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The Ten Cheapest European City Breaks (and the Ten Most Expensive)

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Dubrovnik

I recently received a press release featuring two lists compiled by No1 Currency, highlighting the ten cheapest European city breaks, and the ten most expensive. As expected, eastern Europe dominates the cheap list, but what I found interesting was that one country had a city in both the top and bottom ten… a country I’m planning to visit next year…

Cheapest weekend breaks 

Cities Flights

Daily cost

3 days Total
Lisbon

(Portugal)

£110 £92 £276 £386
Riga

(Latvia)

£67 £100 £300 £367
Krakow

(Poland)

£101 £86

£258

£359

Zagreb

(Croatia)

£85 £89

£267

£352
Vilnius

(Lithuania)

£80 £82

£246

£326
Budapest

(Hungary)

£76 £75 £225

£301

Moscow

(Russia)

£142 £40 £120

£262

Warsaw

(Poland)

£55 £68 £204

£259

Bucharest

(Romania)

£78 £48 £144

£222

Sofia

(Bulgaria)

£43 £51 £153

£196

Most expensive weekend breaks                                                                                                                                                                               

Cities Flights

Daily cost

3 days

Total
Reykjavik

(Iceland)

£110

£216

£648

£758

Dubrovnik

(Croatia)

£163

£148

£444

£607

Rome

(Italy)

£99 £165

£495

£594

Venice

(Italy)

£60 £169 £507 £567
Amsterdam

(Netherlands)

£77 £159 £477 £554
Paris

(France)

£69 £160

£480

£549
Berlin

(Germany)

£106 £138 £414

£520

Madrid

(Spain)

£96 £128 £384

£480

Copenhagen

(Denmark)

£44 £142 £426

£470

Barcelona

(Spain)

£54 £120 £360

£414

Yes, according to these stats, a weekend in Zagreb will cost you almost twice as much as a weekend in its Croatian compatriot Dubrovnik. Ok, so the flights are the most expensive, and its seaside location is incredibly beautiful, but the Game of Thrones factor must also account for a part of Dubrovnik’s lofty position here (the city has been used as the location for the series’ city King’s Landing).

Personally, I’m looking at Lisbon and Croatia/Montenegro for next year. How about you?

*Flights quoted are return fares from a London airport (27th – 30th October), as quoted on Skyscanner. The daily cost comprises accommodation and meals (mid-range costs) and is based on data compiled by Lonely Planet.

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