14 Cheapest Cities in Europe to Visit

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European city breaks are hardly renowned for being affordable and kind to the wallet. A lot of that, however, is due to ‘crowd mentality’ – we all want to go where everybody else is going. Despite this, there are so many other cities in Europe that pack in as much charm and beauty and the old favourites and at a fraction of the cost.

These cities are places that will leave you wondering why you hadn’t considered other alternatives and leave you somewhat more open to exploring all the other difference facets and parts of Europe that you would otherwise not think of going to see.

I’ve tried to not just share the obscure cities, but also include some more famous cities that are also cheaper than the likes of Paris or London (for instance). This way, you can visit well-known cities that are not just random places you might never have heard of.

Take a look, below, at the cheapest cities in Europe to visit. Have the best trip.

#1 Budapest, Hungary

14 Cheapest Cities in Europe

I was totally surprised at how much cheaper things were in Budapest, from the likes of London or Paris (for example).  We lived like Kings visiting here and you can have the luxury experience that you would struggle to have in most other European cities for a fraction of the cost. It really is one of the cheapest cities in Europe to visit and perfect if you’re on a budget.

Read More: 5+1 Reasons to Visit Budapest

#2 Český Krumlov, Czech Republic

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This picturesque city isn’t one you hear lots of people talking about all the time but even taking a peek at photos will leave you wondering why you never thought to visit. All that beauty at a more affordable price.  To be honest, outside of the capital, there are quite a few of the cheapest cities in Europe that are based in the Czech Republic. Just make sure to do your homework and visit more regional cities.

#3 Valletta, Malta

14 Cheapest Cities in Europe

The capital of Malta is one of the most affordable capital cities to visit – plus the city itself is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s too gorgeous to miss.  Just make sure to travel out of the summer season. This will keep costs lower and you’ll also miss most of the crowds.

Read more: 5 Things you Can Do in Malta

#4 Valencia, Spain

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This Spanish city packs in as much excitement and sights as its sister cities except at a fraction of the price. It’s so much cheaper than the likes of Barcelona, especially for accommodation.   Plus, lots of historic buildings and churches cost very little to enter. This all means that you can enjoy one of the cheapest cities in Europe without breaking the bank.

#5 Porto, Portugal

14 Cheapest Cities in Europe

So much wine was drunk and so much food eaten on our trip to Porto and we left surprised at how little we’d spent – even dining at some of the more expensive ‘tourist trap’ places.  Definitely recommended for travellers on a budget. this is especially true when comparing it to the capital, Lisbon. Just make sure to travel in the winter months and it’ll definitely keep costs lower.

#6 Athens, Greece

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Pretty much anyone you speak to who has been to Athens, will not only tell you how amazing it to visit (all that Greek history, the delicious food, the Acropolis…etc).  They’ll also be quick to tell you how pleasantly surprised they were at the price of things here.

Read more: How to Spend 2 Days in Athens, Greece

#7 Nîmes, France

14 Cheapest Cities in Europe

Everything from our trip to Nîmes was so cheap. Accommodation, transport, food, drinks – everything. And it was not lacking in beautiful spots, either.  For instance, did you know the Arena of Nîmes is a much better preserved and grander Roman Amphitheatre than the Colosseum in Rome?

#8 Bratislava, Slovakia

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It’s a pretty city which won’t cost you ridiculous amounts of money to visit either.  The food prices are on par with most of Europe but asides that, most things are pretty cheap.

Read more: Bratislava – What to do in 1 day

#9 Prague, Czech Republic

14 Cheapest Cities in Europe

This city packs in so many sights and is a must to see in Europe. Though Prague can be more expensive than cities like Bratislava, it’s still one of the cheapest cities in Europe that’s really popular. It’s much more budget-friendly than, say, Oslo or Copenhagen.

Read more: Prague – The Castle City

#10 Bruges, Belgium

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The stunning Belgian city of Bruges doesn’t compromise when it comes to sights to see and things to do.  I’m a huge fan of Belgian cities so I may be slightly biased but at those prices, you should go check it out for yourselves. although not one of the very cheapest cities in Europe, it’s still much more affordable than, say, Stockholm.

#11 Edinburgh, United Kingdom

14 Cheapest Cities in Europe

One of my favourite things to do in Edinburgh was discovering cheap and free sights to see and things to do.  It’s an amazing capital city and so much cheaper than London to visit.

#12 Riga, Latvia

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Pretty as a picture and kind to the bank account, this city has so much going for it. It’s quickly becoming a favourite travel destination for travellers and for a good reason!

Read more: Riga – A Beautiful European Destination

#13 Kraków, Poland

14 Cheapest Cities in Europe

A traveller’s delight – this city is perhaps the most popular city to visit in Poland.  It’s also very cheap (accommodation here is an epic bargain) and it is one of those cities that is not only great to visit but easy to do so too, price-wise.

#14 Zagreb, Croatia


Zagreb is one of the beautiful Croatian cities that you have to visit.  Also, with the fact that you can drive to the world-renowned Plitvice Lakes National Park is more than enough temptation for this to go straight on to your travel list.

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