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Looking for help with Canada to Amsterdam
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 me and my brother have decided on two countries to visit on our 2week holiday to Europe.  Amsterdam and France.
Just wondering about suggestions….Would it be cheaper to fly from Ottawa Ontario or Montreal Quebec? Think a tavel agent is better than buyin your own tickets?
we figured out the Eurorail pass and its $300 Cdn each for 4days travel in 2months anywere in Benelux and France.
Now its finding the cheapest flights…
 
thx for any help!!

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Probably cheaper from Montreal, but it’s a good idea to compare prices. Also, consider taking a flight to the UK, then onward to France and/or The Nederlands; it might be significantly cheaper this way. Try these: www.bookingbuddy.com and www.canadian-affair…. and www.statravel.ca — the last one if you are full time students or under 26.

Also, Air Transat, Corsair, and Zoom are on Montreal to Paris with some nice fares for springtime departures. www.airtransat.ca www.flyzoom.ca www.corsairfly.com

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I can’t see Ottawa ever being cheaper than Montreal, but it’s possible.  Definitly buy your own tickets.  It’s as simple as entering your name, CC number, etc. on a form, and there you go, tickets!  Most times you’ll get an e-ticket so you can just print that yourself.

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after checkin out some sites and finding prices were came up with a total
Europass(benelux-france) 300 each
Flights each- 1000-1400
hotel 13 nights 80 a night 13 nights – 1040
spending cash(food-party-sites) 2100
approx- 4400
 
so after that result we can;t justify the trip right now so we have decided to go with a 6night 7 day trip to Amsterdam only.  I would hope this could almost cut the total in half..
I remeber flyin to England from Montreal for 750 round trip, that was several years ago but prices seem at least 3-400 higher…
Anyone have any good sugestions for Hostels? gonna check around this site…I must say its been a great help as are the people on the forums! thx!
 

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What’s your travel dates?

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Anytime in August…..The high and low ends of travel are a little tricky lol
 
 

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I’m also planning a two week vacation to Europe, but in my opinion $4,400 is much more than you would need per person. That’s about what we are budgeting total for two people.
 
The most expensive part of the trip is the air ticket, in this instance you are estimating it to be between $1,000  and $1,400, hopefully you can find something on the lower end. Even if you cut your vacation in half I don’t think the price for air travel would be less just because you’re spending less time in Europe, so, this is a fixed cost.
 
How much traveling are you planning to do once you arrive? Is the Europass really worth the expense? Try checking the prices of No Frills airlines such as Ryanair to your desired destinations. I also found this website listing which airlines fly to which countries, I hope it helps, http://www.attitudetravel.com/lowcostairlines/europe/. If you are able to reduce your travel within Europe you might be able to reduce this $300.00 expense as well.
 
Beds are available at hostels for about $30.00 per night, I don’t think you would spend $160 in lodging per night for two people, unless you want a private room in a very central location. Check around, read reviews and see if you can find something cheaper.
 
I would then calculate between $100.00 and $150.00 per day for sightseeing, food, drinks, etc.
 

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I’m seeing $848 CAD to Paris in August on Air Transat.

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so after everythin me and my brother have choosen one week 6nights/7days in Amsterdam.
We want to go anytime in late August and anytime in September.
Flights per person 1000 = 2000
6 nights at the flying pig downtown at 50 each = 600 total for both
150 a day each for party/food/siteseeing = 1800
 
Total for both = 4200 each 2100.
 
Sounds like this is what we are gonna do wanted it to be a little less but….
 
thx again everyone and please if you have any other suggestions its always appreciated!
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I’m going to Europe in August out of Halifax, and paid $750 CAD taxes inc. to Frankfurt on www.condor.com

Im sure you can do better than those prices.  I went in 2005 with www.flyzoom.com and paid about the same as this summer.

I stayed at the Flying Pig Downtown 2 years ago, and it’s a pretty good place.  I’ve heard that the Uptown and beach hostels are nicer, but the Downtown location is great.  It’s so close to Centraal station.  You might find it cheaper to get a cheap hotel if your both going to pay $50/night.

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I am still tryin to find a flight from Ottawa,Canada to Amsterdam but still seems all flights are over 1000 after taxes….
I was really hoping to find flights for under 1000. 
When is the low season? i thought it was August but others say its September..
also is it not cheaper to use a travel agent for my tickets? cause i can;t seem to due searchs for entire months to see if other dates are cheaper..I would plan my trip around cheaper flights.lol
 

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August definitely isn’t low season for airline tickets – it tends to be the most expensive month. September will likely be cheaper, but if you really want the best shot at the cheapest price, try November, December, January, February – avoiding the Christmas/New Year season.
 
ITASoftware.com makes it easy to check whole months with the Month-long search feature.

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well glad i found got a better idea of when low and high season are, much appreciated and i will check the suggested site.
 
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Just one tip, though – for Canadians, ITASoftware.com doesn’t really cover the lower-cost and charter airlines very well – also try Zoom, Canadian Affair, FlyGlobeSpan, Air Transat.

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Yep, another nod to ITA. It makes month-long searching with multiple airports very easy. See the new user thread, top of this forum, if you’re not familiar with it.

There are some absolutely incredible fares for May departures to the UK—from Ottawa and Montreal—at www.canadian-affair…. June, July, August are definitely NOT low season; fares in summer are PEAK season, meaning most expensive, and full flights. Generally, winter is cheapest, however May is a great time to go—weather-wise—and if any of those fares could work for you, it’s probably cheapest way you’ll cross the Atlantic.

From the UK, there are many low-cost flight options throughout Europe. See www.whichbudget.com

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re hostelling in AMS . i think if there are 2 of you you can find a hotel room instead of a hostel room for cheaper than what you would pay at that hostel

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re hostelling in AMS . i think if there are 2 of you you can find a hotel room instead of a hostel room for cheaper than what you would pay at that hostel


It’s very possible.  I found Amsterdam to be one of the most expensive places I stayed. I think it was ~$45 CAD for a dorm bed at the Flying Pig in early August.  I’m sure at that price you could find a cheap hotel for ~$90, or a little more.