Travel requires a carefully thought-out budget. Thankfully, Europe’s capitals and cultural meccas are packed with options for the budget-minded traveler. From affordable accommodation to inexpensive meals to discounts on public transport, Europe is the perfect destination for savvy travelers.
Omio is here to make travel simple and affordable. That’s why we put together a ranking of Europe’s most budget-friendly cities. This study analyzed 38 of Europe’s top destinations by ranking them according to free amenities and attractions. So, put away your wallet and head to Europe!
We used several factors to determine the rankings: free attractions, tours, events, Wi-Fi, accommodation, and even whether the local tap water is drinkable.
Predictably, London and Paris top the list. London offers the most free events, but Paris boasts the highest number of hosts offering free accommodation. Madrid ranks first for free tours. The Spanish capital offers a range of walking tours that guide visitors through the square of Puerta del Sol, the oasis of El Retiro Park and the museums of the Golden Triangle of Art.
Full methodology can be found here.
We researched and compared travel times from the airport, bus station and main train station to the city center in 35 European cities, from Stockholm to Berlin to Edinburgh to Marseille, to determine the best-connected city.
The top three best connected European cities for transport:
|CITY||COUNTRY||AVG. TRAVEL TIME|
|Amsterdam||The Netherlands||6 Min.|
Check out this “Best Connected Cites” PDF to find out how other European cities ranked.
Omio analyzed a total of 35 cities from 12 European countries to create this “Best Connected City” ranking. For each country, we picked three cities with the highest number of overnight stays. Google Maps was used on June, 28th 2018 at 16:00 GMT +1 to pinpoint the location of the city center, as well as the total time taken when departing from the airport, bus or train station. If several routes were available, then the fastest route was chosen when traveling either with public transit or on foot (excluding taxis). To compare the cities and rank them properly, we calculated the value of the time taken to travel to the city center from the respective airports, train stations and bus stations.
Summer vacation is filled with possibility and everyone’s after something a little different. For those looking to combine a Europe trip with time at the beach, Omio looked at more than 1000 beaches to find the best European destinations to fit every summer holiday. Whether you’re planning a fun-packed holiday with friends, want to explore a sun-drenched corner of Europe with family, or are simply looking for the closest beach to the airport, we’ve got you covered. With the perfect combination of city buzz and beachside bliss, our summer European destination list checks all the right boxes.
The Top 3 Beach Destinations
With a massive 98 points out of 100, Alicante has been declared the best European beach destination. Alicante scores high when it comes to nightlife, accessibility, and water activities— this Spanish haven really has it all. Travelers can spend the morning immersed in Mediterranean culture, followed by an afternoon basking in the sun, before dancing the night away in the Alicante’s renowned clubs.
Most Convenient European Beach Destination
Can you imagine being on the beach just 14 minutes after leaving the airport? Well this is a dreamy reality if you head to Westerland, Germany. For parents longing for a smooth family holiday or students and backpackers with limited time, accessible beaches are a godsend. That’s why we researched just how quickly and easily Europe’s beaches can be reached by public transport, making sure you waste no time getting into the sea.
to the beach
|2||Puerto del Carmen (Spain)||0h15||0h06|
|9||Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Spain)||0h13||0h16|
|10||Brighton (United Kingdom)||0h22||0h08|
European Beach Destination with the Best Water Sports
From scuba diving to riding the waves, Omio investigated the various water sports available in all of Europe’s beach cities. Appealing both to those on family holidays and adventure-seeking travelers, each beach was given a score based on the available water activities. Palermo makes the biggest splash when it comes to beach fun in Europe.
You can scroll through the top 6 European destinations with beaches for water sports by clicking the arrow.
European Beach Destination with the Best Nightlife
An ice-cold cocktail on the beach is a must for many groups trekking off on their summer jaunts—particularly when local nightlife is a rather vital ingredient to holiday fun. By looking into the various forms of evening entertainment available and local beer prices, Omio was able to list Europe’s liveliest beach cities and Barcelona, Spain took the crown for nocturnal hedonism.
Get inspired for your next fun-filled beach holiday by scrolling through our top six European destinations with beaches for nightlife below.