I got a lot of queries for the eurotrip cost breakup on my previous blog “How to plan a eurotrip under 1.25 lacs“. If you are new to my blog, go check it out and see the video as well.
So without further ado, let’s come to the point.
Eurotrip cost breakup
Here’s the cost breakup in INR
- Air Tickets – 50,000 | Delhi – Amsterdam (Finn Air) and Dubrovnik – Delhi (Turkish Airlines)
- VISA – 5,500 | Netherlands Embassy
- Travel Insurance – 1,800 | United India Insurance
- Hostels – 14,200 | Amsterdam 2N, Berlin 2N , Prague 1N , Plitvice 1N , Split 2N, Dubrovnik 2N
- Couchsurfing – FREE | Saxon Swiss National Park, Budapest, Ljubljana
- Tours & Activities – 18,500 | Keukenhof Gardens, Zaanse Schanz, Walking tours in Berlin and Prague, Concentration Camp tour in Berlin, Pubcrawl in Berlin and Split, Budapest Eye, Postonja Caves, Split old town, Dubrovnik city walls, Sea Kayaking
- Inter-city and Intra-city Travels – 17,000 | EuroBus, FlixBus, Intra-city Metro, S-Bahn, Intra-city Bus
- Food – 14,500 (more on this in my previous post on How to plan low cost Eurotrip)
All cash ? Or card ?
Your next concern might be that should I carry all the money in cash from India? Well, I carried 300 € with me in cash and 1000 € (a little bit extra) in a travel card to cover my eurotrip cost.
For those who are not aware of these travel cards, you can get them from banks like Axis, ICICI and HDFC or from Thomas Cook and get them loaded with Euros. The added benefit of these cards over your credit cards is that you can use these anywhere in Europe without any additional charges.
I would suggest online forex companies like FxKart.com , they deliver forex right at your doorstep at the best rates.
But you will be charged extra for ATM withdrawals on using travel cards. Generally it is 102 euros for 100 euros but that varies with the ATM. I withdrew 100 euros in Berlin and I was charged 114 euros (I got a warning as well on the ATM screen, but I wanted the money desperately). So, be careful with that. My suggestion is, carry some extra cash from here and keep the card as your preferred mode of payment wherever possible.
Nevertheless, the travel card was really helpful.
How to deal with other local currencies ?
For the countries having their own local currencies like Czech ,Hungary and Croatia; you have two options:
- Exchange only a small amount for street food and local transport and keep using your travel card, wherever possible.
- Exchange your full daily quota of money.
I will go for the first choice. Because then I don’t need to withdraw extra euros to exchange. The card provider will charge me some conversion fee, but the exchange shops will charge me their commission as well. So, net conversion rate will turn out to be the same.
Pro Tip : Just buy something from a store and give them 20 € bill, they will give the change in local currency.
I hope this answers your queries. You can still ask me anything in the comments. I am working on dedicated blogs for all the cities that I visited; if you want any specific city blog first, let me know in the comments section !