Christmas Markets Barometer 2017
If you are considering visiting Europe on a short break to one of the atmospheric Advent Markets, research for Post Office Travel Money’s annual Christmas Markets Barometer shows a wide variation in costs for a two-day holiday including meals and drinks. Prices have fallen since last autumn by as much as 15% in half the 10 cities surveyed. However, you could pay up to 16% more if you pick one of the other five cities where prices are on the rise.
Key findings include:
- Riga is this year’s bargain choice for a Christmas Markets break. A combination of low-cost packages and cheap prices for food and drink in the Baltic city have resulted in a 7.8% fall in prices compared with a year ago
- Big price falls in Munich and Lille have made these Western European cities great value too – and cheaper than Eastern European ones like Prague, Budapest and Tallinn where visitors will find prices a bit higher than a year ago
- Berlin is the place to head for designer gifts. Savvy shoppers could shave over 22% off the cost of a range of clothing, beauty and high-tech in the German capital. For example, you can save around 50% on UGG boots or Ralph Lauren shirts.
Holidaymakers planning trips to European Christmas Markets can purchase euro on demand at over 10,000 Post Office branches, while the other European currencies featured in the Post Office Travel Money report are available over the counter at more than 1,600 branches. Euros can also be ordered online for same day collection at selected branches, for next day collection at any branch or home delivery. Up to 70 currencies can be pre-ordered at more than 11,500 Post Office branches or online for next day branch or home delivery.
Source: Post Office. Data relates to internet rates for exchange of £500-£999 on 3 November 2017.
The Post Office European Christmas Markets Barometer was compiled using prices sourced from national and regional tourist offices of participating cities, and cross-checked with online research. Package prices were sourced online via easyJet Holidays, Ryanair Holidays, Thomas Cook, Eurostar and Hotels.com and based on flights (Eurostar for Lille) departing London on 1 or 2 December, with B&B accommodation (two sharing). Prices include hand luggage only on flights and exclude transfers.