The spring is a great time for a city break. You don’t want to use up too many days off so early in the year, but after a few months a short getaway is absolutely necessary. (Featured image by Ivanhoe)
But instead of the likes of Paris or Rome this spring, why not head further east for a value-for-money city break?
According to the Post Office’s City Cost Barometer, Eastern Europe has some of the cheapest cities for travellers this spring.
Comparing the cost of 12 typical city break items – including accommodation, meals, sightseeing and city transport – the Post Office found that Budapest offered the best-value break.
The total cost of the 12 items in the Hungarian capital was £134.76 – less than a third of the cost of the same items in Europe’s most expensive cities, Stockholm and Copenhagen.
Budapest wasn’t the only Eastern European city that scored highly in the report; Prague, Warsaw, the Latvian capital of Riga and the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius all made it into the top ten.
“There are big price variations across Europe – not just in the eurozone,” said Andrew Brown, of Post Office Travel Money.
“This means UK holidaymakers can make their pounds stretch further by choosing a cheaper capital like Lisbon or Budapest.”
Vilnius, in Lithuania, came second in the report with a total cost of £140.99, followed by Warsaw (£151.69) and Riga (£155.34).
Prague, a long-time favourite for city breaks, came seventh in the report with a total cost of £168.34. Along with Budapest, it is the only city where the holiday pound is worth more than a year ago.
“Rising prices in most of the cities we surveyed, combined with the falling value of sterling, make it more important than ever to check prices for key items like meals, drinks and sightseeing before booking as these are costs that most city break tourists cannot avoid,” added Mr Brown.