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The most and least expensive cities to visit in Europe

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Copenhagen, Denmark

Go ice skating, relax in a hot sauna, explore a winter wonderland in the Tivoli Gardens and stroll down the fashion street of Kronprinsensgade in the capital of Denmark.

Planning a European trip and want to know where you can get the most bang for your buck? Debating between a few destinations and want to compare costs?

The Europe Backpacker Index compares travel costs for top cities. Factors including hostel cost, transportation, attractions meals and entertainment make up their composite score. Costs are based on U.S. Dollars (USD).

The map below shows cities based on their cost ranking, with lower being cheaper. Use the search below to find more detailed financial information, including transportation, meals and other costs. Or search a city by name and click details for more information.

Prices compiled by City costs are based on:
  • One night in the cheapest bunk at the least expensive hostel with a good location and good reviews (Note: In summer hostel prices might be higher than listed below)
  • Two public transportation rides per day
  • One paid/famous attraction per day (Every city is loaded with free things to do for budget-conscious travelers, but here we take the average cost of a major attraction in each city for each day.)
  • Three “budget” meals per day (We took our minimum meal price and added 20% to make it more realistic for a longer trip).
  • Three cheap, local beers (or wine) each day as an “entertainment fund.” Non-drinkers might have dessert and coffee or attend a local music performance instead, so this is a general benchmark that should be proportional for each city.