Thursday, 3 March 2016

Europe - 7 countries , 14 cities for 30 days S$2140 (Updated 2017)


My boyfriend and I decided to go Europe backpacking.

Let's GO!

Yes, we did it within our small budget. We had visited 7 countries, 14 cities for our wonderful 30 days. We total spend S$2140 per person in transportation and accommodations. 

We visited (in Sequence):

1.  Milan, Italy
2.  Verona, Italy
3.  Venice, Italy
4.  Paris, France
5.  London, United Kingdom
6.  Cardiff, United Kingdom
7.  Tonypandy, United Kingdom
8.  Swansea, United Kingdom
9.  Brussels, Belgium
10. Porto, Portugal
11. Barcelona, Spain
12. Madrid, Spain
13. Geneva, Switzerland
14. Ferney Voltaire, France


Flights 

Qatar Airline (Multi-City)

Singapore -> Doha -> Milan 

Geneva -> Doha -> Singapore

Total cost: S$878
website: http://qatarairways.com

In-flight Food!
EasyJet Airway

EasyJet Airline is a British low-cost airline carrier based at London Luton Airport. Booking and online check-in was easy and smooth. However, this budget airline was very strict for the allowance baggage. Please don't try your luck to carry-in. The fee is very expensive. 

Venice -> Paris 
Cost : S$70

Madrid -> Geneva
Cost : S$60





Ryan Air

Ryanair airline is an Irish low-cost airline headquartered in Swords, Dublin, Ireland, with its primary operational bases at Dublin and London Stansted airports. This airline required to check-in online or you will be charged at 45 EURO fee per passenger. Please read their term and condition for their size and weight restrictions on hand luggage. This is the best budget airline for short distance because the seats are not comfortable as no support for lower back, and width restricted by armrests containing meal tray. 

Brussels (Zaventem) -> Porto
Cost : $38.50

Porto -> Barcelona
Cost: S$39

Total cost: S$77.50


Vueling

Vueling airline is a Spanish low-cost airline based at El Prat de Llobregat in Greater Barcelona with hubs in Barcelona-El Prat Airport and Leonardo da Vinci- Fiumicino airport in Rome, Italy. Online check-in was easy and smooth. Don't expect much for this budget airline.

Barcelona - Madrid
cost: S$66.50
http://50skyshades.com/news/airlines/vueling-will-hire-up-to-200-pilots-as-market-demand-grows

Total cost of flights: S$1092.00

*tips: Always subscribe newsletter from the Airlines so that you will know the latest promotion.

Trains

Milan -> Verona
cost: S$19
website: http://www.raileurope.com.sg




Verona -> Venice
cost: S$19

Paris -> London
cost: S$75

London -> Tonypandy
cost: S$50

London -> Belgium
cost: S$75

website: http://www.raileurope.com.sg
*tips: Below 26 years old, you will be able to get student price.


Milan, Italy

Accommodation @ Hotel Brasil Milano 
cost: 22.50 EURO ~ S$32.23 (per person for a night)
website: hostel world

Hostel Brasil Milano was average. We booked a double bedroom with no private bathroom. The hotel is close to the metro station and close to city center. It's a good place for a short stay.
Milan Cathedral

Milan Cathedral is the cathedral church of Milan, Italy. It is to dedicate to St Mary of the Nativity, it is the seat of the Archbishop of Milan, currently Cardinal Angelo Scola. It took nearly six centuries to complete. It is a wonderful place to visit if you are architecture and history lover. 
random street in Milan

Verona, Italy
Accommodation @ Sleep Easy Hostel
cost: S$ 26.48 (per person for a night)
Website: Hostelworld

Sleep Easy Hostel was beyond my expectation. The hostel is quite far from the train station and not easy to find. There were bedbugs!!
Arena of Verona
Romeo and Juliet

Case di Giulietta (Juliet's house) is the nice place. However, it too crowded and nothing much to do. It's worth for a short visit.

Venice, Italy

Accommodation @ Airbnb (whole apartment)
cost: S$ 88 ( per person for 2 nights)
website: Airbnb

The host was very friendly and told us where to go and what to eat. He also recommended us to buy tourist travel card (Actv). We bought a Junior pass (age 6-29) for 29 Euro. It's included rolling Venice city pass and transport. It's validity for 3 days (72hours). 
St Mark's Square Venice

Glass factory

Paris, France

Accommodation @ Vintage Hostel Gare du Nord
cost: 30 Euro ~ S$45.65 ( per person for a night)
website: Hostelworld

Vintage Hostel Garu du Nord located 5 min away from the Anvers metro station. The room was very clean. The receptionist was very friendly and welcome us with a smile. I love their breakfast especially their croissant bread. 
Arc De Triomphe

Eiffel Tower

London, United Kingdom 

Accommodation @ Airbnb (private room)
cost: S$37 (per person for two nights)
website: Airbnb

We stayed at nearby Stratford station. The room was very clean. 
St. Pancreas Railway station
Cardiff, United Kingdom 

Accommodation @ my aunt house
cost: FREE!!

Barry

Pierhead Building
Pierhead Building 

Tonypandy, United Kingdom 

Accommodation @ my aunt house
cost: FREE !!
my aunt house's rooftop
a small hill at nearby Tonypandy

Swansea, United Kingdom

I didn't stay at Swansea. It's just a short visit over there. The place was very beautiful and relaxing to chill at.

Swansea bay beach

Swansea beach bay
Brussels, Belgium

Accommodation @ Airbnb (private room)
cost: $47 ( per person for two nights)
website: Airbnb

Our hosts were very friendly and even show us where to go and what to eat in their area. We booked the area was very near to all the popular attractions. We had saved a lot of money in term of transportation. I will definitely recommend you to book Airbnb. It's worth for everything!
Brussels

Manneken Pis 

Porto, Portugal

Accommodation @ Airbnb (Whole Apartment)
cost: S$30 (per person for two nights)
website: Airbnb

The apartment that we booked was very clean and convenient. We had our own kitchen to cook for our breakfast. Porto is a very n
Heritage Tram

Porto Cathedral (Se Cathedral) outside

Ponte de D.Luis

Rabble Boat ( wine wine wine !)

Bolhão Market

Barcelona, Spain

Accommodation @ Airbnb (private room)
cost: S$160 ( per person for 5 nights)
website: Airbnb

La Rambla street


Barcelona

La Boqueria

Madrid, Spain

Accommodation @ Airbnb (private room)
cost: S$64 ( per person for two nights)
website: Airbnb 


El Oso y El Madrono ( the Bear and the Strawberry Tree)

La Puerta del Sol

Outside Airbnb apartment

Geneva, Switzerland 

Accommodation @ Airbnb (private room)
cost: S$117 ( per person for two nights)
website: Airbnb

Our host very friendly and he even drew a map for us which places to go to and where to eat. I just love this place because it is very clean.


Random street

High cost of living that why we were sad

A nice piece of art

Jet d'Eau

Giant chess board
*tips: If you arrive at Geneva International Airport, you can get your 80 minutes ticket for Geneva Public transport (Zone 10) for free. The ticket machine is located at the luggage retrieval hall and prints the free ticket without any requirements or limitations upon the pressing the button.

Free ticket entitles you to take an airport train, bus, tram, and mouette. 
Free transportation ticket for 80minutes
For your referrence 


  • Train Ticket - www.raileurope.com.sg
  • Flight Ticket - www.vueling.com , www.ryanair.com , www.qatar.com , www.easyjet.com
  • Accommodation - www.airbnb.com , www.hostelworld.com
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