There is an abundance of low cost flights joining the various Eastern European countries together. However, they may not be as easy to find as you are used to! Very few of the flights are listed on the travel websites; you will need to type in your destinations directly into a search engine to discover the flights available. Alternatively fly directly to the big cities in each of these countries and look for connecting flights when you get there.
There are several companies which offer long haul buses, these can be used to travel vast distances between some of these countries. However, this is not necessarily the cheapest route and can involve days on the road; hopefully with good company!
There are train lines all across Eastern Europe and it is possible to travel to any of the countries or major cities via the train. It is generally cheaper to go by train than by long haul bus, but, you should purchase your ticket at the station to ensure you get the best price. Passes booked in advance are not good value for money!
The rails are not in great condition and this means that many train journeys are slow, it doesn’t matter how good the train is, the line will not support fast trains, although there are signs of improvement in recent years.
Rent a Car
It is possible to rent a car in most European countries; the car is likely to be basic and will almost certainly not have a GPS system. There are very few road signs and other drivers often appear to make up the rules as they go. It is also very unusual to be allowed to cross a border in a hire car. This aside, they can be an excellent way to explore the country you are currently visiting!
This is not always considered to be a safe method of transport and it is certainly something that is difficult to do over long distances and not something you should do by yourself. It is legal to hitchhike but you should always keep your bags with you and make a note of the car, in case there are any problems.
In lost cities and small towns there will be dedicated hostels, these are designed for backpackers but are open to anyone. This will be the cheapest way to stay in any city. There are also a few more interesting places to stay, such as Hostel Celica in Ljubljana, Slovenia where you get to sleep in a converted prison cell.
When exploring Eastern Europe it is advisable to get off the beaten track and experience the real culture and friendliness of the people. However, there are a few places that you should include in your itinerary:
The charming city of Tallinn boasts with superb medieval and modern architecture. Baroque palaces, glass skyscrapers, interesting eateries, massive shopping malls and numerous welcoming coffee houses will make your trip a lot more pleasant. Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia are more traditional. Mostar and Zadar are local towns where travelers will have the chance to meet amazing people, and delight in their customs and traditions.
Budapest is a wonder city. Packed with staggering architecture, this beautiful metropolis prides with an amazing history. Exploring it will make you love Eastern Europe even more. For more fun you can also try holidays and vacations in Russia.
The most important advice to adopt when visiting Eastern Europe on a budget is to minimize your expenditure by using cheap accommodation and travel methods; this will ensure you have the funds and the time to visit all the above destinations and more.
Site updated on 29. April 2021