Just in time for travel to Europe this spring and summer, Yahoo has republished their “10 Surprisingly Cheap European Cities” article in conjunction with Smarter Travel. I agree with their assessment of Dublin, Warsaw, and Budapest being reasonable on the wallet.

Prague is an OK recommendation as well, though there was certainly more truth to it being a “cheap” city ten years ago. I was surprised to see Berlin, Brussels, Rome, and Vienna make the list. What do you think?

If you’re looking for a great European bargain, I have to add Slovenia to the list. Check out my recent entry, Highly Underrated Slovenia – Why You Should Visit – A Trip Report & Photo Explanation.

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Bethany March 30, 2013 - 4:30 pm

I don’t fully agree on Dublin being “cheap”. I have been there a few times to visit friends etc and I found it a bit pricey and the locals even think so.
I DO agree about Poland being cheap though. 🙂

stephan March 30, 2013 - 5:03 pm

Heading to Vienna, Slovenia and Croatia this summer!Can’t wait!

adam March 30, 2013 - 6:19 pm

@Stephan – Sounds like a great trip, enjoy!

ArkansasTraveler March 30, 2013 - 6:13 pm

I would add Belgrade and Sofia to the list as well. Still European but off the beaten path (and rails) is Tirana, Albania. The food, transportation and activities are quite inexpensive. Lodging can be cheap if you check around.

adam March 30, 2013 - 6:19 pm

@ArkansasTraveler – Agreed, I had a great time in Belgrade and it was very reasonable.

BOShappyflyer March 30, 2013 - 9:45 pm

I’m surprised Brussels made it on the list – I wouldn’t say that Brussels is “cheap” either. In fact, one of the comments I made that was caught in a video of my first impression of Belgium is that things are pretty expensive there (it was a mix of budget travel and also splurging on ‘experiences’). The chocolates are great, though depending on your selection, they aren’t exactly cheap either!

Jetstream007 March 31, 2013 - 1:32 am

If you go to Brussels, go over the weekend on when EU staff has their holidays. Remember many workers are just in town during weekdays and return home over the weekend. I’ve stayed in the top end hotels for about 50-60 euros a night (incl taxes) many times. So, if you plan well, that will save you a lot of money….

DaninSTL March 31, 2013 - 5:05 am

Bucharest and Barcelona can be cheap also.
I don’t agree with Rome
. It’s not as high as Sweden or London, etc. but still not cheap.


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