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Backpacking Around Europe

Europe is a backpacker’s paradise; vibrant cities, pristine beaches and impressive national parks all keep travellers coming back.

The continent’s mixed climate makes it a year-round destination, whether it’s a sun-drenched summer or a snowy winter you’re after. Not to mention its dependable transit system which makes hopping between countries a total breeze. Yet there’s a lot to consider before a Europe tour. Do you go out alone? Or maybe take a Roamies tour? What countries will you visit? How will you get around? To help you make them, here’s our complete guide to backpacking Europe.

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  Europe Itineraries
  Where To Go
  When To Go
  What To Do
  Europe Tours

Why Backpack Around Europe?

Parties

Tomorrowland, Exit, Glastonbury, even St Patrick's Day in Dublin, Europe's annual event calendar has legendary status.

Culture

Each country in Europe has its own distinct cultural heritage, and it is this diversity that makes exploring the continent such a joy.

Adventure

For thrill seekers, the diverse landscape and endless opportunities for outdoor adventures like sailing, skiing, even bull running, make Europe a top pick.

Why Backpack Around Europe?

Parties

Tomorrowland, Exit, Glastonbury, even St Patrick's Day in Dublin, Europe's annual event calendar has legendary status.

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Culture

Each country in Europe has its own distinct cultural heritage, and it is this diversity that makes exploring the continent such a joy.

Adventure

For thrill seekers, the diverse landscape and endless opportunities for outdoor adventures like sailing, skiing, even bull running, make Europe a top pick.

Europe Backpacking Itineraries

Europe On A Shoestring

Explore Europe on a budget by focusing on central and eastern Europe. Prague, in the Czech Republic, is a great starting point. Take a free walking tour of Old Town Square before venturing out on your own to explore. Don't miss the chance to try a trdelník and visit the beer museum for a taste of the city's brewing history. Explore the student area of Žižkov and the countryside, including Bohemian Switzerland National Park.

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Next, head east to Kraków, Poland. Check out the Gothic architecture in the Old Town and grab a bite to eat in the Kazimierz neighbourhood. Take a two-hour trip to the former Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, for a sobering history lesson.


Travel by bus to Budapest, Hungary, and unwind at one of the city's many spas, such as Gellert or Széchenyi Thermal Baths. When the sun sets, head to one of the city's famous ruin bars, like Szimpla Kert or Racskert. Finally, visit Slovenia, where the countryside is the highlight. Bled, with its castle, lake, and church-topped islet, is a must-visit. Kayaking on the lake offers stunning views. While Ljubljana, the capital, is worth a visit, the countryside is the real draw.

Europe Backpacking Itineraries

Europe On A Shoestring

Explore Europe on a budget by focusing on central and eastern Europe. Prague, in the Czech Republic, is a great starting point. Take a free walking tour of Old Town Square before venturing out on your own to explore. Don't miss the chance to try a trdelník and visit the beer museum for a taste of the city's brewing history. Explore the student area of Žižkov and the countryside, including Bohemian Switzerland National Park.


Next, head east to Kraków, Poland. Check out the Gothic architecture in the Old Town and grab a bite to eat in the Kazimierz neighbourhood. Take a two-hour trip to the former Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, for a sobering history lesson.


Travel by bus to Budapest, Hungary, and unwind at one of the city's many spas, such as Gellert or Széchenyi Thermal Baths. When the sun sets, head to one of the city's famous ruin bars, like Szimpla Kert or Racskert. Finally, visit Slovenia, where the countryside is the highlight. Bled, with its castle, lake, and church-topped islet, is a must-visit. Kayaking on the lake offers stunning views. While Ljubljana, the capital, is worth a visit, the countryside is the real draw.


European Road Trips

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Where To Go

Want some inspiration on where to go in Europe? Our travel blogging team have done the hard work for you.

From the vibrant streets of Barcelona to the picturesque canals of Venice, Europe has plenty to offer for budget-conscious travelers.


Hold your drinks at Oktoberfest in Munich or get messy at Tomatina in Valencia. Enjoy a sunrise after Black Coffee at Ibiza or experience the grandeur of the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul. There is something for everyone!


They say the fun of travelling is in the journey not just the destination, so start your European tour in your mind today, by discovering hidden gems on where to go with us.

Check out our blog posts, written by wanderers like you, on a host of the best places to visit in Europe for backpackers, nomads and solo travelers. Happy trails!

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When To Go

Avoid the clouds or escape the crowds, what's the best time of the year for your European trip?

Planning a trip to Europe can be an exciting experience, filled with endless possibilities of where to go and what to see. However, one of the most important factors to consider when planning your trip is the timing of your visit.

Knowing when to go can greatly impact the cost, the packing list, chance of sunshine and chance of parties for your trip and make a huge difference in your overall experience. So, if you're looking for somewhere warm in the winter months, then read the guide linked below.


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Where to stay while backpacking in Europe

Best Hostels In Europe

Every year we lead the hostelling industry's 'Hoscars' awards which rewards the best places to stay with a backpack. From 5 star hostels, to family friendly rural retreats. We dug through past winners and hidden gems you never knew existed, and put together this complete guide to the best hotels in Europe.

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What To Do On A European Trip

From festivals in Serbia, to sunsets in Ibiza, Europe is full of fun - what will you do?

Travelers looking for adventure and exploration will find countless opportunities on the fascinating and diverse continent of Europe. Everyone can find something to enjoy, from the vibrant streets of London to the quaint villages of Italy. While festival-goers can join the crowds at the famous Oktoberfest in Munich or the vibrant Carnival in Venice, history buffs can marvel at the ancient ruins of Athens or the Gothic architecture of Prague.

Those looking for excitement can go skiing in the Swiss Alps or enjoy some sunbathing on one of the stunning beaches along the Mediterranean. No matter what your interests are, taking a backpacking trip through Europe is a memorable experience. So look over our related articles on how to travel around Europe, and get planning your adventure right away!

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European Backpacking Destination Guides

  Iceland
  Italy
  Malta
  Germany
  Netherlands
  Greece
  Georgia
  Ireland
  Scotland
  UK
  Croatia
  Portugal
  Turkey
  France
  Spain

Our Popular Europe Trips

Don't fancy planning your European trip? Remove the hassle and join one of our managed Europe tours with G. Adventures. From Amsterdam to Athens, Rome to Corfu, join other backpackers heading on a European trip and make friends for life.

Southeast Asia

13 Tours Available

Explore Group Tours

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C. America

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South America

12 Tours Available

Southern Europe

From Dubrovnik to Athens

12 days, 4 countries

Every 2 weeks

From 1,179€

The Dalmatian Coast

From Rome to Corfu

14 days, 5 countries

Every 2 weeks

From 1, 399€

One Month In Europe

From Amsterdam to Corfu

30 days, 9 countries

Every 4 weeks

From 3, 399€

Ultimate Europe

From Amsterdam to Athens

34 days, 20 cities

Every 2 weeks

From 3, 729€

What To Take

Know what to pack and what to leave behind, with our backpacker's secret hacks

When backpacking around Europe, packing efficiently can make

or break your trip. From versatile clothing to essential gear, there are key

items you’ll want to bring along. This guide will provide you with a

comprehensive packing list to ensure you’re prepared for whatever adventures come your way.


Whether you're planning to hike in the mountains, explore historic cities, or relax on the beaches, packing light and smart is crucial. By bringing the right items and leaving unnecessary ones behind, you'll save space and weight, making your travels more comfortable and stress-free. With this guide, you'll have all the information you need to pack for your backpacking adventure in Europe.

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European Backpacking FAQs

Your frequently asked questions

What should I pack for backpacking in Europe?

When packing for a backpacking trip in Europe, it is important to pack light and practical. Choose clothes that can be easily layered and mix and matched. Bring comfortable walking shoes and a daypack for day trips. Don't forget to pack a universal adapter for electronics and a lock for securing your belongings in hostels.

How much money should I budget for a backpacking trip in Europe?

The amount of money needed for a backpacking trip in Europe will vary depending on the length of the trip, the countries visited, and personal spending habits. On average, a budget of €50-€70 per day should be enough to cover accommodation, food, and transportation costs. It is recommended to have a contingency fund for emergencies.

How do I obtain a visa for backpacking in Europe?

For most countries in Europe, a visa is not required for stays up to 90 days for travelers from many countries. However, it is important to check the visa requirements for your specific country of origin before traveling. For those who do require a visa, it can be obtained through the embassy or consulate of the country being visited.

How do I stay safe while backpacking in Europe?

Staying safe while backpacking in Europe requires being aware of one's surroundings and taking precautions such as keeping valuables secure and not traveling alone at night. It is also important to research any potential dangers in the areas being visited and to follow local laws and customs.

How do I deal with language barriers while traveling in Europe?

Language barriers can be a challenge when traveling in Europe, but it is possible to overcome them. Learning basic phrases in the local language can go a long way in communicating with locals. Additionally, carrying a translation app or phrasebook can help in situations where language is a barrier.

What are some cultural norms and customs to be aware of when backpacking in Europe?

There are many cultural norms and customs to be aware of when backpacking in Europe. For example, in some countries, it is customary to greet people with a handshake or a kiss on the cheek. In others, it is considered rude to tip in restaurants. It is important to research the customs of the countries being visited to show respect and avoid unintentional offense.

What are some recommended resources for planning a backpacking trip in Europe?

There are many resources available for planning a backpacking trip in Europe. Travel guidebooks, online travel forums, and travel blogs can all provide valuable information and advice. Additionally, apps such as Hostelworld, Rome2rio, and Google Maps can be useful for finding accommodations, transportation options, and navigating new cities.

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