As airfare and hotel prices drop from summer's peak rates, European vacations become more affordable in the fall. But, paying admission at tourist hot spots can shatter a trip budget. I just returned from Madrid, Barcelona and Rome, where admission to most must-sees costs $13-$20 (10€ to15€) per person. Going to three or four destinations a day became expensive quickly. One easy way to save some money -- buy a city pass.
Several European cities offer these tourist cards, which include free transportation on city buses and trains, discounts at museums and restaurants, and -- in some handy cases -- free admission to tourist attractions. Hotels, tobacco shops and tourism information booths sell the passes. Here are some cities and what these cards snag you:
Be sure to do the math. These city cards make the most sense if you plan to breeze through several attractions -- while riding public transportation -- in a few days.