The 5 Best European Backpacking Cities for Budget Travellers


People who have travelled across Europe can tell, the wide range of cultures and people to encounter is incredible. From the many different cities sprawl a wide range of customs, traditions, architecture, and history. For many from the US, Canada, Australia and more, the opportunity to visit the lands of their ancestors presents a unique experience.

There is really something to see in practically every country on the continent. As cultures, terrain and scenery differ, so does cost. I’ve travelled many places in Europe but never backpacked. Wish I’d done just to experience it when I was younger. For those who want to see Europe – but on a shoestring – these are the five most affordable places to head to. Rather than emptying your bank account and maxing out your cards only to dread a credit check on your return, these places will give you serious bang for your buck!

  1. Kiev, Ukraine

While the Ukrainian capital has always been fairly affordable in comparison to many other European cities, it has certainly cemented its place as the least inexpensive in recent times. The unrest and conflict which peaked in 2014 certainly contributed to better prices for tourists, given the fact that many were put off by the troubles.

It is estimated that the average price for accommodation, food, drinks and general expenses comes to very little over $25 dollars per day.

  1. Krakow, Poland

This city is, without doubt, one of the best places I have ever been. What really puts the icing on the cake is the fact that it is so, so cheap. In the three times I have visited Krakow, I have found the convenience, service, food, and entertainment excellent. There is so much to do, and at prices that make most other cities in Europe appear stupidly expensive.

Krakow ranks as the second most inexpensive city in Europe for backpackers, at an estimated daily expense of just under $28 per day.

  1. Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade’s history still deters many tourists from visiting, but most people love it when they go for a visit. Despite having no Eiffel Towers, Coliseums, or Temple Bar’s, the city is full of charm. The architecture, history, and warmth of the people make it an excellent destination for intrepid travelers who want an easy trip worth the investment.

Priced at an average of just over $28 dollars per day, Belgrade is an excellent place to visit for prudent backpackers.

  1. Bucharest, Romania

The Romanian capital is hardly what many would consider as one of the top attractions in Europe, but there are certainly a good number of attractions. For the more macabre-minded, a few hours on a coach will take you to Transylvania, the legendary home of Dracula…

Clocking in at an average of just under $29 per day for backpackers, Bucharest is the fourth least inexpensive city in Europe to be a backpacker.

  1. Sofia, Bulgaria

Similar to it’s close neighbor of Romania, Bulgaria’s capital city is far from the top of the list when it comes to tourism for many. However, for those looking to explore real European terrain in classy bars and restaurants at stupidly good prices, Sofia is the place. Bulgaria’s main city will not cost you the world to visit.

Sofia ranks at an average of $32.15 per day for backpackers.


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