Alguns leitores me enviaram mensagens perguntando sobre as opções de companhias low-cost na Europa e queriam saber porque eu não costumo utilizá-las.
Bom, realmente eu sempre gostei mais de viajar de trem e já falei isso várias vezes aqui no blog. No final desse post vou relembrar as vantagens de viajar de trem e porque é meu meio de transporte favorito “na Europa “.
Mas agora vamos falar sobre as companhias low-cost.
Para quem está um pouco por fora do assunto, essas companhias são famosas por oferecer vôos a preços bem baixos. Mas como diria minha vó: quando a esmola é demais, o santo desconfia.
Na verdade não é que você precise desconfiar da qualidade ou honestidade dessas empresas, mas você deve ficar muito atento ao que está sendo oferecido.
Antes de mais nada vamos conhecer as principais companhias low-cost que voam na Europa.
Rayanair – Uma companhia irlandesa que oferece uma ampla opção de rotas, tendo a sua maioria de operações partindo de Londres.
EasyJet – Uma companhia britânica que voa para mais de 30 países e possui mais de 600 rotas.
Vueling – Uma companhia espanhola que faz parte da Ibéria e voa para destinos na Europa, Ásia e África.
Air Berlin – Não oferece o serviço padrão de low cost, mas apresenta preços bem competitivos.
Você já deve ter visto muita gente por ai comentando sobre os incríveis preços das companhias low-cost – alguns trechos por menos de 20 euros. Sim, isso até existe, mas não é tão simples assim. Essas promoções até aparecem, mas nem sempre você vai conseguir encaixar elas no seu roteiro.
Para você ficar por dentro desse tipo de oferta o ideal é se cadastrar no site de cada companhia e ficar de olho no seu e-mail. De qualquer forma, o preço normal dessas companhias já é bem acessível, principalmente se comparado com as companhias convencionais ou com o que pagamos aqui no Brasil.
Minha principal sugestão para você encontrar os melhores preços é o Skyscanner – já falei sobre eles aqui no blog, lembra? O Skyscanner traz todas as companhias low-cost e ainda tem um aplicativo para você instalar no seu smartphone e/ou tablet.
Caso você queria saber se o valor apresentando é realmente interessante, vale a pena comparar o preço das low-cost com o das companhias convencionais.
Se você está se perguntando como as low-cost conseguem oferecer preços tão baixos, não ache que é milagre não. Na verdade essas companhias oferecem o mínimo do mínimo para você. Em alguns casos você não vai ter nada de bagagem despachada. nada de bagagem de mão. nada de lanchinho a bordo. nada de piloto … opa, esse tem sim!
A questão é que tudo isso normalmente é cobrado a parte. E vamos deixar claro que o quilo de uma bagagem extra em uma companhia dessas vale ouro.
Caso você já saiba exatamente quanto vai levar de bagagem, algumas companhias permitem que você acrescente isso no ato da compra da passagem. Sai muito mais barato do que deixar para pagar isso no aeroporto.
Claro que esse tipo de regra varia de companhia para companhia e até de vôo para vôo. Então fique bem atento na hora de comprar sua passagem para não se esquentar depois.
Outro ponto que você precisa ter muuuita atenção: O aeroporto. Nem sempre as companhias low-cost utilizam os principais aeroportos das cidades. Então na hora de comprar sua passagem ou tentar combinar dois vôos “fique atento! ”. Na minha viagem pela Ásia vou utilizar low-cost e vou ter que migrar de aeroporto mais de uma vez. Então para não chegar em um lugar achando que é outro, olhe bem o seu bilhete e fique atento na hora da compra - trocas e cancelamentos nesse tipo de companhia também são bem chatos.
Bom, isso vai depender do que você está buscando. É uma opinião que vai mudar de pessoa para pessoa. O que eu posso fazer por você é listar as vantagens que eu vejo em viajar de trem (rsrsrs):
• São rápidos;
• Não são tão caros;
• Não precisa despachar bagagem;
• Não precisa se preocupar com peso das malas;
• Chegam em estações no centro das cidades;
• Oferecem uma vista mais atrativa;
• Tem mais espaço para as pernas;
• Tem o incrível poder de te fazer ganhar tempo mesmo com uma viagem mais demorada.
Bom, é isso. espero ter ajudado nas questões sobre as companhias low-cost. Caso você deseje pesquisar preços de passagem de trem. acesse o site da RailEurope . nosso parceiro aqui no blog.
E você já contratou seu Seguro Viagem . Lembre que ele é obrigatório para sua entrada na Europa. Os leitores do blog tem um desconto de 15% na contratação, pegue aqui o cupom de desconto. E lembre-se de utilizar o Booking para fazer suas reservas, o sistema mais seguro e com os melhores preços para você economizar.
Low cost es una expresión inglesa que literalmente se traduce como “bajo coste". El fenómeno del low cost nació en los Estados Unidos hace más de treinta años con los vuelos a mitad de precio. Al poco tiempo se amplió a otras áreas como a la textil, telefónica, hostelería, e incluso en el sector del automóvil.
Origen vuelos low cost
En Europa, se comenzó a conocer gracias a Ryanair y Easyjet, que son aerolíneas definidas exactamente como "compañías de bajo coste" o "compañías low cost". No obstante, a día de hoy el término low cost se utiliza también para vuelos económicos operados por aerolíneas generalmente más caras, sobre todo por las compañías tradicionales. Para evaluar la conveniencia de un vuelo antes de la compra, es aconsejable comparar los precios, horarios y aeropuertos a los que llega cada vuelo, los servicios disponibles, los suplementos extras, costes de equipaje facturado, así como el coste de transporte hasta el centro de la ciudad.
Compara varios vuelos, así como sus precios. Es mejor si se contrastan ofertas de varias compañías low cost. dado que algunas de ellas difieren en horarios y, a causa de ello, también influye en el precio final.
Intenta aprovechar las ofertas de última hora y si posees flexibilidad horaria, reserva un vuelo entre semana o en horarios poco comunes, esto hará que el precio se vea reducido.
Verifica el aeropuerto de llegada de los vuelos low cost. ya que a menudo las compañías operan en aeropuertos algo alejados del centro de la ciudad.
Asegúrate de las medidas requeridas por cada compañía para el equipaje de mano, dado que cada aerolínea puede presentar diferencias significativas en los límites permitidos. El bolso de mano debe caber por completo en el medidor de metal correspondiente a la compañía en la que efectúa el vuelo. El peso permitido del equipaje facturado también puede variar en cada compañía, por lo que es preciso asegurarse a la hora de hacer la maleta.
Si en los vuelos precisa hacer escala, debes asegurarte de los horarios exactos de cada vuelo, dado que las aerolíneas no garantizan que exista tiempo suficiente para realizar el cambio.
Los vuelos de bajo coste suelen presentar mayor puntualidad que los tradicionales, debido a su elevada frecuencia, por lo que es recomendable llegar con suficiente antelación al aeropuerto para realizar el proceso de facturación y embarque .
Antes de reservar el vuelo es necesario verificar si puede volar en las fechas y horarios pensados. Los cambios de vuelo suponen gastos adicionales que, en ocasiones, son más caros que adquirir uno nuevo.
Es necesario cerciorarse de los documentos de identificativos que cada compañía acepta, por ejemplo, en algunas como Ryanair el permiso de conducir no está permitido.
Encuentra las mejores ofertas de vuelos low cost o vuelos bajo coste con eDreams. Aquí encontrarás una lista de low cost airlines (aerolíneas o compañías low cost) con promociones de vuelos a muchas de las ciudades principales de Europa.
As you’ll see below in the 5th annual version of the Europe Backpacker Index, the price of traveling around the continent varies massively depending on where you go. We’ve added 5 new cities for the 2015 installment, so now the list covers virtually every corner of Europe.
The major changes this year had to do with exchange rates. Every currency in Europe fell against the US Dollar, with some plunging far more than others. The Euro itself lost 15% against the USD, while the Norwegian Krone dropped about 20% (along with falling oil prices). If you are holding US money, Europe is now cheaper than it has been in many years.
For the 2015 update we added Cesky Krumlov (Czech Republic), Split (Croatia), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Salzburg (Austria), and Bergen (Norway), all of which are well worth a visit.
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The above list shows some significant shifts for some cities on the list below, indicating that certain destinations are better bargains than others, depending on your style of travel.
How the Backpacker Index works
Prices for most things (hostels, transportation, attractions) are fixed and certain, but prices for a “budget lunch” or a pint of beer can vary depending on where you go. Still, our estimates are based on a lot of research, and should be very close if not right on.
Costs for each city
One night in the cheapest bunk at the least expensive hostel with a good location and good reviews
Two public transportation rides per day
One paid/famous attraction per day (Every city is loaded with free things to do for budget-conscious travelers, but here we take the average cost of a major attraction in each city for each day.)
Three “budget” meals per day (We took our minimum meal price and added 20% to make it more realistic for a longer trip).
Three cheap, local beers (or wine) each day as an “entertainment fund.” Non-drinkers might have dessert and coffee or attend a local music performance instead, so this is a general benchmark that should be proportional for each city.
Interactive map at the bottom of this list
As of summer 2014, we’ve finally added an interactive map that shows the Backpacker Index price for each city as you roll over it with your cursor. You can click on the city names to see all the details about each city as well.
Additional backpacker resources
From cheapest to most expensive
1 – Kiev, Ukraine (cheapest)
Kiev has always been cheap (and very remote) compared to the rest of Europe, but the conflict and uncertainty that Ukraine has gone through in 2014 caused its currency to plunge and inflation to skyrocket. It’s hard to say what prices may be at any given moment in 2015, but at least it should continue to be cheap for outsiders.
Currency: Ukraine Hryvnia
Cheap/good hostel: Magic Bus Kiev – 65.00/night
Daily Backpacker Index: UHR385.00 = US$24.32/day
2 – Bucharest, Romania
Definitely not Romania’s most charming town, Bucharest’s Old Town gets decent reviews but the rest of the city struggles to appeal to tourists. Fortunately, those that make the effort to come will at least be rewarded with low prices all around, which certainly help make up for the other frustrations of visiting. And that huge parliament building is worth a look. Hostels seem to be getting cheaper lately, so it’s even more appealing for the backpacker set.
Sofia remains a fantastic bargain among European capitals, with a very pleasant city center that is quite welcoming of foreign tourists. Prices of nearly everything are very cheap, except for inbound flights from other major cities. For this reason, Sofia is out of the way for anyone who isn’t doing an extensive tour of the region.
Krakow continues as Europe’s best travel bargain. The low prices have drawn in larger numbers of Europeans for weekend breaks, and there are many great and cheap hostels, bars, and restaurants to keep prices low while you are enjoying the beautiful old city and the local culture. Put this one on your list before demand forces prices up like in Prague and Budapest.
Currency: Polish Zlotych
Cheap/good hostel: Benedict Hostel – 30.00/night
Daily Backpacker Index: PLN100.60 = US$27.79/day
5 – Belgrade, Serbia
Belgrade is one of the Balkan cities that had years of trouble in the 1990s and still struggles a bit to attract tourism. You won’t find an abundance of checklist attractions here, but you will find a lively and interesting urban center with good nightlife and appealing prices.
Currency: Serbian Dinar (prices below are in euros)
Cheap/good hostel: City Break Hostel – 4.52/night
Daily Backpacker Index: €25.08 = US$29.86/day
6 – Warsaw, Poland
While Krakow gets most of the raves in Poland, the capital city also has plenty to brag about in addition to very reasonable prices. The Old Town center was famously rebuilt after WWII to resemble its former self, and it’s as charming as it is impressive. Warsaw is a bit out of the way for most travelers, but it’s very worthwhile for those touring the area.
Currency: Polish Zlotych
Cheap/good hostel: Hoza Hostel – 35.00/night
Daily Backpacker Index: PLN112.40 = US$31.05/day
7 – Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Another Balkan-area city whose name conjures up images of its past troubles, Sarajevo is a destination that is struggling to attract tourists. The location deep into the mountains is remote, but it’s also gorgeous once you arrive. The Muslim Old Town next to the modern center is very interesting and incredibly welcoming. This one is a hidden gem, partly because it’s so hard to reach.
Currency: Converted Mark (fixed, so prices below are in euros)
Cheap/good hostel: Hostel Ljubicica – 5.56/night
Daily Backpacker Index: €26.22 = US$31.21/day
8 – Budapest, Hungary
Another excellent travel bargain, Budapest is all-around cheap as long as you steer clear of the most touristy places along the river. The castles and cathedrals are enough, but here you also get thermal spas that are cheap enough even for the backpacking set. Hostels, in particular, are great value, but you have to get a bit out of the center to find inexpensive hotels.
The second most popular tourist town in the Czech Republic is another jewel not to be missed if you are nearby. Framed by a gorgeous serpentine river, the historic Old Town feels perfectly preserved yet not overly touristy. Best of all, Český Krumlov seems shockingly cheap when you are there, with hotels, food, and drinks at very low prices even in the heart of town.
Currency: Czech krona
Cheap/good hostel: Hostel Merlin – 265/night
Daily Backpacker Index: CZK791 = US$34.01/day
10 – Saint Petersburg, Russia
Not unlike Kiev, the Russian currency plunged late in 2014 and inflation took off. Far more tourist-friendly than Moscow, Saint Petersburg is also cheaper and arguably more interesting. Most things are very affordable, and the city would seem even cheaper if its incredible Hermitage Museum/Winter Palace didn’t (justifiably) cost so much. Hotels and tourist restaurants aren’t so cheap, however. Prices here could drift up or down as 2015 goes on.
Currency: Russian ruble
Cheap/good hostel: Mozaika Hostel – 370/night
Daily Backpacker Index: RUB2,158 = US$34.27/day
11 – Riga, Latvia
It’s surprising to see a city so far north also so high on the cheap-cities list, but it turns out that Riga is quite a bargain for the backpacking set. Hostel beds in particular are very affordable, and so is pretty much everything else. Riga’s main problem is that it’s a bit out of the way for those not on an extensive tour. Even for a weekend break, Riga is worth a look, especially for the nightlife crowd.
Cheap/good hostel: Central Hostel – 5.30/night
Daily Backpacker Index: €30.40 = US$36.19/day
12 – Zagreb, Croatia
The beach resort towns of Croatia are the main attraction, so Zagreb, which is well inland, tends to be only a short stop for most. Still fairly cheap by European standards, and especially compared to Italy next door, Zagreb is a bargain and a worthwhile pause on the way to one of the beach towns or nearby Plitvice National Park.
Unlike nearby Riga and Tallinn, the city of Vilnius does not have a cruise port and it’s well inland. For this reason it feels far less touristy than the other two, and the Old Town is gorgeous. This is another Baltic capital that is surprisingly cheap in many ways, so it’s a worthwhile stop between Latvia and Poland. The (hard to find) Frank Zappa statue is one of the more famous quirky attractions here.
You’d think that practically being walking distance from Vienna would make Bratislava a very popular stop for those on a Europe tour, but so far it’s still mostly forgotten. It’s cheaper than Prague and much cheaper than Vienna, so perhaps it will start catching on more in the coming years. A lack of famous attractions doesn’t help, though the pleasant and historic town center is worth a day or two.
The classic east-meets-west city had been creeping up in price, but the decline of the Turkish Lira lately has made it a bargain again. There’s no shortage of markets, mosques, and attractions for even a longer stay, and everywhere else in Turkey is cheaper. Accommodation is more expensive than you might expect. Check our list of recommended cheap Istanbul hotels for bargains in all price ranges.
Currency: Turkish lira
Cheap/good hostel: Aga Hamam Hostel – 20.36/night
Daily Backpacker Index: TRY97.62 = US$42.08/day
16 – Split, Croatia
Split is partly known for being the transportation hub along the Croatian coast, and the gateway to many nearby islands. But the Old City here is even older than Dubrovnik’s and in many ways it’s just as impressive. Prices here are far cheaper than those in Dubrovnik, so it’s a much better stop for most people, as it also feels far less touristy than the walled city to its south.
Currency: Croatian kuna
Cheap/good hostel: Hostel Sunseekers – 81/night
Daily Backpacker Index: 271.80 = US$42.14/day
17 – Prague, Czech Republic
In the 1990s Prague was always used as an example of a city that is incredibly cheap yet still beautiful and historic, but that sort of chit-chat triggered the masses to follow. Still, in spite of high-ish hotel prices, Prague is still quite cheap for those willing to stay in hostels and scout for bargain food and drinks. Plus, it’s still gorgeous, if crowded. Choose from our recommended hotels in Prague list for excellent values at top-rated hotels.
Currency: Czech krona
Cheap/good hostel: Czech Inn – 297/night
Daily Backpacker Index: CZK1,045 = US$44.93/day
18 – Ljubljana, Slovenia
Slovenia is mostly known for its natural sights such as Lake Bled or the Karst plateaus, but its capital is definitely worth a look as well. Ljubljana is a charming and laid-back city with a peaceful Old Town and very appealing prices for visitors. This is the kind of place you’ll think about moving to when you see it, so it’s a very nice place to chill out for a few days on longer trips around Europe.
Cheap/good hostel: Hostel 24 – 9/night
Daily Backpacker Index: €38.60 = US$45.95/day
19 – Tenerife, Spain
The Canary Islands (off the northwest coast of Africa) are a popular warm-weather retreat for many Europeans all year, and Tenerife is the most popular island with English speakers. Prices tend to be similar to mainland Spain, which makes it a relative bargain for most Europeans who are just a cheap flight away. Not many cultural attractions to be found, so it’s mainly a place to relax.
Cheap/good hostel: Hostel Tenerife – 13/night
Daily Backpacker Index: €40.60 = US$48.33/day
20 – Moscow, Russia
Certainly one of the world’s most important cities, Moscow continues also to be frustrating for many travelers, with relatively few hostels and traveler-friendly budget restaurants. The currency collapse has brought prices down, although inflation will eventually bring them back up again. Still, if you can get through the paperwork and find a cheap flight, it’s a fairly cheap place for backpacker-types. Tourist hotels and restaurants can be quite expensive, so even though it’s somewhat cheap for those willing to search for local deals, Moscow can be a drain for 3-star and above travelers.
Currency: Russian ruble
Cheap/good hostel: TNT Hostel 500/night
Daily Backpacker Index: RUB3,050 = US$48.44/day
21 – Tallinn, Estonia
Tallinn is cheap by most European standards, but it’s the most expensive city in the Baltic area because it’s a popular getaway for the Finns just a 2-hour ferry ride away. Frequent ferries from Helsinki are loaded with the party crowd and those looking to stock up on bulk alcohol for the return trip. Still, it’s a fun place with a lovely Old Town.
Cheap/good hostel: The Monk’s Bunk – 9.00/night
Daily Backpacker Index: €41.40 = US$49.29/day
22 – Lisbon, Portugal
Its out-of-the-way location seems to keep tourism well below the levels that the city otherwise deserves, but those who go to the trouble to reach Lisbon will find an extremely handsome and charming city that is a great bargain as well. The city is particularly known for excellent and cheap hostels that are always in a race to outdo each other, with visitors being the ultimate winners. Lisbon is one of those destinations that many people avoid for a long time, and then after they visit they vow to return again and again.
Cheap/good hostel: Equity Point Lisboa – 7.90/night
Daily Backpacker Index: €42.90 = US$51.07/day
23 – Santorini, Greece
Arguably Greece’s most popular holiday island, Santorini is here mainly as a placeholder for all of them. There are a few sights and cultural attractions but most people (Europeans) come to just relax in the sun during the day and drink into the night. If you stay in hostels or basic hotels and eat in places without sea views, these Greek islands all tend to be quite affordable.
Cheap/good hostel: Anny Studios Perissa Beach – 11/night
Daily Backpacker Index: €43.30 = US$51.55/day
24 – Valletta, Malta
Nearly hidden just a bit south of Sicily in the Mediterannean, Malta is a small island group with a pleasant climate and an improving tourist infrastructure. The tiny capital city of Valletta is a UNESCO World Heritage site on its own, and the rest of the islands offer a nice mix of historical sites and pleasant beaches. Nearly everyone speaks English, so it continues to be popular with Brits.
Cheap/good hostel: Hostel Malti – 12/night
Daily Backpacker Index: €44.30 = US$52.74/day
25 – Athens, Greece
The Greek capital was once one of Europe’s great bargain cities, and it may be again depending on the currency situation. The infrastructure created for the Olympics has actually turned Athens into a modern and easy-to-visit place, and the Acropolis and other attractions continue to amaze, so it still seems like a reasonable deal for the moment and may get even cheaper. Political instability has kept some people away, which has helped keep hotel and hostel prices affordable. If Greece finally votes itself out of the Euro, this place should become a bargain again (after a bit of uncertainty).
Cheap/good hostel: Pagration Hostel – 8/night
Daily Backpacker Index: €47.10 = US$56.07/day
26 – Naples, Italy
Italy’s cheapest major city is a very good bargain for those willing to venture south of Rome. Affordable hostels and casual dining choices keep it cheaper than cities to the north, and it has a different atmosphere as well. Naples has almost no green space and a reputation for petty crime, which keeps many visitors away. If you want to see Naples on a day trip and also visit the Amalfi Coast, Pompeii, and the island of Capri, you are better off staying in the lovely town of Sorrento. which is only a bit more expensive.
Cheap/good hostel: Welcome Inn – 12/night
Daily Backpacker Index: €47.20 = US$56.19/day
27 – Madrid, Spain
This classic European city definitely feels like a bargain compared to capitals to the north. There is great competition among its many hostels, and even private rooms in the city center are often cheap. Check out our cheap Madrid hotels list for well located and dependable bargains. Another money saver is the tapas culture, with cheap eats and cheap glasses of beer or wine as part of the nightly ritual.
Cheap/good hostel: Mad Hostel – 11.00/night
Daily Backpacker Index: €49.78 = US$59.26/day
28 – Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona and Madrid are very different in many important ways, but they are very similar in general prices so there’s no reason not to visit both if you can. And this is another city where hostels tend to get expensive and crowded during summer, but are quite cheap for most of the rest of the year. See our cheap and recommended Barcelona hotels list for some options that are well located and highly rated.
Cheap/good hostel: Cool Hostel – 8.90/night
Daily Backpacker Index: €51.20 = US$60.95/day
29 – Berlin, Germany
Berlin is officially booming, and is now one of Europe’s most-visited destinations. This city has endless things to see and do, along with an arts and entertainment scene that rivals anywhere in Europe. The museums and attractions are priced reasonably, and can be efficiently bundled with a Berlin Card. All that, plus the competition among its many hostels keeps things pleasantly cheap. Put it on your list and schedule a trip before things change much. See our recommended hotels in Berlin list for some very good rates at highly rated and well located hotels.
Cheap/good hostel: Heart of Gold Hostel – 12.00/night
Daily Backpacker Index: €52.20 = US$62.14/day
30 – Bruges, Belgium
Bruges is a very good bargain for the backpacking set due to reasonably priced hostels and affordable attractions. In high season (summer) prices go up a bit, but still Bruges is a fine choice to chill out for a few days or more, even though you can see the main sights in less time.
As the largest city on the Côte d’Azur, Nice actually has a decent infrastructure for budget tourists, though things can get pretty crowded in summer and prices do shoot up. This is a great base for exploring Monaco and Cannes with a short train journey, but even in the city itself there is plenty to do, and a pleasant beach if you don’t mind rocks where the sand should be.
Note: Drink prices here are for wine rather than beer, as it’s much cheaper and better as well.
Cheap/good hostel: Hostel Pastoral – 15/night
Daily Backpacker Index: €58.20 = US$69.29
32 – Munich, Germany
Germany’s most pleasant city is only a bit more expensive than the others, so budget travelers can get by with few complications as long as they aren’t going during Oktoberfest (when hotel and hostel prices triple). Prices of hostels do shoot up a bit during summer, but overall it’s fairly easy to find bargains, and the city is so livable that it feels like good value.
Cheap/good hostel: Euro Youth Hostel – 14.50/night
Daily Backpacker Index: €59.90 = US$71.31/day
33 – Florence, Italy
A highlight of so many Italy tours, Florence is cheaper than Rome and Venice in most regards. Hostel competition is fierce and quality is mostly quite good, so this is a good hang-out for weary backpackers. And the food is excellent, if not particularly cheap.
Cheap/good hostel: Hostel 7 Santi – 17/night
Daily Backpacker Index: €55.90 = US$76.58/day
34 – Vienna, Austria
Being one of Europe’s grandest capitals, it’s only slightly surprising that Vienna comes out as a relatively expensive city. Its location between so many other tourist cities makes it an easy one to stop off in for a few days, and while food is a bit expensive, there are some good-value hostels in the city to help make up for it.
Cheap/good hostel: Wombats City Hostel – at The Naschmarkt – 11.00/night
Daily Backpacker Index: €61.80 = US$73.57/day
35 – Dublin, Ireland
For a city that was once considered cheap, Dublin still feels weirdly expensive, especially in light of the larger financial struggles. Fortunately there are some good deals on hostels these days, so hopefully other things (like €5+ for a pint of Guinness in even a dumpy bar!) will loosen up and make the city friendlier for backpackers and budget travelers. Speaking of Guinness, if you are going to do the Guinness Brewery and the popular Jameson Distillery tour, then the Dublin Pass is a great deal.
While it’s not really considered a backpacking destination, Ibiza is popular enough with budget travelers to include here. Hotels can be quite cheap, which makes up for a lack of hostels. Entrance to the main nightclubs in Ibiza will cost a fortune, as will drinks once inside, but if you are content to hang out on the beach then this island can be affordable. Note that the hotel price here is for April, and in summer it will be considerably more. If these rankings were for July, Ibiza would be way down this list, so it’s only really a bargain in the off season.
After its currency collapsed in 2008, Iceland cost about half what it did previously for foreigners, but prices have crept up again and it’s still pretty expensive. Reykjavik isn’t a particularly charming city, which is fine because the appeal of Iceland is the amazing scenery everywhere else. If you plan a trip to Iceland, don’t linger in the capital longer than you have to. The rest of the island is also fairly expensive, and stunning.
Currency: Iceland kronur
Cheap/good hostel: Bus Hostel Reykjavik – 2491/night
Daily Backpacker Index: ISK9,777 = US$75.47/day
38 – Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
This underrated and mostly forgotten city is definitely worth a stop if you are passing between Belgium and France. The location is stunning and the city’s history is interesting, plus the food and drink culture is what you would expect for this part of Europe, meaning there are a lot of great choices.
Cheap/good hostel: Luxembourg City Hostel – 25.00/night (including breakfast)
Daily Backpacker Index: €64.30 = US$76.55/day
39 – Salzburg, Austria
A classic tourist city, Salzburg is at the base of the Alps and it has one of the most impressive Old Towns anywhere in Europe. As the birthplace of Mozart, Salzburg is a key hub for classical concerts and festivals, but for non-Europeans it’s even more famous as the setting of the Sound of Music. The bus tours dedicated to that movie are more fun and far more scenic than you might expect.
Cheap/good hostel: YoHo international Youth Hostel – 19/night
Daily Backpacker Index: €64.40 = US$76.67/day
40 – Hamburg, Germany
This somewhat remote city is largely forgotten by most North American visitors, known best as where the Beatles honed their chops, but Hamburg is a lovely and classy city that is worth a stop if you are in the area. Germans, in general, like good value, so there are plenty of good budget sleeping and eating options for the backpacker types. Hotel prices here are heavily influenced by trade fairs and business travelers, so it can be cheap one week and very expensive the next.
Cheap/good hostel: Superbude Hotel & Hostel St.Pauli – 15/night
Daily Backpacker Index: €65.00 = US$77.38/day
41 – Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik has one of the most amazing walled historic centers in the world, and it used to be considered a bargain compared to Italy. But now it’s so popular with tourists and cruise passengers that it feels more than a bit pricey. If you are on the fence about visiting here, you are better off going to Split, which is similar, much cheaper, and easier to reach.
Currency: Croatian kuna
Cheap/good hostel: GuestHouse Maria – 165/night
Daily Backpacker Index: HRK502.80 = US$77.95/day
42 – Milan, Italy
Milan’s success in finance and fashion have helped make it one of Europe’s most expensive cities to sleep in, although the hostels aren’t as outrageous, so overall expenses are similar to most other Italian cities. Since it’s on-the-way between so many other nearby cities, Milan is definitely worth a stop for a day or two if you can manage it, but don’t feel bad if you skip it.
Regardless of costs, Rome is one of those cities that you’ve just got to visit anyway, so fortunately it’s not as outrageously expensive as some lesser destinations a bit down the list. There are good budget options for most things, but hotels and hostels are more expensive than one might expect, and the main Rome attractions are justifiably expensive as well. Choose from our recommended Rome hostels and hotels for excellent bargains with great locations.
Cheap/good hostel: The Yellow – 14.90/night
Daily Backpacker Index: €67.60 = US$80.48/day
44 – Edinburgh, Scotland
While it’s certainly true that most things in Edinburgh are a bit cheaper than things in London, it’s still far from cheap for most budget travelers. Those who are satisfied with skipping the Edinburgh Castle and the Camera Obscura will find this city very reasonable, except during the Festival season. Speaking of that, check our Edinburgh cheap travel tips for the festival season. which can actually be helpful all year round.
Currency: British pound
Cheap/good hostel: High Street Hostel – 9.99/night
Daily Backpacker Index: £53.35 = US$80.83/day
45 – Brussels, Belgium
For the budget traveler, Brussels can be a bit difficult since the infrastructure is built mostly for business travelers and government employees. There aren’t many hostel options, and cheap meals are a challenge in the city center area. Still, it’s worth a look for the main square alone if you are heading to or from Bruges, which is much cheaper and listed above.
Cheap/good hostel: Hostel Grand Place – 25/night
Daily Backpacker Index: €71.60 = US$85.24/day
46 – Paris, France
Similar to Rome, it’s just a good thing that Paris isn’t any more expensive than it is, because people are going to visit anyway. As long as you are willing to stay a bit outside the main tourist districts then Paris can be quite reasonable on the wallet, and the quality of food is exceptional nearly anywhere you go. The main attractions are actually fairly cheap compared to major sights in some other big cities, and you might save even more money with a Paris Pass. To get the best value have a look at our recommended Paris hostels and cheap hotels section.
Note: Drink prices here are for wine rather than beer, as it’s much cheaper and better as well.
Cheap/good hostel: Le Village Hostel & Budget Hotel – 19.84/night
Daily Backpacker Index: €72.80 = US$86.67/day
47 – Interlaken, Switzerland
The big cities in Switzerland are awesomely expensive because everything is priced for business travelers and the like, so budget travelers are better off skipping them in favor of the small towns of Interlaken or Lucerne to get better views and lower prices. Interlaken itself feels a bit tired, so head straight up to Gimmelwald or one of the other mountain towns for the best experience.
Currency: Swiss Franc
Cheap/good hostel: Happy Inn Lodge – 24.42/night
Transportation: 0 (local transport is free for overnight guests)
Daily Backpacker Index: CHF89.60 = US$88.71/day
48 – Oslo, Norway
As oil prices collapsed in late 2014, the Norwegian currency did as well. Now this gorgeous country is still pricey but not outrageous like it was recently. Flights into Oslo can be quite cheap as well, although Bergen (below) is probably a better choice if you have to choose just one.
Currency: Norwegian kroner
Cheap/good hostel: Anker Apartment – 230/night
Daily Backpacker Index: NOK689 = US$89.36/day
49 – Copenhagen, Denmark
The Danish capital is of the famously expensive Scandinavian cities, but its currency has also eased so it’s a better bargain in 2015. Quality does tend to be quite high, and Copenhagen is arguably one of the prettiest cities in all of Europe, so the higher prices feel somewhat justified. Still, it’s a tough place for the backpacker crowd, especially for those who drink.
Currency: Danish kroner
Cheap/good hostel: Sleep in Heaven – 160/night
Daily Backpacker Index: DKK 497 = US$91.87/day
50 – Stockholm, Sweden
Backpackers who want to visit the homeland of most of their furniture have to go a long distance out of the way to reach Stockholm, and then face shocking prices once they arrive. This is another city where almost nothing is cheap no matter where you look. The long-promised ABBA Museum is now open and it’s predictably expensive as well.
Currency: Swedish kronor
Cheap/good hostel: Crafoord Place – 199/night
Daily Backpacker Index: SEK739 = US$93.31/day
51 – Amsterdam, Netherlands
From a price standpoint, Amsterdam may be a victim of its own popularity. Even with scores of hostels throughout the city center, they are still able to get fairly high rates even during shoulder season. Pick from our recommended Amsterdam hostels and cheap hotels for great value and locations. The famous attractions are on the expensive side, though good deals are always available on food and drinks if you know where to look. Budget travelers will have to book a place way outside the center in order to find a decent deal, and unfortunately Amsterdam loses some of its charm if you have to commute in and out like that.
Helsinki, like Stockholm and Oslo above, has a sizzling economy, but along with it they have very high wages and taxes, and that makes things expensive for outsiders. Even hostels are quite expensive, and hotels are worse. As nice as it may be, if cities had prices reflecting their desirability, Helsinki would be much, much cheaper than it is.
Cheap/good hostel: Eurohostel – 25/night
Daily Backpacker Index: €80.60 = US$95.95/day
53 – Venice, Italy
No surprises to find Venice so far down the affordability list, but once again this is a city where it’s all easily justifiable, and fortunately you can see all the main sights in just two days and one night if you are tight on funds. Of course, most cheaper hotels are not even on the main island, but getting back and forth is cheap and easy. Check our cheap and recommended Venice hotels list for some great choices.
Cheap/good hostel: San Geremia Rooms – 25/night
Daily Backpacker Index: €81.90 = US$97.50/day
54 – London, England
London is famously pricey, but it’s also a weird one for budget travelers since it actually has somewhat affordable hostels (at least outside of high season), and all the major museums are actually free. However, pretty much everything else feels outrageously expensive, particularly the other attractions like the Tower of London and the London Eye. Those wishing to save by bundling these top attractions should consider a London Pass. For cheap hotel and hostel options see our recommended London hostel and hotels page.
Currency: British pound
Cheap/good hostel: The Walrus Waterloo – 14/night (including breakfast)
Daily Backpacker Index: £69.70 = US$105.51/day
55 – Bergen, Norway
Even with a lower Norwegian currency, Bergen is still very pricey compared to the rest of Europe. This is the gateway to the beautiful fjords of Norway, and the city itself is more interesting and easier to visit than Oslo. Actually, hotels here are very good quality and decent value. It’s the food and drinks that feel so overpriced, and the few hostels feel weirdly expensive as well.
Currency: Norwegian kroner
Cheap/good hostel: HI Montana Youth and Family Hostel – 276/night
Daily Backpacker Index: NOK818 = US$106.10/day
56 – Zurich, Switzerland
Certainly no surprise here, especially considering that Zurich also came out on top on our survey of world taxi prices. Switzerland is a rich country and Zurich is its very-rich main city, so the hotel and restaurant scenes are dominated by business travelers and those on expense accounts. It’s a nice enough place, but honestly, Bern is more interesting, and the highlights of the country are in the scenery rather than in the cities.
Currency: Swiss franc
Cheap/good hostel: Youth Hostel Zurich – 41/night
Daily Backpacker Index: CHF125.40 = US$124.16/day
Interactive map of European cities with Backpacker Index
Below you can see each of the 51 cities above on a map. Roll your mouse over each city to see its Backpacker Index price, converted into US dollars at today’s exchange rate.
As mentioned at the top, these prices are for a typical group of expenses for a backpacker, and you could even say these are “average prices” for each city, but definitely not “minimum prices.” Those who never drink, only eat two meals a day, and/or skip most museums or attractions can get by on much less. However, if your style of travel is more minimalistic than this, the order of these cities should still be more or less the same.
Each city name is linked to a page that contains specific prices for many more things, and is converted to US dollars or any other currency you wish on a daily basis.