How Much Things Cost in Europe

Budgeting for a trip becomes a lot easier once you know how much things cost in Europe.

To give you an idea of how much everything is going to cost, we've listed some information about things you'll need on your holiday like accomodation, transport, food and more.

All the prices we've quoted in this article are in New Zealand dollars but you can visit our currency converter to find out what the exchange rate is between the NZD and EUR right now!

Before you head to Europe, learn about:

  • Is it expensive to visit Europe?
  • How much you need to bring to Europe
  • The cost of food
  • Accomodation

Is it Expensive to visit Europe?

When it comes to travelling around Europe, there is a big difference between there and New Zealand. Let's have a look at the cost difference between some food and activities in Europe and New Zealand. Here, we'll use Germany as an example:

New Zealand vs Germany

In this table, we have a comparison of some things you might do in Germany. The prices are approximate and can change city to city within Germany.

Expense Cost in NZ Cost in Germany
Breakfast with Coffee $15NZD $23 NZD
1 full day of public transport $2 - 12 NZD for a AT HOP $7 NZD
Full priced Movie ticket $12 NZD $16 NZD
Museum Entry $29 NZD $22 NZD (some are free!)
A pint of beer $9 NZD $6 NZD

To find the best places to buy EUR, you can read our guide here.

How much money do I need to bring?

The answer to this question really depends on the type of holiday you're planning. Will you be backpacking and staying in hostels? Will you be living it up at a fancy hotel in Paris? If you want to do it on a budget, you easily can or you can splurge and go on a luxury holiday.

It all depends on what you're doing, where you're staying, how long you're planning to travel and how often you'll be moving between countries and cities.

Here we have listed an estimate of what you'd need, per person, per day depending on your holiday.

Budget holiday: Up to $100 NZD

Middle of the range holiday: Up to $100 to $200 NZD

Luxury holiday: Up to $550 NZD or more!

How much does food cost in Europe?

Food is a pretty important part of a holiday, and a great way to get to know a country. Especially somewhere like Europe where there are so many different foods to try everywhere you go. You can really decide how much you want to spend on food everyday. You could get by on as little as $15 NZD or if you're fine dining you could spend hundreds! Below we've listed some general prices for eating and drinking out, and the cost of some other bits and bobs.

Eating out:

  • Breakfast: $5 - $20 NZD
  • Lunch: $5 - $50 NZD
  • Dinner: $5 - $60 NZD


  • Coffee: $5.50 NZD
  • Beer: $5 - $15 NZD
  • Glass of wine: $10 - $30 NZD

Some other examples:

  • Escargot: $15 NZD
  • Big Mac meal: $7 NZD
  • Bottle of Wine: $10 - $150 NZD
  • Cocktails: $5 NZD+


You can really be flexible about how much you spend on accomodation when you get to Europe. If you're keeping it low key and don't want to spend much, there are hostels in most major cities, or you could live it up! Below are some rough guides to how much you can expect to pay.

Accomodation on a budget, like hostels cost about $10 to $70 NZD a night.

Mid-range accomodation like a double room in a 3 star hotel will probably cost between $200 and $400 NZD a night.

A double luxury hotel room will cost between $400 NZD to as much as you're wiling to spend per night.

Using the following sites will give you an even better idea of how much the accomodation you're after will cost you.

Oscar Murray
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Last updated
March 8th, 2021