Eastern Europe is largely considered one of the cheapest places for budget European travel. Why wouldn’t it be with its delicious foods, rich history and diverse cultures?!  Attracting budget travellers from all over the world, Eastern European cities are the go-to for cheap, fun and historic travel.

My favourite city in Eastern Europe for budget travel – Warsaw! This historic city located in Poland wasn’t only ‘bang for your buck’, but it blew away my expectations of what Poland would be like. The interesting WWII history, rich cultural foods, and of course the cheap price tag was everything a budget traveller could dream of and more…

Below is 5 reasons why Warsaw is my favourite city for budget travel…

#1 History is Free or Cheap to See

You simply have to stroll through Warsaw’s Old Town, and you can see history all around you. Built in the 13th century, it is the oldest part of Warsaw. The Old Town was bombed badly during WWII and was also part of the Warsaw Uprising. Since then, the town has been rebuilt and pretty much restored to its former glory.

There is so much to see and do when walking through the Old Town. From old Polish-style houses, traditional polish restaurants, and plenty of museums – there’s plenty of history on every corner! Each night the Old Town is lit up and filled with plenty of buskers and amazing street performers. Make sure you stop and have dinner at one of the many cheap polish restaurants, or grab an ice cream from one of the many stores and stop and watch some of the street performers.

Extra history: If the Old Town and its history aren’t enough to satisfy your history needs, then there is still more to see! My favourite museum I’ve ever been to is the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. It takes you through the origin of Jewish people and the Jewish religion, how the Jewish people spread throughout Europe, WWII and the ghettos, all the way through to the present day. The museum does cost €17 but it is definitely worth it…

#2 Polish Food is Cheap (& delicious)

I made a point to try every different country’s food when I was travelling around Europe – and Polish food was by far my favourite! There are lots of Polish restaurants on every corner, most of which offer cheap traditional Polish food. But you will have to look around for the good ones, but it’s definitely worth it…

My favourite restaurant that we tried was Gościniec located both in Old Town and outside of Old Town. Gościniec is where I tried my first ever perogies – a polish dumpling stuffed with meat, potatoes or other vegetables – and I am hooked for life! The perogies that Gościniec make are absolutely to die for, I can honestly say that I still think about them daily…

A meal for two people including two drinks only cost us €12! We ordered ten steamed beef perogies and the potato and beef goulash – it was by far the best meal that we ate on our trip. Not to mention we ate right on a polish street corner, with an awesome view of the Old Town in front of us…

#3 Accommodation is cheap

Cheap accommodation is always a bonus in any city, especially because that means you have more money to spend on food and drink! Warsaw has incredible accommodation at really low prices, and often in or near the city centre.

If you’re a budget backpacker, you know the importance of having a good hostel for the night. For me, cost and looking whats included also plays a large factor for me. Hostels in Warsaw are very cheap, only costing between €5-€9 per night! That includes the hostels with high ratings and close to the city centre – an absolute steal! If you’re not into hostels, hotels cost around €100 per night, but once again that also includes hotels with high ratings…

#4 The Public Transport is Cheap

Warsaw is an extremely walkable city – all of the main sites, restaurants, and bars are all in one area. You could spend the whole day walking around and exploring the city. However, if you’re not too keen on walking everywhere, there are lots of public transport options on offer.

 

The city of Warsaw has an extensive bus and tram network, and even its own underground metro system. Its only 4.40zł (zloty) or €1 per ticket, and the networks throughout the city are super easy to navigate around the city with. You will only really need to use public transport if you’re venturing out of the Old Town, but even then you are still able to walk easily to most places.

#5 Beer is Cheap

When you’re a budget traveller cheap beer is always something very attractive. No matter how good or bad it tastes, cheap beer is good beer!

You’ll be delighted to find out that in Poland beer costs as little as €1.40 a pint. Yep, €1.40 a pint! The beer doesn’t taste too bad either, and it’s pretty strong too…