The best budget destinations in Europe revealed this winter

Thanks to high inflation, rising energy bills and the cost of living crisis, budget travel is more relevant than ever. And there are several ways to measure the affordability of a destination. Of the cost of public transport, food and drink to hotel and attraction ticket pricesthere are many options when it comes to affordable travel.

A new study by a car rental company unveiled another ranking of Europe‘s best budget destinations. The report examines the number of affordable restaurants and the average cost of hotels and car rentals, as well as the price of admission to the city’s biggest attractions.

While the initial ranking included a weighting given to flight costs (from London Heathrow), we’ve removed this factor to make the destinations more relevant to non-UK travellers.

According to, the best budget destination in Europe this winter is Krakow in Poland. With cheap car hire, a low overall cost for a week’s stay, and a cheap main attraction (the Rynek Glowny, which is free), Krakow is the cheapest by far.

Next in the list is German Capital city Berlinthanks to its wide selection of affordable restaurants and free admission to the Reichstag, followed by Tallinn in Estonia, which offers cheap car rental, low weekly costs and free entry to Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.

Here are the five best cities in Europe for budget getaways this winter, according to

  1. KrakowPoland
  2. BerlinGermany
  3. TallinnEstonia
  4. Budapest, Hungary
  5. prague, Czech Republic

You can read the full ranking from (which includes cost factors for flying from Heathrow) here.

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