Cheapest Countries to Travel in Europe in 2023

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Traveling in Europe is considered by many to be notoriously expensive when compared with places like Asia, South America and Africa, for example.

It’s widely known that Northern and Western Europe are among the costliest places on earth, whereas Eastern Europe is more suited for budget travel.

You might be surprised to find that some Western European countries made it onto this list – and though they won’t be the cheapest on the list, they are almost certainly the cheapest Western European countries you can visit.

Moreover, there are a number of factors that determine how cheap a visit to each country will be, including: the places you visit, the, time of the year you go, the mode of transport you use, where you eat, and even things like spotting a bargain, and knowing when you’re being overcharged.

And so, from my own travel experiences, careful research, and advice from friends in different countries, I’ve put together this list of the cheapest places you can visit in Europe based on shoe-string and mid-range averages, cheapest activities (ie: skiing), and cheapest countries to travel in the Schengen Area and in western Europe (the countries are not in ranking order).

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Budget Travel Guide: 

 

The daily prices below are aggregated and averaged from thousands of real travellers from Budget Your Trip, as well as various other sources, updated as of October 2022. The daily average is in USD and based on a shoestring budget (low range) to mid-range accommodation (high range).

This is a general guide only, so it is possible to spend less than the daily averages displayed here, or you can even spend more, to suit your trip.

Cheapest Countries to Travel in Europe in 2023

1. Romania

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Brasov, Romania

Romania is one of those European destinations that’s been growing in popularity whilst still retaining its position among the cheapest countries in Europe to visit.

Popular landmarks include Dracula’s 14th Century Bran Castle in Brasov, which is still very affordable if you visit as part of a sightseeing day tour or don’t mind the slow train connections out of Bucharest. Although not always in the best condition, Romania’s trains are nonetheless safe and very cheap.

In the capital, numerous stunning landmarks such as the 15th Centre Old Town, Revolution Square, and Romania’s own Arc of Triumph, are either free or very cheap to visit.

In the warmer months, renting a bike is a great way to explore smaller cities like Cluj-Napoca, or you can join one of many free walking tours that leave from the centre of town.

Places to visit: Bucharest (capital), Brasov, Cluj-Napoca

Average Prices:
  • Cup of coffee: $1-2
  • Beer: $2
  • Meals (budget): $8 per day
  • Meals (mid-range): $20 per day
  • Budget hostel: $9 per night
  • Mid-range hotel: $45 per night
  • Local transport (taxi, buses): $6-15 per day
  • City-to-city travel: $11-25
  • Entertainment: $3-7 per day
Travel Tip: Eating out is cheap in Romania. Street stalls offer hearty and large portions of authentic, local specialities such as sarmale (cabbage rolls) and cozonac (sweet bread), or the mamaliga (polenta served with sour cream and strong cheese). Eating in is also cheap – many restaurants still do set lunch menus for USD4.
 
Daily Average: $28 (budget), $60 (mid-range)

2. Serbia

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Belgrade, Serbia

The Balkan nation of Serbia is one of the cheapest European places you can travel to – ranking fifth on this list.

The capital, Belgrade, is not only one of the cheapest capitals to visit in Europe, but also one the most developed cities in the region – with its excellent transport network, new and old towns complimenting each other, it has a host of museums and monuments, international shops, cool boutiques, cosy cafes and amazing food outlets, add to that an impressive, highly political street art scene intertwined throughout the alleys and streets, oh and did I mention a vibrant nightlife?

Leaving the capital you’ll discover a slower-paced lifestyle in cities like Nis and Leskovac, where prices also drop further. Novi Sad is famous for its medieval fortress and gorgeous river promenade.

Outdoor adventurers will love hiking spots such as Tara Mountain, and those wishing to go skiing will be pleased to discover that Kopaonik is among the cheapest ski resorts in Europe.

Places to visit: Belgrade (capital), Novi Sad, Nis

Average Prices:
  • Cup of coffee: $0.80
  • Beer: $0.70
  • Meals (budget): $3 per day
  • Meals (mid-range): $6.80 per day
  • Budget hostel: $6.80 per night
  • Mid-range hotel: $35 per night
  • Local transport (taxi, buses): $1.70-4 per day
  • City-to-city travel: $0.50-1
  • Entertainment: $1.50-3.25 per day

Did you know: Serbia is the birthplace of Nikola Tesla – one of the world’s greatest scientists. There’s a museum in Belgrade dedicated to him.

Daily Average: $10 (budget), $23 (mid-range)

3. Bosnia & Herzegovina

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Mostar, Bosnia

The former Yugoslavian country of Bosnia & Herzegovina is full of hidden gems that has pleasantly surprised many backpackers traveling Europe.

I was blown away when I visited Bosnia in 2015 and I highly recommend it. The capital, Sarajevo, has an impressive mix of culture and nightlife. Venturing out into the country, you’ll be amazed by quiet little gems like Tuzla, Visegrad, and of course Mostar – which is seeing an increasing number of tourists due to its iconic bridge.

Dining in fairly cheap here, but sticking to traditional and regional Bosnian cuisine will save you even more, you can find these in smaller cafes and street stalls.

For authentic and cheap food, look for places serving Ćevapi (kebabs), Đuveč (vegetable stew), and Pljeskavica (grilled patties).

Places to visit: Sarajevo (capital), Tuzla, Blagaj, Mostar

Average Prices:
  • Cup of coffee: $0.80
  • Beer: $0.70
  • Meals (budget): $9 per day
  • Meals (mid-range): $20 per day
  • Budget hostel: $9.50 per night
  • Mid-range hotel: $45 per night
  • Local transport (taxi, buses): $2.50-6 per day
  • City-to-city travel: $6.50-15
  • Entertainment: $2.80-6.50 per day
Daily Average: $19 (budget), $48 (mid-range)
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4. Turkey

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Cappadocia, Turkey

One of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, and yet Turkey is surprisingly also one of the cheapest countries in the world, that you can visit.

In fact, Turkey ranks fourth on this list of cheapest countries to travel in Europe – above the likes of  Serbia and Albania! This is incredible considering how touristy Turkey is compared to the Balkan states, for instance.

It boasts everything from rich Roman and Ottoman history, stunning white sand beaches, amazing food, breathtaking waterfalls, colourful bazaars and intricately impressive Islamic architecture, the list goes on.

Aside from the wealth of cultural museums and landmarks of Istanbul, you’ll find gems like Izmir, Antalya, and Cappadocia with its hot-air balloon filled skies, and you’ll be amazed how easy it is to enjoy these places on a shoestring budget.

Places to visit: Istanbul, Izmir, Alanya, Cappadocia

Average Prices:
  • Cup of coffee: $1
  • Beer: $1
  • Meals (budget): $2.50 per day
  • Meals (mid-range): $7.30 per day
  • Budget hostel: $4 per night
  • Mid-range hotel: $19 per night
  • Local transport (taxi, buses): $1.30-3.60 per day
  • City-to-city travel: $8.50-23
  • Entertainment: $3.30-9 per day
Daily Average: $9 (budget), $25 (mid-range)

5. Montenegro

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Kotor, Montenegro

Another hidden gem of Europe, Montenegro is a tiny Balkan state with rugged mountains, medieval villages and some impressive beaches along its Adriatic coastline.

There’s enough attractions here to keep visitors entertained for at least a couple of days. Most of the attractions are free to enter in Montenegro, and this coupled with cheap beach apartments and hotels, makes Montenegro one of the cheapest countries to travel to in Europe, and one of the best vacation destinations for all types – budget backpackers and families alike.

Some of Montenegro’s best features include the coastal towns of Budva and Herceg Novi, and if you go inland you’ll discover glacial lakes, rugged mountains and UNESCO walled towns, perhaps the best of these being Crno Jezero, a mountain lake surrounded by vast, bluish-green forest, an absolutely stunning destination for hiking and swimming, and it’s totally free to enjoy. Bonus.

Places to visit: Kotor, Budva, Crno Jezero

Average Prices:
  • Cup of coffee: $1-2
  • Beer: $1.50
  • Meals (budget): $12 per day
  • Meals (mid-range): $28 per day
  • Budget hostel: $14 per night
  • Mid-range hotel: $57 per night
  • Local transport (taxi, buses): $5-13 per day
  • City-to-city travel: $22-46
  • Entertainment: $5-13 per day

Travel Tip: The further inland you go in Montenegro, the cheaper everything gets.

Daily Average: $34 (budget), $71 (mid-range)

6. Poland

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Wroclaw, Poland

The Central European nation of Poland is the cheapest Schengen country in Europe and ranks in the top 10 cheapest countries on the continent – and given the prices of food, travel and accommodation here, it’s no wonder.

Indeed, even flights into Poland are crazy cheap – I personally booked return flights from Birmingham to Warsaw for less than £30 (30USD) and discovered that a short trip here costs much less than a weekend trip to the Cotswolds, UK – just down the road from where I live!

Besides the costs, you’ll find a wealth of history in cities like Warsaw, Krakow and Gdansk, which also feature instagrammable old towns and prominent castles. Another thing Poland is famous for is its dozens of national parks, like Ojcowski National Park near Krakow, which has some stunning caves that are well worth a visit.

Places to visit: Gdansk, Wroclaw, Krakow, Warsaw (capital)

Average Prices:
  • Cup of coffee: $1.50
  • Beer: $1
  • Meals (budget): $4.50 per day
  • Meals (mid-range): $11 per day
  • Budget hostel: $9 per night
  • Mid-range hotel: $45 per night
  • Local transport (taxi, buses): $1.60-3.90 per day
  • City-to-city travel: $6.50-17
  • Entertainment: $2-6 per day

Travel Tip: The cheapest option for eating out in Poland is to eat at a Bary mleczne (milk bar) – much cheaper than typical restaurants and offer delicious homemade local dishes such as the pierogi and the szarlotka desert.

Daily Average: $17 (budget), $41 (mid-range)

7. Ukraine

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Kyiv, Ukraine
Note: Ukraine featured in the original list until the current conflict brought tourism to a halt there. The original text is shown here.

Europe’s largest and easternmost country, Ukraine is sprinkled with gorgeous towns and cities, each packed with impressive, enormous Orthodox churches, chic cafes, and museums that hold stories to the country’s eventful past.

Ukraine is one of the cheapest countries in the world to visit, ranking third cheapest in Europe, and is also one of Europe’s most unexplored countries. This combination makes the country the ultimate European bucket list destination for budget travelers and backpackers alike.

A visit to Kyiv in 2019 left me speechless when I saw the prices of everything – from cappuccinos to Uber fares, restaurants to hotels. For a grand and glitzy city, I was expecting higher costs, needless to say I was not disappointed.

There’s more to the Ukraine than those countless (yet beautiful) shiny Orthodox churches. This diverse country has relics of its Soviet and Kievan past, breathtaking countryside, and an old nuclear site that’s becoming one of the hottest tourist spots in Europe, thanks to the Chernobyl TV documentary.

Places to visit: Kyiv (capital), Lviv, Odessa Catacombs

Average Prices:
  • Cup of coffee: $0.70
  • Beer: $0.80
  • Meals (budget): $2 per day
  • Meals (mid-range): $4.80 per day
  • Budget hostel: $6 per night
  • Mid-range hotel: $26 per night
  • Local transport (taxi, buses): $0.30-0.80 per day
  • City-to-city travel: $4.40-16
  • Entertainment: $0.65-1.50 per day

Travel tip: there are numerous free things you can do in Kyiv: you can visit the open-air museums, check out the Main Astronomical Observatory, catch panoramic views of the city at St. Volodomyr Hill, and discover over 150 impressive street murals.

Daily Average: $9 (budget), $22 (mid-range)

8. Albania

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Shkodra, Albania

Not only one of Europe’s cheapest destinations, Albania continues to stay below the radar of tourists, and is one of the most surprising hidden gems on the continent.

This gives Albania a huge advantage – with its long coastline of pristine beaches and turquoise waters known as the Albanian Riviera, gorgeous summer weather, plenty of historical sights and stunning nature, the country is a treasure trove for those longing for offbeat and secluded destinations, and one of the finest backpacking Europe destinations.

To stretch your budget even further, avoid the summer months on the coastal regions, opting for the shoulder months instead (April to early June, and September), it’ll still be warm enough to sunbathe and swim in the sea, and you’ll enjoy extra discounts plus avoid the crowds.

Albania is still a developing country but is very safe nonetheless. Its infrastructure has improved in recent years making travel there much easier.

Places to visit: Tirana (capital), Berat, Albanien Riviera

Average Prices:
  • Cup of coffee: $1-2
  • Beer: $1.50
  • Meals (budget): $5 per day
  • Meals (mid-range): $13 per day
  • Budget hostel: $7 per night
  • Mid-range hotel: $33 per night
  • Local transport (taxi, buses): $3.50-9 per day
  • City-to-city travel: $3-7
  • Entertainment: $2-5 per day

Travel Tip: Local bakeries are a superb option if you’re looking to save money as you can pick up variety of local pastries, such as the traditional spinach-and-cheese-filled Byrek, for pennies.

Daily Average: $18 (budget), $40 (mid-range)
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9. North Macedonia

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Ohrid, North Macedonia

North Macedonia (formerly known as Macedonia until 2019), is another one of those Balkan states that doesn’t appear on most typical tourists’ trip itinerary, yet this tiny landmarked state is actually steeped in history and a wealth of culture.

What’s more, there’s delicious food, adorable little towns and picturesque landscapes to rival its neighbours, the capital Skopje has numerous statues, museums and other cultural landmarks. North Macedonia makes the ideal budget travel holiday for families, couples and solo travellers alike.

One of the more popular spots in the country is Lake Ohrid, one of Europe’s oldest and deepest lakes. There are countless churches worth a visit here and the local food is not only delicious but extremely cheap too – at 4-6USD a meal in a restaurant. Other worthy spots include the lovely town of Bitola, and Marko’s Towers in Prilep.

Places to visit: Skopje (capital), Lake Ohrid, Bitola

Average Prices:
  • Cup of coffee: $1-2
  • Beer: $1.50
  • Meals (budget): $8 per day
  • Meals (mid-range): $20 per day
  • Budget hostel: $18 per night
  • Mid-range hotel: $80 per night
  • Local transport (taxi, buses): $2-4.60 per day
  • City-to-city travel: $3.50-8
  • Entertainment: $3-6 per day

Travel Tip: Be sure to try the local Macedonian cuisine like the sarma (cabbage rolls), pita (stuffed pie), tavce na gravce (beans cooked in a skillet), and pastrmajlija (fried dough pie).

Daily Average: $33 (budget), $65 (mid-range)

10. Georgia

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Gergeti Trinity Church, Georgia

Georgia – the Caucasian country that sits between the European and Asian continents, is often overlooked by travellers, but shouldn’t be.

For budget travellers, there’s a very good reason to visit Georgia – at just $9 a day, it tops this list as THE cheapest country to travel in Europe!

Often mistaken by the US state of the same name, Georgia is known by some as the former Soviet republic and birthplace of Stalin, but there’s way more to Georgia than that. The country is culturally rich, the food is underrated, the mountain hikes are some of the best in Europe, and it even has its own, beautifully unique language structure that looks completely different from Latin or Cyrillic.

Take Gergeti for instance – the iconic medieval church that is Gergeti Trinity Church (as seen in above image) – perched on a hill against the backdrop of the most insane mountain landscape, is a sight to behold.

Low tourism is a major factor why everything is so cheap here. It’s well worth exploring Georgia before tourism really kicks off here.

Places to visit: Tbilisi (capital), Batumi, Mtskheta

Average Prices:
  • Cup of coffee: $1
  • Beer: $0.80
  • Meals (budget): $2.80 per day
  • Meals (mid-range): $7 per day
  • Budget hostel: $3 per night
  • Mid-range hotel: $18 per night
  • Local transport (taxi, buses): $1.60-4 per day
  • City-to-city travel: $9.20-29
  • Entertainment: $4-10 per day
 

Travel Tip: Although accommodation is already cheap, Coachsurfing offers FREE stays for those looking to stretch their budget even further. It’s becoming more popular in Georgia due to the generous and hospitable nature of Georgians.

Daily Average: $9 (budget), $22 (mid-range)
(Georgia can set you back less than 10 US Dollars a day!)
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11. Armenia

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Tatev, Armenia

Armenia sits in the Caucasus mountain region, straddling Europe and Asia. It is another one of those destinations with super low tourism, yet is packed with so much natural beauty and hidden gems.

There’s a picturesque, mountainous landscape and fascinating architecture, Armenia is also considered to be the earliest civilisation in Christendom, with Armenian being one of the first languages into which the Bible was translated.

Plus, there’s another reason Armenia is the perfect destination for budget backpackers: it is SECOND on this list of cheapest countries to visit, and it borders Georgia, which ranks FIRST on this list, so geographically, the two countries could easily make the perfect itinerary for an ultra-budget, multi-country adventure!

Places to visit: Yerevan (capital), Lake Sevan, Ararat, Gergeti

Average Prices:
  • Cup of coffee: $1
  • Beer: $0.80
  • Meals (budget): $4.50 per day
  • Meals (mid-range): $9.80 per day
  • Budget hostel: $4.50 per night
  • Mid-range hotel: $20 per night
  • Local transport (taxi, buses): $1-2.80 per day
  • City-to-city travel: $3.90-9.50
  • Entertainment: $0.50-1.30 per day
Travel Tip: Include Armenia in a backpacking Caucasus itinerary along with Georgia and Azerbaijan, for the ultimate budget adventure trip.
 
Daily Average: $9.50 (budget), $22 (mid-range)
(On a tight budget, Armenia also costs less than 10 US Dollars a day!)

12. Portugal

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Porto, Portugal

One of the more surprising entries on this post, Portugal with its surfer beaches and boldly-coloured, photogenic towns is one of the 15 cheapest countries in Europe, and it all depends on where and what you spend on. 

While prices in the centre of the capital Lisbon and in Porto have increased in recent years, you can find cheap hostel and even budget hotel options, and affordable, very delicious food, especially in the countryside and along the Atlantic coastline.

Food and accommodation will make up the biggest expense of your trip, though if you visit outside of the peak summer season, costs will drop considerably. If you visit between November to February, prices drop even more, though the 17-18C temperatures mean swimming in the sea won’t be ideal.

Places to visit: Porto, Lisbon (capital), Coimbra

Average Prices:
  • Cup of coffee: $2
  • Beer: $2
  • Meals (budget): $13 per day
  • Meals (mid-range): $31 per day
  • Budget hostel: $19 per night
  • Mid-range hotel: $82 per night
  • Local transport (taxi, buses): $8-20 per day
  • City-to-city travel: $26-70
  • Entertainment: $6.60-16 per day

Travel Tip: Head further inland and you can find set meals (pratos do dia) for as little as 6 euros.

Daily Average: $43 (budget), $95 (mid-range)

13. Bulgaria

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Sofia, Bulgaria

Golden-domed orthodox churches and Soviet-era architecture springs to mind – but there is far more to Bulgaria than the cities and their famed historical structures. 

Take for instance the Seven Rila Lakes and the sleepy mountain lodges with surprisingly cheap rates of under 15USD a night. There is also Bansko – a mountainous town famed for being one of the cheapest ski resorts in Europe.

In the summertime, enjoy the deep water of the Black Sea at beach destinations such as Varna, Nessebar, and Sunny Beach. During the off-season however, prices drop steeply, allowing you to eat, ski, and travel around the country at a tenth of the cost you’d pay in Western Europe.

It’s easy to see why Bulgaria tops the list of inexpensive countries to visit in Europe, with everything from flights, accommodation, and activities costing a fraction of what you would pay in the West.

Places to visit: Sofia (capital), Varna, Seven Rila Lakes

Average Prices:
  • Cup of coffee: $2
  • Beer: $2
  • Meals (budget): $5 per day
  • Meals (mid-range): $12 per day
  • Budget hostel: $10 per night
  • Mid-range hotel: $50 per night
  • Local transport (taxi, buses): $4-9.90 per day
  • City-to-city travel: $9.90-25
  • Entertainment: $3-7 per day

Travel Tip: While food is a little on the costly side with a typical restaurant meal costing 7USD and beer costing 2.5USD, accommodation is surprisingly cheap – hostels average 10USD a night and a 3-star hotel sets you back approx 12-15USD a night.

Daily Average: $20 (budget), $50 (mid-range)

Don’t forget to book travel insurance

It goes without saying really that when you travel in Europe and beyond, travel insurance is super important.

I never always bothered though. For years I travelled without insurance as I thought, “what could happen?”

Well, I once got my bag stolen in Vietnam and I had an electric shock in a hostel bathroom in Mexico. What if you’re hiking up a mountain and your appendix suddenly bursts, leaving you in excruciating pain and requiring emergency treatment? Anything could happen.

I use World Nomads for comprehensive cover and convenience at great prices on all my travels, and I never set out without it.

14. Hungary

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Budapest, Hungary

Although Hungary is one of the most expensive countries in Eastern Europe, it’s still considerably much cheaper than major destinations in the western half of the continent.

The capital, Budapest, is home to a long list of attractions that are completely free, such as exploring the Castle Hill area and walking the suspension bridge across the Danube. And whilst some of the attractions in the Castle area, like the Buda Castle and the underground Castle Labyrinth, aren’t free to visit, they are still quite affordable. This makes Budapest one of the cheapest cities in Europe to travel.

Some of the best ways to save money whilst having a memorable trip is to eat street food, and explore the neo-Gothic Great Market Hall, Budapest’s oldest indoor market where you can discover budget souvenirs and cheap snacks. And if you visit in June you can visit many of the city landmarks for free.

Places to visit: Budapest (capital), Tihany, Bükk Mountains

Average Prices:
  • Cup of coffee: $1-2
  • Beer: $1.50
  • Meals (budget): $6 per day
  • Meals (mid-range): $15 per day
  • Budget hostel: $11 per night
  • Mid-range hotel: $54 per night
  • Local transport (taxi, buses): $3.30-8 per day
  • City-to-city travel: $13-34
  • Entertainment: $4-11 per day

Travel Tip: Venture out from the capital and things get much cheaper – the lake resort town of Tihany and the outdoor adventure region of the Bükk Mountains, have surprisingly cheap prices all year round.

Daily Average: $21 (budget), $55 (mid-range)

15. Italy

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Positano on the Amalfi Coast, Italy

Wait, Italy?! Yes, hear me out – if you skip the tourism heavy northern powerhouses of Venice, Milan, Florence and Rome, go into the southern region, you’ll discover a different economy. Hence, Italy is one of the cheapest countries to travel in the Schengen Area and Western Europe.

You’ll be amazed at how different the south is from the north – it’s a far quieter side of the country, much more traditional and slower paced, plus, if you stick to one region you can avoid having to pay for expensive inter-city train and plane fares.

Among the best-value spots in Italy is the sun-soaked coastal region of Puglia where you can enjoy the sandy beaches of the Gargano Peninsula and the historic town of Lecce, known for its impressive baroque buildings. Consider visiting during the shoulder months (March-May and Sept-Nov) for better deals and discounts on accommodation, and even prices in the winter months.

Of the major European holiday destinations (France, Italy, Spain and Greece), Italy is by and large the most affordable.

Places to visit: Puglia region, the Amalfi coast, Naples

Average Prices:
  • Cup of coffee: $2
  • Beer: $2
  • Meals (budget): $14 per day
  • Meals (mid-range): $32 per day
  • Budget hostel: $20 per night
  • Mid-range hotel: $110 per night
  • Local transport (taxi, buses): $7.75-20 per day
  • City-to-city travel: $15-35
  • Entertainment: $7-20 per day

Travel Tip: Save a fortune by avoiding sit-down restaurants and opt for take-out instead. Discover a treasure trove of tasty bread, cheese and other local delicacies at weekend markets.

Daily Average: $50 (budget), $95 (mid-range)

Europe Cheapest Countries Map

Check out the interactive map below of the 15 cheapest countries from this post by ranking from 1st cheapest to 15th.

Commonly Asked Questions

At a cost of just nine US Dollars per day, Georgia is the cheapest place to visit in Europe, followed closely by Armenia. Though technically, both these countries straddle the European and Asian continents. Bulgaria was widely considered the cheapest Schengen country, though Poland has now pipped them to the top spot. Of the major western European holiday destinations (France, Italy, Spain and Greece), Italy is by and large the most affordable.

The cheapest cities in Europe for tourists on a budget include: Gergeti and Tbilisi (Georgia), Yerevan and Tatev (Armenia), Antalya and Izmir (Turkey), Belgrade, Nis and Novi Sad (Serbia), Krakow, Gdansk and Warsaw (Poland), and Sofia (Bulgaria).

The late fall/autumn months and the winter months (from mid-October to late-March) are the cheapest months to fly to Europe, although fares can spike during December holiday period. Prices of accommodation and activities are considerably cheaper during this time too, compared to the peak summer months.

Here are the top 15 cheapest countries to travel in Europe:

  1. Georgia
  2. Armenia
  3. Ukraine
  4. Turkey
  5. Serbia
  6. Poland (cheapest in Schengen Area)
  7. Albania
  8. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  9. Bulgaria
  10. Hungary
  11. Romania
  12. North Macedonia
  13. Montenegro
  14. Portugal
  15. Italy (cheapest in Western Europe)

The Central European nation of Poland is the cheapest Schengen country in Europe and ranks in the top 10 cheapest countries on the continent. Bulgaria comes in close second.

  1. Book your flights with budget airlines.
  2. Travel around/within Europe via trains.
  3. Opt for cheap bus travel in Europe.
  4. Save time by researching the cheapest transport options.
  5. Use BlaBla Car.
  6. Use public transport and cycling more, and cut down on taxis or rentals.
  7. Walk more.

Book Your Trip: Budget Tips & Tricks

 

Flights: As always, I source the cheapest flights on the web from Skyscanner and Kiwi.com. They are considered the top flight search engines for the best deals.

Accommodation: I use Booking for the best hotel deals and HostelWorld for the cheapest stays. If you’re considering Airbnb, be sure to check Vrbo to find cheaper vacation stays. 

SIM cards: DrimSim is a universal SIM card that isn’t tied to an operator and works in any country/region.

Travel Insurance: Stay protected from theft, injury, illness, and cancellations. A safety net in case anything goes wrong, I never leave without it. World Nomads is my favourite agent for total peace of mind.

Tours & Excursions: I book all my fave activities and guided tours on Get Your Guide & Viator – they do superb deals whilst offering excellent customer support.

Renting a car? I always use DiscoverCars, make sure you book your car hire in advance. For airport transfers, I use KiwiTaxi for the best deals.

Need to store your luggage in a locker? Use Radical Storage to store your stuff in a locker in any city for just $5 per day.

Head over to my Travel Tools page for all my best travel tips & advice and everything you need for your trip.

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Europe Budget Travel Guides

For more in-depth reading about budget travel in Europe, you can get your hands on a copy of these bestsellers below:

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Lover of epic adventures, slow travel, and great coffee. When not travelling, Billy teaches dance, and creates performances on commissioned projects.

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Hey there! I’m Billy, the guy behind BRB | Gone Somewhere Epic. I’ve been travelling around the world for nine years, having an absolute blast going on epic adventures, without breaking the bank. Click here to read more about the art of budget travel.

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