There is this perception that travelling is like super expensive and for few, especially in the Muslim community. As Muslims we are just about starting to travel and explore more and then something bad happens in the name of Islam which brings down out confidence. However I believe we are part of the world, 99% of the Muslims are just like everyone else who want to travel and experience this world that God created for us. 🙂
I always wanted to encourage and inspire Muslim travellers to go and see more, so I thought I will put a list of some beautiful destinations in Europe you can explore for less than £400 for a short break away. I know we are very lucky to be located in Europe since there are so many beautiful countries and all closely located. Just about any excuse to travel and explore more. Perfect!
Amsterdam- The Netherlands
Beautiful country to explore and only 40min flight from most UK airports.
There are so many places you can visit in Amsterdam but the best part of all is the bike rides, thanks to being pretty much a flat country. If you want to enjoy a local experience just rent a bike and go sightseeing around the canals in Amsterdam or venture out of the capital to visit some of the tulip fields and the mills. Some of these parks are beautiful, especially in spring.
To check up to date flight prices you can do so on Skyscanner here
Hotels in Amsterdam start from £100 for a 4 star depending on the location, the Hoxton hotel looks really funky. You can find a full list of hotels and reviews on TripAdvisor here. In total, you would expect to spend about £350 for flights and hotels for a weekend away. Depending on the days and your flexibility this can be even cheaper.
For the best prices check out Hotels.com since they give you after every 10th night one free.
And Germany, in general, has some great flight deals from the UK. Every city in Germany is different and I guess this is the beauty of a country, so there are plenty of options for you to explore as well. You can even take the train to other European cities if you have time to do so. It is cheap and a truly awesome way to explore other countries. I have to say I prefer travelling by train the most since you can watch outside the scenery while you have the ability to stretch your body.
Berlin is truly a multi-cultural city with many halal shops and even a Muslim friendly hotel it is a vibrant city full of history worth exploring.
You can get even cheaper flights if you manage to get few more days off to enjoy Berlin or even other cities by train in Germany. Flights start from as little as £30 weekdays or £46 weekends.
To book flights check out Skyscanner here
For the best priced hotels search with Hotelscombined
Hotels in Berlin are relatively cheap and you can find great deals on 4 or 5 star properties in the city centre from £86 per night.
Budapest is the capital of Hungary and one of the largest cities in Europe. Surrounded by the Danube river, beautiful architecture and hot spring water it is a great destination for a weekend away and maybe few hot baths. Best tip ever, take a Danube cruise they are awesome. 🙂
Flights to Budapest from the UK are plentiful and cheap depending on when you can go. As always flexibility is key, however you can find good deals even for weekend breaks.
For the best prices in flights to Budapest check Skyscanner here
Budapest must have some of the cheapest five star hotels compare to Europe. I mean many things are very cheap in Budapest but the hotels is one of the things I love the most. Nobody can say not to some luxury and style for budget prices. With many options to suit any budget you definitely can’t go wrong.
Some of the five star properties in Budapest start from £96 such as the Hilton Budapest in the Castle district. You can view Hilton the property here and the reviews and prices for all other Budapest properties here.
TIP: Maybe you should try the afternoon tea at the Four Seasons hotel, it is delicious, the building is gorgeous and all for only £15 per person. Bargain!
Read next: Things To Do And See In Budapest In 48 Hours
I loved Denmark it is such a beautiful and friendly country. Hop into a tour canal to explore this beautiful city in a totally relaxing way. You can even rent a bike to travel like a local. Mind the bike lanes, locals get really annoyed when you block them (guilty!). Take a slow walk down to the mermaid statue and enjoy the views of the sea.
Copenhagen must have also some of the cheapest flights from the UK thanks to Ryanair. One thing I like about this is the fact that Ryanair uses the main airport in Copenhagen and not the usual far away airports.
So you have plenty of transportation options for the city. At £26 per flight for a weekend away I am not sure why you are still reading and not booked your flights yet. 😉
To book your flights search here
There are plenty of hotel options in Copenhagen, however, I will say that my favourite will be the Crown Plaza, which offers free airport transfers, it is a new hotel and within walking distance to the train that takes you directly into the city centre.
You can see all hotels and reviews on TripAdvisor here.
Prague – Czech Republic
A city filled with history, beautiful architecture and cobbled streets. Prague is rightfully a must visit destination in Europe only 2,5 hours from the UK it is a popular weekend destination. One other great thing about Prague is how cheap it is compare to other European cities. Best tip is to explore this beautiful city by getting lost in the small streets far away from the touristy spots.
Flights to Prague are also plenty and cheap and they stop in the main airport even with Ryanair. If you are flexible with your days you can always grab a bargain. You can also explore Vienna by train and have a European adventure. It is easy to use the train system to travel around countries (thank you European Union).
To check flights to Prague you can search here
TIP: Don’t forget you can actually get a cashback on Hilton properties if booked via TopCashback. You can receive up to 20% depending if they have an offer, so it’s an excellent deal.
Brussels – Belgium
Brussels the capital of Belgium and the administrative city of the EU has everything you want plus some politics on top. This beautiful city takes you into a medieval journey and the best of all everything you want to see and do is within walking distance. Only 40 minutes flight or a Eurostar train from London there is no excuse not to visit Brussels. Trust me it won’t be your last time either.
Flights / Train
When it comes to Brussels you have many options, if you live in London you can take the train down to Brussels which is faster and cheaper than an actually flight it takes only 2hrs 10min and you arrive in the city centre. If you live in the rest of the UK or in Europe you can always use low-cost airlines such as WizzAir, Rayanair and Easyjet to get to Brussels.
The five star Sofitel for £105 per night seems like a great option after a day of exploring plus it has great reviews. You can find all the Brussels hotel options here.
TIP: If you have a week and you want to explore more cities, you can take the Eurostar train to Paris, then Brussels and Amsterdam making it a three country stop. Coaches are even cheaper between these cities and they only take couple of hours.
What can I say about Vienna, an amazing city full of magnificent imperial buildings and a home to some of the best compositors of our times. Vienna is filled with lovely cafes, places to explore, grand buildings and museums to visit. I can’t guarantee you will not fall in love with this city and never want to leave.
Flights to Vienna are plenty and cheap so there is really nothing stopping you from visiting this magnificent city.
Vienna has some amazing hotels however they do come with a price. Hilton Vienna and some other local brands offer five star hotels starting at £86 per night.
You can find all the hotels and reviews on TripAdvisor here.
This is it, so travel doesn’t have to be expensive it can be cheap and fun. If you are on a smaller budget as well then you can definitely look out for cheaper flights and hotels. Europe is a beautiful place and each country is so different that it’s a shame not to explore.
If you have any favourite European destinations please let me know and I will include them.