i have just returned after a months holiday and thought i would post a costing on my trip. the outward trip was from london to vidin. the return trip was from pomorie to london.
london to vidin
1. mileage 1461..fuel 183 ltrs =269 euro
3 x hotels germany, austria, calafat = 242 euro,
tolls @ 7.90 austria 8e hungary, 5e romania total =20.90euro
calafat ferry + port tax = 36 euro
road tax bulgaria 12 euro 1 month
food /snacks = 70 euro..total cost = 650 euro
pomorie to london mileage = 1847
fuel = 200 litres cost 259 euro
hotels x 4 rumo,hungary, germany,belgium = 310.50 euro
tolls ruse bridge 2e, rumo 5e, hungary 8e, austria 7.90e
food/snacks 136 euro
total cost= 466.40 euro
total round trip cost was 1116.40 euro
Of course money can be saved by using cheaper hotels, eating less, or leaving the wife behind
my car is a turbo diesel mercedes so gives a moderate miles per gallon of around 45, although i havnt worked it out properly yet.
I was surprised at romania and how they have improved their countries roads, alas only on the main highways, which is all we wanted anyway. the hotels were fantastic, new, cheap, and the food also was great, must say i felt really proud of them seeing that the last trip i made by road was 5 years ago, when the gippos would gesture at the side of the road for sweets etc, didnt see one, either there and back. the villages were tidy with nice paint jobs on the houses, and we felt that the population had been educated completely. well done romania, must say it puts bulgaria in the shade quite a bit, and my wife agreed with me ( and she is bulgarian.)
Bulgaria is being neglected, over grown grass everywhere, we still havnt got a road built on our complex, and thats 5 years waiting, although we did get a petition to take to the next council meeting, so we`ll see what happens next, probably get sent to the gulag.