This post may contain affiliate links, which means I'll receive a commission if you purchase through my link, at no extra cost to you.While I do enjoy luxury holidays like any other person on the planet, most of my time is spent researching on “value for money” or the “cheapest countries in Europe” at any given point in time.
A lot of it has to do with the fact that I’ve been a student longer than I have been a working professional, and hence budget restrictions are almost always in place.
I love finding destinations where I am not constantly worried about how much money to spend on a daily basis, and where I can have a great holiday in $500-1000 for a week if not more.
After hobnobbing around the European continent for the last 5 years, I still find it important to compile the cheapest countries to visit list, to help shortlist places for upcoming adventures. 😉
Here are some of my other blog posts related to traveling Europe cheap that you’re going to love:
- Exactly What Backpacking Europe Costs ( It’s Less Than You Think)
- The Cheapest Places In Europe To Live For Nomadic Souls
- 7 Travel Apps For Europe To Save You A Ton Of Time And Money
- 25 Travel Tips For Europe To Save A Ton of Money
- How to Spend 4 Weeks in Europe & How Much To Budget
<<<If you’d like to get a step-by-step overview of planning a Europe trip like a pro and on a budget, check out my Europe guide!>>>(Read Also: 9 Cheapest European Cities That Should Be On Your Bucket-list)
TOP 10 CHEAPEST COUNTRIES IN EUROPE
The first country I visited in Europe, circa 2013, and arguably one of the most beautiful countries I have been to.
While it’s not the cheapest country in Europe, it’s also not the most expensive.
From learning more about Poland’s historic position in Europe, to visiting concentration camp in Auschwitz, to exploring the beautiful parks, old town centres and stunning ski-resorts, Poland really is an underrated European destination.
It’s also a good place to start your Eastern European itinerary as many other countries on this list are located nearby!
A quick hop to Berlin, Prague or Budapest is really easy if you pack Poland in your itinerary.
Top Cities To Visit: Warsaw, Krakow, Gdansk, Wroclaw, Sopot
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#2 CZECH REPUBLIC
If you haven’t put Prague on your list, you are definitely missing out!
From dreamy gothic architecture to a diverse food and nightlife scene, Prague has something for everyone.
Not to mention it’s one of the best value for money destinations in Europe!
Another great gem in this country is Cesky Krumlov which is about an hour’s ride away from the capital city Prague.
If you have time for a day trip, definitely consider a trip here.
In the summer, a great option in the Czech Republic is the Bohemian Switzerland national park.
It shares the border with Germany and is a place for truly stunning outdoor landscape.
You can easily stay a night or two in the region and explore the various hikes in the beautiful park.
Even though the Czech Republic is a small country, it has a lot to offer for a budget traveller.
One of the most romantic cities to visit in night.
The bridges, the old gothic architecture, the amazing bath parties, the cheap food, and beer.
I don’t know what’s not to like about Hungary!
When I visited this country, I immediately had this feeling of being thrown into the past.
Even though almost ALL of Europe has this OLD feeling, Hungary takes it to the next level.
Budapest is the most commonly visited city, but there are plenty of day trips you can plan as well.
Make sure to consider staying at one of these cheap hostels to make your stay even better.
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A country that’s been on my bucket list for very long and one that I would love to explore soon preferably by car.
If you want to see where all the Dracula stories originated, look no further.
Romania is also one of the countries relatively untouched by excessive tourism and has extremely friendly locals making your trip worthwhile.
Make sure to take into consideration slow and sometimes ineffective public transport compared to western Europe and add that to your travel time for the country!
Cheap flights from Wizz Air should help you land a budget deal no matter which big city in Europe you choose to fly in from.
A country that perked my interest after attending a seminar on Ukrainian Economy.
I’m definitely looking forward to visiting at the very least Kyiv, the cultural hub of Ukraine and the famous tunnel of love.
I am looking forward to also diving deep into the Soviet history of the region and how this has shaped today’s Ukraine.
That and the architecture is at the top of my to-do list for Ukraine.
I’m also curious to explore the food in the local cafes in Kiev that I’ve heard so much about!
If you’re looking for something slightly different and very cheap to travel, Ukraine should be on the top of your list!
Top Places To Visit in Ukraine: Kyiv, Odessa, Chernvtsi, Carpathian Mountains
Next on the cheapest countries to visit in Europe list, might be the most expensive in this list altogether.
Thanks to the Game of Thrones stuff, Croatia is becoming more and more expensive by the day.
Even so, it remains one of the most stunning and pocket-friendly (compared to traveling in Western Europe) and needs to be on your list for 2019.
After all, don’t you want to see King’s Landing for real?
I spent a week in Zadar and was surprised at how tourist-friendly the locals are.
The food is great, the weather is even better and the prices don’t hurt if you stay away from tourist hotspots.
The best way to explore this country is definitely by car and preferably in early summer.
If you’d like to know when is the best time to visit Europe, read this post.
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Top Places to Visit in Croatia: Dubrovnik, Split, Plitvice Lakes, Dalmatian Coast
Recently famous in the travel circuits for the stunning mountain landscapes, cute hill perched villages and friendly locals, this country is very much at the top of my cheapest countries to visit in Europe list for 2019.
Even though Georgia technically classifies under Asia, the country is culturally very much European, and extremely easy to visit from Europe no matter where you are.
Why? I love mountains, off-road adventures and good landscapes.
This is also one of those countries which are still quite remote and relatively harder to get to from mainland Europe which is why I believe it’s going to blow up in a few years.
Visit this country before it’s too late and expensive!
Top places to visit in Georgia: Tbilisi, Batumi, Mtskheta, Kutaisi
My favourite island country and one that I love to visit for short trips, Malta is a visually stunning and diverse country/island to visit.
Not only that, you can travel for $30-50 per day including accommodation, food and a rented car.
The views across the island are stunning and in the summer, there is no dearth of small beaches to be found.
You can also make day trips to Gozo, Blue Lagoon and tons of small islands surrounding this beautiful Meditteranean island.
Oh and while you are here, can you load up the street food, please?
There’s a local dish called Pattitzi (not sure if I spell that right) which are basically small pastries filled with cheese, meat and vegetables.
It’s probably the best European snack I’ve EVER had and trust me I’ve spent a lot of time and money exploring Europe.
Malta is best explored by car, although you should be careful that they drive on the left. Rent an Airbnb with a nice view and explore the island at your own speed.
Trust me, this country does NOT disappoint.
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Long on my bucket list, Turkey (unfortunately due to some instability) continues to get cheaper for international travelers.
There is no reason to believe it would not be so in the immediate future.
I even saw some amazing five-star hotels in Istanbul for as low as $40 a night. Come on, what better time to visit Istanbul and Cappadocia!
If you’re looking for some beach action, head to a nice resort at Antalya and park yourself there for some sunshine, great food and warm people!
I have to admit, the only reason I have this country on my list even though it is ridiculously tiny, is because of Lake Bled.
Even though I’ve been to stunning lakes in Germany, Lake Bled is the single biggest reason I want to visit Slovenia. If you’re into skiing, this also makes an excellent winter destination.
If you visit during summer or winter holidays, prices might go up as Lake Bled has become a current “Insta favourite” location.
Make sure to book your accommodation atleast a few months in advance to get the best prices.
Cycling around the lake is also an excellent option to spend your days here. This might also easily be the most romantic destination on this list!
Top Places To Visit in Slovenia: Ljubljana, Bled, Istria, Postonja
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HOW TO TRAVEL EUROPE CHEAP
Having spent a good amount of time in Europe, I can safely say these are the best ways to cut back on costs:
- Eat as many meals as possible from supermarkets and small local stores and street shops. Eating at a restaurant can easily set you back from $10-$20 per person, per meal depending on which country you are in.
- Ask your hostel or research for free walking tours. Almost all big cities in Europe offer free walking tours which usually take place twice a day from the city centre or famous attractions. Make sure to arrive there on time, and tip at the end of the tour what you want and can afford.
- Try to stay close to the centre and walk everywhere. Unless you need to visit a spot outside the city, public transportation tickets are not necessary. This is also why traveling by train or by bus is the best mode of travel in Europe when it comes to proximity to the centre and reducing your travel costs.
- If you are crossing large distances, do check out cheap flight options such as Ryan Air, Easy Jet and Wizz Air. The only catch is that they do not allow checked luggage and have very specific carry on dimensions. You can find out some travel essentials for Europe here.
- Book in advance for the best prices and make sure to be flexible. The more flexible your itinerary is, the more advantage you can take of last-minute events and festivals, which never seem to end in Europe.
With these tips, you can easily travel across Europe for cheap, at a daily budget of $40-$50 depending on how much you splurge on specific items. Bon Voyage!
ADDITIONAL GUIDES FOR CHEAPEST EUROPEAN COUNTRIES
Before you start planning your next adventure to a cheap country in Europe, make sure to read my detailed guides on:
- Ways To Book Cheap Flights Anywhere Anytime
- Finding and Booking Cheap Hotels and Airbnbs (plus discounts)
- Packing List Guide For Europe
- The Complete Europe Travel Checklist
- The Ultimate Europe Packing List Guide For Summer
But, if you’re the lazy kind who just wants to head straight to booking and well have everything in one small tiny excel, head here to sign up for my free cheatsheet or use my travel planner page here!
Looking to book your next trip? Check out the following services I use and love:
- Skyscanner to find cheap flight deals.
- Rental Cars to hop on your next road trip.
- Booking.com to find a hotel deal.
- Hostel World to find a backpacker hostel.
- World Nomads to insure your travel.
- Viator to find a cool day tour.
- Or my Global Packing List.
I’m thinking about 1, 2 and 10 for 2019! And I live in number 8 🙂 great article!
I’ve worked a lot in about half of these countries. Of the ones I haven’t visited, Malta is top of my wish list.
Sam Caesar says
Definitely Poland is number one! I’ve recently just came back from Poland and I can vouch that it is super cheap, especially the food – it is such great quality.
I was there a few years ago yes and definitely would like to head back! 🙂
Poland is definitely on my list for the next year 😀
Danica Anne Panganiban says
Ukraine is my next stop. =)
I love Georgia its my favorite so far. Georgia has a really rich and preserved culture. I am going to Turkey in December and i am super excited. Thanks for the amazing list
I wish you a great time in turkey! Georgia is at the top of my list for 2019 too! 🙂
Great list, thanks for sharing! I’ve been only to Hungary so far so there’s definitely more on my list now! Especially Malta and Georgia really surprised me as I never thought about them as my next travel destination. But as I love mountains that might be the place to go!
Some really interesting destinations on this list, some that don’t appear on other’s lists. Georgia, Romania and Ukraine in particular, before reading this post they weren’t necessary top of my Europe bucket list but I can definitely say that they are looking better now!
Yep! I think these are some countries that get missed but are totally worth heading to before they explode!
Hummmm I think czec is the one that I’ll visit. From a communist to a democratic country. I’ll take your word that it’s not that expensive to travel to that country
Thanks for this. I haven’t been to a lot of these places. Croatia is next on the list 🌸
Jenna Atchley says
Thank you for these tips! I love to travel!
All of these places look awesome! I am hoping to see more of Europe in the summer, it is great to see so many cheaper options!
Georgia is not in Europe !
Correct, it is technically in Asia, although being at the crossing point of Europe and easy to access while in Europe, I added it on my list! 🙂
I am always looking for ways to travel more by saving a little more. Definitely some countries on here I still need to visit. I appreciate the listed prices, thanks for the post!
Thanks for stopping by! 🙂
I love that you added Romania to the list- it’s definitely a must-see! My recommendations are definitely the Western-Central part of the country for historical architecture and the North Eastern for beautiful, wild nature, delicious food and old monasteries.
Thanks so much for your tips Silvia, noted! 🙂
Ben Zweber says
I’m thinking of going to 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10! We went to Croatia last year and it’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve been to. I love your list!
thankyou, and yes you totally should hit them all. I hope to visit Croatia this year! 🙂
Hi there, I think you should make sure that you provide the right information as Turkey and Georgia are not part of the European Union. Just a tip for your upcoming blogs. But still, nice to read!
Hi Kim, Europe is not the same thing as European Union. While Europe has technicllay 50 countries, European Union only has 28 as member states. I am fully aware that both these countries are transcontinental, and even though Georgia classifies under Asia (even though its culturally more European), where turkey lies and what economic policies it has is an ongoing political debate. The point of my blog is not to question geographical or political issues, but clearly talk about countries that are either in Europe or considered culturally European as they are border countries to visit and experience for cheap. Thanks for your tips anyway!
Alexandra Wrigley says
Great that you’ve compiled a list! Eastern Europe rocks. Amazing food, so cheap and lovely architecture. I’ve not visited all of these yet only Ukraine, Poland and Croatia. So will have to check out the other countries!
Macedonia, great food, great nature, hostel per night- 5 euro,hotel per night 15 euro,food 20 euros. The best vines. Ohrid it’s known as European Jerusalem with 365 churches. try best organic fruit and vegetables. Berovo and Pehcevo are with clearest woods and water
Shruti Pangtey says
thanks for that! I am definitely thinking of adding Macedonia to one of my next posts. 🙂
Kevin Casey says
Yes, you’ll find that Macedonia is actually cheaper than just about every other place on this list… :).
Alexandra Wrigley says
I love Kyiv, the style of the orthodox-churches fascinate me! Super beautiful and cheap city. Ukraine is a MUST, such an underrated destination.
Really want to visit Slovenia, Romania and Georgia desperately!
Malta not really a fan of apart from Valetta. Some of the country feels like a lot of construction is going on. Like a building site. Especially Bugibba.
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Jameel Abedin says
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Sonali Chawla says
very informative and nice Blog with lots of insight on amazing places to travel to in Europe on a tight budget. You have covered all essential aspects and information so that we can have an enjoyable travel experience. Its great that you have compiled a list of all these affordable places. The food and travel seem like great but without a big dent in the pocket. Have you visited all these places in person? If yes then please share more pictures and videos of your travels. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and insight with us. I have done a similar compilation for top 5 cheapest countries to visit in Asia.
Really interesting read, your post has given me some really great ideas for new places to visit. Thank you so much!
Sonali Chawla says
Its very good content. Makes me want to travel and explore all those places. Thank you so much. I have traveled to Turkey and Hungary and found your blog very apt in the information provided. I personally think Greece is also a good option and its much less expensive that its other European counterparts. Please check out my blog on Top 5 cheapest counties to travel in Europe. https://travelshewrote.co.in/2019/07/16/top-5-cheapest-countries-in-europe-to-travel-on-a-budget/
Wow so interesting post about European countries they are really awesome countries to visit. I visited some of these countries as well as i recently visited to Lake Tahoe this is awesome place which i can’t describe in some words.
Great blog thanks for sharing
I also explored these fabulous countries in my these tours and have a joyful time with my family and friends.
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