I’m from England and for the last 5 years I’ve travelled North America, South America, Asia, Australia & New Zealand but in my whole life I had hardly been anywhere in Europe! Ironic, I know!
One of my reasons for not having Europe on my radar was because of the cost but after meeting people travelling and doing some research I realised that Eastern Europe could be done on a budget and that a lot of cities in Eastern Europe are less visited than the neighbouring West which was something that really attracted me. I gave myself 3 weeks to travel Eastern/Central Europe which I then pushed to 4 weeks (because why not??) and included Paris at the end because I hadn’t been before and this was one of the top places I had wanted to visit!
I travelled pretty quickly and on a budget. I didn’t want to pay for many attractions and tours as I’m happy walking around myself or joining a free walking tour where you pay a small tip at the end. I cooked dinner and made breakfast in the hostel a lot and tended to eat out at lunch but never somewhere overly expensive. I stayed in hostels in dorm rooms to keep the cost of accommodation down too.
Detailed below is how much spent in each country which includes food, accommodation, walking tour tips, any activity costs. I have noted the transport costs between places separately.
Flight from Birmingham, UK to Krakow, Poland with Ryan Air- £40.00
Poland, Krakow – 2 nights – £40.00
Overnight train from Krakow to Prague- £46.00
Czech Republic, Prague & Cesky Krumlov – 3 nights – £75.00
Bus from Cesky Krumlov to Vienna- £21.00
Austria, Vienna – 1 night – £25.00
Bus from Vienna to Budapest – £13.00
Hungary, Budapest – 3 nights – £65.00
Train from Budapest to Ljubljana- £25.00
Slovenia, Ljubljana & Lake Bled – 3 nights – £57.00
Train from Lake Bled to Zagreb- £18.00
Croatia, Zagreb – 2 nights – £67.00
Overnight bus from Zagreb to Mostar – £15.00
Bosnia, Mostar – 3 nights – £80.00
Bus from Mostar to Split – £11.50
Croatia, Split, Sibenik, Zadar – 5 nights – £96.00
Flight from Zadar to Paris with Ryan Air– £50.00
France, Paris – 4 nights – £196.00
Flight from Paris to Birmingham, UK with FlyBe.– £70.00
I hope this helps you plan your own trip around Europe and know that it doesn’t have to be really expensive!
Check out my Europe posts for more details on where I stayed and what I did in the above places!