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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thank you for reading and happy travels ☺
Wanderlust Magazine contributor Mario