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Best Places to Travel on a Budget in Europe 2020 | Top 10

Traveling in Europe can be expensive! No doubt the small continent is bursting with natural beauty and historic landmarks. However, which means that it attracts hordes of tourists as well. Which, in turn, makes it one of the most expensive continents to travel. However, some places in Europe are much cheaper than the rest. Here are the 10 best places to travel on a budget in Europe.

How did we compose our list of 10 cheapest tourist places in Europe? Well, we compared daily costs for a tourist for all the places. We will mention them accordingly. Here is BookOnBoard’s list:

List of top 10 budget places to travel in Europe

  1. Andalucia, Spain
  2. High Tartars, Slovakia
  3. Transylvania, Romania
  4. Porto, Portugal
  5. Gdansk, Poland
  6. Kotor, Montenegro
  7. Budapest, Hungary
  8. Peloponnese, Greece
  9. Leipzig, Germany
  10. Baltic Coast, Estonia

Andalucia, Spain

The grandest place in our list is taken by the Spanish Andalusian region. This is because of the historic and iconic cities in this region. Such as Seville, Granada, Cordoba, Malaga, etc. The exquisite landmarks and old towns provide no end of tourism opportunities. 

The rich, old cityscape and the local customs also make Andalucia very romantic. It is one of the best places to travel for couples. You can extend your tour to Morocco, which is just a ferry ride away. In this place, you can expect to have a vacation at 60-70 euros daily cost.

High Tartars, Slovakia

The Tartars mountain range is Slovakia’s pride! This is one of the best places to travel for hikers on a budget in Europe. The magnificent mountains contain many biking and hiking trails, with many climbing and trekking opportunities. The small and beautiful local lakes provide some great resting and boating times.

It is a serious wilderness with little tourism infrastructure. Therefore, you are best advised to seek and heed local advice. You can have a great vacation here with only 30-40 euros a day. There are many village resorts and homestays in the quaint little hill stations. These are dotted through the area in many unexpected places. So, you shouldn’t have any trouble trekking through the area. 

Transylvania, Romania

Are you interested in eerie folktales? The home of the legend of Dracula comes from here. Add to that imposing gothic architecture and medieval houses in towns. Hence, you got a great vacation destination here in Transylvania. 

Not only the civilized part, but Transylvania also offers you a lot of natural beauties. You can venture into the wonderful Carpathian mountains and the forests around them. The area offers abundant wildlife and beautiful sceneries. You can expect to spend 20-30 euros every day here.

Porto, Portugal

One of the best places to travel in the winter in Europe is Porto. On the banks of Portugal’s river Duoro, this old city is rich with local customs, food, and wine. All of that you can get at excellent prices. The city is especially noted for its rich variety of local street foods.

This is a pretty, romantic, laid-back city. You can just take a stroll along the streets at any time of the day. Most of these are lined with small, nice restaurants and shops. Simple but fine accommodations beckon from both sides of the river for your stay in Porto. With just 40-50 euros daily, you can have a nice, quiet vacation here.

Gdansk, Poland

Another beautiful little city for your budget Europe holidays is Gdansk. This beautiful Polish coastal city boasts the longest pier in Europe. The golden sand beaches just a little distance away from the city will help you have a nice beach vacation in Europe. The beaches here are comparable to North Carolina beaches in the US.

It is worth noting that this is one of the cheap best places to travel for New Years’ in Europe. You must go to New Year’s Eve celebrations in Dlugie Ogrody Street and on the pier. You can also attend the concerts in the Chelm and Oliwa districts. Children will especially enjoy the celebrations in Targ Weglowy.

Kotor, Montenegro

Ringed by dramatic peaks, Kotor is a beautiful walled town in Montenegro. The labyrinth of streets in this quiet, old, historic port city is half the fun. The other half comes in cheap yet sumptuous local cuisine and wine.

Overlooking the town, St Ivan’s Castle offers a picturesque view of the whole town. August is the best time to visit Kotor for its Boka Nights Festival. You can enjoy the great parades in the streets and waterways. Also, the fireworks are such a sight!

Budapest, Hungary

Although famous and full of tourists all year round, Budapest still comes into our list. Straddling the Danube, the twin cities of Buda and Pest offer one of the major historic regions in Europe. Also, traveling to Budapest will not break your bank! You can enjoy the twin cities for a budget of only 40-50 euros a day.

Pools, fountains, old streets, waterside walks, grand castles, and villas – you have everything in Budapest for a great romantic getaway. As a nightlife, enjoy the famous ruin bars in District VII. Enjoy the cheap yet delicious local wine or spritzer in the baking summer evenings here.

Peloponnese, Greece

Ancient history and spectacular coastlines merge seamlessly in the Peloponnesian peninsula of Greece. You can enjoy the beauty of Olympia and Epidaurus here. Also, you can have some great beach activities on the many secluded beaches around the area.

Fairytale-like train journeys are one of the great attractions here. You can also enjoy the nice medieval villages and Byzantine towns with wonderful local customs. Not only that, but the area also offers some great hiking and climbing opportunities. For as low as 30-40 euros, you can have a great greek holiday here. This makes it one of the best places to travel on a budget in Europe.

Leipzig, Germany

Germany comes on our list for a great reason. That is, this is the only country around that has lower living costs than their minimum wages. Moreover, East Germany is significantly better at this management than the West. 

As such, Leipzig offers you some great tourism opportunities at the best prices. The city has long nourished a fiercely independent spirit. In fact, it is they who kickstarted the 1989 protests for the country’s reunification. The city offers a thriving but offbeat nightlife. It is also rich in vibrant culture and arts that are constantly in flux. Your vacation in Leipzig shouldn’t cost more than 50-60 euros daily.

Baltic Coast, Estonia

Small, beautiful, and romantic Estonia! The beautiful Baltic coastline combined with wide swathes of forests will provide a lot of ecotourism opportunities here. Tallinn is the most popular tourist city here. 

Only an hour away, the Lahemaa National Park beckons hikers and bikers with abundant wildlife and great natural beauty. The Mannkjarv Hiking Trail is famous here. Windswept beaches and hidden coves, tiny fishing villages, and the occasional scenic farmhouse will pull at your heartstrings. Parnu has affordable beach resorts as well. Also, you can find very pocket-friendly spas on the island of Saaremaa.

FAQs about traveling Europe on a Budget

What is the cheapest way to get around Europe?

Trains and buses are your best bets here. Public transportation in Europe is often top-notch, and cheap too. Trains are slightly costlier than Buses. But with a Eurail Pass, you can mitigate that. Also, most Europeans are friendly people. For this reason, if you are hiking through the countrysides, you can often get hitchhiking rides. With a dollop of conversation.

How much will it cost for a 2-week vacation in Europe?

At the budget that we have estimated, you should not be costing more than $4000. This includes local transportation, accommodations, and attractions. But you can reduce this even more. For example, you can reduce much transport costs by using season passes, or by hitchhiking. 

For my European travels, is it better to book a package tour or to go on my own?

Honestly, this depends upon your requirements for the trip. Maybe you are looking for a laid-back, slow tour of a region with a few days of stays at each location. Then, you have to do it on your own. Because most package tours don’t allow tourists to stay in one place for long. This hampers the time to enjoy a place properly. 

However, if you are in a hurry to touch as many attractions in as little time as possible, then you should book a package tour. There are many popular and cheap tour packages in Europe.

How can I reduce my Europe tour costs?

Here are a few great tips for lowering your budget for your travel to Europe.

Hostels are better than hotels: 

This is the best for a solo traveler or a group. In Europe, hostels are comfortable, clean and mostly in great condition. So why would you spend a lot at expensive hotels? Or worse, get swindled at cheap hotels? Also, hostels can be in great locations. For example, there is a hostel in Nuremberg, Germany in a 500-year old castle! Popular web portals like HostelWorld lets you book them easily all over Europe.

Car-sharing service: 

Services like BlaBlaCar or offer great share travel options throughout most of Europe. This way, you save a lot and they make some money on the way. It is often cheaper than taking the trains. Also, you might have a kind driver who is willing to stop at the local important spots on the way.

Free Walking Tour: 

Most European cities have a free walking tour for visitors. They are not worse in quality than the paid versions, either. If you are spending your vacation in a European city, you should definitely book a free walking tour.

All-inclusive City Cards: 

Most cities in Europe offer one all-inclusive budget card that contains admissions to most of the city’s attractions. This is often significantly cheaper than the costs of visiting the attractions separately. 

Travel Off-season: 

This is a no-brainer. Avoiding the crowded season will get you cheaper rates in most tourism costs. Though you might miss a few seasonal activities and sensations, you aren’t missing the place itself. This is especially true for visiting historic cities in Europe.

Street dining: 

Many European cities and towns offer sumptuous but cheap meals at small cafes, bistros, and restaurants. These are always significantly cheaper than upscale dining establishments. They are almost always safe too.


This is a great option to save money if you are opting for a homestay or housesitting. A visit to the local farmers market will be good for both your mind and your pocket. Also, it is the safest dining option.

Take night bus/trains: 

Often, you can find that bus or train fairs at night are significantly cheaper than their daytime options. This can save you a lot of money while traveling. Also, you can sleep on many of the trips. That means you won’t get bored on long travels. You would save time as well.

Wrapping Up

Europe is a great holiday destination. As such, it offers a plethora of all kinds of tourism opportunities. A trip to Europe can be costly. However, here in BookOnBoard, we have gathered some great options for the best places to travel on a budget in Europe. Please let us know your thoughts and suggestions in the comments section below.

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