How to save in Europe
Of course, traveling around Europe is usually not cheap. Nevertheless, millions of our compatriots go there every year. Here are 20 small tips on how to make your vacation in Europe not only enjoyable, but also affordable.
Typical Parisian cafe 1. In the so-called B&B (from the English. Bed & Breakfast – Bed and Breakfast) you can stay at a price half as much as in a regular hotel, without sacrificing your comfort too much. They can be found in almost all countries of Europe. Sometimes they have other names. So, in Germany such inns are called Zimmer, and in Norway – Husrom.
2. Europe hostels usually have an abundance of cheap rooms. The price for a night in them is usually half lower than in the most ordinary hotel. The opinion that only young people use hostels is wrong. They have long been chosen, for example, by older Americans – and they know a lot about relaxation. In addition, using the kitchen in the hostel where you stayed, you can pretty much save on meals.
At Manarola’s Ostello (Cinque Terre, Italy) a bed in a quadruple room costs 23 euros per night, and a family room for four costs 90 euros. And in the nearby Hotel Marina Piccola for a double room they will charge only 95 euros. In the Berlin Circus hostel, they charge only 25 euros per night, and if you take food and bedding with you, then the pleasure will cost you another 7 euros cheaper. And at the budget hotel Kastanienhof a double room costs 103 euros.
3. Throughout Europe, low-cost hotels survive on the market from small hostels and guest houses, offering very good rooms at discounted prices. In London, where it’s not easy to rent a room for less than £ 100, the large Travel Inn offers rooms for four for just £ 80. And if you decide to spend the night near the airport, then it will cost you even cheaper: at Heathrow Ibis they will ask 70 pounds per night in a double room, and at Gatwick Travelodg – only 60.
4. Save by choosing simpler like. A three-star hotel is not the best choice for an economical traveler who can be satisfied with a one-star one. (Of course, only if it can do without a restaurant, an elevator and a shoe-polish machine.) The following comparison will help you understand how much you can actually save: a double room in the three-star Hotel St. Louis Bastille in Paris will cost you 120 euros, while the one-star Hotel de Never opposite is only 55.
Want to save even more? Some one-star hotels have rooms without a private bathroom. Of course, they have a public shower and toilet. This way you can save another 20%. For example, in Hotel de Nevers a room with a bath costs 55 euros, and without it – 40.
5. Populate denser. European hotels usually have rooms of various sizes, and managers usually agree to put an extra bed in the room. The more you will be in one room, the cheaper it will cost you to stay. The discount for each additional guest is usually about 40%.
6. Skip breakfast at the hotel. Breakfast at the hotel, of course, is convenient, but not profitable. If breakfast is not included in the room rate, it is better to join the crowd of locals in the cafe opposite. Most Paris hotels do not include breakfast in the room rate. You will have to pay for it separately (10 euros for the continental, 15 euros for the buffet). In addition, Parisian cafes are amazing, and the prices are very reasonable: for only 7 euros you can get coffee, juice and a croissant. And in Madrid for only 8 euros for breakfast you will be offered churros – special pretzels, fried in oil.
7. Avoid restaurants with “We speak English” signs and menus in different languages. Cafes and restaurants targeted at local ones are usually cheaper and almost always offer better food. In restaurants that work only during lunch breaks during the day, often one of the best and most affordable. It is in them that the locals dine. Why don’t you follow suit?
Croissants 8. Instead of going to a cafe or restaurant, have a picnic. The necessary products will cost you about 10 euros per person. By the way, it’s convenient to have a picnic when you ride the train.
9. Throughout southern Europe, drinks in bars are cheaper than on the menu. If you are not sitting in a cafe, enjoying the beautiful view from the window, but just rushed to drink a glass or two, then use the bar – you will save up to 40%.
10. Shopping at large supermarkets will save you up to 30% on food, drinks, and first-aid foods. However, unfortunately, such stores are usually difficult to find in the centers of large cities. Usually they are located closer to the outskirts.
11. The best of cheap restaurants are usually located near open-air markets. For example, Juan’s Pinotxo Café, not far from Barcelona’s Boqueria Market, offers amazing spinach tortillas. This cafe is open all day, unlike the Kiosko Universal Bar, famous for its fresh fish dinners for 12 euros.