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Best and worst European cities for a 50 euros-day budget

Antalya in Turkey not only tops the list as the cheapest, but it was also the 5th most popular European destination last year, making it a cheap and cultural hub.

Craving a city break but don’t want to break the bank? Or do you have an idea of where you want to go, but unsure of a daily budget? Travel experts, alpharooms Ireland, have analysed the most popular destinations in Europe, before calculating how long a day budget of 50 euros will last.

Taking into account the average cost of food, transport, attractions and even alcohol in each city – their findings have uncovered the most purse-friendly cities to visit this year.

Stand out stats:

  • If you’re planning a staycation in Dublin – think again. A day budget of 50 euros will run out at 3:00 pm.
  • Surprisingly, 50 euros will go further in Rome than the popular, Benidorm.
  • Prague is almost three times cheaper than London (which has been labelled as the most expensive destination).
  • Antalya not only tops the list as the cheapest, but it was also the 5th most popular European destination last year, making it a cheap and cultural hub.

How Long Will a 50euros-day Budget Last Across Europe?
alpharooms Ireland have analysed the average cost of a breakfast, lunch dinner, beer, cocktail, two one-way transport tickets, and three attractions to calculate the following:

  • In London, your 50 euros will run out at 12:30 pm.
  • In Rome, Dublin and Vienna, your 50 euros will run out at 3:00 pm.
  • In Paris, Benidorm and Amsterdam, your 50 euroswill run out at 6:00 pm.
  • In Istanbul, Prague and Antalya, your 50 euros will last all day, and you’ll still have money left over.

Alternatively, for those who aren’t as restricted by a budget, alpharooms Ireland have also used the same spending factors to uncover how much the average day will set you back in each tourist hotspot.

London is the most expensive European city to visit with 50 euros
London has long boasted a reputation for expense and, for those travelling with a daily 50 euros budget to the UK capital, your budget will run out at 12:30. This is if you take into account breakfast, transport and, of course, the top-rated attraction in the city – Buckingham Palace.

Food and drink prices come in as some of the most expensive, second only to Paris. To experience two of the most iconic attractions (Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London), as well as indulge with a beer during lunch and a cocktail at night, it will cost you around 117.78 euros a day.

With the city welcoming over 20 million visitors in 2018 – a 4% growth on the previous year – it’s no surprise that London tops the list of most expensive European cities to visit.

Antalya tops the list for the cheapest destination
Both Istanbul and Antalya are in the top five most visited destinations of 2018 (considered to be European by many tourists and locals alike) – placing third and fifth respectively. They also round up our list of the cheapest destinations to visit with 50 euros per day, coming in first and third.

Your budget will not run out if you choose to visit these destinations for your 2019 holiday. In Antalya, in particular, you can enjoy a full day of visiting the most popular attractions, exploring the squares and dining throughout the day for as little as 31 euros.

The same can be said for Istanbul, costing only 43 euros for a day of experiencing the greatest sights and tasting the local cuisine – including the beer.

Vicky Karantzavelou
Co-Founder & Chief Editor - TravelDailyNews Media Network | Website

Vicky is the co-founder of TravelDailyNews Media Network where she is the Editor-in Chief. She is also responsible for the daily operation and the financial policy. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Tourism Business Administration from the Technical University of Athens and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wales.

She has many years of both academic and industrial experience within the travel industry. She has written/edited numerous articles in various tourism magazines.