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The most affordable places for an autumn European city break revealed: Athens offers best value for Brits

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Athens is the most effective value for Britons for a European autumn city break, in response to an annual study.

The Post Office Travel Money City Costs Barometer compared tourist costs in 20 European cities named as top selections by Britons planning a city break, with Athens claiming the highest spot ahead of Lisbon (second) and Krakow in Poland (third). The costliest city within the rating is Amsterdam.

It’s the primary time within the barometer’s 15-year history that a city in western Europe has beaten an eastern European city to first place.

Athens is the most effective value for Britons for a European autumn city break in response to an annual study – the Post Office Travel Money City Costs Barometer

The Post Office Travel Money City Costs Barometer compared tourist costs in 20 European cities named as top choices by Britons planning a city break. Lisbon, above, is ranked second

The Post Office Travel Money City Costs Barometer compared tourist costs in 20 European cities named as top selections by Britons planning a city break. Lisbon, above, is ranked second

The rating is produced by an evaluation of 12 typical tourist costs, including a night meal for 2 with wine, drinks, two nights’ three-star accommodation, sightseeing and city transport.

At £207, Athens was easily the most affordable. Lisbon claimed second with £218 – though the fee of two nights’ accommodation has spiralled from £73 in September 2021 to £115 now – Krakow third with £219, Riga fourth with £220 and Budapest fifth with £221.

Among the many other cities that rate pretty much as good value for money are Prague (£249, sixth), Madrid (£299, seventh), Berlin (£317, eighth), Dubrovnik (£318, ninth) and Rome (£347, tenth).

‘Madrid, Berlin and Rome are established city break destinations making their first appearance in the highest 10,’ Post Office Travel Money said.

Krakow comes third in the ranking, which has been topped by a western city for the first time in 15 years

Krakow comes third within the rating, which has been topped by a western city for the primary time in 15 years

Amsterdam comes bottom in the table, with Post Office Travel Money explaining that its position is a result of accommodation in the city doubling in price

Amsterdam comes bottom within the table, with Post Office Travel Money explaining that its position is a results of accommodation in the town doubling in price

Analysing why Amsterdam got here bottom (£593) and Venice just above it in nineteenth (£457), it commented: ‘Each have been impacted by a scarcity of hotel beds, which has caused steep rises in the value of accommodation.

‘Although costs for meals, drinks, sightseeing and transport have risen just 4 per cent yr on yr in Amsterdam, the fee of two nights’ three-star accommodation has doubled to £403. Accommodation costs have risen by a 3rd this yr in Venice and overall barometer costs by 20 per cent.’

The research found that accommodation prices have risen by over 20 per cent yr on yr in 15 of the 20 cities surveyed.

Tables from Post Office Travel Money detailing the top ten in its autumn city breaks barometer

Tables from Post Office Travel Money detailing the highest ten in its autumn city breaks barometer

The soaring cost of accommodation is the predominant reason why city break prices overall are higher this yr, Post Office Travel Money said, declaring that only Athens (down 15 per cent) and Krakow (down one per cent) have registered falls in the whole cost of a city break.

The research also found big differences in meal costs.

A 3-course evening meal for 2 with a bottle of house wine ranged from £38.96 in Athens and £41.04 in Lisbon to £139.53 in Stockholm.

On a positive note, the fee of eating out has fallen in half of the cities surveyed. The largest falls have been in Krakow (-20 per cent), Vienna (-13.9 per cent) and Berlin (-12.8 per cent).

Post Office Travel Money's research found that accommodation prices have risen by over 20 per cent year on year in 15 of the 20 cities surveyed

Post Office Travel Money’s research found that accommodation prices have risen by over 20 per cent yr on yr in 15 of the 20 cities surveyed 

Post Office Travel Money revealed that its research in recent times ‘has consistently found cultural attractions to be one in every of the predominant stimuli for city break trips’, adding: ‘Nonetheless, as with other barometer commodities, the fee of visits to heritage sites, museums and galleries varies dramatically. Dublin offers the most effective value at just £6.93 because visits to its leading museum and gallery are free. In contrast, culture is costliest in Dubrovnik where visits to a museum, gallery and heritage site cost £57.28.’

Nick Boden, Head of Post Office Travel Money, said: ‘In accordance with our latest research, over two in five of those planning trips abroad will likely be taking a city break, making this the preferred kind of overseas holiday for the fifth consecutive yr. Nonetheless, Britons must be aware that the rising prices in Lisbon are typical of what we found across Europe, fuelled by big increases in accommodation charges.

‘Established favourites equivalent to Paris, Amsterdam and Venice could also be top selections among the many holidaymakers we surveyed but also they are expensive places to go to and people who find themselves prepared to swap to a city with a lower cost of living could make their kilos stretch much further. Athens and Lisbon are half the value and offer a sunny autumn climate in addition to low prices. Our advice to holidaymakers is to do their homework and check prices before booking.’

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