The cost of traveling in Eastern Europe can be incredibly low.
I spent two months in Eastern Europe in 2018 and spent $721 per month on average.
All it takes is a little research and of course being frugal helps a lot. How much does it cost to travel in Eastern Europe? In this post, I am going to break it down for you! In January and February of 2018 I traveled to the following countries:
The cost of traveling in Eastern Europe
How much do things cost?
In most eastern European countries you can get your own apartment for less than $20 per night through Airbnb. Airbnb is a great option if you happen to be traveling with someone else. Of course, prices will vary dependent on the season in which you travel. In most months a budget of $20 per night should get you a pretty sweet apartment though.
If $20 is too much for you (it is for me whenever I travel alone), then you can opt for hostels and if you’d like to connect with a local then CouchSurfing is a great option. Unfortunately, house sitting doesn’t seem to be as popular in Eastern Europe as it is in Western Europe and it is, therefore, not a reliable option.
Food costs vary just as greatly as costs for accommodation. If you mainly stay in Airbnb apartments then you will be able to cook your own meals. I eat a vegan diet rich in fruits and vegetables and spent less than $100 per month on groceries in Eastern Europe. Cheap fast food (think boerek) is around $2 and affordable vegan restaurant meals are around $3-5.
The easiest and cheapest way to get around Eastern Europe is by bus. Buses, depending on the distance, can be between $5-30. For specific routes and prices visit my guides:
- How to get from Belgrade to Sarajevo by bus
- How to get from Sarajevo to Mostar by bus
- How to get from Tirana to Ohrid
The cost of activities is going to be hugely dependent on what you are into and what you are planning on doing while in Eastern Europe. Most of what I greatly enjoy doing in Eastern Europe is free.
Some of my favorite activities in Eastern Europe are:
- Exploring abandoned buildings
- Searching for street art
- Wandering around the city
If you are in need of inspiration, check out these posts:
- 11 Things to do in Tirana
- 8 Things to do in Mostar
- 10 Things to do in Sofia
- 7 Things to do in Pristina
- 8 Things to do in Skopje
- 4 Things to do in Budva
How to save money in Eastern Europe
- Eat like a local
- House sit
- Stick to water
The cost of traveling in Eastern Europe can be really low. Whether you perceive the stated amounts as a high or low is, of course, dependent on where you are coming from and how you usually travel. For long trips, my monthly budget is $1,000 per month. That’s not to say that I am spending that exact amount, no, far from it actually.
As mentioned, I spent two months in Eastern Europe in 2018 and spent $721 per month on average. Eastern Europe is one of my favorite regions in this world.
When you look at this post, can you spot anything that I might be missing? Is there something you would add?
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