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The 20 Best Cities to Travel Solo in Europe

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So you want to travel solo in Europe? These cities are great for solo travellers!

After recently catching up with a friend over coffee to plan her 2017 solo European summer journey, I realised it must be time for a refresher on the blog of the best cities to travel solo in Europe. After travelling solo through most of Europe over the past four years blogging and a solo trip to Europe at 20 years of age before that, I have seen first hand how rewarding and life changing solo travel in Europe can be.

The beauty of Europe is that you can fall asleep in one city and wake up in another, crossing over borders and cultures simultaneously in a matter of hours. With so much to see and do in the region it can often be difficult knowing where to start. So I present to you my favourite cities in Europe for solo travel!

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1. Budapest

Although Budapest has built a reputation over the past decade as a must-visit city in Europe, the capital of Hungary remains one of the cheapest capital cities to visit in Europe, making it a great destination for solo travellers on a budget. Budapest is also a city full of attractions, monuments and unique neighbourhoods to discover, giving solo travellers plenty of activities to keep busy and intrigued.

Best for: Lively nightlife, Expats, History, Low cost

Cost: $15-$90 for a 3 star hotel room // $2-$4 for a local budget lunch

2. Vienna

When I first travelled to Vienna solo five years ago I had no idea just how sprawling this city would be. Imperial and imposing, Vienna is full of history, art culture, cafe culture and museums galore. You certainly won’t run out of things to do here!

Best for: History & Art culture

Cost:  $43-$175 for a 3 star hotel // $5-$9 for a local budget lunch

3. Prague

Although rapidly increasing in terms of visitors and cost, Prague is still one of those quintessential cities you must visit on a solo trip through Europe. With plenty of travellers passing through the city you won’t find any shortage of new friends, making this a great city to escape day through night!

Best for: Lively nightlife, History

Cost: $20-$165 for a 3 star hotel // $4-$7 for a local budget lunch

4. Ljubljana

Not only is Ljubljana one of the most underrated capital cities in all of Europe but it is also a great city to visit solo as a base to explore Slovenia. As a country filled with natural beauty, Slovenia and its capital city are a great choice for the more active solo traveller.

Best for: Off the beaten path

Cost: $36-$151 for a 3 star hotel // $4-$8 for a local budget lunch

5. Amsterdam

As one of my first cities I visited solo on my year of adventures, Amsterdam will always hold a special place for me as one of the most beautiful, surreal cities to travel to solo and particularly so in winter (without the summer crowds!) Given this is such a hot spot destination for young travellers you are bound to meet plenty of fellow solo travellers, making this a great city to meet people and enjoy the historic sites around the city.

Best for: Lively nightlife, charm, friendly locals

Cost: $588-$218 for a 3 star hotel // $4-$8 for a local budget lunch

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6. London

While certainly not a budget destination by any means, London remains one of the greatest cities to travel solo thanks to the endless amount of activities on offer. Once you’ve worked your way through Central London (Big Ben, Westminster, St Paul’s, etc.) be sure to check out other neighbourhoods with more grungy, old school appeal. Shoreditch is a great starting point!

Best for: Activities, sightseeing, nightlife

Cost: $54-$323 for a 3 star hotel // $7-$12 for a budget local lunch

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7. Berlin

This list would certainly not be complete without mention of my old stomping grounds: Berlin. This city is brimming with fabulous nightlife, cheap eats, and plenty of expats from all corners of the globe.

Best for: Expats, Central location

Cost: $25-$155 for a 3 star hotel // $4-$10 for a local budget lunch

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8. Paris

Almost any list containing the best cities in Europe no matter what the classification, would be incomplete without mention of Paris! Although an expensive city to visit in terms of accommodation, Paris is relatively affordable if you’re in the know. Be sure to check out the Latin Quarter for cheap eats, don’t be afraid of the language barrier and remember the best way to see this city is free (on foot!)

Best for: Culture, Sightseeing, Charm

Cost: $70-$372 for a 3 star hotel // $6-$10 for a local budget lunch

9. Barcelona

When you think of Spain you’ll be forgiven for thinking straight to Barcelona – one of Europe’s most trending cities for young travellers, especially if you’re riding solo! You will be thrilled by the generosity, kindness and hospitality of residents here and believe me when I say this is a difficult city not to enjoy!

Best for: Lively nightlife, Expats, Food

Cost: $38-$323 for a 3 star hotel // $5-$9 for a local budget lunch

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10. Lisbon

Although much more discovered today than it was five or six years ago, Lisbon still retains a lot of hidden charm to be discovered. Visiting this solo is great due to the low cost, charm and colour of the city that has a way of bringing a smile to your face.

Best for: Charm, Low cost

Cost: $27-$151 for a 3 star hotel // $4-$8 for a local budget lunch

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11. Florence

As one of the prettiest cities in Italy and absolutely full of history and art culture, there is no way that any solo traveller would not enjoy Florence. With plenty of expat students studying in the city you won’t have any trouble meeting people, which is also a great way to explore the city with someone in the know!

Best for: History, Art, Culture

Cost: $41-$209 for a 3 star hotel // $5-$10 for a local budget lunch

12. Rome

Ahhh Rome… the eternal city! If you happen to be a solo traveller that needs to keep busy, you’ll be sure to find endless options of things to see and do in Rome. This is a bucket list city that every traveller should be able to experience at least once in their life, so be sure to allow yourself a decent amount of time to explore it.

Best for: History (lots of it!)

Cost: $30-$317 for a 3 star hotel // $5-$10 for a local budget lunch

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13. Naples

Another great city to find yourself in in Italy is Naples – even if it is only for the pizza!!! Naples is of course where pizza began, but it is also the gateway to the Amalfi coast – my absolute favourite area to explore in Italy (though in all honesty there are many!)

Best for: Gateway to the Amalfi, Pizza

Cost: $23-$126 for a 3 star hotel // $4-$7 for a local budget lunch

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14. Antwerp

Although Belgium is not often a first choice in Europe, I can promise you from first hand experience it is a destination you will not regret visiting. Belgium is full of charming towns and cities, none that surprised me more than Antwerp – a fashion forward city full of young people, great coffee and a great downtown area to explore solo.

Best for: Nightlife, coffee scene, city explorations

Cost: $43-$177 for a 3 star hotel // $6-$10 for a local budget lunch

15. Gent

Another city I adored travelling solo through is Gent, just a short train ride from the better known nearby city of Brugges (which is of course gorgeous too!) Gent is a great choice for solo travellers as it has a huge student population, making it a fun city to go out in of a night time and meet the local crowds.

Best for: Student nightlife, charm

Cost: $52-$168 for a 3 star hotel // $5-$8 for a local budget lunch

16. Warsaw

The capital of Poland, Warsaw, was a city I managed to overlook on my first visit to Poland but on my second visit I am so glad I made the decision to visit the capital. Warsaw is a paradox at every turn, with various architecture styles taking you through various points in history.

Best for: Modern world history, Low cost

Cost: $28-$95 for a 3 star hotel // $2-$4 for a local budget lunch

17. Krakow

Another city I thoroughly enjoyed visiting in Poland is Krakow, located in the South of Poland and also with a lot of history to discover. If you’re a history buff like me you will already have this city on your must visit list, especially if interested in modern world history in the region. Krakow also has a huge student population, giving it a great nightlife and plenty of friendly locals to meet!

Best for: Modern world history, student nightlife, charm

Cost: $27-$108 for a 3 star hotel // $2-$5 for a local budget lunch

18. Dubrovnik

One destination that has truly flung itself on to solo travellers in the past few years is Croatia and in particular, Dubrovnik. This coastal town is anything but sleepy, attracting young travellers from all over the globe by the droves. This is a great place to meet fellow travellers or begin a new adventure, sailing the coast in a Northerly direction towards Split.

Best for: Scenery, Charm, Coastal town

Cost: $33-$250 for a 3 star hotel // $4-$8 for a local budget lunch

19. Riga

Although less talked about, Riga is one of Europe’s most underrated capital cities. Full of charm and not nearly as full of tourists as other capital cities, Riga is a true gem to stopover for a couple of days exploring. If you plan to venture even further away from the crowds, you will find Latvia a great place to do so beyond the capital.

Best for: Meeting locals, Charm

Cost: $19-$72 for a 3 star hotel // $3-$6 for a local budget lunch

20. Tallinn

Last but not least – Tallinn! This gorgeous little capital took my heart in just a day as it often does for many visitors who make their way here on a ferry day trip from nearby Helsinki. I adored this city for its old world charm, friendly locals and al fresco dining culture in the summer.

Best for: Meeting locals, Charm

Cost: $38-$102 for a 3 star hotel // $3-$8 for a local budget lunch

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  • brubuncewanderer@gmail.com'
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    Brubunce
    January 18, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    Love your beautiful pictures as always! I am planning on going to Europe solo, so thank you for the helpful insight and inspiration!!!

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    Neha
    January 17, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    Travelling alone or travelling with the local of that place is like out of the world feeling. I am from India and when I went to Singapore alone, I meat with a Pakistani guy over there… He was so helpfull and really made my day over there. I never felt alone when he was around. I came to know so many things about his culture and country.

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    Claudia
    January 15, 2017 at 7:04 am

    I’m planning my first solo trip to Europe this year so it was really inspiring to find this post. I’m visiting Rome and Dublin for the first time and going back to London for the third time. I’ll also spend some time in Napoli, Venice and Pompeii. Soooo excited!!!

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    Aleksandra
    January 12, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    I would never ever pick Warsaw as my destination, never. It used to be lovely (apparently), but now it is just a concrete mess since 90% of it was destroyed in WWII. So many other beautiful cities in Poland, like Krakow (mentioned above), Gdansk, Wroclaw, Poznan – anything one may want to see, without the ugliness and neverending business rush of Warsaw.

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    Shivani Sharma
    January 12, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    A very nice place and beautiful images.I want to go this place .

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    Aberto Carlos
    January 11, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    Great advice! Lots of great tips for traveling.
    After reading this blogs I am so excited to travel Italy
    BTW checkout this travelling sites for best and memorable tour of Italy

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    Magda
    January 10, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    I absolutely love the fact that your list starts with less known cities. Many travellers overlook smaller or not so famous cities, and to see true Europe one must sometimes get off the bitten track.

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    Melody
    January 10, 2017 at 11:00 am

    This list was great and something I wish I would have known about this past summer. But I recently went to Vienna and not once did I have that panicking nervous feeling and felt the city was safe enough for me to venture on my own.

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    Heather van der Ven
    January 10, 2017 at 6:11 am

    Such an inspiring read. I can’t wait until I take the leap and finally go to Europe solo. It can be so hard to find people to travel with, and traveling solo is such a freeing experience!

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    Mike
    January 10, 2017 at 12:57 am

    Fantastic suggestions. I have been to quite a lot of them. Prague, Tallinn, Vienna and Budapest being my favourites.

    I haven’t been to Naples, Florence or Warsaw yet but they are definitely on my list.

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    Laura
    January 9, 2017 at 8:56 am

    Love this post! I’m a bit of a traveler like yourself too, if only because I live in the most beautufull place ever: Bruges! My childhood felt like one big citytrip – spending high-school memories among tourists is amazing! – and while living in this wonderfull city, I got the feeling of ‘being on holiday’ everyday. Visit it, if you get the chance! I bet you’ll find it more beautyfull than Ghent, and more charming than Antwerp! You have my word.. And, if you ever feel the urge of visiting, contact me, and i’ll gladly share with you my all-time favorites!

    How was Naples anyway? Is it ‘safe’ ? Heard that there is a lot of maffia-business going on at the moment, so I’m reluctant to visit this marvelous city ..

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    Annabelle
    January 9, 2017 at 7:58 am

    Love this post! Gave me so much inspiration!

    x Annabelle

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    Leigh
    January 7, 2017 at 11:22 am

    adding a lot of new places to my travel list after reading this post. All of these pictures were beautiful!

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    the Fashion Matters
    January 6, 2017 at 9:54 am

    I’m actually going on a solo trip to some of these cities soon so this post has been so useful!

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    Filipa
    January 5, 2017 at 8:52 am

    Totally agree with you one the number one. Budapest is one of the best cities to stay when you traveling solo, not only it’s cheap – i got a pretty decent hostel for 5€ a night – but it’s always full of solo travels. Not to mention the architecture, the view to the Parliament is just amazing! Next month I’m also going to visit Bruges, Antwerp, Berlin and Dresden but I think there are all solo travel friendly.

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    Bruno (Circum-Mundum)
    January 5, 2017 at 8:15 am

    Glad to see you also share our love for Budapest! Not sure about Barcelona though, the city is crazy fun but you certainly need to pay attention to your surroundings.

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    Asma
    January 5, 2017 at 3:30 am

    ooh I’ve only been to 4 of these! I best get cracking! amazing images x

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    January 4, 2017 at 5:33 am

    Great post, thank you for sharing!

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    Marie - Miles of Happiness
    January 3, 2017 at 10:53 am

    You make me dream! So much I want to see in Europe… Particularly Lisboa, Berlin and Budapest. So inspiring!

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    Alexandra
    January 3, 2017 at 8:42 am

    Gosh I need to go to so many of these places! Happy 2017 Brooke xx

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    Ava
    January 3, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Awesome! Great list! Makes me want to go back to Paris! 🙂

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    Taste of France
    January 3, 2017 at 7:10 am

    A good list. I would say that no matter where you go, investigate local outlets for your hobbies or interests. A friend is in Hash House Harriers and joins the run in any city he visits. Personally, I was into Argentine tango and would seek out the local scene in cities I went to. It’s a great way to meet locals and to get off the tourist track.

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    Fenne
    January 3, 2017 at 5:55 am

    beautiful images, nice list!

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    Hannah
    January 3, 2017 at 1:47 am

    I’m too young to travel solo right now, but I’d love to look into it in a few years. This guide will be really helpful then!

    -Hannah (hannahtravels13.com)

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    Andrea Pisac
    January 3, 2017 at 12:16 am

    You would love Zagreb in Croatia – very laid-back, a perfect city to recharge but also to enjoy lots of cultural events 🙂

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    Dana
    January 3, 2017 at 12:14 am

    Love the list! I’m actually from Amsterdam, but I still want to visit a lot of places in Europe 🙂

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    Jas
    January 2, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    Love that Amsterdam made it in the list 🙂 Still so many places to discover and this list just added more to that! First stop: Florence in April!

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    Tanja (the Red phone box travels)
    January 2, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    I agree with this list! I’ve been to London on my own several times, to Prague, to Vienna and to Florence:)

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    Neni
    January 2, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    I´ll visit Budapest this year. Not alone, but still excited.
    And yes Berlin is great for solo females.

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    Inez Diva A
    January 2, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    What a great list you had

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    Jordan Chapman
    January 2, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    I’m looking for a place to go for a few days in Europe in March so this post is absolutely perfect for me!
    Jordan xx

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    Amanda
    January 2, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    Awesome list. I’m also a big lover of Naples. Highly recommend visiting Pompeii to any solo travelers heading that way.

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    angkisland
    January 2, 2017 at 9:07 am

    very nice places beuatiful

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    Alex
    January 2, 2017 at 8:40 am

    Bucharest (Romania) is missing from your recomandation!

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    ivana split
    January 2, 2017 at 8:39 am

    Great list! I loved your best cities to visit in Europe summary…you make me want to visit all of them.

    I lived in a village near Dubrovnik for one month when I was working for my old company- it was a heaven! From cities listed I visited Ljubljana (it is so lovely and clean), Barcelona (it is a work of art), Florence (so pretty) and Rome (truly one and only- the eternal city).

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    Krista
    January 2, 2017 at 8:29 am

    I’m planning my first solo trip this year, two of these cities are being planned right now! I so can’t wait to start travelling and blogging about it! I’ve been wanting to start a travel blog since I started following you years ago, and I finally got around to doing it. I finally decided it’s time to follow my dreams! Thank you for being my biggest inspiration

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    Jessika
    January 2, 2017 at 8:24 am

    I traveled to Vienna last summer (with my mum) and the city truly blew my mind. I had no idea it was that beautiful and as I’m slightly history-obsessed, there was lots to see for me. My favourite thing of the trip was honestly the Natural History Museum. The building on its own is already gorgeous (thanks to one of the emperors) and their collection was great too. I could’ve spelt a entire month there and not get bored tbh. I loooooved the dinosaur section – truly obsessed!

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    Chloe Hayfield
    January 2, 2017 at 8:10 am

    I’m thinking of planning a solo trip soon, I found this really helpful, thank you! Now I need to decide where I’m going to go, I want to visit them all! 🙂

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