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Costs & Hotels in 2003,
Balkans & Middle East

 

 

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Here is a rough breakdown of my 2003 budget followed by detailed transport costs and a list of the lodgings I used.

In 2003 I travelled 24 000 kilometres to visit 14 countries in 107 days at a total cost of 5 300 $US (50 $/day).

 

Expenses

$US

     
         
Transport
1465.00
     
Lodgings 
1 057.00
     
Food & drink 
1 000.00
     
Insurance 
520.00
     
Photos
400.00
     
Various 
858.00
     
 
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Total 
5 300.00
     
 
     
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Transport

$US

Km

$US/100Km

 
         
Air 
1 020.00
16 700
6.11
 
Bus, taxi etc. 
248.00
5 100
4.86
 
Train 
80.00
1 400
5.71
 
Bateau
117.00
800
14.62
 
 
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Totals & Average 
1 465.00
24 000
6.10
 
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On this trip, I spent 107 nights in 44 different hotels at an overall average cost of 10.00 $US (not counting the 5 nights passed in transit transport or in the homes of friends).

Here is a list of these hotels. I hope you will find it useful if you plan to visit some of these places. I have tried to give you an idea of what to expect of each place in terms of value for your money. An equal sign means an average value for a given price compared to other lodgings in the same country. A " + " sign means more value for your money than the average in that country and a " - " sign means less.

         
         

City

Hotel

Type

Value

$US

      
 Greece
Athens Student & Travellers 4 bed dorm
=
25.00
Salonica Tessalonica Youth Hostel 6 bed dorm
=
10.40
Rhodes Rhodes Youth Hostel 8 bed dorm
+
7.00
Iraklio Hellas Rent Rooms 7 bed dorm
=
10.40
Rethimno Youth Hostel 4 bed dorm
=
8.00
Santorini Youth Hostel 8 bed dorm
+
8.00
Naxos Parthenon Hotel room with shared bathroom
+
11.50
 
Cyprus
Larnaca Livadhiostis Apts. room with bath
=
21.00
 
Lebanon
Beyrouth Pension Nazih room with bath & TV
+
10.00
Baalkek Jupiter Hotel room with bath
=
4.00
 
Syria
Damascus Njamet Ash-Shark room with bath & TV
+
10.00
Palmyra Baal Shamin room with bath
=
4.00
Hama Cairo Hotel room with bath
+
7.00
Aleppo Zahert Al-Rabih room with bath
=
5.20
 
Turkey
Antakia Guney Hotel room with bath
=
5.00
Goreme Walnut House room with bath & TV
+
14.00
Ankara As Hotel room with bath
=
10.00
Antalya Pansion Mond room with bath
=
10.00
Fethiye Prenses Hotel room with bath & TV
+
8.80
Marmaris Pansion Kralik room with shared bathroom
-
5.90
Bodrum Pansion Senlik room with bath & TV
+
5.90
Selçuk Vardar Hotel room with bath & TV
+
4.10
Bursa Günes room with shared bathroom
-
7.00
Bursa Cam Libel room with sink
=
10.30
Istambul Orient Youth Hostel room with shared bathroom
-
10.00
Istambul Sah Konak room with bath & TV
+
10.00
 
Bulgaria
Burgas Boenen Hotel room with bath & TV
=
11.00
Varna private room with shared bathroom
=
10.00
Sofia Sun Hotel room with bath & TV
+
23.00
 
Rumania
Bucharest Brucegi Hotel room with bath & TV
=
14.00
Bucharest Villa Helga 6 bed dorm
+
9.50
Cluj-Napoca Pax Hotel room with bath
=
16.7
Oradea Vulturul Negru room with bath
+
5.80
 
Hungary
Budapest Red Bus Hostel 4 bed dorm
+
12.30
Pécs Golden Ship Hotel room with bath & TV
+
11.40
 
Croatia
Zagreb Omladinsky YHA 6 bed dorm
=
10.60
 
Serbia and Montenegro
Belgrade Centar 2 bed dorm
=
12.10
Bar Krivic Family room with shared bathroom
+
7.00
 
Albania
Shkodra Rozafa Hotel room with bath & TV
+
3.60
Tirana Bujtina Shqiptare room with bath & TV
+
15.00
Pogradec Kinezi Hotel room with bath
=
5.80
 
Macedonia
Ohrid Famille Janskovska room with shared bathroom
+
9.20
Skopje Mlin Balkan room with shared bathroom
=
11.50
 

 

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