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is not a monolithic place, and prices vary greatly depending on how far north, east, south or west your travel. Europe covers a huge area of the world with multiple visa zones and multiple currencies. For 20 euros, you can get a private room in Greece. For that same price in Paris, you may get a 16 person dorm room. You can eat for a few euros in Spain or Hungary, but a sit-down meal in Italy will cost around 15 euros, and triple that in Norway!
How much do things cost?
Here are some general costs for things in Europe, because as I said, prices can vary a lot depending on where you are:
How to Save Money in Western Europe
What’s a good daily budget in Europe?
Recently, I went through , , , and Hungary. In 59 days of traveling, I spent 4,317 euros, which averages out to 73.17 euros per day. That includes a few flights, many a nice meal, , a few nights of private rooms (it was my birthday, after all!), and some unexpected purchases (a jacket, a new iPhone charger, and new headphones).
On a backpacker budget, if you were avoiding flights, occasionally Couchsurfing, staying in cheap dorms, and cooking most of your meals, you could average between 40-50 Eur per day. It would be a tight budget but you could definitely do it. One of the biggest costs in Europe is accommodation so reducing that cost will help a lot!
However, if you wanted some flexibility in your schedule, planned to eat out only stay in hostels, and visit a lot of places, plan for around 70 euros a day.
If you’re going to stay in only private rooms or Airbnb as well as eat at sit down restaurants every meal, I’d say budget closer to 100 euros to be safe.
Western Europe costs a lot. It’s never going to be a cheap area of the world to travel but with some smart money management and follow the tips in this post, Western Europe can become at least an affordable place to visit. Control your costs and you can be able to see anything!
Are you planning on traveling to Europe? Check out my guides for, , , and ! For more information, you can also visit my page on .
Book Your Trip to Western Europe: Logistical Tips and Tricks
Book Your Flight
Find a cheap flight to Western Europe by using or . They are my two favorite search engines. Start with Momondo.
Book Your Accommodation
You can book your hostel in Western Europe with . If you want to stay elsewhere, use as they consistently return the cheapest rates. ( .)
Don’t Forget Travel Insurance
Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations. I never ever go on a trip without it. I’ve been using for ten years. You should too.
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Originally posted in 2010. Updated to reflect 2018 prices and changes.
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