Europe has a rep for being expensive to visit and to travel around, I for one didn’t consider travelling around Europe for a while because I thought it would be too expensive and yes some of it is, Scandinavia is pretty damn expensive, Switzerland is expensive, even the UK is pretty expensive! But there are plenty of cities and countries in Europe where you can travel on a budget and get a lot for your money!
Here are a few places I’ve visited that I know are cheap, good and that I would definitely suggest you consider visiting if you want to travel Europe but are on a budget!
Most people know that Poland is cheap and I can confirm it is, let me start by telling you that when I went 2 years ago the bus from the airport into the Krakow city centre was 60p! Yes i know!
Krakow is such a pretty city and completely walkable too so you can easily spend 2 days checking out the old city and the castle and heading over to the newer side of the city.
Food wise I was paying £2.00-£3.00 for a meal in places out of the direct tourist areas but even in the main square meals were starting at £6.00 which is such a bargain! Of course the vodka is cheap too!
Oh Budapest! I love this city and I don’t know anyone who has been and not loved it! The first time I went I was on a month long trip around Europe and like Krakow it made my money go a long way! It’s another amazing city to walk around which means no transport costs, and again, the one time I did use the metro to get from the bus station to the city it cost me 85p! My hostel cost me £7.00 and you can get a cheap meals for just a few pounds, Hummus Bar which is a chain is really cheap and good! Going for a beer in their famous Ruin Bars is a must and even in the most popular one -Szimpla Kertmozi a beer is about £2.50.
Budapest is also a great city to visit if you’re happy to pay a bit more money because you’ll get a lot for your money! I visited last year with Jet2 and stayed at the Hilton for wayyy less than it would have cost in a Western European city but still with all the luxury!
Vilnius in North Eastern Europe is a destination you may not have thought about before but I went in December 2016 for the Christmas Markets (maybe one day I’ll get round to writing a blog post about it!) but let me tell you that it’s a real gem.
Lithuania is one of the few Eastern European Countries on the Euro but don’t let that put you off! I went with 4 of my friends and it was the perfect place for a girls weekend because we were able to eat and drink until our hearts were content without thinking about our bank balances. We stayed in Jimmy Jumps House hostel and paid about £9.00 per person per night inc breakfast. We paid £9.00 each for lunch one day which included a starter between us all, a main each and a huge beer each! A beer on its own was about £2.o0 and coffee just a meer £1.50! And again.. it’s a fairly small city so no transport costs!
Prague is in Central/Eastern Europe and although it is not super cheap how I imagine it once was because of its location, it is now one of the more popular cities to visit in Europe a long side the likes of Berlin and Paris and compared to its popular counterparts it is cheap!
Again, as with the cities above it’s very walkable so no need for transportation costs. There is an array of accommodation options too, from hostels to well-known fancy hotels. I took a free walking tour in Prague too which was really good and a budget friendly way to see the city!
Another Eastern Europe destination that is cheap is Istanbul and although it may cost you more to fly there and take longer than other places in Europe it’s worth it, even just for a long weekend. By visiting Istanbul you’ll get a real change in culture compared to Mainland Europe destinations as it feel’s a lot more like the Middle East, and your money will also get you pretty far meaning you can do all the tourist attractions like going into the mosques, Turkish Baths, eat lots of yummy Turkish food and buy lots of stuff in the Bazaar!
Istanbul also straddles both Asia and Europe so you can even visit 2 continents in 1 trip.. check my post out here on how to visit the Asian side of the city!
I hope you find this list useful and provides you with some inspo for your next trip or helps to reassure you that not all of Europe is expensive!
The best way to do a trip on a budget is to pay as little as possible on accommodation so I generally always stay in hostels. Check out Hostelworld.com to see what bargains you can find for your trip! *Note that this is an affiliate link.
If you’re travelling with another person or in a group then getting an Airbnb can be a really good way to save money on accommodation! See what you can find on Airbnb.com
To find out more information on exactly what I spent on a month travelling around mainly Eastern Europe (with Paris thrown in for good luck) in 2015 then check out my blog post here!
My Name's Ellie Quinn.
I'm a complete travel addict and have been since I took my first backpacking trip in 2010.
Since then I've visited 50+ Countries on various trips! I created this blog to share my travel tips to help you travel better!
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