Alsace, Budget, France, Germany

Complete 1-week Road Trip Budget for Germany and Alsace

Alsfeld a small timber framed town in Germany we visited as part of this road trip budget

You know when you picture fairytales, with timber-framed houses nestled into rolling hills? Yeah, that’s Germany and Alsace – and they actually look like that!! One of the best ways to experience this cute little corner of Europe is by road trip. And I’m here to break down exactly our road trip budget for your dream trip to fairytale land!

First by giving you some context, I will overview what our trip included, where we stopped, and when it took place. This will give you a starting point to base your own road trip budget for the region. I’ll then review each area of our budget and break down exactly what we spent. Plus, I give tips on how to save money and keep expenses low!

Nonetheless, this was a very jam-packed trip. We wanted to do and see as much as we could in a relatively short amount of time. We could have easily added a couple of extra days to this trip however, as a way to save money, we kept it condensed and as cheap as we could! By the end of this, I hope you’re feeling inspired to plan your own road trip or have a better idea of what to expect for your own budget!

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Trip Overview:

a girl enjoying a pretzel in Schiltach - a perfect snack fitting for our road trip budget
Enjoying a pretzel in Schiltach

The road trip budget outlined here includes my personal expenses over the course of a 7-night and 8-day road trip. I was traveling with a friend, so do keep this in mind if you are planning to travel with more or fewer people – your expenses will look different. This road trip took place in the middle of summer 2022 (the end of July and into August). It is important to note that prices might have been higher since we were travelling during the peak travel season.

In this outline, for expenses that we shared (ie. accommodation and transportation) I listed the total amount we paid and what that meant per person. Whereas my own individual expenses (ie. food, excursions and souvenirs), I listed my own expenses since they vary from person to person even when on the same trip!

To keep in mind: It is also incredibly important to note that since I live in France, we had access to my car. My budget did not have to include the cost of a car rental and insurance. Do keep that in mind as you continue reading.

To give you an idea of our itinerary, our road trip started in Lille, with a stop in Brussels on our way over to Germany. We spent a couple of days on the Fairytale Route, and the Rhine Valley. We even popped into the Black Forest for a day before heading to Alsace. Soon after, we were back in Germany where we made a few pit stops in Luxembourg before returning home to Lille. All over the span of 8 days!

READ MORE: Find out how we spent One Day in Luxembourg and 10 Things you need to do in Brussels 


Accommodations Expenses:

A view of the river from the Old Bridge in Heidelberg, one of our stops during this road trip
A view of the the river from the Old Bridge in Heidelberg

🏨 Total: 448.92 euros (or 224.46 per person)

This is where we tried to save most of our money since we knew most of the time we were only staying only 1 night per Airbnb. About half of our Airbnbs were private rooms (meaning we had a room in someone’s house and shared a bathroom/entrance). The other half were total units (meaning we had the entire apartment to ourselves). This also meant that my friend and I ended up having to share a bed throughout the week.

This means on average we were spending around 65 euros per night on accommodations (or roughly 32 euros per person). We had to keep in mind that we needed access to parking on the premises and we wanted to make sure the locations were easily accessible to where we wanted to visit. This impacted our costs a little bit, but for the most part, we managed to keep our accommodation costs low!

Here were some of my favourite airbnbs from this trip:

Entire Rental unit in the Rhine Valley

Private Room in Colmar

Private Room & Bathroom near the Black Forest


Transportation Expenses (gas, parking and tolls):

A girl standing in Brussels Grand Place - we parked outside of the town centre to stick to our road trip budget
We parked a bit out of Brussel’s town centre to stick to our road trip budget!

Total: 268.87 euros (or 134.34 per person)

Again, it’s important to note that we had access to my car and didn’t need to rent a car or pay for insurance so that saved us money. We did, however, happen to go on our road trip when gas prices were close to an all-time high in Europe.

⛽️ Total Gas: 221.87 euros

PRO TIP: if it is possible, make sure to drive using eco-mode (especially on the highways). For us, this made a huge difference because it really saved on gas (and is generally better for the planet) and we only needed to fill up 3 times throughout our trip. Also, if you can avoid getting gas on the highway, you will probably save loads as well!

🅿️ Total Parking: 36 euros

In terms of parking, where we could we tried to either score free parking in the street.  For the most part, parking wasn’t too expensive where we were visiting. On average parking cost only a couple of euros per destination (the most expensive was Brussels!). We were also only parked for few hours per town and then continued driving.

PRO TIP: Try googling cheap parking lots before heading on the road. Doing this helped us keep our expenses lower!

🚘 Total Tolls: 11 euros

It’s important to remember to keep tolls in mind in your road trip budget when travelling around Europe. I always tend to forget this when I am planning a trip and they always surprise me! We only came across tolls when we were in France which is  why we didn’t end up paying a lot. But on other road trips I’ve been on, tolls can really add up!


Food Expenses:

A photo of schnitzel smothered in toppings - a great meal fitting for the road trip budget

🥨 Total: 228.28 euros per person (roughly)

I find it very challenging to budget for food. Food is a very personal decision and can be hard to get a sense of what to expect based on your specific needs. Perhaps you have allergies or food preferences. Maybe you prefer splurging on food because that is your THING when travelling or maybe you don’t really care and will eat anywhere. For us, we were kind of in the middle.

✨How we kept our food expenses low on our trip: We ate one big meal per day. Our breakfasts consisted of stopping in local bakeries which would tide us over until late afternoon. Every day we decided to have a big lunch/early dinner at a restaurant (sometimes with drinks and dessert). In between, we would either be relatively full from our bakery visit (sometimes we would grab a couple of pastries each since they were all so inviting and weren’t expensive) or we had several car snacks. We filled up on car snacks the first day at a grocery store which lasted the entire trip!

PRO TIP: We heavily relied on our reusable water bottles (we had 2 or 3 in the car). Everyday, we would refill them so we rarely needed to grab a drink while we were out besides at meals.


Excursion Expenses:

a girl admiring the view from Vianden Castle - one of our last stops from our road trip
The view from Vianden Castle

🏰 Total: 26 euros per person

Since we had a car, we didn’t need to look into tours to take us around the region; we could get there ourselves. During the week, we paid entrance fees for 2 castles  and the Little Red Riding Hood Museum.

One of the main reasons we were visiting this area of Germany was to explore the German Fairytale Route. The Grimm Brothers were born and raised in Germany and today, there is a special driving route dedicated to their stories and literary lives! The Little Red Riding Hood Museum was one of the stops along that route!

READ MORE: Everything you need to know about the German Fairytale Route

The rest of our exploring was done independently, walking around the many towns and driving to spots we found interesting. We could have perhaps looked into some guided tours however due to the time we had on our trip, we decided to enjoy our flexibility as much as we could.

✨My recommendation: in Germany we visited the Burg Eltz Castle and in Luxembourg the Vianden Castle. Both were spectacular!


Miscellaneous Expenses (gifts, souvenirs etc.):

The colourful town of Riquewihr - a highlight from our road trip
The colourful town of Riquewihr – my favourite town in Alsace

💸 Total: 8.95 euros per person

My personal souvenir expenses were spent on magnets (yes I am one of those people!). I bought 3 magnets in total during the trip at around 3 euros per magnet. My friend, however, spent a bit more on miscellaneous expenses. She bought a few more magnets than I did, some ornaments and a couple of gifts to bring home to family.


Summary: My personal road trip budget for one ENTIRE week was roughly 622.03 euros (or 77.75 euros per day).


That more or less sums up our road trip budget for the week. I also want to mention that more than once on our trip we came across places that were cash-only. We were visiting a lot of small towns in Germany so this is perhaps why, however, it reminded us of the importance of having cash on hand just in case.

PRO TIP: Another great money saver is to use a travel-friendly credit card, like Wise! You can have multiple currencies on one Wise card! Before I go on a trip, I transfer money into the currency I need, pay very minimal fees and can even withdraw cash if needed. Then all I have to do is tap and go! I’ve been using them for over 4 years, its super easy to use and very user friendly!


Road trip Budget: Final thoughts

One week road trip budget for Germany and Alsace

All in all, I was personally very happy at how we managed to keep our expenses low during our trip. This, of course, is a very personal decision and depends on what type of travelling you want to do. Like I said earlier, maybe food is your thing and you splurge a bit more. Or maybe you’re a fan of really cool Airbnbs and you splurge a bit more there.

We found it very easy to enjoy the region, try the local cuisine and keep to our road trip budget!

Want to help budgeting for your other European road trips? I have also put together a budget breakdown for my 2 favourites: Ultimate UK Road Trip Budget Breakdown and Cornwall Road trip Budget.

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