London Ranks First in Best Budget-Friendly City Breaks

A comprehensive analysis by Omio reveals the top 38 European destinations for travellers on a budget

London is the best European destination for a budget holiday. The UK capital has more free attractions, tours, and events than either Paris or Berlin.

Omio, Europe’s leading booking platform for travel by train, bus and flight, has released a ranking of Europe’s most budget-friendly cities to visit. The findings highlight the destinations with the most free activities and amenities on offer, helping savvy travellers budget their itineraries ahead of schedule.

The 38 European cities selected for the study have the highest numbers arrivals every year. The cities were ranked according to the number of free attractions, tours, events, Wi-Fi hotspots, accommodation, and drinkable tap water. The findings reveal that even some of the world’s most expensive cities to live in have a surprising number of things to do that don’t cost a penny.

Accommodation tends to be the biggest expense when booking a holiday. While hostels offer an affordable alternative, couch surfing provides holiday-makers with free accommodation and the chance to learn about city life from a local. Across the 38 cities included in the ranking, almost two million hosts are offering their hospitality for free on the CouchSurfing platform.

Naturally, Europe’s major capitals and cultural hubs have the most to do. Amsterdam boasts over 1,000 free attractions, tours and events, and Berlin has over 540 free attractions alone. For those committed to exploring Europe on a shoestring, this list of budget-friendly destinations gives savvy travellers an idea of where best to start.

The Top 10 Budget-Friendly City Break Destinations:

  1. London
  2. Paris
  3. Berlin
  4. Madrid
  5. Amsterdam
  6. Milan
  7. Barcelona
  8. Lisbon
  9. Rome
  10. Krakow