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If you live in the US, what would you budget for one week’s travel in Europe, in dollars?

If you live in the US, what would you budget for one week’s travel in Europe, in dollars?

Apr 27th, 2007, 02:41 PM
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I'd say about $1800 for 2 people.

That's about $100-125 per day for hotel, $125 per day for food, drinks, and incidentals (local transport, bottled water, etc) and a bit more for museum entrance fees and things like that.
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Apr 27th, 2007, 02:57 PM
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My budget for an upcoming summer trip is similar to a previous poster's budget:

$1000/week for accomodations. I've booked apartments in Florence and Venice.
$700/week for meals. We plan to do some of our own cooking.
$300/week for transportation (train, bus, vaporetto...and lots of walking)
$500/week for sightseeing, gelato, etc.

$2500/week total for a family of four.

It's a thoughfully planned budget but it remains to be seen if we'll stay within it...I'll have to report back after we return!
 
Apr 27th, 2007, 03:22 PM
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andasamo - we find it easier to stay within our budget if we use cash for meals and incidentals. We charge hotel rooms, which is a set price, so no worries about overspending there, but it is easy to overspend for meals and everyday things - at least for us. We get cash for several days out of the ATM and then just put the day's cash in our pockets in the morning and leave the rest at the hotel. It works well for us. And if something comes up and we decide we want to spend more, we can put it on a card or get more cash, but this way we do better at not letting spending get away from us.
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Apr 27th, 2007, 04:17 PM
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I'd say: $1,800 for 2 of us, one week.

Includes hotel, food and spending.

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Apr 27th, 2007, 04:19 PM
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Saying to ignore different countries/cities and different styles of travel is ridiculous. There is no way the numbers can compare.

At a guess - for our style of travel ( 4* hotels - at 3* prices if we can get them, one special dinner in each of 2 cities, nice dinners other days and sit down lunches, but more casuale, mix of public transit and taxis, taxis to and fro airport , some drinks for cafe sitting and entrances to sights - but not including shopping - which we do little of) - $4,000 for a week for 2 people.
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Apr 27th, 2007, 05:20 PM
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Family of four in quad room- spent $700/day on 10 night trip.
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Apr 27th, 2007, 05:39 PM
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My expenses for upcoming 2 week trip to Germany and Switzerland total to $5,620. This budget includes rail tickets, local transportation so it would drop a bit for a single week, but I would look at $2,500-$3,000 for a one week budget. This is for a couple.

Air $1,500
Transportation (rail and local) $650.00
Lodging $1,370 (for 11 nights)
Eats $125.00/day
Fun/other $50.00/day

Any more than this and I'll end up at logos999's doorstep begging for beer and a bed!

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Apr 27th, 2007, 11:43 PM
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No, I don't take strangers. You don't even have a recommendation, do you
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Apr 28th, 2007, 12:15 AM
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logos999,

1. I'm no stranger (than anyone else).
2. Isn't my German birth certificate a proper "recommendation"?
3. I'll buy the first 6 rounds when you visit the USA.

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Apr 28th, 2007, 12:17 AM
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Apr 28th, 2007, 12:39 AM
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We (family of 3) spent less than USD 2,000 for one week when we rented a villa near Lucca with two other families. That didn't include the train from Zurich to Lucca, but does include one week's car hire and a very generous estimate for food.
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Apr 28th, 2007, 04:30 AM
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I can pretty easily do $1000 per person per week including lodging, food, admissions, local transportation.

Obviusly easier to do in Spain/Portugal than UK/Scandinavia, but on average. I rarely spend more than $100 a night (average) on hotel - usually 2 star (always ensuite except for small B&Bs, AC in any warm climate, etc - I don't stay in dumps or youth hostals). I take taxis when necessary but usually use the airport bus, metros, etc to get around - actually I walk whenever possible. I go in every museum/cathedral/site that I want to - never skimp here. My major savings is food - I do a lot of picnics, local cheap food (not McDs etc). My theory is that if I were at home I would not be eating at a nice restaurant every night for a week (or two, or three) so I don't need to do it on vacation. I enjoy sampling local foods, and definitly enjoy plenty of ice cream, coffee, etc., but I don't need cloth table cloths, waitservice, etc for every meal. Huge savings.
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Apr 28th, 2007, 04:33 AM
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>Our number: $1000 per week<

Is that per person?
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Apr 28th, 2007, 04:38 AM
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When in London approximately $500 per day (we see a lot of theatre and our flat is a little over $200 a night)

In other countries in Europe, we average $300 to 325 per day.

This is including local travel, accomodations, meals, admissions, etc. No airfare.

For the past couple of years we've found our average daily costs in Paris are lower than in any other city we stay in.

All figures above are for TWO, not per person.
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Apr 28th, 2007, 04:40 AM
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When in London approximately $550 to 600 per day (we see a lot of theatre and our flat is a little over $275 a night).

In other countries in Europe, we average $300 to 325 per day.

This is including local travel, accomodations, meals, admissions, etc. No airfare.

For the past couple of years we've found our average daily costs in Paris are lower than in any other city we stay in.

All figures above are for TWO, not per person.
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Apr 28th, 2007, 04:48 AM
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Phew. Tried to edit and got a duplication. Ignore my first post. I did a little looking at the math with the current price of our flat compared to the old price (thank you, falling dollar) and altered my first response.
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Apr 28th, 2007, 05:18 AM
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ira: >>Is that per person?<<

The OP posted this farther down the thread - "To clarify our $1000/wk is based on 2 adults."
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Apr 28th, 2007, 05:19 AM
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In January, my husband and I rented an apt. for a week in Rome then had a couple of night in other places. So, our total budget for everything for 10 days was $5,000. inclu meal and trains so a 7 day trip would have been $3500. for 2. The apt. was more expensive than what our hotel would have been normally.
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Apr 28th, 2007, 07:24 AM
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We spent about $2500 for apartment, food, tours, transportation and shopping on our (two of us) recent week in Rome.
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Apr 28th, 2007, 07:28 AM
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I have been looking through these posts because my friend and I are planning a trip to London next Summer for 8-9 days. We will probably be booking our trip through AA Vacations out of DFW.

Thusfar (assuming we were going this July), our total for 9 days of combined airfare and hotel is around $3800. I can live with this.

Assuming that we do not eat extravagantly (staying mostly at pubs, etc.), we are planning on taking between $750-$1000 a piece for food money. We probably won't do that much shopping, but will see a few places that require entry fees (Buckingham Palace, Westminister Abbey). A friend is going to gift the two of us a three day London pass and pay for train fare to and from Gatwick, and the other sites we want to see are free (British Museum, London Musuem, etc.)

Should about $1000 be enough for food and other small amenities? We are in our 20's and can get by on fish-n-chips and steak pies.
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