How Much Money I Spent Travelling Europe for 1 month.

June 21, 2015

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After spending 5 years travelling around the likes of North America, South America, Asia, Australia & New Zealand I finally did a one month backpacking trip around Europe!

One of my reasons for not having Europe on my radar before this despite being from the UK 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 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!

one month in europe on a budget

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How I travelled Eastern Europe on a budget:

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!



6 responses to “How Much Money I Spent Travelling Europe for 1 month.”

  1. Kimberley says:

    This might be a really silly question but how did you book the trains and buses? Like did you wait till you were in a city and then go to the stations to book or did you pre book it? Also in South America did you go yourself? and how did you join groups and tours? was it through your hostel? this really stresses me out about going travelling because i have no clue about the bus/train/tour situation haha, thanks.

    • Hello! Definitely not a silly question. It’s something that has stressed me out in the past too but honestly you get used to it!
      In Europe when I booked trains I mainly went to the station once I had arrived in the city and knew when I was looking to leave- normal 1-2 days later and this was always fine, however you can also book the trains online which might be better for Western Europe in high season in regards to how many people travel ect! And I found that with the buses the few companies I used which I found from googling it I was able to book the tickets online so that was really handy!
      In South America it’s worth noting that it was so easy to book all the buses online or just go to the bus station to book them! And I did travel on my own but I joined a few day tours and a couple of 1-2 night tours in Bolivia and the Amazon rainforest but hostels are the most helpful things ever! They can often book these for you, if not they’ll tell you where to go and if you’ve arrived in a town to see an attraction near by then hundreds of others will have too so there’s tour operators everywhere to book them. It’s hard to imagine it now but it really isn’t that hard.. It’s the same in South East Asia too! Hope this helps you to get some planning done 🙂

  2. Ray says:

    Wow! That really is a cheaper way of travelling around Europe! Perhaps I missed it in an earlier post, but did you also buy an InterRail pass for the month to cut down on accommodation costs for the month since you can do overnight train rides instead? Or does that not apply in the case of Eastern & Central Europe?

    • Hello, No i didn’t get a pass, to be honest through the Eastern Europe part that i did i ended up taking more buses than trains and only did 2 overnight journeys to help save on accommodation. From what i’ve read a pass would help in central and western Europe especially in peak season but it’s not needed as much in Eastern Europe. Hope that helps 🙂

  3. Fernando says:

    How are you, maybe this is a silly question but Im traveling at the end of July to Europe and will be going to London, Paris, Brussels, Prague, Vienna, Budapest , Bucharest, Sofia and Rome but my question is that i want to fly the long distances , can you advise me of a economic way ?? And on the other hand traveling by train which one will you recomend, since I traveling with my wife and 2 young daugthers , thank you so much in advance .

    • Hello, I would suggest looking on Skyscanner for flights. There are a lot of low cost European airlines that should have flights to where you want to go. Every country has its own train system but looking at thetrainline.eu is a good way of checking prices and distances. Enjoy your trip.

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