Jul 28

Exploring Europe’s 5 Best Cities on a Budget

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Europe is an exciting continent to explore but it can be pretty expensive when you start to add up all of the entrance fees, accommodation costs, transportation costs and meals. Luckily there are some great ways to save on all of these costs. Each city is different so it pays to do some research before you get there.

Planning will help you spend less time in queues as well so you will have time to see more things. With a little bit of planning you can save enough money to bring some souvenirs home as well.

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona Spain

Barcelona is a fabulous destination to take a city break on a budget. The Barcelona card gives you access to over twenty different attractions and it comes with free transportation including trains that go to and from the airport to the centre of the city.  The card also gives you discounts on restaurants, boat rentals, and many other things.

The beaches are free and only ten minutes outside of the city so this is a great way to spend a day or two.  Barcelona also hosts many festivals that can be enjoyed without spending any money so make sure you know what is going on in the city before you arrive there.

London, England

Camden Market London England

One of the best ways to save money in London is to pick up a City Pass for one flat fee. It allows you access to more than 60 attractions including iconic sites like the Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Windsor Castle and Kensington Palace. You also get a day pass on a Double Decker bus tour, several walking tours, and you can even get special offers at certain restaurants and shops.

Some of the schools in London offer cheap accommodation out of term time, and you can get reasonable prices on rooms with attached bathrooms.  There are also plenty of bed and breakfasts and hostels that offer great rates that won’t destroy your budge, or you could try out AirBnB. Great British Trips provide a City of London Tour, or can help you plan your itinerary so that you make the most of your time in England’s capital city.

Paris, France

Aeriel view of the Louvre Paris France

The City Pass is also available for Paris and it offers great features including skipping the lines at Louvre Museum and entrance to Palace Versailles a short train trip outside of the city. The pass also comes with a helpful city map and access to buses and the subway to get around town inexpensively.

When it comes to choosing budget-friendly accommodation it pays to do a bit of research first. Many hotels come with a fabulous breakfast spread that is included in the cost of the room. You can eat enough to be full for the whole day and not have to worry about having to spend all your money on food.

Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam Canal

The I amsterdam city card is a great option and it will give you access to more than 30 museums including the Van Gogh museum and the Hermitage. It also comes with free public transport and a free canal ride, which is a great way to see this beautiful city. You can also get discounts on food and drinks including the Heineken Experience.

Prague, Czech Republic

Wallenstein Palace Prague

Prague is a beautiful city and there are lots of things that you can do for free if you like wandering around by foot. You can start your day at Wenceslas Square in the old town and watch the medieval Astronomical Clock, walk across Charles Bridge, and then head up the hill to St. Vitus Cathedral all in one day. There is a fee to see this stunning gothic building but you will find it is pretty reasonable. Beer is really cheap here so be sure to have some with your meals. There are plenty of cheap accommodations available as well.

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