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Europe's cheapest city breaks


Apr 2, 2024
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Really insightful article! It’s refreshing to see some budget-friendly options for city breaks in Europe. Istanbul, Bucharest and Budapest may not be on my radar at the moment, it’s nice to know these places beforehand when I need places to visit without breaking the bank. Thanks for the tips, @Carolinian!


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Jun 7, 2005
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Edam, SK Canada
The article was a touch misleading with respect to Budapest. The article touts how inexpensive it is to LIVE there because it is easy to walk rather than rely on public transit and there are cheap flights from the UK. But NOTHING was said on hotel or food costs (which is of most importance to visitors) and having been there just this spring I can assure you that while perhaps not as expensive as some other European destinations, "budget-friendly" is not the description I would apply. A round of drinks (and half were beers) for 6 of us was $92.

That being said, it was a beautiful city and well worth the cost!


Apr 20, 2023
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meanwhile, far from the UK, Kyoto is probably less expensive than any of those. We spent about 6 wks in & around Kyoto 2 summers ago when it was just re-opening. It was unbelievable how inexpensive it was. Taking our word, some friends went last summer and said still the same. With full re-opening, prices have surely gone up some, but the yen is weaker now, so there you (should) go. This summer, Sapporo & Tokyo. I'm sure Tokyo will be much much more costly than Kyoto was