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Old 09-09-2011, 07:02 PM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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What are the most expensive countries in Europe to travel to, and what are the cheapest?

I would imagine the most expensive countries in Europe for the budget (which combines the backpacking and low-end categories) or mid-range traveler would be Norway, Iceland, Sweden, Denmark, followed by France, Belgium, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and Italy. All are far more expensive, at least when it comes to food and lodging, than the U.S., though the types of costs are different and travel in the U.S. (for an American) is about as comparable to travel in Europe as it is to travel in Latin America or Asia.

The cheapest ones are probably certain Eastern European countries, with Germany, Greece, Spain, and Portugal being the cheaper Western European countries. Spanish prices were somewhat lower than the U.S. when I was there (2008), even with the record-high Euro.
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Old 09-10-2011, 09:08 AM
 
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I find Ireland and the UK to be the most expensive.
Romania is reasonable; other countries outside of big touristed cities are fair to middlin in cost.
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Old 09-10-2011, 11:45 AM
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Finland and Switzerland are the most spendy, to me. Ireland can be cheaper than the UK but that's because they have excellent government -price-controlled B&B's which are a good alternative to the $200 a night hotels..
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Old 09-10-2011, 01:33 PM
 
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Iceland used to be one of the most expensive, but from what I've read it is now one of the cheaper destinations thanks to the collapse of its financial system and currency.

Switzerland is easily one of the most expensive.
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Old 09-11-2011, 07:41 AM
 
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Switzerland is easily one of the most expensive.
Given the recent steep run up in the value of the Swiss Franc (due to the Euro's weakness as a result of debt concerns in Greece, etc.), I would wager that Switzerland right now is one of the most expensive places anywhere.

All of the advanced, wealthy countries with a high Value Added Tax (VAT) have pretty high prices by just about any measure. This is found especially in the Nordic countries in northern Europe.

Don't forget, too, that big and/or capitol city prices in Europe are often a lot higher than in other places. This is just as in the U.S., of course -- New York City and Boston are a lot more expensive than, say, Indianapolis or Phoenix.
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Old 09-11-2011, 08:08 AM
 
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inexpensive...........croatia is cheap, Bratslaavia, Poland, Check,

expensive, Austria, UK, EIRE, Switzerland, Monaco, Norway,
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Old 09-11-2011, 08:50 AM
 
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I guess you haven't been to Prague lately. Czech is now on-par with Western European countries.

I forgot about Switzerland. I usually stay in Germany and do day trips or camp. Yeah, it is high priced.
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Old 09-11-2011, 09:44 AM
 
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I guess you haven't been to Prague lately. Czech is now on-par with Western European countries.

I forgot about Switzerland. I usually stay in Germany and do day trips or camp. Yeah, it is high priced.

no i haven't
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Old 09-11-2011, 01:38 PM
 
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no i haven't
Prices have increased in the past 3 years and significantly since 2002.
I found a cheap hotel that I stayed at in 2003 and I can't afford to walk into the lobby now. It's been updated and is now one of the most expensive hotels in Prague!

Food's still reasonable, German prices mostly, perhaps a few Euro more. Even cities like Olomouc, Cesky Krumlov and Brno are getting pricey.
3 years ago, there were empty shelves in the groceries and now they're all full. That's a wonderful change.
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Old 09-12-2011, 03:34 PM
 
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Generally, the wealthier nations and the further north they are, the more expensive. If I had to pick one, it will be Norway.

The cheapest tend to be the former eastern bloc nations. The more obscure the cheaper it is. Croatia used to be cheap, but it has been discovered. So, maybe countries like Bulgaria and Romania might be on the cheaper side.
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