22 Best Places for Remote workers in Europe
There’s never been a better time to be a remote worker. Physical barriers are diminishing by the hour, and it’s never been easier to equip yourself with a laptop, find an internet connection, and get to work.
Remote working communities are on the rise around the world, but especially in cities across Europe. Its historic and picturesque streets lend themselves perfectly to remote workers looking for an affordable destination with a reliable internet connection, relatively simple visa requirements, and a friendly ex-pat community to hang out with at the weekend.
We’ve taken a look at what you need to thrive in a new city as a remote worker and used these key factors to put together a list of Europe’s most remote-worker friendly destinations. From off-the-beaten-track seaside locations to cosmopolitan cities with vibrant social scenes, you’ll find an option to suit your way of living on this shortlist.
What makes these destinations the best for remote workers?
We’ve made sure to pick cities and countries that tick all of the boxes for remote workers during our research. For us, that includes the following essential attributes:
- Cost of living. Everyone has their own budget to live on, so we’ve made sure there’s something for everyone on this list. Whether you’re looking for the cheapest place to live in Europe or something with added luxury, you’ll find it here.
- Reliable Wi-Fi. It goes without saying that Wi-Fi is one of the most essential things a remote worker needs to consider. Luckily, most European destinations have a good network of Wi-Fi or affordable data plans for your phone.
- Public transport. Chances are, you won’t be moving with your car, so getting around by public transport will be necessary. After all, you’re going to want to explore the rest of the country, not just be stuck in one place all of the time.
- Ex-pat communities. Finding a community of like-minded individuals can be difficult when you move to a new place. So, we’ve made sure that all of these remote-worker-friendly destinations already have an established global community of some size.
Best places for remote workers in Europe
1. Berlin, Germany
There is a good reason why Berlin is one of the more expensive remote working destinations: everyone wants to live there. Celebrated for its vibrant art, food, and culture scene, Berlin has everything you need for a booming social life, plus all of the infrastructure you’ll need for a successful life as a remote worker. If you’re hoping to learn a little more about the city’s past, the Berlin Wall Memorial is a good place to start. For an insight into the city’s art scene, there’s no better place to experience the city’s thriving art scene than the East Side Gallery.
Cost of living in Berlin
From $1,500 to $2,300/month
Rental expenses are relatively cheaper in Berlin compared to many other major European cities. Remote workers can easily find spacious apartments in Berlin at rates that would be unimaginable in cities like London and Paris.
Wi-Fi and co-working spaces in Berlin
It’s no secret that Berlin is home to nearly 100 different co-working spaces and hi-speed Wi-Fi to keep them going. Choose from tiny cafes to huge communal halls, set up with all of the mod cons you need to complete your working day.
Public transport in Berlin
Public transport in Berlin is relatively easy to use, although it can be on the expensive side. Broken into three ‘fare zones,’ you can explore the city using the extensive metro network as well as the buses and trams.
Expat communities in Berlin
Around a third of Berlin is made up of ex-pats, which makes for a diverse population. Because of this, it can be hard, but not impossible, to find your people in Berlin. Try attending ex-pat meetups to find your people.
If you’re considering moving to Berlin, check out this detailed guide on moving to Berlin.
2. Cologne, Germany
Germany’s fourth-largest city, and a popular choice amongst ex-pats, it’s no surprise that Cologne has made it to this list of the best places to live for remote workers in Europe. As well as providing a balanced lifestyle, full of socializing and cultural visits, Cologne is also famous for hosting international events from the Cologne Carnival in November to Summer Jam Fest on the edges of Fühlinger See.
Cost of living in Cologne
From $1,500 to $2,300.
Wi-Fi and co-working spaces in Cologne
While you can’t rely on the city-wide free Wi-Fi in Cologne, home connections are generally stable and reliable. If you’re worried about staying connected at all times, it’s easy enough to get your hands on a data plan for your phone.
Public transport in Cologne
Each one of Cologne’s Veedel’s, or districts, is well connected by either the tram, subway, bus, or suburban railway. Most locals get from A to B by bicycle and the city is extremely well served with bike lanes.
With an extremely multi-national population, the ex-pat community is very active in Cologne. A quick search on social media will reveal lots of meet-up groups and clubs that are a great chance for meeting some new people.
3. Amsterdam, Netherlands
Home to more bicycles, cafes, and canals than most other cities in Europe, Amsterdam has become of the most popular relocation destinations for remote workers. Boasting a high quality of life for residents thanks to its work-life balance and being named as one of Europe’s greenest cities, Amsterdam has now paved the way for a huge international community.
Cost of living in Amsterdam
$2,100 to $3,500+
Accommodation makes up a large chunk of your expenses in Amsterdam. Remote workers and digital nomads who want to spend less on accommodation and more on travel should look for studio apartments in the city.
Wi-Fi and co-working spaces in Amsterdam
All of the tourist hotspots around Amsterdam have free Wi-Fi, and you won’t find an apartment without it. Coworking spaces are incredibly popular throughout all of the neighborhoods too and are known to be some of the hippest in Europe. The Thinking Hut and Bounce Space come with all of the modern amenities a remote worker could wish for including comfy chairs, stable internet, and plenty of coffee.
Public transport in Amsterdam
The first thing you’ll notice is the overwhelming number of bicycles in Amsterdam: this is the way most locals choose to get around. If you’d rather use public transport you’ve got the choice of trams, buses, trains, ferries or the metro.
Expat communities in Amsterdam
Around 200,000 ex-pats live in Amsterdam, which makes for an incredibly diverse population. You’ll find ex-pat events and meetups happening all over the city at any time of the year. Families tend to gather in the southern neighborhood of Zuid, whereas younger ex-pats can be found in the livelier areas of de Pijp.
If you’re considering moving to Amsterdam, check out this detailed guide on moving to Amsterdam.
4. Brussels, Belgium
According to Expatica, one-third of the population in Brussels is foreign, making it one of the most multicultural cities, not only in Europe but in the world. It’s thriving food scene, consisting of more than just Belgian beer and waffles, is what draws many ex-pats to the city, and there’s also lots to be said of the city’s Art Nouveau Architecture and cultural hotspots including the unique Grote Markt and Royal Palace of Brussels.
Cost of living in Brussels
Between $1,300 and $2,100
Wi-Fi and co-working spaces in Brussels
Recently, the government has rolled out Wi-Fi hotspots across Brussels which means you’ll never be too far away from free internet access. Co-working spaces are also extremely popular in the city, and Wi-Fi is a given in all apartments.
Public transport in Brussels
Despite the city’s old-age appearance, its pubic transport system rivals even the most modern of European cities. Metro, buses, and trams make up the majority of the transport here, but many locals choose to travel on two wheels: their bicycle.
Expat communities in Brussels
As we mentioned above, over a third of people living in Brussels are foreigners, which makes for a lively and exciting community of remote workers. Popular ex-pat neighborhoods include Brussells City, Etterbeek, and Ixelles.
5. Tbilisi, Georgia
Not on the radar of many remote workers, Tbilisi in Georgia is not one to be missed as a remote worker. With a generous visa system for more than 95 countries, remote workers are invited to stay for 365 days, visa-free. Add into the mix stunning alpine scenery in Mestia, hospitable locals, affordable prices, and fantastic wine regions like Svaneti, and you might just be onto a winner.
Cost of living in Tbilisi
From $700 to $1,000 a month.
Wi-Fi and co-working spaces in Tbilisi
Wi-Fi isn’t a problem in Tbilisi, and you’ll find that most of the cafes in the city will give you their password for free. While there are only a few co-working spaces so far, as the remote working community grows, so will the number of these flexible offices.
Public transport in Tbilisi
While Georgia is home to a slightly older train system and limited domestic flights, the main way to get around is via marshrutkas. These are a type of regional bus system that can be flagged down on the road’s side.
Expat communities in Tbilisi
There’s a medium-sized ex-pat community in Tbilisi that is growing by the minute. Outside of the ex-pats, Georgian locals are extremely friendly, and you shouldn’t find it difficult to integrate into the local community too.
6. Kotor, Montenegro
The new kid on the block when it comes to remote working destinations, Montenegro might be somewhere that you haven’t considered. One of the country’s most picturesque locations is Kotor, with its white sandy beaches and private bays to enjoy like the postcard-perfect Boca Bay That’s not to mention its charming Kotor Old Town apartments that you can rent for between $500 and $1,000 a month.
Cost of living in Kotor
Between $700 and $1,500/month.
Wi-Fi and co-working spaces in Kotor
Co-working spaces are yet to arrive in Kotor just yet, but you’ll find that all apartments are decked out with hi-speed Wi-Fi, and most local cafes will have a good internet connection too.
Public transport in Kotor
A relatively small and undeveloped tourist town, Kotor relies mainly on public buses to get around. Bus routes can be slightly convoluted for longer journeys but generally run on time.
Ex-pat communities in Kotor
While the ex-pat scene in Montenegro is yet to hit the ground running, you’ll still find a small group of individuals making the brave first steps into this hidden treasure.
7. Edinburgh, Scotland
If you don’t mind a milder climate, Edinburgh can be a fantastic place to call home. With streets bursting with Medieval and Victorian history and a city surrounded by stunning natural beauty, this city has it all. Explore the old fortress walls of Edinburgh Castle by day, and head into the infamous Geroge Street to get your dancing shoes on by night. Add into the mix plenty of co-working spaces and a variety of apartments to choose from, and it might just be about time to book that flight to Scotland.
Cost of living in Edinburgh
Average living cost of $1,800 to $2,500/ month.
Wi-Fi and co-working spaces in Edinburgh
The Melting Pot and Spaces are just two of Edinburgh’s many coworking spaces that offer up a hot desk type scenario for a daily, weekly, or monthly fee. If you prefer to work from home, getting Wi-Fi installed is incredibly easy and reliable 99% of the time.
Public transport in Edinburgh
As a relatively small city, Edinburgh can be explored on foot. Buses also run around the clock in Edinburgh, and trams during the day, which means you’ll never be stuck anywhere too long, no matter what time it is.
Expat communities in Edinburgh
Ex-pats come from all over the world to enjoy the city of Edinburgh. You’ll find regular meet-ups for Japanese, French, German, and Spanish speakers throughout the year listed on meetup.com
8. Krakow, Poland
As Poland’s second city, Krakow is home to a plethora of co-working spaces in its city center, plenty of cultural activities including the grande Wawel Royal Castle and Cathedral, and an exciting social scene, especially around Market Square. It’s known as one of the cheapest cities to visit in Europe, which means you won’t need to break the bank to live here. With a mixture of medieval buildings and contemporary architecture, Krakow has a little something for everyone.
Cost of living in Krakow
Can be as little as $700 to $1,300 per month.
Wi-Fi and co-working spaces in Krakow
Free public Wi-Fi, charming cafes, and a plethora of co-working spaces make Krakow a dream destination for many remote workers. Hot-desking spaces like Bioro and Cluster CoWork are open 24/7, and have packages available from as little as $100 per month, providing the perfect flexible working environment.
Public transport in Krakow
Krakow’s public transport system is a little outdated but easy to use nonetheless. The integrated system includes both trams and buses and is extremely affordable, with most local journeys costing less than $1.
9. London, England
London is undoubtedly one of the more expensive places to set up life in Europe, but it’s also one of the most exciting. Serving up endless cultural hotspots like the Tate Modern and Natural History Museum, a booming nightlife around Soho and Shoreditch, a thriving foodie scene almost anywhere you look, and a healthy community of working nomads, this city has a slice of everything you could want. What’s more, it caters to a wide range of budgets, so you can adapt where you live to how much you want to spend each month.
Cost of living in London
Between $2,000 to $3,500+
Wi-Fi and co-working spaces in London
There’s really nothing to worry about when it comes to finding reliable Wi-Fi in London, whether it be in your flat or at your local cafe. Co-working spaces are also really common in most neighborhoods. Soho Works Shoreditch and Mortimer House in Fitzrovia are some of the coolest spots around.
Public transport in London
As far as capital cities go, London’s public transport is relatively affordable. For longer journeys, most commuters opt for the underground, but the bus and overground railway offer up cheaper options if you’re watching your pennies. London is also excellently connected to the rest of England and Europe with its 12 train stations and six international airports.
Expat communities in London
London attracts visitors from all over the world, so you shouldn’t have a problem finding ‘your’ people in the Big Smoke. Attending local meetups and Couchsurfing events is a great way to get mingling with locals and remote workers like yourself.
If you’re considering moving to London, we also recommend reading this amazing guide on moving to London.
10. Paris, France
The City of Love offers up more than just moonlight strolls along the River Seine and romantic dining under the stars. It’s a city where the old and the new sit happily together, where the cultural hotspots of Europe come together (The Louvre, Eiffel Tower and the Champs Elysee, just to name a few!), and where you can enjoy a fresh cafe et croissant every morning without feeling guilty about it. Plus, a city where the Wi-Fi is reliable during the day and the social scene buzzing during the evening.
Cost of living in Paris
Between $2,500 to $3,500
Wi-Fi and co-working spaces in Paris
With plenty of free Wi-Fi spots around the city and a reliable network in apartments, it’s easy enough to rely on Paris’ Wi-Fi. If you prefer to work outside of your apartment in Paris, there are a number of coworking spaces dotted around the arrondissements too. WeWork in the 9th Arrondissement is incredibly chic and spread across four floors, you’ll never struggle to find a spot to work.
Public transport in Paris
With one of the most efficient public transport systems in Europe, Paris won’t let you down whether you choose to get around via the metro, RER train, tramway, or bus. Many locals also use their own bicycles to get around some of the outer arrondissements with less traffic.
Expat communities in Paris
Ex-pats don’t tend to gather in one place in Paris but spread out across the many arrondissements. Luckily for you, this means there’ll always be a like-minded remote worker nearby to befriend.
If you’re considering moving to Paris, check out this detailed guide on moving to Paris.
11. Barcelona, Spain
Temperate year-round climate? Check. Barcelona has a very welcome average temperature of 23.5°C. Vibrant city center? Check. Las Ramblas is where you’ll want to go. Long stretches of beach? Check. Bogatell Beach is right around the corner. Lively ex-pat scene? Check! With all of this and so much more, Barcelona has the recipe for a happy life as a remote worker. Smaller than your average global city, Barcelona offers up all the perks of city life without the disadvantages city life brings including high rent prices.
Cost of living in Barcelona
Anywhere from $1,500 to $2,500+
The housing market in Barcelona can be challenging. If you’re here only for a short period, just move into one of Barcelona’s many fully equipped short term apartments
WiFi and co-working spaces in Barcelona
You’ll find free Wi-Fi in a huge number of places in Barcelona including on public transport, in open squares or libraries, and Wi-Fi at home is commonplace. There are a handful of co-working spaces peppered around the city including the very popular Zamness.
Public transport in Barcelona
With expensive and limited parking, jumping on public transport is often the only option for Barcelonians. The great news is that the system is well organized and extensive and consists of the metro, city buses, tram, and the suburban railway.
Expat communities in Barcelona
Barcelona is home to lots of great neighborhoods, but most ex-pats tend to congregate in L’Eiample or Zona Alta. With affordable housing and a lively atmosphere, you’ll be able to find a few friends in no time especially with the help of meet-up groups.
If you’re planning to move to Barcelona, you might also want to read this detailed guide on living in Barcelona.
12. Prague, Czech Republic
Despite being one of the most-visited cities in central Europe, Prague has managed to maintain a low cost of living that appeals to remote workers. Coming into its own during the summer months, life in Prague is all about alfresco dining, walks along the Charles River, and super-fast internet! When you’re not working there’s plenty to see like the stunning 9th century Prague Castle or the 600-year-old Prague Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Square.
Cost of living in Prague
An average monthly cost of $900 to $1,500
Wi-Fi and co-working spaces in Prague
Whether you prefer to work from the comfort of your home, a cozy cafe, or a sociable co-working space, Prague panders to all types of remote workers. If you don’t mind commuting to Prague’s northern suburbs, Paper Hub is one of the best coworking spaces around.
Public transport in Prague
You won’t have a problem getting around on Prague’s public transport system. Cheap and efficient, you can hop on the metro, tram, bus, or one of the many regional train routes.
Expat communities in Prague
With affordable living and a vibrant social scene, Prague is home to a strong digital nomads network. Head over to one of their Facebook groups or check out listings on Couchsurfing to get involved.
13. Madrid, Spain
Tourist hot spots are often overlooked by remote workers who are worried that the busy streets and high-turnover of people will lead to a lack of community. But it couldn’t be the opposite of the capital of Spain. With a fantastic infrastructure, affordable apartments, and an additional siesta in the afternoon, Madrid offers a balanced lifestyle that is sought after by many around the world.
Cost of living in Madrid
As little as $1,300 or as much as $2,500
Although Madrid is the most expensive city in Spain. apartment rentals in Madrid are way cheaper than many other large European cities.
Wi-Fi and co-working spaces in Madrid
Madrid boasts excellent Wi-Fi connectivity through its apartments and co-working spaces, so you’ll never be left without it. Head to The Shed or Spaces coworking offices to find other remote workers just like you.
Public transport in Madrid
With an international airport and some of the fastest commuter trains in the world, Madrid will not let you down with its public transport system. For local connections, try out the punctual metro that runs all day long.
Expat communities in Madrid
Madrid is a friendly city, with a large and established community of ex-pats. Meeting both locals and other remote workers is easier than you might think, thanks to online groups, friendly locals, and regular community meet-ups.
14. Tallinn, Estonia
Sitting at a crossroads of Baltic, Scandanavian, and Central European cultures, Estonia has developed a unique culture of its own. Its capital city, Tallinn, is full of fairytale-esque architecture and is bursting with history. Smaller than your average capital city, it’s easy to get swept up with the community vibes in charming Tallinn.
Cost of living in Tallinn
Between $1,000 and $1,500/month.
Wi-Fi and co-working spaces in Tallinn
Currently known as the start-up capital of the world, Tallinn is set up for remote workers without even trying. Several co-working spaces, including Spring Hub and Regus, offer great places to work, while the rest of the city boasts reliable Wi-Fi.
Public transport in Tallinn
You can tackle Tallinn’s city center on foot without a worry. When you want to branch out a little further, the city’s bus and tram system is easy and affordable. And to get home? There’s a handy international airport that serves hundreds of destinations across Europe.
Expat communities in Tallinn
With a creative start-up culture behind it, you’ll find that there are lots of young Estonians eager to open up the next big thing in Tallinn. As well as interesting and friendly locals, you’ll find a growing ex-pat community in the city, taking advantage of the country’s relatively new freelancer visa.
If you’re searching for a small-town vibe and beautiful surroundings, then you’ll find it in Sofia. Wide boulevards and plenty of green space sit next to historic residential buildings that you can rent out for more than affordable prices. At the weekend, head to the ski slopes in Bankso in winter or Mount Vitosha for hiking in the summer.
Cost of living
Between $1,100 and $1,600
Wi-Fi and co-working spaces in Sofia
Affordable prices and fast internet connections go hand-in-hand in Sofia’s co-working spaces. Soho, Betahaus, and Cosmos are just a few of the many co-working spaces you’ll find in the city. Hi-speed Wi-Fi is also available throughout the city apartments and in cafes and restaurants.
Public transport in Sofia
Like many European capitals, Sofia has a comprehensive public transport network of buses, trams, and metros that operate for nearly 20 hours a day. You can get yourself an unlimited monthly metro card for around $25 a month.
Expat communities in Sofia
The majority of ex-pats who move to Bulgaria head for the bright lights of Sofia, so you shouldn’t find it too difficult to find a group of like-minded remote workers to hang out with.
16. Lviv, Ukraine
Often nicknamed the Paris of Ukraine, Lviv offers up a fantastic option for remote workers searching for the perks of city life without the high price tag. With quiet cobblestone streets and a plethora of stunning UNESCO-listed architecture, you wouldn’t guess that this town is home to more than 800,000 people, and comes with a thriving social scene to match. .
Cost of living in Lviv
Between $500 and $1500/month.
Wi-Fi and co-working spaces in Lviv
Communal and iHUB Lviv are two of the city’s main co-working spaces, but there are more popping up each year. If you’d rather work from home, Wi-Fi is fast and reliable in most inner-city neighborhoods, and a pre-paid data will cost just $0.5 per gigabyte.
Public transport in Lviv
Lviv has an excellent network of trams, buses, marshrutkas that will get you to where you need to be. It also has a well-connected train station and international airport.
Expat communities in Lviv
There’s already a huge community of ex-pats living in Lviv, so it won’t take long for you to find your feet. Try Facebook groups and Couchsurfing to connect with locals as well as other remote workers in the area.
17. Oludeniz, Turkey
If you’re looking for a life of sun, sand, and relaxation, Oludeniz will suit you well. Often overlooked as an ex-pat location, Turkey offers up an average temperature of 26°C and rental properties with a pool for less than $1,000 a month. The remote working scene is yet to find its feet here, but it’s looking like one to watch for the future.
Cost of living in Oludeniz
Between $700 and $1,300/month
Wi-Fi and co-working spaces in Oludeniz
Wi-Fi is readily available all over Turkey, and you’ll find free hotspots in most restaurants, cafes, and bars. Co-working spaces haven’t been discovered in Oludeniz yet, but you can rent an office space for a reasonable fee.
Public transport in Oludeniz
Oludeniz has a great network of public buses that will take you far and wide across Turkey. There’s also an international airport around 20-miles away.
Expat communities in Oludeniz
Turkey has long been popular with an older generation of ex-pats, and only recently have younger remote workers begun to trickle their way in. Head to your local bar, and you shouldn’t have too many problems finding a buddy.
18. Vilnius, Lithuania
Despite being the capital city of Lithuania, Vilnius is not as hectic as you might expect. The city offers up a relatively slow-paced lifestyle, filled with socializing, good grub, and green spaces. These include the picturesque Pavilny’s Park which offers up miles of hiking opportunities just moments from the city. While Vilnius has become more expensive since it joined the euro-zone, you’ll still find it to be more affordable than most European capitals.
Cost of living in Vilnius
Around $900 to $1,600/month
Wi-Fi and co-working spaces in Vilnius
Vilnius has a huge selection of co-working spaces all over the city, so there’s bound to be one just around the corner from your apartment. If you’re not sure where’s good, Telia Hub is a great place to start. Wi-Fi is generally good, too, although it’s always worth having a back-up data plan on your phone.
Public transport in Vilnius
Public transport is extremely well-organized in Vilnius, and you’ll be able to hop on a public bus to almost anywhere in the country for not a lot of money. When you arrive in the city, make sure you download Trafi, an app that will plan your journeys for you and make getting around a breeze.
Expat communities in Vilnius
Whether you’re looking to get in with the locals or find some fellow ex-pat friends, you shouldn’t have a problem in Vilnius, as long as you’re willing to put in the work. Ex-pats don’t tend to congregate around one area in Vilnius, so it’s better to join a group or sign up with meetup.com to boost your socializing in the city.
19. Budapest, Hungary
Voted amongst the best places to live in Europe as a remote worker, Budapest is a city that is perfectly set up for this new digital world. Full to the brim with work-friendly cafes and co-working spaces with hi-speed Wi-Fi, you can spend the day getting some much-needed work done before heading off to relax in one of the city’s fantastic natural thermal baths. Although Széchenyi Thermal Bath is Budapest’s most popular spot, ask a local who will point you in the direction of springs that you can enjoy all to yourself.
Cost of living in Budapest
Average monthly costs of $500 to $900.
Wi-Fi and co-working spaces in Budapest
Hungary’s capital has tonnes of co-working spaces to choose from, which cost between $70 and $100 for a monthly pass. Kubik Coworking and Impact Hub are two of the city’s most popular spaces, but we’d recommend trying out Komodor Working for something a little more low-key.
Public transport in Budapest
Budapest’s transport is not only efficient and extensive but also super affordable. Choose from a bus, metro, tram, suburban railway, or boat services to get you from A to B. To save money on travel while you’re in Budapest, consider investing in a weekly or monthly travel card that will give you unlimited access to all transport types.
Expat communities in Budapest
With a small-town feel, it’s not hard to feel like part of the community when you move to Budapest. There are plenty of ex-pat groups that you’ll find online, as well as ex-pat-organized events.
20. Canary Islands, Spain
Closer to Africa than they are to Europe, the Canary Islands enjoy year-round sunshine and are known as the warmest place on the continent during the winter months. Part of Spain, you’ll enjoy all of the visa benefits as the mainland, as well as delicious Mediterranean food and hidden natural wonders like the grande Mount Teide or the stunning Corralejo Natural Park.
Cost of living in Canary Islands
Between $1,100 to $1,400 per month
Wi-Fi and co-working spaces in Canary Islands
You’ll have no problem with reliable Wi-Fi or finding co-working spaces in the Canary Islands’ main cities like Gran Canaria, but you may struggle to find a stable connection in some of the smaller towns and cities. To guarantee a good connection, it’s worth investing in a pre-paid Sim card.
Public transport in Canary Islands
Most of the islands in The Canarys have their own international airport as well as a local transport system. Buses are the main choice of transport and are very affordable.
Expat communities in Canary Islands
The Canaries are home to a large retired generation of ex-pats and a growing population of younger remote workers. While you may find it tricky to establish yourself in a community, to begin with, it shouldn’t take long until you’ve got plenty of friends around you.
21. Dublin, Ireland
Despite being Ireland’s capital city, Dublin has managed to retain its small-town feel, which makes it perfect for remote workers looking for somewhere with a community feel and big-city amenities. With an addictive buzz about it, there’s plenty of opportunities to learn about the country’s culture and history. A few must-see attractions include St Patricks Cathedral, Trinity College, and, of course, a trip to the Guinness Factory. And, for those weekends where you’re craving a bit of fresh air, Dublin’s Pheonix Park is the largest of its kind in Europe.
Cost of living in Dublin
Average cost of $2,500 to $3,500+
Renting in Dublin can be fairly expensive and real estate here is among the least affordable in Europe. However, the city has a lot to offer and remote working from here for a few months is highly recommended
Wi-Fi and co-working spaces in Dublin
As you’d expect in a capital city, the Wi-Fi is pretty sturdy in Dublin, and getting yourself a SIM card will give you good 4G coverage no matter where you find yourself working from.
Public transport in Dublin
Despite being a little outdated Dublin’s public transport system will get you from A to B with no problems. The city’s extensive network of buses covers every corner of the capital, while its tram system will get you around the city center without any problems.
Expat communities in Dublin
It’s not a secret that the Irish know how to have a good time. So whether you’re looking to befriend a few locals or find the ex-pat community, you won’t have anything to worry about in Dublin. Joining a few ex-pats on Facebook is a surefire way to find some friends.
22. Lisbon, Portugal
With access to the Fonta de Telha, one of the area’s many picture-perfect beaches, and a vibrant city center, you can enjoy the best of both worlds in Lisbon. As Portugal’s capital city, there’s always something new and exciting going on, whether it’s the Dias De Musica held in April, or the opening of a new restaurant along the marina, or the opportunity to work with one of the city’s many start-up operations.
Cost of living in Lisbon
An average of $1,000 to $1,600
Wi-Fi and co-working spaces in Lisbon
Lisbon is renowned for its cafe scene, and luckily for you, most of them have free Wi-Fi. If you’re looking for a more permanent spot to work from, most apartments have hi-speed Wi-Fi connections. And, there’s always one of the many co-working spaces available including Second Home Lisboa.
Public transport in Lisbon
Most people use the tram to get around Lisbon. It’s definitely the city’s most efficient and affordable form of public transport, but you can also choose from the metro, tram, commuter trains or ferries.
Expat communities in Lisbon
Most remote workers in Lisbon tend to stay for a couple of months before moving on. For this reason, it’s always relatively easy to find someone who wants to grab a drink or head to the beach. If you’re looking to move to a popular ex-pat area in the city, head to Baixa or Bairro Alto.