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Where to Stay in Europe for Less Than $50 a Night

We tend to think of Europe as a major splurge, the kind of vacation you save up for and then wince as your cash evaporates upon arrival. In current times, however, there are a lot of cheap destinations in Europe. The combination of a strong U.S. dollar (for now) and lots of apartments to rent has really brought down the price of a place to stay for mid-range travelers who want to stay in a real neighborhood.

It is possible to travel Europe for less money if you do it right and take time to research. You can find places to stay in Europe for less than $50 a night. Sometimes a lot less. 

Europe for less than $50 per night

Budapest, Hungary

Airbnb recently released a list of the top-25 cheapest cities in Europe for travelers and all of them are $50 or less per night. That’s the price of a cheap roadside motel in the USA and to really put it in perspective, that’s $1,500 a month if you would pay that price for 30 days. (In reality, you would usually get a better deal for a monthly rental.) You could stay in Tbilisi, Georgia for $30 a night, which comes out to less than a grand for a month.

Once again, this shows you could probably go traveling long-term – even in Europe – for less than it costs to just exist and pay your bills where you live now.

Here are some of the top choices from top to bottom, all average listing prices in cities with at least 200 listings on Airbnb.

Nantes, France — $47 per night

Palermo (Sicily), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Toulouse (France), Riga (Latvia), and Zadar (Croatia) all $45 per might

apartments in Riga, Latvia

Riga, Latvia buildings (by Jennifer Walker)

Bratislava (Slovakia), Athens (Greece), and Budapest (Hungary) all $44 per night.

Catania (Sicily) and Vilnius (Lithuania) – $43 per night

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Gran Canaria – $41 per might

Leipzig, Germany – $40

Wroclaw, Warsaw, and Krakow, Poland – $39

Zagreb, Croatia – $39

Kiev (Ukraine) and St. Petersburg (Russia) – $35

Kiev Ukraine apartments

Kiev, Ukraine apartment buildings (by Jennifer Walker)

Bucharest (Romania), Sofia (Bulgaria), and Thessaloníki (Greece) $34 – $34 per night

Istanbul, Turkey – $33

Tbilisi, Georgia – $30

If you want to see some photos of what apartments look like for rent in these places, check out this Business Insider article where they’ve got one example from each city.

What’s really surprising to me about this list is that there are some countries in here that are normally considered kind of pricey, such as France, Italy, and the Canary Islands. You don’t get Paris or Florence, but there are options to kick back elsewhere for not a lot of money.

I thought there would be something from Portugal or the Czech Republic on here, but there may just not be enough listings in those destinations or they may skew to larger apartments that up the prices. For wherever you are headed, it pays to check Vrbo too. Sometimes they are more attractive for rents of a week or more. 

There are plenty of ways to travel Europe for less and my main advice on that is twofold: pick the cheaper destinations and travel slowly. For one reason or another though, sometimes you can’t do either. When that’s the case, you still have some variables to control and one of the big ones is your housing costs.

Eastern Europe and the Balkans will be a lot less than England and France, but this gives you 25 places to consider where the nightly tab will be reasonable for a place to sleep.

As for me, I spent five months in Europe in 2023 and got a place to stay for less than $50 a night in Bulgaria (two cities), Greece (eight places), Albania, and Spain. I could have gotten one for that price in Munich even if I had looked hard enough, but I decided to cash in Hilton points for a place near the airport and again for a place near the center when I returned. 


Thursday 22nd of December 2016

If you are a slow traveler like we are you can get even better deals. Many places offer a significant discount for one week and one month stays.


Sunday 13th of November 2016

I love Istanbul, it truly is one of the greatest cities in the word, but unfortunately it and Turkey as a whole have lots of political turmoil right now, including lots of bomb attacks, while Ukraine in the list is more or less openly at war (with russia)... So unfortunately, some of these places are not quite feasible or recommendable for travelling at present.

Tim Leffel

Saturday 19th of November 2016

Caution is warranted an everyone has their levels of comfort, but don't forget many people avoid the USA because of all the random gun violence. We have a higher crime rate in some cities than almost anywhere you could move overseas.


Saturday 22nd of October 2016

Good information, really cheap one.


Friday 21st of October 2016

Really helpful post for budget travelers! I love all these places, specially, Nantes. It's a great place to visit.