In just over 30 days we set out to tackle 70 days in Europe. We often get asked what the cost of travelling Europe with kids is. As one can imagine a family travel trip of this length can be a challenge physically, mentally and financially. We always set out to find really budget friendly options that are still of an acceptable quality when it comes to transport and accommodation. Going to Europe with kids has always been a priority for us. So travelling cheap in Europe is something we work hard at. In this article, I will show you what all our flights, accommodations and transfer have cost us where possible. Just remember the prices are in AUD (Australian Dollar)
Let us try to travel Europe on a budget!
I always set out planning our family travel tips with a budget of $100 a night for accommodation and $100 per seat for flights. That sounds like a pretty reasonable cost for travelling Europe with kids. Yes, before you say there is cheaper accommodation out there, we don’t stay in shared bed or shared bathroom hotels. We don’t want to be following our kids down the halls to the bathroom when they need to go. From a safety and convenience point of view the room and places we stay must contain a private bathroom. We look for properties that are central so transport is not always needed and is close to supermarkets and restaurants. If you can do some cooking, this will keep the cost of travelling Europe with kids down.
As for flights we fly mostly budget when moving around Europe. You must be really careful with the final pricing on this though. Budget airlines will charge you for luggage with anything bigger than a backpack and budget airlines will charge you to pick where you sit as well.
It is always good value to check buses and trains. This is especially true if you are moving around inside one country. Price wise it will be cheaper to travel on trains and buses. Even time wise when taking into consideration the time you will spend waiting at the airport for departure and then bags after landing it may still be quicker. For buses and trains, you will only need to be there 15-30 minutes in advance whereas for planes it will be 2 hours at the minimum.
It is possible to keep the cost of travelling Europe with kids down!
As for transfers to and from airports, train stations, bus stations and hotels we usually have one pre-organized when leaving a city. I don’t want to be late to catch a plane or train. It’s no big worry when arriving because there will be a bus or taxi waiting outside.
International Flights: Melbourne – Madrid – Belgrade – Melbourne $5600.00 with Qatar airlines
Airport Transfer: Zip Transfers $ 55.00
Accommodation: Apartamentos Good Stay
$436 for 4 nights or $109 per night. It is a 1 bedroom apartment in central Madrid. There is a kitchenette and dining area with a fridge, microwave and washing machine. Tourist information is available at the apartment complex. Puerta del Sol and the Plaza Mayor are a 10-minute walk away.
Taxi to bus station: Eco Taxi $25.00
Bus: Madrid to Granada $120.00 for all 4 tickets. Booked on busbud. 5 hours approx.
Transfer: Taxi from bus station to hotel $15.00
Accommodation: Hotel Atenas
$260 for 3 nights or $86.66 per night. Quad room in the Centre of Granada. Located 400 meters from the city Cathedral. Hostal Atenas has a 24-hour reception with a tour desk. Rooms at the guesthouse are simple and comfortable. They are all air-conditioned. Each room has an en-suite bathroom and a TV.
Transfer: Taxi from hotel to bus station $15.00
Bus: Granada to Seville $70.00 for all 4 tickets. Booked on Busbud. 3 hours approx.
Transfer: Taxi from bus station to hotel $15.00
Accommodation: Plaza Del Salvador
$303 for 4 nights or $85.75 per night. One bedroom apartment in central Seville. 400 meters from Seville cathedral. Set next to Plaza del Salvador, these modern and stylish apartments are bright with large French-style windows. Spacious lounges have a sofa bed, plasma TV and a kitchenette with coffee machine, microwave and toaster.
Transfer: Taxi from bus station to hotel $15.00
Bus: Seville to Albufeira $105.00 for all 4 tickets. 3 hours approx
Accommodation: Aparthotel Paladim
Transfer: Our hotel is 1.6 km from the bus stop is estimating $7.00 each way
$236 for 5 nights or $47 a night. This 4-star resort was a bargain is it is a seaside resort and there are very few bookings in winter. The air-conditioned apartments at the Aparthotel Paladim have a kitchenette with a refrigerator and microwave. They also include satellite TV and a seating area.
Train: Albufeira to Lisbon $70.00 for all 4 tickets. 3.25 hours
Accommodation: Lisbon Historical Centre Apartments
$600 for 6 nights or $100 per night. Located in central Lisbon near Rossio train station and square Largo Do Cormo. We have stayed here previously. All the apartments include a living room and a TV, and some have a balcony. Bed and bath linen are included. Restaurants and bars are nearby.
Transfer: Apartment to Lisbon airport by private shuttle bus $32.00 total
Flight: Lisbon to Barcelona with TAP Portugal $380.80 or $95.20 each
Transfer: Aerobus Barcelona return ticket from El Prat airport to central Barcelona $60.00
Accommodation: Casa Consell Guest House
$416 for 4 nights or $104 a night. 2 bedroom apartment. Passeig de Gràcia Metro and Railway Station is less than 100m from the Casa. Plaza de Catalunya and Las Ramblas are within 15 minutes’ walk of the guest house. 70 square meters in size, free wifi.
Flight: Barcelona to Basel with Vueling. $420.00 or $105.00 each including luggage.
From here we are meeting up with friends so at this stage we have no costs for travelling or accommodation for the next 16 days.
So what do you think of the cost of travelling Europe with kids so far?
Accommodation: Meininger City Munich
$280 for 3 nights or $93 a night. In the Centre of Munich close to the main trains station and Augustine beer hall. Part Hotel part hostel. This good-value hotel is located in the centre of Munich, a 10-minute walk from Munich Main Station and the Theresienwiese beer festival location. Wi-Fi is free in throughout the hotel.
Transfer: Train from Munich city to Munich Franz Joseph Strauss Airport $60 or $15 each
At this point, we have to say we were trending well below our budget forecast. Into the picture stepped Iceland, and with Iceland comes a pretty hefty price tag that no matter how budget you get Iceland cannot be done cheap. With the cost of around $2500 for flights, accommodation and car hire for 5 days, this seriously impacted on our budget. All I have to say is Iceland you better be worth it!
Flight: Munich to Reykjavik to Copenhagen $1532 or $383.00 each on Iceland Air.
Transfers: $120 airport/city/airport
Accommodation: Downtown Reykjavik Apartments
$805 for 6 nights or $134 per night. Accommodation in Reykjavik was a huge challenge to find anything on a budget level. This place has good ratings but the room looks very small .The Downtown Reykjavík Apartments come in a wide variety of sizes. All feature kitchen facilities, a seating area and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and DVD player. All luxury apartment options include a dishwasher and balcony.
Car Hire: 3 days Hyundai i30 $191.32
Transfer: Copenhagen Kastrup Airport to Kongens Nytorv Metro Station ( 5 minutes from our accommodation) $ 14.00 one way for 4 ( children under 12 travel free )
Accommodation: Generator Copenhagen.
$324 for 2 nights or $162 per night. Located in central Copenhagen within walking distance from a central station. Situated 150 m from Kongens Nytorv Square, Generator Copenhagen offers budget accommodation, a late-night bar and free Wi-Fi throughout the property. Kongens Nytorv Metro Station is 5 minutes’ walk away.
Flight : Copenhagen to Dubrovnik with Air Croatia $531.20 or 132.80 each
Transfer: $50 as organised by our apartment owner
Accommodation: Peti Apartment
$433 for 5 nights of $87.40 a night. Located 300m from Dubrovnik Old Town – Ploce Gate, Peti Apartment offers accommodations in Dubrovnik. The kitchenette is equipped with an oven and a microwave, as well as a coffee machine. A TV and DVD player are available.Stradun is 100m from Peti Apartment, and Walls of Dubrovnik is 100m away. Dubrovnik Airport is 14.5 km from the property.
Bus: Dubrovnik to Kotor on Croatia Bus $93.00 or $23.25 each
Accommodation: Apartment Marko
$195 for 3 nights or $85.00 per night. Apartment Marko offers accommodations in Kotor. Apartment Marko features views of the sea and is 17.7 km from Budva. There is a sitting area and a kitchen complete with a dishwasher and an oven. A flat-screen TV with cable channels is featured. Other facilities at Apartment Marko include a terrace.
Transfer: Taxi to Tivat Airport $20.00
Plane: Air Serbia Tivat Montenegro to Belgrade Serbia. $329 or $82.25 each.
Accommodation: Holiday Inn Express Belgrade City
$400 for 4 nights or $100 per night. Holiday Inn Express Belgrade – City is located in Belgrade. Free WiFi access is available. Extras include bed linen. At Holiday Inn Express Belgrade – City you will find a 24-hour front desk and a bar. Other facilities offered at the property include luggage storage and a vending machine.
Transfer: Zip transfers $30 from hotel to airport and Home to Australia.
Many would consider what we paid cheap travel in Europe.
When booking or searching for flights always check multiple search engines such as momondo and Skyscanner. The beauty of these Flight search engines is they allow you to set Alerts. Alerts are a fantastic feature for anyone during the planning process. What the alert lets you do is put in where you want to go, your departure and return date and the site will send you emails when there is a price drop or increase on that flight. But, be flexible on your departure date as prices can vary from different days. Put in for an alert on three to four different days of the week you want to depart. You can request emails daily, weekly or monthly. I personally select daily. I guess the real truth be told one can never put an exact amount of the real costs of travelling internationally with children.
Since we are travelling in winter this time for the first time we have had to buy appropriate clothing for the journey. Thermals, snow jackets and fleeces, warm socks, you name it, we bought it! We were lucky to find a store that was closing down and we were able to buy some big brands like Columbia and North Face.
Europe for kids is an amazing experience
The amount of spending money will vary from family to family depending on what activities they want to do. Pre-planning can help you identify free activities and attractions in all major cities or the other side of the coin is big tours through companies such as Viator and City Discovery.
By Australian standards the cost of travelling Europe with kids is low I think. Besides the cost of the flights nearly everything else is comparable or lower than prices you will pay in Australia.There is no way we could get an apartment in Melbourne or Sydney for under $100 a night let alone a hotel. The food is cheaper, Alcohol is cheaper the general cost of living is cheaper in most places. I will say if you’re visiting London or Paris the cost of travelling Europe with kids will be more expensive.
If anyone has any questions please feel free to contact us. We also offer travel planning services for all budgets and requirements. Don’t think that a trip around Europe has to cost you the earth. With plenty of time to research, cheap Europe trips can be done by YOU!.