Digital nomads: These cities have the lowest rental prices for remote workers

As employers around the world embrace remote working, the number of digital nomads is on the rise.

Thousands of people traveled to remote corners of the globe, exploring new cities and cultures between zoom calls.

But moving abroad can be Dear. In some cities, the cost of living is extremely high and rent is a particularly big concern.

So where are the cheapest places to working travelers live?

CIA owners analyzed rental prices for one-bedroom apartments in 37 countries.

They found that London is the most expensive city to rent a one-bedroom apartment at an average price of £11,088 (€12,800) for six months.

But not all destinations will break your bank. The cheapest city – Ankara, Turkey – is more than £9,000 (€10,400) cheaper than London, with six months’ rent in a one-bed property costing an average of £1,303 (€1,504).

So before you start looking at the map, here are the 10 cheapest destinations for digital nomads.

The cheapest destinations for digital nomads

10. San Jose, Costa Rica

Capital of Costa Rica, San Jose is the gateway to the beaches and parks of this beautiful Central American country. It’s also worth visiting in its own right, with a well-established party scene, buzzing with craft breweries and dance clubs.

The country has a dedicated digital nomad visa to make your move as teleworker as easy as possible.

Six months’ rent in a one-bedroom apartment: £3,566 (€4,094).

9. Ljubljana, Slovenia

Discover the medieval charm of Ljubljana, a bustling university town with 45,000 students. Sandwiched between Italy and Croatia, it’s a great place for those who want European charm without the European prices.

There is no dedicated digital nomad visa in the country, but future expats can apply for other options like a Schengen visa to stay there long term.

Six months’ rent in a one-bedroom apartment: £3,491 (€4,007).

8. Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn is the capital of the small Baltic country of Estonia. Ideal for remote workers, Estonia is an extremely digital society. It has free Wi-Fi hotspots everywhere and 99% of public services are available on the web. Nearly a third of citizens vote via the Internet.

The country also offers a year digital nomad visa.

Six months’ rent in a one-bedroom apartment: £3,437 (€3,942).

7. Bratislava, Slovakia

Located at the foot of the Little Carpathian Mountains, this historic city straddles the Danube. You can reach Vienna and Budapest by boat in 70 minutes and two hours respectively.

There is no dedicated digital nomad visa in the country, but Expats can apply for temporary residence permits.

Six months’ rent in a one-bedroom apartment: £3,354 (€3,847).

6. Athens, Greece

This ancient city is a blend of historical significance and modern freshness. Ancient ruins are scattered throughout the city, but so are the lively bars and cafes.

If you are a fan of sunny days, Greece is the place for you, with its warm Mediterranean climate. The country also has a dedicated two-year digital nomad visa.

Six months’ rent in a one-bedroom apartment: £2,580 (€2,959).

5. Riga, Latvia

Another Baltic gem, the city of Riga dates back to the 12th century AD. Remnants of its past are everywhere – its old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site – but there are also modern and well-equipped coworking spaces.

Teleworkers can stay Latvia for a year on a digital nomad visa.

Six months’ rent in a one-bedroom apartment: £2,313 (€2,653).

4. Budapest, Hungary

Budapest is known for its rich history, stunning architecture and vibrant nightlife. It attracts over 30 million visitors each year. It’s also in the heart of Europe, bordering seven different countries, making it a good base for exploring further afield.

Hungary’s digital nomad visa is known as the “white card”. To apply, you must submit an initial application to a local Hungarian Embassy.

Six months’ rent in a one-bedroom apartment: £2,306 (€2,647).

3. Santiago, Chile

Santiago is surrounded by mountains, surrounded by the snow-capped Andes and the Chilean Coast Range. On weekends, you can combine skiing in the Andes with surfing in the Pacific.

There is no specific visa for digital nomads in Chile. Instead, visitors can work on a 90-day tourist visa, which can be extended for another 90 days for around €100.

Six months’ rent in a one-bedroom apartment: £2,248 (€2,580).

2. Bogota, Colombia

Filled with street art, museums and architecture, Bogotá has a lot to offer culture lovers. Since October 2022, a new digital nomad visa is available for foreign nationals employed outside of Colombia to reside and work remotely for up to two years.

Six months’ rent in a one-bedroom apartment: £1,818 (€2,087).

1. Ankara, Turkey

The capital of Turkey, it is the second largest city in the country after Istanbul. It’s a modern metropolis and a great gateway to the rest of the country’s stunning scenery.

There is no specific digital nomad visa in Turkey but you can apply for a residence permit.

Six months’ rent in a one-bedroom apartment: £1,303 (€1,504).

What do locals think of digital nomads?

From the opportunity to experience a new culture to a better work-life balance, the digital nomad lifestyle offers great benefits.

But do your research before you go. In some cities, an influx of digital workers has drives up rents for local people, leading to evictions. Before deciding which country to go to, check what the locals think about the phenomenon and that you will not be contributing to a housing crisis.

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