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Trip Report London, Paris, Dublin and New york on $120/day per person, hotels and food

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I wanted to share with fellow budget travelers what I ended up spending for a recent trip to three expensive cities, London/NY/Paris, and Dublin. This was total cost not including airfare; it includes hotel/lodging, all food, travel such as trains, buses, subway, tours, entertainment such as seeing two West end shows in London (Jersey boys, Rock of ages), cash for spending, airport transfers.

The trip was 17 days, 15 nights for 3 people. It does not include transcontinental flight which was about $800 RT pp from JFK to Paris, open jaw return from Dublin to NY. It also does not include Ryanair flight from London to Dublin which was about $50 pp. If I were to include these airfare costs, the cost pp/day for the entire trip would be about $160/pp/day.

We had 4 days in NY; used Priceline and got hotel rooms for $135/night which is about $165/night after all taxes are included. We got the Marriott in financial district which had very nice rooms; I would happily stay there again. There are buses and subways within 5 minutes to get anywhere in Manhattan. We rented an apartment in Paris $215/night for 5 nights which was a very spacious 1 BR with 800 sq ft, and elevator service. It was in the Bastille/Marais district. This was our splurge and it was very Parisian and charming. In London, we went budget and stayed at the Travelodge in Covent Garden (3 nights at 79 pounds per night, 1 night at 25 pounds). They have lower rates at other times but we were traveling in high season at the second half of June. In Dublin, we stayed at the Capitol Grafton Inn near all the sights in a great location near St. Stephen's square; it was $188 for two nights ($94/night).

Our costs included a day trip to Normandy from Paris which was a splurge but not as much as it could have costed. We did a half day tour which was 60 euros per person and train ride there was about $80 pp RT.

We dined in nice restaurants many days; about 8 nice meals at destination restaurants. Remaining meals were at enticing pubs and cafes.

Some of our cost-containment measures:
-I booked an easybus to get us from central London (earl's court area) to Gatwick. This was about 3 pounds for quite a long ride. I think it is the least I have paid for miles traveled.
-we never used taxis. In NY, we got from our hotel to LaGuardia for $2.25. One ride on the E train from its origin at the World trade center, exit at 74th st/Roosevelt exit then a free transfer to the bus Q33 which was waiting right outside and it takes you right to the airport.
-in Dublin, we took the local bus in from the airport to our hotel, the #16 which was 2.65 euros pp. On the way back, we splurged and took the airport bus which was 7 euros since it made fewer stops and was faster.
-We took advantage of all the free sights and activities: walking the streets of NY, seeing Times Square, Rockefeller center, Grand Central station, Central Park, upper east side, shopping in SOHO, walking around Wall Street, Staten Island ferry ride.
In London: British museum, British Library, Natural History Museum, Victoria and Albert museum, Museum of Science. We didn't even get to the National Gallery, etc.

I hadn't seen much on estimated total costs for these cities that are known to be fairly expensive so I thought this might be helpful to post.

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