Baring My Budget: Venice

February 13, 2008

in Budget, Drink, Food, Italy, Lodging, Public Transport, Travel

I spent four nights in/near Venice and barely broke 90 euros, including flights! See how I did it after the jump.

Transportation Costs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

+ Round-trip tickets from Berlin on EasyJet: 21 euros

+ Train tickets to/from Berlin Schoenefeld Airport: 4.20 euros

+ Bus ticket from Treviso Airport to Mestre: 1 euro

+ Bus tickets Mestre-Venice-Mestre: 4 euros

+ Train from Treviso to Mestre: 2.35 euros

+ Bus ticket from Mestre to Venice Marco Polo Airport: 1 euro

Subtotal: 33.55 euros

Food and Drink Costs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

+ Groceries: 14.15 euros

+ Ice cream: 5.60 euros

+ Three-course menu fixe with wine plus tip: 21.80 euros

Subtotal: 41.55 euros

Admissions Fees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

+ Peggy Guggenheim Museum: 10 euros

Subtotal: 10 euros

Other Costs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

+ Toilet: 1 euro

+ Luggage Storage, Treviso: 3 euros

+ Host gifts: 1.70 euros

Subtotal: 5.70 euros


GRAND TOTAL: 90.80 euros

Freebies included:

+ Three nights accommodation in Mestre and one night in Treviso with Hospitality Club

+ One breakfast, one lunch and two dinners, provided by my hosts

+ Transport from the Treviso Airport to my host’s place with his car

+ A brief night tour of the major sights of Treviso, led by my host

+ One (illegal!) bus ride from outside of Treviso to the train station, where I had no opportunity to buy a ticket (retail value: 1 euro)

+ Another HC member I met for coffee picked up the tab for my hot chocolate and frittella

+ Admission to San Marco Cathedral, Venice

+ Lots and lots of wandering around narrow streets, going nowhere in particular

+ Quite a few interesting discussions with local artisans (glassmakers, carnival maskmakers, printmakers) about their work in their shops

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Like London, this trip followed my typical no-budget rules: free accommodation, ride public transport (3 euros/day), do lots of cheap or free activities. Had I stuck to eating only groceries with an occasional gelato, my average would have been 5 euros/day for food and drink; however, due to my host’s schedule, I had to stay one evening in the city till midnight — so, there being little to do in Venice after dark and since no other HC members I had contacted were able to get together that night, I decided to park myself in a restaurant for nearly five hours. Even with that splurge, my total still comes in at a reasonable 10 euros/day for board. Super-cheapos can squeak by under 10 euros/day; with a couple restaurant pizzas thrown in the mix, you’ll be looking at a daily budget of around 15 euros.

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Tomorrow I’ll throw some more cheapo tips for Venice your way and formally announce the winner of the Reader Tips Contest!

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1 Annette from Tropicaltravel.net 02.15.08 at 11:51 pm

Who knew? Great tips and posts, keep up the great work!

2 poetloverrebelspy 03.06.08 at 12:51 pm

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