Cheapest Countries To Live in for Digital Nomads in 2022

Want to see the world without spending too much while you’re working remotely? We’ve got you covered. We’ve brought together a list of the cheapest countries around the world where you can continue to work remotely while enjoying a new culture.

For each country on this list, we’ve also added a section where you can see a comparison to the US and the UK. We’ve also added France to these comparison tables as it’s one of the most expensive countries in Europe, so it’ll give you a better perspective.

Here they are, in no particular order. Let’s start.

Cheapest Countries To Live in for Digital Nomads

Portugal

Living in Portugal has several benefits. A pleasant climate, access to the Atlantic Ocean, neighboring mountains, a low crime rate, and a low cost of living are among these advantages.  Everyone in Portugal may find a place and an activity that they enjoy. Swimming in the Atlantic Ocean, hiking in the Serra da Estrela mountain range, and seeing castles and fortifications are all possibilities. Surfing, fishing, and diving are popular activities among locals.

Thanks to incentives like Portugal Golden VisaD7 Visa, and Digital Nomad Visa, Portugal has been seeing increasing attention from expats.

Comparison to other countries

United States

United Kingdom

France

Consumer Prices, excluding rent

41.29% higher than in Portugal

40.76% higher than in Portugal

52.51% higher than in Portugal

Consumer Prices, including rent

56.42% higher than in Portugal

 

43.51% higher than in Portugal

 

43.87% higher than in Portugal

Rent Prices

96.53% higher than in Portugal

50.79% higher than in Portugal


20.93% higher than in Portugal


Restaurant Prices

69.87% higher than in Portugal


82.24% higher than in Portugal

78.30% higher than in Portugal

Groceries Prices

74.07% higher than in Portugal


42.30% higher than in Portugal


85.71% higher than in Portugal

Estonia

Estonia is a spacious country in Europe. It has a population of only 1.3 million people and a territory nearly equal to that of the Netherlands. 

A forest or a lake is a 30-minute drive away in Estonia. Despite its size, it would take a lifetime to visit all of the country’s galleries, theaters, concerts, festivals, markets, fairs, and beaches.

The living atmosphere is really clean, comfortable, and secure. Estonia has the best overall air quality in the world, according to the World Health Organization.

Comparison to other countries

United States

United Kingdom

France

Consumer Prices, excluding rent

30.05% higher than in Estonia

29.57% higher than in Estonia

40.39% higher than in Estonia

Consumer Prices, including rent

57.73% higher than in Estonia 

44.71% higher than in Estonia

45.07% higher than in Estonia

 

Rent Prices

165% higher than in Estonia

103% higher than in Estonia 

63.30% higher than in Estonia

Restaurant Prices

25.63% higher than in Estonia

34.78% higher than in Estonia 

31.87% higher than in Estonia

Groceries Prices

64.81% higher than in Estonia

34.72% higher than in Estonia

 

75.83% higher than in Estonia

Hungary

Hungary’s culture is a perfect blend of Eastern and Western European influences. The country is blessed with diversified geography, with lush hills, vast plains, and green river valleys. The Danube River runs across Hungary and bisects Budapest, which is generally referred to as Europe’s most beautiful city.

Hungary is home to some of Europe’s friendliest people, and the country provides digital nomads seeking a balanced life abroad with both rich economic prospects and a relaxing pace of life.

Comparison to other countries

United States

United Kingdom

France

Consumer Prices, excluding rent

74.18% higher than in Hungary

73.53% higher than in Hungary

88.02% higher than in Hungary

Consumer Prices, including rent

111.35% higher than in Hungary

 

93.91% higher than in Hungary

94.39% higher than in Hungary

Rent Prices

256.28% higher than in Hungary

 

173.36% higher than in Hungary

119.23% higher than in Hungary

Restaurant Prices

115.17% higher than in Hungary

130.85% higher than in Hungary

125.85% higher than in Hungary

Groceries Prices

101.62% higher than in Hungary

64.82% higher than in Hungary

115.10% higher than in Hungary

Montenegro

If you’ve always wanted to live somewhere different, somewhere with a different ambiance or feel, somewhere tranquil and beautiful at the same time, Montenegro might be the place for you.

Montenegro is a Balkan country bordered by Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Albania, and Serbia in Southern Europe. The Adriatic coast, Bay of Kotor, and Balkan Mountains provide breathtaking views and exciting adventures. Montenegro also boasts a rich history, from the Old Town of Kotor to the Ostrog Monastery; there is plenty to learn and see here.

Comparison to other countries

United States

United Kingdom

France

Consumer Prices, excluding rent

81.03% higher than in Montenegro

80.35% higher than in Montenegro

95.41% higher than in Montenegro

Consumer Prices, including rent

118.59% higher than in Montenegro 

100.55% higher than in Montenegro

101.05% higher than in Montenegro

 

Rent Prices

261.65% higher than in Montenegro

177.48% higher than in Montenegro

122.53% higher than in Montenegro

Restaurant Prices

116.55% higher than in Montenegro

132.33% higher than in Montenegro

127.30% higher than in Montenegro

Groceries Prices

125.41% higher than in Montenegro

84.26% higher than in Montenegro

140.48% higher than in Montenegro

Bulgaria

Depending on whether you live in one of the cities or in one of the smaller towns and villages, Bulgaria can present you with very distinct experiences.

The temperature, beaches, stunning landscape, a laid-back lifestyle, friendly people who welcome expats, low costs, a stable economy, and rising work prospects are just a few of the advantages of living in Bulgaria.

Comparison to other countries

United States

United Kingdom

France

Consumer Prices, excluding rent

83.41% higher than in Bulgaria

82.72% higher than in Bulgaria

97.98% higher than in Bulgaria

Consumer Prices, including rent

131% higher than in Bulgaria

 

112% higher than in Bulgaria

 

112% higher than in Bulgaria

Rent Prices

361% higher than in Bulgaria

 

253% higher than in Bulgaria

183% higher than in Bulgaria

Restaurant Prices

126% higher than in Bulgaria

142% higher than in Bulgaria

137% higher than in Bulgaria

Groceries Prices

107% higher than in Bulgaria

69.24% higher than in Bulgaria

120% higher than in Bulgaria 

Romania

Consider Romania as your next destination, which gives way to hills, forests, farmlands, and rustic villages along the western edge of the Black Sea. Bucharest, Romania’s capital, is located on the Dambovita River and is the most popular location for foreigners looking to relocate to the country.

Romania is a relatively safe country, but newcomers quickly discover that it has a lot more to offer, especially as it develops as a digital nomad destination and a corporate hub in Eastern Europe.

Comparison to other countries

United States

United Kingdom

France

Consumer Prices, excluding rent

137.96% higher than in Romania

95.25% higher than in Romania

111.56% higher than in Romania

Consumer Prices, including rent

144.98% higher than in Romania

118.32% higher than in Romania

118.87% higher than in Romania

Rent Prices

302.14% higher than in Romania

208.55% higher than in Romania

147.45% higher than in Romania

Restaurant Prices

128.74% higher than in Romania

145.41% higher than in Romania

140.10% higher than in Romania

Groceries Prices

119.88% higher than in Romania

79.74% higher than in Romania

134.58% higher than in Romania

Slovakia

Slovakia is one of the fastest-growing economies in the European Union. It is highly accommodating to expats as a member of the Schengen area.

Slovakia, despite its tiny size, has a rich cultural past as well as a vast natural endowment of high mountains and deep forests. If you’re a history fan, foodie, and nature lover, you’ll find many attractions. If you’re looking for a blend of global culture and unique tourist experiences, this diverse country will leave an indelible impression on you.

Comparison to other countries

United States

United Kingdom

France

Consumer Prices, excluding rent

52.78% higher than in Slovakia

52.21% higher than in Slovakia

64.92% higher than in Slovakia

Consumer Prices, including rent

76.25% higher than in Slovakia

61.70% higher than in Slovakia

62.11% higher than in Slovakia

Rent Prices

149.24% higher than in Slovakia

91.23% higher than in Slovakia

53.36% higher than in Slovakia

Restaurant Prices

89.96% higher than in Slovakia

103.80% higher than in Slovakia

99.39% higher than in Slovakia

Groceries Prices

71.36% higher than in Slovakia

40.08% higher than in Slovakia

82.82% higher than in Slovakia

Georgia

Georgia is a developing country with an Association Agreement with the European Union and a rapidly growing economy. It’s one of the most well-known remote work centers in the world, attracting digital nomads.

Georgia is a friendly country. It’s still relatively unknown to many people, yet it boasts beautiful scenery filled with Unesco-listed castles and monasteries. Tbilisi, the capital city, has been seeing a lot of attention from digital nomads recently.

Comparison to other countries

United States

United Kingdom

France

Consumer Prices, excluding rent

141.42% higher than in Georgia

140.51% higher than in Georgia

160.59% higher than in Georgia

Consumer Prices, including rent

188.39% higher than in Georgia

164.59% higher than in Georgia

165.25% higher than in Georgia

Rent Prices

358.47% higher than in Georgia

251.77% higher than in Georgia

182.11% higher than in Georgia

Restaurant Prices

163.80% higher than in Georgia

183.02% higher than in Georgia

176.90% higher than in Georgia

Groceries Prices

176.25% higher than in Georgia

125.82% higher than in Georgia

194.71% higher than in Georgia

Serbia

Serbia has a pleasant continental climate and is located in Central/Southeast Europe. Low living costs, fast internet, a vibrant startup ecosystem, and coworking spaces are just a few of the advantages of living in Serbia. Add to that a vibrant nightlife, culinary scene, and cafe culture.

Serbia’s geographical location makes it easier to travel to other Balkan countries (Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro), as well as major European cities (Vienna, Budapest, Berlin, etc).

Comparison to other countries

United States

United Kingdom

France

Consumer Prices, excluding rent

91.93% higher

than in Serbia

91.21% higher

than in Serbia

107.18% higher

than in Serbia

Consumer Prices, incl. rent

139.94% higher than in Serbia

120.14% higher than in Serbia

120.69% higher than in Serbia

Rent Prices

358.62% higher than in Serbia

251.88% higher than in Serbia

182.20% higher than in Serbia

Restaurant Prices

135.65% higher than in Serbia

152.82% higher than in Serbia

147.35% higher than in Serbia

Groceries Prices

145.53% higher than in Serbia

100.71% higher than in Serbia

161.95% higher than in Serbia

Turkey

Turkey is a magnificent country that would take many lifetimes to properly appreciate. Throughout history, this region has been the epicenter of countless ancient civilizations. Turkey is a land of numerous tastes and flavors, with the Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Central Asian, and Eastern European cuisines all influencing its food.

In Turkey, you have little trouble filling your free time. Consider taking a trip to the ancient ruins of Ephesus, the Pamukkale White Calcium Pools, or the Cappadocia Fairy Chimneys, all of which are popular tourist destinations.

Comparison to other countries

United States

United Kingdom

France

Consumer Prices, excluding rent

137.48% higher than in Turkey

136.59% higher than in Turkey

156.34% higher than in Turkey

Consumer Prices, incl. rent

198.46% higher than in Turkey

173.82% higher than in Turkey

174.51% higher than in Turkey 

Rent Prices

484.65% higher than in Turkey

348.58% higher than in Turkey

259.75% higher than in Turkey

Restaurant Prices

247% higher than in Turkey

272.29% higher than in Turkey

264.24% higher than in Turkey

Groceries Prices

181.97% higher than in Turkey

130.50% higher than in Turkey

 

200.82% higher than in Turkey

 

Conclusion

There you have it. We’ve tried to give you an insight into the cheapest countries where you can start living as a digital nomad. Note that figures on the cost of living are based on the data from Numbeo, and are subject to change in time. Before you make a decision, make sure you check out the current figures and alternatives. If you want to make a comparison, you might also want to check the Most Expensive Cities in Europe article.

Have you ever lived in the above countries? Let us know about your experience. If not, check out our Digital Nomad Visa Countries article and see which countries offer you an easy process of relocation. Good luck!

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