I am going on a 25 day European trip with a teen tour gruppe this July. We will be spending about two days in each major city and we will travel mostly by motor coach. The countries we visit are:
UK, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Spain. We have to buy our own lunches so I was wondering how much an avergae lunch would cost? Sould I use cafés? I need to know so I can figure out how much in travelers cheques I should bring. Thanks!
food in the UK and Swiss is costlty, buy sandwhiches oer salads and ull save heaps, or make ur own sandwhiches. Spain, eat the Tapas. Germany, just drink the beer allday, liquid lunch style
The cheapest way to deal with the food questuion in Europe is to only go to Hostels which offer a free kitchen - and buy food from the supermarkets. (Aldi, Lidl, Penny, Plus, Nettto in Germany -they're the cheapest.)This way it is possible to live on less than 5 Euros a day for food. But if you buy all your stuff at restaurants, scnack shops and café's, you'll need around 10-15 Euro minimum per day.
Use the supermarkets in Germany and you will find fair prices (Some have salat buffets for take away, greek tapas, fried chicken....
If you are really hungry, most of the restaurants have a lunch menue, which is much cheeper than for dinner. Especially the Chinese restaurants offer lunch buffets for example 7 Euro, all you can eat.
During the day you find a plenty of cheep possibilities like take a ways, Doener (Turkish imbiss) or small things in coffe shops. Sometimes you find good prices for breakfast offers, which are really having a huge choise (you don't need food until the evening).
In Irland and England you will find in pubs fair prices for curries for example.
In Spain it is enough to eat only Tapas and usually they put the whole table full of different bowls and you only have to pay the bowl which you touched Wine is not expensive in Spain and also Italy.
In Swizterland everything is very, very expensive compared with the other European countries.
Enjoy your stay
Try the crepe stands in Paris. Cheap and delicious!
Thanks for all the advice everyone!
I will be traveling with a tour gruppe, and we will not be staying in hostels. Our breakfeast and dinner is paid for, it is just the lunch that is our responsibility.
I heard 10-15 a day if I use cafés. Can anyone else back that up? I know that Switzerland will be more expensive, I have two Swiss friends.
Well Switzerland is expensive but it's not going to cost you 10-15 euros a day for your lunch! You can buy nice sandwiches out of lots of shops for a reasonable price, the Migros takeaway places are quite cheap and are pretty good.