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These are the best budget European city breaks for 2024

The continent’s 12 most-visited cities have been ranked according to affordability in a new study

Liv Kelly
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Liv Kelly

Nowhere does a city break quite like Europe. From the ancient ruins dotted throughout Athens to the pulsing nightlife of Berlin, there’s a city somewhere across the continent for everyone, no matter what you’re after. 

They do vary quite a lot in affordability, though. That’s why Quotezone, a travel insurance company, has analysed everything from the price of a beer, a meal and a hotel to the cost of tourist tax and public transport to create a European Budget Holiday Index, and the results are in. 

Ranking as the most affordable of Europe’s most visited cities is (drum roll, please) Warsaw! The Polish capital does not have a tourist tax, and boasts the most affordable hotel room options at just €45.60 per night. 

In second place it was Zagreb, where a beer is just €3, and in third place it was Istanbul, where a meal costs as little as €8.65 and a public transport ticket 51 cents. Now those are some bargains. 

Unsurprisingly, London, Amsterdam and Paris aren’t quite so budget-friendly. Meals in the UK capital are the most expensive on the list, at around €23.25, whereas Amsterdam’s hotel stays have the highest average cost, at €121.91. Have a read of the full ranking below. 

These are the best budget European city breaks for 2024

  1. Warsaw, Poland
  2. Zagreb, Croatia
  3. Istanbul, Turkiye
  4. Lisbon, Portugal
  5. Madrid, Spain
  6. Athens, Greece
  7. Vienna, Austria
  8. Berlin, Germany
  9. Rome, Italy
  10. London, UK
  11. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  12. Paris, France

City breaks in Europe

Whether you’re after some outside-the-box travel ideas or underrated city break ideas, you can bet we’ve got a list for that. Keep an eye on our Europe hub for the latest on travel to the continent. 

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