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Quick Notes

– Porto is by far one of the most popular European destinations for affordable travel. 

– Have your very own Eurotrip and visit Bratislava! 

– Make sure you plan your trips in advance and opt for street food to save money. 

Traveling on a budget is a surprisingly doable lifestyle for many who know the best ways to enjoy the most out of a city without spending huge amounts of money. When you think about the cheapest cities in Europe, what name comes to mind? In this article, we’ll guide you through our favorite European cities, known for their free attractions and low-cost lifestyle. Whether you’re visiting for a day, a weekend, or more, you’ll definitely be able to experience the best of the city without reaching too far into your wallet. Ready? Let’s go!

Warsaw & Bratislava

The first on our list has to be the one and only Warsaw. From finding cheap accommodation on a budget to visiting history-rich sights such as the Royal Castle, Chopin Museum, and the Lazienki Park, Warsaw is a must-visit. Explore Warsaw’s painful history along with the present contemporary and urban lifestyle, and don’t forget to people-watch at Warsaw Old Town, one of the most popular locations in the city. Free things to do in Warsaw include the Warsaw Rising Museum and The Royal Route. 

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Next is Bratislava, popularized by the iconic movie Eurotrip. Although the film really exaggerated the city’s affordability, it was right in demonstrating that Bratislava is totally doable on a budget. From plenty of cultural experiences to delicious food, you can definitely enjoy your time in one of the smallest-but-enticing capital cities in Europe. One of the most popular attractions, the Bratislava Castle, is free to visit on all days except Mondays and public holidays. 

Porto & Istanbul

Next on our list is the ever-charming Porto. This picturesque Portuguese city has been winning the hearts of travel lovers for years. Not only is it affordable, but it’s also one of the most stunning cities in Europe! Take a walk down the Ribeira, explore the fascinating Igreja de São Francisco, indulge in delicious Portuguese food, and don’t forget to take beautiful photos for your Instagram profile. Porto also conveniently features free entrance to its museums, every Sunday until 2pm. 

On the other side of Europe we have Turkey’s Istanbul, often crowned as one of Europe’s cheapest cities ever. Budget-friendly accommodation, as well as lifestyle, make Istanbul an attractive choice for wanderlust enthusiasts. Bazaar shopping is without a must the biggest attraction for travelers on a budget and an absolute feast for the eyes.

With a plethora of street food options and plenty of free tourist attractions, there is no shortage of things to do if you’re coming to Istanbul on a budget. Most popular free attractions in Istanbul include Dolmabahce Palace.and the Hagia Sophia Museum.

Riga & Prague

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Arguably one of the most underrated European cities is without at doubt Latvia’s Riga. Not only is it affordable to visit, but it also offers some of the most picturesque sights ever, including stunning beaches. Regardless of the season, you’ll definitely have plenty of things available to do. One of the best parts of the area is without a doubt the many castles with incredible architecture as well as history and stories.

If you’re a nature person, you can wander around the stunningly gorgeous Ķemeri National Park – just one of many Riga’s nature-filled locations. The National Library of Latvia, the War Museum, and the Orthodox Cathedral are just a few of the sights you can enjoy in Riga without spending any money whatsoever. 

If we’re mentioning the cheapest cities in Europe, we also have to talk about the stunning Prague. Castles, old town squares, parks, and most importantly, world-famous beer, Prague definitely knows how to spoil its tourists. The city offers traditional Czech food, known for its diversity and a wide range of flavors. If you’re looking for things to do in Prague for free, look no further than the medieval Prague Astronomical Clock, St Michael Church, and the artistic John Lennon Wall.

Traveling on a budget is a surprisingly doable lifestyle for many who know the best ways to enjoy the most out of a city without spending huge amounts of money.

You can find cheap accommodation in hostels and get affordable eating options at one of many street food markets. It’s without a doubt the ultimate paradise for budget travelers, looking for an affordable European city with a rich history and culture. 

Here are some of our tips on how to make sure your travels are affordable. One of the best ways to make sure you won’t be spending too much money on your travels is to carefully plan your trips. Take a look at the free attractions the city has to offer, and see if you can get any special bundle deals to save you even more money. 

Opt-out for the cheapest form of transportation – chances are, taking a bus will allow you to see plenty of city’s landmarks without falling into the typical tourist traps. And last but not least, choose street food over restaurants. Not only will this allow you to experience the authentic side of the city, but you’ll also be able to eat for less while getting the same taste of the nation’s most beloved food items. 

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