Weekend Trip from London – 15 Budget Cities in Europe to Visit

By Two Monkeys Travel - Contributor November 21st, 2019 Posted in Destination, Europe, Travel Blog, Travel Guides No comments

Tired of that Monday to Friday work in London and want to have a mini-vacation?

Want to discover a new place on a budget?

Want to go on a weekend trip from London to any cities in Europe on a budget?

To have work-life balance; it’s nice to spend time and money for yourself to rejuvenate. We also want the vacations we take would be cheap and not drain our savings. It will surely be a plus if we’re going to a new place; or a new country!

Here’s a guide for weekend trips from London to other budget cities in Europe!

1. Kyiv, Ukraine

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Check out the churches especially St. Sophia’s Cathedral, explore catacombs at Kyiv Pechersk Lavra, go inside the Gorodetsky House, take a picture outside of the Mariyinsky Palace, and relax and enjoy nature at Feofaniya Park.

One-way flight to/from London (booked 3 months before the trip): £18-30
Hostel Cost: £3-5
Budget Meal: £3-5
330ml Water: £0.25–0.45

2. Gdansk, Poland

Budget Cities in Europe
Photo by Ruben Holthuijsen

Walk around Pier in Sopot, see the brick-built Basilica of St. Mary of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, make a wish at Neptune’s Fountain, relax at Park Oliwa, and have your picture taken at Porta Alta.

One-way flight to/from London (booked 3 months before the trip): £15-25
Hostel Cost: £8-13
Budget Meal: £4-6
330ml Water: £0.70–0.90

3. Bucharest, Romania

Visit an open-air museum at “Dimitrie Gusti” National Village Museum, appreciate artworks at National Museum of Art of Romania, relax in the serene Cișmigiu Gardens, take a picture below Arcul de Triumf, and walk in the estate of Mogoșoaia Palace.

One-way flight to/from London (booked 3 months before the trip): £18-25
Hostel Cost: £5-10
Budget Meal: £6-10
330ml Water: £1.05–1.25

4. Sofia, Bulgaria

Learn the country’s history at Bulgaria National Historic Museum, see churches mainly Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, shop at Central Sofia Market Hall, discover the Boyana Waterfall, and enjoy walking in South Park.

One-way flight to/from London (booked 3 months before the trip): £18-32
Hostel Cost: £5-10
Budget Meal: £4-7
330ml Water: £0.40–0.60

5. Bratislava, Slovakia

Budget Cities in Europe
Photo by Guillaume Speurt

 

 

Tour inside this Baroque castle at Bratislava Castle, and you might as well see ruins and a view of the river at Devin Castle, discover the blue colored church; St. Elisabeth Church, observe the whole of the city at UFO Observation deck, and camp at Zlaté Piesky.

One-way flight to/from London (booked 3 months before the trip): £25-45
Hostel Cost: £10-20
Budget Meal: £5-8
330ml Water: £1–1.20

6. Prague, Czech Republic

Start being amazed at Gothic Architecture by visiting Prague Castle then to Vitus Cathedral, enjoy food and a lovely view at the Dancing House, hike towards an Eiffel Tower inspired viewing deck; the Petrin Tower, and appreciate art and cute penguins at Kampa Island.

One-way flight to/from London (booked 3 months before the trip): £25-40
Hostel Cost: £6-10
Budget Meal: £4-7
330ml Water: £0.75–0.95

7. Brno, Czech Republic

Budget Cities in Europe
Photo by Marco Verch Professional Photographer and Speaker

In this medieval city; go on a tour at Špilberk Castle, get lost in the Labyrinth under Vegetable Market, discover caves in a nature reserve called the Moravian Karst, appreciate the architecture of Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul, and visit Anthropos Pavilion Museum.

One-way flight to/from London (booked 3 months before the trip): £25-35
Hostel Cost: £10-20
Budget Meal: £4-6
330ml Water: £0.70–0.90

8. Warsaw, Poland

Budget Cities in Europe
Photo by Pawel Pacholec

Tour inside the Royal Castle in Warsaw, be in awe of the picturesque Lazienki Park, know more about composer Chopin in Fryderyk Chopin Museum, hike at Kampinos National Park and see the light show in Multimedia Fountain Park.

One-way flight to/from London (booked 3 months before the trip): £15-30
Hostel Cost: £5-7
Budget Meal: £4-7
330ml Water: £0.60–0.80

9. Budapest, Hungary

Budget Cities in Europe
Photo by Kurt Bauschardt

View the city at Fisherman’s Bastion, revitalize at Széchenyi Thermal Bath, church-hop starting at St. Stephen’s Basilica, see the Dracula-inspired castle at Vajdahunyad Castle, and have a mini-getaway at Margaret Island.

One-way flight to/from London (booked 3 months before the trip): £15-30
Hostel Cost: £5-8
Budget Meal: £5-7
330ml Water: £0.60–0.80

10. Riga, Latvia

Budget Cities in Europe

Tour the home of the president at the House of Black Heads, see the outdoor museum at The Ethnographic Open-Air Museum of Latvia, swim and slide at Līvu Akvaparks, appreciate architecture of Riga Cathedral, and listen to an opera or watch ballet in the Latvian National Opera.

One-way flight to/from London (booked 3 months before the trip): £18-30
Hostel Cost: £6-10
Budget Meal: £6-9
330ml Water: £0.55–0.75

11. Vilnius, Lithuania

Enter through the Gate of Dawn, discover the Gediminas Castle Tower, chill and watch fountain shows at Bernadine Park, have fun with optical illusions in Vilnius Museum of Illusions, and church-hop starting with St. Francis of Assisi (Bernardine) Roman Catholic Church.

One-way flight to/from London (booked 3 months before the trip): £15-25
Hostel Cost: £10-20
Budget Meal: £6-11
330ml Water: £1.10–1.30

12. Porto, Portugal

Porto, Portugal

Walk along the beach at Gondarem beach, shop books at Livraria Lello, appreciate the gardens in Jardins do Palácio de Cristal and tour around to see Clerigos Church, Porto Cathedral, and many more.

One-way flight to/from London (booked 3 months before the trip): £20-40
Hostel Cost: £11-16
Budget Meal: £6-10
330ml Water: £0.90–1.10

13. Malaga, Spain

Budget Cities in Europe
Photo by Nick Kenrick

Sunbathe along Costa del Sol, explore the medieval palace Alcazaba, check out the ruins at Castillo Gibralfaro, east tapas at Mercado Central de Atarazanas, and try surfing at Aqualand Torremolinos.

One-way flight to/from London (booked 3 months before the trip): £18-35
Hostel Cost: £15-20
Budget Meal: £7-9
330ml Water: £1.00–1.20

14. Seville, Spain

Budget Cities in Europe
Photo by Charlie Marchant

Appreciate architecture by going to these places: Royal Alcázar of Seville (for Game of Thrones Fans this is Dorne), Plaza de España, and Catedral de Sevilla and feel like a soldier in the watchtower at Torre del Oro.  Don’t forget to go to La Casa del Flamenco – Auditorio Alcántara to see locals dance Flamenco.

One-way flight to/from London (booked 3 months before the trip): £18-25
Hostel Cost: £10-20
Budget Meal: £7-10
330ml Water: £0.80–1

15. Lisbon, Portugal

Budget Cities in Europe
Photo by Luca Sartoni

There are a lot of medieval spots in Lisbon: Castelo de S. Jorge, Tower of Belem, Praca do Comercio, be wowed with the landscape of Eduardo VII Park and check the view of the city at Miradouro da Senhora do Monte.

One-way flight to/from London (booked 3 months before the trip): £25-35
Hostel Cost: £9-12
Budget Meal: £7-9
330ml Water: £0.80–1.10

Though there are cheaper European Countries, we couldn’t include it in this list as there is either no direct flight via RyanAir or EasyJet, or flights are minimal, or the flights are costly; a one-way ticket costs at least £40. We consider your office work in the flight prices displayed; so you could fly out to these places on Friday evening or Saturday morning then come back home on Sunday evening.

Now, book your flight for that relaxing and affordable weekend trip from London to Europe. If you’re on a tight budget, you could spend two days and one night at these places for less than £100 or maybe half if you’re lucky enough to schedule a cheap flight. You could do it solo, invite your friends along, or go with your family! I wish you luck in your adventure and may the stress not be with you!

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