Money Money Money: What does a roadtrip from Greece to the Netherlands cost and how could you save up?
February 9, 2016
During our trip from Greece back home, I wrote down all our expenses. Beforehand I always make a calculation and I wanted to know if I was correct. I calculated a 7 days roadtrip of 3.000 km, through 8 countries, with a total of 6 nights accommodations (one night in the van for free) would cost ± €600, excluding foods and drinks. So only for diesel, tol and accommodation.
Was I correct? What did we spend?
Serbia - 4 star hotel - €48
Hungary - 'Ferienwohnung' - €30
Slovakia - appartment (two nights) - €60
Czechie, Prague - studio (two nights incl parkingspot) - €102
Tol € 77,00
Diesel € 282,00
This means a total of € 599,-. I was spot on with my calculation!
I also wrote down our other expenses on our roadtrip:
Caffeine (coffee/redbull) € 96,72
Diners and drinks outside € 103,80
Food (groceries) € 147,16
Parking € 5,60
Toilet € 0,70
The first thing that pops out, is our major caffeine bill... Well we really need that one on the road. But it is so damn hard to find good coffee as soon as you leave Greece. I think we threw at least for €10,- of coffee into the trash bin. Again the coffee in Serbia was terrible and I must admit, Slovakia and Czech Republic wasn't much better...If the coffee is not good, you need a plan B. We ended up buying the expensive ice coffees and Redbull lights. Not a good plan B.
Next time we need to fix this. Get good coffee with us, fill up thermos bottles, buy redbull and ice coffee in the cheap supermarkets instead of gasstations or something. We can definitely cut these costs in half.
For the rest, we try to cook for ourselves as much as possible. Although our food bill is still high. We are not so good in eating cheap food I guess. We likes the fresh veggies, salads and decent meat. But for example in Serbia, we went to the restaurant of our 4 star hotel. We ordered in total 4 Erdinger beers (those big ones...), a Serbian beer, beef carpaccio, a big salad with chicken and a pizza. The bill was only €15,-... That was uber cheap! But we do manage to spend €22 the following day in the supermarket to buy food for on the road and to cook for diner....
In Germany we had diner with one big salad, an Angus beefsteak of 250grams and a dish with potatoes etc and three beers for €54. We slept that night in our van to save some money on a hotel (which is easily €60 in Germany). Maybe if you have rented an appartement for a night and cooked, you would have spend a total of €80, so it is not a lot of money we saved. But we also just wanted to go out for diner. To have diner AND sleep in a hotel, would have been more than €100. That is why we choose to have a nice diner and afterwards sleep in our van next to the highway. It is all about making choices ;).
As soon as you hit the borders of Germany, you have to pay for the toilet in the gasstations. But in between the gasstations, you have the stops which have only parking and toilets. These are for free! Oke €0,70 is not a lot of money, but somehow I just don't want to pay for going to the toilet...
The last 'big' bill which you could do something about, is the toll. In Serbia we spend €23 on toll and in Hungary we had to buy a vignette of €27 (!) for 10 days. This last one was expensive because you are a campervan and you get charged in the D2 category... In Slovakia and Czech Republic, the toll was €10 per country. I guess you could cut down on these toll costs if you don't take the highways. But you do put extra time on your roadtrip and if you do not want of can not sleep in your van, you put extra accommodation costs to your total. Only Hungary I guess, it would be possible to stay away from the highways and not add to much extra time because this country is super flat. Serbia will take us a lot more time if we do not take the highways. The roads are not well maintained with hills/mountains and heavily used by the locals due to the fact that they don't have money for toll.
In the end, you might save up to €50 on toll but I don't know for how many hours you have to drive extra (and therefore need extra coffees....). That is at least why we chose to spend the money on the toll. Although, next time we will try to get a cheaper vignette for Hungary because lets be honest: we do not drive one of those huge campervans...
If you have any other tips to save up some money, please comment below!
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