8 cheap city breaks in Europe to go with friends

8 cheap city breaks in Europe to go with friends (or by yourself!)

Exams are almost over and some incredibly student-friendly city breaks are just a few clicks away. Treat yourself, and finally start planning that girls’ trip you’ve been putting off, with the help of this handy guide to 10 cheap city breaks in Europe to go with friends. 

(Quick note: these rough flight and accommodation prices have been calculated when travelling from London airports and for around 4 days, but are easily adaptable).

1. Berlin, Germany

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First up is a great wallet-friendly trip to Berlin. Return flights are only £43 on Skyscanner so there’s no time to waste. All you need is full vaccination, and Germany luckily doesn’t require any prior COVID testing.

Some great accommodations on Hostelworld are as low as £18 per night, meaning you won’t need to break the bank. As well, a lot of the best sightseeing attractions are free. History-lovers especially can enjoy visiting the Reichstag Building, the Berlin Wall and Brandenburg Gate. 

Berlin is also often considered to be one of the best places for clubbing in Europe. It’s got an amazing rave scene and an abundance of cool rooftop and dive bars.

2. Milan, Italy

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Return flights to Milan are around £18 and you only need only proof of vaccination (or a negative pre-flight COVID test). Hostels can be £10 per night and as close to the city centre as you could want, so Milan is naturally one of our top choices for a city break this year.

Arguably the best photo op is in front of Milan’s Duomo, which you’ve probably seen all over Instagram before. Other highlights are the grand opera theatres like the Teatro Alla Scala and art galleries (definitely go and visit Da Vinci’s Last Supper painting). And that’s before even mentioning the food!

So far, Milan’s taking the lead for cheap city breaks.

3. Copenhagen, Denmark

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Flights from London to Copenhagen in June come to around £25 per person which is a complete bargain, ask anyone! Denmark recently removed all of their COVID restrictions as well, so there’s really nothing stopping you from jetting off this summer.

The average hostel costs around £21 per night, and Copenhagen is equally great for sightseeing. Castles, museums, canals and Jaegersborggade (a famous trendy street full of bars, boutiques and cafes) will surround you.

4. Madrid, Spain

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If you’re fully vaccinated, £45 is likely the most you’ll need to fork out on a return flight to Madrid. An extra £19 (or less) per night for a hostel is a great deal for all Madrid has to offer.

You can soak up the sun at the Parque del Retiro, formerly the playground of the Spanish monarchy. Again, there are almost too many museums and bars to choose from. Football fans especially will love to visit the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium – home to Real Madrid.

The beach is also conveniently right on your doorstep if you spontaneously decide you need a bit of relaxation and a break from the city.

5. Budapest, Hungary

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No COVID restrictions in Budapest mean the £32 return flights are practically calling out for you. The £12 per night hostels on top are a complete steal.

You’ve probably heard of the famous Szechenyi Thermal Baths and Budapest’s renowned architecture like the St Stephen’s Basilica.

Students especially will love the classy clubs and the Hungarian ruin bars, which are essentially a range of lively cocktail bars in really cool old, crumbling houses.

6. Stockholm, Sweden

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Travelling from London to Stockholm will only cost you around £40 each, and it’ll be worth every penny. The same goes for the £20 hostels. No COVID restrictions are again, just a plus.

Make sure to explore Stockholm’s picturesque Old Town on a bike tour and the Royal Palace for the true Swedish experience. Die-hard ABBA fans will naturally head straight to the world-famous ABBA Museum and chances are, that’ll be the highlight of their trip.

7. Edinburgh, Scotland

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Most students are familiar with the ungodly cost of train tickets these days. So, it’s lucky that flights to and from London to Edinburgh are roughly only £47.

The city is underrated as most people have their eye on Europe, but I can guarantee it’s basically real-life Hogwarts. The architecture is amazing; make sure to hike up to Arthur’s Seat (an extinct volcano overlooking the whole city) before exploring the historic Old Town and Edinburgh Castle.

If you’re a big drinker, definitely check out a classic Scotch whisky tour before heading back to your (only) £16 per night hostel.

8. Vienna, Austria

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Last, but by no means least: what better use of what’s left of your student loan than a £40 return trip to picturesque Vienna?

All you need is proof of full vaccination (or a negative COVID test), £17 for each night at your hostel and a great group of cultured friends! Vienna is home to some incredible architecture like Schonbrunn Palace and the Natural History Museum. Also, the city centre itself is definitely not to be missed.

If you love cute little cafes, it’s the destination for you. And if you’re into the theatre, you need to pre-book an opera show at the grand Wiener Staatsoper. Thank me later.

So, here’s your go-to list of 10 potential cheap European city breaks for you and your friends this summer. For more like this, check out the top 10 girls holiday destinations for this year. 

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