12. Bratislava, Slovakia
Daily Backpacker Index: €31.40 = US$33.40/day
It’s cheaper than Prague and much cheaper than Vienna, so perhaps it will start catching on more in the coming years.
11. Riga, Latvia
Daily Backpacker Index: €31.30 = US$33.30/day
It’s surprising to see a city so far north also so high on the cheap-cities list, but it turns out that Riga is quite a bargain for the backpacking set.
10. Zagreb, Croatia
Daily Backpacker Index: HRK230.80 = US$32.69/day
Zagreb is a bargain and a worthwhile pause on the way to one of the beach towns or nearby Plitvice National Park.
9. Warsaw, Poland
Daily Backpacker Index: PLN131.46 = US$31.45/day
While Krakow gets most of the raves in Poland, the capital city also has plenty to brag about in addition to very reasonable prices.
8. Český Krumlov, Czech Republic
Daily Backpacker Index: CZK773 = US$30.34/day
The second most popular tourist town in the Czech Republic is another jewel not to be missed.
7. Kiev, Ukraine
Daily Backpacker Index: UHR748.00 = US$29.18/day
Kiev has always been fairly cheap (and very remote) compared to the rest of Europe.
6. Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Daily Backpacker Index: €26.79 = US$28.50/day
It’s gorgeous once you arrive.
5. Budapest, Hungary
Daily Backpacker Index: HUF7,917 = US$26.75/day
Another excellent travel bargain, Budapest is all-around cheap as long as you steer clear of the most touristy places along the river.
4. Belgrade, Serbia
Daily Backpacker Index: €24.60 = US$26.17/day
You will find a lively and interesting urban center with good nightlife and appealing prices.
3. Bucharest, Romania
Daily Backpacker Index: RON108.72 – US$25.70/day
2. Krakow, Poland
Daily Backpacker Index: PLN103.75 = US$24.82/day
Krakow continues yet again as Europe’s best travel bargain.
1. Sofia, Bulgaria
Daily Backpacker Index: BGN43.75 = US$24.04/day
Sofia remains a fantastic bargain among European capitals, with a very pleasant city center that is quite welcoming of foreign tourists.