Posted in: Paris Hotels

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Park yourself at one of Paris' top affordable hotels, such as the Hotel du Champ de Mars, above. (All photos by EuroCheapo.com)
Park yourself at one of Paris' top affordable hotels, such as the Hotel du Champ de Mars, above. (All photos by EuroCheapo.com)
Looking for a great, affordable hotel in central Paris? We’re rolling out our “Cheapo 100″, listing the best budget hotels in Europe, and we’re kicking things off by announcing our top 10 favorite hotels in Paris. The hotels below have been selected from our list of recommended hotels in Paris because we believe that they » Read more

Posted in: Copenhagen

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Copenhagen Bike Share
Copenhagen's bike share is an easy way to explore. Photo: Comrade Foot
Copenhagen (along with Amsterdam) is known as one of the world’s most bike-friendly cities. There are as many bikes as citizens in this Scandinavian hub. Another thing Copenhagen is famous for? Very expensive prices on everything from restaurants to taxis. However, you can still find some deals. For example, exploring the city by bike doesn’t have to cost » Read more

Posted in: Spain

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Escape to the charming village of Calella de Palafrugell along the Costa Brava. Photo: horrabin
Escape to the charming village of Calella de Palafrugell along the Costa Brava. Photo: horrabin
Hoping to escape the heat, hustle and bustle of Madrid, Barcelona and other big cities in Spain this summer? Spain is literally lined with seaside options, and as temperatures rise these sandy retreats fill up. However, not all of these summer destinations are recommended for travelers trying to keep their costs under control. Many are » Read more

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You've arrived! Now how do you get in to Paris? Photo: tomflem
You've arrived! Now how do you get in to Paris? Photo: tomflem
You’ve arrived in Paris! The cafés, the Eiffel Tower, the chic Parisians – well, where are they? Certainly not at the Charles de Gaulle airport. Consistently one of the most complained about airports in the world, there is now a small glimmer of hope for its future. A project is underway to create the CDG » Read more

Posted in: United Kingdom

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Tyne Bridge
The Tyne Bridge and Gateshead Sage in Newcastle. Photo: Ben C.
The northern English city of Newcastle (officially called “Newcastle upon Tyne”), about 45 miles from the border with Scotland at its most direct route, is known for its friendly and fun-loving locals. Locals are called “Geordies”; most notoriously, they have a habit of parading from pub to pub in the coldest depths of winter wearing clothes » Read more

Posted in: cars

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Madrid Car
Driving through Madrid. Photo: Ruben V
For the first few years I lived in Spain, I didn’t have a car. There’s really no need to get behind the wheel if you’re living in a city or visiting another city on vacation. But sometimes you get the urge for a road trip, and the Spanish rail and bus system doesn’t always reach the » Read more

Posted in: Practical Info

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Know how to set up your iPhone when traveling abroad to avoid any unpleasant billing surprises. Photo: yourdon
Know how to set up your iPhone when traveling abroad to avoid any unpleasant billing surprises. Photo: yourdon
So, you’re planning to use your American smartphone during your upcoming trip to Europe. Great. But how can you ensure that you’re not going to accidentally blow through all of your data and come home to a $800 bill from your carrier? For starters — read through our guide! Using data? Get a plan. If » Read more

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A Vaporetto pulling into station. Photo: Tom Meyers
A Vaporetto pulling into station. Photo: Tom Meyers
Transportation around Venice can be very expensive—and I’m not even talking about using water taxis, which have a pricing system (yikes!) of their own. I am talking about “public transportation,” which in Venice mostly means taking the vaporetti (water bus) up and down the Grand Canal. A single trip on a vaporetto costs €7, whether you take the boat » Read more

Posted in: Spain

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Calamari Sandwich
The official bar snack of Madrid: A calamari sandwich. Photo: Trevor Huxham
Spanish food and wine is en vogue all over North America at the moment. And with good reason! The nosh in Spain is as diverse as the many unique territories that make up the country, from tapas in the south, to paella in the east, to pintxos in the north, there is so much good » Read more

Posted in: Trip Planning

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Osijek
Osijek, Croatia is a charming budget destination. Photo: Gary
For Americans, Europe looks set to be particularly budget-friendly this year. This is all well and good, as summer season is just around the corner. But favorable exchange rates only go so far; for most travelers, high-value and modest costs remain objectives. Below are a few affordable, attention-worthy European destinations. I came up with three of » Read more

Posted in: Paris Outdoors

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Paris spring
There's nothing quite like Paris in the spring. Read on for our recommended ways to celebrate the season. Photo: one_drey
We’re already officially a few weeks in, but only now does it truly feel like spring in Paris. The Parisians are back from their Easter vacations and settling into their new routines, delighted by longer days and warmer temperatures. And it’s not just the locals who feeling the season. Visitors to Paris during these warmer » Read more

Posted in: Train

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DB Germany
German train service is undergoing big changes. Photo: Hugh L.
Train operators across Europe have been under intense pressure from both low-cost flights and budget bus service in recent years. Cheap flights between European destinations have been very easy to come by for nearly two decades now, since the European low-budget airline craze took off in the 1990s. More recently, Germany started loosening rules on how bus companies » Read more

Posted in: Free London

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National Gallery
The National Gallery is just one of the many free museums in London. Photo: Andrew N.
Planning to visit London on a budget could initially give any Cheapo a nervous breakdown. Everything just costs more than most other European destinations in this international city. And unlike the euro, which has weakened in recent months, the British pound is still holding strong against other currencies. We don’t expect prices to be dropping » Read more

Posted in: Bus

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FlixBus
FliXBus is merging with MeinFernBus. Photo: gynti_46
Two of Germany’s biggest long-distance bus operators, FliXBus and MeinFernBus, recently announced that they are merging. So how will this affect consumers? Since the 2013 liberalization of a law preventing most long-distance bus service in Germany, the market for Greyhound-style travel around the country has been booming. Steep competition between new carriers has led to low fares » Read more

Posted in: Trip Planning

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Even Venice has gotten a lot cheaper!
Even Venice has gotten a lot cheaper!
For American tourists heading to Eurozone countries, the news just keeps getting better. When I wrote this piece celebrating the strong dollar back in January, the euro had stumbled to $1.17 for one dollar, the lowest it had been since 2006. As of today, the euro will cost you only $1.07. (For the latest rate, » Read more

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