Affordable countries in Europe

Travel Forums Europe Affordable countries in Europe

Page
  • 1
  • 2
Last Post
1. Posted by JetlagWarriors (Full Member 42 posts) 32w Star this if you like it!

Hey all,

Just booked our flight from India to Frankfurt, Germany on May 10th. Other than seeing some friends in Berlin, and other friends in Paris, we have no real plans other than trying to get to Scotland by the end of July-ish, without flying. We are 'budget traveling'. Which means we will be staying in cheap hostels and looking for affordable and interesting countries to see. We don't drink or party really, our kind of interesting would be something historic or cultural, or maybe some hiking... Even wandering through markets and streets that have a unique look or feel to them. Oh and trying the local food!

So we are just looking for some advice on countries and cities that you've been to that are affordable, and what you found interesting about them. We seem to keep hearing great things about Romania.

Thanks in advance!

2. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1796 posts) 32w 1 Star this if you like it!

Ukraine, Hungary, Poland, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia, Czech Republic are all very affordable. I've been through them all in recent years and have mostly paid around £10 per person for a hostel private room, eating out usually under £3 for dinner in a restaurant.

For example I'm just back from Kiev where a 3 star hotel was £17pppn and dinner at local chain restaurant Puzata Hata was about £3 for a main, dessert and drink. Public transport rides anywhere in the city were about 20 pence.

3. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1290 posts) 32w Star this if you like it!

Rural France is varied, stunning and very inexpensive. It is our budget go-to destination. There are hiking trails all over the country, cheap local transportation if you don't want to walk and even the trains are relatively inexpensive if you use the TER (local) trains rather than the high-speed TGV. Buy food at markets or small epiceries or eat in the local tabac. Farm stays are particularly cheap and come with very friendly owners and cute animals.

We particularly like Occitanie (formerly Languedoc-Roussillon), the Perigord Noir in the Dordogne and any of the central regions away from the major tourist spots. Usually great food too . . .

4. Posted by ToddP (Moderator 225 posts) 32w Star this if you like it!

Good budget conscious countries in Europe (and safe):

  • Poland
  • Lithuania
  • Belarus
  • Ukraine
  • Moldova,
  • Romania
  • Bulgaria
5. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 1037 posts) 32w Star this if you like it!

I haven't been there so can only go on what I've been told by others, but I think Croatia would fit into the criteria. I'm a bit surprised it hasn't been mentioned already, so maybe it's become expensive in the last couple of years???

6. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1796 posts) 32w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Andrew Mack

I haven't been there so can only go on what I've been told by others, but I think Croatia would fit into the criteria. I'm a bit surprised it hasn't been mentioned already, so maybe it's become expensive in the last couple of years???

It's definitely been rising. I was in Zagreb and Ljubliana last year and I think that Croatia along with Slovenia and the three Baltic countries have appeared to suffer rising costs the longer they've been in the EU and in some cases the Eurozone. They seem to be in a different price league now to the other countries mentioned as being cheap.

7. Posted by ToddP (Moderator 225 posts) 32w Star this if you like it!

Quoting AndyF

Quoting Andrew Mack

I haven't been there so can only go on what I've been told by others, but I think Croatia would fit into the criteria. I'm a bit surprised it hasn't been mentioned already, so maybe it's become expensive in the last couple of years???

It's definitely been rising. I was in Zagreb and Ljubliana last year and I think that Croatia along with Slovenia and the three Baltic countries have appeared to suffer rising costs the longer they've been in the EU and in some cases the Eurozone. They seem to be in a different price league now to the other countries mentioned as being cheap.

While Croatia is cheaper than most of the Western European countries, but definitely should not be classed as cheap (no longer). Slovenia was always that bit more expensive and I would never have classed Ljubliana as a 'bargain' cheap.

8. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 819 posts) 32w 1 Star this if you like it!

Serbia would certainly fit the bill. They have hiking trails, interesting cultural sights, great food and is super cheap. The only downside is the public transport system is not extensive and most places can only be reached by private vehicle but car rentals are very cheap.

Croatia is not the most expensive country in Europe but probably the dearest of the Balkans, we found parts of Slovenia were cheaper than Croatia. Outside the Kotor and Budva region Montenegro was surprisingly good value and Bosnia is also not bad for prices.

Eastern Europe is obviously the cheaper side of Europe but if you wanted to travel the other side I personally found Spain to be good for stretching the Euro.

9. Posted by OlgaBog (Budding Member 7 posts) 31w Star this if you like it!

I've been in many European counties and the most affordable are Poland, Lithuania, Ukraine and also the Chezh Republic. If u want to save money, you can use Couchsurfing(staying in someone's place for free) or look for a hostel. Also, you can buy food in supermarkets instead of restaurants or visit them on happy hours. But in these three countries prices in cafes or other places are not high.

10. Posted by JetlagWarriors (Full Member 42 posts) 31w Star this if you like it!

Thanks for all the info everyone! So many options to consider! We are thinking Germany, Poland, Romania, Serbia. Then come the long train rides as we work our way west. We are warming up to the idea of travelling with an open schedule, which for whatever reason sort of makes us nervous. With so many countries that are easily accessible, I think the best way to travel Europe is to be flexible. We will see.

Thanks again!