Bicycle Touring Budget for May 2016 | Cycling from Greece to England

Here's my bicycle touring budget and end of month round up for May 2016 calculated during my cycle ride from Greece to England. If you are interested in how much bicycle touring costs, then read the full article where I break everything down.

Dave Briggs talks about his bicycle touring budget for May 2016.

Bicycle Touring Budget for May 2016

One of the things I wanted to do during this bicycle tour from Greece to England, was keep track of how much I spend.

During my other tours, I have taken an ultra-budget approach, and have even written an article on how you can cycle around the world on less than 10 pounds a day.

For this trip however, I decided not to set myself a bicycle touring budget, and would just see how things worked out. I thought it would be interesting to see how much I spent, and where.

Theoretically, I only have two major costs, which are accommodation and food. Let's see how it all adds up!

My bicycle touring budget for May 2016 when cycling from Greece to England. Find out how much I spent in May during my cycling trip from Greece to England.

My Bike Touring Budget

So, I want to be totally transparent with my bicycle touring budget, in the hope that it may help other people plan their own bicycle tours. It's probably worthwhile then to start off with a few ground rules before I get into the figures.

1. The cost does not include the gear I have left with
2. Any expense is measured as the money actually leaves my wallet or bank account.
3. All costs are measured in Euros at whatever the current exchange rate was on the day.

I also gave up drinking alcohol in November last year. I can't tell you how much money this has saved me during the last few months, and this of course helps enormously with my bicycle touring budget!

Without further ado then, here are the numbers for the bicycle touring budget so far in May 2016….

Date bicycle touring budget updated – End of 31/05/2016

Number of days on trip so far – 24
Total money spent – 608.96
Average spent per day in May 2016 – 25.37
Average spent per day during the Greece to England cycle ride so far – 25.37

Rough breakdown of costs –

Accommodation – 360.96
Food (groceries + restaurant) – 240.50
Entrance fees to sites -7.50

Note – I believe that about 10-15 euro needs to move out of the food column, and into the entrance fees to sites category, but I will leave it as it is else things may get messy!

And here are some other random facts and figures from the trip so far –
Number of punctures – Zero
Problems with bike – Zero

So, all in all not a bad set of figures. There are of course many ways I could have reduced the costs of the trip, and lowered my bicycle touring budget such as wild camping, using Warmshowers, and always cooking for myself. As I said though, right now, there is no need to do this. Let's see what the next month brings!

Do you think 25 euros a day is too much, or would you struggle on spending that little? I would love to hear from you, so please leave a comment below!

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8 thoughts on “Bicycle Touring Budget for May 2016 | Cycling from Greece to England”

  1. We just finished 4.5 months of touring from Denmark to southern France via Germany, Netherlands and Switzerland averaging 65 euro/day for a family of four. Camping 90% of the time (Warmshowers and AirBnb for the rest) and self catering 95%. That’s including bike repairs, occasional train rides, and entrance fees to various attractions. And beer. 🙂

  2. Hi, glad I stumbled onto this page, looks really interesting. I’m travelling to athens in sept from where I’ll tour the Peloponnese. My budget is also E25 pd, but i guess I’ll do a bit of wildcamping as well. Good luck with your tour.

    • HI Marnus,
      Good luck with your tour!
      Yep, there are many ways I could have cut down the budget even further. Wild camping will certainly help you a lot!

  3. I’m (slowly) cycling the opposite direction – and using a variety of campsites (wild and legitimate) /guesthouses/warmshowers/couchsurfing/hotels – and my budget seems to be working out similarly. I’ve allowed myself £30 a day – and I’m not getting near that.

  4. Man what a great trip! I wish I could join you! I am off to Europe today on my own trip but one day a cycle cross country/countries would be great!
    I think your budget is okay. I would try couchsurfing and camping more just because its fun. Pretty cheap going really. Cheaper than real life! Well done! I will follow your progress 🙂

  5. Hi Dave I am currently touring in Holland and on my way to Denmark and Sweden and find that 25 euros a day is my average budget but I am doing all my own cooking
    and staying in campsites every night , these average around 12 euros , with a coffee stop about 3 and the rest on food but I like to cook and eat well and have a chocolate habit ,can be done a lot cheaper but comfort is necessary on a long trip if you can afford it .I like to tour around a country instead if just passing through from A to B get to know the place a bit .Holland has been a revelation I have circled around each province and its really something like to hear your opinions,nice blog cheers for now

  6. 25 Euros sounds good to me. I’m thinking of a cycling trip to the Czech Republic so I found your article very interesting. I see your accomdation breaks down to about 15 Euros a day, were most days in hostels, how many days did you camp.


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