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City Price Guides For Budget Travel

“How much does it cost to go backpacking through Europe?” That’s the question everyone wants to know.

This is why we created our City Price Guide Series. Each guide outlines how much you can expect to spend during an average day while traveling on a backpacker’s budget. The daily cost consists of a night in a hostel, three meals, a snack/adult beverage, an attraction, and daily public transportation.

Note: These daily costs guides are designed for strict budgets — so you may want to add a little extra wiggle-room to your daily budget for those times you can’t find the best deals or want to splurge a little.

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Amsterdam, Netherlands

Average Daily Cost: 
€40-€70 (Approx. $50-$83)

Amsterdam is a world class city that’s become a popular destination for multiple reasons — but cheap prices isn’t one of them.

See complete price guide for Amsterdam


 

Antwerp, Belgium

Average Daily Cost: 
€39-€57 (Approx. $43-$67)

While Antwerp is best known as the center of the diamond trade, it’s actually a hidden gem thanks to its medieval architecture, vibrant nightlife, fashion scene, and art.

See complete price guide for Antwerp


 

Athens, Greece

Average Daily Cost: 
€27-€55 (Approx. $30-$61)

Athens is one of the most popular cities to visit — mainly for the many grandiose ancient ruins.

See complete price guide for Athens


 

Barcelona, Spain

Average Daily Cost:
€30-€60 ($36-$70 USD) 

If you hunt for a cheap place to stay Barcelona ends up being a fairly good value — by Western Europe standards.

See complete price guide for Barcelona


 

Berlin, Germany

Average Daily Cost:
€33-€42 (Approx. $40-$50)

Berlin has been the cheapest capital city in Western Europe for years so it has been attracting budget travelers for years. Prices are rising but there are plenty of great deals to be found on lodging and food.

See complete price guide for Berlin


 

Bruges, Belgium

Average Daily Costs:
 €36-€63 (Approx. $40-$70)

Bruges isn’t the cheapest place to visit but most travelers spend just a day or two in this fairytale village — so it shouldn’t hurt your budget.

See complete price guide for Bruges


 

Brussels, Belgium

Average Daily Costs:
 €48-€71 (Approx. $52-$78)

Brussels is home to the EU parliament and many jet-set business professionals — which means prices are high.

See complete price guide for Brussels


 

Budapest, Hungary

Average Daily Cost:
Approx. $20-$45

Budapest has a lot of great stuff going for it — a great nightlife scene, beautiful architecture, loads of history, and super cheap food, alcohol, and accommodations.

See complete price guide for Budapest


 

Cologne, Germany

Average Daily Cost: 

€38-€54 (Approx. $40-$58)

Germany’s fourth largest city has an amazing cathedral, great beer and the prices are affordable.

See complete price guide for Cologne


 

Copenhagen, Denmark

Average Daily Cost: 
Approx. $60-$80

Copenhagen is beautiful but it certainly isn’t cheap — especially alcohol. You can find ways to save but it’s going to take some effort.

See complete price guide for Copenhagen


Dubrovnik, Croatia

Average Daily Cost: 
Approx. $43 -$63

Nicknamed the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” Dubrovnik is Croatia’s most popular destination and one of the most beautiful walled cities in the world. It is a little more expensive than other cities in the region but it’s certainly worth the visit if you’re in the neighborhood.

See complete price guide for Dubrovnik


 

Dublin, Ireland

Average Daily Cost: 
€33-€51 (Approx. $40 -$60)

Dublin can be reasonably affordable or expensive — it depends on your drinking habits. So while you can’t expect to find many good deals on alcohol (or food for that matter), you can probably find a reasonably priced hostel.

See complete price guide for Dublin


 

Edinburgh, Scotland

Average Daily Cost: 
£31-£58 (Approx. $49-$90)

Scotland uses the pound so automatically prices are going to be higher thanks to the unfavorable exchange rate. Avoid the city during the summer festival season if you’re on a budget because prices for hostels are increased dramatically.

See complete price guide for Edinburgh


 

Florence, Italy

Average Daily Cost: 
42€-58€ (Approx. $45-$65)

Florence is generally a good deal so you can experience the city without spending a fortune. Do budget extra for all the amazing gelato because you’ll probably find yourself eating it every day.

See complete price guide for Florence


 

Hamburg, Germany

Average Daily Cost: 
36€-61€ (Approx. $40-$70)

Even though it’s Germany’s second largest city, Hamburg is overshadowed by Berlin’s and Munich’s tourism draw. Hamburg is actually a very modern city so it has a much different vibe than the stereotypical “quaint” Germany — although is does have plenty of old-world charm.

See complete price guide for Hamburg


 

 

Krakow, Poland

Average Daily Cost: 
Approx. $20-$35

Krakow is cheap — the hostels are cheap (but still great quality), the alcohol is cheap, and the food is cheap. But as more people learn about the amazing town the more prices will rise… so visit sooner than later.

See complete price guide for Krakow


Lisbon, Portugal 

Average Daily Cost: 
€24-38 (Approx. $27-$43)

Lisbon is a beautiful hilly costal city famous for its pastel buildings, cafe culture, and Fado music. It’s also very friendly on the wallet when compared to other Western European cities.

See complete price guide for Lisbon


London, England

Average Daily Cost: 
£45-£72 (Approx.$70-$110)

London is going to hurt your budget so you’ll have to get creative if you want to experience this city without going broke. However, the government-run museums are both world class and completely free.

See complete price guide for London


 

Madrid, Spain

Average Daily Cost: 
€30-€55 (Approx. $33-$60)

Madrid is a ton of fun and easy on the budget — especially by western Europe standards. Take advantage of free tapas (when you purchase alcohol) for a cheap meal.

See complete price guide for Madrid


Milan, Italy

Average Daily Cost: 
€30-€60 (Approx. $33-$60)

Not only is Milan is Italy’s fashion and business center, it’s also home to da Vinci’s The Last Supper and the amazing Duomo Cathedral.

See complete price guide for Milan


 

Munich, Germany

Average Daily Cost: 
€38-€61 (Approx. $42-$68)

The capital of Bavaria and the home to beer gardens, giant pretzels, and quintessential Germany.

See complete price guide for Munich, Germany


 

Naples, Italy

Average Daily Cost: 
€31-€45 (Approx. $35-$50)

It’s said that Rome is Italy’s heart and Naples is its soul — And maybe this soul comes from the fact that Naples is one of Europe’s poorer cities.

See complete price guide for Naples


 

 

Nice, France

Average Daily Cost: 
€31-€50 (Approx. $35-$55)

Located on the Côte d’Azur (The French Riviera), Nice is a cheaper destination than the ultra-lux destinations of Monaco and Cannes.

See complete price guide for Nice


 

 

Paris, France

Average Daily Cost: 
€40-€75 (Approx. $50-$90)

Everyone needs to see Paris. True, it isn’t a cheap place to visit (especially the hostels and hotels) but there are plenty of ways to save.

See complete price guide for Paris


 

Prague, Czech Republic

Average Daily Cost: 
Approx. $23-$40

Prague looks like you’ve stepped into a fairytale and the prices are great too! Ok, prices have been steadily rising but you can easily experience the city without spending much cash.

See complete price guide for Prague


 

Reykjavik, Iceland

Average Daily Cost: 
Approx. $60-$90

Reykjavik is expensive… and that’s just to stay in the city. If you want to explore nature (which is the best reason to visit Iceland) you’ll have to shell out a lot more money.

See complete price guide for Reykjavik


Riga, Latvia

Average Daily Cost: 
€23-€37 (Approx. $26-$41)

Riga’s cheap prices, super cheap booze, bustling nightlife, and beautiful scenery (both architecture and people) make it an ideal location for budget travelers… except that it’s located away from the normal budget traveler’s trail.

See complete price guide for Riga


 

Rome, Italy

Average Daily Cost: 
€35-€62 (Approx. $40-$71)

Rome is another city that’s on just about every European itinerary. The prices actually aren’t too bad considering its popularity. Of course it’s easy to spend a lot if you’re not careful but savvy travelers can experience the city without breaking the bank.

See complete price guide for Rome


Stockholm, Sweden

Average Daily Cost: 
(Approx. $60-$90)

Stockholm is a beautiful. It is also expensive. As in, it’s one of the most expensive cities to visit. If you do go, you may want to keep your trip short if you’re on a tight budget.

See complete price guide for Stockholm


 

Venice, Italy

Average Daily Cost: 
€50-63 (Approx. $53-$70)

One of the most picturesque cities in the world that has to be seen — even if it’s expensive and overrun with tourists.

See complete price guide for Venice


Vienna, Austria

Average Daily Cost: 
€28-51 (Approx. $31-$54)

The gorgeous capitol of Austria thats been dubbed the City of Music. It can be a little expensive but thanks to it’s inexpensive accommodation and budget food options it end up being cheaper than other comparable cities.

See complete price guide for Vienna

 

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