Europe is a treasure trove of wonderful places. With an irresistible mix of culture, history and landscape, it’s a no-brainer why Europe is notoriously expensive. This is even more so the case when you relate to places like Paris, London and Rome.


However, if you go at the right time and avoid all the big and costly cities, you’ll find that you actually enjoy the place a little bit more without burning a hole in your pocket. What’s more, with low-cost airlines flying people about the continent, it’s now pretty cheap to get around in Europe.


We thought it’d not be fair to tarnish the reputation of Europe with the “expensive” remark, nevertheless. There are still many cheap and cheerful places to visit with lots to offer. Hence, in this blog, we are giving our top 5 budget destinations to travel in Europe.



1. Tallinn, Estonia


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Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, is a beautiful small city with a charming fortress. It sports a stunning juxtaposition of the old and new, with medieval Gothic architecture set next to an urban neighbourhood.


Tallinn is something out of a dream with its pristine coastline, the ‘edge walk’ on its 175-metre TV Tower, and its streets bursting with new-age culture. It also features swathes of wilderness, with a scattering of islands and forested national parks along its long Baltic coastline.


As a UNESCO World Heritage protected site, you’ll get a glimpse of what life used to be including vendors in old clothing, paved streets, and old buildings in Tallinn. It is also a backpackers’ hub, where any amount of budget will do well for what it is worth in the city.


2. Prague, Czech Republic


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The 14th century Prague Castle, statue-lined Charles Bridge, and a selection of striking buildings depicting baroque architecture of centuries past, Prague is the place for affordable accommodation, on-foot exploration, and possibly the best beer in the world.


If Czech Republic‘s winter weather is not an issue to you, it is not hard to find good travel deals and tour most nearby attractions as it offers boundless opportunities for solo travellers and families alike.


If you’ve been to Prague, journey out into the other wonderful cities that the Czech Republic has to offer. For instance, the romantic town of Český Krumlov is a great destination for a weekend getaway. What’s more, it’s out of the hustle and bustle of Prague, so your Euro will go even farther.


3. Porto, Portugal


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For travelers who are considering budget trip in Portugal, Porto is a great option. It is a stunning city known to be budget-friendly with cheap public transport, alleys adorned with graffiti art, and an endless supply of port wine!


At Porto, travelers can relax on the beach or spend the day sipping wine. Picture-perfect panoramas across the coast of Rio Douro are easy to get used to, with every sunset a gift in this relaxing Portuguese city. If you want to save money, head to the museums on Sundays when admission is often free.


Moreover, any travelers with dietary restrictions are able to rest easy at Porto. The city is one of a host of European destinations with abundant vegetarian options as meat-free diets are gaining popularity all across Europe!


4. Budapest, Hungary


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When deciding where to travel cheap in Europe, Budapest is essential. This city is a favorite for budget travelers looking for cheap holiday destinations in Europe, with plenty of affordable hotels and cheap public transport for getting around.


In Budapest, you can gaze at the historic architecture or stop at its famous baths for a truly Hungarian experience. Travelers could expect to explore an eclectic mix of neoclassical, baroque and art nouveau architecture.


Furthermore, the city overflows with hotels and local eateries that offer travelers an authentic taste of Hungarian life without having to spend too much. Ultimately, this magnificent capital of Hungary is a gem in Europe you must not miss!


5. Slovenia


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When trying to think of budget destinations in Europe, look no further than Slovenia. The only country with the word ‘LOVE’ in its name, Slovenia is a beautiful, green nation in central Europe that is reputable for its affordable prices.


With extravagant 18th century architecture including chapels and fortresses, Slovenia is a must-visit, with thousands of karst caves, not too many motor vehicles, and locals who embrace nature.


Cycling and walking are the primary modes of transportation in much of the country. If you’re thirsting for nature, then the lakes, mountains, and a spectacular view of the Julian Alps will prove to be worthy of your time and money!



In a nutshell, the next time you consider travelling on a budget, don’t scratch Europe off the list too quickly. As we can see, there are cheap budget destinations hidden within Europe which you might never know, if not all. Travelling in Europe is never a dream as long as you carefully plan your travel budget.


So how do you feel about our list of budget destinations in Europe? Do we happen to miss any that one must travel once in a lifetime? Feel free to let us know in the comment section below!