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A Budget Trip to Vienna

Vienna is considered among the most expensive European capitals and not only – Austria is on the 13th place among the most expensive countries in the world. Therefore, a budget trip is always welcome. First of all, you should carefully book your flight in advance at very good rates. Flights to Vienna are now very affordable. As soon as you have landed in Vienna, you can take the Schnell Bahn (S-Bahn), which is the local train and is much cheapier than the CAT green train. You will pay only 4 EUR/way. If you want to take the U-Bahn or Metro from the city centre, then you have to stop at Wien Mitte, the central station, where all transfer trains stop. A good tip for your budget is to buy food from the local supermarkets – there are very many chains in Vienna – Billa, Spar, Merkur. However, please note that they are usually open from Monday to Saturday from about 9 A.M. to 18 or maybe 19. But, if you need something to buy from a supermarket on Sunday, don’t worry, you have two central possibilities to do this – at West Bahnhof the Merkur supermarket is open everyday from 5 A.M. to 23 and Billa at Praterstern Station is open from 6 A.M. to 21.
Also, if you drink a lot of water, take care to buy it from these stores, as it might be very expensive if you buy it from the Schonbrunn Palace, for instance. If you are in Vienna for a weekend, then it is very good if you buy the Vienna Card – it includes transportation for bus, tram, U Bahn and S Bahn for 72 hours from the moment you validate the tickets. Also, you get important discounts from museums and other attractions. If you would like to enjoy a cup of coffee, then avoid the central cafes and restaurants. As a tip, you can have a grand cup of coffee at Mc Donald’s, it is very tasty and strong!
Accommodation must be booked several months in advance in order to get the best rates. If you are on a tight budget, another tip is to save money by not buying too many souvenirs from the museums neighbourhood. You will find very nice items at local stores, and not in the city centre. Vienna is worth seeing all year round, but summer is the best time to enjoy the local atmosphere, a pleasant walk in the evening along the commercial streets or in some of the most famous parks.

Budget Trip to Vienna
Budget Trip to Vienna

A Budget Trip to Venice

Venice is indeed the lovers’ town! A very romantic destination, which I believe is worth visiting even 100 times! The international flights to Venice are a very good occasion to visit this beautiful town and fall in love, if not already. The airline tickets to Venice are worth buying because the rates will make your trip a budget one. As soon as you arrive on the Treviso Airport or Marco Polo Airport, take the bus shuttle for about 30-40 minutes ride, and then arrive at the Mestre Railway Station. You can accommodate at better rates in Mestre, but if you want to complete the romantic picture, you can choose as well a Venetian hotel, but take into consideration the fact that you will need a boat ride from the hotel entrance and the rates might be higher than in the neighbourhood from Venice.


Right in front of the Railway Station you can see the bus station which takes you directly to Piazzale Roma – the place where all the buses in Venice gather and also where the Line 1 Vaporreto departures. If you are in Venice for 48 hours or more, it is good to buy 48 hours passes – in exchange for 30 EUR/ person, with which you have unlimited trips by bus or vaporreto on the island or to the islands around – Burano, Murano, Lido.
Shopping is another local custom – if you want to get souvenirs in exchange for very good rates, go to Rialto Bridge – there are many small shops, where you can even negotiate your price. If you are hungry, don’t worry, although restaurants charge a higher amount for their services and food, you can try a pub for a drink or a street corner bar, where you can take something away or serve it there (the rates might be higher). A slice of Margherita pizza is about 1,5 EUR – 2 EUR, depending on where you buy it from, to 2,50 EUR – 3,00 EUR for a slice of Diavola Pizza. They have a unique taste and smell.


Gelato or the Italian ice-cream is also a must. It is very creamy, tasty and delicious! Absolutely one of the best ice-creams I’ve ever tried! One is about EUR 1,50.
If you want a healthy lunch or evening, and you are on a tight budget, Venice helps you with the Billa or Coop supermarkets. They are open until about 8 P.M. and you cand find there very good salads, fruits and other snacks for your trip. You will save a lot of money this way, for instance, you pay about 2,50 EUR – 3 EUR for a salad – in the supermarket and about 8 EUR in a restaurant.
Don’t forget to “get lost” on the small streets of Venice, along the canals, it is an extraordinary way to explore the beauties of this “water town”.

Venice Budget Trip
Venice Budget Trip

A Weekend in Paris on a Budget

Who hasn’t dreamed of visiting Paris yet, the famous city of lights, where the Eiffel Tour, Louvre Museum or Disneyland are a must see? However, money is an important issue nowadays so traveling to Paris, even at weekend, must be carefully planned. First of all, I have looked for cheap flights to Paris and I booked my plane ticket. Then, I looked for the weather forecast in order to take the most appropriate clothing with me. Afterwards, I was ready to set off.

Friday

On Friday morning, the plane landed on Beauvais Airport, about an hour away from Paris. But, there was no problem with that because the shuttle took me to the center of Paris for only €15/passenger/one way.

Just having arrived in Paris, I went to the hotel and then started my journey in the city at noon. The weather was very fine so, I decided to have a walk on Champs Elysees, I watched the beautiful landscape and then I headed to the end of the boulevard where the Arch of Triumph is situated. In the evening, I ate a very consistent dinner because restaurants have all kinds of offers – it is good to look for those fixed price menus.

Saturday

Although I have always wanted to be part of the world of Disneyland, I took the RER train, €25 for a round trip and headed to the world of Disneyland Paris. However, it is good to know that you can save almost half of the ticket price if you buy your ticket online, in advance. I visited the two parks and had lunch in one of the fast-foods inside the “resort”. In the evening, after the closing parade, I took the RER train back to Paris. I have always wanted to see the Eiffel Tower lit at night.

Sunday

Although my flight was in the evening and my weekend was over, I still could not skip an important sightseeing – the Louvre Museum, which is opened in the first Sunday of the month in exchange for no entrance fee. Of course, this is true for the regular collections.

Taking into account the budget for this trip and most of all, the airline ticket for which I paid very little, I could say that traveling to Paris on a budget is very likely for everyone.

A Weekend in Paris
A Weekend in Paris

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