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European Road trip, Budget Help Needed!

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1. Posted by MarcMcC (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Hey there,

Planning a 4-5 week road trip across Europe with my partner. Here is a rough trip plan we have put together;

===Bruges (Belgium) 2 Day's
Luxembourg City (Luxembourg) 1 Day
Strasbourg (France) 2 Days
Munich (Germany) 2 Days
Trento (Italy) 1 Day
Lake Garda (Italy) 3 Days
Genoa (Italy) 3 Days
Monte Carlo (Monaco) 1 Day
Nice (France) 3 Days
Cannes (France) 2 Days
Marseille (France) 3 Days
Lyon (France) 2 Days
Dijon (France 1 Day
Paris (France) 1 Day
Calais (France) 1 Day===

We have currently planned for 30 day's covering a total 2,841 miles. However this may change.

We will be starting from Dover to Bruges and finishing Calais to Dover.

We figure Hotel Costs for the whole trip will be in the region of £1700 - £2000 and these will all be paid for in advance and well before we leave.
We will be taking our car and figure the total petrol cost will be in the region of £500 (based on current petrol prices, crazy to know that if we did this trip 5 years the petrol would of cost under £230!)

However what we are unsure about is how much 'spending' money we will need to take. As besides from Paris neither of us have been to any of the other places. So would be good to know how much you all reckon we will need for everything on a day to day basis.



2. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru 1851 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

You are going to spend much of your time travelling. For such a journey. I would go out of season, May or mid September. The weather might not be as good but the roads will not be so busy and there will not be crowds everywhere. Also accommodation will be easier to get and cheaper.

A day in Bruges in enough for most people travelling around. Same Strasbourg. Less Lake Garda. One day Genoa. When I visited Monte Carlo I stayed overnight in nearby Menton which was a lot cheaper. Marseilles one day. Paris more days. Park in a car park. I found a cheap one on the Champs Elysées. Calais has nothing to offer the tourist.

They are just my views and others might suggest you spend more time in those places.

France has lots of toll roads, crossing it and driving along the south of France into Genoa. They can cost quite a lot of money (I paid £70 three years ago to cross France), but using other roads can take forever. You will pay more for food and fuel on motorways as in the UK, so sometimes it is worth leaving a motorway and going into a town where you can fill up at a supermarket and buy food and drinks. Though fuel pumps are 24 hours in some places, these need a FRENCH credit or debit card, so keep an eye on your fuel. Some supermarkets will open Sundays and shut Mondays.

Do get some kind of breakdown cover, and consider insurance for the trip (let your insurance company know). On German autobahns keep to the slow lanes and let the mad men pass. Watch your speed elsewhere. Cameras and police are rare but they are there.

3. Posted by llwang (Budding Member 8 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Hi, Marc:

When will you start to travel? Do you drive your own car? Is hotel cost £1700 - £2000 for one person or two?

I am planning a trip to Luxembourg, Germany, Italy, Monaco and France for about 20 days. I am thinking about the possibility to find people travel to gether.



4. Posted by MarcMcC (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!


We do own our own car so will save money on renting one. Our insurance covers us for european travel also. The budget of £1700-£2000 is for both myself and my girlfriend.

We are going to the Dominican Republic for a 4 weeks at the start of 2012 so this trip will either be back end of 2012 or start/middle of 2013. At the minute everything is still in the planning stages.