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04 Europe’s 24 Most Affordable Travel Destinations

Discovering Europe on a Budget: The 24 Most Affordable travel destinations in 2024

Every two years we put together a list of Europe’s 24 most affordable travel destinations, to keep our readers informed and help them plan great European adventure. For travellers seeking to explore Europe without breaking the bank, there’s good news! Despite the continent’s reputation for being expensive, there are plenty of budget-friendly cities waiting to be discovered. Building upon our previous guide from 2022, we present an updated list of Europe’s 24 most affordable travel destinations for 2024. From vibrant capitals to charming historic towns, these destinations offer a perfect blend of affordability, culture, and adventure.

We are putting our readers’ safety first and therefore removing all Russian and Ukrainian cities due to the ongoing conflict. This gives opportunity to some new candidates for our list of Europe’s 24 most affordable travel destinations.

Never been to Europe? Now is the time to start planning your first/next European getaway, enjoy!

Our list starts with destinations with an estimated daily budget within the US$55 – $65 bracket.


Zagreb, Croatia – This Croatian city offers charm, history, and architectural beauty to its visitors from around the globe. Zagreb is more than 1000 years old and is the capital, as well as the largest city in Croatia. Main attractions: Stroll through Tkalciceva Street, visit the Museum of Broken Relationships, and explore the charming Upper Town. Estimated Daily Budget: US$55-$65/day(2024), vs US$56 / day (2022), US$67.41 / day (2020) and US$60 / day (2018).

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Porto, Portugal – A vibrant coastal city known for its charming streets, historic architecture, and renowned port wine. Main attractions: Wander through the historic Ribeira district, visit the stunning Livraria Lello bookstore, and taste Vila Nova de Gaia port wine. Estimated Daily Budget: US$55- $65/day( 2024). New Entry


Lisbon, Portugal – The Portuguese capital not only boasts immense history and culture but also offers picturesque views that will leave you breathless. With numerous important museums, monuments, and medieval landmarks to explore, the city promises an enriching experience. Main attractions: Discover the colourful neighbourhoods of Alfama and Bairro Alto, visit Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery, and enjoy panoramic views from São Jorge Castle. Estimated Daily Budget: US$65-$55 / day (2024) vs US$85 / day (2022) vs US$102.20 /day (2020) and US$88 / day (2018).

Next on our list are destinations with an estimated daily budget within the US$50 – $60 bracket.


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. Main attractions: Explore the majestic Buda Castle, soak in the thermal baths, and stroll along the Danube River. Estimated Daily Budget: US$50-$60 / day (2024) vs US$43 / day (2022), US$56.50 / day (2020) and US$48 / day (2018).


Warsaw, Poland – Warsaw boasts several war museums, a Copernicus science centre, and Medieval palaces. Taste the famous Polish dumplings and the Polish vodka. Warsaw is bound to offer an eclectic culture. A vibrant city throughout any time of year and a definite must-visit. Main attractions: Wander through Łazienki Park, visit the Warsaw Uprising Museum, and explore the historic Royal Castle. Estimated Daily Budget: US$50-$60 / day (2024) vs US$43 / day (2022), US$70.73 / day (2020) and US$68 / day (2018).


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. Main attractions: Admire the Art Nouveau architecture, explore the medieval Old Town, and visit the impressive Riga Central Market. Estimated Daily Budget: US$50-$60 /day (2024) vs US$63 /day (2022), US$74.04 /day (2020) and US$62 / day (2018).


Bratislava, Slovakia – A city rich with historic landmarks, museums, and medieval architecture. Bratislava also finds itself conveniently near the Austrian and Hungarian borders which makes a great pit stop during your European escapade. Main attractions: Explore Bratislava Castle, stroll along the Danube River, and visit the charming Old Town Hall. Estimated Daily Budget: US$50-$60 / day (2024) vs US$64 / day (2022), US$76.15 / day (2020) and US$70 / day (2018).

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Prague, Czech Republic – The picturesque capital of the Czech Republic, split by the Vltava River, offers a vast amount of gothic-style architecture along with immense history and breathtaking views. Prague Orloj, a medieval astronomical clock was first installed in 1410 and is the third-known-oldest astronomical clock in the world and the oldest clock still running. Main attractions: Marvel at the iconic Prague Castle, wander through the picturesque Charles Bridge and explore the vibrant Old Town Square. Estimated Daily Budget: US$50-$60 / day (2024) vs US$64 / day (2022), US$94.04 / day (2020) and US$66 / day (2018).


Tallinn, Estonia – A picturesque Baltic gem boasting medieval architecture, cobblestone streets, and a rich cultural heritage. Main attractions: Explore the medieval Old Town, visit Toompea Castle, and admire the panoramic views from Patkuli and Kohtuotsa viewpoints. Estimated Daily Budget: US$50-$60/ day (2024). New entry


Athens, Greece – The Acropolis of Athens not only boasts immense history but also provides stunning views of the city. After exploring the ancient ruins, there’s no better way to spend the evening than taking a leisurely stroll through the bustling Plaka district and savouring a traditional meal at one of the tavernas. Additionally, Athens is one of the few cities in Greece to offer Uber services, providing a more cost-effective alternative to traditional metered taxis. Main attractions: Explore the ancient Acropolis and Parthenon, wander through the Plaka district, and relax at the National Garden. Estimated Daily Budget: US$50-$60 / day (2022) vs US$86 / day (2022), US$94.51 / day (2020) and US$80 / day (2018).


Thessaloniki, Greece – A vibrant coastal city blending ancient history with modern charm, known for its Byzantine architecture, lively waterfront, and delectable cuisine. Main attractions: Discover the White Tower, visit the Rotunda of Galerius, and explore the historic Ano Poli (Upper Town) district. Estimated Daily Budget: US$50-$60/ day (2024). It’s NEW on the list.

We continue with destinations with an estimated daily budget within the US$45 – $55 bracket.


Bucharest offers many architectural landmarks in the form of government buildings, churches, cathedrals, monasteries, and monuments. The Romanian capital also offers several stunning parks and gardens for those in search of a more relaxed atmosphere. Main attractions: Wander through the historic Old Town, admire the Palace of the Parliament, and relax in Herastrau Park. Estimated Daily Budget: US$45-$55 / day (2024) vs US$61 / day (2022), US$45.39 / day (2020) and US$43 / day (2018).


Belgrade, Serbia – The church of Saint Sava and Belgrade Fortress is among the most popular must-see landmarks of the city. Belgrade also offers a busy nightlife and great museums, including the Nikola Tesla Museum. The Avala Mountain offers stunning panoramic views of the city. Main attractions: Discover the Belgrade Fortress, visit the Nikola Tesla Museum, and enjoy the vibrant nightlife along the Sava River. Estimated Daily Budget: US$45-$55 / day (2024) vs US$45 / day (2022), US$56.04 / day (2020) and US$49 / day (2018).

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Krakow, Poland – An architectural paradise boasting a plethora of medieval castles and historic landmarks. Additionally, Krakow is adorned with stunning natural beauty, including gardens and parks. Conveniently situated near the Czech Republic and Slovakia, Krakow appeals to travellers eager to explore Poland’s southern neighbours. Main attractions: Explore the UNESCO-listed Old Town, visit Wawel Castle, and pay your respects at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum. Estimated Daily Budget: US$45- $55 / day (2022)  vs US$44 / day (2022), US$57.25 / day (2020) and US$45 / day (2018).


Vilnius, Lithuania – The Lithuanian capital is best known among tourists for its charming Old Town, and the city offers diverse styles of architecture in the form of cathedrals, churches, and historic monuments among other buildings. Main attractions: Climb up Gediminas Tower, explore Užupis, the self-proclaimed Republic of Artists, and visit the beautiful Trakai Island Castle. Estimated Daily Budget: US$45-$55 / day (2024) vs US$62 / day (2022), US$65.27 / day (2020) and US$66 / day (2018).


Cluj-Napoca, Romania – Lovely old town with cutting-edge festivals. Teste of Transilvania and astonishing nightlife. The city is a clubbing haven with a creative bar scene. Main attractions: Explore the historic Union Square, visit the Botanical Garden, and admire the Gothic architecture of St. Michael’s Church. Estimated Daily Budget: US$45-$55 / day (2024). New entry.


Timișoara, Romania – The vibrant European Union Capital of Culture for 2023, known for its stunning architecture, multicultural atmosphere, and lively arts scene. Main attractions: Explore Union Square and Victory Square, visit the beautiful Orthodox Cathedral, and stroll along the Bega River promenade. Estimated Daily Budget: US$45-$55 / day (2024). New entry.

Next on our list are all destinations with an estimated daily budget within the US$40 – $50 bracket.


Sofia, Bulgaria – A city rich in culture and history, and with a busy nightlife. The newly discovered ancient town of Serdika dug out from beneath Sofia’s city centre, 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. Main attractions: Visit the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, explore the ancient Serdica complex, and hike up Vitosha Mountain for stunning views of the city. Estimated Daily Budget: US$40-$50 / day (2024) vs US$44 / day (2022), US$57.25 / day (2020) and US$46 / day (2018).


Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina – Sarajevo is located on the Miljacka River and surrounded by the Dinaric Alps. The city offers a vast number of parks, waterfalls, and hiking trails, and is an excellent base point for nearby day trip getaways. Main attractions: Visit the historic Baščaršija district, learn about the city’s history at the War Tunnel Museum, and enjoy panoramic views from Yellow Fortress. Estimated Daily Budget: US$40- $50 / day (2024) vs US$50 / day (2022), US$58.24 / day (2020) and US$56 / day (2018).

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Tbilisi, Georgia – CA captivating blend of ancient history and modern charm, boasting architectural marvels. The famous “Chronicle of Georgia” monument, a sculptural depiction of Georgia’s history, culture, and heritage, is located near Tbilisi. Main attractions: Explore the charming Old Town, visit the Narikala Fortress, and take a relaxing sulfur bath in Abanotubani. Estimated Daily Budget: US$40 – $50 / day (2022). New entry.


Skopje, North Macedonia – The city is known for its rich history, diverse architecture, and vibrant cultural scene. Main attractions: Marvel at the eclectic architecture of the Macedonian Square, visit the Old Bazaar and cross the Stone Bridge over the Vardar River. Estimated Daily Budget: US$40 – $50 / day (2024). New entry.


Varna, Bulgaria – The Varna culture was a prehistoric civilization that existed in present-day Bulgaria during the Neolithic period. It is known for its advanced metallurgy, intricate burial practices, and sophisticated society, characterized by its distinctive pottery and gold artefacts. The oldest crafted gold was found in Varna. Main attractions: Relax on the beautiful beaches of the Black Sea coast, visit the Roman Baths, and explore the Sea Garden Park. Estimated Daily Budget: US$44 / day (2022) vs US$57.25 / day (2020) and US$45 / day (2018).


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. Main attractions: Cesky Krumlov Castle, Cesky Krumlov Castle Baroque Theater, Old Town Square, Egon Schiele Art Centrum, Vltava River, St. Vitus Church and Brewery Museum. Estimated Daily Budget: US$40 – $50 / day (2024) vs US$47 / day (2022), US$67.72 / day (2020) and US$50 / day (2018).

On top of our list of Europe’s 24 most affordable travel destinations with an estimated daily budget and within the US$35 – $45 bracket is…


Plovdiv, Bulgaria – The oldest continuously inhabited city in Europe, with a history dating back thousands of years. It boasts a rich cultural heritage, stunning architecture, and a vibrant atmosphere, attracting visitors with its ancient ruins, charming old town, and modern amenities. Main attractions: Discover the ancient Roman Theater, wander through the charming Old Town, and visit the Kapana district known for its vibrant street art. Estimated Daily Budget: US$35 – $45 / day (2024). New entry.

These cities offer budget-conscious travellers the opportunity to explore Europe’s rich history, culture, and natural beauty without breaking the bank. With affordable accommodations, inexpensive transportation, and plenty of free or low-cost attractions, these destinations promise unforgettable experiences at a fraction of the cost. So pack your bags, set your budget, and get ready to embark on an affordable European adventure in 2024!

Travel Tip: No matter how many countries you plan to visit, travelling inside the European Union will require the acquisition of only one, “Schengen”, visa.

Thank you for reading and happy travels in Europe’s 24 most affordable travel destinations!
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