July 1, 2008

Cheapest Countries in Europe List
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I found a thread inside the Lonely Planet message forum (Thorn Tree) containing one-man's perception of the cost of travel inside Europe, sorted by country (and sometimes city, type of accommodation). There are obviously more than a few countries missing from this list (like Germany), but I wonder how accurate his impressions are.

Over the years I have listed countries of Europe, starting with the cheapest. I used my own experience, notes from correspondents on the Lonely Planet Thorn Tree, the site for Town Twinning Europe, and the site Balkanology.

Azerbaijan, Armenia, Russia, and Belarus are hard to list here. In almost every other country accommodation costs are in line with other day-to-day expenses, but not in Russia and most other states of the former Soviet Union. Ukraine comes almost lowest in this order of tourist costs if you rent an apartment for a week, or can use one of the few two-star hotels.

West Europe tends to jump into our minds, because they have been visited longer, but if you want mountains you can choose Slovakia and not Switzerland, if a baroque town choose the Czech Republic and not Austria, if charming old towns Hungary, not Italy, if clean Protestant architecture then Estonia not Sweden.

  1. Armenia, using home stay
  2. Ukraine, using home stay
  3. Moldova
  4. Bulgaria
  5. Slovakia
  6. Romania
  7. Armenia, using a hotel
  8. Albania
  9. Lithuania
  10. Latvia
  11. Estonia
  12. Serbia
  13. Poland (excluding Krakow)
  14. Czech Republic (excluding Prague)
  15. Hungary
  16. Macedonia cheap
  17. Montenegro (excluding Podgorica)
  18. Croatia
  19. Podgorica
  20. Slovenia
  21. Portugal
  22. Southern Spain
  23. Krakow
  24. Turkey
  25. Southern Italy
  26. Greece
  27. Prague
  28. Northern Italy
  29. Netherlands
  30. Sweden
  31. Finland
  32. France
  33. Austria
  34. Ireland
  35. Norway
  36. Switzerland
  37. Denmark
  38. Ireland
  39. Britain




July 7th, 2008

So, in this case Moldova is the cheapest country to visit :)



July 7th, 2008

Why is Ireland listed twice at #34 and #38?

Romania is spiffy. Since Moldova and Bulgaria are nearby, it becomes a hat trick choice, I say, with perhaps Serbia as a bonus. Ukraine would be great but the tourist visa hassle lessens the appeal in my opinion.

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Kevin @ TheTravelEditor.com

July 11th, 2008

In southern Europe, once you leave cities the prices drop, and sometimes quite substantially. We visit the rural areas around Piacenza in northern Italy several times a year (my wife's family comes from there), and you can eat and drink fabulously well without breaking the bank. I can't comment on accommodation prices, but there are plenty of B&Bs and agriturismo places around. By the way, my Italian friends all say that you eat incredibly well near Piacenza, and Italians would know.

I've also found similar price disparity near Valencia and in Greece.



October 24th, 2008

Where are Belgium, Luxemburg and Iceland in the list?



February 19th, 2010

Where's Germany?! It's either too expensive, or too cheap!!!
I lived in Berlin for three months, and it's a paradise a student can afford. You can live a fabulous life in Berlin with 650 Euros per month (including the rent). My room was fully furnished (glassware, kitchenware, TV, etc) and I paid 345 Euros per month!!!! Isn't that great or what!!!! I don't know why Germany is not listed here!



June 25th, 2010

An inexpensive and beautiful tourist destination is Romania.

A beer is 1.5 - 3 EUR, coffee is 1 to 1.5 eur, a hot dog is 1.3 to 1.8 eur.
A trip by train from Bucharest to the sea is 8 to 11 EUR (225 km).

Most beautiful places in Romania is Sinaia, Brasov, Sighisoara, Sibiu, Iasi, Maramures, the Danube Delta.



July 20th, 2010

Cyprus is Very Expensive Country-Island. One of the most expensive countries in Europe and famous World Destinations. Why is not in the list….Number 40 or 45 lets say… ???



August 25th, 2011

Since when is Krakow a country?
Romania and Hungary is just the same, many things in Hungary are cheaper than in Romania, many just the opposite. I couldn't tell which one is cheaper, despite I'm living in both of the countries.
Krakow is also fu**ing cheap, let it be a city or country… Whatever you want. Croatia too.
this is bullshit


Vinod Vaya

December 15th, 2011

This is really very informative and I have been to Lithuania, Latvia, Ukraine multiple times and found they deserve the rank given.

However If am surprised for Berlin. Is it really so cheap? How nice it would have been such places & contact information is also available.

Good information!!!

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