Top three city breaks on a student budget for 2020

By Niamh Baldwin

If you are planning to travel in 2020, you don’t need to be rich to do it. There are plenty of places that you can travel to on a budget, particularly if you’re a struggling student. But, finding the right places to go to can be tricky, so here are some ideas to suit your travel needs.

City breaks can be quite affordable for a student budget and easy to fit around a crazy routine. When speaking to a spokesperson from Cassidy Travel, they said: “City breaks are becoming more and more popular and affordable. These days there are always sales on city breaks especially. Two of the most popular city breaks this year would be Lisbon, Portugal and Krakow, Poland.”


Kraków is the oldest and second largest city in Poland. Kraków is the former royal capital which is full of history and has now transformed into a vibrant, student city. There are plenty of things to do in Kraków, from visiting Wawel Hill, St. Mary’s Basilica and the main market square. As well as plenty of things to visit during the day there are plenty of bars and clubs to go to at night. Kraków is notorious for their pub crawls. A trip to Kraków is incomplete without a visit to the famous salt mines and Auschwitz. Flights to Kraków range between €60 to €100 return.


Lisbon is the capital city of Portugal. The city is situated on the coast and is full of hills and beautiful scenery. Lisbon is full of history and tradition, with old trams running through the city. It feels safe to wander around the city day and night. There are numerous sites and monuments to visit during the day, with plenty of bars where you can listen to the traditional Fado. For those who love a rooftop bar, Park bar is situated on top of a car park with a breathtaking view of Lisbon. Return flights to Lisbon are between €50 and €100.


Rome has a history dating back thousands of years. With amazing monumental architecture, there are endless sites to visit. Rome has amazing restaurants with great Italian food so you can soak up all the culture. Be careful in Rome not to fall into tourist traps when looking for somewhere to eat. Ask locals or look for small restaurants, this is where you’ll find amazing Italian food for a good price. There are numerous sites to see like the Colosseum, The Roman Forum, St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Trevi fountain. Flights to Rome can vary frequently; they are between €50 and €200 return. Look out for Christmas and New Year sales to get the best price.

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