Thinking about moving to Europe as an expat? Want to plan a cheap vacation?
Europe is known for being an expensive destination, but we’ve found the cheapest European cities for expats that won’t cost you a fortune to live in.
Listed below in no particular order are the ten most affordable cities to live in for expats.
1. Lisbon, Portugal
Known for being Portugal’s largest city, as well as its wealth of culture, Lisbon is the perfect choice for expats looking to live in a warm, European climate on a budget.
With rent for an average sized, furnished apartment costing €477($533) per month, the city is extremely affordable.
2. Barcelona, Spain
With a plethora of delicious food and a long rich heritage, Barcelona is the ideal city for expats looking to explore and experience Western Europe on a budget. Rent for a normal, furnished apartment is about €640 ($715).
Although rent is slightly more expensive than other cities listed here, for expats looking to live in a world renowned city, Barcelona is ideal, as it is much cheaper in comparison with other world centres.
3. Prague, Czech Republic
This central European city is known for its wild party scene, accessible location and alcoholic beverages. The Czech Republic drinks the most beer out of any country worldwide, making Prague ideal for beer enthusiasts.
With one beer in a local bar costing about $1.40, and average monthly rent in a regular, furnished apartment being about $488, Prague is perfect for expats looking to travel around both Eastern and Western Europe, while using this lively, budget friendly city as a home base.
4. Riga, Latvia
Latvia’s capital is a stunning city, with a charming old town and amazing nightlife. In this northern city, the average cost for a mid range, furnished apartment is €334($375).
Normally expensive activities such as an expensive three course meal for 2, can be enjoyed for a small cost, in this case around $60. Riga’s cheap prices and rowdy nightlife make it perfect for the expat looking to let loose.
5. Krakow, Poland
With a plethora of green spaces, concerts, theatres and museums, Krakow is an excellent choice for expats looking to experience Polish culture at its finest.
Rent in a regular sized apartment costs approximately $440, which make it the perfect city for those interested in live music performances, art and drama productions while living on a budget.
6. Thessaloniki, Greece
The second largest Greek city, and known for its large concentration of youth, as well as its broad range of outdoor activities, Thessaloniki is ideal for expats looking for an active, festive lifestyle.
Rent for a mid sized, furnished apartment costs approximately €260 ($290). This city is still recovering from the financial crisis, so it’s difficult to find a job, but if you do have employment, the cheap prices available make it the ideal European city to reside in.
7. Tallinn, Estonia
This Baltic country is known for its tech scene(Skype originated here), so if you are looking for a job in technology, it’s the perfect choice.
Almost every Estonian is fluent in English, which makes it easy to get around. Rent costs about €370 ($415) for a mid sized apartment including furniture.
8. Graz, Austria
The second largest city in Austria, and known for its large concentration of students and delicious coffee culture, Graz is the perfect choice for those looking to live in the German speaking sector of Europe on a budget.
Here an average, furnished apartment costs approximately €470 ($525) per month, which is incredibly cheap compared to most other cities in the German speaking world.
9. Naples, Italy
Known for being one of the oldest cities in the world, Naples has an incredibly high concentration of culture and history, from delicious wine to ancient Greek and Roman ruins.
These factors make Naples the perfect choice for history fanatics and wine lovers alike. Rent in an average sized, furnished apartment costs about €495 ($555).
10. Valletta, Malta
This island city is renowned for its scenic architecture and proximity to the ocean. English is an official language of the small island country, which makes it the perfect choice for expats who would like to work and go about life in the English language. A normal sized, furnished apartment costs about €440 ($490).
Note: Apartment prices come from this site (https://www.expatistan.com/cost-of-living) and consist of a 45m2 furnished studio apartment in a semi expensive area.
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