Whether you are European or not, Europe it is the perfect destination to relocate to or within in 2020. With some of the most exciting and the cheapest European cities, there are plenty of options for you to choose from for your next work destination.
One of the most fascinating and intriguing things about Europe is how much the cities vary from place to place, there is literally somewhere for everyone. Whether you are looking for somewhere with beautiful beaches, a hiking destination or a busy, metropolitan city, we have gathered the best cities for you to relocate to this year. The 5 cities we have chosen will be particularly appealing to those of you who like to live life on a budget...
To help you plan where to relocate to next, we will reveal the cheapest European cities for 2020...
1. Prague, Czech Republic
Prague is one of the cheapest European cities to live in and is the perfect spot for those of you who are looking for a cheap yet charming place to relocate to. Prague is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Europe and this has encouraged many tourists to relocate here over the past few years. The cost of living is considerably low compared to other European cities and the work/life balance is considered especially appealing to expats from all around the world.
Extra tip: It may take you some time to get used to using CZK rather than Euros or other currencies, so in order to convert your money properly and to avoid overspending, use this currency converter tool.
2. Sofia, Bulgaria
Sofia, a beautiful Bulgarian city filled with friendly locals, cheap wine, beer, food and beautiful mountains. Unlike Prague, Sofia remains considerably untouched by expats, making it a more appealing destination for those of you who want to embrace the Bulgarian lifestyle without being surrounded by millions of expats. In terms of safety, taxation and cost of living, Sofia is rated highly for all three. What’s more, you will never be stuck for things to do in Sofia; with the option to Ski on the Vitosha Mountain nearby, access to the national history museum, luxury shopping and more.
Extra tip: Relocating to a country with a little language knowledge is hard enough but Bulgaria even has it's very own alphabet, we recommend doing your best to familiarise yourself with this alphabet and to learn the basics of the language to help you settle in.
3. Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon, a vibrant, colourful city that boasts beautiful beaches, rivers and not to mention, the best climate in Europe! There are so many reasons to move to Lisbon and not to mention the low-cost, high quality of life. As you can imagine, there is a large ex-pat presence already living in Lisbon, but as the job opportunities continue to grow, so do the need for other European professionals. For those of you who are looking to buy a house, this is especially cheap in Libson compared to other countries, enabling you to enter the property market sooner than you may have imagined.
Extra tip: When moving to Portugal, the locals appreciate it if you speak at least the basics of the Portuguese language. Before you move to Portugal, try to learn the language basics to ensure that you settle in as fast as you can, showing respect to the Portuguese citizens.
4. Warsaw, Poland.
A city that is home to unique European Art, fascinating history and the cheapest selection of bars, restaurants and more. In Warsaw, you can live a considerably luxurious life for less, with the freedom to dine out for fancy meals, drinks and more. One of the best things about Warsaw is that it is somewhat “underrated" to other expats. For those of you who are willing to relocate now, you have the advantage of moving to the “Capital of Culture” without being surrounded by too many expats and tourists.
Extra tip: Just like Prague, it may take some time to get used to the currency. To avoid wasting any money, we advise you to do some research on the currency and teach yourself how to compare prices before spending!
5. Bucharest, Romania
Bucharest, a city surrounded by acres of outstanding natural beauty; from long windy roads to enchanting castles, you will never feel disappointed with the beauty of Bucharest. With such a low cost of living, a growing economy and an emerging tech industry, Bucharest is becoming the place to be for you digital nomads, as the job opportunities continue to grow at a considerable rate. You can live an extremely comfortable life, working for some of the worlds leading multicultural firms, Bucharest is becoming an ideal location for many European expats.
Extra tip: History is important to the people of Romania. Thus, out of respect, we recommend that you do some research about the history of the cities before visiting any touristy places. Romanians appreciate this kind of knowledge and it will help you to become familiarised with your new home.
We hope you enjoyed our list of the 5 cheapest European cities to relocate to in 2020. There are lots of other cities around Europe to consider moving to, so be sure to check out the amazing opportunities we have on our job board, including some with relocation packages! Are there any other cities where you have lived that you would recommend to other expats in terms of low cost, high quality of life and more? Let us know in the comments below...
Mar 3, 2020 by Viktoriya
Thank you for these advices! Can't wait to move abroad as soon as possible :)
Great article! Thank you!
good info for newcomers
Lovely extra tips which show relevant respect to native citizens with their own culture and history!
Very helpful article!
nice and helpful, especially for those whom are self sponsored or are in short of money.
That was helpfull
Seemingly or nominally cheapest. Key hidden costs are slow and expensive public transport, supermarkets located on city borders, accommodations located far from job places, poorly furnished apartments etc.
Finding this interesting, Istanbul and Barcelona are both quite expensive