For The Budget Traveller: The 15 Cheapest Tourist Destinations In Europe

Travelling to Europe doesn't have to hurt your wallet THAT much.

When you think budget travel, Europe isn't exactly the first place your mind goes to. But there are plenty of budget-friendly destinations in Europe, all of them full of gorgeous sights.

Business Insider compiled a list of the most affordable European destinations, taking into account the prices of six items:

  • a cup of coffee
  • a bottle of beer
  • a three-course meal for two with a bottle of house wine
  • a return bus or train transfer from airport to city centre
  • a 48-hour travel card
  • two nights' three-star weekend accommodation for two

Here are the 15 most budget-friendly destinations in Europe:

15. Tallinn, Estonia — US$355.98

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The capital of Estonia, historic Tallin has great museums, amazing architecture, and a vibrant nightlife.

14. Nice, France — US$346.63

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Located in the French Riviera, Nice is the perfect destination for those wanting to explore the Côte d'Azur coastline.

13. Strasbourg, France — US$331.67

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Sitting near the German border, Strasbourg's culture and architecture is a blend of German and French influences.

12. Dubrovnik, Croatia — US$317.23

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Flanked by the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik is known for its distinctive Old Town, which is encircled with stone walls from the 16th century.

11. Valletta, Malta — US$299.80

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The walled city of Valletta is known for museums, palaces, and majestic churches.

10. Lille, France — US$294.94

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Located near the Belgian border, the bustling university city of Lille is a cultural hub accessible to three European hubs.

9. Lisbon, Portugal — US$294.80

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Known for its hilly landscape and pastel-coloured buildings, Portugal's capital boasts great beaches, rich history, and a great art scene.

8. Athens, Greece — US$282.90

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The heart of Ancient Greece, Athens still has landmarks from the 5th century BC, most notably the Acropolis.

7. Prague, Czech Republic — US$282.11

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Nicknamed "the City of a Hundred Spires," Prague is known for its colourful baroque buildings, Gothic churches, and medieval architecture.

6. Moscow, Russia — US$281.80

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The Russian capital is full of magnificent sights like St. Basil's Cathedral and the Red Square, and the performing arts scene in the city is probably among the world's best.

5. Budapest, Hungary — US$259.03

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Bisected by the Danube River, Hungary's capital city boasts awe-inspiring architecture and world-class classical music scene.

4. Warsaw, Poland — US$254.83

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Poland's entire history can be told by its capital city's architecture: from Gothic to communist concrete to modern glass and steel.

3. Riga, Latvia — US$243.03

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Latvia's capital is home to several museums and concert halls, as well as wooden buildings, art nouveau architecture, and a medieval pedestrian-only Old Town.

2. Vilnius, Lithuania — US$233.65

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Vilnius' baroque architecture is what makes it famous, but Lithuania's capital also has a great bar and art scene.

1. Krakow, Poland — US$232.62

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Krakow is Poland's most popular tourist destination, thanks to its rich history, and well-preserved medieval core and Jewish quarter. Plus, it's hella cheap.


Where are you going to next? Will you be going to any of these budget-friendly destinations in Europe?

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