Once you’re in Europe you can unlock many short term city breaks on the cheap.
Make the most out of these Budget airline routes and plan an affordable getaway.
Normally popular city destinations will be more expensive on these routes, but more abstract destinations normally used by commuters can make fun trips.
Travel Dave is here to point out some places that shouldn’t be missed and worth a visit.
Here are 10 destinations you should consider next time an opportunity to get away comes around:
1: Graz, Austria
An alternative student town in the South of Austria with so much to offer, lots of modern art galleries and modern/old sights to explore. Make sure you meet up with some local students for some beers as this makes the experience all worth the while.
2: Warsaw, Poland
Not the best city in Poland, but still has much to do, Krakow is normally the destination of choice but if you visit Warsaw first you won’t be disappointed, the beer is very cheap and many fun places to hang out and the old town is worth walking around. Very cheap to fly to with budget airlines.
3: Kaunus, Lithuania
Kaunus is often overlooked, but I found it to be a lot of fun with the locals, rent a bike and cycle out and about around the city, be sure to head along the main bar street to experience the night life, it’s very affordable and a lot of fun for a weekend getaway.
4: Porto, Portugal
Porto is stunning, it can be done on the cheap and has a lot to offer, especially if you like coffee as you can find great Espresso bars on almost every corner, great way to experience the Portugues culture.
5: Budapest, Hungary
Budapest has a lot to offer over a weekend and you will be lost for choice, its a very affordable destination with great night life and lots of attractions to explore, make sure you make the most out of the fantastic bathing houses on offer around the city which can be a very relaxing weekend.
6: Riga, Latvia
Riga has an old city centre which is breathtaking to walk around at night along with its crazy nightlife and cheap budget airline connects this is a city not to be missed.
7: Pisa, Italy
Pisa can be done in an hour, in fact, it’s not worth staying that long, pretty much all you want to see is the tower of Pisa so you can tick it off your bucket list, However its very cheap to reach and is well connected with cheap busses to Florence and Sienna which is totally worth checking out. It’s my favourite area of Italy and as Pisa is cheap to reach this makes a great starting point to explore other areas of Italy over a long weekend.
8: Bratislava, Slovakia
Normally used for cheap trips to Vienna (only a short train ride away) but its still a city worth checking out. Lots of student bars and eating spots to explore as well as old gothic streets to walk around. Be sure to spot many of the bizarre statues dotted around the city.
9: Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Not the most stunning city in all of The Netherlands, in fact it’s very industrial but frequently connected with budget airlines. Eindhoven, however, has the longest bar street in Europe and makes for a fun night out to remember. You can visit many cities close by for cheap on the train such as Den Bosch, Breda or Tilburg all around 20 minutes away. The best time to head to Eindhoven is during an event such as Kings day or Carnival as the city is transformed into an event space. Alternatively, you can check out Eindhoven Glow festival, which is a free to walk around, it’s an artistic lighting installation all around the city hosted by Philips (The company was founded in Eindhoven), you can check out the dates on the event website.
10: Oslo, Norway
Norway is one of the most expensive destinations to visit in Europe, but very frequently on offer during budget airline sales, you can pick up a bargain. If you want to visit Scandinavia for a weekend this can be a great window of opportunity, Norway is stunning. Oslo has lots to offer in the city centre and if you can find a host on couchsurfing this makes the trip all worth the while as Norwegians are very friendly fun people to hang out with. Home hospitality is the best way to experience Norway and locals understand it’s expensive, so if you can find a host it can make this trip more enjoyable.
**BONUS** Marrakech, Morocco
Will be the most expensive destination to reach from the list, but considering the distance (and the fact its in Northern Africa) I’ve just added Marrakech as bonus option. If you plan this trip in advance within 4-6 weeks departure time (Found €60 return in the past) you can pick up a bargain. Marrakech has wonderful back alleys to explore and an incredible night market worth checking out. Experience some Moroccan culture and the tea is fantastic, makes this a fun destination worth checking out, perfect if you fancy doing some alternative shopping.
Thank you for checking out my list and hope you can scoop up some bargain weekend trips around Europe in the future. Feel free to post below in the comment section below if you agree with any of the above or have any additional destinations/tips you can recommend, thank you for reading! Happy travels around Europe on the cheap!