Wanderlust or Bust

Now in its third full year, the European Backpacker Index has been totally updated for 2013, and with the entire region in or near recession, many hostels and budget hotels have actually gotten a bit cheaper since the 2012 list.

The cheapest group of cities are bunched together in price, and almost all of them are bunched together geographically in southeastern Europe as well.

How The Backpacker Index Works
Prices for most things (hostels, transportation, attractions) are fixed and certain, but prices for a “budget lunch” or a pint of beer can vary depending on where you go. Still, our estimates are based on a lot of research, and should be very close if not right on.

Costs for each city

  • One night in the cheapest bunk at the least expensive hostel with a good location and good reviews
  • Two public transportation rides per day
  • One paid/famous attraction per day…
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