Daily Travel Costs in Italy on a Shoestring Budget
US$60 | 55 Euros
Even though Italy has experienced some pretty serious economic problems in recent years like Mediterranean neighbours Spain and Greece, it hasn’t really got any cheaper as a result and is still overall an expensive place to visit and it has more in common with France than those two countries in that regard.
Like France it is full of tourist traps and many of its finest cities are very hard to visit on anything like a shoestring budget. In somewhere like Venice for example it is almost impossible to get by on just 55 Euros a day with accommodation alone taking up over 50% of that while eating out is also expensive in the Northern tourist cities like Venice, Florence and Pisa.
However if you try and get out and spend more time in the real Italy and perhaps just visit those places as part of a day trip or perhaps a one night stay then our Italy backpacking budget of 55 Euros/day becomes much more realistic. There is a fair degree of regional variation in prices too and generally the further South you go the cheaper things get with even Rome perhaps a fraction cheaper than the likes of Milan in the North. Certainly if you head into the more rural South you should be able to see your money lasting longer.
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More Comfortable Italy Backpacker Budget
US$75 | 70 Euros
As is the case in many countries, the expensive places are generally the ones that are most worth visiting. The problem with Italy is that there are so many of them and a city like Venice really doesn’t need budget travellers to make a huge amount of tourism and as such does little to cater for them. By pushing your budget up to 70 Euros a day, you can afford to spend more time in the pricier destinations but you will still have to be a bit smart with where you eat and drink in order to stick to that.
Sample Prices in Italy
Train from Pisa to Rome (4 hours) – from €24
Meal at an inexpensive restaurant – €12-15
Large local beer in a bar or restaurant – €4
Dorm Bed in Rome or Florence – from €15
Private Double or Twin room in Venice – from €60
Entrance to Rome Colosseum – €15.50 ($10.50 for 18-24 year olds from EU countries)
Compare Italy prices with the cost of travel in Greece.
Currency – Euros
£1 = €1.16
US$1 = €0.95
(All exchange rates are correct as of January 2017)
It’s no secret that the majority of the fairly limited budget accommodation that exists in Rome is not of a great standard. The centrally located Hard Rock Rooms is a rare exception.
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This article was published in June 2016. Exchange rates were updated in January 2017.