10 Tips To Save Money While Planning A Europe Trip From India

OT Staff

Choose Affordable European Cities

When selecting your destinations, consider cities that are budget-friendly for Indian tourists. Look for places where the cost of living, accommodation, and food won’t strain your wallet. Some affordable cities include Prague, Budapest, Krakow, and Sofia.

Early morning view of St. Mary's basilica, Krakow | Shutterstock

Travel During Off-Peak Seasons

Timing is crucial. Opt for shoulder seasons (spring and fall) to avoid peak tourist crowds and high prices. Not only will you save on airfare and accommodation, but you’ll also have a more pleasant experience exploring attractions without the crowds.

Famous Hallstatt village in Alps mountains, Austria | Shutterstock

Research and Set a Budget

Dive into research! Understand the costs associated with each city you plan to visit. Factor in accommodation expenses, transportation (including intercity travel), meals, and entrance fees for attractions. Set a realistic budget based on this information.

Charming medieval town Flanders, Belgium | Shutterstock

Start Saving Early

Begin saving well in advance. Allocate a portion of your income specifically for your Europe trip. The earlier you start, the more you can accumulate. Consider setting up a separate travel fund to track your progress.

A couple viewing the landscape of Santa Maddalena Village in Dolomites, Italy | Shutterstock

Opt for Budget Commuting

Embrace public transportation! European cities have efficient metro systems, buses, and trams. Use them to get around—it’s cost-effective and allows you to experience the local vibe. Walking is another excellent way to explore.

City public transportation in Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic | Shutterstock

Look for Value Entry Passes

Many European cities offer passes that grant access to multiple attractions at a discounted rate. For instance, the Paris Museum Pass covers various museums and monuments. Invest in these passes to save on individual entry fees.

The Thinker, a famous statue by Auguste Rodin in Rodin Museum in Paris | Shutterstock

Strategic Airfare and Accommodation Bookings

Be savvy when booking flights and accommodations. Use fare comparison websites to find the best deals. Consider staying in budget hotels, hostels, or even Airbnb options. Booking in advance often yields better rates.

A view of cost-effective hotel in Milan, Italy | Shutterstock

Dine at Local Eateries

Skip the fancy restaurants (unless it’s a special occasion) and explore local cafes and eateries. Not only will you save money, but you’ll also savour authentic flavours. Try street food—it’s a delightful culinary adventure!

Famous Skalinska food street in Zagreb, Croatia | Shutterstock

Explore Free and Low-Cost Attractions

Europe is rich in history and culture, and many attractions are free or have minimal entry fees. Visit public parks, historic squares, and local markets. Take advantage of walking tours offered by enthusiastic guides who work on a tip basis.

A group of tourists on a heritage walk in Venice | Shutterstock

Pack Light and Avoid Extra Baggage Fees

Airlines often charge hefty fees for excess baggage. Pack smartly and stick to the essentials. Consider doing laundry during your trip instead of packing excessive clothing. Also, check the baggage policies of your chosen airline to avoid surprises at the airport.

Light packing allows you mobility, for instance, to hike in Norway | Shutterstock

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