have fun, laughter and make memories.

Across the continent, there are many entertainment venues which attract big name artists – London’s O2 Arena, Paris’ AccorHotels Arena, the Sant Jordi Stadium in Barcelona, or San Siro in Milan. More so now than ever, many jet out of the UK to concerts shows and gigs in other European cities. Those destinations are relatively cheap to travel to from the UK. Daily flights can be found with low-cost airlines or why not consider inter-railing via the Eurostar services out of London?

Plan your journey

No matter where you are travelling from, it’s important to plan ahead and make sure you have all the travel information to hand that you need for a smooth journey. Add your flight or train boarding passes into your phone in addition to having a printed copy so you always have a backup in case one gets lost.  Make life easy for yourself and use the transport method that will get you to your destination on time and at a cost that you are happy with. Consider bus, rail or flight transport – research which location best suits you and pre-book your connecting travel to make an extra saving rather than purchasing when you get there.

Where will you stay?

This depends on the number in your group, your budget and location. If you just want to be near the venue pop the postcode into a booking search engine like or Expedia and search through the results for a suitable place to rest your head at night. Consider hostels, low budget hotels, or serviced apartments if you are travelling with friends or as part of a group. For example, Capri by Fraser Frankfurt is within a five-minute walking distance to the popular Festhalle venue in the city.

Don’t forget…

Pack your passport! You’ll be travelling outwith the UK so you’ll need your passport for passing through customs. It’s worth also making sure you have a good travel insurance policy and apply for an E111 health card in case you need medicine or medical treatment while away. This will save you a substantial amount.

Look up the local currency for your destination – in most cases it will be Euro cash you will need, however it is important to double check this. You will struggle to exchange sterling while abroad especially if you are in a city centre at weekends when the banks are closed.

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