Europe’s 6 Cheapest Countries

Europe’s 6 Cheapest Countries

Countries where it's cheap to live

Europe is not always prohibitively expensive. Read about Europe’s cheapest countries to travel to in 2022 – we’ve compiled prices and calculated how much it costs to live 1 day in each country per person.

Really want to go to Europe, but it’s scary to imagine how much money you need? Travelling to Europe is not always ruinous – we offer a budget alternative to an expensive vacation somewhere in Scandinavia. Pay attention to Eastern Europe and the Balkans – daily stay there is almost twice cheaper than, for example, in France or Switzerland.

We have listed the minimum prices. Keep in mind that in some cities, regions or districts they may be different.

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Hungary

Hungary is one of the cheapest countries in Europe for tourists and accommodation. It would seem that it should be inferior to other European countries. But no! And the service is on par, and the architecture is beautiful, and everything is neat. Beautiful national parks, health resorts, ancient cities. Consider the average price for Budapest, as it is the most visited city in the country.

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Budapest has a lot of classic architecture (Photo: unsplash.com / @akoto)

Food and restaurant prices

  • To eat in an inexpensive restaurant (per person) – from 4,5 €.
  • Eat at a mid-priced restaurant (three-course dinner for two) – from 22€.
  • A cup of cappuccino from 0,9 €.
  • Chicken breasts (1 kg) – 3,7 €.
  • A loaf of white bread – 0,6 €.
  • Local cheese (1 kg) – 4 €.
  • Fruit (1 kg) – from 1€.
  • Potatoes (1 kg) – 0,5€.
  • Drinking water (1,5 lt) – 0,3€.
  • Local beer (0,5 l) – 1€.
  • Wines – from 3€.

Ticket, fare and gasoline prices

Moscow-Budapest-Moscow airfare from 6,000₽.
Travel on public transport 1,03€
Petrol /1 litre 1,09€
Cab / 1 km 0,93€
Cab / 1 order 1,87€

Home rent, hotel accommodation

1 room apartment in the center from 374€ / month
1 room apartment on the outskirts from 280€ / month
Double room in the hotel from 20€ per night

At least 30,5 € per person per night.

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Streetcar in Budapest (Photo: unsplash.com / @arvydasv)

Bulgaria

Bulgaria is loved by Russian tourists for a reason – it is the cheapest country in Europe for travel and accommodation. But it attracts not only budget holidays. Here is a real combo: friendly people, mild climate, sandy beaches, beautiful architecture, and you can also be treated in the resorts. Consider the average price for the capital – Sofia. At the resorts, prices are about the same.

We have a lot of useful information about Bulgaria, read it:

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Holy Week Cathedral in Sofia (Photo: deense / flickr.com / License CC BY 2.0)

Food and restaurant prices

  • To eat in an inexpensive restaurant (per person) – from 5 €.
  • Eating at a mid-priced restaurant (three-course dinner for two) starts at €20.
  • A cup of cappuccino – 0,7-1,8 €.
  • Chicken breasts (1 kg) – 5 €.
  • A loaf of white bread – 0,5 €.
  • Local cheese (1 kg) – 4,4€.
  • Fruit (1 kg) – from 0,7€.
  • Potatoes (1 kg) – 0,5€.
  • Drinking water (1,5 lt) – 0,4€.
  • Local beer (0,5 l) – 0,7€.
  • Wine – 5€.

Ticket, fare and gasoline prices

Moscow-Sofia-Moscow air tickets from 7,500₽.
Travel on public transport 0,82€
Petrol /1 litre 1,12€
Cab / 1 km 0,4€
Cab / 1 order 0,4€
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Home rent, hotel accommodation

1 room apartment in the center from 255€ / month
1 room apartment on the outskirts from 204€ / month
Double room in the hotel from 18 € / night

You’ll spend at least €27 per night per person.

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Sofia market (Photo: Damien Smith / flickr.com / CC BY-SA 2.0 license)

Poland

Another of Europe’s cheapest countries for tourists and for living. Many medieval castles and Gothic churches, good Baltic resorts, delicious and cheap beer, charming Warsaw, narrow streets, cozy cafes and reasonable prices – all this attracts tourists to Poland. Let’s look at average prices for Warsaw, because prices in other cities are not too different.

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Warsaw’s narrow streets (Photo: unsplash.com / @acalmelor)

Food and restaurant prices

  • To eat at an inexpensive restaurant (per person) – 4,5-8€.
  • To eat at a mid-priced restaurant (three-course dinner for two) – 23-35€.
  • A cup of cappuccino – 1,9-2,8 €.
  • Chicken breasts (1 kg) – 3,8 €.
  • A loaf of white bread – 0,7€.
  • Local cheese (1 kg) – 5,7 €.
  • Fruit (1 kg) – from 0,5 €.
  • Potatoes (1 kg) – 0,5€.
  • Drinking water (1,5 lt) from 0,3€.
  • Local beer (0,5 l) – 0,7€.
  • Wines – from 4,6€.

Ticket, fare and gasoline prices

Air tickets Moscow-Warsaw-Moscow from 10,000₽.
Travel on public transport 1,03€
Petrol /1 litre 1,18€
Cab / 1 km 0,56€
Cab / 1 order 1,87€

Home rent, hotel accommodation

1 room apartment in the center from 466€ / month
1 room apartment on the outskirts from 349€ / month
Double room in the hotel from 19€ per night

You’ll spend at least 33,5€ per night per person.

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Bus 507 at the Centrum stop (Photo: unsplash.com / @valik_chern)

Montenegro

Montenegro goes hand in hand with Bulgaria – it’s also the cheapest country in Europe in 2022, but Bulgaria is more budget-friendly. Montenegro has ideal conditions for recreation: a surprisingly pleasant climate, mountain and sea scenery, cobbled streets and red tiled roofs. Consider the average prices for the capital of Montenegro Podgorica, and then compare them with the resort (Budva).

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Cafe in the narrow streets of Budva (Photo: Jorge Franganillo / flickr.com / License CC BY 2.0)

Food and restaurant prices

  • To eat in an inexpensive restaurant (per person) – 5-6€.
  • To eat at a mid-priced restaurant (three-course dinner for two) – 20-30€.
  • A cup of cappuccino – 1,2-1,5 €.
  • Chicken breasts (1 kg) – 5 €.
  • A loaf of white bread – 0,5 €.
  • Local cheese (1 kg) – 4 €.
  • Fruit (1 kg) – from 0,6 €.
  • Potatoes (1 kg) – 0,4€.
  • Drinking water (1,5 lt) – 0,5-1€.
  • Local beer (0,5 l) – from 0,7€.
  • Wines – 3 – 5 €.

Ticket, fare and gasoline prices

Moscow-Tivat-Moscow air tickets from 9000₽.
Travel on public transport from 0,7€
Petrol /1 litre 1,2-1,4€
Cab / 1 km 0,5€
Cab / 1 order 1€
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Home rent, hotel accommodation

1 room apartment in the center from 250€ / month
1 room apartment on the outskirts from 180€ / month
Double room in the hotel from 16€ per night

At least 41€ per night per person.

In Budva food in restaurants is more expensive – 5-10 € per person. There is a difference in renting accommodation, because most people come to holiday resorts: rent a 1-bedroom apartment in the center for a month – from 300 € (on the outskirts – from 280 €). The cheapest hotel in the center costs 16 €.

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St. Stephen Island (photo © adametrnal / flickr.com)

Romania

In Romania, one of the cheapest countries in Europe in 2022, you can organize a stunning vacation. It is worth to go here for the medieval Wallachian cities and gloomy castles, ancient monasteries and churches. Also, skiers and lovers of lazing on the beach will like it here. So, let’s look at the average prices for Bucharest, the capital of Romania.

Read about the most mystical corner of Romania – Transylvania.

Cheap countries in Europe

The main pedestrian street in Brasov (Photo: unsplash.com / @clondon)

Food and restaurant prices

  • To eat in an inexpensive restaurant (per person) – 5-10€.
  • To eat at a mid-priced restaurant (three-course dinner for two) – 20-30€.
  • A cup of cappuccino – 1-2,5 €.
  • Chicken breasts (1 kg) – 4,3 €.
  • A loaf of white bread – 0,5 €.
  • Local cheese (1 kg) – 5 €.
  • Fruit (1 kg) – from 0,6 €.
  • Potatoes (1 kg) – 0,5€.
  • Drinking water (1,5 lt) – 0,5€.
  • Local beer (0,5 l) – 0,7€.
  • Wine – 4,2€.

Ticket, fare and gasoline prices

Moscow – Bucharest – Moscow air tickets from 10,000₽.
Travel on public transport 0,27€
Petrol /1 litre 1,16€
Cab / 1 km 0,38€
Cab / 1 order 0,38€

Home rent, hotel accommodation

1 room apartment in the center from 295€ / month
1 room apartment on the outskirts from 210€ / month
Double room in the hotel from 19€ per night

You will spend on average 25€ per night per person.

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Unity Square Metro Station, Bucharest (Photo: unsplash.com / @voiqu)

Czech Republic

The Czech Republic is one of the cheapest countries in Europe. Here you can really have a budget holiday, especially if you know how to save money in the Czech Republic. So, let’s look at the average price for Prague.

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The Golden Lane at Prague Castle.

Food and restaurant prices

  • To eat in an inexpensive restaurant (per person) – from 4,5 €.
  • For a mid-priced meal (three-course dinner for two) start at €24.
  • One cappuccino from 1,5 €.
  • Chicken breasts (1 kg) – 4,7 €.
  • A loaf of white bread – 0,6 €.
  • Local cheese (1 kg) – 6 €.
  • Fruit (1 kg) – from 1€.
  • Potatoes (1 kg) – 0,5€.
  • Drinking water (1,5 lt) – 0,3€.
  • Local beer (0,5 l) – from 1,2 €.
  • Wines – 3,8€.

Transport and petrol costs

Moscow-Prague-Moscow airfare from 9300₽.
Travel on public transport 0,93€
Petrol /1 litre 1,2€
Cab / 1 km 0,8€
Cab / 1 order 1,17€

Home rent, hotel accommodation

1 room apartment in the center from 544€ / month
1 room apartment on the outskirts from 388€ / month
Double room in the hotel from 18 € / night
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You will spend on average 42,5€ per night per person.

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Nerudova Street, Malá Strana, Prague.

11 inexpensive countries in Europe to emigrate to without spending a lot of money

Traveling these days is easy. And even the pandemic couldn’t do anything about this trend. People tend to go to other countries, want to travel, gain new experiences and if possible do it inexpensively.

Even Americans have long been concerned about affordable tourism, such as moving both domestically and abroad through couchsurfing, that is, providing a place to sleep for barter – basically, just a simple conversation without paying for a bed.

More and more Americans are choosing to save their money and move to parts of the World where they can live in luxury for a fraction of the price they can spend in the United States without getting the comfort they can expect in foreign, long voyages. In many cases, people find jobs that can be done remotely and continue to earn salaries in the United States while living abroad.

While countries like the UK, France, and Scandinavian countries can be very expensive to live in, there are many places in Europe where you can live very comfortably and cheaply!

Take a look at 11 examples: you might find a similar country you can move to* for a while, but not spend a lot of money.

* Do not forget about the pandemic and the restrictions imposed by some countries for tourism. Check directly with the consulate of the country you are going to.

11.

Lithuania is probably the cheapest country to move to the Baltics. Residents speak excellent Russian and English. There is a developed transport system and economy, geared to tourism. The only problem is that it can be very difficult to obtain a residence permit.

Americans have calculated the cost of living there. Thus, the prices for lunches resemble those in a small town in America, which is about the same in Russia: about $3 (200 rubles) for a beer and $12 (900 rubles) for a 3-course dinner. An apartment in the center of Vilnius will cost you about $500 (37 thousand rubles) per month.

10. Bosnia and Herzegovina

Another former Yugoslav state, Bosnia and Herzegovina, has a good quality of life.

It’s a great place to live long term with magnificent mountains and medieval architecture.

A great apartment will cost about $350 (25,000 rubles) a month in the capital, Sarajevo, and only $200 (14,000 rubles) a month in coastal towns. By the way, their delicious food is incredibly cheap.

9. Turkey

Although Turkey is not in the EU (although geographically part of the country is in Europe), but is located in the adjoining region. It has a high standard of living, especially in the western parts of the country. The Black and Mediterranean Seas, as our tourists know, have a lot to offer vacationers and just people who like comfort and beauty.

Food and entertainment are also not very expensive, although in the center of Istanbul prices can bite, especially during the season.

In Turkey, the low cost of real estate and many Westerners even buy an apartment there, which only improves the possibility of obtaining a residence permit.

It’s worth remembering that Turkey is a big country, so the costs will depend on the region, but inside the country you can find a good apartment for just $250 (18-19 thousand rubles) a month.

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8. Bulgaria

Bulgaria is beautiful in its own right and is a popular destination for Russian, German and other tourists. In a country with access to the Black Sea with its beautiful beaches, as well as beautiful mountains, which are ideal for skiing in the winter, you can spend a great time all year round.

Bulgaria is a member of the EU, but not part of the Schengen area, so they do not accept migrants and refugees from Africa and the Middle East. And this is a plus for security.

However, it is worth remembering that Bulgaria is the poorest country in the EU. Standards of public transport, health and education are low by Western standards, English is not widely spoken among the locals, but quite a few people, especially in the resort parts of the country, know Russian.

Apartments can cost about $400 (30,000 rubles) a month, but if you like living in the countryside, you can rent a house even cheaper. Bulgaria has the lowest prices for rent, utilities and food among all EU countries.

7. Montenegro

North of Albania is Montenegro, and it boasts a coastline of incredible beauty and amazing national parks.

Despite the fact that Montenegro is not part of the European Union, the euro is also used as the main currency.

In summer it is a very popular tourist destination, which we know is available to tourists from many Eastern European countries.

You can find an apartment for an extended stay away from the coast for less than $350 (25,000 rubles) per month, but prices on the coast increase during the tourist season. Health care is very cheap (which affects quality for the worse), and public transportation and fine dining are even cheaper.

6. Poland

Although Poles have low wages compared to some richer EU countries, Poland has plenty of amenities. English-speaking travelers should know that English is taught in Polish schools, so there will be someone to talk to. The older generation still knows Russian. Historic cities like Warsaw and Krakow have excellent universities and appreciate the arts.

Poland has castles, ski resorts, mountains and lakes that you can explore while enjoying life.

Since the country is a member of the EU, you will have no problem traveling to other EU countries. An apartment in downtown Krakow can cost as little as $400 (30,000 rubles) a month, and food, as overseas travelers say, is incredibly affordable here.

5. Albania

South of Serbia and north of Greece, on the Adriatic Sea stands Albania, one of the cheapest countries to live in all of Europe. It is a dream of history buffs, full of Greek, Roman and Ottoman ruins.

Apartments in Albania can be found for about $200 (15,000 rubles) a month away from the coast.

There are also beautiful sandy beaches and breathtaking mountains. The country has very comfortable residency laws, and the people are friendly and welcoming.

Away from the coast, you can find an apartment for about $200 (15 thousand rubles) a month. In the summer a lot of tourists come to the coast, so prices at this time are higher. Renting a car costs only $100 (7 thousand rubles) a month, and food and restaurants are very affordable for most tourists.

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4. Slovakia

Just south of Poland and east of Austria is Slovakia.

Slovakia is slightly more expensive than neighboring countries, Ukraine and Bulgaria, but still cheap for Europe.

Perhaps the reason the prices are moderate is because it is a former Eastern Bloc state, but it has quickly become westernized in the last few decades. So despite the price tag, there is plenty to see and enjoy around if you choose this country.

A decent apartment in Bratislava will cost about $400 (30,000 rubles) per month. The country has an excellent health care and education system.

You can also eat in the best restaurants in the city while spending less than $10 (750 rubles) for a meal with a glass of wine.

3. Romania

Bucharest, Romania, is one of the most beautiful cities in Eastern Europe, and if you are into history, you will definitely enjoy the Transylvania region. Romania as a whole is a beautiful country with very diverse landscapes.

They have very loyal residency laws, and although Romania is a member of the EU, the country does not use the euro, which reduces taxes.

Romania is considered to be the most corrupt country in the EU, it is worth remembering that.

In Romania, renting accommodation is cheap and car rental is very cheap. You can rent a car for about $200 (18 thousand rubles) per month and drive around the country without restrictions. In addition, they have high-speed and inexpensive internet even in remote areas.

2. Georgia

Georgia is located in the south of our country. And even though the political situation between the countries is complicated, you should not discount your neighbor. Needless to say, the hospitable people of Georgia for the most part have not lost contact with us and are happy to see tourists from Russia and abroad.

For the traveler the advantage is that the Russians don’t need a visa to Georgia for tourism or visiting relatives. The period of permitted stay is 1 year.

The capital, Tbilisi, is beautiful, the mountains are magnificent, and the food and wine… Georgian cuisine is considered one of the best not only in the region, but also in the world!

You can rent a great apartment in the center of Tbilisi for about $300 (22 thousand rubles) per month, and food and services like cabs are incredibly cheap.

1. Serbia

Serbia is a landlocked country south of Romania and west of Bulgaria. It is one of the cheapest countries in the Balkans for leisurely living. Nevertheless, it has the worst standard of living of all the former Yugoslav states.

Education, health care and public transportation are in poor condition in many areas, and public safety is sometimes a problem for foreigners. However, Serbia remains a beautiful country with a rich history, and if you already have money saved up or if you earn a remote salary working in Russia or Western countries like the United States, then you’re fine. An apartment in Novi Sad can cost as little as $190 (14,000 rubles) a month, and food and transportation are very cheap.

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