I love budgeting. I could talk about the benefits for hours and hours and not get bored (although I’m sure at that point whoever I was talking to would have walked away). Budgeting has been a huge factor in how I am able to travel. When I travel to new places, I am always cognizant of how much I’m spending while still allowing myself to enjoy what I’m doing.
I’d like to point out that I bring snacks with me when travelling and stayed at hostels where breakfast was included. (It’s a large part of how I keep costs low). So, it will seem like I’ve eaten a lot less than I actually did.
I also took out cash but tried to keep track of what I spent during the trip. I also have not included my tips at meals or donations for the walking tours/churches because that would be up to you!
Here’s how to do Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava and Prague on a budget!
If you’ve been following along, you’ll know I spent my first night in Prague; however, I finished my trip in Prague so I’ve lumped all prices in that section of this post. If you’re just joining in my series of posts, now you know!
Bus from Prague to Vienna: €8
Storing luggage at station: €7 (it’s actually only €3.50 but I messed up and had to pay twice)
Belevedere Palace Upper Level: €15.00
Belevedere Gardens: FREE
Dinner at Restaurant D’Landsknecht: €12.20
Travel Shack: (was supposed to do a €12 pub crawl but it was cancelled because not enough people showed up). I spent about €20 on drinks and €16 on a Uber there and back
Hostel (Porzellaneum): €21.60/night (I spent €3 more/night for a private room
Day one total: €102.2
Walking tour: FREE (by donation)
Ballet at the Vienna State Opera: €3
Dinner at Gasthaus Wickerl: €25.20 (a fancier restaurant)
Day two total: €57.90
Austrian National Library: €8
Cafe Klimt: €8
St. Stephen’s Cathedral: FREE
Public washrooms (x2): €1
St. Stephen’s Cathedral South Tower climb: €5
Dinner and dessert at Krah Krah: €19.90
Day three total: €74.60
Cafe Central: €9.60
Metro (3x): €7.20
Hot dog stand: €4.30
Votiv Church, Jesuit Church and Catholic Church: FREE
Prater Amusement Park: FREE (pay for rides and games)
Schönbrunn Palace Imperial Tour: €14.20
Schönbrunn Palace Gardens: FREE
Gasthaus am Spittleberg Dinner: €25
Day four total: €81.90
VIENNA TOTAL: €316.60
Overall, Vienna was moderately expensive. My hostel was one of the cheapest in the city but the most expensive of the four cities I visited (but I’m so glad I splurged for the private room). I’m most excited that I saw the ballet for €3 and the Austrian National Library was so beautiful. There were a lot of free things to do in the city if you’re looking for them! I also loved wandering around the city in the morning and evening checking out the architecture. There are plenty of gardens to wander (more than just the two palaces I went to), you can grab a bite to eat at museumsquartier, multiple churches, etc.