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European city break tips: Part 2

Updated: Sep 30, 2022

This is Part 2 of our favourite money saving travel tips - check out Part 1 here!


For those who haven't read Part 1, here's the introduction. For those who have - we give you permission to skip past...



We’re blessed in the UK to have Europe on our doorstep. In just over two hours you can reach Portugal’s wonderful northern city Porto, or Sweden’s magical capital city Stockholm.


Yes, long-haul adventures to North America or Thailand are life changing (and strongly encouraged), but city breaks are your bread and butter - and they don’t have to be expensive. They really, really don’t.



With these simple tips and ideas, you can easily maximise your holiday enjoyment without breaking the bank unnecessarily.


5. Try and fly with just a backpack

Consider packing light and taking only a backpack, which comes with the cost of your seat. Extra baggage costs mount up considerably and how airlines really make their money.


And to be honest, if you’re travelling to a warmer climate, you can easily travel with just a backpack.

Rue de Gand in Lille, France
Rue de Gand in Lille

6. Consider buying a city card or travel card

If you’re planning on packing your trip with activities, consider buying a city card. They will last between 24 - 72 hours (sometimes longer) and allow your entry into most of the city’s top attractions along with use of all public transport too.


They might seem expensive at first, but having your travel and attractions already paid for makes your trip a lot more enjoyable and stress-free.


If a city cards aren’t for you, try a travel card instead, offering you unlimited travel in a 24 – 72-hour timeframe.


Cobblestone streets in Turin, Italy
Via Mercanti in Turin

7. Search out the local markets for lunch or dinner

Local markets are the heartbeat of a community. You can get so much from a city’s culture from its produce.

Port Rush in Northern Ireland
Port Rush in Northern Ireland

Search up the local market, pack a picnic, and head to the nearest picturesque park. Not only will the food be brilliant, but it will cost a fraction of the price of a restaurant. Plus, if you have leftovers, you’ve got a great breakfast the next day.


8. Make lunch your main meal

Restaurants often put on deals to tempt in customers during the day. You can often eat abroad for €10 - €15 for three courses - half-price (sometimes even a third) of the price in the evening.

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Magdalene Enimhienomo
Magdalene Enimhienomo
23 nov 2022

Seeing this tips makes me want to pack my bags and head to Europe. I love to travel light as I hate so many carry on or large luggage. Lovely post


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Two Passports Travel Blog
Two Passports Travel Blog
23 nov 2022
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Thanks Magdalene! We hope you visit Europe soon and enjoy the beautiful cities the continent has to offer :)

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grahamcrosby
23 nov 2022

More excellent tips. We travelled with just backpacks a lot in the past. And then we had kids!

Getting a City Card or something similar is also a great idea. Another enjoyable read!

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Two Passports Travel Blog
Two Passports Travel Blog
23 nov 2022
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Thanks Graham. Yes - I can imagine having backpacks might change with kids! City Cards are great if you want to take the stress off from buying tickets all the time, and if you know you're going to make the most of it.

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Jenny Marston
Jenny Marston
18 nov 2022

These are some great tips! Although I reaaaally wish I could travel with just a backpack or carry on luggage to make things easier, I’m such a heavy packer!

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Two Passports Travel Blog
18 nov 2022
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Yeah that's the hardest to change, especially if you're so used to travelling a certain way! That tip is more for European breaks when it's nice and hot.

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FooD ExPlorer
FooD ExPlorer
08 nov 2022

These are some awesome travel tips. The city travel card is a ln excellent idea. It will save alot. Making lunch the main meal is new for me. I usually have a big breakfast and an early dinner. Thanks for sharing; a pleasure reading your travel adventures. Kevin Foodie- www.food-explora.com

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Two Passports Travel Blog
Two Passports Travel Blog
09 nov 2022
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Thanks Kevin - the lunch menu deals are hugely popular in Europe and recommend it to see as many restaurants as popular whilst still saving money 😊

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Bell KS
Bell KS
08 nov 2022

These are really great tips, thanks for sharing!

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Two Passports Travel Blog
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Thanks Bell!

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