We already know that visiting Europe can be expensive, but there are a lot of places you can travel to where your money will get you a long way. On this page, we will be covering countries from Western Europe, with a focus on the top destinations in each. Click on a city and you’ll get a detailed list of daily travel expenses (accommodation, food & drinks, transportation, attractions, and city passes).
Which countries are in Western Europe?
As I am splitting up Europe in more specific regions than just Eastern and Western Europe, I will be using the CIA classification for countries in Western and Southwestern Europe. In alphabetical order, these European countries are:
Although Belgium is a small country, it has a lot to offer. Travelers can choose between modern cities, like Brussels or Antwerp, or fairy-tale destinations, such as Bruges.
Belgium can be pricey, but with some tricks up your hat, you can find it a proper destination to budget travel Western Europe.
Well-known as a center for diamond trading and fashion, Antwerp is not limited to that. This beautiful city has a well-preserved medieval architecture to spark up your interest by day, and a vibrant nightlife to keep you up till late.
The city of Brussels is the capital of Belgium, the capital of the European Union, and a business center. Its regular visitors are very well-paid and therefore can afford the high costs of hotels and restaurants available in Brussels.
France isn’t cheap, especially when compared to Romania and other countries from Eastern Europe or the Balkans. But it has a lot to offer beyond the major cities. If you go out into the countryside or in smaller towns close to the popular travel destinations, you’ll see that it’s possible to discover France even while on a budget.
Lyon is France’s gastronomic capital, thus heaven for foodies! It’s also more affordable than other French cities. You can find reasonably-priced accommodation, meals, and wines.
The Côte d’Azur is not a cheap place to visit, I can tell you this much from the start. However, if you really want to visit and/or stay on the French Riviera, Nice is the most affordable destination to do so.
Land of fairy-tales and legends, Ireland is a dream destination for many budget travelers. Ireland’s beautiful countryside, its rich history and culture, and most of all the friendly Irish people make the Emerald Isle a destination one simply must add to their itinerary of the perfect trip to Europe.
Ireland isn’t a cheap travel destination, yet we all know magic comes at a cost.
Located on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, Cork is Ireland’s third-largest city. When you visit Ireland, you can kiss the nearby famous Blarney stone or take the ferry to the fort on Spike Island.
Galway is a popular coastal city and college town. Though small, there’s a lot to see in Galway. It’s got a beautiful historic center, old churches, and animated markets. And, like any other Irish city, its pubs are amazing!
When you think about the Netherlands, you imagine windmills on fields covered in tulips, bridges over canals, and bicycles. However, you probably also imagine the hole in your pocket after visiting the Netherlands! But don’t worry, budget travel in Holland is possible, with a bit of planning. To properly assess your travel budget, check out Netherlands travel costs in top Dutch cities below.
The party capital of Europe, Amsterdam has accommodation and food costs pretty similar to those in London and Paris. Therefore, if you’re traveling through Europe on a tight budget, you should limit your visit to Amsterdam to a couple of days.
Another Dutch university town with tradition, Leiden is full of entertainment opportunities. By day, you can visit its historical and anthropological museums. By night, you can take discover Leiden’s animated nightlife.
Rich in culture and tradition, Portugal is one of the best value for money destinations not only in Western Europe but in all of the old continent. The budget-friendly Portugal travel costs make this European country a favorite with solo travelers, couples, and families looking for a perfect vacation without breaking the bank.
Algarve is a region in southwestern Portugal. In the past, Algarve used to be Portugal’s hidden gem and a budget destination. Nowadays, it’s one of the most popular travel destinations in the Portuguese Republic.
Portugal’s capital has many attractions and activities fit for any type of traveler, and the low travel expenses of visiting Lisbon make it one of the top budget travel destinations in Western Europe.
Spain is one of the most affordable travel destinations in Western Europe. Though accommodation prices are high in Barcelona and Madrid, its two most popular cities, the rest of Spain is a budget traveler’s paradise. One can discover the country’s rich history by day and try to keep up to the local nightlife by night.
Andalucía is a region in the south of Spain which is a perfect destination for budget travelers. It has great museums, delicious tapas, cheap beer, and friendly locals.
Barcelona is among most travelers’ favorite cities to visit in Europe. Its animated nightlife makes it a popular destination with younger travelers. However, Gaudi’s wonders make it a fascinating city for visitors of all ages.
With a rich and complicated history, England is fascinating to visit. You can learn about its history in its many exquisite museums or by walking the streets of its old towns, big or small.
Northern Ireland is well-known for its Norman castles, Celtic monuments, and its beautiful landscapes. Two of the best British destinations in Northern Ireland are Belfast (capital) and Derry (or Londonderry). Look below to discover Northern Ireland travel costs in these popular cities.