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Cheapest Cities to Travel in Europe

Explore European cities without spending too much money

Traveling on a budget is the best way of exploring Europe without spending a fortune. A lot of international travelers want to see this spectacular continent, but not everyone can afford that. Still, you should know that Europe is packed with affordable cities where you won’t have to spend a lot of money to enjoy the best vacation. In the following lines we’ve presented some of its cheapest yet exquisite destinations. Check them out!

Bucharest, Romania

The first city on the list is Bucharest, Romania’s capital and largest city. The metropolis is additionally known as “Little Paris”, so if you’re traveling on a budget, you’ll probably spend around $30 per accommodation and another $20 for food. Prices can be even lower if you’re backpacking and you’re not pretentious when it comes to lodging. Some of Bucharest’s best places of interest are the Village Museum, Herastrau Park, and the Grand Parliament Building. The Romanian Athenaeum is also considered quite impressive due to its Ionic and Baroque architectural influences.

People's House in Bucharest
One of the best known architectural buildings in Bucharest is the People's House

Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia is one of Bulgaria’s most beautiful cities, where travelers will roughly need $25 for accommodation and around $15 for food. As far as the attractions are concerned, the ancient ruins and picturesque sceneries will surely impress you. The National Historical Museum is a great place to find out more about the country’s tumultuous history, while the Alexander Nevski Church commemorates the 200,000 Russian soldiers who lost their lives during the Russian-Turkish Liberation War.

National Theatre in Sofia, Bulgaria
National Theatre Ivan Vazov in Sofia, Bulgaria

Krakow, Poland

Krakow is slowly but surely becoming one of Europe’s main travel spots. Affordable and packed with a lot of cultural attractions, the city is without a doubt breathtaking. If you’re not interested to pay a lot of money on accommodation, then you’re in luck as prices won’t go beyond $30 per night. Make sure to explore the city centre where most pubs and bistros are positioned. Krakow’s best attractions include the Market Square and the outstanding Wawel Royal Castle.

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Rather new on the European travel map, Sarajevo’s mountainous sights are mesmerizing. With 20 Euros per day travelers can enjoy a whole day in the city center, shopping and dining. Surrounded by forests and high heels, the city’s highest peak is Treskavica with 2,088m. Some other attractions worth exploring are the Tobacco Factory, Latin Bridge, the Tunnel Museum, the Jewish and the History Museum.

Europe city at night
Night lights on Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Kiev, Ukraine

The remote position is probably one of the reasons why a day in Kiev won’t cost you more than 209.68 Ukraine hryvnia. The city will delight you with its gorgeous culture, and numerous theatres, religious places, museums, and ruins will present you the rich history of this country. You can’t leave Kiev without visiting the spectacular Saint Sophia Cathedral, and note that it was built to compete against the Hagia Sophia Cathedral in Istanbul. Additionally, you should head to the Museum of the Great Patriotic War, where you will have the possibility to see memorials and weapons that date back to the period of the German-Soviet War.

Panoramic view of Kiev, Ukraine
Panoramic view of Ukraine's capital city, Kiev

Considering the current problems in Ukraine's Crimea and some other parts of Ukraine, it's not a holiday destination you might be looking for. Hopefully these problems will be sorted out soon, for people of Ukraine to get back to their normal lives.

Riga, Latvia

Riga is the capital city of Latvia, and it is situated on the Baltic Sea. You need about 14.60 Latvian lats to spend a perfect day in this town, and a plethora of restaurants and bars are at your disposal, as well as a beautiful old city centre. You should totally stop by the lovely Art Nouveau centre, the Musee Art Nouveau, as well as by the Latvian National Opera if you want to enrich your knowledge.

Latvia's capital, Riga city
Beautiful Riga city is Latvia's capital, with a distinct Baltic atmosphere and buildings

Belgrade, Serbia

The city has a really animated nightlife, as well as a varied and truly astounding architecture. Not to mention that you won’t need more than 20.97 euros per day for accommodation as long as you don’t opt for a luxurious hotel. The Belgrade Fortress is one of the places that you should definitely visit, and the same applies to the Cathedral of Saint Sava.

A bridge on the river Sava in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest is definitely one of the favorite destinations of budget tourists, and it offers visitors a multitude of attractions, such as cathedrals (St Stephen’s Basilica), castles, ruins, and even modern thermal spas and baths. If you want to take a break from everything and forget about all your problems, stop by the Turkish Rudas Spa and you won’t regret it. You can also visit the interesting Aquincum Museum, and all these will cost you 6,930 Hungary forints per day.

Budapest in early evening, Hungary
Early evening lights in Budapest, Hungary's capital

As you can see, there are plenty of great European cities to explore without having to invest a lot of money. Budget traveling can be enjoyed to the fullest as long as you pick the right accommodation places and the most convenient eateries. Europe has great attractions that are free of charge, so at the end of your holiday you’ll be glad to see that you’ll still have some money left.

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