So just last night I purchased my tickets for a trip to europe july-21 -- august-21 with a friend (who is leaving a week early). Yes, I know it's the busy season.
Now that some of the dust has settled, I'm looking at an itinerary starting from Amsterdam-Belgium (brugge)-Paris-Bern-Munich-Venice-Budapest (friend flies home)-Prague-Berlin.
I'm planning on purchasing the Eurail Global pass (and whatever I need to get through Czech Republic).
I'm an American, so because the exchange rate is bad I'm hoping to stay barebones and get by on <$100/day. I'm also 18 so I'll be able to get drinks and book hostels and such.
That leaves me with:
~$40/night - hostels/night trains
~$20/day - food/water
~<$40/day - miscellaneous activities.
^these all in USD
Finally.... I've found some good budget accomodations through most of my itinerary, but Paris and Venice are giving me a really hard time. Does anyone recommend a place to stay that's cheaper and not completely terrible? I've heard bad things about Paris, and Venice just seems downright confusing.
Any thoughts or contributions to my nutty, cheap endeavor would be greatly appreciated!
! oh! and are there night trains that leave directly from bern to munich, munich to venice, or venice to budapest??! THANKS
http://www.plusvillages.com/ - Venice at 12 EUR per night and person.
Bungalow rental (2 people) for 30 EUR per night.
MIJE hostels in Paris are great value.
I forget the price, but they have free breakfast. And also, they are really central, in the Marais region of Paris, which is close to Notre Dame, and Bastille, and it is a really nice walk along the river, where you will see the Louvre, and all the attractions down to the Eiffel Tower..
Even if it ends up a little more expensive, with the short time you will spend in Paris it may be good value to stay somewhere closer coz you will save alot of time on getting into town, and you will be cental for the attractions, the nightlife, and the whole 'experience'
I've stayed at Home Moderne in Paris--it's about 41 Euro a night for 2, which is usually cheaper than 2 beds in a Paris dorm. Plus you get your own room! It's not the Ritz and it's in the 15th, but only about a 10-minute walk to the Metro with lots of places to pick up breakfast along the way.
Enjoy your trip!
iv travelled muich to bern and i had to take a train from munich to zurich and then a train from zurich to bern it was very simple though!
So the bungalow and the hotel moderne - those prices (prices in double bed rooms) are for two people not one? That seems like a better deal than a hostel!
Price for the Bungalow is for 2 people. At least that is how I read their website. I know the camping site is quite a bit away from things, so the price was the reason I suggested it. (Same goes for the housetents in Venice - relatively far away, but very good value.)
Home Moderne is also the price for 2 people. That's why we always stay there.
Your trip sounds like it will be fun......I went inter-railing in 2006 and stayed in the Plus Camping Alba D'Oro village just outside Venice......it was quite cheap, but this does mean that you arent in the actual city, although the village does run buses right into Venice all day and into the evening.
One thing that wasn't so good about Plus Camping Alba D'Oro was the accommodation itself. You can stay in tents which have camp style beds in, or tin huts.......I stayed in one of the tin huts at about the same time of year as you will be there, the air conditioning didn't really do anything, and it actually felt like I was being roasted inside an oven.....not too pleasant! On the plus side, they had a pool there and a bar, and loads of other backpackers which meant it had a really good atmosphere!
Hope this is a little helpful!
......I stayed in one of the tin huts at about the same time of year as you will be there, the air conditioning didn't really do anything, and it actually felt like I was being roasted inside an oven.....
Why didn't you move to one of the house-tents? Much better ventilation by nature. I stayed in one of the house-tents and absolutely loved it. Sure, it was warm and did get a bit stuffy, but all I had to do was to open the door and the window for 15 min after having been away the whole day and everything was fine.