Europe prices

Europe is famously home to some of the most expensive cities on earth for the traveler, but there are also some fantastic bargains as well. Generally speaking, the farther north you go the more expensive things get, though there are a few exceptions. The former East also remains comparitively cheap though the gap seems to close more each year.

Seasons also obviously play a huge role in travel costs for Europe. Most of the continent is jammed with holiday-makers during July and August, though some larger cities in the south actually empty out a bit and are good bargains if you can put up with the sweltering heat. Unfortunately, some cities, especially in the north, have such challenging weather during the off season that there’s no point in even trying.

Europe travel prices


Vienna costs – A classic old European city with grand palaces


Bruges costs – A small and touristy town that’s definitely worth a look
Brussels costs – Often considered boring by those who don’t love unusual beers and chocolate


Sofia costs – One of Europe’s cheapest capitals is gaining in popularity


Dubrovnik costs – Hard to reach and touristy but still wonderful
Zagreb costs – A modern look at the former East

Czech Republic

Prague costs – Gorgeous but not nearly as cheap as it once was


Copenhagen costs – Stunning city and residents for those who can afford it


London costs – Required stop for good reasons


Tallinn costs – Interesting and cheaper alternative to nearby Scandinavia


Helsinki costs – Eastern influences make the high prices worth a visit


Nice costs – The cheapest city in the south of France is a great budget base
Paris costs – Expensive, stunningly beautiful, and fascinating


Berlin costs – Interesting, friendly, and reasonably priced look at the former East
Hamburg costs – Germany’s second largest city has much to offer in addition to the Beatles attractions and the Red Light District
Munich costs – Germany’s most pleasant city is Bavarian and efficient


Athens costs – Several important sights make this sprawling city worth at least a short stop


Budapest costs – Lovely and cheap, plus filled with affordable spa possibilities


Reykjavik costs – Compact and interesting, and not as expensive as before


Dublin costs – A must-stop gateway to the real charm of Ireland
Galway costs – Cheaper than Dublin and where to see traditional music performances


Florence costs – The heart of Tuscany is filled with interesting sights
Milan costs – An easy to reach and very different city known for fashion and banking
Naples costs – The home of pizza and Pompeii is definitely worth a visit if you have time
Rome costs – Confusing, expensive, and you just have to see for yourself
Venice costs – Touristy but absolutely worth a night or two


Luxembourg City costs – This small and forgotten country has a picturesque and charming capital that is worth a stop between Brussels and Paris


Monaco costs – Playground for the rich, a good day trip from Nice


Amsterdam costs – Beautiful city center loaded with museums, plus coffeeshops


Oslo costs – The extremely expensive gateway to Norway’s scenic northern destinations


Krakow costs – Charming and still very cheap – a great travel bargain
Warsaw costs – The booming capital is likely to continue to gain fans as it modernizes.


Lisbon costs – Interesting and nothing like next-door Spain


Bucharest costs – This huge city gets mixed reviews from many tourists, but it’s cheap and interesting, to say the least.


Moscow costs – Interesting and challenging, plus quite expensive for most
St. Petersburg costs – The former capital is known for museums and palaces


Edinburgh costs – Touristy city center but worthwhile and fun


Barcelona costs – Great party city and unique culture
Madrid costs – Traditional Spain and very grand


Stockholm costs – Beautiful city and very expensive for nearly everything


Zurich costs – Rich, clean, efficient, and very expensive


Istanbul costs – East meets west with great sights and markets, plus its cheap

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