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BY KERI MCCONNEL
Travelling through Europe in a campervan or motorhome
Travelling through Europe in a campervan or motorhome is one of the best ways to see these beautiful countries at your own pace.
So if you’ve been reading my detailed campervan articles so far, you should now be well and truly prepared, and “in the know” to get yourself ready for your big trip.
Many people have commented on the level of detail in these articles, and the amount of planning that goes into it. To be honest, we’ve done it so many times now, that it hardly seems like onerous planning. We intuitively do this stuff.
If you are new to the world of campervan hire, however, the details and the pre-planning will be what could ultimately save you from a disaster. The last thing you need is an administrative issue threatening your plans.
Once we have done all the upfront planning, it’s freedom from then on. From the moment we pick up the campervan, there are no real plans or rules. There are just places to go, experiences to be had, and plenty of food and beverages to be consumed.
If we love a place, we’ll stay longer. If we don’t, then we simply move on.
You can read all about our campervan and motorhome road trips in Europe here >> Motorhome and Campervan travel
Travel itinerary for Europe by motorhome
To give you a sense of just how much European countryside we covered on our last trip, I’ve put together a map.
I know it might seem like a lot of driving but it’s not onerous. As you can see from the detail below, we averaged about 100km a day.
Remember, I’m an Australian and 100km for us is not considered much at all. This is probably why so many other Aussies love driving campervans! The distance you go depends completely on your personal plans.
How much does it cost to drive a motorhome around Europe?
I get many questions about the cost of running campervans and motorhomes, particularly as it relates to fuel and camping costs.
Of course, everything is relative, and everyone has a very personal opinion on what represents good value and what is expensive/inexpensive. Ultimately, it all comes down to personal circumstance.
What I constantly remind myself of is that I can’t expect everything to be the same as it is at home, and that goes for cost. Things are going to cost more or less wherever I travel. Often my own currency is not strong against the Euro or the US dollar either. What I use as a comparison however is the cost of alternatives.
So, in this case, the alternatives are the cost of hotels and other accommodation, car hire or other transport etc. I have mentioned before that a campervan is our accommodation, our transport and often our restaurant, so I am sure to benchmark accordingly.
This trip, lasting 42 days, cost us on average, €133 per day. This is inclusive of our campervan hire, fuel and camp fees. I have not included food as this is highly variable, and we eat and drink very well when we are travelling.
We are not budget travellers so I can honestly say that we have certainly paid this amount (and more) for a hotel room before, and then had to add everything else on top.
For those that love the detail (and I know there are plenty of you), the following provides you with a snapshot of where we drove showing how easy it is to get to some really great places without having to drive all day.
There’s no getting around this cost. If you hire a campervan and drive it, you will eventually need to refuel. But, surprisingly, it never feels as though this is a constant activity. Given the size of the vehicles, they are very efficient.
These fuel costs are obviously based on 2015. The distances still remain the same. Just use a rough average of the current price to get an understanding of current prices. In the motorhome section on this website, there are other articles with more recent pricing. I would only use these as a guide however as prices are always subject to change.
The type of camping spot dictates how much you pay. I will discuss the differences between these types of rest stops in coming articles, but for now, I’ve just simply noted indicative costs.
We generally travel in the campervan during off-peak times, meaning we worry less about where we are going to spend the night and whether we need to book a campground. Note, there are always exceptions to this depending on the location/country you are in.
We are passionate about travelling through Europe in a campervan. We’ve had so many wonderful experiences over the years that keeps us coming back for more. We always save money by travelling this way, but more importantly for us, it offers us enormous freedom to do whatever we choose. I know it’s not for everyone, but if I could convince those who have been thinking about it to give it a go, my job would be done!
Looking to do a road trip? Here’s some more detail on how to get yourself ready for your big trip.
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Kerri now travels regularly with her husband, Stirling, where eating great food, drinking quality beer and wine, and cooking international foods are integral to their adventures.