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The Cheapest Cities in Europe to Visit This Summer

Young female tourist enjoying great view on the old town of Prague
Written by Dhinesh Manuel

This blog post was updated on August 3, 2023.

There’s nothing like a European vacation in the summer. But you probably think you can’t swing the budget for a Euro getaway this year (or any year). You’d be wrong! If you know where to book, cheap international flights will be just the start of your savings. Here are eight under-the-radar and amazingly affordable European cities you can visit without exhausting your piggy bank.

Budapest, Hungary

A beautiful young couple are siting in the grass having an ice-cream with the Castle in background in Budapest, Hungary.

From thermal springs and Turkish baths to Gothic and Baroque architecture, Budapest is an enchanting city that’s also a cost-effective getaway. As one of the cheapest destinations in Europe, you can take in a party cruise on the Danube, visit the trendy pubs in the historic Jewish quarter, and stock up on traditional gifts and wines at Central Market Hall without fearing the financial pinch.

Skopje, North Macedonia

Archaeological Museum of Macedonia and Bridge of the Civilizations in downtown of Skopje

North Macedonia has only recently started shining as a hidden European gem, so it’s the perfect time to cash in on this low profile. Walk along Skopje’s Stone Bridge, which links the modern side of the city to the old Ottoman quarter. Check out Skopje Central Square, the 6th century Kale Fortress, and the Mother Teresa Memorial House. A short 17 km drive outside town is also the beautiful Canyon Matka, a pristine lake surrounded by a steep gorge.

Prague, Czech Republic

Often on lists as one of Europe’s most value-for-money cities, Prague brings out the romantic in everyone. You’ll love its bustling Old Town Square and majestic Gothic churches. Throw in the amazing nightlife, great eating options, rich history and architecture, and friendly locals, and you’ve got a great little vacay that’s got your name written all over it.

Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava - aerial view

Perched by the beautiful Danube river, Slovakia’s capital city is surrounded by the vineyard-filled Little Carpathian Mountains, while its cobblestone Old Town is full of great restaurants, cafes, and pubs that won’t burn a hole in your wallet. Must-see sites in Bratislava include Bratislava Castle and the Blue Church (Church of St Elisabeth).

Krakow, Poland

Male tourist with backpack photographing famous Polish basilica in the center of Krakow

Poland’s second-largest city exudes a medieval charm that doesn’t come with a hefty price tag. You can people-watch in Main Square, check out views of Wawel Castle, and marvel at the iconic St. Mary’s Basilica. Dig into the city’s protein-heavy street food, where there’s no shortage of sausages, chops, and stews to put a big, satisfied smile on your face.

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Split, Croatia

While Dubrovnik gets all the tourist attention, there’s no denying that Split is a cheaper, less crowded alternative on the Dalmatian Coast. The city boasts the picture-perfect Riva waterfront that’s perfect for sitting back and watching the world go by. Don’t miss the Roman-era Diocletian’s Palace, the 13th-century Cathedral of St. Domnius, and the imposing statue of Bishop Gregory of Nin.

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Cityscape view on Ljubljanica river canal in Ljubljana old town. Ljubljana is the capital of Slovenia and famous european tourist destination.

One of the greenest cities in Europe, Ljubljana is another great option if you’re looking for a  city where the food and drink are cheap. Cycle through the expansive Tivoli Park, stop by at a cafe on the Ljubljana River. Get your dose of art and history at many of its highly rated museums. Dig into some Štruklji (steamed dough with cheese and fruit fillings) or Kranjska klobasa (local pork sausage).

Istanbul, Turkey


The famous East-meets-West city brings together the Byzantine and Ottoman influences in a harmonious clash, which includes many other cultures as well. If you booked cheap flights in June to visit Istambul, don’t forget to take in the iconic Hagia Sofia and 17th-century Blue Mosque. You can also stretch those dollars by downing all the raki (the local booze) you want and feasting on delicious dilli kaşarlı tost (the Istanbul take on grilled cheese).


Q: What is the best time to visit these cities? 

A: The best time to visit these cities largely depends on your preferences. However, it’s generally recommended to visit during the shoulder seasons (spring and autumn) when the weather is pleasant, and the tourist crowds are smaller. This allows you to enjoy the cities without the peak-season prices.

Q: Are these cities safe for travelers? 

A: Yes, these cities are generally safe for travelers. However, it’s always advisable to exercise basic safety precautions, such as being aware of your surroundings, securing your belongings, and following any local guidelines or advice provided by authorities.

Q: How can I find affordable accommodations in these cities? 

A: To find affordable accommodations, consider using online travel websites that offer a wide range of options. Look for budget hotels, hostels, or vacation rentals that fit your budget. Additionally, booking in advance and remaining flexible with your travel dates can help you secure better deals.

Q: Are there any hidden costs I should be aware of? 

A: While these cities are known for being budget-friendly, it’s important to consider additional costs such as transportation, meals, entrance fees to attractions, and any optional activities you plan to undertake. Researching and planning ahead can help you budget effectively and avoid any unexpected expenses.

Got any other ideas for the cheapest cities in Europe to visit? Tell us in our comments section below!

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Dhinesh Manuel

Socialite, philanthropist, costumed crime fighter by wait...that's bad ...

Musician, writer, travel junkie, dog lover, and database of useless information. I love to learn about new cultures, experience new cuisines, meet new people, and have a few laughs along the way!

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