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Europe On A Budget

Mon, 03/27/2017
European Cities Cheap Hostels and Flights

You can’t beat a city break in Europe. Whether on a longer trip from further a field or a citizen of Europe there’s always plenty to see and do. European cities are some of the oldest and most beautiful in the world. Their attractions are myriad and unrivalled, whether it be the arts, history, cuisine, sports, architecture, nature or anything else that takes your fancy, cities across Europe have plenty to offer. Here are some of our tips on cutting costs when travelling Europe!

Make Your Own Food
Depending on the city you’re staying in, eating out can be expensive, so look for an airbnb or a hostel with a small kitchen and buy food to prepare yourself. 

Know Where To Go
The most expensive cities are Reykjavik, Helsinki, Oslo, Copenhagen, Paris, London, Geneva and Zurich. The cheapest cities in Europe are Sofia, Krakow, Bucharest, Belgrade, Budapest, Sarajevo, Kiev, Warsaw and Zagreb. The more expensive cities tend to be in Northern and Western Europe, whilst cheaper cities are usually in Eastern Europe.

Make A Plan & Use Public Transport
Planning a city trip is easier than you might think. And if you’ve got a tight schedule making a plan might be the only way you get to see and do everything you wanted to. Start by simply writing a list of all the things you want to see and do in the city you’ll be staying in. Now get a map and mark the location of each of the places, now you have a visual idea of how you might want to tackle the city. Some sights might be within walking distance, and others may require taking a bus or train. Visit the tourist information centre if you’re unsure which tickets to buy; day cards and other deals are usually offered at the tourist information office.

Learn Some Key Phrases
One of the best ways to emerge yourself in the culture is to have a go at speaking the local language, even if it’s just a sentence or too. The locals will appreciate that you’ve gone to some effort and will be more willing to help, or give insider tips about the city. It’s so easy for native English speakers to get around without speaking another language, but attempting to speak like the locals will gain you some respect (even if you pronounce it wrong, at least you’ve tried)! Try listening to audiobooks on the flight to your destination to get some last minute practice.

Low Cost Airlines
For international travel within Europe, there are plenty of lowcost airlines to choose from. Keep in mind that airlines tend to serve specific routes, and most have a route map on their website which you can check. If you want to save even more money, try to keep your dates flexible. The best budget airlines include FlyBe, Ryanair, Pegasus Airlines, WOW Air, AirBaltic, Wizz Air, Eurowings, Easyjet and Norwegian Air.

Ride Sharing
Use sites like BlaBlaCar to get between cities. Not only is carsharing a cheaper way to get across the country than by train or by bus, it is also a lovely way to meet people from all walks of life in the country you’re visiting. For those who haven’t done it before, carsharing is a little like hitch hiking, except you don’t have to wait on the side of the road for someone [anyone] to pick you up. The driver will arrange with you a place and a time to meet, and is obligated to include details on the website such as the car which you will be travelling in, the price, the dropoff point in the destination city and how much luggage you can bring.

Know Your Rights
When flying in the EU, whether a European citizen or not, you have certain passengers’ rights. These rights entitle you to care and compensation in the event of a delayed flight, cancelled flight or if you are denied boarding. Get Paid When Delayed is the only free online community platform dedicated to these rights; we help users to work out exactly what they are owed and generate a personalised claims letter to send to the airline.