Go Back  Fodor's Travel Talk Forums > Destinations > Europe
Reload this Page >

BUDGET TRIP FOR 3 WEEKS. BELOW 4K(Including tickets and stay)


BUDGET TRIP FOR 3 WEEKS. BELOW 4K(Including tickets and stay)

Old Nov 27th, 2016, 09:14 PM
Original Poster
Join Date: Nov 2016
Posts: 1
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
BUDGET TRIP FOR 3 WEEKS. BELOW 4K(Including tickets and stay)

Hello dear friends,

Im planning on a budget 3 weeks trip to Europe. I would like to visit Spain,France,Italy,Germany and (Poland,Ukraine if possible.)

Do you think its possible to keep the price below 4k including flight and stay? Please Advice, i am going with 3 people, so it will be a total of 4 of us.
bernardtwj is offline  
Old Nov 27th, 2016, 09:50 PM
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 4,597
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
If you mean your portion is 4000, I think you need to tell us: where you are coming from and how much you expect your portion of the lodging to be. and look at prices for transit between those places. That's more than 1 country a week and I suspect train and plane tickets are going to be expensive.

If you mean this is 4000 for a family of 4, no way, Jose.
marvelousmouse is offline  
Old Nov 27th, 2016, 09:56 PM
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 7,227
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Where are you coming from? At what time of year? 4k in what currency? From many destinations, the flights alone would be more than €1000 per person in the summer.
bvlenci is offline  
Old Nov 28th, 2016, 05:35 AM
Join Date: Dec 2014
Posts: 968
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
You probably don't have enough time to really see 4-6 countries. Budget travelers should understand that a low budget goes much further if you MINIMIZE your travel. You have no specific cities in your post. So maybe you just plan to see two adjacent countries... When you plan, start with an area near the border... for example, try imposing a travel circle near the French/German border and see both countries in that manner. Strasbourg, Colmar, Freiburg, Stuttgart, Heidelberg, the Black Forest, Lake Constance, maybe Basel Switzerland as well. Then maybe you make one long train trip to Paris from Strasbourg (actually not that far) or to Munich (from Stuttgart, for example.)
Fussgaenger is offline  
Old Nov 28th, 2016, 07:00 AM
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 8,255
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Below 4k ....what?

Dollars? Euros? Yen? Forints?
tomboy is offline  
Old Nov 28th, 2016, 07:05 AM
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 25,809
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Never mind the budget, six countries in three weeks is nuts. Try three, max.
thursdaysd is offline  
Old Nov 28th, 2016, 07:13 AM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 48,782
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
1. You can't do justice to 6 countries in 3 weeks. Total waste of time AND money

2. If it's U.S. dollars you're referring to, no you can't pay for airfare, accommodations, and travel around as you wish to. I hope you realize every time you get on a bus or train or airplane, there goes more money. The only way to take a budget trip is to stay put or at least keep the destinations to a bare minimum.
StCirq is offline  
Old Nov 28th, 2016, 06:12 PM
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 57,890
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Obviously you need to give us much more info, esp on finances - and if the amount you have listed includes your airfare (transatlantic) and from where.

But - no - you can;t see 6 countries in 3 weeks. I would limit yourself to 3 countries and no more than 2 cities in each country. And agree that the intercity flights and trains will take a large part of any budget.

Also what level travel are you talking about? Are you willing to take overnight student buses and stay in basic hostels with shared baths?

And who are these people (a family? a group of teenagers? or???)
nytraveler is offline  
Old Nov 28th, 2016, 07:35 PM
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 9,723
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Some research you must do for yourself.

Find cost of airfare from your home to one or two major airports in Europe (perhaps Paris, Frankfurt or Rome) during the time you wish to go. This will give you an idea of starting costs.

Are you a family that needs a family room in a hotel, young people who want to stay in hostels, etc? You might save money in some places by renting an apartment.

Forget whole countries. Think cities or an area of a country which interests you. Check prices of hotels and apartments there.

Look at a map and check distances between places you are interested in seeing. Look at cost and time involved getting from place to place.

When are you going? Cost may be much higher in high season, but short, cold, darker days of winter may not be fun.

What activities are you and the others interested in seeing or doing? Choose places that offer those things.
Sassafrass is online now  
Old Nov 30th, 2016, 07:17 AM
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 2,435
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Two countries, max. Otherwise, you're going to spend most of your time travelling.

Italy is an expensive country, so I'd drop that for starters. It may be that Poland and the Ukraine will be budget choices, but I have no feel for prices there.

As for your budget, all the comments above are on point. We need to know more to advise you. But if you're thinking US$4000 (or even 4000 Euro) for four people, no way!
dwdvagamundo is offline  
Old Nov 30th, 2016, 09:22 AM
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 78,322
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Ukraine and Poland are outliers from the other countries -yes you must cut down to a few countries -3 or maybe 4- anyway trains are the way to go if doing a wide-ranging tour- for lots of good info check www.seat61.com; www.ricksteves.com and www.budgeteuropetravel.com. book your train tickets well in advance to get nice discounts or look into various railpasses if traveling on several longer trains.
PalenQ is offline  
Old Nov 30th, 2016, 11:41 AM
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 78,322
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Per person I would say for three weeks at a starvation-budget minimum I'd expect to cost at least $100 a day and that is staying in low-budget hotels and eating from supermarkets and not including transportation costs which can vary wildly.

Poland and Ukraine perhaps a bit less.
PalenQ is offline  
Related Topics
Original Poster
Last Post
Mar 24th, 2017 11:25 AM
Aug 22nd, 2015 02:34 PM
Apr 18th, 2015 03:36 PM
Dec 27th, 2014 08:03 AM
Dec 17th, 2014 03:16 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Do Not Sell My Personal Information