The cost of a European vacation can make traveling abroad seem nearly impossible for many individuals. Between airfare, lodging, meals, and transportation, traveling to Europe and making your way across the continent may feel like a daunting feat. But, it doesn’t have to be—especially with the rise of low-budget airlines and AirBnBs.

Even more, there are most certainly affordable cities to visit in Europe that help keep a trip budget-friendly.

When it comes to traveling abroad, airfare is often the largest expense. Thanks to low-cost carriers, airfare can sometimes run less than $100 one way. Norwegian and WOW! Airlines are an example of two low-budget airlines that make travel more affordable.

Also, rather than booking a round trip, consider booking flights separately. Consider that you are probably going to do some traveling once you make it across the Atlantic, and that you will more than likely not fly out of the same city that you initially land in.

When it comes to transportation once you land, Rail Europe can help you get across multiple countries, but when it comes to navigating a city—use public transportation. Not only is it less expensive than a cab, but by taking public transportation, you also get to better experience the culture of a city when learning how to take a metro or a bus.

Depending on who you are traveling with and how comfortable you feel about shared spaces, hostels are a great way to save money on lodging. HostelWorld is the best place to find hostels around the world, but if hostels aren’t ideal for you, Airbnb’s are a nice alternative. Plus, Airbnb’s are often hosted by locals and they are usually more than willing to offer up advice about places to visit and check out.

Staying with a local might also help you save money on sightseeing and dining. Locals will be familiar with where to go, and they can certainly help you figure out where there are street markets, food trucks/carts, and other local markets.

While these are general ideas of how to travel on a budget, there are also super affordable

European cities:

  • Hamburg, Germany
  • Lisbon, Portugal
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Toulouse, France
  • Budapest, Hungary


Happy traveling!