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March 5, 2021 Travel
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10 Cheapest European Countries To Visit From India

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Are you a backpacker, bird of passage, or a travel freak? Whatever you call yourself, you must be aware of the best travel places around the world.

Most people who love traveling search for cheap places. Naturally, you would want to save your money and enjoy it at the same time. No country or city is expensive or cheaper, it’s the way you plan your trip.

If you’re a budget traveler, you may have this misconception that European countries are darn expensive. Most Indian people travel to Thailand or Singapore for a holiday as they find these countries cheaper to travel to.

Calculating the amount of money that you may spend on the overseas trip may scare you. But, it is not every day that you would want to visit a place that is as wonderful as a European city.

Times are changing and rightly so, so today you can plan a trip to a foreign location if you prepare right. There are many affordable options in European countries, where you can have a memorable holiday without burning your pocket.

What if you can’t visit the main places and cities, you still have options that will give you an insight into the beautiful countryside.

10 European countries/cities that are statistically cheaper to travel for Indians

1. Romania

Romania is situated at the intersection of Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe. It has land boundaries with Bulgaria in the south, Ukraine in the north, Hungary in the west, Serbia in the southwest, and Moldova in the east, as well as a Black Sea opening. From mesmerizing landscapes, rocky peaks to medieval villages, Romania is a place that will truly captivate you. You’ll get an insight into the cultural heritage of Europe by visiting the place.

Why cheaper

The place boasts of inexpensive hotels and restaurants that will make your trip cheaper. Also, the majority of tourists don’t visit this offbeat place for a holiday.

Places to visit

  • Carpathian Mountains
  • Bran’s Castle
  • Transalpine

The Carpathian Mountains offer a splendid view of mountain ranges. Bran’s castle is a place that is perfect for a family outing. You can also enjoy a scenic drive in Transalpine that will give you an appealing view of hills.

Best time to visit

An ideal time to visit Romania is from mid-May to mid-Sep. The early fall will be ideal weather to explore the place. Autumn is a wonderful time to go hiking because the weather is mild and there are few chances of rain. However, particularly toward the end of autumn, the mountainous areas of Romania can become very chilly. Snowfall is not unusual at the end of the autumn season.

Language spoken

The Romanian language is spoken in the place, but the majority of people also understand English. It becomes easy for tourists to communicate with locals.

Tentative daily budget

  • Hostel budget: $10
  • Hotel budget: $20
  • Food budget: $10
  • Transport and sightseeing budget: $20
  • Avg. daily budget: $40

2. Warsaw (Poland)

Warsaw is Poland’s capital and also the country’s largest city. The metropolis is located on the Vistula River in east-central Poland, with a population of 1.8 million people living in a 3.1 million-person metropolitan area, making Warsaw the 7th most populous capital city in the EU. It is an unusual European city that will give you a glimpse of modern and gothic architecture. Over the years, it has emerged as a fascinating mix of landmarks and culture.

Why cheaper

The inexpensive restaurants and the cost of commute make this place darn cheaper. You’ll be to have a good time without worrying about money.

Places to visit

  • Warsaw Uprising Museum
  • Park Łazienkowski

You need to visit the royal route from the old town. 

Best time to visit

An ideal time to visit Warsaw is from June to Aug, it is the peak season when you can take advantage of the pleasant weather. The warmest months in Warsaw are June, July, and August, which means that locals and visitors alike can visit the Warsaw Uprising Monument and explore Old Town and Krakow Suburb Street without having to bundle up. Summer is also jam-packed with activities, namely free piano concerts in the park of the Lazienki Królewskie Museum and a diverse set of festivals.

Language spoken

The Polish language is spoken in Warsaw that reflects the polish culture of the people. English is also widely spoken in the region.

Tentative daily budget

The budget for a single day could be between $30 to $35, it depends on the hotel you choose.

3. Poland

Poland is a country in the Central European region. It is divided into 16 administrative provinces and covers 312,696 square kilometres, with a mostly temperate seasonal climate. Poland is the European Union’s fifth most populous member state, with a population of roughly 38.5 million people. The place is known for its spectacular landscapes, parks, and castles. Its also known as the most romantic country in Europe after Italy.

Why cheaper

If you compare it with other European countries, then the cost of traveling to Poland is one-third. It is cheap, and therefore it should be on your list.

Places to visit

  • North Mountains
  • Auschwitz Museum

Enjoy the North Mountains and forests in the center of Poland. Visit Krakow for its picturesque beauty and explore Auschwitz Museum at the place.

Best time to visit

Springtime is the best time to visit Poland, it is also the time when the weather is just perfect for exploring the place. A lot of amazing festivals like Ludwig van Beethoven Festival, Florianski Fair & Film Music festival are held durjiring these months and these events attract crowds like no one else. 

Language spoken

Polish is dominantly spoken in Poland, though there are many English-speaking natives in the place. You’ll be able to communicate in English when you visit the place.

Tentative daily budget

The budget for a single day could be between $40 to $45. You can book a hotel depending on your budget.

  • Hostel budget: $10
  • Hotel budget: $30
  • Food budget: $15
  • Transport and sightseeing budget: $20
  • Avg. daily budget: $45

4. Athens (Greece)

Athens is Greece’s capital and largest city. Athens is one of the world’s oldest cities, with a documented history stretching over 3,400 years and the oldest civilizations presence dating from the 11th to 7th millennia BC. Athens is known to be one of the iconic cities of Europe, its land of Gods with a vibrant vibe and narrow lanes. It’s a place where you can explore heritage culture and nightlife.

Why cheaper

There are many local food options and cheap hotel options that you can choose from in Athens. Get a cheap deal if you plan well in advance.

Places to visit

  • Roman stadium
  • Acropolis
  • Syntagma Square
  • The Parthenon

Best time to visit

Visit the place in May or Sep as it’s the peak season when you’ll be able to enjoy the weather. The fall and spring seasons are the best to visit Athens. May is the best month to visit Athens in terms of climate. Although there might be a few cold or rainy days, you are more than likely to have pleasant nice weather.

At this time, cruise ships begin to arrive in Athens, bringing a significant increase in the number of tourists. You can visit the famous archaeological sites.

Language spoken

Modern greek is the main language spoken in Athens, though you can communicate in English with natives when you visit the place.

Tentative daily budget

The budget for a single day could be between $24 to $30, this depends on your accommodation options.

5. Latvia

Latvia is a country in Northern Europe’s Baltic region. It is one of the Baltic states, bounded on the north by Estonia, on the south by Lithuania, on the east by Russia, on the southeast by Belarus, and on the west by Sweden. Latvia’s population is 1.9 million people. The place lets you explore some unexplored regions in Europe. The place offers a fascinating mix of culture, traditions, and history. It’s also known for its green spread.

Why cheaper

As it’s not a popular destination as Italy or France, it is much cheaper to other European countries. From hotels to restaurants, you’ll find cheaper deals.

Places to visit

  • Riga old town
  • Gauja National Park
  • Sigulda Castle

Best time to visit

April to September is the best time to visit the beautiful country. You’ll be able to enjoy the spring migrations during this time. Autumn is a particularly lovely time to visit, with the golden brown leaves of woody plants contrasted against the dark green pines.

Language spoken

Latvian is the most dominant language that is spoken in Latvia. The percentage of English-speaking natives is small in the place.

Tentative daily budget

  • Hostel budget: $10
  • Hotel budget: $20
  • Food budget: $10
  • Transport and sightseeing budget: $20
  • Avg. daily budget: $40

6. Madrid (Spain)

Madrid is Spain’s capital and most populous city. The city has a population of nearly 3.4 million people, with a 6.7 million people living in the metropolitan area. Madrid is located on the Manzanares River in the heart of both the country and the Madrid Community, of which it is also the capital. Madrid is the political, economic, and cultural heart of Spain, serving as the country’s capital, seat of government, and residence of the Spanish monarch.

Madrid is one of the beautiful countries that boast wonderful architecture and lively nightlife. It’s the city of dance, music, passion, and wine.

Why cheaper

It is reasonably priced, you’ll get a lot of cheap accommodation options in the place which will save your money.

Places to visit

  • Reina Sofia Museum
  • Prado Museum
  • Maydried Royal Palace

Best time to visit

You can visit Madrid from Sep to Nov, which is also the peak season. The springtime in May is also a good time if you want to explore the city in its full glory. During the same time, there is more than enough daylight and the weather is good. Madrid’s climate is continental, which means it is mostly dry and extreme. Summers in Madrid are humid, while winters are cold, with occasional snowfalls and the possibility of rain. Summers see a spike in visitors as a result of a slew of thrilling festivals. As a result, the benefit of visiting in the spring and autumn is the significantly lower accommodation costs.

Language spoken

Castellano is the local language that is spoken in Madrid. Though a majority of the population also speaks Castilian Spanish along with English.

Tentative daily budget

The budget for a single day could be between $45 to $50. It can be low depending on your accommodation.

7. Bulgaria

Bulgaria is a Southeast European republic. It is bordered on the north by Romania, on the west by Serbia and North Macedonia, on the south by Greece and Turkey, and on the east by the Black Sea. Sofia is the country’s capital and largest city; other major cities include Plovdiv, Varna, and Burgas. Bulgaria is the best place for budget travelers as it offers a host of cheap accommodations. The country is known for its pristine beaches and sunny mountain peaks.

Why cheaper

It is a cheaper option as most people don’t make it a part of their itinerary when they visit Bulgaria. Besides, rural tourism in the place still untouched.

Places to visit

  • Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
  • Plovdiv
  • Asen’s Fortress

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Bulgaria is in the spring. April to June is the ideal time to visit this beautiful country. Bulgaria has warm summers and cold winters due to its temperate climate. Summer is the best time to go hiking and explore the Black Sea coast. There are also festivals planned for this time of year. However, after mid-October, the weather begins to cool and the ski season begins in earnest in the mountains.

Language spoken

The Bulgarian language is spoken in Bulgaria, and English is the second most spoken language.

Tentative daily budget

The budget for a single day could be between $30 to $35, which is cheaper as compared to other European countries.

  • Hostel budget: $10
  • Hotel budget: $15
  • Food budget: $8
  • Transport and sightseeing budget: $15
  • Avg. daily budget: $35

8. Porto (Portugal)

Porto is Portugal’s second-largest city and a major metropolitan centre on the Iberian Peninsula. With a population of 237,559 inhabitants, Porto is a small city in comparison to its metropolitan area. Porto, on the Douro River’s estuary in northern Portugal, is one of Europe’s oldest cities. Port wine, one of Portugal’s most well-known exports, is named after Porto because the metropolitan region, especially the cellars of Vila Nova de Gaia, were responsible for the packaging, transportation, and export of fortified wine. Porto is a great option for pocket-friendly travel plans. It is known for its wine culture, quaint locations, and graffiti art.

Why cheaper

Public transport is much cheaper in Porto, and that makes your traveling easy in the pocket. Besides, accommodation options are also cheap.

Places to visit

  • Clérigos Tower  Porto Wine Cellars
  • Porto Cathedral
  • Crystal Palace gardens

Best time to visit

You can visit the place in May or Sep when the weather is perfectly warm and sunny. Summertime climate is best to explore the places. The weather is pleasant, the sidewalks aren’t too congested, and there isn’t much rain during this period. You can enjoy the magnificent outdoors without being exposed to the sun’s rays, and you can visit the major attractions without seeing too many people.

Language spoken

Portuguese is spoken in Porto. But, the majority of people also speak the English language so there won’t be any communication problems.

Tentative daily budget

The budget for a single day in Porto could be between $36 to $45. It also depends on the place you choose as your accommodation.

9. Croatia

Croatia is a country on the Adriatic Sea that lies at the crossroads of Central and Southeast Europe. It shares a maritime boundary with Italy to the west and southwest, and borders Slovenia to the northwest, Hungary to the northeast, Serbia to the east, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro to the southeast. With twenty counties, Zagreb, the country’s capital and largest district, is one of the country’s primary subdivisions. Croatia is listed as a high-income economy by the World Bank and ranks very high on the Human Development Index. The economy is dominated by the service, manufacturing, and agricultural sectors, in that order. The place is known for its endless stretch of coastline and medieval culture. It gives a different kind of vibe well-preserved heritage tag.

Why cheaper

It’s the most affordable place in Europe, the commute, accommodation, and restaurants are cheap. Off-season visits can be cheaper at the place.

Places to visit

  • Zlatni Rat beach
  • King’s Landing
  • Trogir and Zadar

Among the best places of Croatia, you can visit – Zlatni Rat beach, King’s Landing, which offers an eye-catching view of red tiles rooftop. Also, visit towns like Trogir and Zadar

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Croatia is in May, June, and Oct. The weather is quite sunny and pleasant. You can also visit in the summer months. Croatia is best visited between June and August or September and October. Croatia has a pleasant climate all year. During the mild winters, historic centres along the coast, such as Split, Dubrovnik, and Zadar, are ideal for visitors. Coastal Croatia is sunny during the summer months, making it suitable for sunbathing and swimming. On the other hand, September and October are less busy, and the weather is also good. From October to March, the coastal area is noticeably quieter, with a plethora of excellent lodging options and hotels closed to visitors.

Language spoken

Croatian is the official language that is spoken in the place. People also tend to speak the Bosnian and Serbian languages here.

Tentative daily budget

The budget for a single day could be between $40 to $50. It depends on your mode of transport and hotel bookings.

  • Hostel budget: $15
  • Hotel budget: $30
  • Food budget: $15
  • Transport and sightseeing budget: $20
  • Avg. daily budget: $50

10. Lisbon (Portugal)

Lisbon is Portugal’s capital and largest city, with a population of 505,526 people. The Lisbon metropolitan area is home to approximately 2.8 million residents, or about 27% of the country’s population. It is the westernmost capital city on mainland Europe and the only one on the Atlantic coast. Lisbon is located on the Atlantic Ocean and the Tagus River in the western Iberian Peninsula. Because of its significance in banking, business, media, culture, arts, foreign trade, education, and tourism, Lisbon is considered an alpha-level global capital. Lisbon is famous for its cafe culture and pastel buildings. It seemingly combines the modern culture with traditional heritage making it one of a kind.

Why cheaper

The accommodations are cheaper, and the tourist attractions are accessible making it a pocket-friendly option for your budget travel.

Places to visit

  • Sao Jorge Castle
  • Palace of Ajuda Rua Augusta Church
  • Marquises of Fronteira palace

Best time to visit

You can visit the place from March to May, it’s the time when it is not too hot and the accommodation options are also cheaper. A number of film and dance festivals are held during these three months. 

Language spoken

Portuguese is the language spoken in Lisbon, though most natives also speak English.

Tentative daily budget

The budget for a single day could be between $25 to $35 depending on the hotel you choose.

Conclusion

Have you visited the above wonderful countries yet? If you have budget constraints, then the above options are perfect for you. You’ll get the same European vibe at these places. So, pack your bags and book your European tour. Get your currency exchange done at the best rates only on BookMyForex. Also, do not forget to buy a forex card which can be your saviour while you are having fun overseas. 

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