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REVEALED: Europe’s cheapest cities for travellers

If you’re on a tight budget, these are the towns for you

So you’re heading to Europe on a shoestring? No problem. With a quick tweak of your itinerary, to include these destinations, you can still make your trip a memorable one. 


New data released by Alpha Travel Insurance has revealed the cheapest cities in Europe for budget travellers, and unsurprisingly the majority lie in the Eastern regions of the continent. 




The data, presented in a neat infographic, details the daily cost of a hostel, two public transportation rides, three budget meals, the cost of one cultural attraction and three inexpensive beers (or wines) in 60 major European cities. 


Topping the list for the most affordable destinations is Istanbul, which can be experienced on just AU$30 a day. With remarkable sites like Aya Sofya and Tokapi Palace, the Turkish city that straddles Europe and Asia may be low in price but it is huge in appeal. 


After Istanbul, the next cheapest cities are historic Kiev (Ukraine, $37.10), which also has the best priced drinks ($4.80 for three beers), (Krakow (Poland, $38.30), Belgrade (Serbia, $39.30) and Bucharest (Romania, $40.25). 


Rounding out the top ten is Sofia, Budapest, Sarajevo, Riga and Zagreb.


At the other end of the scale, the most expensive city is Switzerland’s financial capital Zurich ($171), followed by Venice (Italy), Oslo (Norway), Reykjavik (Iceland) and Amsterdam (Netherlands).


Find the full details of the index in this interactive graphic.


Where in Europe were you surprised at the cost of things?


Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 10 October 2018

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