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Eastern Europe per Day Budget???

I'm going to do an eastern Europe (Prague, Budapest, Krakow, Vienna, and Bratislava) trip around Christmas. I am wondering about how much I should budget for food and sites per day while I'm there for 16 days. I'm thinking about $25 per person - is that about right? I've already figured out trains, hostels, etc.

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In countries using euros, 100 euro cost = $150 dollars to you.

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Well, only Vienna (Austria) uses the Euro and I'll only be there about 2 days out of 16.

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Your dollar is probably weaker against the other currencies too, just not as well known. Food plus sites $25 per day? let's say sites are $10 entry admission per day, that leaves about $15/day per person for food. Don't know if you actually will make yourself eat for $15 or $20 per day, 3 meals for $15? Theoretically it's possible but if you go into one sit down restaurant per day, that's your $15 or $20 right there for just that meal. In theory a certain figure might seem doable but the question is, once you get there do you get tired of eating like that?

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We spent several months in Eastern Europe in 2006.
Poland was cheapest with Slovakia a close second. Prague is very expensive but Budapest cheap.All depends on your choice of accomodation and your eating style.
Buy and cook your foood and stay in apartments and you will have plenty to spend. Luxe hotels and restaurants will cost you

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OK, food in supermarkets with the exception of Vienna is quite cheaper than here. Eat in self service cafeterias or pubs where workers (not tourists) eat. That way lunch in Prague will be around 100 Kc ($5-6). It is similar in other cities (not Vienna- is quite more expensive than here). Sites are generally substantially cheaper than here (again, not Vienna). If you are on shoestring I think it is doable (not Vienna).

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Thanks for all the comments - I actually think my budget right now is about $30 per day per person - just food and sites - I have a different budget for other spending. We're only spending about 2 days in Vienna and I'm planning on more money for there for sure. We are vegetarians so eating at nice places with expensive meat doesn't really happen - we like more cozy local places anyway - and vegetarian food seems like it would be cheaper anyway - and for train rides we will definitely be grocery storeing it.

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Lani: Vegetarian food places are not as easy to find in Eastern Europe as here in the US, I'm sure there are some but it may take you extra time to search them out. It's possible you may have to be flexible about what you eat. Just thought it would help for you to have a heads up on that.

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A good bet for vegetarian food in Prague is Country Life. It's a self-service canteen style place where the food is sold by weight. You just load your tray with soups, salads etc and it's weighed at the end. It's central and cheap.

More details here

http://prague.tv/prague/dining/restaurants-vegetarian/14

and this site has a list of other vegetarian restaurants in Prague.

Cheers
Alan