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Traveling Solo to Euro 2024? The Tips You Need to Enjoy the Perfect Trip

The UEFA Euro 2024 tournament is due to kick off next year in the host country of Germany, with the first match taking place on June 14th in Munich. Twenty-four teams have qualified for the competition, which will culminate in an electrifying final on July 10th at Berlin’s Olympiastadion.

Along the way, there will be fifty exciting matches in venues throughout Germany, with fans set to enjoy a thrilling, diverse, and inclusive atmosphere. Fan zones will be popping up throughout each of the host cities, allowing supporters from around the world the chance to gather together to cheer on their teams and enjoy a wide range of live entertainment and events.

Are you keen to head to Germany for 2024 but are concerned about traveling solo? Sure, it may be a daunting prospect, but there are many reasons to do so. In fact, traveling for sports events on a solo adventure could be one of the highlights of your 2024.

Why Travel Solo to Euro 2024? 

There are lots of benefits to traveling solo to the Euro 2024 tournament. Solo travel in 2024 is a totally different proposition from past decades, and more people than ever before are choosing to travel alone. If you’re keen to see some of the Euro 2024 matches but haven’t got fellow fans in your family or friendship circle, there’s no need to abandon your plans – simply set off solo!

Here are the main benefits of hitting the road (and skies) for a solo adventure:

  • It’s a great way to boost confidence and get you out of your comfort zone
  • Gives you the freedom to plan exactly the itinerary you want
  • Offers the opportunity to enjoy some amazing experiences and make new friends
  • You can follow your curiosity wherever it takes you
  • It’s easier to stick to your planned budget

These are just a few of the advantages of traveling solo: you’ll no doubt find other benefits while enjoying your own personal adventure.

Best Solo Travel Tips for Traveling to Euro 2024

So now we’ve established that solo travel to Euro 2024 offers many benefits for the lone adventurer; it’s time for the tips you need to stay safe and enjoy the best trip ever.

Preparing for the Journey

Research, research, research! To ensure your solo adventure is the very best it can be, it’s vital to get properly prepared for your trip. This doesn’t just mean figuring out your flights, transfers, and accommodation. It also means finding out as much as possible about the destination, such as the public transport networks, the must-see sights, and local etiquette.

Set Your Budget

It’s easy to let this one slide in all the excitement of planning your Euro 2024 trip, but setting a budget at the outset of your adventure is important. The research we talked about above will help you figure out a realistic budget. Don’t forget to include things like how much you’ll need for meals, to undertake the activities you want to experience, and the cost of travel insurance. And building a contingency fund into your budget is a great idea – just in case.

Creating an Itinerary

Once you land in Germany for the Euro 2024 tournament, you may feel a little overwhelmed, especially if you’ve never visited the country before. There’s the opportunity to experience and explore a whole different culture with its own rich history and heritage. Where to start?

Having a rough itinerary in place beforehand is a good way to ensure you get to visit each city’s must-see attractions or the locations that you find most interesting. An itinerary also allows you to plan the most convenient and cost-effective way of exploring the city, avoiding ping-ponging back and forth as you explore.

How About Where to Stay and Eat in the Euro 2024 Host Cities?

If you’re traveling solo, you’ve got lots of options in Germany. Depending on your budget and preferences, you may wish to stay in a hotel, an Airbnb, a youth hostel, or an independent hostel. The latter options are often attractive for the solo traveler, offering the opportunity to meet (and even share a room with) other travelers.

As part of your planning, be sure to check out how close the accommodation you’re considering is to the match venue and the ease of public transport links. Germany is well known for its safe and highly efficient public transport network, making getting around the country’s cities a generally straightforward affair. Check out this video for some tips on getting around Germany on public transport, including how to buy tickets and ways to save money.

You’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to where and what to eat in Germany. Enjoy a wide variety of local, regional, and national dishes (such as Cologne’s ‘Himmel and Erde’ – ‘Heaven and Earth’), and be sure to check out the delicious street food, like the nation’s unofficial national snack, currywurst.

What are the Best Things to Do During Your Free Time?

While the excitement of match day may be the main event, be sure to make the most of your free time in the host cities to check out some of the must-see attractions and sights. As we’ve mentioned, the great public transport networks throughout the whole of Germany make getting between your accommodation, the venue, and various districts of the city a breeze.

Below, you’ll find our top three sights for each of the host cities to help inspire you!

Berlin

  • The Brandenburg Gate
  • Berlin’s Television Tower
  • The Reichstag Building

Cologne

  • Cologne Cathedral
  • The Historic Old Town
  • The Chocolate Museum

Munich

Frankfurt

  • Main Tower
  • Frankfurt City Forest
  • Schaumainkai Flea Market

Hamburg

  • HafenCity
  • Plantum un Blumen
  • Speicherstadt

Dortmund

  • German Football Museum
  • Westfalenpark
  • Botanical Garden Rombergpark

Leipzig

  • Panorama Tower
  • Distillery Nightclub
  • Nikolaikirche

Gelsenkirchen

  • Nordsternpark
  • Halde Rheinelbe
  • Alma-Park

Stuttgart

  • Mercedes-Benz Museum
  • Schlossplatz
  • Staatsgalerie Stuttgart

Dusseldorf

  • Altstadt (Old Town)
  • Nordpark
  • Benrath Castle

As well as these must-see sights, German cities are host to a range of farmers markets, street food events, and festivals, so check out what’s going to be on where you’re staying to have a wonderfully immersive experience. 

Staying Safe When Traveling Alone for Euro 2024

It’s always important to keep safety at the forefront of your mind when traveling – but taking additional precautions when traveling solo is crucial. As well as keeping you safe, this will give you the peace of mind needed to enjoy your adventure to the max.

Here are our top safety tips for solo travel to Euro 2024:

  • Ensure your phone is always fully charged so you can stay connected with friends and family members back home. Let them know your solo travel itinerary and travel plans in advance.
  • Read up as much as you can on your destination before leaving.
  • Only stay in safe accommodation – and always keep the door locked. You may wish to avoid staying in ground-floor rooms, where windows may allow access.
  • Stay alert to pickpockets and opportunistic thieves. Wear a cross-body bag where possible, and leave your passport in the hotel safe if one is available.
  • Avoid wandering the city at night.
  • Use well-frequented public transport platforms and stops.
  • Always remain alert and aware of your surroundings. And most importantly – trust your instincts.

Using common sense is one of the most (if not the most) effective ways to stay safe while you’re traveling. Avoiding taking unnecessary risks, making others aware of your plans, and trying not to stand out as a tourist will serve you well.

At the Stadium

If you’ll be heading to the stadium alone for example, a stadium in Berlin, to catch one or more of the Euro 2024 matches, it’s important to be extra vigilant and stay aware of your surroundings to stay safe. It’s even easier for pickpockets to operate in a crowd, so keep your things close and don’t take your eyes off your personal possessions for a moment.

When you arrive at the stadium, be sure to familiarize yourself with any emergency procedures, such as the muster points, first aid stations, and emergency exits to use if required. And if you see something suspicious, or your instincts are pinging, don’t be afraid to seek assistance from a steward or other member of staff.

It’s a good idea to visit the websites of each stadium before your visit to access lots of handy information, such as how early you’re able to get in before the match starts and where the food vendors are located. You may be interested in this video, which offers viewers a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the Olympiastadion in Berlin.

The Websites and Gadgets to Help Your Euro 2024 Solo Trip Run More Smoothly.

Check out the other articles on the Traveling for Sports website to help plan your trip and for advice on everything from getting tickets to the tournament to staying safe on public transport. The official UEFA Euro 2024 website also offers plenty of helpful information on the tournament, including city guides and information on the Fan Zones that will be cropping up in each of the host cities.

As well as your usual travel adaptors, power banks, first aid kits, and the like, there are a couple of other gadgets that are likely to be particularly useful for the solo traveler. An anti-theft bag with a slash-proof strap and fabric is a must, and a good travel lock is a relatively inexpensive way to keep your stuff safe, too.

How to Connect with Other Fans 

A benefit of traveling solo is the opportunity it brings to connect with other football fans from around the world and make new friends. For Euro 2024, one of the best ways to do this is by heading to one of the official Fan Zones that’ll be appearing throughout every host city for the duration of the tournament.

The Fan Zones will offer an inclusive, communal atmosphere where fans can come together to watch the games on giant screens, enjoy live entertainment, and even take part in a range of football-related activities. Heading to these spaces is a great way to connect with fellow supporters and make new connections.

FAQ about Solo Travel

Is it worth traveling solo?

Yes! Traveling solo brings with it a wealth of benefits and opportunities. As well as boosting self-confidence, it means you have the freedom to devise your own itinerary and follow your own curiosity. Plus, sticking to a budget is much easier when you’re entirely responsible for what you do on your travels and when.

Can women travel to Euro 2024 alone?

Yes, more women than ever before are now traveling solo. Taking precautions while traveling, always staying alert to your surroundings, and trusting your instincts are some of the best ways to stay safe as a lone female traveler.

How do I start traveling solo?

If you’ve made the decision to travel solo to the Euro 2024 tournament, start by researching the destination and travel and accommodation options. You can also check airline points and miles rights for sports travelers to fly on a budget. Next, set a budget and plan a basic outline of your trip. Don’t forget to sort out things like travel insurance before you leave – and keep your family and friends back home in the loop regarding your movements and itinerary.

Why Solo Travel To Euro 2024 Could Be the Best Thing You Do This Year

While traveling solo may seem daunting, it can offer rich opportunities for self-discovery and the opportunity to explore a new country and culture – without the need for compromise. If you’re thinking of traveling solo to the Euro 2024 tournament in Germany this year, prepare for the adventure of a lifetime. As well as enjoying the electrifying matchday atmosphere, you’ll have the chance to visit beautiful German cities, explore their must-see sights, and sample a range of local and regional food and drink.

Use the travel tips above to start planning your trip and to become familiar with the top tips to enjoy the very best – and very safest – travel experience possible.