What are the best & most affordable vacation cities in Europe that have a ton of stuff to see & do?
What European cities are affordable?
Well, here is our list of the 9 (actually 10) best European cities to visit on a budget.
Our list factors in the sights and activities tourists can see, prices for hotels, sights, and restaurants, available cheap transportation to that city and if you would actually want to have a fun time in that town.
Where should I go in Europe if I am broke or not broke? Well here is our list.
Are you planning a trip to Europe but have a low budget to travel?
Worry not as there are several countries which may be affordable or even dirt cheap for you.
If we talk “UN recognized states” then there are a couple to consider:
Ukraine, Eastern Europe
This country would probably be the most expensive on the list. Home to a lot of churches, villages and nice landscapes, this country was a host to a European football cup in 2012 and has won the Eurovision song contest twice.
You would be well off with 600$ for a couple of weeks including renting the apartment in the high season and other expenses.
Republic of Moldova, Eastern Europe
Another former Soviet Republic is considered the poorest country in Europe as the median salary barely exceeds 180$/month.
It is well-known for home-made wine, its villages and Romanian heritage.
You could rent a nice hotel room or an Airbnb Apartment for as little as 15$/day
Moldova does, however, have an autonomous region, which de facto is a self-proclaimed republic, which leads us to…
The partially recognised territories
Pridnestrovian Moldovan Republic (Transnistria)
If you plan to travel there, cross its border via Moldovan side in order to avoid problems in Moldova. Beware of bribery on the border
The de jure Transnistrian Autonomous Unit is a self-proclaimed state which is a frozen conflict zone since 1992, filled with Russian troops.
This territory is landlocked between Moldova and Ukraine
Your travel would most likely be a time travel to the end of the USSR at the end of the ’80s. Same panel buildings, some new shops; same mentality, some new technological advances, like broadband internet and a cell phone.
A lot of its infrastructure belongs to its former presidents making it a very corrupt oligarch.
Median salary exceeds 300 $/month (in Transnistrian rubles) making it richer than (the rest of) Moldova.
Its citizens do often claim their ancestry from other countries thus having a handful of other passports (Moldovan, Russian, Romanian and Ukrainian). Amid plastic coins, you would also be able to use an ATM there, which belongs to an Abkhazian bank (partially recognised state that recognised Transnistria) to retrieve Russian Rubles to exchange them into a Transnistrian currency.
You would probably be well off with a couple of hundreds $/ 2 weeks. Do please check the immigration rules of this state (e.g. how you need to register yourself at the border and at the police station after you arrive at the hostel/ your apartment)