Hitch-hiker's Guide to Europe

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The front cover of the 1972 first US edition of the Hitch-hiker's Guide to Europe.

The Hitch-hiker's Guide to Europe (ISBN 0-8128-1446-0) was a guide book, copyright 1971 by Ken Welsh and first published that year in the UK by Pan Books. A first American edition was published in 1972 by Stein and Day, New York, NY, USA.



Factual information on specific countries/regions was broken down into (using the book's original chapter headings):

Further sections[edit]

Further information was broken down into sections on:


The book is long out of print, though it may be found in used-book shops. Updated editions were printed in 1974, 1975, 1986 (with the full title Hitchhiker's Guide to Europe: The 1986 Guidebook for People on a Hitchhiking Budget), and an edition in 1988 had the subtitle "How to See Europe by the Skin of Your Teeth." The book was co-edited by Katie Wood from 1993 and the final edition appeared in 1996.

The book promised that any other ways of saving money would be accepted as a submission by the publishers and printed with a credit in subsequent editions.

U.S. edition[edit]

In the US edition's introduction it states that it is possible to survive a trip in Europe on less than twenty-five US dollars per week. The US edition also included such information as US dollar to other currency exchange rates (current as of January 1972), weight and measurement conversion charts, and brief lists of phrases and numbers for French, German, Spanish and Italian.


The title of the book inspired the title of Douglas Adams's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.