5 Tips for Doing Europe on a Budget!

From college students eager to see the world on their own to parents who want to show their children different cultures, Europe is a dream destination. The biggest hurdle for many travelers is the cost, but there are a variety of ways to save money on almost every aspect of a European vacation. By planning ahead and following key tips, you can trim that budget while still having an amazing experience.

1. Visit in the Off-Season
Summer is by far the most popular time to visit Europe, which means places are packed with tourists and prices are higher. Avoid the summer season if possible for smaller crowds and lower prices. Winter, in particular, often has significant discounts.

2. Stay in a B&B
Choosing B&B’s over hotels saves you money while completely immersing you in the local culture. You can find B&B’s by asking around, or through a service such as Airbnb. Hostels are another inexpensive lodging option, and they give you a chance to meet fellow travelers.

3. Find the Least Expensive Travel Method for Your Group
Trains are faster than buses and good for longer trips, but buses are much cheaper. If you have a group, renting a car may be more cost-effective than buying multiple train or bus tickets. If your trip is over five hours on a train, you should opt for a no-frills airline instead.

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4. Check for Museum Passes

Picture by Manuel Cohen
Picture by Manuel Cohen

Museum passes save you money if you plan to visit multiple museums in a city, and you get in to the museum more quickly. Check for all-inclusive passes that provide access to both museums and public transportation.

5. Package Deals

Package tours are convenient, and you can save money because you can purchase a package in dollars. Research how much every individual part of the package would cost, so you can make sure you’re saving money. Making a few changes to your travel plans can make all the difference when it comes to saving money. For more tips on how to have a great time on a low budget, check out how to have cheap summer fun.

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