Budget Travel These European Countries Are Easy On The Pocket

Been putting off a dream European holiday because you are afraid that the continent will cost you an arm and a leg
Budapest at sunset with Buda Castle Royal Palace, Szechenyi Chain Bridge, and Matthias Church over the Danube
Budapest at sunset with Buda Castle Royal Palace, Szechenyi Chain Bridge, and Matthias Church over the Danube

A basketful of vibrant destinations rich in culture, natural beauty, and&nbspdelicious food is what makes Europe popular with tourists. But, Indian travellers generally balk at the cost of a trip to the continent.

However, there are countries in Europe that can be explored within a tight budget as well. Here are some countries that will make you fall for their scenic beauty, scrumptious cuisine, and iconic tourist destinations.


Located in Northern Europe, surrounded by the Baltic Sea and neighbouring Estonia, Bulgaria, and Lithuania, Latvia is one of the cheapest countries in Europe to travel to from India. With picturesque landscapes, including scenic beaches, old museums, and a colurful local art and culture scene, Latvia is one of those underrated destinations in Europe. If you love adventure, hiking in Gauja National Park is something you cannot miss. The Amata Trail cliff by the banks of Amata River offers majestic views leading to Veclau Bridge. Another famous attraction is Riga which is famous for its colourful walls and old school buildings. If you love exploring the history and heritage of a place, you should not miss out on Sigulda and Cesis Medieval castles.

The Information

Food and transportation Around Rs1,500 on meals and Rs200 on transportation per day. 

Accommodation From Rs1,500 to Rs3,000 (hotels to lodges).

Flights From Rs18,000 to Rs22,000 (one-way). For reduced flight costs, consider May for booking your tickets. 

Best time to visit April to September.


Did you know that Hungary's capital Budapest is also known as the &lsquoParis of East&rsquo You can opt for a romantic holiday there or even have a memorable honeymoon trip. From architectural marvels like the Buda Palace to some of the most exquisite wineries in Europe, the country offers a lot on an affordable platter. And don't forget to check out the Great Market Hall in Budapest. The world&rsquos oldest indoor market is where you can find budget souvenirs and delicious snacks at very low prices. For an adrenaline rush, don&rsquot miss out on the B&uumlkk Mountains. You can go paddle boating in Lake Balaton and visit the picturesque village of Tihany.

The Information

Food and transportation Around Rs1,200 on meals and Rs700 on transport per day. 

Accommodation Between Rs3,000 to Rs4,000.

Flights Around Rs24,000 to Rs26,000 (one-way), with tickets being the most expensive in March.

Best time to visit June to August.  


From the iconic Black Sea to&nbspthe Central Balkan National Park which is one of the most adventurous hiking spots in Europe - Bulgaria promises to leave you awestruck with its beauty. Love tracing history Then the city of Plovdiv is one of the places that you cannot miss, and discovering Asen&rsquos Fortress or the 19th-century Roman Theatres. The place houses 200 archaeological sites reflecting early Bulgarian heritage. With gilded edifices and domes, Bulgaria&rsquos Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is one of the most prominent tourist spots.

The Information

Food and transportation Around Rs900 for meals and Rs500 for transport. 

Accommodation Between Rs1,500 to Rs2,500.

Flights Around Rs21,000 to Rs25,000 (one-way), with the cheapest tickets in February. 

Best time to visit April to May and September to October.  

The Czech Republic 

Another European country that is fun to visit and will not break the bank is the Czech Republic. Formerly known as Bohemia, the Czech Republic, or Czechia, is famous for its enchanting history, vibrant nightlife, and ornate structures. Prague is especially pretty. Famous for Gothic architecture, one must visit place is the Charles Bridge, the Cesky Krumlov Castle, Hluboka and Karlstejn castles, and The Great Synagogue. Although a little expensive, you might not want to miss the extravagant Christmas Market in Prague..

The Information

Food and transportation Around Rs1,500 on meals and Rs570 on local transportation, per day. 

Accommodation Between Rs3,200 to Rs5,500 a night.

Flights Between Rs21,000 to Rs27,000 with the lowest prices in February. 

Best time to visit March to mid-May and September to mid-November. 

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