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Cheapest European Destinations to Visit Each Month in 2018

Picture of Alex Jordan
Travel Editor
Updated: 12 January 2018

Choosing your dates carefully could save you hundreds on holiday. Taking the average cost of three, four and five-star accommodation throughout the year from Booking.com, we’ve determined the best time to visit Europe’s major cities. Here’s our guide to Europe’s bucket list trips that won’t break the bank.

January

Dublin, Ireland

January in Dublin was 34% more affordable than the most expensive month of the year. Grab a pint at the Guinness Store House with views overlooking the city, spend time wandering between the shelves at Trinity College’s Old Library and watch the ships from the Great South Wall.

February

Lisbon, Portugal

February in Lisbon was 42% more affordable than the most expensive month of the year. Explore the history of fado (Portugal’s melancholic musical tradition) at the Fado Museum, visit the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum for historical and contemporary art, and walk around Parque das Nações for a different side of Lisbon.

March

Budapest, Hungary

March in Budapest was 33% more affordable than the most expensive month of the year. No visit to the Hungarian capital would be complete without seeing the Széchenyi Thermal Bath (so don’t forget your swimsuit!). Head to Fisherman’s Bastion for unparalleled views of the Danube and take a culinary journey through the Great Market Hall.

Széchenyi Thermal Bath, Budapest, Hungary | © MarKord/Shutterstock

Széchenyi Thermal Bath, Budapest, Hungary | © MarKord/Shutterstock

April

Oslo, Norway

April in Oslo was 29% more affordable than the most expensive month of the year. Go island hopping across the Oslo Fjord, zip line down the Holmenkollen ski jump and go on an Easter hike through Vettakollen for a proper Norwegian experience!

May

Moscow, Russia

May in Moscow was 14% more affordable than the most expensive month of the year. Visit Red Square for the Kremlin, St Basil’s Cathedral, Lenin’s Mausoleum and more; explore the world’s largest collection of Russian art at the Tretyakov Gallery; and spend a warm spring evening walking through Gorky Park.

June

Liverpool, UK

June in Liverpool was 17% more affordable than the most expensive month of the year. Take a stroll along Albert Dock, Liverpool’s World Heritage Site waterfront, check out Tate Liverpool for contemporary and modern art, and head to Radio City Tower’s viewing platform for the best views across the city.

Albert Docks, Liverpool, United Kingdom | © staoist520/Shutterstock

Albert Docks, Liverpool, United Kingdom | © staoist520/Shutterstock

July

Stockholm, Sweden

July in Stockholm was 23% more affordable than the most expensive month of the year. Walk through one of Europe’s largest and best-preserved medieval cities in Gamla Stan, visit the Moderna Museet on the beautiful island of Skeppsholmen for contemporary art and take a tour of City Hall, the seat of Stockholm’s government.

August

Brussels, Belgium

August in Brussels was 32% more affordable than the most expensive month of the year. Spend an evening listening to jazz at L’Archiduc bar, wander through a garden of exotic plant species at the Royal Greenhouses of Laeken and hunt for second-hand steals at Place du Jeu de Balle outdoor market.

September

Nuremberg, Germany

September in Nuremberg was 42% more affordable than the most expensive month of the year. Explore the old city walls dating back over 600 years, take a trip to the Germanisches Nationalmuseum, which is home to over one million items depicting German art and culture, and visit the Documentation Centre Nazi Party Rally Grounds for a history of the rise of European fascism.

Hauptmarkt central square, Nuremberg, Germany | © muratart/Shutterstock

Hauptmarkt central square, Nuremberg, Germany | © muratart/Shutterstock

October

Tallinn, Estonia

October in Tallinn was 30% more affordable than the most expensive month of the year. Enjoy the 14th–15th-century architecture in Tallinn’s Old Town, climb the Tallinn TV Tower for the best views of the coastline and get to know Estonian contemporary art at the Kumu Art Museum.

November

Malaga, Spain

November in Malaga was 35% more affordable than the most expensive month of the year. Visit the Pablo Picasso Museum on Calle San Agustín, which houses 233 works from every stage of Picasso’s career, have dinner with the locals at El Pimpi and spend time walking the promenade at Malaga Port.

December

Venice, Italy

December in Italy was 58% more affordable than the most expensive month of the year. Visit Europe’s most famous second-hand bookstore, the Libreria Acqua Alta; be transported back to Renaissance Venice at the Gallery dell’Accademia; and take an early morning gondola ride to avoid the crowds.