For those on a budget, Europe can seem like an exciting, yet impossible adventure. But it doesn’t have to be impossible. With some careful planning and research, you can explore parts of Europe at a reasonable price. Let’s take a look at some of the best cities in Europe for your budget-conscious traveler.

Great European Cities for Budget-Conscious Travelers

Budapest, Hungary

This Central-Eastern European Capital has much to off for those on a budget. It’s a city split by the Danube that’s famous for its spas. You can visit luxurious spas during the day and dance the nights away at a nightclub or find a small neighborhood bar. Budapest is made up of three regions, Pest, Buda, and Obuda. Dating back to the Old Stone Age, Budapest, is not without its modern touches. There are many parks, museums, and shops to visit, not to mention the culturally rich restaurant scene. Hungary, though part of the EU, has retained its own currency – Hungarian Forints – and a little money goes a long way in Budapest.

Porto, Portugal

Set on the Douro River, most of this World Heritage City’s attractions are free to visitors such as the Porto Cathedral, Dom Luís I Bridge, and Crystal Palace Gardens. Beyond that, the Porto is famous for its port wine. Porto is also rich in beautiful art museums and historic old churches. The seafood here is fresh and local from the Atlantic and is served with generous amounts of wine. Traveling in and around Porto is made easy by an extensive public transportation system.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

If you’ve been dreaming of a trip to the Italian coast, this city may be more within your budget while still comparable in beauty. Situated on the coast, Dubrovnik, offers travelers medieval architecture, star gazing, and swimming in the cobalt blue waters of the Adriatic Sea. While most of Dubrovnik can be explored in a day or two, there are excellent opportunities for day excursions, particularly for nature lovers, like Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Prague, Czech Republic

As the capital city of the Czech Republic, Prague has withstood the test of time. It has been invaded, flooded, burned, and overthrown throughout history. Attractions like the Old Town Square, Petrin Hill, Charles Bridge, and Prague Castle are free to visitors. For less than $250 a night, you can find a five-star hotel and plenty of decent three and four-star hotels for less.

No matter which budget city in Europe you choose, you’re sure to find culture, history, and adventure. Pay attention to the time of year you’re traveling and you can definitely get a good deal. Now, off to book your next European adventure!