The 17 best places in Europe to visit this summer that don’t cost a fortune

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European travel may evoke a sense of glamour and luxury, but that doesn’t mean it has to be pricey.

In fact, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report’s best vacations rankings, you can visit some of Europe’s best vacation spots on a budget.

To determine its list, U.S. News calculated an overall score for more than 300 destinations based on the following:

    A score given by U.S. News editors between one (worst) and five (best) in 10 categories – sights, culture, people, food, shopping, family, nightlife, adventure, romance, and accessibility – for each destination. The percentage of travelers who voted “yes” to whether the destination belongs on the list of best places.

U.S. News then deemed a destination affordable if the average nightly rate for hotels with three-stars and above is $150 or less, based on data sourced from Expedia. Read more about the methodology here.

Below, check out the list of the 17 best and most affordable destinations in Europe, which includes Mediterranean beach towns and bustling cities alike, and several hot spots in Spain and Italy.

Note that cities with ties were broken by scores from U.S. News editors. All scores are out of a possible five points.


17. St. Petersburg, Russia

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Overall score: 3.39

Sights score: 4.33

Food score: 3.33


16. Sicily, Italy

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Overall score: 3.39

Sights score: 4.00

Food score: 4.33


15. Budapest, Hungary

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Overall score: 3.40

Sights score: 4.17

Food score: 3.38


14. Lisbon, Portugal

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Overall score: 3.53

Sights score: 4.17

Food score: 3.50


13. Berlin, Germany

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Berlin, Germany
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Overall score: 3.54

Sights score: 4.33

Food score: 3.50


12. Corfu, Greece

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Overall score: 3.56

Sights score: 3.33

Food score: 3.50


11. Istanbul, Turkey

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Overall score: 3.56

Sights score: 4.33

Food score: 4.00


10. Brussels, Belgium

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Overall score: 3.63

Sights score: 4.17

Food score: 4.00


9. Valencia, Spain

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Overall score: 3.75

Sights score: 3.83

Food score: 3.67


8. Seville, Spain

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Overall score: 3.78

Sights score: 4.33

Food score: 4.00


7. Madrid, Spain

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Overall score: 3.78

Sights score: 4.67

Food score: 4.67


6. Vienna, Austria

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Overall score: 3.90

Sights score: 4.33

Food score: 4.00


5. Athens, Greece

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Overall score: 3.94

Sights score: 4.50

Food score: 3.83


4. Prague, Czech Republic

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Overall score: 4.01

Sights score: 4.67

Food score: 4.17


3. Florence, Italy

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Overall score: 4.02

Sights score: 4.83

Food score: 4.67


2. Porto, Portugal

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Overall score: 4.12

Sights score: 4.17

Food score: 3.67


1. Rome, Italy

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Overall score: 4.22

Sights score: 5.00

Food score: 4.83