Among countless other issues, Brexit brings with it a level of uncertainty for millions of Brits that love to travel abroad. But with so much yet to be resolved, one piece of good news is the release of this year’s Post Office City Costs Barometer, a comprehensive study of European destinations where the sterling will stretch the furthest.
The report highlights the ten most affordable city breaks for British travellers, with Vilnius in Lithuania claiming the number one position. It looked at 48 cities in total, and found that the prices have fallen overall in two-thirds of them, with the biggest fall being in Venice.
Everyday costs for a tourist were examined, including the price of a cup of coffee, a bottle of beer, a three-course meal for two including a bottle of wine, return bus and train transfer from the airport to the city centre, a 48-hour travel card and a sightseeing bus tour. The price of visiting top museums and art galleys was also included. Also in the top ten were Belgrade, Warsaw, Istanbul, Bucharest, Porto, Riga, Bratislava, Moscow and Prague. Cardiff emerged as the cheapest UK capital.
“Our aim is to provide a vital information source and enable people to make informed decisions about holiday choice. What people spend money on will vary from one individual to another, but using the barometer they can assess for themselves what they are likely to spend so that they can budget accurately and avoid running short of money abroad,” a spokesperson for Post Office Travel Money told Lonely Planet Travel News.
This year’s report found that accommodation prices have fallen in almost three-quarters of the cities surveyed, with costs varying from £67 (€78) to £270 (€314) for a two-night weekend stay for two at the end of March. For the third year running the cheapest accommodation is in Riga (£67), while two nights in Amsterdam (£270) costs four times as much. Dublin proved nearly as expensive at £257 (€299). For the second consecutive year the report found that evening meals are cheapest in Athens, where the cost of three courses with a bottle of house wine is on par with last year at £36.65 (€42.68). Istanbul is almost as cheap at £36.66 (€42.69), while a meal in Warsaw costs just over £38 (€44.25).