Most places in Eastern Europe are great for the budget traveller, and Macedonia is no exception. Expect to find a great range of accommodation, plenty to do, and eat like a king in Macedonia for an incredibly reasonable price. Couple budget friendliness with plenty of cultural, historical and natural things to do and see, and you have one fantastic place for a vacation.
The Budget Travel Guide to Macedonia
Getting around Macedonia on a Budget
There are two budget ways to get around Macedonia; train and bus. The train network is limited, and anywhere that trains don’t go there will be a bus that does. No trains to go Ohrid, and buses will be your best bet. We only used the bus network when we were in Macedonia, and found them to be comfortable, quick, affordable, and frequent.
Sleeping in Macedonia on a Budget
There is plenty of accommodation available for any budget. Even the top notch properties, equipped with a pool and all sorts of extras are still usually less expensive than a simple motel room in Australia. For $100 a night or less you will have your pick of pretty much every hotel room in the county. But you can spend a lot less than that for a very decent room. Hotel rooms and even apartments can be rented for sometimes as low as 20 – 30$ per night, and hostels are located in pretty much all major towns and cities.
What to do and see in Macedonia on a Budget
Most attractions in Macedonia are either free or cheap. Enjoying the kitschy statues of Skopje and wandering through it’s old quarter won’t cost you a penny. Enjoying the lake side breezes of Lake Orhrid, and the sight of it’s picturesque St John of Kaneo are also completely free. Going into some of the churches, museums, and fortresses will incur you a small fee, but they are usually very reasonable. For example the Museum of Macedonia in Skopje will cost you 100 MKD, or about $2.40 dollars, and Samoil’s Fortress in Ohrid will cost you 30 MKD, about 70 cents Australian.
Eating on a Budget in Macedonia
One of my favourite things to do in Macedonia was eating Macedonian food. I love the combination of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean flavour that defines Macedonian food. Best of all, you can dine at some of the best restaurants in the country for just a fraction of the cost of anything even remotely similar in other countries. Check out our recently published food guide to get even more foodie inspiration.