With summer long over, going on a cheap city break is the perfect way to alleviate the autumn blues. This is why we've rounded up ten European city breaks that won't cost you the earth. 

Surprising tips include the Greek capital Athens, where hostels are available for only €10. Other alternative autumn breaks include the Serbian capital Belgrade and Lisbon in Portugal, where you can book low-cost accommodation from as little as €7 per night.

Already reaching for your passport and your debit card, we don’t blame you. Check out some of our favourite city breaks below.

Vilnius, Lithuania

Vilinus

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The Lithuanian capital continues to be a budget-friendly favourite for travellers. Its low-cost prices have played a key role, with city bus tours coming in at just over €9 and budget restaurants no more than €10 per head, not to mention hostel dorms from only €6 per night.

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest

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Always a budget travel favourite, the Hungarian capital is so cheap many people go home with change. With some of its greatest historic attractions costing less than €6 to visit you can have a great time for less in this city. Hostels are incredibly cheap too, with dorms going for as little as €7.

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon

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As one of the cheapest Western European capitals, Lisbon is a joy to behold on holiday. You can explore most of the city’s attractions on foot and sleep in the beautiful city centre from only €7 per night.

Athens, Greece

Athens

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If you want to explore the Ancient World, but don't want to break the bank, then Athens is a popular autumn destination thanks to its delicious cheap restaurants and budget accommodation options.

Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade

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The Serbian capital is one of the most affordable cities in Europe. With a vibrant food scene and flourishing cafe culture, you can stay in the city centre for only €6.  

Krakow, Poland

Krakow

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The royal gem of Poland is a picturesque delight and sightseeing can easily be done on a budget. A long standing favourite with budget travellers, your money will go far in Krakow this autumn. 

Catania, Italy

Catania

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Brimming with culture and historic landmarks, Catania is incredibly cheap and has everything from beautiful food to volcano tours. Not to mention clean, affordable hostels right in the city centre, with some going for only €10 per night.

Riga, Latvia

Riga

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With its pristine architecture and vibrant nightlife, Riga is a popular choice with budget travellers looking for a city break. Prices are much lower in autumn so you’ll be able to stay here for less. If you book a hostel it will only cost €7 a night to stay in the city centre. 

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul

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As one of the world’s most enchanting cities, you may be surprised to know that Istanbul is one of the cheapest city breaks around. Stay in Turkey's metropolis for only €6 per night and take in the incredible atmosphere by day.

Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb

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With its Austro-Hungarian architecture and vibrant nightlife, you can have an amazing time on a budget here. You can stay in Zagreb for under €9 if you book in advance. 

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