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How Much Does It Cost To Backpack Europe

How Much Does It Cost To Backpack Europe

Every year Europe is filled with backpackers all cutting their teeth on new countries and adventures that they will always remember so surely they could help me with this. So I googled, and asked people and looked up guide book after guide book trying to answer what I thought was a simple question.

How much does it cost to backpack Europe?

Planning your backpacking trip to Europe is fraught with the usual dilemmas. Choosing your backpack, what places do you visit, will I make friends… and the list goes on. While those questions were easy enough to answer one major sticking point for me was just how much money I’d need to backpack Europe on my first solo trip abroad. I was as green as the grass when it came to travel and backpacking so I wanted to know EVERYTHING.

I knew everyone would travel differently so a basic idea on how much I would spend each day was all the over thinker in me needed to be happy. The answer never came however, and I set off for Europe praying I could afford it. I didn’t want that kind of unknown for people following in the same dreams as me so over my 2 month jaunt around Europe I took notes of my daily expenses and then blogged about them.

Some thirteen countries later I’d created the breakdown on just how much it cost me to backpack Europe over the summer of 2010. For detailed info on each city follow the links below.
ParisBrusselsAmsterdamBerlinCopenhagenStockholmHelsinkiTallinnRigaVilniusWarsaw & KrakowPragueMunichFlorenceNaples

To make life easier I’ve also put all the figures together and outlined my expenses for each city in the table below. Comparing each city here as I added up the figures was really interesting and you can see just how prices vary as you circle around Europe.

CityDays StayTransportAttractionsAccommodationFoodMiscCurrencyTotalTotal $AUTotal $AU Now
Paris420.33710048.536.2Euro242355.86315.89
Brussels21.625028.516.1Euro98.2144.40128.18
Amsterdam41155.51205360.5Euro302443.47394.21
Berlin314.3225546.238Euro175.5265.07 229.08
Copenhagen4382.5600355824.2290Krone2452.15490.53 429.65
Stockholm59924251000629667Krona3713570.55 538.29
Helsinki229.602016.8526Euro92.45135.95 120.68
Tallinn40580195420960Kroon2155199.55* 179.78*
Riga312.410.522.831.550.5Lat127.7266.03 235.06
Vilnius31602015017435.4Litas539.4226.62 203.95
Warsaw1094547.540Zloty141.550.53 45.87
Krakow5117.544240194533Zloty1128.5403.01 365.89
Prague307501080851619Koruna3300186 178.21
Munich21818444928Euro158232.54 206.25
Florence5102090.5106.581Euro308452.92 402.05
Naples414.738.3603769.7Euro219.7323.06 286.79

 

Now that’s the costs for all of my expenses on the road out of the way. The final totals for my trip looks something like this:

ItemCost $AU
Days Travelling54
Global Eurail 10 Days over 2 Months975
Global Eurail 10 Days over 2 Months Now868
Average Daily Cost105.94
Average Daily Cost Now94.95
Total5721.09
Total Now5127.83

 

And there you have it. My trip around Europe (minus 5-6 days I spent going crazy along the Amalfi Coast) came in at a total of $5721.09 AUD. I’ve omitted the cost of flights in and out of Europe as that can change on a regular basis, everything else however is in there. To get more detailed breakdowns be sure to follow the city links further up because I document exactly what I spent the money on including entry fees to museums and other sites.

I’ve included today’s currency conversion rates just to help people get an idea on what it may cost you to travel now. Prices will have changed in the countries since I left so don’t hold me to it please. I will however love it if you can update me on any or all pricing as you travel so I can keep this information as relevant as possible.

This post is the first time I’ve tallied up the total costs of the trip since finishing it this time last year and honestly I expected it to cost more for some reason. Considering the drinking and the fun I had while seeing so many major cities right across Europe I know now that you could do your trip cheaper and much more expensive. For me it was about enjoying myself so I made sure I never went without (except for the AK47 shooting tour in Riga) and will honestly say it was money well spent.

I can only hope that this information will help to serve others trying to plan for and take their own backpacking trip around Europe. I’ve tried to detail everything I wanted to know as a would be backpacker still planning my trip at home but if I have left something out feel free to ask I don’t bite.

Lastly just remember this information will only ever be a guide because you wont travel Europe like I did. It’s a starting point to base your travels and budget around. It is in no way the holy grail for of backpackers budget guides to  Europe.

*Notes
Estonia now trades in Euro’s. From what I have heard the costs have increased slightly so my costs should still be roughly in-line with living costs.

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101 Responses to How Much Does It Cost To Backpack Europe

  1. JEREMY BRANHAM August 2, 2011 at 4:49 PM #

    Great review! You definitely did a lot and did a good job of saving money. Spending that amount in Europe for a couple of months is pretty good. Look forward to hearing about Estonia as it was the first country I ever visited! :)

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD August 4, 2011 at 1:57 PM #

      Cheers Jeremy. I’ve already blogged about my time in Estonia. Check the link in my sidebar to see all the posts about it

  2. JUSTIN MORRIS August 2, 2011 at 7:06 PM #

    Awesome rundown Chris. Really puts it into perspective financially for people and gives them an ability to plan things out easier.

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD August 4, 2011 at 1:58 PM #

      Thanks Justin. You know as well as I do how cheap and expensive Europe can be. I’d wish I could have had something like this when I was planning my trip to Europe last year to but things into context.

  3. NOMADIC SAMUEL August 2, 2011 at 11:08 PM #

    Chris, your breakdown of costs confirms the research I’ve done on backpacking Europe. Although I’ve backpacked for over 3 years I’ve yet to visit Europe. I’ve partly avoided it because of perceived expenses, but I’ve come to realize (although relatively expensive) it’s not bank breaking.

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD August 4, 2011 at 2:01 PM #

      Samuel that was another reason I wanted to get this up for people to see. Europe is expensive but it’s not going to make you sell your first born to see it. To many people just get used to the bargain of SE Asia I think and instantly write off Europe because the price difference between it and Asia is huge compared to say America or Australia.

  4. JARRATT HORTON August 3, 2011 at 3:25 AM #

    Hey Chris – I’ve been following your blog as I’m going to travel next year from Australia and you have been very informative and really were the reason i started reading travel blogs. Thanks for this post it’s really helpful, one question would you recommend the eurail pass at nearly $900AUD for travelling, or would a better option be to just play it by ear and try to pick up cheap flights between coutries? I’m planning on travelling with my partner for 5 months through 6-8 countries…..

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD August 4, 2011 at 2:07 PM #

      Cheers Jarratt glad I could be of use. I started the blog to try and make it easier for as aussies to plans their trips as I struggled to find the info I needed.

      As for the Eurail pass, I have a post I need to write about it. Best transport for Europe by far is the train or bus as cheap flights need to be booked a month or more in advance and even then the airports are not in the cities so you then travel 30-60min via a train anyway.

      If you are under 26 then Eurail works out as a bargain. Over 26 and well I personally think you can pick-up trains along the way cheaper by watching specials etc. I had the over 26 pass and know I could have done it cheaper from looking at my costs.

      • JARRATT HORTON August 9, 2011 at 3:23 AM #

        Thanks for the response, yeah we will both be over 26 and although we will have a rough outline of what we will be doing, it will be very much an open plan that is subject to change as we go. I guess from your response, our best option is going to be to just keep an eye out as we travel for cheap deals to move on from our current country to the next. I guess the only issue for us will be that as we enter one country, we must already have an exit route booked to move on to the next. So as long as we stay at least one country ahead of ourselves, we are best off picking up specials as we go!

        Look forward to your blog on the Eurail, and all your other ones as well of course!

        • THE AUSSIE NOMAD August 9, 2011 at 8:51 PM #

          I never had to have proof when going from one country to the next. The only time I needed that was when I flew out of Australia. The rest of the time they just checked my passport and that was it.

  5. CHRIS WALKER-BUSH August 3, 2011 at 5:13 AM #

    Fantastic, fantastic resource! As somebody planning their own European/South American/African backpacking journey for 2012 – it’s good to have some hard data to refer to. Having read a lot of your travels, it’s good to know that you got to have all of that fun (and eat all of that delicious food) without spending a small fortune.

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD August 4, 2011 at 2:10 PM #

      Thanks Chris. It’s all just data and everybody will travel differently but at least people can read about what I did in Europe and now see how much it cost and draw their own conclusions about if its doable or not for them.

  6. HEATHER August 3, 2011 at 9:47 AM #

    I especially like the then-and-now comparison and it’s great to see the overall trip after checking out many of the city posts as you published them. And it’s important not to completely do without, even if it costs more along the way…you gotta have fun too or what’s the point?

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD August 4, 2011 at 2:11 PM #

      Exactly Heather. What’s the point in travelling if you aren’t going to enjoy yourself while you do it.

  7. LIV August 3, 2011 at 1:03 PM #

    Such a complete breakdown Chris – really useful. The ‘then and now’ is good too, just to show the difference the exchange rate can make. Looks like you’ve ‘done’ Europe pretty thoroughly!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD August 4, 2011 at 2:21 PM #

      Thanks Liv. The then and now bit is open to interpretation because prices can change in the countries but it does give people an idea on just how good the exchange rate is at the moment. I wish I was bringing the aussie dollar to Europe now.

  8. MARTHA August 4, 2011 at 10:13 AM #

    great review…definately wl use this as my reference for my next trip to Europe..thanks for posting it

  9. MAGGIE FROM DESTINATION EXPLORATION August 6, 2011 at 6:07 AM #

    This is such a wonderful and informative series! Great job and thank you! I feel like people always want to know how much Europe will cost them and then just drop the subject because it is so hard to find information. I know some of my friends from college always talk about how badly they want to go to Europe but then just write it off because they think it is too expensive. Obviously, you have made it clear that Europe can be affordable.

  10. IAN [EAGEREXISTENCE] August 16, 2011 at 10:15 PM #

    Did you keep all your receipts in a shoe box in your backpack? I’ve been travelling 4 months non-stop now, and I’ll be damned if I’m going to keep track of expenses :)

    The best I can do is look at my credit card history… which I am really trying to avoid.

    Thanks for the info though. Europe can be done even cheaper I’ve learned. It all depends on how “budget” the traveller is. As you know, there is Tripping, CouchSurfing, and HitchHiking. I even met a guy who went DumpsterDiving.

  11. ELIJAH NORMICH August 17, 2011 at 6:56 PM #

    Man, my girlfriend and I have been traveling for 4 months in Europe, and with airfare included, we have spent 1500 dollars. Between us.

    I wish I had your budget:)

    • ALANA February 27, 2012 at 10:32 PM #

      How?! That’s incredible! Must say I am impressed!

  12. AARON August 18, 2011 at 12:39 AM #

    We just got back from a two week backpacking vacation in Europe and it cost us well over 3000 dollars. And I thought we were being frugal!

  13. JOSEPHINE August 20, 2011 at 6:04 PM #

    totally making my all hyped! me and my husband is aiming to backpack europe hopefully 2012! and this is overwhelmingly helpful already! thanks for the great post! i can really hug you now! :)

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD August 22, 2011 at 8:19 PM #

      Hi Josephine, glad you found it useful and feel free to ask me any questions you like as I’m still in Europe travelling around.

  14. SHANNON August 22, 2011 at 7:17 PM #

    can’t say that’s unreasonable, I read another blog somewhere someone said they did about $6.5-$7k in 3-4 months so it seems to me that is realistic what I am not seeing is this:

    You are obviously from Australia using AUD so my question is this do you end up using more AUD because of the Euro to AUD exchange value? What I am trying to say is this:

    As I understand it, if I were to spend $1k USD that is almost 700 Euros, if it costs me 1,000 Euros I need to spend at least $1,400USD and that is A LOT of money (who said Europe is cheap??? Heck no!); I did an exchange rate comparison against the AUD and while the AUD retains more value than the USD you have to almost double your money to achieve the amount mentioned in Euros.

    My only worry is that since the Euro is almost twice the cost, how the heck do you NOT run out?

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD August 22, 2011 at 8:18 PM #

      Hi Sharon. I’m not sure I understand you 100%. I calculated all of my costs on a case by case basis because of the different currencies when I travelled europe 12 months ago which accounts for the then and now prices.

      As a large percentage of the countries I visited do not use the Euro were you doing a conversion for those countries as well to euro first? Each currency is listed above in the table if it helps.

      The totals for my trip in Euros worked out on the leaving for europe now cost would be 3705 or 5336 USD. Hope that makes things a bit clearer for you.

      • SHANNON August 22, 2011 at 8:45 PM #

        ah right I did forget that you had other currencies to contend with, I was just using the base numbers of course in Euros which is not acurate but if it had been then 5700 in Euros would be a lot more than what meets the eye in your own home currency.

        What I’m saying is I can see how easy it would be to forget that while you are paying in Euros you are actually paying a little more in your home/native currency. So if you only budget let’s say $3,000USD per month you might be shortchanging yourself here and there because what you get in Euros for $3k USD will be significantly less.

        • THE AUSSIE NOMAD August 22, 2011 at 9:00 PM #

          haha Shannon yes if you just added up the base numbers that would be huge.

          I worked out it was about 70 euro to 100 australian dollars at the time I travelled so I just kept to that. It was hard in some countries that didn’t use the euro as the calculations were 10 AUD for 10,000 whatever its called :)

          • STYLIANOS THE GREEK KANGAROO January 7, 2012 at 4:21 PM #

            You have to remember that even though the Euro is worth more than the AUD,
            you get more for your Euro.
            eg. coffee in Greece 1euro
            coffee in Aus 3 to 5 dollars

  15. KAMIEL VERWER / KINDMANKIND.NET August 22, 2011 at 10:17 PM #

    Great review mate, 100$AU/day seems like a reasonable estimate if you’re not fasting.

    Speaking as a Couchsurfer, and just to make sure readers aren’t scared away from our gorgeous continent: it is possible to travel around Europe on a shoestring, really.
    I know Russian hitchhikers taking 50 euros in their purse and returning home a month later, for sure a bit skinnier but satisfied because they saw the slanted tower of Pisa, the Eiffel Tower, the Big Ben, and alpine flora. Seriously, there is a Europe for every budget, hitchhiking is generally safe, couchsurfing communities in cities like Berlin, Amsterdam, Munich, Paris, London, Lisbon, Barcelona are awesome, if you don’t care about the environment cheap flights are plenty, if you want you can stuff your backpack with wholewheat sandwiches or sleep under the stars. Apart from that, German supermarket Aldi is possibly the cheapest in the world. Also some great ride-sharing websites like mitfahr-gelegenheit.de and very competitive buses (euroline 5 day pass).

    I’m following on twitter :)

    camilo the “kindman”

  16. LAURA August 25, 2011 at 11:55 AM #

    wow what a great post, so informative. thank you!

  17. ADAM @ SITDOWNDISCO August 26, 2011 at 2:59 PM #

    OK, I’ve been back to this post a few times now… and this time it’s because I want to get serious about setting a budget for a future trip to Europe… I think is fantastic as a point of reference. I’ll want to try and go cheaper, but I now know what I can cut out to do that. Cheers!

  18. DAVE DUNN September 1, 2011 at 1:49 PM #

    This is a great post, I’ll definitely be referencing it when planning my 4-5 month trip to Europe for next summer/fall… Really enjoying the blog as a whole, keep up the great writing!

    Dave
    http://blog.beentheredunnthat.com

  19. NATHAN September 5, 2011 at 5:56 AM #

    Sounds fairly spot on to me. Just spent a while over in Europe too, and whilst you can easily spend a lot more, if you do it right and plan ahead you can do it from under $100/day for sure!
    A mate and I who just got back have actually written a bit in our own blog, along with all sorts of other things “adventure” oriented. Please feel free to check it out.

  20. BRYAN @ BUDGETYOURTRIP September 6, 2011 at 1:23 AM #

    Great info, thanks for sharing! There’s definitely a huge variation in prices across most of Europe and it looks like your spending reflects that. Did you find that some of the prices in Eastern Europe were more expensive than you originally thought? We’ve noticed a big increase in prices over the last five years or so, and I’m wondering how this has affected tourism and travelers.

  21. PETE September 8, 2011 at 3:42 AM #

    I’ll be travelling through Europe next year so this has been a huge help. It’s a relief to see that your costings are similar to what I’ve budgeted.

  22. JAMES September 18, 2011 at 12:40 PM #

    Mate you are a legend. I was so pumped at finding this website. Great insight for Aussies, especially ones travelling to europe in feb to backpack! im planning on six months so i suppose im looking at 15-20 grand or so which is what i planned for. Keep up the good work mate

  23. KATE October 24, 2011 at 11:32 AM #

    This is great! You know, I was googling this just the other day but for the life of me I couldn’t find anything like this. I wont be backpacking as such (my other half is English and we’ll be basing ourselves in the UK with friends/family) but this is a great start – so thank you!!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD October 25, 2011 at 9:26 AM #

      Hi Kate, gald you found it useful. Way back before I started travelling this was something I wish existed so that was the driving force behind creating the resource.

  24. EUROHOPEFUL October 25, 2011 at 11:27 AM #

    Hi Aussie Nomad and thanks for a really helpful post! I’m hoping to take a year off but I’m not sure I can afford Europe for that long – do you know if it is possible/easy to pick up casual or seasonal work in Europe these days? I do have an EU passport but I know there is the financial crisis going on… Got any advice for me?
    thank you!

  25. BIANCA @ DAY JAUNTS November 8, 2011 at 1:33 AM #

    Thanks for a very handy breakdown of your travel costs. I spent a few months in Europe way back in 1999. I’m planning a return trip in 2013. After having spent the last few years exploring South East Asia for my holidays I think the cost in Europe are going to come as a bit of a shock. I better start saving.

  26. BRETT CAIRNS November 16, 2011 at 8:18 PM #

    Europe is a great place to travel and I have done so extensively over the past 35 years. Looking ahead consider giving the West Coast of Canada a look. It has some of the nicest scenery in the world combined with hospital people. Vancouver Island has been regularly rated by Conde Nast as one of the top islands in North America

  27. RYAN December 4, 2011 at 9:02 AM #

    Mate, thank you for this blog. I’ve been aching for a Euro trip for years, but haven’t had the time, with university being really full on. This blog really has me revved up, as I graduate at the end of next year.

    Do you have any advice for a WINTER trip? Sadly the only time I can travel is Jan and Feb 2013. I am spending Christmas and New Years in NYC, and will be flying directly to London from there.
    I was planning on a 6-8 week trip, and was hoping to keep my costs down to about $8000 (excluding flights). Thanks for the info!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD December 5, 2011 at 9:10 AM #

      Ryan I’ve not travelled much during the winter to be honest. Last year London was rather cold so I chose to stay inside and where it was warm :) This year am looking to try and make it to at least Belgium or France for part of that to see Europe in the snow.

      Guess you have to work out what you want to see, do you ski etc and then pick places that fit with that.

    • LOU May 23, 2012 at 3:30 PM #

      I went to Europe during December and January and loved it. The positives are that once you have you Eurail pass, you don’t need to worry about booking trains – just jump on and you’re guaranteed a seat (excluding the days surrounding Christmas). The cold wasn’t a problem – everywhere has heating – and I may have been lucky to experience hardly any rainy days. We booked a great deal in Innsbruck for a hotel with meals and the train up to the ski slopes and lift pass so just keep an eye out and book around any ski trips. Also you get a chance to spend the big holidays overseas – I spent Xmas browsing markets and ice skating in Berlin and nye was spent lighting fireworks in Prague and drinking cheap beer. I budgeted $1000/week excluding flights and the train pass but this was when €1 = $.60 aud and I still came under budget.

  28. ZAK January 13, 2012 at 12:55 PM #

    holy fucking shit balls this is just what i needed. so so great mate thanks heaps

  29. GREAT HIMALAYA THRU-HIKER February 3, 2012 at 10:22 AM #

    Thank you very much for great post.
    It will for sure help me to figure out money to backpack in Europe.
    Keep travelling

  30. ASH DUNCAN February 15, 2012 at 11:23 AM #

    Just came across your blog mate, this being the first post that I’ve read thus far. I must say, I am really looking forward to exploring the rest of the posts on your site! Your information here will go towards the planning I have for my trip to Europe at the end of 2012! Thanks again, and safe travels!

  31. ANNIE February 20, 2012 at 1:57 AM #

    erm im a totally broke 21 year old girl and i really wana travel europe before i get to old. i jus dont kno how to go bou it

  32. ROMEE March 5, 2012 at 9:28 AM #

    I’m a painter and I love traveling places..this august I gotta backpack for Paris and this blog is great to begin with…Thanks to The Aussie Nomad :D
    I’ll look out for more infos.

  33. GREEN GLOBAL TRAVEL March 9, 2012 at 11:37 PM #

    This is a great tool for anyone who wants to backpack Europe!

  34. ROMEE March 10, 2012 at 7:19 AM #

    I’m gonna go Paris to stay & work, travel comes along. I need guidance to find an accommodation for couple of weeks maybe more …paying guest or girl’s hostel preferably.

  35. KATE March 26, 2012 at 12:26 PM #

    This article is a great starting point for me, thank you!

  36. MATHEW U. March 31, 2012 at 3:28 PM #

    Amazing. Is that all of the cost? I couldn’t believe it’s kind of less than expected. How did you manage to save some expenses? I you’d provide some alternatives so you’d be able to save while traveling.

    -Mathew

  37. NATALIE P April 26, 2012 at 7:00 AM #

    This is so helpful! I’m planning a 60 day trip through Europe and was having a lot of trouble solidifying my budget. It looks like our exchange rates are similar, as are our itineraries.

    Thanks for being so thorough! Really, very helpful.

  38. CHRIS FLYNN April 26, 2012 at 6:15 PM #

    Great article mate. People don’t realize how cheap backpacking can be. Nice work with the breakdowns

  39. DONOVAN April 30, 2012 at 7:06 PM #

    thats pretty insane u kept it that cheap… i’ve never been to europe but we want to go backpacking for 17 days and we’ve calculated it to be out to 5,000 USD at LEAST… London – Amsterdam – Paris – Lisbon – Lagos – Seville – Barcelona – Ibiza. we’re also going in the most peak times of the summer july 27 to aug 12… im from California but a couple of my friends already have been to Europe or are from there. i hope we’re OVER estimating our expenses…

    • GABRIEL May 26, 2012 at 2:03 PM #

      to be honest, USD 5000 for 17 days is insane. Are you staying at hotels?

  40. THE BALDMAN May 1, 2012 at 10:07 AM #

    Great info you provided about the costs involved with Europe. I’ve done it many times myself and now run my own website with the emphasis on making travel cheaper for the backpacker.

    Would love your input and any ideas yourself or readers might have.

    I leave it up to you to publish the details of my website as I don’t want to be known as a spammer.

    Once again great info… cheers The Baldman

  41. IZY BERRY May 3, 2012 at 4:37 AM #

    Im actually surprised by how much you spent, especially in prague!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD May 3, 2012 at 9:03 AM #

      Izy, I travelled for me and wasn’t looking to save as much as possible or spend a fortune, just enjoy what I was doing and not worry about money. I took tours (one in Prague) that increased my cost and also drank well in many places which could have been reduced.

      This isn’t by any means a definitive guide just one guys experience to help others who have never travelled find a middle ground of sorts.

  42. GABRIEL May 26, 2012 at 2:01 PM #

    Hi Aussie Nomad,

    I was backpacking in Europe during the summer of 2010 too. In one month, I’ve been to 8 cities (Düsseldorf, Nice, Stuttgart, Valencia, Alicante, Madrid, Sevilla, Gibraltar), and I managed to spend only USD 1000 for everything. Of course I couchsurfed too.

  43. GREENTRAVELLER May 26, 2012 at 4:10 PM #

    Great blog.
    Just wondering about your internal travel costs, are these included in your “transport collum”. Im a little torn over the options for internal travel, I have heard mixed reviews of eurail as I beleive you can get last minute train and flight prices cheaper. I was originally looking at the 10 day pass which gives you 10 days of travel for 500 odd dollars. me and 2 friends have booked 5 weeks in europe with a 10 day tour at the beginning that does paris, swiss alps, rhine valley and amsterdam where the tour ends. From there we are thinking berlin then down through eastern europe and do a bit of clockwise circle through italy, croatia and then finally spain.

  44. FIRST TIME TRAVELLER September 3, 2012 at 12:25 PM #

    Hi, I’m planning to back pack through Europe next year for two months. I was just wondering because it’s a short visit do I need to get a visa for the Schengen area an the Uk? Also do you think the eurorail pass is worth it or just buy tickets at train stations and airports?

  45. EURAIL PASS EXPERT September 25, 2012 at 7:14 PM #

    First time traveller: the visa requirement depends on your nationality, but for most of the countries you will not need a visa.

    About the Eurail Pass (Eurorail is the company, Eurail Pass is the correct name of the pass for non european residents and Interrail Pass is the one for european residents), it will worth if you plan to travel more than 3 times. If not, just buy point-to-point train tickets or use airplanes (not recommended in Europe because you’ll miss unbelievable landscapes).

    Have fun!
    MP

  46. GEMMA October 12, 2012 at 3:32 AM #

    Chris,
    I’m just starting out my planning for a move to London next year, everytime I google ‘getting a UK visa in Australia’ or ‘how much to budget for a trip to Europe’ your blog comes up! I just wanted to say thanks for being an amazing resource for those who follow in your footsteps.

    Thanks again x

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD October 12, 2012 at 4:29 AM #

      Hi Gemma, thanks so much for taking the time to comment and let me know you’ve found my content useful. Makes all the work far more rewarding when I get comments like this. Also be sure to checkout the content I’ve got on moving to London as well, lots of tips for finding accommodation and so forth.

  47. LASH October 12, 2012 at 2:12 PM #

    Hiya,

    Thanks for putting this together!

    Wow, THAT’S a backpacker’s budget?!!!! Jesus, that’s expensive!

    If I ever go there, I’ll have to cut out all accommodation costs, minimize food costs by cooking, doing loads of free activities and not drink. Yikes!

    That’s about my one year budget in 54 days, mate! Good on ya.

    cheers, Lash

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD October 13, 2012 at 2:22 AM #

      Lash its all very relative I think as your living in Asia yes? I went to europe to enjoy myself and not cut corners just to survive. I wanted to see and do everything I had planned to and not worry about over spending on something and having to miss out elsewhere.

      Sure I could have drank less and opted for cheaper food or different activities but I wanted to see Europe my way. In the end its a guide for people to get an idea on what things might cost should they want to visit a certain spot or so on.

  48. JAMES October 17, 2012 at 10:56 AM #

    Hi, i was wondering whether i’d need to book accommodation in hostels in advance or just wing it? I was thinking if i would do a trip like this i’d probably aim to go start of April til end of May so not right in peak season, but would prefer not to have to plan out all my accommodation in advance? What would you recommend?

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD October 17, 2012 at 12:11 PM #

      James I’m of the book it as I go approach. When I set off it allowed me the freedom to stay on longer at a hostel that I liked or leave one early that I didnt. There were times when the choice of hostels was limited to me but I liked the freedom of doing as I pleased.

      By not having set dates to be in places I could travel with friends I met as well which can be a lot of fun. As long as your keeping an eye on accommodation 2-3 days before moving on etc then it always worked out ok for me.

  49. SOLO FEMALE TRAVEL October 30, 2012 at 6:52 AM #

    Wow this is so great! Thank you so much for sharing this tips and for creating a summary expenses. Such a useful guide for traveling to Europe.

  50. ANITA MAC November 27, 2012 at 2:04 PM #

    Great breakdown, especially as it is across so many currencies! While I didn’t tally it up exactly, that is in line with what I spent in Europe August – October 2012. I didn’t go to quite so many countries as I spent a large amount of time in Spain (Camino de Santiago), but I mixed it up with hostels, casa rurales and a few hotels. I debated the Eurail pass and in the end, didn’t get one. Just as well as the buses in Spain suited me better most of the time! Countries visited: Croatia, Italy, Spain, France and Germany (although Germany was only one night in to fly out!) I found Spain to bring down my per day cost substantially and took advantage by taking private rooms on a number of occasions! My budget wasn’t too restrictive – I wanted to keep the trip in around $5-6,000 (Canadian) (not including airfare to and from Canada) and didn’t want to compromise on my experiences! I did everything I wanted, ate good food and cooked for myself rarely! My biggest challenge was traveling alone – sometimes I had to pay a higher rate. Other times, I asked people I met along the way if they wanted to share a room, basically halving my cost, but giving me the advantages of a proper hotel room with private bathroom and more space.
    It was such a great trip – didn’t want to compromise on the experiences by keeping my budget too tight – total time in Europe – 81 glorious days! It wasn’t long enough, but it was magical. Can’t wait to do it again!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD November 27, 2012 at 2:30 PM #

      Thanks for the detailed comment Anita, it’s always good to get other feedback to balance out my expenditure. And I completely agree about travelling how you want and spending/saving money on what you decided as you go. My thoughts on the value of an eurail pass aren’t great either as like you said buses and ad-hoc trains can work out much cheaper.

  51. LA VIAJERA MORENA December 7, 2012 at 6:17 AM #

    This is just the kind of article that I needed to read in preparation for my first Euro-Trip!

  52. BRANDY BELL December 25, 2012 at 12:39 PM #

    Hey chris, what a great breakdown! I have to agree with your findings.. having lived in Madrid the last two years, I can certainly say that I’ve found some deals here that blow my mind– of course, there are some things in Europe that one must simply pay more for… usually worth it ;)

    let me know when you’re headed back this way!

  53. TIMMY December 29, 2012 at 10:20 PM #

    I’m planning my first backpacking trip to Europe I was just wondering when’s the best time to go. its my first time backpacking ever I was wondering how good it is to go by yourself

  54. VAL December 30, 2012 at 3:27 AM #

    HELP!!! My husband and I are planning a trip in July/Aug and all we have set in stone is our flights to Europe. We land in France and then leave from Parlemo in Italy… We are struggling to plan the trip in between France and Parlemo. Does anyone have suggestions on where we should visit within two weeks? All the help we could get would be greatly appreciated! Brilliant blog by the way.

    • BRANDY BELL January 3, 2013 at 7:25 PM #

      Hi Val, first you might want to let us know a bit more about what kind of travelers your hubby and you are, what your interests lie in, and of course the budget :) I’m sure everyone would be happy to help!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 6, 2013 at 12:12 PM #

      Hi Val, as Brandy has said if you can give us an idea on what kind of travel you like (luxury, budget, dont care) and your budget level we can help point you in the right direction.

      2 weeks is a relatively short time to get from France to Italy but I’d at least stop off at Florence and Rome on your way to Parlemo in Italy and I’m guessing you’ll be arriving in Paris to start your France leg.

  55. JARYD KRAUSE February 26, 2013 at 5:50 PM #

    Hey mate,

    I recently did a Euro trip also and loved it of course just as you would have, although I road tripped by car with some mates (a cheap and fun option for other readers if they are thinking about Europe), but was thinking of coming back because there is so much to see that can’t be done in that 3 month Schengen Zone. What was it like traveling via Euro-rail, I am also trying to convince my sister to do this instead of the ‘Contiki Tours’ which I personally don’t agree with. I loved the Bask region through Spain and into France, also Krakow’s city center, what was your favourite city and why?

    Cheers for the blog too, love it!

  56. CLAIRE March 13, 2013 at 6:10 AM #

    G’day Chris,

    Your blog is awesome. Totally rad. Hopefully I can run into you somewhere and buy you a beer as a thanks for sharing your knowledge :)

    Hope you are getting through the cold over there at the moment and keeping toastie warm!

    I have 7 weeks to go till I leave for a 12month backpack around Europe and I am stupidly excited.

    Thanks again, top effort – best travel blog ever!

    -C

  57. LEAH May 13, 2013 at 12:14 PM #

    I spent 6 weeks in Europe last April/May and during my research throughout 2011 I found a lot of people generally advised that you should view 50 euros per day as a bare minimum – that is a dorm bed, cheap food (supermarket type food), one or two bus/train tickets and one cheaper tourist attraction. That doesn’t include your transport between cities, eating out, partying/drinking, more expensive tourist attractions etc.

    My husband and I found we spent, on average, 145 euros a day (so effectively 72 euros each per day) and this does include train travel between destinations. We travelled with my sister so often got triple rooms which makes a private room basically the same cost as a dorm bed, and sometimes cheaper (per bed). My sister and I are not big eaters so were sometimes able to share a meal. We often stayed at self-catering places so bought supermarket food although we ate out nearly every day as well. We did not get a rail pass, as we moved at a slower rate than most backpackers do, and the amount you need to move in your given time frame with eurail passes meant it was not economical for us to get one. We didn’t skimp on tourist attractions either. However, I was really thorough on researching accommodation and we scored some really cheap accommodation (thanks to triple rooms!) which often included breakfast.

    And this was not in budget Eastern European countries – we spent 5 nights in London, 5 nights in Paris, 3 skiing in the french alps, 3 in the Lauterbrunnen Valley in Switzerland, 5 in Rome, 3 in Florence, 3 in Venice, 4 in Salzburg, 3 in Cesky Krumlov (Czech Republic), 4 in Munich, 3 in Bacharach (Rhine Valley) and 4 in Brugge. Europe was much cheaper than I expected. Then again, coming from Australia, I suspect everywhere feels cheap.

    We loved Europe so much we are planning on going back – living in London for a year or two, and that’s how I found this blog! So much awesome info!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD May 13, 2013 at 12:18 PM #

      Hi Leah,

      Thanks for the detailed comment thats some great information you’ve managed to gather together. Enjoy London and Europe I find it impossible to get away from this part of the world.

  58. LEAH May 13, 2013 at 12:47 PM #

    Sorry, just realised I put my comment in the wrong “reply” section – I accidentally replied to Chris’s comment, totally didn’t mean to! If you’re able to add it as just a normal comment that would be great ;)

  59. ROMA September 11, 2013 at 12:09 PM #

    Hello,

    Great help! thanks!

    I am planning to visit Nice, France and Barcelona Spain in addition to Paris in Oct.

    Any idea how much I should budget for those places?

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD September 11, 2013 at 6:37 PM #

      Hi Roma, I’ve not been to either city but imagine Nice will be on par with Paris I believe. As for Barcelona I’m not sure. I have travelled Madrid and other parts of Spain but failed to keep detailed reports to build on my content here. On average thought if you budget around 80-100 a day including your accommodation (providing you are staying in hostels) then things should be ok.

  60. L June 6, 2014 at 12:35 AM #

    Hi Nomad,

    This might be a stupid question, but looking at your budget I see you visited 16 cities in Europe, however you only purchased a 10 day rail pass?

    How did you get around between cities? My partner and I are planning our own trip around continental Europe and are still trying to decide the most cost effective / efficient way of getting around.

    Thanks!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD June 6, 2014 at 8:20 AM #

      Hi L, not all of the cities I visited had connections via rail. From Sweden to Finland I caught an overnight ferry and then another ferry to Estonia from there. Estonia right down to Poland was by bus as no trains connect between the countries in that part of Europe. The best way to work out your mode of transport is work out where you want to go first. Once you’ve narrowed down a route see what will be the best way to get from city to city.

      Also check out this post I’ve written on travelling around Europe, it should be helpful I hope.

      http://www.theaussienomad.com/travel-tips/cheapest-ways-to-travel-europe/

  61. DAVE July 11, 2014 at 6:16 AM #

    Hey mate,

    i see this article was written in 2011, do you believe it is still around the same cost or more cheaper/expensive?

    Cheers

    Dave

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD July 11, 2014 at 9:42 AM #

      Hi Dave, I think price wise its still fairly accurate. There might be a shift in costs here and there for entrance to a museum or so but I don’t believe the overall numbers would be that different. I’ve been back and forth between Europe a since then and haven’t noticed a big change.

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