Europe is definitely the most popular destination for backpackers in the whole world. People have been backpacking across Europe forever because the continent is so small, making the countries all super close together. It's so easy to get from one country to the next by train, plane or bus. 

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Although it's such a popular destination, that doesn't mean it's a cheap one. Some cities in Europe are crazy expensive to visit, take Paris, Rome and Berlin for example. They're breathtaking cities but it costs a lot to visit them. 

Luckily there's a lot of cities in Europe that you won't have to empty your entire bank account for. You can find cheap food, accommodations and entertainment in all of the cities below! 

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16. Prague, Czech Republic 

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Cheapest Meal: $5.30 

Cheapest 3-Star Hotel: $50/night 

Cheapest Beer: $1.50 

Prague is known to be one of the slightly more expensive destinations to travel in Europe, but if you know how to plan your trip to make the most of your money it shouldn't be a problem at all. Once you're here you've got to see the famous Charles Bridge, the Prague Castle and the historical Wenceslas Square! 


15. Split, Croatia 

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Cheapest Meal: $9.00

Cheapest 3-Star Hotel: $90/night 

Cheapest Beer: $2.80

Croatia is a gorgeous country filled with amazing beaches and stunning scenery. The best beaches you have to visit here are Brac Beach, Marjan Beach, and Bacvice Beach! Roam the inner streets of the city and feel like you entered a Medieval fortress and enjoy some of the best authentic foods you've ever eaten.


14. Istanbul, Turkey 

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Cheapest Meal: $7.50 

Cheapest 3-Star Hotel: $47/night 

Cheapest Beer: $3.75

Istanbul one of the biggest cities in Turkey and is filled with culture and heritage. The city centre is crawling with towering basilicas, museums and bazaars! Enjoy some authentic Turkish food and explore the sights. 


13. Vilnius, Lithuania 

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Cheapest Meal: $10 

Cheapest 3-Star Hotel: $45/night 

Cheapest Beer: $3.85

Vilnius is Lithuania's capital and has a whole lot more going on than you would think. It's known for its unbelievable architecture, so you've got to see some of their most impressive buildings, Church of St. Anne, Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, and the Gate of Dawn. 


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12. Riga, Latvia 

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Cheapest Meal: $8.90

Cheapest 3-Star Hotel: $49/night 

Cheapest Beer: $2.95

Riga is Latvia's capital and has a lot to offer backpackers on their travels. It sits right on the coast of the Baltic Sea and has a large city centre. They have a popular pedestrian-only walking street filled with cute shops and restaurants, and the surrounding buildings are wooden and medieval-looking. 


11. Bratislava, Slovakia

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Cheapest Meal: $8.15

Cheapest 3-Star Hotel: $38/night 

Cheapest Beer: $2.22

Bratislava is located right on the Danube River in Slovakia and borders Austria and Hungary, making it perfect backpacking destination. Being surrounded by vineyards and mountains makes it a picturesque travel spot. It also has some breathtaking architecture such as the Blue Church, Devin Castle and Micheal's Gate Museum. 


10. Warsaw, Poland


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Cheapest Meal: $5.60

Cheapest 3-Star Hotel: $37/night 

Cheapest Beer: $1.40 

This city is filled with history and culture all represented in it's city centre. You can see Gothic churches and Soviet-era palaces in impeccable condition. You've got to visit Market Square to see the open-air markets, cafes and pastel coloured buildings!


9. Zagreb, Croatia 

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Cheapest Meal: $9.00

Cheapest 3-Star Hotel: $140/night 

Cheapest Beer: $3.00

If you made it to Croatia to visit the beaches of Split, Croatia then you might as well grab those backpacks and continue in to the centre of the country to Zagreb. Upper Town has some of the most amazing architecture you'll ever see, filled with cathedrals and churches. Lower Town is home the pedestrian-walking streets, shops and museums! 


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8. Kiev, Ukraine

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Cheapest Meal: $6.13

Cheapest 3-Star Hotel: $31/night 

Cheapest Beer: $0.84 

An incredibly cheap destination, yet equally breathtaking is Kiev, Ukraine. They have some amazing historical architecture and museums that you most definitely need to see when you visit here. Saint Sophia's Cathedral is a towering monastery with gold-domed roofs! 


7. Saint Petersburg, Russia 

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Cheapest Meal: $11.15

Cheapest 3-Star Hotel: $82/night 

Cheapest Beer: $2.25

Located on the Baltic Sea, Saint Petersburg is Russia's cultural hot-spot. They have some unreal architecture like the Church of Savior on Blood, Hermitage Museum, and the Saint Isaac's Cathedral. Although you can buy beer here, you should consider switching to vodka for this trip!


6. Sarajevo, Bosnia 

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Cheapest Meal: $5.30

Cheapest 3-Star Hotel: $57/night 

Cheapest Beer: $2.25

Sarajevo is the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina surrounded by the Dinaric Alps. You can visit museums dedicated to the famous Archduke Franz Ferdinand and WW1 landmarks. Enjoy the sprawling city and breathtaking architecture that surrounds you here!


5. Budapest, Hungary

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Cheapest Meal: $7.19

Cheapest 3-Star Hotel: $53/night 

Cheapest Beer: $1.90

Budapest's Chain Bridge connects the Buda district with the Pest district across the Danube River. Lounge in the country's largest thermal bath, enjoy some amazing authentic foods and explore the 13th century churches and history museums!


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4. Bucharest, Romania 

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Cheapest Meal: $8.06

Cheapest 3-Star Hotel: $57/night 

Cheapest Beer: $1.95

Bucharest, Romania has a surprisingly impressive nightlife scene as well as a business-like feel to the city centre. They have lots of authentic historical architecture such as the Stavropoleos Monastery, the Romanian Athenaeum, and the Curetea Veche. 


3. Belgrade, Serbia 

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Cheapest Meal: $8.54

Cheapest 3-Star Hotel: $40/night 

Cheapest Beer: $2.07

Serbia is home to some amazing culturally historic buildings such as their communist era held by the Roman empires and the 19th century operas and mansions that make up the cities. Visit the Belgrade Fortress, the Church of Saint Sava, and the Nikola Tesla Museum!


2. Krakow, Poland

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Cheapest Meal: $7.00

Cheapest 3-Star Hotel: $50/night 

Cheapest Beer: $2.45

Krakow is known for it's medieval core and Jewish quarter that make up the most historical parts of the city. They still have parts of their medieval walls surrounding it's old town! You must take a ride through the cobble stone streets in a horse-drawn carriage, visit Wawel Castle, and eat delicious authentic Polish food all over the city!


1. Sofia, Bulgaria 

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Cheapest Meal: $7.58

Cheapest 3-Star Hotel: $31/night 

Cheapest Beer: $1.50 

Sofia, Bulgaria makes #1 cheapest backpacking destination in Europe for this list because it really is cheap to stay here for a while. Meals are no problem to find for less and same with drinks and entertainment. Tour the amazing street art, relax in their numerous green parks, go on a pub crawl across the city's best nightlife spots, and visit the amazing Alexander Nevsky Cathedral!


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