Traveling to Europe

Florence, Italy from above picture taking while backpacking around EuropeOne of the great rites of passage is the summer backpacking trip through Europe. For young people, especially college-aged Americans, the summer trip is one of the most memorable experiences people have in their life. From beautiful Paris, to smoke filled coffeeshops in Amsterdam, to Oktoberfest, to the beaches of Greece, there’s so much to see on the continent I couldn’t name it all even if I tried. But even if you aren’t about to backpack around Europe, the continent holds wonderful beaches, historical architecture, amazing wine, and wonderful people. Every country is incredible different than the next. I’ve visit the continent every summer and always find something new that blows my mind. This extensive backpacking travel guide will help you visit the continent on a budget.

Typical Costs

Accommodation – Hostel dormitory rooms cost between $20-39 USD per night, depending on the room’s size and the popularity of the hostel. I stayed in a 6 bed dorm in Berlin for $16 USD, while the same one would have cost me around $35 USD in Paris. A room in Paris will cost on the higher end and a room in cheaper Athens will cost on the lower end. Campsites cost between $10-15 USD per night per person for a tented space. In Eastern Europe, hostel dorm rooms cost between $7-15 USD per night depending on the size of the dorm room and popularity of the hostel. The further east you go, the cheaper it gets. A private room in a hostel will cost you around $30-60 USD per night for a double bed with a shared bathroom. Cheap hotel rooms start at $30 USD for a two star hotel with breakfast, private bathroom, wi-fi, and double bed.

Food – Throughout Western Europe, you can find small shops where you can get sandwiches, slices of pizza, or sausages for between $5-7 USD. You find these shops are most often found in train stations, bus stations, and main pedestrian areas. You can cook your own food for around $70 USD per week. These small sandwich shops offer cheap food alternatives that can have you eating on between $10-15 USD per day. Restaurant meals cost around $15-25 USD for a main dish and drink. Food is much cheaper in the east than in the west. Even if you are eating out for all your meals, you still get by on as little as $10 USD per day. See country information for more specific food costs.

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