Thanks to lower fuel prices, some transportation expenses are declining. This has made our trip to Europe financially appealing. We have 6 flights, including Boston to Copenhagen via Iceland, with a return via Paris/Iceland/Boston. Additionally, we have four other flights within Europe, three on EasyJet and one on Norwegian Air.
All of these are discount carriers, which nearly always make flying within Europe very affordable, at least with their base rates. We are paying close attention to luggage, which is one way these carriers can run up significant surcharges. They measure and weigh more than most legacy airlines. You must prepay or pay a stiff penalty if you “get caught” a pound or two over or with an inch or so wider than allowed for carry-ons. We prepaid for some extra weight, bought a scale and hope we are okay.
Our six flights are Boston to Copenhagen; Copenhagen to Prague; Rome to Nice; Nice to Barcelona; Barcelona to Paris; and Paris to Boston. Total cost for all flights, per person, including extra luggage fees, seat reservations, which in some cases, have a surcharge, and taxes was $845. Perhaps timing is everything. We saw our flights $100 less at one point this summer, but right now, some airlines are charging more than this for just one of the six flights.
We also have plans to travel on as many as a dozen rail lines, which normally works pretty well in Europe where they have a very convenient and extensive rail network.
And, there will be two rental cars, one in Bavaria and the other in Italy.
Although we will use many vehicles for transport, we estimate that our feet will do most of the traveling each day.