Completed my 43 days of Iceland and Europe from late October till early December. Here to share you my rough cost and routes.
A total of around 5000 SGD has been spent on my trip which include all flight tickets, bus and train transportation also not forgetting some tour, car rental in Iceland and hostel all over my destinations.
Kuala Lumpur – Amsterdam – Iceland – Copenhagen – Hamburg – Brussels – Luxembourg – Brussels – Amsterdam – Dublin – Bristol – London – Lisbon – Madrid – Valencia – Barcelona – Montpelier – Lyon – Milan – Trieste – Ljubljana – Lake Bled – Ljubljana – Vienna – Salzburg – Hallstatt – Salzburg – Vienna – Budapest – Kuala Lumpur
Flight Ticket Expenses
My trip has involved 8 flights tickets (all in one way):
Kuala Lumpur – Amsterdam (Etihad Airway) : 492.77 SGD
Amsterdam – Reykjavik, Iceland (Wow Air) : 195.81 SGD
Reykjavik, Iceland – Copenhagen, Denmark (Iceland Air) : 170 SGD
Hamburg – Brussels, Belgium (Ryan Air) : FREE
Amsterdam – Dublin, Ireland (Ryan Air) : 58.21 SGD
Dublin, Ireland – Bristol, UK (Ryan Air) : 45.97 SGD
London – Lisbon, Portugal (Ryan Air) : 59.14 SGD
Budapest – Kuala Lumpur (Etihad Airway) : 542.57 SGD
Two budget airline I would recommended and I normally used: Easyjet or Ryanair. Well, not everyone agree on this, as for Ryanair they might just charge you extra on check in at the counter, check in bags, meals etc. But this goes the same to our Malaysia Budget Airline – Air Asia. If you travel light, they is no need for you to buy any check in bags. You might want to check some other airlines as well, as promotions are unpredictable.
But for all my others Ryanair flight tickets, they are not the cheapest as I booked them too fast. Always check their website as they always have summer / spring / winter promotions. You can get cheaper price than the one that I had bought.
The rest of my trip, I did it all by LAND. Because it is cheaper.
Total flight tickets spent: 1,564.47 SGD
Land Travel Expenses (Bus & Train from city to city)
I find my ticket price and how I am going to route everyone of it via google.com. I read a lot of different bloggers experience and also from Tripadvisor.
Why sometimes getting a bus or train is much more cheaper to travel around Europe? Sometimes you can choose overnight train or bus which help you to save cost on accommodation and is really a good experience. I do not recommend people buying the EUR RAIL PASS, unless you are 200% confirm you will be using the train from the same company all over Europe, then you can go for it. I’ve used bus more often than train, because bus is really very cheap compare to train.
Here a breakdown for you of my route price from country to country, city to city (all in 1 way):
Copenhagen, Denmark – Hamburg, Germany : Flixbus 15 SGD
Brussels, Belgium – Amsterdam, Nertherlands : OuiBus 18 SGD
Bristol, UK – London, Uk : National express 10.96 SGD
Lisbon, Portugal – Madrid, Spain : Renfe Overnight Train 53 SGD
Madrid, Spain – Valencia, Spain : Renfe Train 34 SGD
Valencia, Spain – Barcelona, Spain : Alsa Bus 11 SGD
Barcelona, Spain – Montpellier, France : Ouibus 30 SGD
Montpellier, France – Lyon, France : Ouibus 23 SGD
Lyon, France – Milan, Italy : Flixbus 30 SGD
Milan, Italy – Trieste, Italy : Tranitalia (Train) 31 SGD
Trieste, Italy – Ljubljana, Slovenia : Flixbus 14 SGD
Ljubljana, Slovenia – Bled, Slovenia : Local Bus (Return ticket) : 17 SGD
Ljubljana, Slovenia – Vienna, Austria : Flix Bus : 34 SGD
Vienna, Austria – Salzburg, Austria : Local Train (return) : 161.30 SGD
Salzburg, Austria – Hallstatt, Austria : Bus + Train (return) : 62.50 SGD
Vienna, Austria – Budapest, Hungary : Flixbus : 22.65 SGD
Tips: If you book the bus tickets in advance, it will be cheaper and most of the time, they do have different promotions which you can find at the website. Sometimes National Express even offer 1 Pound bus ticket.
Total train + Bus expenses: 567.41 SGD
Most thought accommodations in Europe is very expensive. This is true, but it does depends on where you going to stay and what kind of accommodation you are looking at. The most frequent places I look for my accommodation are: Airbnb & Hostel and also Couchsurfing
If you are a first time Airbnb user, do use my code here: Airbnb Discount Code to enjoy a discount for first time user only.
In my previous blog: How to Plan for Europe I did share on where to search for accommodation.
Here my 43 days of accommodations breakdown (price is all per person):
Amsterdam: Generator Hostel Amsterdam. They have various of locations around Europe. Environment is great, recommended. Price: 31 SGD, for ensuite private 4 bed, 1 night
Iceland, Reykjavik: Airbnb stay with Hannes : Entire home, shared by 5 people. 76.60 SGD, total 3 nights.
Iceland – Campsite: 28 SGD
Copenhagen, Denmark: Airbnb stay with Anne : Entire home, shared by 4 people. 79.75 SGD, total 2 nights.
Hamburg, Germany: Superbude St Pauli Hostel Hamburg. Very hippy style and comfortable environment. Highly recommended. Price: 35.50 SGD, ensuite private 4 bed (room is huge), 1 night.
Brussels, Belgium: Airbnb stay with Rosa Ana : Entire home, shared by 4 people. Right in the city centre. 95.64 SGD, total 3 nights.
Dublin, Ireland: 2 nights with Couchsurfing. Cost: Zero.
1 night with Jacon Inn. Dorm room, 18 SGD, 1 night. Recommended.
Bristol & London: Total of 2 nights. Cost: Zero. (Stay over at friend’s and cousin’s).
Lisbon, Portugal: Liv’in Hostel Lisbon. Room are small, but environment is cozzy. Comes with free breakfast. Dorm room: 28.69 SGD, 2 nights. Recommended.
Madrid, Spain: Mola Hostel Madrid. Room are in great size. Ensuite. Environment is cozzy and clean, right in the city centre. Dorm room: 27SGD, 1 night. Highly Recommended.
Valencia, Spain: Center Valencia Youth Hostel. Location is great. Rooms are small. Dorm room: 42 SGD, 3 nights. Moderate.
Montpellier, France: Couchsurfing. Cost : Zero , 1 night.
Lyon, France: Le Flaneur Guesthouse. Expensive but environment is really great and comfortable. Dorm room: 66 SGD, 2 nights.
Milan, Italy: Airbnb with Paolo Giovanni. Shared room. 22 SGD, 1 night.
Trieste, Italy: Couchsurfing. Cost: Zero. 1 night.
Bled, Slovenia: Castle Bled Hostel. Location is great. Environment is cozzy and comfortable. Dorm room: 16.44 SGD, 1 night. Highly recommended.
Vienna, Austria: Wombats City Hostel – The Lounge. They have two location in Vienna. For location wise, I would recommend the other one. The one I stayed is a bit distance but is still walkable. Dorm room: 72.48 SGD, 2 nights.
Salzbug, Austria: Yoho International Youth. Location is great. Near to train station and city. But for room and staffs wise, i’m not satisfied with the amount I paid for. Dorm room: 58.89 SGD, 2 nights. Highly NOT recommended.
Budapest, Hungary: Maverick City Lodge. Location is great, room are comfortable with curtains. Price is amazingly cheap. Dorm room: 33 SGD, 3 nights. Highly Recommended.
Total accommodation spent: 730.99 SGD
Some other expenses are like:
A data sim card 10 Countries: Approximate: 150 SGD
Glacier tour in Iceland: 116.66 SGD
Attractions (including hot spring in Iceland): 83 SGD
Campervan 6 days rental in Iceland : 194 SGD
(Including insurance for 6 days, 2 gas bottle, petrol)
Public Transport: 68 SGD
(Most of the time i’m walking around, so walking is free. Transportation is only on places that are too far or from airport to / from hostel or bad weather)
Taxi in Iceland : 36 SGD
Total other expenses: 647.66 SGD
Final Estimation Calculations:
This trip, I have change approximately: 2,550 EUR = 3,866.75 SGD (Rate average at 1 EUR = 1.51 SGD).
My remaining balance of EUR is around 800 EUR cash (Not including all the coins i left, which if added, total will be more than 800 EUR), approximate : 1,208 SGD.
Actual cash used: 3,866.75 SGD – 1,208 SGD = 2,658.75 SGD
Total expenses paid by card:
Accommodations : 273.99 SGD
Flight tickets: 1,564.47 SGD
Bus + Trains: 326.61 SGD
Glacier tour: 116.66 SGD
Total card payment: 2,281.73 SGD
Total expenses paid by cash:
Accommodations: 457 SGD
Other expenses: 531 SGD (excluding glacier tour)
Train + Bus: 240.80 SGD
Food and other shoppings & souvenirs: 1,429.95 SGD
For food expenses, I am unable to break down for you as most of the time i’m spending money on random fast food (MCD) or supermarkets or Christmas Market street food. But within the amount of 1,670.75 SGD is including some really good meal in some average restaurants, and a fine dinning at Lava Restaurant.
Total 43 days of expenses: 2,281.73 SGD + 2,658.75 SGD = 4,940.48 SGD
It is possible to travel around Europe for less than 5,000 SGD even tho you did eat some good food along the way. But if you are eating really budget food like bread, every own cook meal from supermarket, spend most of your stay with Couchsurfing, it is possible to spend less than 4,500SGD for 43 days.
More information for my previous blog that you may be interested:
- Bled, SLovenia in 2 days 1 night
- Budapest, Hungary in RM500 or SGD 155
- Iceland within RM6700 in 9 days
- 9 Days of Iceland
- Things you should know about Iceland
- How to plan for Europe