It is no secret that travelling through Europe is expensive but there are ways that you can cut down on costs. Try not to eat at restaurants that are near popular tourist sites. You can find better and cheaper food if you walk for a few blocks. There are also many discounts that you can take advantage of if you do a bit of research beforehand. Here is how to explore Europe’s capital cities if you are on a budget.
Exploring Europe’s Capital Cities on a Budget
1. Paris, France
You might think that getting the train from the airport to Paris is the cheapest option, but with prices around €10.30 for an adult and €7 for a child, if you are travelling as a family, it might work out the same price or cheaper to just organise a taxi from Charles de Gaulle Airport. Accommodation can be quite expensive but many offer an extensive spread for breakfast that is included in the cost of your room.
Get a Paris Pass to explore this beautiful city. It offers great you some really great discounts and features like skipping the lines at Louvre Museum, entrance to Palace Versailles, entrance to the Eiffel Tower and a boat cruise along the Seine. Take a trip to Pere Lachaise Cemetery and you can wander through the graveyard to see the graves of Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde for free.
2. Budapest, Hungary
Budapest is a known as the City of Baths because of all of the public bathhouses that are built upon natural hot springs within the city.
Pick up a “Budapest Card” and you can visit St Lucas Medicinal Baths for free and get discounts on other bathhouses. The card will also give you free rides on buses, trams, and metro, access to 7 museums and discounts on restaurants, and other sites.
Stroll along the banks of the beautiful Danube River for free or rent a bicycle. Take a cooking class and you can learn how to make Hungarian food and eat everything that you make.
3. Nicosia, Cyprus
Nicosia is actually the cheapest place to visit in Cyprus because there are no beaches. In Old Town you will find plenty of self-catering accommodation to stay in so you can make the most of the local markets and prepare your own food.
Be sure to explore Ladra Street for museums, as well as plenty of great cafes and restaurants. Explore the sites of Cypress Museum, Byzantine Museum, Selimiye Mosque and the 16th century architecture of Buyukhan.
4. Amsterdam, Holland
Amsterdam is a stunning city and it is a great place to explore. The i amsterdam card will give you access to more than 30 museums including the Hermitage and the Van Gogh Museum. You can also get free public transport and a free canal ride. It also comes with discounts on food and drinks throughout the city. Stay in a hostel for cheaper accommodation and keep in mind that January is the cheapest time to visit and August is the most expensive.
5. Prague, Czech Republic
Prague is a stunning city that is a lot less expensive than many of Europe’s other capital cities. It is a great place to walk around and you can view many things for free. Head to Old Town and you can visit St. Wenceslas Square where you can watch the fascinating medieval Astronomical Clock. It does free shows every hour and a crowd shows up to watch it.
The entry to St. Vitus Cathedral is quite reasonable and you can also see the catacombs for no extra cost. Spend some time admiring the statues on St. Charles Bridge and you may even get to see a free concert.
Prague is known for its music and you can often find inexpensive tickets to concerts that are performed in elegant churches. The beer is cheaper than water so make sure you try some of their world renowned beer.