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6 Underrated European Cities for an Affordable Getaway This Summer

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When it comes to affordable vacations, Europe may not be the first place to think of.

Yes, many destinations in Europe are expensive, and with the costs of almost every aspect of travel rising these days, they seem to be getting bigger and bigger.

Young tourist with camera and backpack photographing the Cloth Hall in the Old Town of Krakow (1)

The good news is that the vast and varied continent of Europe offers a wide variety of places to visit, many of which can be considered quite affordable. Budget travelers and backpackers know where to go for low prices on hostel beds, cheap beers, and everything in between.

But, affordable doesn’t have to apply solely to the backpacker crowd. Knowing where to go for lower-priced getaways and how to travel are some of the top ways to save on your next European vacation.

with his annual City cost barometerThe UK Post Office compared the costs of cities across the continent and determined the best deals for a city break getaway.

By looking at the typical costs tourists face in twelve categories, such as accommodation, meals, sightseeing and transportation, the report found the European cities that had the best overall value for a weekend city break.

Panoramic view of Warsaw in a summer day in Poland

To calculate the cost of the weekend for each destination, the following elements are taken into account:

  • Cup of coffee in a cafe/bar
  • Bottle of beer in a cafe/bar
  • Refreshment in a cafe/bar
  • Glass of wine in a cafe/bar
  • 3-course dinner for 2 with a bottle of house wine
  • Round trip transportation to/from the airport
  • 48 hour travel card
  • City Sightseeing Bus Tour
  • Main heritage tourist attraction
  • top museum
  • top art gallery
  • 2 nights in 3-star accommodation (weekend/2ppl rate)

While the number one spot went to world-famous Lisbon, the list includes plenty of culture-packed Eastern European options where you can get the most for your money.

Here are 6 underrated European cities for an affordable getaway this summer.:

Vilnius

The capital of Lithuania, Vilnius, is second only to Lisbon in the list of the cheapest city breaks in Europe. This charming and historic city is underrated and off the beaten path by most tourists, and those who make the trip are pleasantly surprised by all there is to experience here.

Vilnius is not only a great place to soak up the culture, but it’s also cheap, with a weekend trip costing around $280.00 for two people.

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View from the gates of the beautiful gothic Church of Francis of Assisi in the old town of Vilnius, Lithuania.

Krakow

In addition to ranking high on the list of cheapest places in Europe, Poland’s beloved Krakow also ranks high as one of the best places to visit this year. People love Krakow for its storybook setting, not to mention its history and architecture.

A weekend exploring Krakow will cost you around $310.00 currently, and not to mention you can easily jump on the train and visit another one on this list, Warsaw.

Krakow - Wawel castle in the day

Riga

The Baltic country of Latvia has been getting a lot of attention recently from savvy travelers, though it still remains a bit under the radar of the masses. There are many reasons to love Latvia, and especially its capital Riga, but affordability is a big factor when visiting.

According to figures compiled by the UK Post Office for study, a weekend in Riga will set you back just around $353.00, much more affordable than most European cities.

Town Hall Square with the House of Blackheads and St. Peter's Church in the Old Town of Riga at a spectacular sunrise, Latvia

Zagreb

Croatia and cheap are not usually words that go together, as the coastal country boasts some notoriously beautiful and expensive cities, such as Split and Dubrovnik.

However, if you head away from the coast towards the northwest of the country, you can find yourself in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. A weekend exploring the streets and history of this beautiful city will cost around $410.00.

Aerial view of Zagreb Old Town depicting the Lower and Upper Towns, Zagreb Cathedral and Ban Jelacic Square on a sunny day, Zagreb, capital city of Croatia

budapest

As one of the countries in Europe where the US dollar will go the furthest at the moment, thanks to favorable exchange rates, Hungary should experience a tourism boom this year. Not that this stunning country has been a secret, but in the past, it has been visited mainly by those on the European backpacking route.

The capital city of Budapest draws travelers in with its old world charm and keeps them there with the low cost of travel expenses. The general cost of Budapest weekend is the same as Zagreb, around $410.00 for the weekend.

Aerial view of the parliament in Hungary at sunset

warsaw

In line with the $410.00 price tag of Budapest and Zagreb, you can also find Warsaw, the capital of Poland. With over 50 museums to enjoy, this once-overlooked city is experiencing a bit of a post-pandemic cultural tourism boom.

Most of Warsaw was destroyed in World War II, and the mix of architecture that stands now is a mix of original and reconstructed, making it an interesting place for sightseeing.

Priced much lower than other European capitals, it’s clear that Warsaw will provide travelers with great value.

Female traveler in front of the Polish Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw, Poland, Eastern Europe

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