Cheapest Cities in Europe to Visit: 5 Destinations for the Budget Traveler

With cities like Paris, London, and Barcelona many people believe that it’s nearly impossible to travel to Europe without breaking the bank. However, if you think outside the box and travel to some lesser-known locations you can surely enjoy an inexpensive European holiday without losing the culture and charm that the more popular cities are known for.

Check this list below to find some of the cheapest cities in Europe which are perfect for budget travelers! 

 

 Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia received its influence and architecture from four various empires (Thracian, Roman, Ottoman, and Russian), and it’s no wonder that this majestic, yet budget friendly city would top our list as the ultimate destination for budget travel. From cheap flights to affordable yet comfortable accommodation you will find Sofia to be Europe’s hidden secret when it comes to budget travel. There’s even a free food tour! Do yourself a favor and visit Sofia, we promise that it won’t break the bank! Keep your camera handy too! 

 

Krakow, Poland

Krakow, Poland

Krakow, Poland

Krakow, like Sofia, is another Eastern European gem ideal for the budget traveler. Although the flights aren’t as cheap as Sofia, they are still very affordable! In Krakow, the best way to maintain your budget is taking advantage of the various amenities that the city has for tourists. Ditch the tours and opt to stroll around the city and find yourself lost in the beautiful streets, forget using a taxi and ride through the city on very cheap bike service. Don’t forget to visit the beautiful museums on their free days!

 

Valletta, Malta

Valletta, Malta

Valletta, Malta

It’s very difficult to visit Malta and not fall in love! It is an amazing destination if you are traveling in Europe on a budget. Since it's located on a small Mediterranean island, Valletta has access to fresh seafood by way of Marsaxlokk. Luckily despite being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the tours around Valletta and its surrounding cities are very affordable. Valletta makes budget travel destinations looks sexy!

 

Prague, Czech Republic

Many travelers have already discovered this budget travel gem, but don’t let that deter you because there is fun to be had by all who choose this location as their affordable European travel destination. You can create your own walking tour by strolling around the city and visiting the St. Vitus Cathedral for the low price of “free.99” Once you finish there, explore the galleries and museums, although some advance planning may be required for you to take advantage of the free visits. While you’re there, don’t forget to visit their beautiful parks!  

 

Porto, Portugal

 

Porto is often overlooked by the much popular, Lisbon, but it has much to offer the budget traveler. From free walking tours, to cheap Port wine sampling tours this city has much to offer for a very low price. Its stunning scenery takes the cake as you walk through the winding streets filled with Portuguese charm. Don’t forget to walk along the enchanting Douro River and visit the idyllic Lello & Irmão Bookstore before you go!

 

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If you’ve ever doubted that Europe had cheap travel destinations, you have been gloriously corrected! Each city on this list has its own unique charms and offerings that will be sure to capture your heart---without capturing your wallet!

Do you have any other favorite Europe budget travel destinations, if so let us know!


Dani Washington is a 20-something expat from DC. Aside from finding the coolest new music, she loves great food, and getting lost in new cities. Connect with Dani and learn about her various adventures on Instagram and her blog.