How to visit Luxembourg City on a budget with kids!

If you’re wondering how to visit Luxembourg City with the kids on a budget then keep reading because we did this one so cheaply! We’ve had some fantastic family adventures in Europe over the last few years exploring cities like Luxembourg, Venice, Florence, Rome, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Paris, and Interlaken – and it’s easier to do with a tiny budget than you might think!

So, here’s how to have a budget friendly city break in Luxembourg with the kids – I’ve included money saving tips to help you to cut costs on travel, accommodation, excursions, transport and food. And, have a browse around my website for more money saving travel tips, and lots of travel reviews too – family travel on a budget is my thing! 😍

So here are 9 ways to have a city break in Luxembourg on a budget with the kids…

1. Set a budget and be prepared

When you’re planning your family holiday to Luxembourg City, think about what you’re able to spend and then take out the main expenses to see how much spending money that will leave you. You’ll need to price up the big things like accommodation, travel costs (ferry, tolls, fuel, flights etc) and food.

Luxembourg is a very affluent country, and so it could be an expensive place to visit if you’re not careful, so pre-planning, being well-prepared and knowing what your daily spending limit is will be the best way to stick to a budget and keep your spending on track.

Whatever’s left in the kitty will be your spending money for excursions and days out. Thank goodness for the internet, it’s actually really easy to find toll costs and predict fuel usage nowadays and you’ll be able to find the cost of things you’d like to see and do too. Being organised and planning everything properly is the best way to make sure that your city break with the kids is affordable.

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2. Pick your travel dates wisely

Luxembourg is known for rain, and we had such a mix of weather when we visited. So, if you’re wondering when is best to visit, I wouldn’t worry too much about the time of year. (We stayed there in mid June and had storms, torrential rain and brilliant sunshine! 😂 Pretty much like the UK!) But hot weather is definitely less important for a city break – in fact you don’t really want to be exploring a city in the sweltering heat – so it can be a great type of holiday for avoiding peak summer dates. If you’re able to travel during the off-peak season then you’ll most certainly save money on both flights and accommodation.

If you need to travel within school holiday dates then you’ll likely find May half-term, Easter and the October break cheaper than the summer holidays. Hotels and other accommodation options are also usually cheaper during the week, with more inflated prices at the weekends, and flights often follow this pattern too! So if you’re able to have a midweek family getaway, and avoid weekend dates, then that can be a great way to save money on your city break even if you’re holidaying when the kids are off from school.

How to visit Luxembourg City on a budget with kids, frugal mum travel tips, palace photo


3. Look for cheap travel options

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ll already know that we’re obsessed with road trips! 😂 But I honestly do believe that travelling by road is a brilliant way to explore Europe on a budget with the kids. Calais to Luxembourg is only a four hour drive, so it’s the perfect destination for a road trip from the UK, or a stop off on your travels towards sunshine! We travelled at the edge of France, and then through Belgium, and the whole route was toll free too.

When I contacted Eurocamp recently for up-to-date prices, though things fluctuate slightly, the cost of a return trip on the ferry was around £120, whilst Le Shuttle was £250. It does add an extra hour onto your journey to opt for the ferry over the Channel Tunnel, but it’s around half the cost so it should definitely be considered if you’re trying to travel on a small budget. (And booking directly through providers like Eurocamp when you book your accommodation will usually be at a discounted rate too.)

For more info on European road trips, check out my article: How to road trip on a budget around Europe – the ultimate family guide!

How to road trip on a budget around Europe, the ultimate family guide, frugal mum tips

If you need to fly then use Skyscanner to compare flight prices, check the budget airlines, opt for hand-luggage only if you’re not visiting for long, and look at flying at anti-social times. Luxembourg airport is only 15 minutes from the city centre, and 30 mins from Birkelt Village Campsite, and without any public transport costs (and an excellent, efficient public transport network) you can rest assured that you wouldn’t need to pay for any pricey transfers!


4. Stay outside of the city centre

The best way to keep costs down when visiting Luxembourg City is to look for accommodation outside of the city centre. We found that the hotels were insanely priced but our campsite 30 minutes from the city centre was less than £50 per night which made this the trip actually doable! We always tend to stay away from the city centre when we’re exploring andm not only is it cheaper, it’s also nice to come away from the city when we’re finished and have other elements to the holiday too.

When you’re choosing your accommodation, looking for somewhere to stay that charges per party rather than per person is also a great money-saver. And, Eurocamp campsites are a fantastic way to plan affordable family holidays – we’ve had most of our European adventures hopping between Eurocamp sites and it’s enabled us to travel more often, for longer periods and on a small budget.

Eurocamp Holiday Review, Birkelt Village Campsite, Larochette, Luxembourg

We stayed with Eurocamp at Birkelt Camping Village  – and it was less than £250 for 5 nights. (Though we were looking at that price per night had we stayed in the city centre!). You can find my full review here: Eurocamp Holiday Review: Birkelt Village Campsite, Larochette, Mullerthal, Luxembourg.

Travelling into the city to explore via public transport is a great way to keep things on budget – especially as public transport across the whole of Luxembourg is free! Plus the campsite comes with swimming pools, activities, entertainment and everything else that makes a good child-friendly family holiday.

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Click here to take a closer look at Eurocamp’s Luxembourg campsite.


5. Book self-catering accommodation

If you do want to stay in the middle of the action in Luxembourg City centre, and enjoy the hustle and bustle, then look at booking an Air Bnb rather than a hotel. Not only is it likely to be cheaper if you’re staying for a few days or more, but you’ll also have more space to spread out and hopefully some cooking facilities to avoid the high costs that come with eating out. Visit local city markets for fresh affordable ingredients, or head to a budget supermarket to stock up.

You could even book through Trusted Housesitters to get your city getaway accommodation for free. In exchange for looking after someone’s pet, you can stay in their home – making travelling to your favourite places so much more affordable. A bonus of using Trusted Housesitters is that lots of people will want school holiday dates, to fit around their own trips away, so it can be a good way to travel during peak dates. For the yearly membership fee of £99, you can book a stay through their website as many times as you like.

If you’re booking a Eurocamp accommodation, slightly further out from the city centre, you’ll be pleased to know that their holiday homes come with full kitchens, decent sized fridges and a dining area for meal times. Take a look at my Eurocamp accommodation guide for more info.

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6. Plan your excursions wisely

Of all of the cities in Europe that we’ve visited, we found Luxembourg City to be one of the easiest places to explore on a budget – in fact we spent €23 the entire day! We purchased souvenirs and some ice-creams and drinks from a supermarket, but we did have a picnic and water packed so honestly we could have got away without spending a single penny.

frugal mum luxembourg city photo of view on wenzel circular walking route

We parked at Rue de Bouillon Park and Ride – which gives 24 hours of free parking. From there it was just a 10 minute bus ride into the city centre. (Follow the route for the Central Gare train station.) Again this was also free – and you can hop on and off public transport to save the little ones legs all day without needing to pay anything. The buses also come every few minutes so it’s insanely easy to get around the city.

frugal mum luxembourg city photo of view on wenzel circular walking route

The 2.5km Wenzel Circular Walking Route is the best place to start your Luxembourg City adventure and you’ll see all of the main sights like: the Grand Ducal Palace, the Cathedral, Neumunster Abbey, the Adolphe Bridge, Rham Plateau and Bock Promontory. As cities go, I think you’d be hard pushed to find a cleaner, safer, more stunning place for a family day out.

frugal mum luxembourg city photo of view on wenzel circular walking route ducal palace

There’s also a free panoramic lift viewing point, and if you want to go inside the Cathedral that’s free too. Luxembourg City is extremely well kept and set up to make exploring as enjoyable as possible.

frugal mum luxembourg city photo of view and family

If you want to venture inside some of the attractions (in and outside of the city – there are lots of castles a short drive away) then it might also be worth getting a Luxembourg Card. For 2024 it costs €14 for one day / €22 for 2 days / €31 for 3 days and it’ll get you in to lots of the main attractions for free or at a discounted rate so you can avoid lots of individual entry prices.

If you’re still not sure if Luxembourg is the right destination for your family holiday – check out my article: 10 reasons why you should visit Luxembourg with kids!


7. Pack picnics, drinks and snacks

To keep costs low when you’re exploring Luxembourg, take drinks, snacks and a picnic for lunch with you when we head out for the day. Preparing your own baguettes is a great way to save money, and budget food shops like Lidl in Luxembourg are very similarly priced to the UK.

When we’re exploring we also use refillable water bottles to keep our drinks cool all day, and even pack a flask for our lunchtime coffee fix. A cool bag rucksack is a must for keeping everything fresh and it’s a brilliant investment for both holidays and days out with the kids at home too.

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If you’re still in the city into the evening then opt for something easy like McDonalds (or another budget fast food option), or eat like locals and enjoy some street food at dinnertime. As much as I’m not a fan of junk food, and it would be nice to enjoy restaurant food when we go away, it can be really unaffordable when you’re travelling as a family of four.

We’ve also noticed on our travels that the shops and restaurants closest to popular monuments and sights are often the most expensive, so wander away from places like the Grand Ducal Palace before choosing where to buy food or souvenirs to avoid overpaying.


8. Be prepared to avoid fines

If you’re taking a road trip, prep your car properly with the mandatory things that you’ll need for driving through France, as well as the documents you should carry too. You’ll need to carry your driver’s license, car registration certificate and insurance papers if you’re driving in Europe. Plus breakdown cover and travel insurance are a must! (We get an annual European policy so that it covers all of our trips in one swoop!).

Check your route so that you’re prepared for the cost of any tolls and fuel, and aware of speed limits. The rules for driving in Europe also insist that you have mandatory items in / on your car (like reflective jackets, a UK sticker etc) so make sure that you’re properly prepared to avoid fines – you can get a ready-made EU driving kit from Amazon.

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9. Take your supplies with you

Be prepared for every eventuality by packing things like anti-histamine tablets, bug spray, antiseptic cream, bite cream, paracetamol and plasters too – these items can be really expensive from pharmacies abroad (compared to our UK budget store and supermarket prices) so it pays to be well prepared for every eventuality! Check out my Ultimate Family Holiday Packing Guide – with free printable checklist to help you to get organised. And, when you book campsites with mobile home accommodation, like Eurocamp, just little things like taking your own bedding will save you a bit of money.

frugal mum free printable family holiday travel checklist


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