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How much is a tour of Europe? The cost of a trip to Europe will vary widely based on the type of trip and experience you want.
The first cost item is your flight. When you fly and what class of service you are most comfortable in will have a lot to do with the price of your air ticket. Traveling off season in Europe will save you on your flight and hotel costs. Spending a bit more to fly in premium economy will give you extra leg room so you don’t feel like a sardine in a can, if you can’t afford to fly business. Of course, what you spend on your flight is relative to where you are flying from, too. From the East Coast it’s a much shorter flight than from the West Coast.
One significant factor is location, which most travelers to Europe don’t take into account when shopping for accommodations based on price. The further away from a major city center you are, the better deal you’ll find. So the answer on the price of a hotel in Europe will always be: sure, I can find you something cheaper, but if you plan to stay in a city for 3 days or more, as you should to really experience it properly, then if you spend each day commuting into the city to see the sights, you’re wasting a lot of time on public transit getting around. In major cities like London, Paris, Madrid, Vienna, Berlin, etc., it’s better to pay a bit more to be centrally located so you have more time to enjoy where you are and see more.
If you are traveling on the cheap, campsites and hostels are readily available and inexpensive, and you have to be wary of your security and safety. Stepping up your game, bed and breakfasts and inexpensive hotels can offer a better roof over your head; some may even be well located. You’ll pay more for deluxe and luxury hotels in Europe, but these are generally the best located, too. With our exclusive amenities, we offer full breakfasts and usually a $100 credit at our Signature preferred hotels throughout Europe.
Accommodations and flights, of course, are only one cost factor in a trip to Europe. The next consideration is how you’ll get around. In Europe the train system is excellent, and a rail pass could be a great way to go. What you have to keep in mind, however, is you’ll have to carry your own luggage on and off the trains. Taking trains in Europe is great, and depending on how much time you have for your trip to Europe, you may also want to consider a local flight between points. The cost difference can be nominal and can save you quite a bit of time, leaving you more time for sightseeing.
Within cities, taxis, Uber options and local buses can all be easy to use and inexpensive. Many cities may also offer passes you can purchase there or in advance that provide discounts not only on local transport, but also on admission tickets to venues.
As you can gather by now, there are many things to consider when planning a trip to Europe, and it’s exactly why you should consider working with a travel professional like ourselves to not only assist you, but also to be there to help out as needed. You’ll also enjoy our Pocket Travel app which will make your travels all the easier.