Where in Europe These Days Won't Break the Bank?

Discussion in 'Europe' started by anng3, Mar 27, 2011.  |  Print Topic

  1. anng3
    Original Member

    anng3 Silver Member

    Messages:
    145
    Likes Received:
    97
    Status Points:
    310
    Planning a trip to Europe April - June and looking for places to visit that won't break the bank.
    What cities do you love and why that are still affordable?
    Starting out in Spain, already have Prague on the list. Have to do Holland to see the tulips but other than that pretty open.
     
  2. jpruzins
    Original Member

    jpruzins Silver Member

    Messages:
    91
    Likes Received:
    62
    Status Points:
    210
    Iceland was inexpensive and they only take credit cards (everywhere). Post volcano eruption there are several flight+hotel deals and you can stop there to/from states to get to other parts of Europe. You can easily do 3 days in Iceland and hop over to Spain/Prague.
     
  3. rjb
    Original Member

    rjb Silver Member

    Messages:
    31
    Likes Received:
    44
    Status Points:
    190
    My early planning for Czech Republic in May seems to show it is still relatively inexpensive
     
  4. TRAVELSIG
    Original Member

    TRAVELSIG Gold Member

    Messages:
    3,942
    Likes Received:
    5,509
    Status Points:
    4,145
    Germany also has some great deals.
     
  5. mrsmortis
    Original Member

    mrsmortis Silver Member

    Messages:
    99
    Likes Received:
    105
    Status Points:
    335
    Lake Bled in Slovinia isn't really a city but it's beautiful and still very reasonably priced. If you like mountain walks and swimming in crystal clear lakes it's the place for you. There are also locals selling you their homemade Schnapps. As a bonus you fly into Ljubijana which is a lovely city.
     
    TRAVELSIG likes this.
  6. JennB
    Original Member

    JennB Gold Member

    Messages:
    1,472
    Likes Received:
    6,265
    Status Points:
    4,470
    The first thing I thought when I saw this thread was Slovenia, as well. It's a gorgeous country with lovely people. The mountains are amazing, the lakes are majestic and Ljubljana is a small but culture rich city. I spent a week there last week and spent 100 euros per night on a hotel that was very nice. I was told is was one of the most expensive ones around but it was a work trip so I wasn't concerned. I'm sure there are many nice places to stay that are less.

    I'm not much of a foodie so my meals never seemed to be more than 7 euros. Definitely a huge difference from London or Paris.
     
  7. TRAVELSIG
    Original Member

    TRAVELSIG Gold Member

    Messages:
    3,942
    Likes Received:
    5,509
    Status Points:
    4,145
    Excellent call! Slovenia is beautiful- and both Ljubljana and Bled are worth a visit.
     
    planeluvr likes this.
  8. MSPeconomist
    Original Member

    MSPeconomist Gold Member

    Messages:
    58,563
    Likes Received:
    98,528
    Status Points:
    20,020
    I find that in some countries I'm much more willing to eat in modest restaurants and sleep in cheap hotels. Germany seems especially good this way because of the fixation on cleanliness, while the hotter climate in southern Europe makes me more careful about food and more insistent on AC that works well.

    In general, smaller towns or rural areas are generally cheaper away from big tourist attractions. Weekends can be less expensive in business city hotels, although not necessarily because European hotels tend to do less yield management than in the US except for chains, although there might be high, shoulder, and low seasons with different minimum stay and half/full board requirements around peak times.
     
  9. ArizonaGuy
    Original Member

    ArizonaGuy Silver Member

    Messages:
    490
    Likes Received:
    603
    Status Points:
    645
    As a general rule, the further east and/or south one goes on the continent, the lower the costs will be. The exceptions are of course any large metropolis with a major tourism market - you can still find affordable options in Barcelona, Rome, Prague, Budapest or Athens but there's plenty of upscale costs.

    My personal choice is Hungary. Budapest alone is well worth a few days to a week but it's even more affordable if you take a train or pick up a car and head to the smaller towns. Actually, my personal choices are just about anywhere east actually. Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, or northeast to the Baltics - Estonia is affordable in comparison to much of the continent and you can even hop over to Helsinki for a day or two for some brief splurging at the start or end of a trip!
     
  10. ShopAround
    Original Member

    ShopAround Silver Member

    Messages:
    242
    Likes Received:
    503
    Status Points:
    570
    I'm planning a trip to Poland this summer - from my trip planning research, it seems to be pretty cheap.
     
  11. Blur
    Original Member

    Blur Silver Member

    Messages:
    13
    Likes Received:
    9
    Status Points:
    115
    Berlin
     
    Wurm likes this.
  12. LXJenkins
    Original Member

    LXJenkins Silver Member

    Messages:
    136
    Likes Received:
    141
    Status Points:
    395
    Generally, the further east you go the cheaper it gets. Prague seems to have been creeping up in price but is still a relative bargain (although the hoard of tourists is a bit annoying).

    I highly recommend Poland - particularly Krakow and Wroclaw. Bled, Slovenia is another great recommendation. Pass on the hotels and stay in one of the many B&Bs along the lake (I loved the Pension Pletna) for a great bargain.
     
  13. TRAVELSIG
    Original Member

    TRAVELSIG Gold Member

    Messages:
    3,942
    Likes Received:
    5,509
    Status Points:
    4,145
    Also Austria has some very reasonable prices.
     
  14. Wurm
    Original Member

    Wurm Silver Member

    Messages:
    843
    Likes Received:
    1,232
    Status Points:
    825
    I completely agree - Berlin has to be the most reasonably-priced "truly-world-class" city in central Europe.

    Better still, Berlin can serve as a staging point for trips to many extremely interesting (and still not too expensive) places, including cities of the former East Germany (Dresden, Leipzig, Weimar) and even Prague itself (easy rail or road connection from Dresden).
     
  15. TRAVELSIG
    Original Member

    TRAVELSIG Gold Member

    Messages:
    3,942
    Likes Received:
    5,509
    Status Points:
    4,145
    Berlin is a fantastic city to visit. I would also add Vienna as it can be very reasonably priced.
     
    Wurm likes this.
  16. torbster
    Original Member

    torbster Silver Member

    Messages:
    471
    Likes Received:
    1,370
    Status Points:
    775
    If you're starting out in spain, then definitely go to Portugal. The whole south-west coast has some amazing beaches and is generally super-cheap. Also if flying in to lisbon you wouldn't have to drive further than 45mins to get to some rural small-towns with great beaches and fantastic seafood. You can rent a small car for a week (miles and full cover insurance included) for less than 100 euros + petrol.
     

Share This Page