How to Hit Europe’s Greatest Cities for Under $500 in One Trip


Today, a trip to Europe has become even more affordable. Thanks to a large number of bus companies and low-cost airlines, you can travel around 13 European cities for only $500. We have compiled a list of cities that you can include in your “budget” route. The fare changes quickly, so we indicated the lowest price for one ticket.

We recommend booking your tickets for at least 30 days in advance. In this case, you will be able to pay much less. So, let’s begin.

#1 From London to Brussels

Lowest cost $30

Brussels is famous for its incredibly delicious waffles, which are sold on every corner. The central Grand-Place Square is decorated with Baroque and Gothic buildings with bars and cafes on the ground floors.

Main Attractions: Manneken Pis, Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula, Halle Gate, Royal Museums of Fine Arts

# 2 From Brussels to Luxembourg

Lowest Price $30

Luxembourg is the smallest country in Europe. This city has a large number of historical buildings and parks. It’s impossible to pass them by. The total area of the city-state is only 2500 km².

Main Attractions: Upper Sûre Natural Park, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Grand Ducal Palace, Neumünster Abbey

#3 From Luxembourg to Amsterdam

Lowest price $40

Amsterdam is one of the most cycling-friendly cities in the world, and it is an ideal way to explore canals, neighborhoods, and squares.

Main Attractions: Canal house, Damrak street, Royal Palace, Van Gogh Museum, Red-light district

#4 From Amsterdam to Copenhagen

Lowest Price: $50

Located on three islands, the capital of Denmark has a rich history. Many historical buildings built in the 15-16 centuries are open to visitors, most of them work like museums.

Main Attractions: Frederik’s Church, Amalienborg, Christiansborg Palace, Tivoli Gardens, The Little Mermaid

#5 From Copenhagen to Berlin

Lowest cost $30

Berlin is the most architecturally interesting capital in Europe – you will see the buildings of the communist era, built near the Roman, Gothic, Baroque structures. This city is an ideal place for budget tourists – cheap beer, free street art, legendary nightlife. In case you want to learn how to make cakes and toppers, you should follow Fondant Academy because they have amazing tutorials!

Main Attractions: Unter den Linden, Berlin Cathedral, Reichstag, Tiergarten park, Treptower Park

#6 From Berlin to Warsaw

Lowest Price: $20

You will find super-affordable meals in Warsaw. The city was completely rebuilt after World War II. Take a stroll through the cobbled streets and the surrounding area of Market Square and Castle Square to appreciate the beauty of this city.

Main Attractions: Warsaw Citadel, Royal Castle, Palace of Culture and Science, Ujazdów Castle

#7 From Warsaw to St. Petersburg

Lowest Price: $35


St. Petersburg, being the former capital of the Russian Empire, was the home of the royal family. A huge number of palaces and parks have been preserved here. Walk around the city with a guide and you will see the most beautiful cathedrals and revenue houses. You can read more and choose which attractions you want to visit.

Main Attractions: Winter Palace, Peterhof, Tsarskoye Selo, Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Isaac’s Cathedral

#8 From St. Petersburg to Prague

Lowest Price: $35

The European “City of Spiers”, of course, has some kind of grandiose architecture, and it is worth spending one or two days to explore it. Don’t forget to stroll along the famous Charles Bridge. But be careful, there are always a lot of people here.

Main Attractions: Metropolitan Cathedral of Saints Vitus, Wenceslaus and Adalbert, Prague Castle, Strahov Monastery, Vyšehrad

#9 From Prague to Vienna

Lowest Price: $18

It is stylish, cosmopolitan, crowded and one of the most impressive architectural cities in Europe. Vienna, which was once the center of the Habsburg Empire, is home to some of the richest palaces in the world, so be sure to visit Schönbrunn Palace.

Main Attractions: Innere Stadt, Vienna State Opera, Belvedere, The Botanical Garden of the University of Vienna

#10 From Vienna to Zagreb

Lowest Price: $20

In addition to the historic cathedrals and charming cobbled streets of the old city, you will see a bizarre confusion of architectural styles and all the creations of the modern cultural capital – bistros, wine bars, art galleries, and book stores.

Main Attractions: Church of St. Catherine, Croatian National Theater, Gornji Grad – Medveščak

#11 From Zagreb to Rome

Lowest Price: $50

Rome is an open-air museum where you will find squares, fountains, and palaces that you can freely view. This may be the only city in the world that you can never finish exploring.

Main Attractions: Colosseum, Borghese Park, Roman Forum, Vatican, Trevi Fountain

#12 From Rome to Paris

Lowest Price: $40

If you have limited time, take the metro to the Eiffel Tower, then take a walk along the Seine back to the Latin Quarter until you reach Notre Dame Cathedral.

Main Attractions: Palace of Fontainebleau, Palace of Versailles, Montmartre, the Louvre Museum

# 13 From Paris to London

Lowest Price: $ 30

Join the sightseeing tour by double-deck bus. You will see Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, the Eye and all other attractions. If you saved some money, celebrate with a pint in one of the pubs.

Main Attractions: Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral, British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum


About Author

Kelly Lewis is the founder of Go! Girl Guides, the Women's Travel Fest and Damesly. She's an optimist, an adventurer, an author and works to help women travel the world.

1 Comment

  1. kristi O'Donnell on

    Actually, you can save some more money, because they have walking tours for free in London. And most of the museums are free.

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