Planning an autumn European break? It’s time for romantic city walks, long lunches at cozy cafes, and sampling some incomparable European culture at one of the most beautiful times in the year. There’s no better way to enjoy a European city for a weekend than by having the freedom to explore and and traverse the city and surrounding towns at your leisure. Make sure you save money on your car hire by holidaying in a wallet-friendly destination. New research from car hire experts easyCar reveals the top 20 cheapest European cities for hiring a motor and hitting the open road. Here’s the top ten – plus some tips for what to see and do in each city.
Total Cost: £178.09 | Car Hire Cost: £10.21
Where to go: Visit the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Vatican and its museums and enjoy fine food and drink along the Piazza Navona.
Total Cost: £176.26 | Car Hire Cost: £10.86
Where to go: Marvel at the architecture of Antoni Gaudí (his work is dotted across the city), climb up Montjuïc mountain and enjoy tapas down a side street.
Total Cost: £165.18 | Car Hire Cost: £10.32
Where to go: After the Leaning Tower, head to a local market, pick up some provisions and enjoy them on the grass behind Pisa’s duomo (cathedral).
Total Cost: £157.16 | Car Hire Cost: £9.14
Where to go: See works by Spanish and Italian masters the the Prado Museum, see Picasso’s Guernica at the Reina Sofía Museum and enjoy a tour of Real Madrid’s Bernabeu stadium.
Total Cost: £150.58 | Car Hire Cost: £15.28
Where to go: Visit the Torre de Belém, Lisbon’s Gothic tower and a UNESCO world heritage site no less. Culture vulture? Head along to Ler Devagar, the city’s cultural centre.
Total Cost: £148.12 | Car Hire Cost: £7.87
Where to go: You’ve two major football stadiums to choose from, or for something more artistic, check out Manchester Art Gallery and the Lowry, and enjoy a drink in one of the city’s many pubs.
Total Cost: £131.96 | Car Hire Cost: £5.02
Where to go: Visit three of the city’s most historic buildings: Gibralfaro Castle, the Alcazaba and Roman Theatre, head to the Picasso Museum (the artist was born in Malaga) and sample some Malaga wine from, well, almost anywhere.
Total Cost: £130.39 | Car Hire Cost: £9.01
Where to go: The Bullring and the jewellery quarter are great for shopaholics. Birmingham boasts beautiful architecture – Birmingham Oratory and St Paul’s Church – and a number of museums and cultural centres.
Total Cost: £129.29 | Car Hire Cost: £13.10
Where to go: Take a cable car to the summit of Mount Teide, Spain’s highest mountain, for some truly stunning views. La Laguna is the former capital of Tenerife and a UNESCO World Heritage Centre.
Total Cost: £110.93 | Car Hire Cost: £7.83
Where to go: Climb up to Santa Barbara Castle, browse the Alicante Museum of Contemporary Art, and buy cheap, delicious food from local markets.
To work out the cheapest European cities for a car-hire weekend break, the research compared the cost of car hire, petrol, a three-course meal and a night in a four-star hotel for all the major European destinations. Go ahead and explore the full infographic for the rest of the locations. Enjoy your trip!