Published 25th June 2019

7 Budget-Friendly Destinations in Europe

There is no doubt Europe is one of the hottest destinations to visit on your travels these days. With its colourful history, gorgeous landscapes, mouth-watering food and friendly locals, there are so many places within Europe that are worth a visit. Unfortunately, Europe can be a once-in-a-lifetime trip because it’s not very wallet-friendly!  Thankfully, Europe is a pretty big place. We’ve managed to find seven budget-friendly destinations that even your bank balance will love.

Calabria, Italy

Italy is a very popular holiday destination, but Calabria is quite possibly the most un-touristy town in the whole country – meaning it has equally un-touristy prices. It’s got mountains, beaches and forests, which you can enjoy without the hustle and bustle of holiday crowds. It’s a small, laidback town, so come here for a chance to really relax and unwind. 

Strasbourg, France

The city centre in Strasbourg was the first city centre to be classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site, in 1988. In the north east of France, Strasbourg sits on the border with Germany, making it an interesting mix of the two cultures. Whether you prefer wine or beer, pretzels or croissants, Strasbourg is a great place for a getaway. Plus it’s a student town so you can expect to pay student prices!

Hamburg, Germany

You probably wouldn’t think of Germany when you think of budget-friendly, but Hamburg may surprise you. The quirky city has a lot to offer by way of sights to see, and the majority of them are dirt cheap or free. You can walk along the harbourfront, assault your senses at the fish market, check out the second hand shops and flea markets or lounge about a park, and most of the time you won’t have to spend a single euro.

Krakow, Poland

This charming, historic city is popular for weekend breaks. With cheap accommodation and restaurants, there’s nothing to stop you from having an enjoyable city break. If you’re a history fundi then you’ll definitely want to visit Auschwhitz and Schindler’s Factory, or if you’d prefer something not so heart-wrenching you can take a walk along the tree-lined Vistula boulevards. At night, Krakow has a pub or bar on every corner for you to enjoy. 

Budapest, Hungary

For a cultural holiday, visit Budapest. The Hungarian capital has such an interesting history that it is a fascinating place to explore. From relaxing in the baths or painting the town red at night, Budapest is a great holiday destination. It’s a popular destination for hen and stag parties, but as long as you stay away from the tourist hot spots you’ll be able to enjoy a very budget-friendly getaway.

Sumner evening in Budapest
Summer evening over landmarks in Budapest, Hungary

Bratislava, Slovakia

The capital of Slovakia is known as the cheapest city in the world to buy a pint. What’s more, the city is so small it’s compact enough to walk around, so you don’t need to fork out for public transport. With the picturesque Old Town, the peaceful Danube River and the gorgeous Bratislava Castle, there is plenty to do to work up your thirst.

Lisbon, Portugal

While not as cheap as some other destinations, the capital of Portugal is the cheapest capital in western Europe. You can hit the beach, walk the picture-perfect cobbled alleyways or head to one of the many rooftop bars to while away your afternoons. Don’t forget your walking shoes – as well as being the cheapest capital it’s also one of the hilliest!

So there you have it: seven gorgeous European destinations which won’t break the bank. You’re welcome.

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