Updated 2019: I visited Italy for one week on a backpacking style trip visiting Pisa, Florence, Milan & Venice. I’d never known if Italy could be travelled on a budget seen as its such a popular Western European Country however I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Italy can be travelled fairly cheaply if you are travelling on a budget.
I wasn’t on a purposely tight budget however I knew that the less I spent on this trip the more I’d have to spend on another trip so of course I ended up travelling on a pretty good budget!
Below I have detailed what I spent in one week in Italy a long with average costs of accommodation, food & transport so you can plan your trip to Italy!
During my time in Italy I spent roughly €500.00 in one week in total which consisted of 6 nights accommodation in hostels at a fairly popular time of the year (September), 3 trains, 3 meals a day, a few wines and a fair bit of Ice Cream so personally, I was quite happy with this!
To help you budget for your trip to Italy here’s what I found to be average costs for things:
Train booked on the day- Pisa to Florence- €8.40
Pre-booked Train from Florence to Milan- €25.00
Pre-booked Train from Milan to Venice- €25.00
Bus from Venice Island to Treviso Airport €12.00
Tip: Use The Train Line EU to book trains as far in advance as possible to get a cheaper price. Try not to leave booking trains to the last minute in Italy.
2 Day Boat pass in Venice- €30.00
Tip: Check out my blog post on Venice here to make sure you don’t overspend on the boat passes!
Accommodation in hostels in a 4-6 bed female dorm room- average €27.00 a night.
Venice was the most expensive, then Milan, with Pisa being the cheapest.
Tip: I use Booking.com to book all of my accommodation as they offer budget options like hostels and well priced hotels! Have a look on Booking.com here to see what you can find in Italy.
Tip: Hostels make a trip so much cheaper and helped make sure I didn’t spend too much in Italy. If you haven’t stayed in hostels before or you’re not sure if you’ll like them, check these 2 posts out:
Whole Pizza- €8.00-12.00
Ice Cream- €2.50
Glass of Wine- €4.00
Small Panini- €3.00
Slice of Pizza- €3.00
3 course meal in Milan for 2 people- 1x starter, 2x main course, 2x desserts, 1x bottle of wine- €90.00
If you want some good value, budget friendly tours tours and ticket prices in Italy, I’d recommend checking these out and be sure to book in advance to get a spot. Italy get’s very busy!
Note that these prices are based on meals in slightly cheaper cafes and restaurants which is why they are the prices they are, of course if you go for more upmarket places these things will cost you a lot more.
I found it pretty easy to find food that was inexpensive and still really yummy (because of course that IS what Italy is all about).
There are plenty of hostel’s in Italy and the rates do vary on the City so keep this in mind, Pisa is a lot cheaper than Venice for example.
I personally didn’t pay for many attractions as I was happy walking around by myself and doing free things in Italy and I didn’t feel that I missed out on anything (especially the queues!).
September was a really great time to go as the weather was still lovely and warm but a lot of the summer holiday tourists had gone meaning transport and accommodation was cheaper!
I booked my accommodation and trains only a week before leaving but if I had booked them further in advance I believe I could have got them cheaper!
I hope this makes you realise that you can spend a week in Italy on a budget!
For more details on what I did in Italy, here are my blog posts!
I use Booking.com to book most of my accommodation as they offer budget options like hostels and well priced hotels! Have a look on Booking.com here to see what you can find in Italy.
I used The Train Line EU to book 2 of my trains in advance which I’d recommend doing!
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My Name's Ellie Quinn.
I'm a complete travel addict and have been since I took my first backpacking trip in 2010.
Since then I've visited 50+ Countries on various trips! I created this blog to share my travel tips to help you travel better!
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