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The cheapest European countries for a skiing trip revealed

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Bulgaria is officially the cheapest European country for a skiing trip. Romania and Serbia take second and third respectively. Eastern European nations dominate the top ten with Poland, Slovenia and Ukraine making an appearance.

 

Research conducted by LuxuryHotel.com studied accommodation and travel costs for skiing destinations across Europe to see which country came out cheapest on average.

Bulgaria takes the top spot, with daily accommodation costs adding up to €39 on average. It is by far the cheapest country on the list for accommodation, with costs sitting at €14 less per day than Romania in second place. Borovets, near the capital of Sofia, is the country’s oldest ski resort, dating back to 1896, which lies on the outskirts of the Rila mountains.  

Coming in second is Romania, with a winter trip costing on average around €53 per person. Although skiing culture is not as prevalent as some other countries in the list, Romania still offers an affordable winter sports experience with many resorts to visit. Sinaia is one of the most popular regions and has more than 20 kilometres of ski slopes.

In a close third place is Serbia, with the country being home to several large ski resorts like Kopaonik, Tornik and Stara Planina. On average, a hotel in one of its many resorts costs €54 a day. Kopaonik, one of the country's biggest resorts offers excellent facilities for beginners in a variety of winter sports. If you plan on staying in Serbia for a longer period of time, and you want to visit more than just the ski resorts, you could book a custom private tour with the Belgrade Private Tour company.

Hungary, known for its city breaks in the likes of Budapest and Debrecen, falls just outside the top three. A trip to one of its many resorts costs on average €58 for a one night’s stay in a three-star hotel - less than half the cost of a similar experience in the Alps. One of the country’s most popular skiing resorts is Eplény, which is home to Hungary’s longest ski slope along with over four kilometres of ski facilities.

Cheapest European countries for skiing, by LuxuryHotel.com

 

Rank

Country

Average 3* hotel cost per day

1

Bulgaria

€39

2

Romania

€53

3

Serbia

€54

4

Hungary

€58

5

Ukraine

€59

6

Czechia

€60

7

Slovakia

€68

8

Andorra

€73

9

Greece

€75

10

Poland

€76

Also featured in the top ten is Greece, which is better known as one of Europe’s most popular summer destinations. However, 80% of the country is mountainous, so in the winter months it turns into one of the Mediterranean’s prime skiing hotspots, and a skiing trip to the country would cost on average around. Arachova is one of the nation’s most popular resorts and is close to the ancient city of Athens.

Commenting on the findings, a spokesperson from LuxuryHotel.com said: “With many people eager to go abroad following the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s great to see that many affordable and exciting getaways are still available. With lots of countries in the list slowly relaxing restrictions, it’s clear that these skiing hotspots will be popular throughout the winter period this year.”

The study was conducted by luxuryhotel.com, which has curated the finest and most luxurious hotel rooms and suites from around the world.

Rank

Country

Hotel cost average per day

1

Bulgaria

€39

2

Romania

€53

3

Serbia

€54

4

Hungary

€58

5

Ukraine

€59

6

Czechia

€60

7

Slovakia

€68

8

Andorra

€73

9

Greece

€75

10

Poland

€76

11

Slovenia

£75

12

Scotland

€96

13

Sweden

€103

14

Spain

€104

15

Norway

€115

16

Germany

€130

17

France

€131

18

Finland

€138

19

Italy

€158

20

Austria

€187

21

Switzerland

€209

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