Ok, I have done some math. Or, to look at it another way, I have plugged some numbers into Excel, and it did the match for me. First, @Sarah, I owe you an apology. You were absolutely right about Flixbus.
So, we have 2 options, and I’ll price them out below and attach the pdf of the excel sheet. If you want to see all my equations, drop me your email and I will gladly send you the excel sheet that I am not allowed to upload.
All numbers below are per person, and while they include any breakfasts if we stay at a hotel, they still do not include the 5€ admission, or other meals. There might also be taxi fares involved if we take the bus, and can’t figure out the Italian local public transportation.
Option 1: Take the midnight bus to Triest leaving Saturday 00:30. It puts us in at 5:30am, we have a whole day for comics and AL, get a hotel room Saturday night, people come back on Sunday according to their schedules. For this I used the cheapest B&B I could find, and put 2 people in a room (so both 5 people and 6 people required 3 rooms):
Option 2: Drive down Friday evening, spend 2 nights in said cheap hotel, return Sunday. This gives us more flexibility than the bus, and as soon as we go over 4 people, we are up to the next-to-cheapest car, which is the cheapest van. Same deal on calculating hotel rooms:
Option 1 is cheaper, but less flexible, and hopes people can sleep on the bus (which both @H and I have zero problem with). Option 2 is WAY more expensive, and someone has to drive at all times, it will take us less time to get there, but we’d have to agree on a time to leave.
I am counting as possibilities @H, @Simon, @Sarah, @Siobhan, @Tersidian, @gridshadow. Some of these guys haven’t confirmed, hence the range of numbers. The more the merrier, especially since we can easily fit 2 more people before going up a car level!
Trieste Trip.pdf (78.9 KB)