7 Thrifty Tips to Help You Travel in Europe on a Budget

Planning a trip to Europe but worried about your budget? Don’t fret! With careful planning and a few money-saving tips, you can explore the wonders of Europe without breaking the bank.

From affordable accommodations to money-saving strategies, we’ve compiled a list of seven practical tips to help you travel to Europe on a budget. Get ready to embark on an unforgettable journey while keeping your wallet happy.


Finding budget accommodation in Europe is easier than you might think. Hostels are a popular choice, offering not only cost-effective options but also opportunities to meet fellow travelers. Choose dorm rooms instead of expensive hotel suites to share costs and make new friends along the way. Alternatively, consider booking spare rooms in locals’ houses or apartments through platforms like Airbnb and Couchsurfing for a more authentic and economical experience.


Check for grammar: Europe is rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, offering plenty of free activities for travelers. Take advantage of free walking tours in cities, which provide an excellent introduction to the area while highlighting major attractions. You can also enjoy the scenic wonders of Europe by going on hikes, strolling along the beach, or having picnics in charming parks—all without spending a dime.

Many museums and galleries offer free admission on specific days or times, so plan your visits accordingly. Try visiting London’s National Gallery and Camden Art Centre, or Paris’ Museum of Fine Arts (Petit Palais) and Museum of Modern Art (Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris).


When it comes to food and souvenirs, explore local markets for a budget-friendly experience. These vibrant marketplaces not only offer affordable prices but also immerse you in the local culture. When my husband returned home from Europe, he brought back a dreamcatcher with my name from the streets of London.

Sample fresh produce, indulge in local specialties, and discover unique handicrafts—all at reasonable prices compared to touristy areas. Engaging with local vendors can also provide insights into the region’s traditions and flavors.


Individual admission tickets for various attractions can quickly add up, straining your travel budget. Thankfully, numerous websites offer bundle passes that provide discounted rates on hotels, amusement park tickets, airline travel, and more.

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Take advantage of platforms like Google Flights, Groupon Getaways, TripAdvisor, Expedia, Scott’s Cheap Flights, and Kayak to find bundled deals that can save you significant money while exploring Europe.


While travelling via cab may seem like the most convenient option, buses and trains are often cheaper and offer unique experiences. Not only do they provide cost-effective transportation, but they also allow you to enjoy scenic routes and immerse yourself in the local culture.

Consider opting for an overnight train journey to save on accommodation costs, as you won’t need to pay for a hostel for that night.


Turn your travel dreams into reality by taking advantage of working holiday opportunities. Various seasonal jobs are available in Europe, such as teaching skiing during the winter, or teaching a language.

If your work allows it, freelancing while traveling can also be an option. Earning money while you travel not only provides financial support but also offers unique cultural experiences and the opportunity to connect with locals.


Dining out can be a significant expense while traveling. To save money, opt for affordable lunches from supermarkets or local fresh food markets instead of costly cafes or restaurants. Take the time to explore your options before choosing a place for dinner, as the first restaurant you see might not offer the best value for your money.

Additionally, consider opting for water instead of beer with your meals to save both your wallet and waistline. If available, choose accommodation with kitchen access to cook your own meals and further reduce expenses.

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Traveling to Europe on a budget is not only achievable but also rewarding. By implementing these thrifty tips, you can explore the breathtaking offerings of Europe without burning a hole in your pocket.

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Spring is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate the beautiful season than to travel to great destinations at bargain prices!

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From To Price (SGD) include taxes
Singapore Amsterdam $1185
Singapore Athens $826
Singapore Barcelona $906
Singapore Berlin $1177
Singapore Bordeaux $1583
Singapore Brussels $983
Singapore Budapest $968
Singapore Bucharest $1176
Singapore Copenhagen $883
Singapore Dublin $933
Singapore Frankfurt $969
Singapore Geneva $940
Singapore Helsinki $822
Singapore Istanbul $854
Singapore Lisbon $900
Singapore London $1085
Singapore Madrid $877
Singapore Manchester $984
Singapore Milan $896
Singapore Munich $937
Singapore Nice $1168
Singapore Oslo $901
Singapore Paris $1140
Singapore Prague $1020
Singapore Rome $972
Singapore Stockholm $926
Singapore Venice $882
Singapore Vienna $900
Singapore Warsaw $895
Singapore Zurich $943

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From To Price (SGD) include taxes
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Singapore Curacao $3383
Singapore Guayaquil $3680
Singapore Havana $2397
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Singapore Panama City $2595
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Royal Dutch Airlines KLM, also part of Air France, is introducing cheap flights to Europe.

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Qatar Airways Black Friday Sale – Fly to Europe from just $850! (23 – 26 Nov 17)

Wait no more – the Qatar Airways Black Friday Sale begins now till Sunday! Enjoy discounted Economy and Business Class fares to more than 50 cities worldwide.

This amazing Black Friday Sale allows you to fly to dreamy cities like Zurich, Helsinki and Geneva from just S$850 and culture-rich European cities like Milan, Oslo, and Stockholm from S$950. Even popular destinations such as London, Paris, New York can be reached from as little as S$1,030!

With so many destinations to choose from, you might not know where to start. Here are some of our recommendations for a great time in Europe, depending on your individual preferences!

1. Zurich

Lake Zurich

All-in Economy Class fare from S$850

Zurich is a beautiful city in Switzerland with a picturesque view at every turn. Although it is known as a global, financial hub, Zurich still boasts a generous amount of natural sights and sceneries that is hard to compete anywhere else.

There are plenty of things for you to see and do here in Zurich, which includes taking a calming stroll by the beautiful Lake Zurich (with a camera in hand, possibly!), eating delicious traditional sausages and drinking beer at Zueghauskeller – a huge beer hall where you will find lots of tourists – and riding a cable car up to Felsenegg lookout point, where you’ll be treated to stunning views of the city. The city also houses numerous traditional European-style buildings, providing you with a beautiful backdrop at every turn.

This is one city that you wouldn’t regret visiting – with hospitable people, a jovial atmosphere and remarkable sights, you’ll definitely enjoy your time here.

2. Athens



All-in Economy Class fare from S$919

Home to some of the most ancient relics in the world, a trip to Athens brings you back in time. Enrich yourself with the history that comes with the great sights of world-renowned marvels like the Parthenon, Acropolis of Athens and Temple of Olympian Zeus, apart from many others. There are plenty of day tours that you can choose from, or simply roam around these attractions on your own.

If you’re looking for a modern twist, take a stroll down stylish Kolonaki street for an afternoon of fun shopping, sign up for a traditional Greek cooking class, or breeze through Athens’ streets on an electric scooter.

There’s plenty of fun activities for everyone here in sunny Athens, so do give it a visit and start exploring!

3. Milan

Galleria Vittorio Emanuel

Galleria Vittorio Emanuel

All-in Economy Class fare from S$959

Known globally as one of the largest fashion hubs in the world, Milan will sweep you off your feet like no other. Bask in the city’s great views of a bustling metropolitan city steeped in culture as you make your way around. Every turn is a photo-worthy moment so time to bring out the cameras again!

The most iconic shopping district in Europe is arguably the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. Since you’re in Milan, you should stop by, have a walk and shop until you drop!

You can also immerse yourself in the rich history by visiting icons such as the Milan Cathedral, the rustic Sforza Castle and the famous Pinacoteca di Brera.

Take the leap today and book your tickets to Milan and enjoy these activities and attractions today!

4. Stockholm


All-in Economy Class fare from S$959

As the most popular city in Sweden, Stockholm boasts some of the most breathtaking sights in Scandinavia, with an even greater view of the Baltic Sea. It has cool temperatures all year round, even in the summer, so if you’re looking to escape the warm Singapore heat for a little bit, this is your ideal destination!

Most tourists love to visit Stockholm and enjoy the beautiful sights and landmarks. That includes strolling along the waters and visiting the brick-red Stockholm City Hall, the Baroque-style Stockholm Palace and exploring the old town of Gamla Stan. Music fans will love this the most – an ABBA museum where you can sing and dance along to the songs of the beloved band!

It’s both a great, relaxing destination with family and friends and you can be rest assured that you’ll leave Stockholm wishing you could visit it again.

5. Oslo

Norway Water Fjord Nature Landscape

All-in Economy Class fare from S$959

Known for its lush, green spaces and many museums, Oslo, the heart of Norway, constantly draws tourists from all over the world every year, offering stunning views and experiences that’s hard to match elsewhere. Surrounded by mountains and the sea, Oslo provides tourists with a perfect blend of heritage and modern urbanness.

Oslo is also famously known as the home of the Vikings, and you can learn all about the ancient Norse seafarers at the Viking Ship Museum, which features stunning 9th century viking ships. You can learn more about Norway in general through its other popular museums like National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Norway’s Resistance Museum and Norwegian Maritime Museum.

But that’s not all that Oslo provides. Nature lovers, rejoice! There is a whole list of little-known activities for you. Soar through the Holmenkallen zipline, glide through the Oslo Climbing Park or cycle through the city, exploring it a little more each step of the way. In the late afternoon, take a stroll around Vigeland Park and see the many huge sculptures or down by the rivers for a relaxing time.

As you can see, Oslo provides plenty of fun for all, so come down and explore this little haven.


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