Flights cost: 24.1% less
This grand capital embodies a certain kind of deep discount in Eastern Europe, where you can find lots of great bargains. Prices in Bucharest have fallen as Romania aims to adopt the euro in the coming years, as a condition of its joining the European Union, which trips a lot of favorable dominos.
“In these cities, prices are half what they are in Berlin,” says Steve Cuffari of Couponbox.com. “These places are on the waiting list to get the euro and they’re basically cheaper because they’re anticipating it. They’re gearing up for it, which may be part psychological and part the market.”
Romania's capital has not-terrifying hotel rooms for $7 a night, according to Kayak, and simply strolling the streets to see the mishmash of medieval, classical, and brutalist architecture is a captivating and free way to learn the history of the city.
Beyond that, the street art in Garajul Ciclop always makes for some good Instagram posts, and the city offers free walking tours daily. Beer culture is big here, and cheap, so take a trip to the old town and crawl through bars like the student-heavy Club A, or try one of the 100 beers at the appropriately titled La 100 de Beri.