Best European Countries for Budget Traveling

When you think of Europe, you normally wouldn’t associate it with the words cheap or budget right? For the most part, you are correct. If you only stay in western and northern Europe. However, if you dare to explore a little, there are some amazing places in Europe that you can go and have a blast without breaking the bank. Here’s a list of the best European countries for budget traveling in no particular order.

Best European Countries for Budget Traveling: Georgia

Nestled between Turkey, Russia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan, for a small country, Georgia has a lot going for it. It’s a beautiful country full of mountainous landscapes that will draw your breath away. Seriously, if you love being in the mountains, Georgia is the country for you. While there are coastal areas, the mountains take the cake. It was also the 2nd country to convert to Christianity, which means it’s historically and culturally rich with fortresses, castles, caves, and churches dating back to the 1st millennium. Did I mention that Georgia invented wine as well? Wanna visit yet?

Besides being culturally rich, it’s also extremely affordable to visit. Private guesthouse rooms tend to run between $15 and $25USD a night. Food can vary, but you can get it for as low as $3, and even eating out at restaurants would only set you back $10-$15 even when factoring in drinks. Did I mention the drinks themselves are also quite cheap? I was expecting the wine to be cheaper (like on Spain’s level where you can find something for like $2 a bottle, but unfortunately, that’s not the case. But still, the wine is good, and is relatively cheap ($5-$10). Traveling inside the country, if done by the local share-bus and vans, will only cost you under $5. In my 3 weeks of visiting here, I spent an average of $25-$30 a day, inclusive of everything. And it’s definitely safe to visit!

horses on green rolling hills and snowcapped mountains Ushguli Georgia

A mother horse and her fawn gently grazing on the rolling green hills of Ushguli, Georgia against the glacier-covered mountains.

Best European Countries for Budget Traveling: Czech Republic

When I first saw Prague, I thought it was the most beautiful city in the world. Indeed, even now, I still think it’s up there in terms of beauty. After visiting a few of the other cities in the Czech Republic, I must say, whoever designed the country’s architecture deserves a reward. Located directly in the middle of Europe, the Czech Republic is a wonderful destination for the budget conscious traveler. Hostels run at $10 per night while Airbnbs would be around $20 a night. The country’s signature beer, the Pilsner Urquell, can be had anywhere for under $2. Buses and trains are mostly under $10 a ride. Food in restaurants with drinks will be under $15. All in all, I spent about $30 per night while visiting here. Beautiful architecture. Affordable destination. Get your flight tickets already.

Beautiful photo of Prague, Czech Republic from above

Prague from above

Best European Countries for Budget Traveling: Albania

Besides Georgia, Albania is one of the last few undiscovered travel destinations in Europe. And good thing it hasn’t. There are Roman ruins, white sandy beaches, rolling mountains, and a unique culture that’s waiting for you to discover. Oh, did I mention there’s an ice cream person in the beach city of Sarande that sells 2 scoops of ice cream for the equivalent of 50 cents? Yup. Albania is a great budget destination. Travel, food, accommodation, drinks. You name it, nothing will break your bank. Along the way, you’ll get to see some awesome Turkish-house architecture, and interesting people. When I was here for roughly ten days, I spent about $30 a day. Housing was around $15 for Airbnb, while the food was another $10. Visit here soon before more people start visiting it. Funny enough, the majority of the visitors I saw were from the next country on this list. One last thing, avoid the northern part of the country if you can. There’s still some danger there, but the rest of the country is quite safe. I talked more about Albania here.

Wonderful town of Berat, Albania and its architecture

The architecture of Berat from above.

Best European Countries for Budget Traveling: Poland

I can never have enough good things to say about Poland. Its large size has given it great diversity in terms of landscapes, from the mountainous south to the coastal north to the forest east. The architecture is amazingly beautiful, and the people are mostly friendly. Krakow is one of my favorite cities in Europe as it is ridiculously gorgeous. But best of all, it’s stupidly affordable. Housing is about $20 a night for an Airbnb. Food is about $15. Transport is between $5-10 between cities. Drinking. Oh, the drinking. If you like your vodka, you’ll like it here. Can you guess I like vodka? Even transportation within the city is around $1 a ride. The cities here, while similar in some regards, can be quite different in vibe and feel, from the university-feel of Wroclaw to the coastal vibe of Gdansk. Go visit. You won’t regret it. I talked more about Poland here.

Wroclaw from above

Wroclaw from above

Best European Countries for Budget Traveling: Spain

I hope this didn’t surprise you. Out of all of the western European countries, Spain is probably the most affordable (outside of Portugal). Like Poland above, due to its large size, there’s a lot of diversity when it comes to the landscapes and culture, from Andalucía down south to Basque Country in the northeast. And thanks to its Catholic and medieval histories, there are enough cathedrals and castles to visit that you will be castled-out. Even though it is quite developed, traveling here will not force you to sell your kidney. Food can be had for under $15 a meal, while internal flights and transports are also very affordable. Accomondation prices vary between the destinations, but you shouldn’t expect to pay more than $30 a night for a private Airbnb room. Drinking is a pleasure in this country. Wine and beers at bars and restaurants are almost the same prices as the water. I can never get enough of Spain. And if you do go, check out this small city call Barcelona. Hopefully, you’ll like it as much as I do.

Amazing architecture of Ronda, Spain

The beautiful bridge connecting the two parts of Ronda, Spain

Until next time, TTP out.

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