Is this the Best European Road Trip computed?

Planning a road trip in Europe can be a challenge.  What would you consider the most optimal road trip in Europe – hitting major points and getting the most out of the miles travelled?

With the help of a computer algorithm, Randy Olson, the brilliant Ph.D. candidate who recently planned the best way to road trip across America, just calculated the most epic European road trip ever. Add it to the bucket list pronto.

How did he calculate it?  Olson picked out a list of stops from this Business Insider article and then removed the places that required traveling over water. Then he plugged the stops into a Python code (which you can find here, if you’re into that sort of thing) to figure out the shortest distance between each stop.

Here’s what the trip looks like mapped out:

Optimal Europe Roadtrip

Image curtesy of Randal Olsen  – Click here for the interactive version

The European road trip makes 45 stops in total, passing through the U.K., Ireland, Austria, Germany, Italy and Finland, etc., and is 16,287 miles and 14 total days of driving.

How long to complete? About three months, since you’ll be needing to stop and sleep now and then!

Cost?  Well, keep in mind that gas (or “petrol” as is often called there) is generally more expensive in Europe, so be prepared to spend lots more on that.  He also cautioned to Huffington Post that “a few points along the route require the use of a ferry, which can complicate the trip a little bit if you don’t prepare for that.”

Olsen added that Eastern Europe is poorly represented in this trip, and I agree with him that you will want to add a stop in each of Lithuania, Estonia, and Latvia to get a full taste of Europe.

If you’d like to create your own perfect road trip for the U.S. or Europe, use Olson’s Python script to plug in destinations, or use RouteXL, where you can enter up to 20 destinations, and the site will route the trip for you.

Happy planning!

Some content from this Huffington Post article.