How to travel cheaply in Europe's most expensive cities

How to travel cheaply in Europe's most expensive cities

Rome, London, Vienna, Paris - Europe presents an almost endless list of cities which is bursting with mystery and excitement.

But, as most people as aware, with the strong euro being the main currency used in many popular European cities, visiting the continent can take up quite a lot of our travel budget.

Travel writer Rick Steves has sussed out eight tips to travel on a budget in Europe, but without compromising on the fun.

Europe has so much history to discover that a walking tour is one way to do it.

There are many free walking tours around the major cities which will bring you and a group around for a tip.

Steves suggested to try out one of the paid walking tours. They might cost a bit more, but it is still affordable and beats having to listen to an "inexpert guide".

In London, Steves said the London Walks tour inspired him to stay longer in the city. It cost around US$14 (S$18) for a two-hour tour.

In Europe, eating is one of the activities every traveller should indulge in. Generally, Steves said you can get a better value in a smaller town than in a big city.

Self-service cafeterias and supermarkets are everyday options to consider. Freshly-made foods are available there and scenic picnic sites and parks are perfect places to enjoy the meal.

Street food is another way to save and experience the city's culture.

Hot dogs in Scandinavian cities and pub grub in London are options to consider. Be sure to find out what are the happy hour timings to grab the best food deals.

According to Steves, some bars in Rome now offer a free buffet spread when you purchase a drink.

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