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Average Food Cost in Europe

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Average Food Cost in Europe

Hey, I'm planning a long trip in which I'll be backpacking across basically all of Europe.

What I need to know for planning costs, what am I looking at for spending each day on food? I'll be travelling by hostels, many with kitchens for the record so I don't intend on eating out much. I want to go as cheap as possible, also note I'm doing this alone and I'm 17, so I don't need a heck of a lot of food. But if someone could tell me what I'm looking at per day, that'd be fantastic :)

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1. Re: Average Food Cost in Europe

Guide to the cost of living by country www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living

Train information www.seat61.com International buses www.eurolines.com

www.hostelworld.com

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2. Re: Average Food Cost in Europe

... hi Canadian... Europe isn't a backyard my dear, Europe is over 40 different countries with 40 different economies in different degrees of development... so you have 40 different answers to your question, LOL! Furthermore, prices vary from city to city, even within the same country as it depends on several factors. It'd be best if you mention this and that city on your itinerary.

Note that many of the 'cheap eats' on many cities are not 'that' much more expensive than going yourself to the supermarket and getting the food there so it's wise to plan a combination of the two, if anything noting that for example when you're out and about visiting the city it's unlikely you'll go back to your hostel for lunch unless you're in the area. These cheap eats might range from a basic hotdog/dürum/burger to a combo platter and even basic menus (ie. Chinese restaurants) and cheap does not necessarily equals to unpalatable ;))

But since you've posted in the Barcelona... here you have some basic tips:

- An average menu at lunchtime (starter+main course+dessert) is 10-12€ and there are plenty of restaurants in town offering "menu-del-dia"

- A menu in a cheap Chinese restaurant is 8-10€

- A dürum (kind of Mexican burrito typical in the Middle East) is 4-6€

- Some suggestions on cheap eats: timeout.com/barcelona/restaurants/barcelonas…

- Supermarket chains: Carrefour, Caprabo, BonPreu, Condis, Mercadona -all are sort of Metro, Hannaford, etc..

But for a very rough idea on costs I suggest you visit the web www.numbeo.com which compares the cost of living among different cities with a fair degree of accuracy.

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3. Re: Average Food Cost in Europe

oopsy, sorry Nurioopta, seems we were writing at the same time :)

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4. Re: Average Food Cost in Europe

Also, not quite what you asked but related to it nonetheless... :))

Here you have some tips for a visit on a tight budget:

IDEAS SUGGESTIONS ON ACTIVITIES:

http://www.forfree.cat/ca/

timeoutbarcelona.es/barcelona/…gratis

http://barcelonafree.es/

https://www.facebook.com/sin1durobarcelona

also check timeout.com/barcelona/features/128/festivals… as many festivals, especially those related to traditional festivities, are free.

SOME IDEAS FOR 20s-30s

http://www.infocatalonia.eu/w/tag/20s-30s/ -some are free, some are not :(

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ROUTES

Fancy doing Barcelona by bike, at your own leisure? Some suggestions: timeout.com/barcelona/sport-and-fitness/disc…

What about a walking tour?, some are free!: infocatalonia.eu/w/…

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FREE AUDIOGUIES

infocatalonia.eu/w/…

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MUSEUMS

Use the student ID card if you have one, in many museums/landmarks you have discounts (even free entrance in a few of them). Also, check their websites because many offer an open day once a month, normally on a Saturday or on a Sunday and some -the public ones- have free entrance every Sunday afternoon: timeout.com/barcelona/museums/barcelona-muse…

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TRANSPORTATION

Probably the best choice for transportation within Barcelona and to/from airport is the T-10 travelcard (10 journeys for a little more than 10 euros): how it works here, barcelona-tourist-guide.com/en/transport/bar… and how to move around here, http://www.tmb.cat/en/el-teu-transport and finally how to purchase a T-10, infocatalonia.eu/w/… But first have a general idea looking at the map of neighbourhoods, …wordpress.com/2012/03/barris_bcn.jpg and then the map of the metro, mapametrobarcelona.net/mapas-metro/mapa-metr… and finally the map of the buses, www.tmb.cat/ca/c/document_library/get_file…

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VISTING OUTSIDE BARCELONA

If you're tight on resources, instead of visiting a specific museum or similar, you can visit beautiful towns/landmarks and stroll the area, maybe even bring some food with you and have a picnic somewhere. These could be some of these destinations:

SITGES : infocatalonia.eu/w/…

GIRONA : http://www.infocatalonia.eu/w/2013/11/30/ben/

MONTSERRAT : www.infocatalonia.eu/w/2013/11/30/montserrat/

TARRAGONA : infocatalonia.eu/w/…

VIC : http://www.infocatalonia.eu/w/2013/12/17/vic/

BESALÚ: www.infocatalonia.eu/w/2013/11/30/besalu/

ROSES: www.infocatalonia.eu/w/2013/12/15/roses/

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AND FOR A FEW OFF-THE-BEATEN PATH IN BARCELONA

MONASTIR DE PEDRALBES: infocatalonia.eu/w/…

THE MAZE PARK: infocatalonia.eu/w/…

STROLLING GRÀCIA: infocatalonia.eu/w/…

WALKING TOURS: infocatalonia.eu/w/…

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these are good resources for non-touristy ideas:

http://www.secretsofbarcelona.com/en/

http://www.spottedbylocals.com/barcelona/

Edited: 08 May 2014, 01:27
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5. Re: Average Food Cost in Europe

This was so great, exactly what I was looking for. Thank you very much!

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6. Re: Average Food Cost in Europe

Brings back memories. Water from water fountains. Bread about €0,50-€0.70 for a baguette. Buy cheese or meat from the deli counter at the supermarket - you can buy it in smaller quantities so you don't have to carry it. For cheap cooked meals, Spain and southern Europe doesn't have much in the way of microwaveable readymeals, so a can opener is handy. Look in local bakeries for savoury food like empanadas (pasties), sausage rolls etc - again they can be bought one at a time. Generally buy local and don't buy branded (eg go for milk over soda-pop). With imagination you can get by on €5-6 a day for food. But it would be a shame to come all this way and not have a good meal at least once in a while...

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