Travel on a budget: these European countries are easy to spend
A basket full of vibrant destinations rich in culture, natural beauty and delicious cuisine is what makes Europe popular with tourists. But, Indian travelers generally balk at the cost of a trip to the continent.
However, some countries in Europe can also be explored on a tight budget. Here are a few countries that will have you cracking up for their scenic beauty, scrumptious cuisine, and iconic tourist destinations.
Located in Northern Europe, surrounded by the Baltic Sea and neighboring Estonia, Bulgaria and Lithuania, Latvia is one of the cheapest countries in Europe to travel from India. With picturesque landscapes, including picturesque beaches, old museums, and a colorful local arts 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 on the banks of the Amata River offers majestic views leading to the Veclau Bridge. Another famous attraction is Riga, famous for its colorful walls and old school buildings. If you like to explore the history and heritage of a place, don’t miss the medieval castles of Sigulda and Cesis.
Food and transport: Around Rs 1,500 for meals and Rs 200 for transport per day.
Accommodation: From Rs1,500 to Rs3,000 (from hotels to lodges).
Flights: From Rs18,000 to Rs22,000 (one way). For reduced flight costs, consider the month of May to book your tickets.
Best time to visit: April to September.
Did you know that Budapest, the capital of Hungary, is also known as the “Paris of the East”? You can opt for a romantic vacation or even have a memorable honeymoon. From architectural marvels like Buda Palace to some of Europe’s most exquisite vineyards, the country offers a lot on an affordable platter. And don’t forget to visit Budapest’s Great Market Hall. The oldest covered market in the world is where you can find cheap souvenirs and delicious snacks at very low prices. For an adrenaline rush, don’t miss the Bükk Mountains. You can ride a pedal boat on Lake Balaton and visit the picturesque village of Tihany.
Food and transport: 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 the Central Balkan National Park, one of Europe’s most adventurous hiking spots, Bulgaria promises to wow you with its beauty. Do you like tracing history? Then the city of Plovdiv is one of the must-see places, and discover the Fortress of Asen or the Roman Theaters of the 19th century. The place is home to 200 archaeological sites reflecting the ancient Bulgarian heritage. With its edifices and golden domes, the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Bulgaria is one of the most important tourist sites.
Food and transport: Around Rs900 for meals and Rs500 for transport.
Accommodation: Between Rs1,500 and Rs2,500.
Flights: Around Rs21,000 to Rs25,000 (one way), with 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 won’t 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 particularly pretty. Famous for Gothic architecture, one must visit Charles Bridge, Cesky Krumlov Castle, Hluboka and Karlstejn Castles and the Great Synagogue. Although a bit pricey, you might not want to miss Prague’s extravagant Christmas market.
Food and transport: Around Rs 1,500 for meals and Rs 570 for local transport, per day.
Accommodation: Between Rs3,200 and Rs5,500 per night.
Flights: Between Rs21,000 and Rs27,000 with the lowest prices in February.
Best time to visit: March to mid-May and September to mid-November.