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Old 02-10-2011, 02:46 PM
Location: Lincolnshire
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Hi there, could anyone suggest what budget we should allow for our europe road trip?
There's two of us, planning on taking our own car and driving down from Lincolnshire in the UK down through europe, worked out that it'd roughly be about 3,500 miles. We want to go for a minimum of 4 weeks.

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Old 02-10-2011, 03:00 PM
Location: Earth
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Petrol is pricey, about €1.45 per liter in Germany, at the moment.
Depends on how you like to travel.
If you self-cater, it's cheaper; if you eat all of your meals out, prices will be higher.
In Italy, if you sit down to eat, there's a surcharge.

I like museums and the symphony - museums are about €10-15 per person; €30-50 for the symphony. Cheaper in Vienna if you're willing to stand in the back.

Your idea of camping is a great way to cut expenses. You can expect to spend around €25 per night for 2 in campgrounds; sometimes cheaper.

Splurge here and there for a room where you can stand up or if it rains... in mainland you'll pay per person per room in most places.
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Old 02-10-2011, 04:55 PM
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You are from Europe so likely you know the prices on the contenent better than any of us do. But - gas, hotels, tolls, meals, sightseeing - it's all dependent on how you travel, and of course southern and eastern Europe are much cheaper than northern and western europe. Camping and making your own food will save tons of money.
And also, certainly you realize that an automobile is a hindrence, a negative to have, in most of the cities of Europe, due to traffic, parking, etc. I wouldn't mind doing an automobile tour of Europe, but I would stick to the countryside and little known small towns. Is that your plan?

By the way (looking at your duplicate post in this same forum) - one post at a time please!
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Old 02-11-2011, 09:47 PM
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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A decent car (Mercedes Benz, BMW, etc.) and chauffeur would probably cost around $600 a day, including parking and accommodation and self-catering or fast food for the chauffeur. Gas would be extra, I'd figure around $300 a day.

Meals at high quality restaurants for the two of you will easily run $400 a day. Figure at least $50 - $100 a piece for dinners with wine, around $50 each for lunch, and around $25 each for dinner.

Lodging at hotels worthy of the name will probably cost at least $500 a night for the two of you together.

Budget about $200 a day for museums, galleries, the opera, etc.

I would work with a rough estimate of $2500 / day (with some shopping, etc), so assuming you'll be gone for 28 days, that works out to about $70,000. Including first-class tickets for the both of you to and from Europe, I'd budget at least $90,000 - $100,000 for the trip.

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Old 02-12-2011, 01:24 AM
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Costs as specified ~ (with 2 travelers) = ~$8,000USD or 5000GBP

Can you just get a car in France?, the chunnel / ferry + right hand drive on country roads in western Europe is not good for safety (passing Lorries on blind side) or wallet. You will want to take the country roads to enjoy the tour + avoid the tolls (very spendy indeed). How about taking a motorbike, seems much more reasonable for logistics.

I'd buy a small caravan (motorhome) and really travel cheap. (if you can 'Stealth-camp', campground sound very expensive)

But I prefer to use a diesel VW and 'guesthomes' (private homes that allow guests, not B&B or rooming house). It is $10 US per night all over the world. You stay with locals and they help you plan / eat / travel. Several directories available.

My 'econo method' would be ~ $2,000 USD or 1250GBP (with economical car)
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Old 02-12-2011, 03:43 AM
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Sorry i cant help.
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Old 02-12-2011, 10:14 AM
Location: Beautiful Pennsylvania / Dull Germany
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@ tvdxer: LOL, good post...I would add the presents (tiny swiss watches, brilliants and some bottles of wine) for all the friends, parents and children.

I'd suggest not to plan a route with one car only. As StealthRabbit explained you could rent a car in GB and then fly to France, Germany, Netherlands or use the train thru Channel tunnel and continue the trip.
One week in GB and three weeks in continental Europe with two different cars would be better.

You could also consider visiting some European cities without car... driving in London, Paris or Rome is kind of suicide. Rail and flight connections are affordable and very efficient. Fuel prices are very high. For the nice driving parts (including German Autobahns ) and the coastline in Southern Europe a car would be the best option.

Now lets come to the prices you asked for... Hotels roughly between €50-100 and fuel for 3500 miles (which is very much for a trip to europe, how far do you want to go?) would be about €650-700. Food and drink tends to be very dependent on what you like...

All in all I would plan about €3500-4500 or $4500-6000.
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Old 02-13-2011, 12:08 PM
Location: Outer Space
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Just take the train, srsly.
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Old 02-14-2011, 09:15 PM
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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I took a backpack trip in 2008 for three weeks. We went to UK, ferried to Netherlands, Belgium, France, Switzerland, and Italy and back by train to London. We took the trains everywhere we went. We got a Pass from Rick Steves.

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Old 04-22-2013, 05:23 PM
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stealthrabbit would you share the details of caravan/camping and rv buying in Europe?

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