Europe on a Budget

There is no way to tour around Europe on a budget without being fascinated by its diverse landscape, historial buildings and delicious food spots. So Europe offers a wealth of great attractions that attract tourists from every country year after year. For example, the many graceful canals in Venice, the historic Charles Bridge in Prague or the Buckingham Palace in London. Impressive and not to be forgotten are the imperial castles and palaces in the capitals, the many famous museums as well as the historical stories behind the facades of old buildings in the old towns.

Europe offers a lot to explore and is so versatile that you will not get out of amazement anymore. Because there is something for everyone: In France, Portugal, Spain, Italy and Greece you can relax at the beach. Mountain lovers climb the Alps that stretch across eight Alpine countries. And landscape enthusiasts can best explore the coasts and landscapes of Ireland. So if you’re looking for an adventure with lots of fun and the most cultural experiences then you’re definitely ready for a road trip through Europe!

Top sights in Europe

Eiffel Tower, France
Colosseum, Italy
Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
Preikestolen, Norway
Hallstatt Village, Austria
Herengracht, The Netherlands
Grand Canal, Italy
Stonehenge, England
Sagrada Familia, Spain


Typical Costs When Traveling

Accommodation – Staying in Europe can vary from country to country. In Scandinavia you can expect around 30-40€ (34-45$) per night in a dorm room. In the eastern and southern countries such as Poland, Budapest, Greece, Spain and Italy you pay around 10-20€ (12-23$). And in Portugal, France, Germany and Austria it’s about 20-30€ (23-34$) per night for a dorm room.

Food – The food costs depend on your preferences. If you prefer cheap fast food you can expect up to 13€ (15$). Having breakfast or dining in a restaurant will cost up to 25€ (29$) per person.

Transportation – Europe is just the perfect example for traveling from one country to another. It’s not just fast, because the countries are small, but also very easy. One of the cheapest ways is traveling by train. I recommend the Euro Rail which offers a fantastic view, too. Even cheaper are busses. Flixbus for instance is a German bus company that brings you safely and cheaply from A to Z. If you like it faster and if you’re lucky, you can also find cheap flights.


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Suggested daily budget p.p. – 50-70€ / 60-80$ for Western Europe and around 30-50€ / 35-60$ for Eastern Europe (Note: This is a suggested budget assuming you’re staying in a hostel, eating out a little, cooking most of your meals, and using local transportation. Using the budget tips below, you can always lower this number. However, if you stay in fancier accommodation or eat out more often, expect this to be higher!)


Money Saving Tips

Visit on off season Europe can be so crowded and expensive during the summer months. So the best way to travel Europe for a small budget is visiting between November and March.
Travel by train It is not just more comfortable and flexible, but also a real time-saver. By traveling the train you can buy your tickets just hours before departure and avoid long lines.
Go to the tourist information The first stop in a European city should be the tourist information. There you get helpful tips about free activities and flyers with discounts for tours, museums and restaurants.
Book tours in advance You can save some euros if you book tours on the internet. Lots of museums and sights offer a discounted price on their website.

Tips for traveling Europe

A great way to experience a city is visiting small family businesses off the beaten track. The shop owners aside from the Colosseum or the Louvre are much nicer and mostly originally from the city. So get in touch with the locals and discover the origin side of Europe while shopping some special souvenirs. Also, do the same with restaurants. Off the main roads the restaurants are not just run by families, but also cheaper than in the popular streets.

Another important fact is that Europeans tend to close their offices during lunch break. Especially in the Southern countries like Italy or Spain, it can happen that you stand in front of a closed ticket or post office. So take your time and enjoy your lunch to the fullest.

Another good tip I can give you is staying downtown. It’s better to avoid sleeping in a cheap hotel or hostel outside of the town, because it takes more time to get to the city center and it’s harder to find the sights or a good restaurant since you’re not familiar with the area. Just find a nice hotel downtown and you’ll be happy getting home after a longer night. Plus, walking around is much nicer anyway than taking the metro, tram or bus.

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