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1. Posted by leekuan (Budding Member 12 posts) 10y

Good day dearest traveller helper,

My fren and I are planning a trip to europe for one month time (16th May - 16 June) with estreamly limited budget. We have two person, both of us girls. One of us (under 26)is holding youth card and another (at 26) is having student card. This is the first to travel on our own.

We hav tentatively came out with the following itenerary:
Paris-French Reviera-Barcelona-Rome-Florence-Pisa-Venice-Vernazza-Cinque Terre-Zurich-Interlaken-Munich-Rothenburd-London

i would like to seek your advise in how to get the cheapest transportation from a destination to another and best price youth/student hostel.
-Which are the places that we hav to book the accomodation in advance?
-shall we buy the eurail 10 days flexi selectpass for all 5 countries? Or we shall buy the eurailpass for all region? or shall we buy bus ticket to travel between city?
-any special promotion for early bird?

appreciate if u could comment on our itenerary and suggest some must eat local food *(^___^)*

One last important question. what is the minimum we will spent per day in all these places?

2. Posted by BjornParee (Full Member 150 posts) 10y


Please be aware that Europe is more expensive than Malaysia.

If I see the places you want to travel to than those are some of the most expensive places in Europe.

If I look to your route I would suggest:

Paris - Barcelona - French Reviera - Vernazza - Pisa - Rome - Florence - Venice - Interlaken - Zurich - Munich - London

The places Cinque Terre and Rothenburd are unknown to me.

If you come in Paris you can take a train allmost direct to Barcelona (or cheaper a bus). From Barcelona you can travel by train along the Frenh Reviera and visit places like Marseille, Cannes, Nice and Monaco. Than along the italian coast and visit places like Vernazza, Pisa and Rome and than back north to Florence and Venice. More north to Switserland and visit Interlaken and Zurich and to Germany to visit Munich. From Munich (or Zurich) there are cheap flights to London.

Depending on witch airport you land in Europa from Malaysia you can also start in Barcelona and than after Munich go to visit Paris and than take the tunneltrain to London.

Just take a good look on the internet to find out witch places are cheap to stay (campings or hostels). For busses you can check and cheap flight are like

Don't forget to enjoy your stay !

Kind regards,

3. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 10y

my god - for some one on a super limited budget you hav picked some of the most expenisve places in europe!

My one suggesstion is travel eastern europe. otherwise if umust - Swiss Trains are soo much money.

Which are the places that we hav to book the accomodation in advance?

ur tarveling in the busy season so ide rcommend almost anywhere should be booked ahead esp. France and Italy and Barcelona.

One last important question. what is the minimum we will spent per day in all these places?

hmm Ide say Paris and Rome wud need atlest 3-4 days - Munich and Barcelona are smaller cities but still worth 2-3 days atleast. Iv only been to Venice in Italy and ide say 2 days is plenty. Interlakken is crap i think and should be 0 days ;)

London is the best of all these cities and ide say 4-5 days! but thats my taste.

4. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 10y

woah Bjorn
did we post at the same time! ;) both agree on the expensive Euro places!

5. Posted by leekuan (Budding Member 12 posts) 10y

GOod Day all,

Thanks, Bjorn & jeffG. i will take your advice...i think i will book our accomodation within these few days :)

Why choose Europe while we hav only limited budget? Is a promise to ourselve. Initially we plan to apply for holidaymaker, working in UK before travel Europe. Unfortunate, the said visa is suspended :'(
SInce we hav planned to go (even one year ago), then no mater how we will go on with our plan but only with limited budget. plan to stay in youth hostel or camp for the entire trip and cut off all luxury activityies and meals.

NOw doing a lot of research and study on how to keep the minimum espenses. The other hand, we are saving money for the trip too :)

Thanks a lot for the advice (^____^)
Wish to hear more comment if any. Thanks ya

6. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 10y

With all those places in your initiary, you won't get to see much. 6 to 8 weeks are a more realistic time to see all the things on your agenda.

If I was you, I would cut out either Barcelona, Paris or the French Riviera. If you are going from Paris to Barcelona and then to the French Riviera and Italy you are doubling back and loose time. It makes more sense to go from either Paris or Barcelona in the general direction of Italy. I also advice you strongly to keep your staying time in Nice (Nizza) and Monaco as short as possible, as those two towns are strictly no-go zones for people on a tight budget. Maybe arrive by bus or tain in the morning, have a look around, and leave in the evening. Don't plan on staying or buying food in either Nice or Monaco.

For all other towns: If you book your hostel ahead, make sure it has a kitchen where you can cook your own food and a supermarket nearby. This way you can save money. Bring rice and spices from Malaysia.

Overnight trips on sleeping trains can be a good option to save money on hostels, but only if you know you can sleep comfortably there and aren't too tired to see anything the morning after. For these night trains the eurorail pass is a good option.

If you want to go to Venice, stay in Verona and do a day trip to Venice. Don't plan on buying anything in Venice exept pigeon food at Piazza San Marco. Pisa is another candidate for a day trip, ie arriving in the morning and leaving in the evening.

You should also be aware that Switzerland is not part of the EU and you might get into trouble with your Schengen-visa. You might need a seperate visa just for Switzerland. Be rally careful to check the visa conditions! AFAIK there is not much to see in Zurich and Interlaken, both are industrial towns. Switzerlands most attractive features aren't in the big cities, if you want to see anything there you will need to do some day trips into the countryside. You could base yourself in a small town with cheap accomodation for this. If your visa doesn't allow for Switzerland, go to Garmisch-Partenkirchen for a few days. This is Germany's southernmost town and its gate to the Alps , perfect for a day of hiking in the montains.

You could also go from Italy into Slovenia and Kroatia (if your visa allows it) or Austria. As for Munich, I've been there and I wasn't impressed. Regensburg nearby offers much more history and charm. I can guess that Rothenburd is "Rothenburg ob der Tauber" - going there could be worth it, if you can invest another day into the surrounding area. But maybe you have also heard of Neuschwanstein? It is a castle built by last king of Bavaria, every girls dream of what Cinderella's castle should be like and Germany's most popular tourits haunt. For your ultimate tourist version of Germany check that out too. But if you want more varity, ask me or the other Germans here and we could advise to some equally lovely spots which are not-so-known and thus free of Japanese tourist busses.

As for German food: Generally Germans eat a lot of porc, so avoid it if you are muslim. If you are not, sample Leberknödel, Sauerkraut (tentativly, it is not everybody's favourite) and Schweinshaxen, which is also known as Eisbein. For snacks don't miss Brezeln, Weisswurst and the typical dark bread with cheese and sausages. Rothenburg is known for its wine. Just in case you are muslim: let me know by personal message, so that I can advise you on this part of your trip. I happen to be muslim so I know what is halal and where to get it. :-)

Hope I helped a bit.

7. Posted by bspreitz (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

Hi there,

I go along with Bjorn's and Jeffs adivce that those Euro countries are certainly the more expensive ones to travel - still they are more than worth it. And once you look around a bit, you can travel it low budget.

Some general info about travelling cheap around western europe first:
Bring a tent, if possible. THe dates you quoted should be warm enough to be camping around italy & Spain. OK, Rome might be a bit of a problem, but there are good and safe camp sites in Barcelona, Florence, Pisa and Venice. All relatively close to the city center and a lot cheaper than any hostel.

Personally I don't find the interrail pass too great, since you are kind of stuck to one type of transport. Train fare in Italy & Spain are cheap anyway, especially if you book a few days in advance. You can also consider using EUROLINES - a bus service that operates Europewide and you can get fantastic deals. You can also consider using a low cost airline - there is some good prices going. Since you are travelling on a kind of tight schedule it could be a good way to save some time. Low Cost airlines operating would be: Eaysjet, Ryanair, HLX, Germania Express etc. There are plenty more airlines about.

Since I am from Germany, here some special tips to get around Germany / Bavaria relatively cheap:

  • There are some good hostels around, often in pretty stunning places! They are usually member of YHA - and you can stay there, also if you are overage. Only costs a bit more. One of my favourites is in the city of Passau, in an old castle!
  • Another relatively cheap way to stay is at private "Pensionen". These are privately run homes, much like a B&B and you can get rooms inkl. breakfast as cheap as 15 Euros a night.
  • Munich will be expensive. No way around it - but still worth it. You might want consider staying a bit outside and the use the S-Bahn (local train) to go the centre. Also a good option to look through budget chains like IBIS hotels.

Well so far for now. Let me know if you need any special hints for your journey around Germany / Bavaria - there are quite a few amazing corners! Cheap but still amazing!


8. Posted by leekuan (Budding Member 12 posts) 10y

Dear all,

Thanks for the reply

Any save+easy to reach+CHEAP accomodation (at the places that i am gonna to visit) which you would like to reconmend for me?

Before book any room in advance, what should i take note?
how to minimized the possibility that we can reach the hostel in time/date as what we hav booked?


warmest regards,

9. Posted by bspreitz (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

Hi there,

for cheap accomodation around Germany you could try the youth hostels. Shame their website isn't in English...still - under the item "suchen & finden" and the first topic "Jugendherbergen" you'll find a map of Germany with all youth hostels. If you are under 27 you get prices around 20 - 25 Euros incl. breakfast.


10. Posted by Desiree (Inactive 157 posts) 10y

with spending a day.. do you mean money? cause i think, even on a budget, you spend at least 50 euros a day

and for night trains, there are most of the time extra fees right?

oww and try the ice cream in rome and just any 'local' restaurant, they can make taste everything great!

and more and more hostels don't have a kitchen anymore, make really sure to check that, indeed you can save a lot of money with that...
and for the cheap flights, it's really worth booking in advance