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Save money in Europe

  • Planning a trip to one of Europe's top destinations this summer? If so, find out ways to save money with our budget tips for our top 20 European cities.

  • 1. London - Eat for cheap in London's pubs

    As eating out in London can be expensive at the best of times, if you're with somebody else and are about to get something to eat, keep an eye out for traditional English pubs doing 'two for one' deals. With these promotions you can get two meals for as little as £6.95.

    Find out more tips in our free pocket guide for London

  • 2. Paris - Plan your trip around the first Sunday of the month

    All of Paris' big museums are free on the first Sunday of the month. This includes the Louvre, Museé d'Orsay, Museé Picasso, Museé National d'Art Moderne, Museé de l'Histoire de France and Museé Rodin. Other municipal museums such as Museé de l'Histoire de Paris and Crypte Arhcéologique de Notre Dame are free every Sunday morning between 10am-1pm.

    Find out more tips in our free pocket guide for Paris

  • 3. Barcelona - Save money on public transport

    A single journey on Barcelona's metro/bus network costs €1.40. As you may need to use public transport a lot during your stay, rather than paying for single journeys buy a T10 card for Zone 1 which will give you 10 different journeys on all kinds of public transport in the city. The T10 card costs €7.85.

    Find out more tips in our free pocket guide for Barcelona

  • 4. Rome - Pay nothing into the Vatican Museum

    No, we're not trying to instigate a revolt against admission charges into the Vatican's number one tourist attraction! We're just letting you know that if you happen to be in Rome on the last Sunday of the month you can save yourself €15 as this is when one of Rome's number one attractions is free. Get there early though.

    Find out more tips in our free pocket guide for Rome

  • 5. Dublin - Take advantage of 'early bird' specials

    You may think that eating out in a restaurant is beyond the budget of a backpacker, but thanks to 'early bird' specials, it isn't. You can avail of these specials between 5pm and 8pm (approximately) and, costing anything between €12 and €25, they comprise of anything up to 4 courses. Some of the best deals can be found in Afsana on Temple Lane in Temple Bar.

    Find out more tips in our free pocket guide for Dublin

  • 6. Amsterdam - Catch free concerts

    The Boekmanzaal, which is part of the Muziektheater (Opera House), hosts free concerts every Tuesday afternoon at 12.30pm (September to May). Performed by either Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, the Choir of the Netherlands Opera or the Netherlands Ballet Orchestra, they shouldn't be missed. And every Wednesday afternoon (Sept-June) you can catch a free concert in Amsterdam's Concertgebouw which is located at Concertgebouwplein 2-6. The concerts take place at 12.30pm and doors open at 12.15pm.

    Find out more tips in our free pocket guide for Amsterdam

  • 7. Venice - Stock up on cheap wine

    Due to the amount of walking required from you in Venice, a large bottle of water will be attached to your hand for the most part of each day there. Rather than throw them away, bring them to one of the numerous wine shops around the city where you can get them filled with sumptuous wine for as little as €2.10 per litre. You'll find them on Campo Santa Margherita, Fondamenta dei Ormeisini and Calle de la Bissa, just minutes from Rialto Bridge.

    Find out more tips in our free pocket guide for Venice

  • 8. Prague - Visit a museum for free

    Some of Prague's main museums are free on certain days. This includes the National Museum on the first Monday of every month, most of the main galleries on the first Tuesday of every month, and the Prague City Museum on the first Thursday of every month.

    Find out more tips in our free pocket guide for Prague

  • 9. Madrid - Visit two of Madrid's top museums for free

    If you are visiting Madrid at the weekend and you plan on visiting both the Reina Sofia and Prado art galleries, good news - the Reina Sofia gallery is free on Saturdays after 2.30pm and all day Sunday while the Prado is free all day Sunday also.

    Find out more tips in our free pocket guide for Madrid

  • 10. Berlin - Save money on Museuminsel

    If you plan on visiting any of Berlin's National Museums, leave your visit until Thursday evenings (after 2pm) when they are all free. There are 16 in total. This includes all the museums on Museumsinsel, the Museum of Decorative Arts in Tiergarten, and the Museum of Indian Art on Taku Str.

    Find out more tips in our free pocket guide for Berlin

  • 11. Florence - Enjoy the best view in Florence

    Located just 20 minutes walk from the Ponte Vecchio, Piazzale Michelangelo affords visitors the best views of Tuscany's capital. Every day hundreds converge on this large square to take in the vistas. The sunsets are unforgettable.

    Find out more tips in our free pocket guide for Florence

  • 12. Vienna - Get cheap tickets for the opera

    You don't need to be a member of Vienna's bourgeois to enjoy a night at the opera. The hoi polloi can enjoy such masterpieces as 'La Traviatta' also for as little as €4 (once you don't mind standing). To get these tickets queue up at the opera house about 2 hours before the performance at the 'standing tickets' sign on the right side of the building.

    Find out more tips in our free pocket guide for Vienna

  • 13. Munich - Catch the 'Glockenspiel'

    Every day at 11am and 12 noon hundreds gather in Munich's illustrious Marienplatz and gaze at the New Town Hall to catch the 'Glockenspiel', a 15 minute show where 32 life-sized figures perform the traditional 'Cooper's Dance'. After five minutes you'll wonder what all the fuss is about, but it's nice to catch it if you're in the vicinity at the time.

    Find out more tips in our free pocket guide for Munich

  • 14. Edinburgh - Enjoy cheaper food, just for being a backpacker!

    The proprietors of 'The Last Drop' pub in the Grassmarket must have been backpackers in a previous life...to help those travelling on a budget they have been kind enough to slash all main courses on their menu. These include haggis and pasta dishes. To avail of this offer simply arrive before 9pm and prove to them that you're a backpacker. Your hostel key/card should do it.

    Find out more tips in our free pocket guide for Edinburgh

  • 15. Budapest - Get money back when you leave the baths

    Entrance to Budapest's baths can cost anything up to 2,500HUF. But in many baths (namely the Gellert Baths and Szechenyi Baths) you receive money back if you leave within a certain amount of time. So if you pay 2,300HUF into the Szechenyi Baths, leave within 2 hours and you will receive 700HUF on the way out. Simple!

    Find out more tips in our free pocket guide for Budapest

  • 16. Athens - Buy the 'Acropolis ticket'

    Entrance to Athens' number one attraction the Acropolis is €12. But the price of the Acropolis Ticket is €12 also. The difference between the two? The Acropolis Ticket also grants you entrace to the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Ancient and Roman Agoras and Keramikos Cemetery. Worth investing in, obviously.

    Find out more tips in our free pocket guide for Athens

  • 17. Nice - Stroll along Promenade des Anglais

    In 1822 a group of people from Nice's English colony pooled together to make a shoreside path to stroll along. As a result, Promenade des Anglais was born. Today, Nice's famous path is the perfect place to weave in and out of joggers, rollerbladers, tourists and sunworshippers either coming or going to the beach.

    Find out more tips in our free pocket guide for Nice

  • 18. Milan - Visit Milan's modern art gallery

    Housed in a building where Napoleon once lived, Milan's Galleria d'Arte Moderna on Via Palestro is one of the city's most intriguing galleries and, since it's free to get in, is well worth visiting. Located at the foot of Giardini Pubblici, it is home to some of Italy's best modern art.

    Find out more tips in our free pocket guide for Milan

  • 19. Brussels - Embark on city walks

    Brussels' city centre streets are where you will find two of its best attributes - comic art and Art Nouveau buildings. Visit the city's tourist office at Hotel de Ville in the Grand Place and request either the comic art walk or Art Nouveau walk. Then simply lose yourself for the afternoon, admiring the sights along the way at no cost whatsoever.

    Find out more tips in our free pocket guide for Brussels

  • 20. Valencia - Visit Valencia's free attractions

    If you're broke, take note of Valencia's free attractions. These include Museo de Ciencias Naturales, a science museum in Jardines del Real, La Lonja across from Mercado Central which is a Unesco World Heritage site, and Museo de Bella Artes, Valencia's fine arts museum on Calle San Pío.

    Find out more tips in our free pocket guide for Valencia

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  • Planning a trip to one of Europe's top destinations this summer? If so, find out ways to save money with our budget tips for our top 20 European cities.

  • 1. London - Eat for cheap in London's pubs

    As eating out in London can be expensive at the best of times, if you're with somebody else and are about to get something to eat, keep an eye out for traditional English pubs doing 'two for one' deals. With these promotions you can get two meals for as little as £6.95.

    Find out more tips in our free pocket guide for London

  • 2. Paris - Plan your trip around the first Sunday of the month

    All of Paris' big museums are free on the first Sunday of the month. This includes the Louvre, Museé d'Orsay, Museé Picasso, Museé National d'Art Moderne, Museé de l'Histoire de France and Museé Rodin. Other municipal museums such as Museé de l'Histoire de Paris and Crypte Arhcéologique de Notre Dame are free every Sunday morning between 10am-1pm.

    Find out more tips in our free pocket guide for Paris

  • 3. Barcelona - Save money on public transport

    A single journey on Barcelona's metro/bus network costs €1.40. As you may need to use public transport a lot during your stay, rather than paying for single journeys buy a T10 card for Zone 1 which will give you 10 different journeys on all kinds of public transport in the city. The T10 card costs €7.85.

    Find out more tips in our free pocket guide for Barcelona

  • 4. Rome - Pay nothing into the Vatican Museum

    No, we're not trying to instigate a revolt against admission charges into the Vatican's number one tourist attraction! We're just letting you know that if you happen to be in Rome on the last Sunday of the month you can save yourself €15 as this is when one of Rome's number one attractions is free. Get there early though.

    Find out more tips in our free pocket guide for Rome

  • 5. Dublin - Take advantage of 'early bird' specials

    You may think that eating out in a restaurant is beyond the budget of a backpacker, but thanks to 'early bird' specials, it isn't. You can avail of these specials between 5pm and 8pm (approximately) and, costing anything between €12 and €25, they comprise of anything up to 4 courses. Some of the best deals can be found in Afsana on Temple Lane in Temple Bar.

    Find out more tips in our free pocket guide for Dublin

  • 6. Amsterdam - Catch free concerts

    The Boekmanzaal, which is part of the Muziektheater (Opera House), hosts free concerts every Tuesday afternoon at 12.30pm (September to May). Performed by either Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, the Choir of the Netherlands Opera or the Netherlands Ballet Orchestra, they shouldn't be missed. And every Wednesday afternoon (Sept-June) you can catch a free concert in Amsterdam's Concertgebouw which is located at Concertgebouwplein 2-6. The concerts take place at 12.30pm and doors open at 12.15pm.

    Find out more tips in our free pocket guide for Amsterdam

  • 7. Venice - Stock up on cheap wine

    Due to the amount of walking required from you in Venice, a large bottle of water will be attached to your hand for the most part of each day there. Rather than throw them away, bring them to one of the numerous wine shops around the city where you can get them filled with sumptuous wine for as little as €2.10 per litre. You'll find them on Campo Santa Margherita, Fondamenta dei Ormeisini and Calle de la Bissa, just minutes from Rialto Bridge.

    Find out more tips in our free pocket guide for Venice

  • 8. Prague - Visit a museum for free

    Some of Prague's main museums are free on certain days. This includes the National Museum on the first Monday of every month, most of the main galleries on the first Tuesday of every month, and the Prague City Museum on the first Thursday of every month.

    Find out more tips in our free pocket guide for Prague

  • 9. Madrid - Visit two of Madrid's top museums for free

    If you are visiting Madrid at the weekend and you plan on visiting both the Reina Sofia and Prado art galleries, good news - the Reina Sofia gallery is free on Saturdays after 2.30pm and all day Sunday while the Prado is free all day Sunday also.

    Find out more tips in our free pocket guide for Madrid

  • 10. Berlin - Save money on Museuminsel

    If you plan on visiting any of Berlin's National Museums, leave your visit until Thursday evenings (after 2pm) when they are all free. There are 16 in total. This includes all the museums on Museumsinsel, the Museum of Decorative Arts in Tiergarten, and the Museum of Indian Art on Taku Str.

    Find out more tips in our free pocket guide for Berlin

  • 11. Florence - Enjoy the best view in Florence

    Located just 20 minutes walk from the Ponte Vecchio, Piazzale Michelangelo affords visitors the best views of Tuscany's capital. Every day hundreds converge on this large square to take in the vistas. The sunsets are unforgettable.

    Find out more tips in our free pocket guide for Florence

  • 12. Vienna - Get cheap tickets for the opera

    You don't need to be a member of Vienna's bourgeois to enjoy a night at the opera. The hoi polloi can enjoy such masterpieces as 'La Traviatta' also for as little as €4 (once you don't mind standing). To get these tickets queue up at the opera house about 2 hours before the performance at the 'standing tickets' sign on the right side of the building.

    Find out more tips in our free pocket guide for Vienna

  • 13. Munich - Catch the 'Glockenspiel'

    Every day at 11am and 12 noon hundreds gather in Munich's illustrious Marienplatz and gaze at the New Town Hall to catch the 'Glockenspiel', a 15 minute show where 32 life-sized figures perform the traditional 'Cooper's Dance'. After five minutes you'll wonder what all the fuss is about, but it's nice to catch it if you're in the vicinity at the time.

    Find out more tips in our free pocket guide for Munich

  • 14. Edinburgh - Enjoy cheaper food, just for being a backpacker!

    The proprietors of 'The Last Drop' pub in the Grassmarket must have been backpackers in a previous life...to help those travelling on a budget they have been kind enough to slash all main courses on their menu. These include haggis and pasta dishes. To avail of this offer simply arrive before 9pm and prove to them that you're a backpacker. Your hostel key/card should do it.

    Find out more tips in our free pocket guide for Edinburgh

  • 15. Budapest - Get money back when you leave the baths

    Entrance to Budapest's baths can cost anything up to 2,500HUF. But in many baths (namely the Gellert Baths and Szechenyi Baths) you receive money back if you leave within a certain amount of time. So if you pay 2,300HUF into the Szechenyi Baths, leave within 2 hours and you will receive 700HUF on the way out. Simple!

    Find out more tips in our free pocket guide for Budapest

  • 16. Athens - Buy the 'Acropolis ticket'

    Entrance to Athens' number one attraction the Acropolis is €12. But the price of the Acropolis Ticket is €12 also. The difference between the two? The Acropolis Ticket also grants you entrace to the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Ancient and Roman Agoras and Keramikos Cemetery. Worth investing in, obviously.

    Find out more tips in our free pocket guide for Athens

  • 17. Nice - Stroll along Promenade des Anglais

    In 1822 a group of people from Nice's English colony pooled together to make a shoreside path to stroll along. As a result, Promenade des Anglais was born. Today, Nice's famous path is the perfect place to weave in and out of joggers, rollerbladers, tourists and sunworshippers either coming or going to the beach.

    Find out more tips in our free pocket guide for Nice

  • 18. Milan - Visit Milan's modern art gallery

    Housed in a building where Napoleon once lived, Milan's Galleria d'Arte Moderna on Via Palestro is one of the city's most intriguing galleries and, since it's free to get in, is well worth visiting. Located at the foot of Giardini Pubblici, it is home to some of Italy's best modern art.

    Find out more tips in our free pocket guide for Milan

  • 19. Brussels - Embark on city walks

    Brussels' city centre streets are where you will find two of its best attributes - comic art and Art Nouveau buildings. Visit the city's tourist office at Hotel de Ville in the Grand Place and request either the comic art walk or Art Nouveau walk. Then simply lose yourself for the afternoon, admiring the sights along the way at no cost whatsoever.

    Find out more tips in our free pocket guide for Brussels

  • 20. Valencia - Visit Valencia's free attractions

    If you're broke, take note of Valencia's free attractions. These include Museo de Ciencias Naturales, a science museum in Jardines del Real, La Lonja across from Mercado Central which is a Unesco World Heritage site, and Museo de Bella Artes, Valencia's fine arts museum on Calle San Pío.

    Find out more tips in our free pocket guide for Valencia

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