Top 11 European cities for budget travellers
Which cities in Europe are the most suitable if you travel on a tight budget? Let's have a look at 11 destinations worth visiting. These won't make your purse bleed.
The cities are ranked using the Daily Backpacker Index developed by Price of Travel.
Krakow – rich history, cheap bars
Krakow is definitely not a first choice city for tourists traveling to Europe. Having a rich history, you can explore the numerous churches, castles, palaces ans squares, without being pushed around by massive crowds. There are a lot of great deal hotels and the beer is cheaper than anywhere else.
Budapest – numerous spas
Slightly more expensive than Krakow, but still a bargain. After a long day visiting sights at the Castle Hill you can relax in one of the world's famous spas. Hot water springs are located all around Budapest.
Istanbul – a touch of Asia
This is one of the world's greatest historical cities. Lying on the border between Asia and Europe, the sights here are unlike anything else. The city is also famous for its numerous street markets. By European standards, Istanbul is still a very cheap city.
Prague – excellent beer, avoid tourist traps
Prague used to be really cheap back in the day. More and more tourists come every year to visit the unique Prague Castle. If you avoid the busy main routes full of tourist traps, you can have a memorable holiday that won't ruin your budget.
Bruges – a compact medieval city
While this corner of Europe tends to be more expensive, Bruges is an exception. All the main sights are located within a small area and large number of hostels make this city very backpacker-friendly.
Lisbon – great restaurants
Lisbon is cheaper and also less formal than the large cities found in Spain. Sometimes compared to San Francisco, being a port and lying on numerous hills as well. Several great restaurants offer a taste of the famous local cuisine. Don't worry, the meals are not overpriced by European standards.
Berlin – surprisingly affordable
Compared to Munich or Hamburg, Berlin is a much more affordable city. For a real bargain, look for hotels in the eastern part. The main sights can be toured by foot in just one day. If you're looking for something special, our colleagues from Tripomatic have prepared a guide to the best bars for hipsters in Berlin. Go check it out.
London – look for the value
Wonder why we mention London? Staying here can be surprisingly cheap if you know your way around. Finding a decent hostel is not a problem if you avoid the city center. And all the state-run museums are for free.
Athens – the birthplace of the Olympics
The recent Olympics made the prices in Athens sky-rocket. However, the current struggling economy of Greece brought them back to earth. Really good value hotels are now located even near the city center. The world famous Acropolis is just a few steps away.
Madrid – neverending nightlife
We are moving up the rankings, but Madrid is still relatively less expensive compared to other renowned European capitals. During the day, the city has a leisure atmosphere. Everything changes quickly with the coming evening and goes on untill the early morning.
Reykjavik – got a lot cheaper
Iceland has been known for the extreme price level for long. Recently, it got a lot cheaper. That doesn't mean Reykjavik is a cheap city. But taking a day or two stopover, flying to/from the US, is no doubt worthwhile.
Source: Price of Travel
Jiří Parimucha, Feb 24, 2011
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