Congratulations, you are one of the lucky people who got a DiscoverEU travel pass! With this travel pass in the pocket, you’ve already saved a lot of money!

However, you still need to pay for accommodation, food, visits and other expenses. To make your journey as affordable as possible, we are happy to share our tips and tricks.


Accommodation is one of the biggest costs travellers have. Reducing that cost can lead to huge savings.

Stay at a friend’s or family member’s place!

This is also an opportunity for you to discover the country through the eyes of a local. Your friend or family member already lives there, and knows the do’s and don’ts. What are the best and cheapest restaurants? What is worth visiting? And what should be avoided? Ask them!

Tip! The hospitality of your host should be appreciated, so be grateful and respectful! To thank them, you could give them something typical from your own country.

Stay in hostels

The rooms in there are dormitory-style with all the facilities shared (bathroom, kitchen and living room). However, it is often also possible to book a smaller dormitory room, singles and doubles, depending on your preferences. Many hostels also have facilities like free Wi-Fi, a bar, lockers, towels and more.

Tip! Staying at a hostel is a great opportunity to connect with other travellers from all over the European Union and beyond. Feel free to start a conversation with someone you don’t know. You’ll probably learn something from each other; and maybe this is even the beginning of a new (international) friendship.

Hostelworld is for example a useful site that can help you to find the hostel that suits you the most.

Book an Airbnb!

Another option is to rent short-time lodging. On the Airbnb site you will find a huge community of people who rent out their apartments, rooms, homestays, cottages etc.
Explore their website and find a great accommodation for a good price.


Share your adventure with locals who will be pleased to welcome you and offer you a couch to stay over, for free. You can ask your hosts tips and suggestions about where to go, what to do, etc.
Couchsurfing is one of the best way to meet with locals and exchange about culture!

Go camping!

You are a nature lover and you literally want to get off the beaten path!

A camping will probably be a bit harder to reach than a hostel, but it’s definitely worth it!

By checking relevant sites like coolcamping, and eurocampings we already give you a push in the right direction.

Book a hotel!

Hotels are normally more expensive. But know the exceptions!

Fancy “business hotels” are desperate for customers in summer, when their business customers stay away. Some offer some amazing deals through the local tourist information offices. The later you arrive, the better the discount!

And if you have the opportunity to travel in September, you will notice that the prices of many tourist hotels are more affordable.

You can find very good discounts on

Activities and Sightseeing

Activities such as visiting museums, cultural centers, going on city tours, etc. can result quite expensive when travelling to several destinations.

Here are some tips for you to be able to do as much as you want while discovering EU!

Get a European Youth Card!

The European Youth Card is packed with 70.000 discounts on travel, culture, accommodation, education, services and products in 36 countries across Europe.

 You can get discounts almost everywhere in the EU, from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Disneyland in Paris or Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia, to the sunny coasts of Cyprus, Malta or Greece. Check out all the discounts here.

Everyone under the age of 30 (or 26, depending on the country or region) can become a cardholder – you don’t have to be a student or a resident of a European country. You can find a quick overview of countries and their age limits here.

The card costs between 5€ and 19€, depending on where you purchase it, but you will always be able to use it in all the countries in the European Youth Card Association. The card is usually issued for one year.

Check out the site to find out more about how the European Youth Card can help you discover the EU.

Do a free walking tour!

In many European cities, it is possible to do a free guided tour through the center. This is a nice and cheap way to learn about the history of the city; and the guide usually also gives you some useful “insider” information.

Afterwards, you’re expected to give a tip, but you can decide how much money you want to give. Normally the tour guides put effort to make the tour as fun and interesting as possible, because the money they earn (the tips!) depend on their performance.

Share your point of view!

Try to find a point where you have a great view over the city/country side. Gather with your (new) friends, get something to drink and eat, and share your (point of) view! Normally this is a cheap way of spending a nice evening.

Budget tips

  • Even though you get the travel pass for free, you still need to pay for the seat reservations, accommodation, food and other expenses. We estimated that you will need about 50€ to 100€ per day, also depending on the country where you are going.
  • Keep track of your daily expenses. This way, you’ll have an overview of your expenses and won’t have any surprises by the time you come back from your trip.
  • Consider creating a common pot with your travel group. This will make it easier to pay a common bill (for example, in a restaurant or when booking a group excursion).