These are the 5 cheapest cities to visit in Europe

If you’re thinking about going on vacation, your best bet might be to go east. Zurich was the most expensive city for a vacation, averaging $1,050 USD for an overnight city break. New York came in close second at $1,030, followed by Geneva and Tokyo, where the price was at least $1,000 each. Paris, Munich, Taipei, Helsinki, and Dubai rounded out the top ten, with Dubai costing $790 for the night.

Those who want a dirt-cheap vacation should go to Bucharest, Romania, where the stay costs only $260. Mumbai and Sofia, Bulgaria cost only $300 for the night, followed by Bangkok, New Delhi and Beijing. Nairobi and Vilnus, Lithuania both cost $380. The ninth and tenth least expensive cities were Budapest and Istanbul.

Here are the top cheapest cities to visit in Europe

1- Kiev, Ukraine (cheapest)



Kiev has always been cheap (and very remote) compared to the rest of Europe, but the conflict and uncertainty that Ukraine has gone through in 2014 and 2015 caused its currency to plunge and inflation to skyrocket. It’s hard to say what prices may be at any given moment in 2016, but at least it should continue to be cheap for outsiders. Hopefully the situation on the ground will feel more secure soon as well.

  • Currency: Ukraine Hryvnia
  • Transportation: 8.00
  • Meals: 288.00
  • Drinks/Entertainment: 150.00
  • Attractions: 10.00

2- Bucharest, Romania


Definitely not Romania’s most charming town, Bucharest’s Old Town gets decent reviews but the rest of the city struggles to appeal to tourists. Fortunately, those that make the effort to come will at least be rewarded with low prices all around, which certainly help make up for the other frustrations of visiting. And that huge parliament building is worth a look. Hostels seem to be getting cheaper lately, so it’s even more appealing for the backpacker set.

  • Currency: Romanian leu
  • Transportation: 5.00
  • Meals: 43.20
  • Drinks/Entertainment: 12.00
  • Attractions: 12.00

3- Krakow, Poland


Krakow continues yet again as Europe’s best travel bargain. The low prices have drawn in larger numbers of Europeans for weekend breaks, and there are many great and cheap hostels, bars, and restaurants to keep prices low while you are enjoying the beautiful old city and the local culture. Put this one on your list before demand forces prices up like in Prague and Budapest.

  • Currency: Polish Zlotych
  • Transportation: 5.60
  • Meals: 24.00
  • Drinks/Entertainment: 18.00
  • Attractions: 16.00

4- Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade cityscape on Danube

Belgrade is one of the Balkan cities that had years of trouble in the 1990s and still struggles a bit to attract tourism. This is another where you won’t find an abundance of checklist attractions, but you will find a lively and interesting urban center with good nightlife and appealing prices.

  • Currency: Serbian Dinar (prices below are in euros)
  • Transportation: 1.50
  • Meals: 9.60
  • Drinks/Entertainment: 4.50
  • Attractions: 3.00

5- Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina


Another Balkan-area city whose name conjures up images of its past troubles, Sarajevo is a destination that is struggling to attract tourists. The location deep into the mountains is remote, but it’s also gorgeous once you arrive. The Muslim Old Town next to the modern center is very interesting and incredibly welcoming. This one is a hidden gem, partly because it’s so hard to reach. If you can figure out a way to get here, do it and see what the fuss is about.

  • Currency: Converted Mark (fixed, so prices below are in euros)
  • Transportation: 3.60
  • Meals: 9.60
  • Drinks/Entertainment: 3.75
  • Attractions: 4.00


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