European Cities on a Budget by Sarah Bartlett

The annual European Backpacker Index, compiled by, is designed to help money-savvy travellers find the cheapest European cities and plan an accurate budget for when they visit.

Prices for most things like hostels, transportation and attractions are fixed and certain. However, prices for a 'budget lunch' or a pint of beer can vary depending on where you go. The index takes all of these factors into account to calculate the approximate price of a day in each city, including an overnight stay at a backpacker hostel.

In this visualisation I review the top five cheapest European cities, as featured in the 2018 Index.