5 cents per kilometer

Today, I’ll start with the actual cost of flying around the globe three times, of renting cars and taking trains, ferries and busses.

I have already written about the actual ticket hunting and booking processes of my three circumventions of the globe, but here’s the final tally:

Besides spending 360.000 miles on my two Round-the-world tickets, and another 40.000 miles for the flights home from Buenos Aires, I paid:

  • 6526 Euro on flight tickets for the 46 flights (actually 7126 Euro, but Lufthansa had rewarded me 600 Euro for taking a later flight to Rio)
  • 1397 Euro on 5 rental cars
  • 838 Euro on trains (notably the Japan Rail pass and crossing the Australian desert)
  • 515 Euro on visa cost (and canceling the trip to China )
  • 400 Euro on gas and tolls for the cars
  • 321 Euro on 6 ferries

I left out the cost for new shoes when I walked a hole into the old ones.

In total, traveling 185.600 kilometers cost 9995 Euro, or just over 5 cent per kilometer. Quite cheap, come to think of it.

Having saved all those miles of course greatly brought the cost down.

As a rough estimate, all the plane tickets would have cost – I’m making an estimated guess here as there’s no way to tell for sure – some 7000 Euro more, without using my miles.

I am extrapolating this from what the Star Alliance website showed me as a final price for the RTW-tickets, before I called the Lufthansa office to actually make the booking, where we changed some dates and itineraries, hence changing the cost.

Check back soon to see more figures and expenses! Coming up: hidden expenses such as insurance cost and equipment.