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Current Estimated Daily Costs for a Europe Trip

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1. Posted by TKolb325 (Full Member 197 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I am considering doing a trip around Europe this summer, around August. I am trying to get a rough idea for how much I will probably be spending daily.

If anyone has recently come back, or just knows of a good estimate for daily cost for travelling in Europe, I'd love to hear what you think I would be spending.

Thanks for any help!

2. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

seriously depends on the countries - 1 week in France = 3 weeks in Serbia - for example.

3. Posted by TKolb325 (Full Member 197 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hmm.. well how about just the daily costs for those 2 countries? I know that big cities will cost more than outskirts, and I can spend alot of food, or not. I am just looking for a general estimate..

4. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Everything is a factor--from what country, to what city, to what kind of accommodation, food, drinks, activities, etc. etc. you'd like to spend on. Can you give everyone a better idea of what countries you'd like to see, what kind of accommodation you're looking for, and what you'd like to do? Even a rough idea will help us narrow down some numbers for you.

5. Posted by TKolb325 (Full Member 197 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hmm.. Well I will probably be doing france spain protugal germany netherlands england greece italy.. honestly, we will probably go whereever other travellers say to. we are trying to avoid a specific itinerary so that we can just go whereever we feel like it. We would be staying in hostels, and they don't even have to be nice hostels. mostly just a place to sleep. food wise, im used to only eating once or twice a day, so really, cheap food with an occasional big meal here and there to get a feel for the countries cuisine. entertainment wise, we will want to go out for drinks probably 3-4 times a week, so thats going to be big in our budget, but we wont be going out to do a bunch of shots or something. just going out to meet people mostly. and we are wanting to see alot of the historical things that a country would offer, so we would be paying for tours and what not..

6. Posted by Erik85 (Respected Member 274 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

With your information I'd say somewhere from 50 to 80 Euros per day. 50 would be a bare minimum, not allowing much alcohol, looking at things on your own rather than tours, etc.
80 with a bit more comfort, more decent food, a tour here and there, etc.
In cheaper cities you may be able to get by closer to 50 Euros/day, while in more expensive places (ie Paris) you might look more towards 80 Euros a day.

Take into account that it's also peak season, so the places that receive a lot of tourists may jack some prices up. Also the mode of travel and how often you go from place to place will have a big influnece as a lot of money will be spent on this.

7. Posted by TKolb325 (Full Member 197 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for your reply! Definatley some good info there. Damn, I was really hoping for cheaper than that.. I guess I knew it would be around that though..

What do you guys think about the length of a Euro trip? Like, I was expecting to spend around 2 months checking it out. Now, I know that you can spend as long or as little time as you want when travelling, but what do you guys think would be the average length for a europe trip? Like I said, I know that it is a vague question, but on average, how long do you think most people do a europe trip for?

8. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

That last question is one that has no real correct answer. For example many thousands of people go to Europe on a 12 month (or more) working holiday and a lot of 1 and 2 month travellers may put the average at 3 or 4 months. Realistically I think if you cut those people on very long European vacations the average would be somewhere between 1-2 months for a true European Vacation.

If you want to see most countries then 2 months is not enough to get close to seeing enough to even comment on each country if asked basic questions, but if you were to stick to a region or two then you could see quite a bit in two months. On my first RTW trip I spent approximately two months in Europe getting a taster of places so if I liked them I would come back to see in more detail in future years. I crammed a hell of a lot in to that time seeing 13 proper countries in Europe (or 16 if you include the 3 micro countries I saw that are more just a city but consider themselves to be a seperate country). It was very rushed but I made the most of every minute and saw pretty much everything of tourist interest in the cities and towns I visited. I got between the countries mostly by plane to cut down on the hours I would miss by being bored senseless on a bum numbing train journey taking most of a day. If it was only going to be 3 or so hours to get to another country on train then I would do it, but the ones that it was most of a day I got a cheap flight which was often far cheaper than the train even when you take in to consideration the getting to and from the airport.

On my second RTW trip I spent about the same length of time in Europe but slowed the travel down a fair bit to see countries a bit better but I still saw 9 countries. In that trip I returned to two of the same countries I visited on my first trip to see some great cities again that I fell in love with on my first trip. On that trip I visited some places such as Russia which I liked a lot and plan on a future trip to head back to see two of the most amazing cities in the world (Moscow and St Petersberg) again. If you are going to Europe in Summer that is a great time to visit St Petersburg, but if you are going to be low on funds it is not the best place to go as it is more in the 80 Euro a day type category than in the lower end.

If you are going to be low on funds, scrap any thoughts of going to Scandinavian countries because even the cheapest of them costs a hell of a lot for even basic living expenses let alone any stuff like alcohol which is very expensive.

9. Posted by TKolb325 (Full Member 197 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

^^^Priceless info! Thank you!

Any other comments are welcome. This trip is still a work in progress..