Cheap backpacking countries in Europe make for lovely exploration retreats. A lot of people feel that Europe is expensive for the average traveller. But this isn’t entirely true.


As shocking as it may sound but truth is, that there exists a lot of European countries where backpackers and budget travellers can take trips without hurting their pockets.

In the last few years of my travel experience, I’ve come across at least 11 nations in Europe that won’t hurt your pocket as much as you assume them to be. 

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Cheapest backpacking countries in Europe

11 Cheapest Backpacking Countries in Europe

If you’ve been planning to backpack across Europe, here are 11 European countries that I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you should be exploring this year. 

1. Macedonia
2. Albania
3. Serbia
4. Moldova
5. Azerbaijan
6. Hungary
7. Croatia
8. Iceland
9. Ukraine
10. Czech Republic
11. Sweden



It needs to be mentioned here that the prices calculated below are based on my own experience from India. If you belong to any other part of the world, chances are that you can easily get the costs way lower than I had to pay. 

1.Macedonia – The Melting Pot Between Cultures for Backpackers

Located in the Balkan peninsula, Macedonia is a gorgeous European nation. If you can earn a decent amount of credit miles on flights, travelling to Macedonia can actually be the cheapest in Europe.

The average cost of travelling to Macedonia alone for 8 days amounts to $462. Travel in pairs of two and get this cost further down.

Macedonia travel

2.Albania – The Friendly Locale for Backpacking

Compared to most parts of popular Europe, Albania is quite cheap and affordable for travellers. During off season, the flight costs get reduced to as low as $240. So I feel more travellers should start tripping here.

The average cost of travel to Albania for at least 7 days amounts to around $647. This is inclusive of everything.

Albania travel

3.Serbia – The Country with Great Balkan Outdoors for Backpacking

Serbia is quite an underrated travel destination. I highly insist that more backpackers should visit it. It’s a lovely nation with warm and welcoming people.

The average cost of travelling to mainstream as well as offbeat locales in Serbia for a period of 1 week amounts to $602. By the way, if you’re a non-conforming traveller, try couchsurfing in Serbia. You’ll save all the money on accommodation and compensate for flights.

Serbia travel

4.Moldova – The Rare European Gem for Backpackers

Moldova is unheard of by most travellers despite being an extremely beautiful European country. Not to forget, super cheap. If you can book flights on time, you can reduce your average trip cost.

The average cost of travelling to Moldova alone for at least a week amounts to about $511.

Moldova travel

5.Azerbaijan – Explore the Blend of tradition & Modernity while Backpacking

Azerbaijan is such an amalgamation of modernity and times gone by. It’s a very culturally rich place and welcomes travellers with open arms. It’s very affordable as a travel nation.

A 10 day trip to Azerbaijan will cost the average backpacker not more than $378. Travel insurance is mandatory in Azerbaijan. 

Cheap Backpacking Countries in Europe

6.Hungary – As Sweet as it can get for Backpackers

One of my first most affordable international trip was to Hungary. It should be a priority on cheap backpacking countries in Europe list. Ever since my trip, I’ve advocated more and more people to travel this wonderful European nation.

The average cost of travelling to Hungary alone for at least a week amounts to about $672

Cheap Backpacking Countries in Europe

7.Croatia – Backpack along with memories from Game of Thrones

If you’re a Game of Thrones fan please put Croatia on your travel bucket list. Even if you’re not, go visit. It’s a lovely country and lots of airlines offer ticket sales throughout the year.

The average cost of travelling to Croatia  for 7 days amounts to about $896 including everything. Travel as a group of 4 and get this cost down.

Cheap Backpacking Countries in Europe

8.Iceland – The Gorgeous Nordic Haven for Backpackers

Cheap backpacking countries in Europe list usually skips out Iceland completely. Most people assume that Iceland is expensive.

But what they don’t realise is that if backpacking is adapted as a norm, travel costs are significantly reduced for a traveller. 

The average cost of travelling to Iceland alone for at least a week amounts to about $686. This includes accommodation, sightseeing and food.

Iceland travel

9.Ukraine – A lot More Backpackers Need to Be Here

Most travellers can now avail Visa on Arrival (VOA) for visiting Ukraine. Also, Vodafone SIMS work easily in Ukraine and hence data/calls are cheap in there.

Get your travel credit miles flowing and you can easily travel to Ukraine for 10 days in less than $280. 

Ukraine travel

10.Czech Republic – Backpack while sipping beer

Czech Republic proves to be a lot more cheaper if you’re already travelling to Europe on a Schengen Visa. That way, you don’t pay for flights again and again. The entry fee of most places in almost every major city in Czech Republic is free. This is such a good thing for budget travellers.

The average cost of travelling to Czech Republic for a week excluding flights amounts to only $308.

Czech Republic travel

11. Sweden – Go Backpacking Underneath Northern Lights

Most of you seeing Sweden as a part of my list must be wondering, “how exactly is Sweden cheap?” Well it absolutely is if you choose to stick to offbeat travel, nature camping and couch surfing.

I understand it isn’t everybody’s cup of tea but if you can let go your comfort zone for once, you’ll be able to see a new country.

The average cost of travelling to Sweden for 8 days including flights amounts to about $712.

Sweden travel

Cheap Backpacking Countries in Europe | Know 19 Secret Tricks

Backpacking essentially means to travel light – be it luggage wise or money wise. Hence, based on all of my learnings spanning a few years, I’ve compiled a list of 19 secret tricks to travel on a student budget to Europe.

Travelling cheap to Europe as a student was a requisite for me when I first began my quest for exploring the continent. Back in the day, I was 17 years old.

I had realised well in time that the only way to explore Europe cheap was to be a budget traveller and a backpacker. This was my key finding. This one learning helped me in my odyssey not just around Europe but the world at large. 

I hope my list of 11 cheapest backpacking countries in Europe helps you with your upcoming backpacking trips.

Happy wayfaring.

About the Author

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I, Akriti Mattu hail from the Himalayan town of Shimla, have roots from Kashmir and am currently settled in Bangalore. I am a free spirit in every sense of the term and hence quit a decent paying but conforming job to pursue what I love the most – being my true ‘self.’ In travel, I’ve found my selfdom, coherence and freedom . As somebody who has travelled across the expansive terrain of our planet, I am happily spending my days running a unique venture for travellers and bloggers from around the world – Budget Wayfarers. This is my most publicised venture and has come into existence for bridging gaps in travel on the internet. My journey to experience the magic of the world began a long time back. Now it’s time to span it out and share it with all of you. Along with my own travelogues are travel pieces of thousands of travellers from around the globe. Anybody passionate about travelling resourcefully and mindfully is welcome to be a part of my global family. Let’s make travel accessible and affordable for all TOGETHER. Be a part of my community – Travel Nomads & Guides, comprising of over 100K happy travellers. Reach out to me on Quora and Twitter.

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