8 senior-friendly destinations in Europe that won’t break the bank


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Riga, Latvia

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Looking to explore Europe on a budget? You’re in luck! Contrary to popular belief, traveling to Europe doesn’t have to break the bank, especially for seniors. With the right planning, you can enjoy all the wonders of the continent without putting a strain on your wallet. Plus, some countries are more affordable than others, making them ideal for budget-conscious seniors looking to travel overseas.

We did some research and checked out travel websites, government tourism sites, and travel blogs to find out the costs of traveling, accommodations, food, and activities in different European destinations.

From the scenic cities of Eastern Europe to the charming villages of the Mediterranean, there are plenty of budget-friendly destinations to choose from. So why not take the plunge and embark on an unforgettable European adventure?

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, Hungary

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Average Cost Per Day: $40-$60

Budapest is often called the “Paris of the East,” with stunning architecture, thermal baths, and world-class museums. For seniors on a budget, the city offers many affordable options for accommodations, dining, and sightseeing.

 Free things to do in Budapest:

  • Take a stroll along the Danube River.
  • Visit the Castle District.
  • Take a walk in the City Park.
  • Enjoy the panoramic view of Budapest from Gellért Hill.

Must try affordable foods:

  • Langos: fried dough topped with cheese, cream, and garlic (roughly $2-$3).
  • Chimney cake (Kürtőskalács): traditional Hungarian pastry cooked over an open flame and coated in sugar and cinnamon (roughly $2-$3).
  • Goulash: traditional Hungarian beef stew( $4-$6).

Krakow, Poland

Krakow, Poland

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Average Cost Per Day: $30- $50

Krakow is a charming city with a rich history and plenty of cultural attractions, and it is an incredibly senior-friendly destination, and there are so many reasons why! For starters, the city’s historic Old Town is easily walkable, with smooth, cobblestone streets and plenty of benches and cafes to rest your legs. Plus, many of Krakow’s top attractions, like Wawel Castle and St. Mary’s Basilica, offer discounted or even free admission for seniors. Krakow is also a very safe and welcoming city, with friendly locals and a low crime rate. Whether you’re traveling solo or with a group, you’ll feel right at home in Krakow. Seniors can enjoy affordable meals and accommodations, as well as free admission to some museums.

Free things to do in Krakow:  

  • Explore the Wawel Castle.
  • Visit the Jewish Quarter.
  • Stroll along the Vistula River.

Must try affordable foods: 

  • Zapiekanka: an open-faced sandwich with mushrooms, cheese, and ham or veggies ($3-$4).
  • Pierogi: boiled dumplings filled with meat, cheese, or vegetables ($3-$4).

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal


Average Cost Per Day: $50-$70

Lisbon, Portugal, is a charming and welcoming city that is perfect for senior travelers. With its accessible transportation system and pleasant climate, getting around and enjoying the sights is easy and comfortable. The city is full of historic landmarks, quaint neighborhoods, and delicious cuisine, and there is something for everyone to enjoy. The locals are friendly and helpful, making it easy to feel at home in this vibrant city.  Seniors can also take advantage of affordable accommodations, public transportation, and delicious seafood dishes. Some of the city’s top attractions include the Jeronimos Monastery, the Belem Tower, and the colorful streets of Alfama.

Free things to do in Lisbon:

  • Explore Alfama, the oldest and most picturesque neighborhood in Lisbon.
  • Visit Praça do Comércio, one of the most iconic squares in Lisbon.

Must try affordable foods:

  • Pastel de Nata: a sweet, custard-filled pastry ($1-$2).
  • Bolinhos de Bacalhau: Codfish cakes ($2).
  • Bifana: traditional pork sandwich ($3-$5).

Prague, Czech Republic

St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague, Czechia


Average Cost Per Day: $40-$60

Prague is a fantastic destination for senior travelers who are looking for a budget-friendly vacation. Not only is Prague a beautiful and historic city, but it’s also surprisingly affordable, with plenty of senior-friendly activities and attractions that won’t break the bank. Public transportation is cheap and efficient, with discounted fares available for seniors. Prague also offers a wide range of accommodation options to suit every budget and preference, making it a great destination for senior travelers who are looking for affordable lodging.

Free things to do in Prague:

  • Explore the Old Town.
  • Walk along the Charles Bridge.
  • Visit the Prague Castle.

Must-try affordable food in Prague:

  • Trdelník: A pastry made from rolled dough that is grilled and then coated in sugar and cinnamon ($2-$3).
  • Smažený sýr: A deep-fried cheese served with fries and tartar sauce ($4-$5).

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Average Cost Per Day: $60-$80

Located on the stunning Adriatic coast of Croatia, Dubrovnik is a charming and budget-friendly destination that is perfect for senior travelers.While the city can be more expensive than some other destinations on this list, seniors can still find affordable accommodations and dining options. Known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” Dubrovnik offers breathtaking views of the sea, ancient city walls, and historic architecture that will transport you back in time. The city’s charming alleyways and cobblestone streets are perfect for leisurely strolls and discovering hidden gems. Dubrovnik’s warm and friendly locals make it easy to feel at home, and the affordable prices make it an ideal budget-friendly destination.

Free Things to Do in Dubrovnik:

  • Don’t miss a walk along the ancient city walls.
  • Visit the Game of Thrones filming locations.

Must-Try Affordable Food in Dubrovnik:

  • Ćevapi: A traditional grilled dish made of minced meat (usually beef or lamb) served with pita bread, onions, and a side of ajvar sauce ($5-7).

Riga, Latvia

Riga, Latvia
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Average Cost Per Day: $30-$50

Riga, the capital of Latvia, is a charming and affordable destination that offers plenty to see and do for senior travelers. This beautiful city has a rich history and culture, and its charming Art Nouveau architecture and cobbled streets will transport you back in time.

Riga is also very senior-friendly, with many accommodations, restaurants, and attractions offering senior discounts. You can enjoy a leisurely stroll through the Old Town, visit the many museums and art galleries, or take a relaxing boat ride on the river.

With its affordable prices and senior-friendly amenities, Riga is an excellent choice for seniors looking to explore a new destination without breaking the bank.

Free things to do in Riga:

  • Explore the Old Town
  • Visit St. Peter’s Church
  • Walk along the Daugava River
  • Admire the view from the Skyline Bar
  • Stroll through the Central Market
  • Take in the architecture of the Art Nouveau district.

Must-try affordable foods in Riga:

  • Latvian smoked sausage ($2.50).
  • Riga sprats on rye bread ($1.50).
  • Pelmeni (dumplings) ($3.00).

Athens, Greece

Athens, Greece

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Average Cost Per Day: $60-80

Athens is a city that effortlessly blends ancient history with a modern urban vibe. With its wealth of cultural treasures, stunning views, and delicious food, it’s a destination that appeals to travelers of all ages, especially seniors looking for a budget-friendly adventure. Athens offers a variety of affordable options for accommodations, dining, and attractions, making it an ideal destination for those looking to explore Greece on a budget. From the iconic Acropolis to the vibrant neighborhoods of Plaka and Monastiraki, Athens has something for everyone to enjoy.

Free things to do in Athens:

  • Visit the ancient Agora, explore the National Gardens.
  • See the changing of the guard at the Parliament Building.
  • Visit the Athens Central Market.
  • Walk through the Monastiraki Flea Market.
  • See the city from Lycabettus Hill.
  •  Stroll around the picturesque Plaka neighborhood.

Must try affordable foods:  

  • Souvlaki: Grilled meat (pork or chicken) on a skewer served in pita bread ($2-$3).
  • Spanakopita: Spinach and feta cheese baked in filo pastry ($2-$3).