City costs report 2019

City Costs Barometer 2019

If you are planning to take a short break in Europe and are looking for the best possible value, the annual City Costs Barometer from Post Office Travel Money has found that prices for meals, drinks and other tourist staples will be cheapest in Eastern European capitals. Eastern cities take nine of the top 10 places in this year’s survey of 48 European cities.

Key findings include:

  • A Baltic capital has narrowly beaten a Balkan one as cheapest for a bargain break. Vilnius, capital of the Baltic State of Lithuania, tops the barometer table, while the emerging Balkan city of Belgrade in Serbia is a close runner-up. Costs in both cities are significantly lower than in more established Eastern European favourites like Budapest, Krakow and Tallinn.
  • It’s not just in Eastern Europe that prices are low. Portugal’s second city Porto is also great value and cheapest in Western Europe. Prices are low in Athens as well and meal costs in the Greek capital are the lowest across Europe for the second year running.
  • There is good news for bargain hunters because prices have fallen since last spring in two-thirds of the cities surveyed with the biggest fall of over 23 per cent in Venice. The Post Office found big price variations across the 48 cities included in this year’s report, so it will pay to compare costs before booking!

Read Post Office Travel Money City Costs Barometer 2019

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