Krakow and Warsaw the most affordable city break destinations in Europe
Krakow has pulled ahead of its Central and Eastern European rivals to emerge as the cheapest city for a bargain break this spring, according to the 10th Post Office Travel Money City Costs Barometer.
Warsaw was ranked fourth, ahead of Prague, Moscow and Dubrovnik.
The survey of prices by the UK’s largest provider of holiday money reveals that Central and Eastern Europe still dominates the list of best value capitals for UK tourists – taking the top seven places in a barometer comparing 36 cities.
According to the survey, for a weekend in Krakow the British tourist must spend 165 pounds, taking into account 12 typical city break items - including a range of drinks, an evening meal for two with wine, two nights’ three-star weekend accommodation, sightseeing and city transport. Prices in the former capital of Poland accounted for less than a third of Amsterdam (£ 535), the most expensive price city under study. Plan your city break in Krakow.
For the same expenses in Warsaw, a tourist from Great Britain will pay 181 pounds. Plan your city break in Warsaw.
Andrew Brown of Post Office Travel Money, which accounts for one-in-four currency transactions, said: “If you are planning a city break this year, do your homework carefully and check prices for key items like meals, drinks and sightseeing before booking because there are big price variations across Europe. Accommodation will make a big difference too as we found that the cost of staying over in a city can vary by hundreds of pounds. The exchange rate is definitely a factor to consider before booking a break.
Sterling has strengthened against several European currencies, which means even more expensive cities like Stockholm and Reykjavik are cheaper than a year ago. However, tourists looking for a bargain break should consider cities in Eastern Europe, especially those in Poland or the Baltic States.”
Post Office Travel Money City Costs Barometer`s purpose is to determine, which cities in Europe offer the most interesting tourist products at a reasonable price. Data are collected from national and regional tourist organisations and from the portal hotels.com. The Polish National Tourist Organisation in London has been cooperating with the Post Office Travel Money for many years, providing them with details obtained from Polish partners.