Top European city breaks on a budget

Dying to see more of Europe but can’t afford the high costs that come with visiting the likes of Paris, London and Rome? In this list you’ll find the top budget friendly travel destinations in Europe.

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  1. Budapest, Hungary

Budapest is a city filled of beautiful architecture and outstanding nightlife. Known to be a top pick for Hen and Stag do’s – there’s far more to this charming city than just the cheap drinks (£0.80 – £1.50 for a beer) and a myriad of happy hours. You’ll spend days exploring all the amazing local attractions, from Gellért Baths, Heroes’ Square, and walking down the Danube promenade – you sure won’t get bored in this fascinating city.

You can stay in an Air B&B from just £16 per night, or a 3* budget hotel starting from as little as £20 per night. A cappuccino will set you back between £1-£1.80, and a delicious evening meal at a Hungarian restaurant ranges between £5-£8. Many of the tourist attractions are available to see at very little to no cost, and the £20 you’ll splash out on if you want to visit the Gellert Baths will be evened out by the sites you can see completely free of charge, and the big lunch courses you can get from as little as £3.

2. Warsaw, Poland

The capital of Poland should definitely have a place on your travel checklist regardless of your budget. This history rich city was once seen as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, even earning its title of the ‘Paris of the East’ until it unfortunately got destroyed during World War 2. However, it has since built itself back up, and has risen to be one of the top must see city destinations in Europe.

With a multitude of free tourist sports, from walking through the fascinating old town to exploring the wide variety of free-entry museums, and climbing to the top the of the town observation tower for the best view of Warsaw, you’ll have a full itinerary that won’t break the bank.

Prices start at £17/night for an Air B&B, and around £25 for a 3* hotel. Around £5-£7 for a meal in an inexpensive restaurant, and beers start at around £1.40 for a pint, with coffee prices around the same. Plus, it’s a super walkable city, so transportation prices around are essentially non existent!

3. Prague, Czech Republic

The capital of Czech Republic known for its colourful old town square, its historical gothic churches, and the 600 year old astronomical clock is an unforgettable destination. So take a stroll over the Charles bridge and lock eyes with the statues of catholic saints it’s lined with.

Prague is a great budget option for families, with plenty of sightseeing options and day trips for every age. The Prague zoo is known as one of the most beautiful in the world, and costs only £4.99 for children under 15, and £6.66 for adults, which is a phenomenal price compared to most others. There is also the great National Technical museum, costing just £12.32 for a family ticket (up to 2 adults and 3 children).

The food and drink prices are also very reasonable, the average price for a pint of beer being £1.20, and a large meal between £4.50-£7. Accommodation in Prague is especially cheap, with Airbnb’s starting at just £16 per night, and 3* hotels starting at £20.

Don’t miss out visiting this fascinating city and immersing yourself in the medieval feel it has to offer.

4. Paphos, Cyprus

The Tombs of the Kings

Situated on the Southwest coast of Cyprus, Paphos is filled with sites relating to the Goddess Aphrodite – the Goddess of love and beauty, where it is known to be her birthplace. Covered in the ancient ruins of the tombs and fortresses, the sights in Paphos are unlike any other.

Whether you take yourself to the rocks where Aphrodite was said to have rose from, the Tombs of the Kings, or exploring the Kato Paphos Archaeological Park, you’ll be sure to satisfy all your history and mythology needs. However there is far more to see to this city, with gorge walking, quad biking, and turtle watching also available, you won’t be falling short on adventure.

Prices start at around £1.60 for a pint of beer, with an evening meal costing around £6.50-£9. You can bag yourself an Airbnb for as cheap as £18 per night and 3* hotels starting from as little as £26.

5. Seville, Spain

As one of the biggest cities in Spain, there’s no shortage of things to do and see. Amongst the many other Spanish cities, Seville deserves a place on this list due to its beautiful scenery and landmarks, and for being such a cheap price compared to the likes of Barcelona and Madrid.

It is famous for flamenco dancing, with shows on at any given day across the city. Treat yourself to a delicious and filling classic tapas, coming in at no more than £7-£10 with beer and wine included. Walking through the city you will experience many different cultures, so take a stroll through Plaza de España and let it capture your heart.

Rent a bike for as little as a few euros, to explore the beautiful village of Barrio Santa Cruz. Explore free cathedrals and enjoy happy hour on rooftops throughout the city, this City really will steal your heart (but not your cash!)

Beers start at around £0.90 per pint, with Airbnb’s starting at around £24 per night and 3* hotels starting at around £28. This place is so beautiful, they even filmed parts of Game of Thrones season 5 here!

6. Sofia, Bulgaria

Surprisingly under the radar for tourism, Bulgarias capital is filled with landmarks which reflect over 2000 years of history. With a laid back and friendly atmosphere, it’s the perfect destination for a city break which will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed.

Get yourself to the National History Museum to soak up all the city’s culture, and consider going during summer so you can experience the city’s festivals and live music performances. If you enjoy opera performances, you can bag yourself a seat at the Sofia Opera House starting from as little as £5.

Whilst your there, grab yourself some Rakia – the national Bulgarian drink, and sit back and relax what this amazing city has to offer. Beers average around only £0.80 a pint! A restaurant meal at an inexpensive eatery averages at around £5.60, and Airbnb’s you can find from £16 per night. Budget 3* hotels start at £24 per night.

7. Bologna, Italy

Situated in northern Italy, the charming city is home to an abundance of medieval and Renaissance structures. Spend your time relaxing by the fountain of Neptune and immerse yourself amongst the amazing Italian locals and tourists from across the globe.

Head to Piazza Maggiore to chose a delicious affordable restaurant to sample some of the best food Italy has to offer, and then burn off the calories with a climb up Asinelli Tower for some of the best views in the city for only £4.50.

Alcohol is not the most affordable option here – with beer coming in at between £3-£4 per pint, a glass of wine for about £5, and a cocktail between £7-£9. However this price will be made up for by the high volumes of free activities, tourist spots, and cheap food – around £10 a meal. Air bnb’s start at around £29 and 3* budget hotels around £40.

Although this is most expensive on the list it’s a bargain for how magical this city truly is, and definitely somewhere worth the extra pennies.

8. Krakow, Poland

An absolute must for any traveller on a budget, this charming city offers cobble lined streets with horses and carriages and stunning architecture covering the streets. Everywhere you look you will be amazed by the beautiful sights.

Go to Market Square in the heart of Krakow to explore cafes, bars, and sign up to walking tours around the city, and be amazed by how full your wallet will be at the end of it. Look at getting a two course meal with a beer for as little as £10! Take yourself to milk bars to really stretch your money further. Wawel castle – once home to Polish Kings and Queens, should definitely be on your to do list.

With glasses of wine for less than £2.50 and a pint of beer for £1.80, you really can’t complain about the prices. Airbnb’s start at £17 per night, and you can look at getting a 3* hotel from as little as £23!

9. Porto, Portugal

This colourful city will mesmerise you from the second you arrive. Take yourself for a stroll through Cais da Ribeira, Porto’s riverside area for the perfect photo opportunity and a range of bars and restaurants.

You’ll find yourself admiring beautiful churches and cathedrals on every corner, but definitely make time to see the Church of São Francisco and Porto Cathedral on your visit. Jardins do Palácio de Cristal is a must see building, and if all this sightseeing makes you tired, stop at one of Porto’s many breathtaking beaches to relax. Best of all, all of these sights are completely free.

Prices for your average pint of beer costs around £1.80, and you can grab yourself a cappuccino for £1.40. Get a meal at an inexpensive restaurant for around £7, and then go back to your airbnb which you can get from as little as £17 per night, or a 3* hotel starting at £21 per night.

10. Finally, this list wouldn’t be complete without featuring a French city…

Montpellier, France

France, the country with amazing sights and even more amazing locals, Montpellier gives you the opportunity to experience the amazing culture, food and wine without breaking the bank.

Located in southern France, this stunning city is made up of gothic style architecture. Whether you spend time at it’s zoo and aquariums, beaches located just 15km away from the centre, or just spend your time wandering the city taking in the breathtaking landmarks, It’s a must see destination. Go and see the Promenade de Peyrou, which has been standing since the 18th century, and the beautiful Triumphal Arch, then get yourself a delicious French meal for £10, and a glass of local wine from as low as £3 (even cheaper when you take advantage of the great happy hours)

Airnb’s start from £20 per night, and you can get a 3* hotel for as low as £29. So go and book your flight and count down the days until you can explore everything Montpellier has to offer.

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