7 Budget-Friendly Substitutes for Europe’s Top Cities Slideshow

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Splurge: London

There are more than enough reasons to justify a grand splurge on a trip to London. One of the most dynamic and diverting (and most expensive) cities in Europe, it boasts much-lauded restaurants, fantastic hotels, great weekend markets to stroll through, and buzzed-about shopping. And even though travelers can enter museums and gorgeous parks for free, most of these activities come at a premium. It doesn't help that the British pound is no friend of the American dollar.

Flight from JFK: $800/person
5-star hotel: $375/night
High-end restaurant: $40/entrée;
Single fare subway ride: $3-$6
Exchange rate: $1.50 to 1BPS

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