The most expensive, and the cheapest, places for a city break may not be where you think… Our recent study has found that Brits are budgeting for 65% less than they’ll need for a weekend break in Europe.
The study looked at the total cost for a two night break for two people, staying in a four-star hotel in 10 of Europe’s top holiday cities and found that total costs (including flights) ranged from £500 for a trip to Prague to over £900 for a weekend in Paris, with the average cost of a city break around £700 per couple.
Alarmingly Brits perceived the cost of these trips to range from £380 to just £460 with an average cost of approx. £420 – a massive 65% less than the true cost.
Brits are also confused as to which cities offer the best value for money, believing Amsterdam to be the cheapest when in fact the study found it was the third most expensive option and £400 more than Brits expected. The study also found that Milan and Rome were perceived to be the most expensive, when in reality they are the third and fourth cheapest cities in the study.
Given this obvious disparity, we’ve created a guide to the real cost of Europe’s top ten cities to help travellers accurately budget their autumn breaks and help them decide where to go to get the best bargain.
As our guide shows, a cheap flight does not necessarily guarantee a great value city break – two return flights can be under 30% of the total cost, as is the case with Paris. It’s therefore important to consider all your city break costs and we hope that this guide provides clarity for travellers so that planning and budgeting for a weekend is as easy as possible.