Cities in Europe are some of the most expensive in the world. Even just across the channel in Dublin, a pint of beer can set you back at least £6 (and that’s if it’s somewhere cheap!). It’s an important factor to take into consideration, the price of a trip and the expenses you’ll need while you’re out there, so the cost of living and enjoying yourself while you’re anywhere, needs to come into consideration when you’re looking at the best city to go to explore a country’s culture.

With that in mind, you have to consider how much you’re going to be spending when you go away to explore a city, as they can be expensive and not kind to your bank while you’re there. I’ve been to a fair few cities in my time and these are the ones that have been kindest to my purse while I’ve been there.

Belfast

Okay, so it’s not super exotic, but Belfast is not short of history or things to do and due to its economic situation, it’s one of the cheapest places to visit in Ireland and Northern Ireland at the moment!

Plus, the place is just so fascinating. Luckily, I have a friend that hails from the city so I got my own personal tour guide for the city for the weekend. She took me to all the places of significance and took me to places where the locals go for the best deal.

We had a great time and didn’t really have to spend that much money thanks to the affordability of the places we ate and drank and the cheapness of the tourist attractions.

Berlin

Berlin is the ultimate metropolitan haven in Europe. It’s a city that holds important historical significance and has been through some serious struggles and come out the other side stronger and more beautiful than ever.

Amongst all the bars, modern shopping malls and perfectly manicured gardens is snippets from the history that shaped not only the city, but Germany and the world as a whole.

Berlin makes no secret of the horrors it played a part in but does so in a way that ensures people never forget what happened while Hitler was in power.

Hotels may be a little pricier than super budget but the cost of drinks, travel and things to do is very reasonable and ensures you have a great time without hurting your bank account too much.

Accra

If you want to go further afield and try somewhere where not many people you know will have been, then give Accra in Ghana a go. It’s a world away from the streets of London, LA and other European cities, but that’s part of what makes it so great.

Street food lines the roads of the city and while some of the dishes may look questionable, they are all super tasty and worth a try! Getting around the city is easy and affordable too, just jump in a tro tro and pay less than a pound to get wherever you need to go. They’re a little difficult to get your head around at first, but everyone is friendly and helpful enough to give you a hand navigating the world of the run-down buses.


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