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Best Cheap European Vacations

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Travel to Europe can be expensive, but if you avoid tourist hot spots like London and Paris, and get creative, you'll be able to dodge high price tags and snag some deals. U.S. News considered average hotel prices, flight deals, available vacation packages, affordable attractions and overall accessibility – plus user votes – to rank the best destinations in Europe for budget travelers. Help us determine next year's ranking by casting your vote below.

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#1 Prague

#1 in Best Cheap European Vacations

Prices in this former bargain hunter's paradise are swiftly rising. But it's still possible to find travel deals in this European destination, especially if you brave the Czech Republic's winter weather. You can tour most attractions for a small entrance fee, plus good local eats (and cheap drinks) are never hard to find. Read More »

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#2 Porto

#2 in Best Cheap European Vacations

Porto is a stunning city on Portugal's northwestern coast. Here, travelers can visit numerous museums, relax on the beach or spend the day sipping wine. To save money, head to the museums on Sundays, when admission is often free. Read More »

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#3 Athens

#3 in Best Cheap European Vacations

Travel to the Greek capital to see iconic sights like the Parthenon and the Acropolis. If you avoid the peak tourist season between June and August, you can secure better deals on flights and hotels. Read More »

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#4 Valencia

#4 in Best Cheap European Vacations

Lying on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea and accessible by high-speed train from Madrid and Barcelona, this colorful Spanish city boasts museums, beaches and quirky festivals. But the real perk is that prices are considerably lower than other destinations in Europe. Read More »

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#5 Budapest

#5 in Best Cheap European Vacations

Travel to this beautiful destination in central Europe to explore an eclectic mix of neoclassical, baroque and art nouveau architecture. The city overflows with hotels and local eateries that offer travelers an authentic taste of Hungarian life without having to exhaust their credit cards. Read More »

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#6 Lisbon

#6 in Best Cheap European Vacations

Portugal's capital offers everything you would expect from a European trip at a fraction of the cost of flashier cities. You can hang your hat at a top-notch hotel and enjoy mouthwatering meals without cutting corners. Or, spend the day exploring the city's historic neighborhoods. Read More »

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#7 Istanbul

#7 in Best Cheap European Vacations

This destination boasts an array of tours and attractions that cater to all types of visitors. Because affordable hotels and cheap eats abound, you won't feel guilty about staying a few extra days. Or you could spend the extra cash on nightlife, as alcohol here can be expensive. Read More »

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#8 Brussels

#8 in Best Cheap European Vacations

Easily accessible by train, Brussels makes for an excellent daytrip from cities such as Amsterdam and Paris. Savor Belgian dishes like waffles and chocolate from street vendors instead of touristy restaurants that tend to be overpriced. Read More »

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#9 Florence

#9 in Best Cheap European Vacations

This quintessential Italian city doesn't offer as many free attractions as Rome, but average hotel rates hover around $125 per night, making lodging affordable. Save even more by booking a room on the outskirts of town and walking the city's cobblestone streets between attractions. Read More »

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#10 Madrid

#10 in Best Cheap European Vacations

Travelers can get an authentic experience – and save some cash – by wandering the many plazas in this Spanish city. You can also sample traditional fare for a discount by eating the "menu del día" for lunch. Read More »

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#11 St. Petersburg

#11 in Best Cheap European Vacations

If you book your flight and hotel at least three months in advance, you can make an affordable trip to Russia possible. Once there, the exchange rate to Russian ruble is very favorable, so your dollars will go further on your visit. Read More »

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#12 Rome

#12 in Best Cheap European Vacations

Consistently ranked as one of the world's best place to visit, Rome is also one of the most affordable. Most famous attractions like the Trevi Fountain and the Roman Forum are free to explore, and you can save on flights and lodging by skipping the busy summer season. Read More »

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#13 Corfu

#13 in Best Cheap European Vacations

Admiring the landscape on this Greek island is enough to keep travelers busy for days at no extra expense. Plus, relaxing on the sands of Glyfada Beach won't cost you a thing either. Read More »

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#14 Berlin

#14 in Best Cheap European Vacations

You can find low prices all over this German city. Many outdoor attractions and green spaces are open to the public, which means you can save your money for the city's vibrant nightlife scene. Read More »

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#15 Seville

#15 in Best Cheap European Vacations

Average hotel prices in Seville barely break $100 per night year-round, giving travelers extra cash to spend on souvenirs at open-air markets. Your wallet (and stomach) will also thank you for sticking to tapas bars. Read More »

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#16 Munich

#16 in Best Cheap European Vacations

While Munich's nightlife and biergartens will quickly drain your wallet, the German city has an abundance of budget options to balance out any extravagant nights. Wandering the city's expansive parks and touring its historic churches won't cost a thing. Read More »

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#17 Canary Islands

#17 in Best Cheap European Vacations

With seven islands to choose from, you're sure to find somewhere to stay that fits your budget on this Atlantic Ocean archipelago. Plus, the top attractions on the Canary Islands range from beautiful beaches to large national parks to historic neighborhoods (all free to visit), meaning you won't have to shell out extra to truly enjoy this paradise. Read More »

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