Top 10 Cheapest European Countries to Travel from India

Top 10 Cheapest European Countries to Travel from India

No city, no country, no continent is expensive if you consider it cheaper. Traveling to cheap countries is one of the ultimate goals for budget travelers like me. Being an Indian and understanding the mentality and needs of an Indian traveler I thought it would be good to share some informative travel guides on some of the cheapest European countries to travel from India.

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Most of the Indian budget travelers have a misconception that all European countries are too expensive to travel, so better go for a budget trip in Thailand. Trust me, it’s NOT at all if you research and plan properly you can easily travel one or two weeks in European countries with just $40 per day budget on an average.

Here I have listed the top 10 cheapest countries in Europe with a tentative budget on accommodation, food, sightseeing and local transport. Don’t forget to check out some of the best-applied travel tips for Europe to save a ton of money.

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#1 POLAND:

Poland is one of the most romantic countries in Europe with its stunning landscape, castles, beautiful parks and many more. It is located in a historic position in central Europe. You will be surprised to know that in spite of being one of the cheapest countries to visit in Europe from India, it is not appreciated as it deserves.

Being it an underrated European destination the cost of traveling in Poland is one-third of the Western European countries.

Best Places to Visit in Poland:

  • Poland might be a small country but it has a lot to offer its visitors. You can enjoy the sea in the North, mountains in the South and lakes and forests in Centre.
  • Krakow is another beautiful city in Poland enriched with rich History, medieval architectures, cultural heritage, cobbled streets and picturesque landscapes. It is also enlisted in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Last time when we visited Krakow we took a 7 hours guided tour in Krakow to explore Auschwitz Museum and Birkenau Camp to know more about its inhumane history by the Nazis.
  • Visit Warsaw, the capital city and also the largest city of Poland. The Royal Castle and the Royal Route are the must-visit places in Poland if you are a History buff. Head here for an afternoon city tour.
Old Town in Warsaw- cheapest european country to visit from india
Old Town in Warsaw

Currency of Poland:

1 Poland zloty=0.26 USD=18.54 INR(as of 2019)

Languages Spoken in Poland:

Polish is the official language of Poland. English is spoken in popular cities for tourism.

Tentative Budget of Poland:

Hostel budget: $10

Hotel budget: $30

Food budget: $15

Transport and sightseeing budget: $20

Avg. daily budget: $45


#2 THE CZECH REPUBLIC:

The Czech Republic is a beautiful, different and wonderful country to visit in Europe. This central European country must be in the bucket list of budget travelers for its diverse architecture, beautiful castles, glorious history and enchanting nightlife scene.

Best Places to Visit in the Czech Republic:

  • Prague is a magnificent capital city of the Czech Republic and one of the most visited cities in Europe. The Gothic architecture, ornate castles, medieval buildings with vibrant nightlife- overall it creates a magical feel in this fairy tale city. Historic Charles Bridge is another major attraction in Prague.
  • Visit Bohemian Paradise which is the country’s first nature preserve area that spreads more than 180 square kilometers. Hiking is the best way to explore the natural attractions and beautiful rock formations in the countryside.
  • Many travelers take a day trip to Bohemian Switzerland which is popular for the hidden wilderness located in the Czech-German border. This park has the largest natural sandstone arch in Europe.
  • Cesky Krumlov Castle, Hluboka Castle, Karlstejn Castle, Konopiste Castle are some popular Castles in the Czech Republic which have rich historical value.
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Prague, Czech Republic- cheapest european country to visit from india
Prague, Czech Republic

Book Cheap Czech Republic Sightseeing:

Currency of Czech Republic:

1 Czech Koruna=0.043 USD=3.10 INR(as of 2019)

Languages Spoken in the Czech Republic:

Czech is widely used in the Czech Republic. Russian, German and English are also spoken here.

Tentative Budget of the Czech Republic:

Hostel budget: $15

Hotel budget: $30

Food budget: $15

Transport and sightseeing budget: $20

Avg. daily budget: $50


#3 HUNGARY:

Looking for the cheapest honeymoon destinations in Europe? Your first choice should be Hungary to spend some quality time without breaking your bank.

To get a taste of Central European culture with a thriving nightlife you have to travel to Hungary. Hungary is also the home to a number of World Heritage Sites with medieval castles and old Gothic architecture.

Best Places to Visit in Hungary:

  • Budapest, the capital city of Hungary is one of the most visited cities in Europe. We took the super cheap one-hour sightseeing cruise in the Danube river with a free welcome drink. The panoramic view of Buda Castle and the Vigado Concert Hall from the cruise deck was really amazing. Budapest city itself is very beautiful with neo-Gothic style architectural buildings scattered across the city.
  • Don’t miss the iconic Hungarian Parliament Building. This Gothic Revival style parliament building has a spectacular central staircase and great vaulted hall. Check here for the more detailed guided tour. Some other popular sightseeing is Buda Castle, Shoes on the Danube, the Gellert Baths and many more.
  • Spend some time on the banks of Lake Balaton, you can go for a paddleboat tour to enjoy the peace and serenity of nature. There is a picturesque tiny village near this lake region, named Tihany which is known for its Abbey where the first records of Hungarian language are found.
 Széchenyi Chain Bridge, Hungary -cheapest european country to visit from india
Széchenyi Chain Bridge, Hungary

Currency of Hungary:

1 Hungarian Forint=0.0033 USD=0.24 INR(as of 2019)

Languages Spoken in Hungary:

Hungarian is the official language of Hungary. However, English is also popular here.

Tentative Budget of Hungary:

Hostel budget: $12

Hotel budget: $25

Food budget: $15

Transport and sightseeing budget: $15

Avg. daily budget: $40


#4 ROMANIA:

This central European country is considered the home of the famous Transylvania area. From picturesque landscapes with the Carpathian Mountains and high rocky peaks to medieval villages, captivating castles with rich cultural heritage, Romania is where you find everything that a traveler mind seeks.

Romania is also considered as one of the cheapest countries in Europe to travel from India. Still, this tiny country is majorly untouched by the tourism that makes Romania a more attractive and cheap country to visit for budget explorers and international travelers.

Best Places to Visit in Romania:

  • Enjoy the breathtaking view of Europe’s second-longest mountain range Carpathian Mountains. The spectacular view of this mountain range is the main crowd puller of Romania.
  • Enjoy a scenic drive in Transalpina(DN67C). This high altitude mountain road offers you some stunning views of the Carpathian Mountains through its winding curves. If you don’t want to rent a car then book a full day trip to Transylvania. Transalpina is located in the Parang Mountains group in the southern part of the Carpathian Mountains, also known as The King’s Road.
  • Whoever visits Romania, the 60 meters tall Bran’s Castle has a huge craze among travelers from all age groups which is also known as Dracula’s Castle. Book your fast-track ticket from here to avoid the long queue. Dracula castle has been associated with the fictional vampire Dracula mentioned in Bram Stoker’s novel.  
Bran's Castle, Romania-cheapest european country to visit from india
Bran’s Castle, Romania

Currency of Romania:

1 Romanian Leu=0.23 USD=16.62 INR(as of 2019)

Languages Spoken in Romania:

Romanian is the official language of Romania. However, 40% of Romanians can speak and understand a moderate amount of English.

Tentative Budget of Romania:

Hostel budget: $10

Hotel budget: $20

Food budget: $10

Transport and sightseeing budget: $20

Avg. daily budget: $40


#5 LATVIA:

Latvia is located in the North of Europe blessed with widely spread out greenery, fascinating history, unique culture and traditions. If you love to explore some undiscovered area of old Europe, Latvia won’t disappoint you. Personally I think if you would like to get the ultimate essence of pure Europe, then come here and explore this small Baltic country.

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Latvia is not that much touristy like Italy or France which makes this country the ultimate destination for solitude seekers. Latvia is also one of the most affordable countries to travel in Europe.

Best Places to Visit in Latvia:

  • Consider Riga, the capital city of Latvia, as the starting point to explore this beautiful country. The colorful buildings, beautiful churches, cobbled streets are the perfect combination in the Riga Old Town. Check here for the best deal to explore Riga Old Town.
  • Visit the largest national park in Latvia, Gauja National Park. If you are an adventure lover, go on a hike in this park. Among all trails, the Amata trail is the most scenic with the majestic sandstone cliffs along with the Amata river. This 15 km long trail ends at Veclauču Bridge.
  • Sigulda Castle is another poplar tourist places in Latvia. To get a breathtaking view of surrounding areas you have to climb the North Tower as well as the Main Gate Tower.
  • You can go for a day trip to Cesis from Riga. Visit the Cesis Medieval Castle and take a guided tour to know the detail of the history of the castle over the centuries.
Riga, Latvia
Riga, Latvia

Book Cheap Latvia Sightseeing:

Currency of Latvia:

1 Euro=1.11 USD=79.67 INR(as of 2019)

Languages Spoken in Latvia:

Latvian or Lettish. Some people speak Russian and English also.

Tentative Budget of Latvia:

Hostel budget: $10

Hotel budget: $20

Food budget: $10

Transport and sightseeing budget: $20

Avg. daily budget: $40


#6 UKRAINE:

Ukraine is situated in Eastern Europe, another underrated and cheap European country to fly from India. You can visit some amazing and authentic places in Ukraine which are still unexplored. It is one of the cheapest places in Europe with stunning architectures, glorious history, countless wonders and some UNESCO World Heritage Sites and attractions.

Ukraine has a collection of wonderful buildings mostly gold-colored. Though maximum people cannot speak English, they are very friendly and energetic with travelers. You can visit Ukraine at any time of the year though Spring is the peak season here.

Best Places to Visit in Ukraine:

  • You will surely fall in love once you visit Kiev, the capital city of Ukraine. Kiev is the hub of Soviet and European culture. The city is well preserved with the memory of majestic architecture and some eye-catching architecture.
  • Visit Chernobyl that faced the world’s worst nuclear disaster. The place is now a hot tourist destination, but you can’t visit this place by own. You have to take a group tour to Chernobyl and the ghost town Prypiat which will be surely a memorable experience.
  • Go for hiking in the Carpathian Mountains which is also known as the Green Pearl of Ukraine. This place is a collection of a beautiful meadow, dense forests and little mountain rivers which make it paradise on the earth.
  • Explore the old town of Lviv which is also popular as Little Paris of Ukraine. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the perfect place for fantastic pubs and breweries and chocolate.  
Kiev, Ukraine
Kiev, Ukraine

Currency of Ukraine:

1 Ukrainian Hryvnia=0.04 USD=2.97 INR(as of 2019)

Languages Spoken in Ukraine:

Ukranian is the official language of Ukraine. However, Russian is widely used. English speaking person is very less here.

Tentative Budget of Ukraine:

Hostel budget: $10

Hotel budget: $20

Food budget: $15

Transport and sightseeing budget: $20

Avg. daily budget: $45

#7 BULGARIA:

Bulgaria is a paradise for budget travelers and backpackers who are looking for the cheapest countries to visit in Europe from India. The country is not yet so popular among travelers but it much more to offer its visitors. From pristine sandy beaches to stunning mountain peaks and endless green valleys, Bulgaria is the country for the travelers who want everything in one place.

Best Places to Visit in Bulgaria:

  • Visit Sofia, one of the most beautiful cities in Bulgaria. You will get the flavor of Soviet history at every corner of this capital city. The most popular attraction is the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral that stands tall and proud with its gilded edifices and Orthodox domes.
  • Plovdiv is an iconic city in Bulgaria with a diverse history and spectacular architecture. The ski town of Bansko is a beautiful place for hikers. Have a day trip from Sofia to Plovdiv and discover Asen’s Fortress and the 19t century houses, churches and Roman Theaters of Plovdiv city.
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral  bulgaria
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

Book Cheap Bulgaria Sightseeing:

Currency of Bulgaria:

1 Bulgarian Lev=0.56 USD=40.46 INR(as of 2019).

Languages Spoken in Bulgaria:

Bulgarian is the official language of this country. Whereas English is the second most common language in Bulgaria.

Tentative Budget of Bulgaria:

Hostel budget: $10

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Hotel budget: $15

Food budget: $8

Transport and sightseeing budget: $15

Avg. daily budget: $35

#8 GEORGIA:

It would be wrong to exclude Georgia from your bucket list if you are a culture and history lover. Georgia is not all about rock and stone. Beyond this, you will find the beauty of Georgia by exploring the mountains, monasteries, monuments with delicious local foods in charming weather.

Nowadays, the footfall of foreign travelers has increased in Georgia. Surprisingly this East European country is still a cheap place to visit in Europe from India.

Best Places to Visit in Georgia:

  • Georgia has a collection of different types of monasteries. From beautiful hilltop monasteries to painted monasteries, Georgia has a lot to offer. Among all, Gelati monastery I found the best in Kutaisi.
  • Visit Tbilisi, a wonderful city with a perfect blend of ancient and modern styles. Explore the old town with a walking tour. The Narikala Fortress, Metekhi church and the old buildings with traditional balconies won’t disappoint you.
  • Try some authentic foods in Georgia. The foody traveler will surely fell in love with Khachapuri, a local delicious dish made with bread and cheese, topped with an egg. A group tour to Kakheti region will give you a chance to taste Georgia’s unique wine
Old Town in Tbilisi
Old Town in Tbilisi

Currency of Georgia:

1 Georgian lari=0.34 USD=24.04 INR(as of 2019).

Languages Spoken in Georgia:

Georgian is the official language here. English is mostly popular among the young generation.

Tentative Budget of Georgia:

Hostel budget: $10

Hotel budget: $20

Food budget: $15

Transport and sightseeing budget: $15

Avg. daily budget: $40

#9 TURKEY:

Turkey will always be in my heart, especially when I am talking about the cheapest European countries to travel from India. No doubt, it’s an amazing country, but what surprised me most is its history, picturesque landscapes, cultural diversity and obviously delicious foods.

Best Places to Visit in Turkey:

  • Hagia Sofia must be at the top of your list when you visit Turkey. It is an ornate museum beautifully decorated with marble, mosaic and tiles. This great architecture was a church at first and later converted to a mosque. Take a guided tour to Hagia Sofia to get to know a short history of the old town and it will also save your time by skipping the line to boo a ticket.
  • Grand Bazaar of Istanbul is a fascinating place in Turkey which is crowded and popular among tourists as well as locals. You can find anything that you want and that too at a cheap price. It’s the ultimate place for shopping lovers.
  • Turkish foods are praised all over the world for its perfect blend of flavors and ingredients. Try some traditional Turkish foods as well as street foods that are insanely cheap compared to Western European countries. I personally liked Manti, Kofte, Menemen and Kebab while I visited.
Hagia Sofia, Turkey
Hagia Sofia, Turkey

Book Cheap Turkey Sightseeing:

Currency of Turkey:

1 Turkish Lira=0.18 USD=12.58 INR(as of 2019).

Languages Spoken in Turkey:

Turkish is the official language of Turkey. English is popular in Istanbul and other touristy places.

Tentative Budget of Turkey:

Hostel budget: $15

Hotel budget: $30

Food budget: $15

Transport and sightseeing budget: $15

Avg. daily budget: $45

#10 CROATIA:

Croatia is a hidden gem of Europe which you would like to visit again and again for its well-preserved medieval cities, endless stretch of coastline, charming waterfall and lovely Croatian people.

Direct flight is available from India to Zagreb International Airport. It is no wonder that Croatia is one of the most visited European countries to travel from India. The best way to visit this beautiful country is to rent a car in early Summer and explore it.

Best Places to Visit in Croatia:

  • If you are a Game of Thrones fan you can easily recognize the Kings Landing while doing GoT location tour in Dubrovnik. It offers its visitors a stunning view of red tiles rooftop with the deep blue sea in the background.
  • Your Croatia visit will remain incomplete without exploring some stunning beaches. Enjoy a sunbath in any of the country’s spectacular beaches. Whoever travels in Croatia, Zlatni Rat beach is every traveler’s first choice.
  • Croatia has some medieval towns like Trogir, Split, Zadar which are equally beautiful to visit. The old towns with a coastal location are the perfect combination to get the best of Croatia.
Trogir
Trogir

Currency of Croatia :

1 Croatian Kuna=0.15 USD=10.68 INR(as of 2019). Euro is accepted by some hotels and restaurants, but Euro is not the official currency in Croatia.

Languages Spoken in Croatia:

Croatian is the official language here. However, English and German are also widely used.

Tentative Budget of Croatia:

Hostel budget: $15

Hotel budget: $30

Food budget: $15

Transport and sightseeing budget: $20

Avg. daily budget: $50

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  1. If anyone likes to visit the National park Bohemian Switzerland in Czech Republic, you can download free map with instructions from Google

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