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Europe’s 24 cheapest cities

In this blog, we have taken the liberty of putting together a list of Europe’s 24 cheapest cities in median-price offering travel range. In the world of travel, the word ‘cheap’ is a very broad word and could significantly hold different meanings to people according to their financial abilities. For a backpacker, cheap accommodation could mean a $10 per-night bed in a 10-man dorm while for some CEOs, $100 per night may seem like a bargain.

Through our research we are giving you a rough daily costs estimate based on the following: *One night accommodation in a well located 2 or 3 star hotel *One museum or other popular cultural attraction *Three beverages *Three family restaurant meals *Two 3km taxi rides, although using the public transport could generally be a much cheaper option.

We hope that this could be of help when planning your next European getaway, enjoy!

The cheapest cities in Europe
The cheapest cities in Europe
24. MOSCOW, RUSSIA

While Red Square is the main tourist hub of Moscow, you are guaranteed to see a wide variety of similar architecture in the form of churches, cathedrals, and monuments spread all throughout the city. The city also offers a large choice of museums that will leave you culturally enlightened. Estimated Daily Budget: US$90 / day.

Moscow in the 24 cheapest cities in the world

 

23. LISBON, PORTUGAL

The Portuguese capital not only offers immense history and culture but also picturesque views that will leave you breathless. There are many important museums, monuments, and medieval landmarks to be explored in the city. Estimated Daily Budget: US$88 / day. 

Lisbon in Europe's 24 cheapest cities

 

22. NAPLES, ITALY

Naples is possibly the most diverse city in Italy where you can experience cultures from almost every corner of the globe. The city offers a number of medieval castles and is an excellent base point for nearby day trips to places such as Mount Vesuvius, Pompeii, Amalfi coast and the nearby islands of Procida and Capri. Estimated Daily Budget: US$84 / day.

Naples one of the cheapest cities in the world

 

21. VALLETTA, MALTA

As you stroll through the charming streets of Valletta be sure to take note of the balconies which hang from the buildings beside you. The city also offers many museums and great beaches. Estimated Daily Budget: US$82 / day.

Valletta one of the cheapest cities to visit

 

20. ATHENS, GREECE

The Acropolis of Athens not only offers immense history but also stunning views of the city. After exploring, there is no better way to spend the evening than to take a walk through the buzzing Plaka district and to enjoy a traditional meal at one of the tavernas. The city of Athens is also one of few in Greece that offers the Uber service which is a lot more cost effective than your traditional meter taxis. Estimated Daily Budget: US$80 / day.

Athens Greece

 

19. SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA

From fortresses to churches and cathedrals, to parks and palaces, you can find it all in Saint Petersburg. Be sure to visit the Winter Palace which was once the official residence of the Russian monarchs. Estimated Daily Budget: US$78 / day.

Saint Petersburg cheap place to visit

 

18. TENERIFE, SPAIN

Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands and also the home of Mount Teide, a volcano with a 3718-meter summit which makes it the highest peak in Spain. The island offers beautiful hikes and other nature excursions or one could simply soak up the sun at Siam Water Park or at one of the beaches. Estimated Daily Budget: US$74 / day.

Tenerife Spain

 

17. SPLIT, CROATIA

This coastal city carries an authentic charm and offers much beauty. Whether you wish to explore the charming streets, relax at the white sandy beaches or enjoy the presence of the many locals and the buzzing nightlife, this city will sure have you coming back for more. Estimated Daily Budget: US$72 / day.

Split Croatia one of the cheapest cities to visit

 

16. SANTORINI, GREECE

This active mega volcano not only offers arguably the best views and most incredible sunsets in the world, but also tons of other activities such as archaeological sites, museums, hot springs, tours, traditional cuisine and buzzing nightlife. This breathtaking island is an absolute MUST-SEE for all travelers, whether young, old, solo or honeymooners. Don’t let the fact that Santorini has made it onto our list of ‘24 cheapest cities in Europe’ fool you. The island offers majority luxury hotels and restaurants targeting the rich and famous, BUT does also cater for the average traveler too. Estimated Daily Budget: US$72 / day.

Santorini Greece

 

15. BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA

A city rich with historic landmarks, museums, and medieval architecture. Bratislava also finds itself conveniently near to the Austrian and Hungarian borders which make a great pit stop during your European escapade. Estimated Daily Budget: US$70 / day.

Slovakia Bratislava

 

14. WARSAW, POLAND

Warsaw boasts a number of war museums, science centres and palaces. A vibrant city throughout any time of year and a definite must-see. Estimated Daily Budget: US$68 / day.

Warsaw one of the Europe's 24 cheapest cities

 

13. PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC

The picturesque capital of Czech Republic, split by the Vltava River, offers a vast amount of gothic style architecture along with immense history and breath-taking views. Estimated Daily Budget: US$66 / day.

Prague one of the best places to visit

 

12. VILNIUS, LITHUANIA

The Lithuanian capital is best known among tourists for its charming Old Town, but the city also offers diverse styles of architecture in the form of cathedrals, churches and historic monuments among other buildings. Estimated Daily Budget: US$66 / day.

Vilnius nice destination

 

11. RIGA, LATVIA

The city of Riga is known for its wooden buildings, art nouveau architecture and medieval Old Town. The pedestrian-only Old Town has many shops and restaurants and is home to busy Livu Square, with bars and nightclubs. Estimated Daily Budget: US$62 / day.

Riga Latvia

 

10. ZAGREB, CROATIA

Yet another Croatian city offering its charm, history and architectural beauty to its visitors from around the globe. Estimated Daily Budget: US$60 / day.

Zagreb Croatia

 

9. SARAJEVO, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

Sarajevo is located on the Miljacka River and surrounded by the Dinaric Alps. The city offers a vast amount of parks, waterfalls and hiking trails, and is an excellent base point for nearby day trip getaways. Estimated Daily Budget: US$56 / day.

Sarajevo

 

8. CESKY KRUMLOV, CZECH REPUBLIC

This small picturesque city not only offers incredible views, a relaxed atmosphere and beautiful architecture, but also a vast number of historic and UNESCO world heritage sites. Estimated Daily Budget: US$50 / day.

Czech Republic

 

7. BELGRADE, SERBIA

The church of Saint Sava and Belgrade Fortress are among the most popular must-see landmarks of the city. Belgrade also offers a busy night life and great museums, including the Nikola Tesla Museum. The Avala Mountain offers stunning panoramic views of the city. Estimated Daily Budget: US$49 / day.

Belgrade Serbia

 

6. ISTANBUL, TURKEY

A diverse city offering a vast amount of mosques, churches and palaces. Travelers can also experience some of the country’s best markets in this city. Estimated Daily Budget: US$49 / day.

Istanbul Turkey

 

5. BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

This major European city is filled with old castles, fortresses and UNESCO world heritage sites, among other famous landmarks. Take a walk through the quiet streets and soak up the cultural beauty or relax at Szechenyi Thermal Bath, the largest thermal bath in Europe. Estimated Daily Budget: US$48 / day.

Budapest Hungary

 

4. SOFIA, BULGARIA

A city rich in culture and history, and with a busy nightlife. The newly discovered ancient town of Serdica dug out from beneath Sofia’s city center, is free for the public to view. The city also offers a vast amount of old churches, cathedrals and some important museums including the National Historical Museum which is also the home of the famous gold Panagyurishte Treasure. Nature lovers can enjoy a hike up to Cherni Vrah, the peak of Vitosha Mountain which overlooks the city. Estimated Daily Budget: US$46 / day.

Sofia Bulgaria the best place to visit

 

3. KRAKOW, POLAND

An architectural paradise with the vast amounts of medieval castles and other historic landmarks. Krakow also offers stunning natural beauty in the form of gardens and parks. The city finds itself conveniently close to the Czech Republic and Slovakia, for those travelers who have Poland’s southern neighbors on their bucket lists. Estimated Daily Budget: US$45 / day.

Krakow Poland

 

2. KIEV, UKRAINE

Kiev may come across as somewhat a hub for the Christian Orthodox religion with a vast amount of churches, cathedrals and monasteries spread all throughout the city. The city also offers a busy and vibrant nightlife. Daily Estimated Budget: US$44 / day.

Kiev Ukraine

 

1. BUCHAREST, ROMANIA

Our cheapest city in Europe offers many architectural landmarks in the form of government buildings, churches, cathedrals, monasteries, and monuments. Bucharest also offers a number of stunning parks and gardens for those in search of a more relaxed atmosphere. Estimated Daily Budget: US$43 / day.

Bucharest Romania

Thank you for reading and happy travels ☺

Wanderlust Magazine contributor Mario

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