Do you want to travel but are on a tight budget?
No problem ! You just have to choose the right inexpensive destinations.
And contrary to popular belief, Europe is a great destination for travelers on a budget.
Why ? Because all countries are close to each other and airlines compete fiercely.
Result, it saves money for everyone!
We have selected for you the 10 cheapest cities in Europe to travel without breaking the bank.
Unsurprisingly, it is the cities of Eastern Europe that win this ranking.
This is where the most affordable destinations are found for those traveling on a budget.
Here is the list of the 10 cheapest cities in Europe to travel for a weekend or more:
10. Istanbul in Turkey
Cost per day and per person: € 31.14
Istanbul is the link between the West and the East. This magnificent city has seen its prices increase year after year, but now it seems that this increase is stabilizing, thanks to the fall of the Turkish lira.
Istanbul is full of riches to discover: souks, magnificent mosques, activities to do … You won’t get bored there, which allows you to extend your stay with pleasure. But don’t be surprised if you have a hard time finding cheap accommodation.
Good to know: the rest of Turkey is cheaper.
9. Zagreb in Croatia
Cost per day and per person: € 30.29
The beautiful beaches of Croatia remain the main attraction of this country. Suddenly, for many, Zagreb is just a passing city. However, it is still inexpensive compared to European standards.
Especially if we compare it to its neighbor, Italy! Zagreb therefore remains a good deal. And it’s a nice break on the resort route while being close to Plitvice National Park.
8. Riga in Letonia
Cost per day and per person: € 29.64
It’s surprising that a city in northern Europe remains so cheap. But it turns out that Riga is a good plan for backpackers. Youth hostel accommodation is particularly affordable, as is the rest. The main problem with Riga is its remoteness. But even for a weekend, Riga deserves a look. And you won’t be disappointed with its nightlife.
7. Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Cost per day and per person: € 29.64
The name of the city of Sarajevo is associated with images of war. It is undoubtedly for this reason that tourism is still timid there. Its geographical isolation in the middle of the mountains does not help matters.
Yet those who take the trouble to go there will be pleasantly surprised. They will discover a magnificent city center and a welcoming population. The old Muslim city is worth the detour: it is a little well-hidden treasure to discover.
6. Budapest in Hungary
Cost per day and per person: € 29.17
Renowned spas, magnificent cathedrals, castles and town center have some wonderful surprises in store. Without a doubt, Budapest is worth a visit. The Danube which crosses it gives it an incomparable charm.
Not to mention the unbeatable quality-price ratio! You will find a multitude of hotels there for small budgets. Our advice? Move away from the city center and hotel prices will be even more competitive.
5. Sofia in Bulgaria
Cost per day and per person: € 27.70
Among the European capitals to discover, Sofia is one of the best destinations. The reception of the locals is warm and the city center is worth a detour. There is no major tourist attraction, but the center is really lovely. And you will be pleasantly surprised by the very reasonable prices. The only downside is that plane tickets from France are still a bit expensive. It will eventually change!
4. Bucharest in Romania
Cost per day and per person: € 24.84
Bucharest is certainly not the most romantic city in Romania and it struggles to find a place in the hearts of tourists.
It’s a shame because this city is well worth the detour! As well for its monuments as the imposing parliament or its pleasant historic center. It even seems that the price of hostels is going down!
3. Belgrade in Serbia
Cost per day and per person: € 24.18
Belgrade goes to great lengths to attract tourists and erase memories of the war in the 90s. In Belgrade, there is little entertainment for tourists, but walking around the city center is pleasant. In addition, the nightlife is very lively and the prices remain reasonable.
2. Krakow in Poland
Cost per day and per person: € 23.85
Krakow is one of the best destinations in Europe for tourists. The prices are low, which allows the curious to easily come and spend a weekend of discovery. They appreciate the richness of the local culture and discover a magnificent city center. The choice of hotels, hostels, bars and restaurants at attractive prices is very wide. But don’t wait too long before including Krakow on your list of cities to visit. Because prices could quickly increase, as was the case in Prague or Budapest.
1. Kiev in Ukraine
Cost per day and per person: € 21.58
Certainly, there is a short stretch of road to get to Kiev! But this beautiful city is also worth a visit. Even though the use of English is on the rise, it is better to speak a few words of Russian or Ukrainian to make yourself understood.
How it works ?
To establish this ranking of the cheapest destinations in Europe, this selection takes into account several criteria:
– 1 night in the cheapest bed in the cheapest hostel in town, but well located and with good reviews.
– 2 trips per day by public transport
– 1 paid visit per day: we calculated the average price of the must-see paid visits of the city. But if you want to cut your budget even further, there are plenty of free tours and attractions to check out.
– 3 low budget meals per day. 20% is added to the minimum price of a meal for long trips.
– 3 alcoholic drinks per day (beer or wine), to have fun and go out at night. People who do not drink alcohol will use this budget to drink coffee, soft drinks, have a small candy or attend a local event.
Do you want to know more inexpensive cities to travel for a weekend or more?
Here is the rest of the list of cheap destinations in Europe (from the cheapest to the most expensive):
11. Warsaw, Poland
12. Český Krumlov, Czech Republic
13. Vilnius, Lithuania
14. Bratislava, Slovakia
15. Split, Croatia
16. Santorini, Greece
17. St. Petersburg, Russia
18. Ljubljana, Slovenia
19. Prague, Czech Republic
20. Tallinn, Estonia
21. Tenerife, Spain
22. Valletta, Malta
23. Athens, Greece
24. Naples, Italy
25. Lisbon, Portugal
26. Moscow, Russia
27. Hamburg, germany
28. Dublin, Ireland
29. Ibiza, Spain
30. Nice, France
31. Berlin, germany
32. Salzburg, Germany
33. Florence, Italy
34. Edinburgh, Scotland
35. Dubrovnik, Croatia
36. Dublin, Ireland
37. Bruges, Belgium
38. Barcelona, Spain
39. Munich, Germany
40. Luxembourg, Luxembourg
41. Rome, Italy
42. Vienna, Austria
43. Brussels, Belgium
44. Milan, Italy
45. Paris, France
46. Bergen, Norway
47. Interlaken, Switzerland
48. Helsinki, Finland
49. Copenhagen, Denmark
50. Stockholm, Sweden
51. London, England
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