The Most Affordable European Capital Cities, Ranked
Bus and train booking site Wanderu ranked all European capitals from cheapest to most expensive. Here’s where you can get the most bang for your buck.
According to a study conducted by Wanderu, Macedonia is home to the cheapest capital in all of Europe. Skopje is historic at its core, featuring Ottoman- and Byzantine-era sights. Tourists will enjoy the many museums, shops in the old Turkish bazaar, and the quaint cafés. These 10 unforgettable European vacations will set you back less than $400 a day.
The capital and the largest city of Kosovo, Pristina isn’t known as an overwhelming tourist destination. Instead, it offers visitors the chance to unravel the city by simply getting to know its people. The café culture is strong, the history and art are free, and the main pedestrian street—Bulevardi Nënë Tereza—is always full of people walking it up and down. Here are 13 underrated European cities everyone should visit once.
Podgorica, the capital city of Montenegro, is situated in the scarce Montenegrin lowlands between the Dinaric Alps and Lake Scutari. Despite having undergone five name changes, having been owned by everyone from the Romans to the Turks to the Austro-Hungarians, and twice having been wiped off the map entirely, the city offers plenty of parks, a vibrant café culture, and excellent galleries.
Armenia’s capital, Yerevan, is full of Soviet-era architecture. Republic Square is the place to be, offering music, water fountains, and colonnaded government buildings. The city is both old and new, and the juxtaposition is alluring. You will find old-fashioned tea houses next to chic European-style wine bars, and hipster fashion alongside babushka garb.
Despite dating back to 1420, the majority of Chișinău is built in Soviet-style from the 1950s onward as a result of a tragic earthquake that struck in 1940. Today, people enjoy the city’s diagonally opposed parks, Parcul Catedralei and Ștefan cel Mare Central Park, along with the many museums, restaurants, and cafés. These globetrotters spill 11 secrets for traveling on the cheap.
Known for its colorful Ottoman-, Fascist- and Soviet-era architecture, the capital of Albania is a small, pleasant city. The cultural, entertainment, and political center of the country, there are a handful of museums, monuments, historic buildings and parks to enjoy. The housing units painted in bold, rainbow colors are particularly interesting.
The capital of Belarus is a modern city featuring many museums, theaters, and various cultural attractions among monumental Stalinist architecture. Much of the action resides on Praspiekt Niezaliežnasci (Independence Avenue), featuring fashionable cafés, eclectic restaurants, and crowded nightclubs.
The capital of the Balkan nation of Bulgaria, Sofia is situated below the Vitosha mountain. It features more than 2,000 years of history from Greek, Roman, Ottoman, and Soviet occupation. Done exploring the modern, youthful city’s manicured parks, restaurants, bars, and galleries? The ski slopes and hiking trails on the mountain offer outdoor allure.
The capital of the southeast European country of Serbia, Belgrade is an up-and-coming city that offers Old World culture alongside modern nightlife. Situated where the Sava river meets the Danube, Belgrade offers a gritty experience. Large coffee houses, down and dirty dive bars, and historic buildings flank the lively pedestrian boulevard of Knez Mihailova.
Located in Southern Romania, the country’s capital offers a lively historic area called the Lipscani district, where nightlife thrives, and a tiny Eastern Orthodox Stavropoleos Church and 15th-century Curtea Veche palace entice. Bucharest’s most iconic landmark is the massive, communist-era Palatul Parlamentului government building, which has 1,100 rooms. Follow these 11 secrets from travel booking companies to spend less money on vacation.