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Jan 9th, 2012, 05:41 AM
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How much would it cost to travel Europe?

When I graduate high school, I would like to travel Europe with my friends. I want to go to Finland, Ireland, France & England. I want to stay in moderately priced hotels. So, if someone could give a rough estimate as to how much money this would cost and also, what would be a good way of transportation, dining and shelter? Thank you!
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Jan 9th, 2012, 06:24 AM
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What do you consider moderately priced? Hotels in Europe are based on number of people booking the room. If you book a single, you will get a room with one single bed usually. If you are planning on sharing with several friends, you have to book for the number staying in the room or you won't have enough beds. A quad will usually have four twin beds.

>>>So, if someone could give a rough estimate as to how much money this would cost <<<

How long do you plan on staying? What's your departure city?

>>>>what would be a good way of transportation<<<

Depends on your final itinerary.
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Jan 9th, 2012, 07:13 AM
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$6,457.13. Very Rough Estimate.
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Jan 9th, 2012, 07:44 AM
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$6,457.13. Very Rough Estimate.
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But that is only if you send an occasional psotcard to Mom and Dad.

First go on Expedia or Kayak and determine what the airfare is between home and one city and back from another.

Second, we have been going to Europe for 40 years and we still look for hotel bargains.

Three, determine how you are going to eat. Can you get by on cheap meals. We still have what we call our continental meal. As we walk around a city we buy meat, cheese, bread, wine, chocolate, or whatever strikes our fancy and eat it later in the hotel room. You will save a fortune. And have lunch as your big meal, you will save a lot of money.

And also consider are you kids going out every night when Mom and Dad aren't looking, that will add to the cost.

Intercity costs. There are many relaible cheap airlines that you may not be familair with. Ryan, Easyjet, Vueling, etc.
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Jan 9th, 2012, 09:22 AM
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I think at your age it might be better to stay in budget hotels rather than moderately priced ones, but of course, that depends on your income sources.

Real rough ballpark, count on 100-125 euro a day if you economize on things. That would not include your airfare to/from Europe. I dont' know Finland costs, however, I think it is more expensive there but I'm not sure.
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Jan 9th, 2012, 10:42 AM
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I would suggest, in order to get a realistic estimate of how much it would cost, that you start pricing things out in euros, which is used in Finland, France and Ireland. England still uses the pound.

On lodging: It would cost you about 30-60 euros a day just for lodging. The cheapest lodging are usually youth hostels, monasteries, college dorms (when available), and bed & breakfasts. Depending on how many "friends" are traveling together, you may find it cheaper to get one cheap hotel room for all of you, otherwise, count on spending 30-60 euros a day per person for lodging.

On transportation: depending on your length of stay and where you want to go, a eurailpass would most likely be the cheapest for you. If you are under 26, you get a discount on the first class train ticket. There are several different types of eurailpass, which means you have to do some research on what kind of pass works best for you.

http://www.eurail.com/eurail-passes/global-pass

The eurailpass works in Finland, France, and Ireland. Again, England is different and has it's own train pass.

http://www.britrail.com/

On local transportation: You will need to pay extra for local transportation, such as buses, the metro, tram, etc. The cost would depend entirely on which cities you will be visiting and how long you plan to stay in each city. There are usually single trip tickets, daily passes, three-day passes, and weekly passes.

Other expenses: Other than lodging, long distance and local transportation, you will have to figure in meals and admission tickets. Are you a big/small eater? Are you interested in museums? Do you want to go to pubs and bars and do a lot of drinking?

General info: The travelers here on Fodors are usually older people. Younger travelers, especially backpackers, use websites such as the Lonely Planet, which has a discussion forum called "The Thorntree" where you may find information better suited to your purposes.

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/index.jspa

There are also travel guides which you can borrow from your local library, such as those published by Lonely Planet and by Let's Go. You will find almost all the information you will need in these travel guide books.

Good luck with your planning and have a great trip! You'll always remember your trips to Europe!
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Jan 9th, 2012, 12:52 PM
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This is like asking how long is a piece of string.

Where wil you go?

How long will you be gone?

What do you consider "moderate" - I consider about 250 euroe per night for a double moderate. Some people will say 100 euros. Others much more?

How will you eat?

Picnics and pizzas? Sit down dinners?

What entertainment do you want. Generally sutdent type places beer and wine are fairly reasonable - but hard liquor can be outrageously expensive.

Give us more info and I can tell you more.

As an example, my daughter went last summer with 3 friends for about 5 weeks and spent about $9000 (modest hotels but in central location and with AC - many places in europe AC is definitely optional).
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Jan 9th, 2012, 01:01 PM
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That's why I think a general answer in terms of cost per day is most useful as the OP doesn't have a specific itinerary in mind. To me, I'd say 150-200 euro is a moderate hotel room.
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Jan 9th, 2012, 09:26 PM
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http://www.whichbudget.com/

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http://www.airfarewatchdog.com/

First, will need to investigate costs for getting there. Airfare can vary quite a bit, depending on when you travel (June-July-August is popular time for visitors & consequently, prices will be higher), and of course depending on where you're flying from/to.

Rather than a round-trip ticket, better to consider a "multi-city" ticket. This is what many call an 'open jaws' ticket ..... meaning you fly into one city and then depart from another. For example, you could check on Kayak.com or a particular airline, etc. for what it would cost to fly into London and then fly home from Helsinki.
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Jan 10th, 2012, 05:08 AM
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>>>>count on spending 30-60 euros a day per person for lodging.<<<<

30€ would be hostel prices, not hotels.
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