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Anonymous asked in TravelTravel (General)Packing & Preparation · 8 years ago

Travel cost + advice for Europe?

How much money would you estimate total for this? Two people traveling through Europe for a couple months (plane tickets included). We would be traveling pretty cheaply, staying in hostels or cheap hotel if we can, and traveling by train. And can someone explain a Euro pass and give its cost? Please, just the total estimation for a trip like this. Thanks!

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  • 8 years ago
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    Somewhere around $7000 and up for two months assuming you're coming from North America.

    Prices will depend on exactly where you're coming from, where you visit, the kind of accommodations you use and what you see/do/eat as well as how long you stay and how much moving around you do. The exchange rate at the time you visit will also affect the prices. Right now, the exchange rate is better than it has been in some time. Prices at some indefinite time in the future can't really be predicted, but are likely to be higher than now.

    You can generally get by for around $100 per day or a little less (plus airfare) staying in cheap hostels and carefully watching your budget. Hotels would add to the expenses. Generally, I pay around 100 to 150 euro ($127 to $190 at the current exchange rates) per night for three to four star places, but there are cheaper options usually. For airfares from the US or Canada, count on around $1000 or more although you might be able to do a little better.

    Here are some resources that can help you plan and check options and current prices for your trip:

    http://www.kayak.com/ - airfares & hotels; the explore function is useful for finding the less expensive places to fly into from your starting point.

    http://www.skyscanner.it/ - particularly good for budget flights within Europe, but you can also use everywhere as a destination to do something like the explore option on Kayak.

    http://www.seat61.com/ - a huge amount of information on train travel and railpasses. This includes how to determine if a railpass is worth the money for your trip, which railpass (if any) best suits your trip and how to use a pass if you have one. There are links to the national train websites where you can find schedules and prices for individual tickets. Note that railpasses are not always the cheapest way to go. If you're under 26, a global pass that allows you unlimited travel costs €422 for 10 days of travel within 2 months to €801 for a pass that would allow travel every day for 2 months. You will have to make reservations on many high speed trains, international trains and night trains and those come with an additional charge. Here in Italy, it is an additional 10 euro for each fast train. It can be best to mix individual tickets in places with a pass from others.

    http://www.venere.com/ - hotels/B&Bs - prices for the same hotel can vary hugely depending on the season and what local events are going on.

    http://www.hostelbookers.com/ - hostels.

    http://www.monasterystays.com/ - monasteries & convents that offer accommodations

    http://www.whatsonwhen.com/sisp/index.ht… - festivals, exhibitions and events

    http://www.backpackeurope.com/ - information & advice

    For sightseeing prices: check the websites for entrance fees for the museums & galleries you're interested in. I spend anywhere between nothing and 40 euro ($51) a day depending on exactly what I go to see when out exploring. For food, I spend around 25 to 50 euro ($32 to $63) for a meal, but you can eat for less. Here in Italy, you can get a whole pizza for 8 to 13 euro ($10 - $16) or a pasta dish in the same range. Panini or pizza by the slice is less. For reference, a McDonalds McMenu classico (medium) is going for around 7.50 euro ($9.50). Prices in other parts of Europe aren't all that different for meals. While you can eat cheaply most of the time, I would recommend getting a good local meal from time to time; that's part of the overall experience that it would be a shame to miss. When I travel, I like to try the local specialties and the good restaurants. Souvenirs can range anywhere from a few euro to hundreds or thousands - just set a budget and stick to it

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  • 8 years ago

    It depends what months you fly in. During the high season, summer, tickets would be $1500 per person, to fly in and out of a major airport, it will be cheaper to come and go in the winter. I would plan on having at least $7000 - $10,000 to spend for two people. All major cities (Paris, Rome, etc) are VERY expensive compared to the states. Rail passes alone are very expensive. Here is the website with a global rail pass chart, http://www.eurail.com/eurail-passes/global-pass. Depending on how old you are it costs over $1000 each. So if you set aside $2000 - $3000 for plane tickets and rail passes alone, thats already $5000 - 6000. I would also suggest flying into London to save money, taking the train to Paris and then exploring Europe from there. And while you may not want to eat in an expensive place every night, you will want to splurge occasionally in Europe and visit some of the amazing restaurants and clubs.

    I have traveled Europe extensively and lived in London and France for a while and highly recommend this trip. It will be an amazing experience for you.

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  • pansy
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    4 years ago

    No, you won't want a visa. You have not stated while you were going, but i'm assuming it's not in the course of iciness. As others have said, this shall be tiring so it's satisfactory to hold your locations in close proximity. In Switzerland, you will have to go to Zurich. You definitely ought to go to Paris and Venice, which leaves 2 places. I might say both Florence for the mighty artwork, museums and structure, Marseilles to be able to see the city, swim and see the French Riviera, Barcelona for the robust city and the Spanish seashores, Milan for the sights and the fashion, Vienna for the fact that it is usually a lovely metropolis, very grand and with tons to do, or Berlin for the attractions (although this one may be somewhat too out of the way). If you want to see extra of Switzerland, Geneva is also high-quality, followed by way of Basel and Bern. Nevertheless, I suppose that the opposite cities I listed are nicer. Appear on the record and spot what appeals to you essentially the most, then make a determination. For me personally, it will must be Florence/Barcelona/Marseilles (three-manner tie)>Vienna>Milan, however it's your decision. They're all on the record for a intent. Revel in your holiday :) Edit: I forgot to add that Marseilles and the French Riviera is handiest worth it if you're going for the duration of the summer time, or the water is not going to be heat adequate to swim.

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  • 8 years ago

    5000 dollar, definately not less. The dollar is low and the prices in europe are high especially in big cities like paris, london, rome. Nevertheless it will be an amazing experience because Europe is very beautiful.

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