Europe is one of the best places on earth for a weekend trip. In under 2 hours you can not only reach more than 12 countries, you can find nearly as many cultures, cuisines and languages, each with something exciting to explore. Whether you’re already in Europe, or coming from places far further abroad – there are a few clever ways to save money on weekend city breaks – making the enjoyment even greater. Cheers, salut and sláinte to that!..

a city with many buildings and bridgesTwo Day One Night

Why pay for two nights hotel, when you can get the same experience with just one night? Finding flights that depart early and return late can allow you to really stretch your holiday bucks, by only requiring one night of hotel. Nice, right?

Further Afield

Heard of Ljublana, Slovenia? It’s only one of the most sought after destinations from in the know travelers this  year. We get it – Rome is special, Paris has sentimental value, but if you branch out, especially “East” you can find incredible deals, less tourists and cheap drinks too!

City Pass

Many of the best European cities offer special passes which bundle transit, museums and other attractions into one discounted ticket. Buying one of these, such as the iAmsterdam pass can save a fortune versus traveling and visiting attractions a la carte, allowing you to take in more of a city without breaking the bank.

a water way with boats and buildings in the background with Grand Canal in the backgroundDay Early, Day Late

Everyone wants to leave Friday night or Saturday morning, but if you can find just 12 hours of flexibility, such as departing Friday morning, Saturday night or returning mid afternoon Monday you’ll enjoy huge savings. You may not even need to take an entire day off!

Package It

Package deals in Europe are off the charts. We’ve compiled a list of the best sites for booking them too! Airlines will often essentially package free airfare in, if you purchase flight and hotel together which can mean flights and two nights of five star hotels for $150 per person. Not bad.

Cash & Points

Short haul flights in Europe start at just 4,500 points one way. That’s incredible value, considering you could earn up to 10,000 points buying a laptop. By using points for flights, you can free up cash to spend on Airbnb, hotel or other accommodation options.

Gilbert Ott

Gilbert Ott is an ever curious traveler and one of the world's leading travel experts. His adventures take him all over the globe, often spanning over 200,000 miles a year and his travel exploits are regularly...

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