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Getting around for a month in europe
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We were first thinking on going on a contiki tour, but then changed our mind and are thinking about using a wicked van to go wherever we wanted.

But now i am thinking we should just hire a car and stay in accommodation of sorts and then drive to which town we want to go and just end up going in a full circle to get the car back to the same place we started. OR would it be better value/ cheaper to do trains etc.

im just not sure.

I am leaving from Australia with $7000 for 38 days
London, Paris, Saint-Tropez, Cannes, Monte-Carlo, Venice, Florence, Rome, Athens, Santorini, Amsterdam, Berlin, Amsterdam
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For most travelers, I recommend taking the train. Most people visit cities and a car is an expensive nightmare in any city. If you stay in the suburbs to accommodate the car, you waste a lot of time and money commuting to the “sights” using public transit. Renting a car is a great way to explore more rural areas and I highly recommend it for short periods if your budget can handle. The French Riviera is a good place to rent a car IF you’re interested in visiting the tiny villages in the Alpes Maritme and Provence above the coast and are not intimidated by narrow mountain roads and ultra-aggressive French drivers. If you just intend to visit the coastal cities and beaches, they are connected by fast and frequent trains — which generally offer better scenery than the roads. The area around Florence or perhaps between Florence and Venices is another place where a rental car would be fun. However, you won’t want a car in Florence and can’t drive one in Venice (or Amsterdam).

There is excellent train service to all of the cities in your itinerary — although you may want to look at flying to/from Krakow as it’s a bit out of the way. Train will be faster than driving and probably cheaper. It will be more convenient for the cities you’ve mentioned. Rule of thumb is $ 150 per person per week by train and $ 500 per week for a compact car. Thus, for 2 of you, train will be cheaper, for 3 it’s about a toss-up although train is probably still cheaper if you need to upgrade to a larger vehicle to accommodate full sized people and gear. For 4, car will probably be cheaper, but still less convenient if your main focus is cities.

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thank you so much for your help.

I am leaving from Australia with $7000 for 38 days
London, Paris, Saint-Tropez, Cannes, Monte-Carlo, Venice, Florence, Rome, Athens, Santorini, Amsterdam, Berlin, Amsterdam
Requesting help with Transport, Hostels, Budget, Itinerary, Nightlife, Food, Sights