Affordable European cities for digital nomads in 2024

Toluwani Omotesho


Europe is a popular choice among digital nomads for several reasons. First, it’s well connected, with easily accessible and walkable cities. Second, it has excellent internet infrastructure, with widespread internet access across coworking spaces and cafes. Third, European countries are known for their emphasis on maintaining a work-life balance.

However, while Europe might be one of the best places to move to as a digital nomad, you have to consider factors such as safety, internet access, language barriers, the banking system, and, last but not least, the cost of living. Thankfully, Europe is home to several affordable cities, and we’ve compiled a list of some in this post:

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Tallinn, Estonia:

Did you know that in 2020, Estonia became the first in the world to launch an official digital nomad visa program? Over the years, Estonia has grown to have a budding community of digital nomads with good reason.

Tallinn for digital nomads.

For nomads looking to move to this Northern European country, Tallinn is an excellent choice as it’s one of the most affordable places to live with an estimated monthly rent of €500 - €800 and meals are around €10 - €60. Tallinn is also regarded as the hub of tech and science in Estonia with one of the best digital infrastructure in the world.

Vilnius, Lithuania:

Vilnius, Lithuania, is another great option for digital nomads looking to move to Europe to consider. Its digital nomad visa allows nomads to stay for up to 90 days, after which they must apply for a temporary residence permit valid for two years.

Vilnius for digital nomads

Vilnius has a thriving digital nomad scene with well-developed coworking spaces and an average internet speed of 45.11 Mbps. Also, the cost of living is relatively low compared to other European capitals, with accommodation costing around €200-400 monthly, depending on the type and location. Vilnius also has a good nightlife scene and fascinating tourist attractions to help you unwind after a long work day.

Lisbon, Portugal:

Portugal’s temporary stay visa also called the digital nomad visa, costs around €180 – the cheapest in Europe– and allows nomads and remote workers to live and work for up to a year. Lisbon, Portugal, is fast becoming a hotspot for nomads due to its cost of living, cheaper than 63% of cities in western Europe, internet infrastructure, and safety.

Lisbon for digital nomads

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Lisbon also has several coworking spaces where you can work comfortably and meet other nomads, founders, and entrepreneurs. Some of the best coworking spaces in this city include:

  • Idea Spaces: Can be found in four locations acros the city and offer everything from hot desks to private offices. Idea Spaces offers different plans, with the lowest starting at €15
  • Avila Spaces: This coworking space is regarded by many as the best in Lisbon. Located in the heart of the city, it stands out for its community events. Different plans are tailored to suit your needs, and members get access to free coffee, fruits, and cake every day.
Avila Spaces
Avila Spaces
  • Heden coworking: Heden offers numerous options for working, from private offices, conference rooms, hot desks, and flex desks. It has four locations across the city and offers a day pass that starts at €20.

Thessaloniki, Greece:

Thessaloniki is Greece’s second-largest city, and its high quality of life has made it a favourite of digital nomads. Thessaloniki has a good internet speed of 15 Mbps and many beautiful cafes from which to work.

Thessaloniki for digital nomads

Additionally, the city has a laid-back atmosphere; if you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle, great food, history and nightlife, that’ll make your trip unforgettable.

Budapest, Hungary:

Budapest is another European city that caters to the needs of digital nomads. Its nomad visa allows you to live and work for up to a year, with the option to extend if you are eligible.

This city is one of the safest in Europe, with a very low crime rate. For living costs, while transportation is affordable, the city itself is very walkable and bikeable. Accommodation generally costs around €400-600 monthly. For digital nomads, reliable internet is non-negotiable, and Hungary stands out with some of the best internet speeds and coverage in the world.

Budapest also has excellent coworking spaces for connecting with other digital nomads. During your stay, you can enjoy plenty of activities, such as visiting St. Stephen’s Basilica, exploring Buda Castle, or relaxing in the thermal baths.

Budapest for digital nomads
St. Stephen’s Basilica

Wrapping up

As you can see, Europe offers you many affordable and exciting destinations as a digital nomad in 2024. Regardless of where you choose to travel next, the one thing you’re going to need is a partner to help you manage your finances effectively.

With Grey, you don’t have to worry about opening a local bank account to receive or send money, as we’ve made the process easy for you. You can open a free EU bank account in minutes and start living like a local anywhere.

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