Post Office European city costs report 2018

City Costs Barometer 2018

  • Krakow best value for a bargain break

  • Stockholm 15% cheaper than 2017

If you’re planning to take a short break in Europe this spring and are looking for the best possible value, the 10th annual City Costs Barometer from Post Office Travel Money suggests heading to one of seven Eastern European capitals that took the top places in this year’s survey of 36 cities.

Key findings include:

  • Poland’s second city Krakow has pulled ahead of its rivals to emerge as cheapest for a bargain break. In a clean sweep for Eastern Europe at the top of the barometer table, the Baltic capitals of Vilnius (Lithuania) and Riga (Latvia) are runners-up to Krakow, while Warsaw and Budapest are also great value
  • It’s not just in Eastern Europe that prices are low. Athens is also great value and cheapest in Western Europe – with by far the lowest meal costs of any city surveyed - while Lisbon and Lille also make the top 10
  • Prices have fallen since last spring in a fifth of the cities surveyed with the biggest fall of over 15% in Stockholm, cheapest of the Nordic capitals. But, with prices up for UK tourists in the majority of cities, it will pay to compare costs between cities before booking!

UK and Eire

Typical cost of purchases for visitors on a UK or Eire city break in 2018

Northern Europe

Typical cost of purchases for visitors on a Northern European city break in 2018

Western Europe

Typical cost of purchases for visitors on a Western European city break in 2018

Eastern Europe

Cost of typical purchases for visitors on a European city break in 2018

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