Best Budget Cities to Visit in Europe This Winter

In December 26, 2016

Do you have a list of places you must visit in your lifetime? Most people do. Unfortunately, time and budget often hold us back from going to all of the places on the list at once! However if you follow a few helpful tips and tricks, you can easily travel on a budget. For instance, planning a trip to Europe sounds expensive, but if you know when and where to go, you’ll be able to visit some of the best cities Europe has to offer while sticking to your budget.

Money-saving tip #1: Travel to Europe between October – March to find the most affordable flights. The exception to this rule would be flights around  Christmastime. However, if you set up flight price alerts, you may be able to find a deal during the holidays that fits within your budget!

Now that you know you’ll probably be traveling to Europe during the late fall or winter months, it is time to think about where to go. Here is a list of some of the best European cities to visit in winter:

  • Dublin, Ireland – Visit Dublin in the winter and find some of the most affordable, roundtrip flight prices –  $400-500 per person on average. Here is a list of things you can do on a budget or for free in Dublin during your visit. Don’t forget about taking a ride out to the nearby countryside to Kilkenny to see a medieval town thriving in modern day.
  • Istanbul, Turkey – Visiting Istanbul in the winter will give you many benefits, especially in the price of hotel stays. While a round trip flight will average approximately $500-$600, you can find 4-star hotel stays for under $80 a night during the winter months! Here are some free things to do in Istanbul. Plus…you can plan your other activities with the knowledge that the US dollar currently gets you 3 Turkish Lira.
  • Barcelona, Spain – If you’re looking for milder weather during your winter European budget vacation, Barcelona is for you. Although round trips average approximately $500-$600, there are so many different hotel, hostel, and vacation rental options to suit just about any price point.While one of the biggest attractions in Barcelona is the food scene, you’ll be happy to know you can enjoy it even if you are on a budget. Research establishments that give out free tapas with beer so you can enjoy a variety of food and beer and still stay well within your budget!
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands – Amsterdam caters to everyone and you can find round trip flights averaging $500-$600. It has nightlife, history, architecture and everything in between! Here is a list of ideas on Amsterdam wintertime activities  to consider.

Money-saving tip #2: Look for flights in an incognito browser mode so your user activity won’t be tracked by airlines sites that tend to increase prices as you compare flight possibilities. One of the easiest ways to do this is simply clear your browser’s cache regularly.

We have highlighted just a few of the great European cities to visit during winter but there are plenty of others to be discovered. To start your search, simply go online and start pricing flights to various destinations, look at hotel costs, and what there is to do in the city itself. This will give you a good idea of whether or not it can fit into your budget. As you make your travel plans, don’t forget to take into consideration the status of your travel documents.  Visit to order a certified copy of your vital records such as a birth certificate if you need to obtain or renew your passport.

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