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City Costs Barometer 2017

  • Paphos tops the Post Office Money city break chart

  • Most cities more expensive than 2016 due to currency fluctuations

If you are planning a short break in Europe this spring and are looking to visit a sunny city, there is good news

The annual City Costs Barometer from Post Office Travel Money reveals that a quartet of ‘sunshine’ cities has broken the stranglehold of Europe’s historic eastern capitals this year to feature among the 10 rated best value from 36 surveyed.

Key findings include:

  • Prices are cheapest of all in Paphos - this year’s joint European City of Culture, so 2017 will be a great time to visit the historic city in western Cyprus.  Other ‘sunshine cities’ in the best value top 10 are Lisbon, Athens and Palma
  • Vilnius, capital of Lithuania, is the cheapest of six Eastern European cities and a close runner-up to Paphos but Riga, Warsaw, Krakow and Budapest are close on its heels
  • Warsaw and Prague are still cheapest for meals and drinks – a cost you can’t avoid on a city break.
  • With prices up for UK tourists in the majority of cities this year – due mainly to the weaker pound – it’ll pay to compare costs between cities before booking!

Our best rates are available online

You can purchase Euros over the counter at over 10,000 Post Office branches. They can also be ordered online for same day ‘click and collect at almost 3,000 branches as well as for next day collection at any of the 11,600 Post Office branches or for delivery to your home.  The other currencies for cities featuring in the City Costs Barometer are available on demand at over 1,600 branches and for pre-order in all branches or online purchase.

Manage your holiday money with our new Travel Money Card

The new Post Office Travel Money Card is a great way to manage your travel money abroad. You can:

  • Load your spending money in advance (in up to 13 currencies) when the rates are best and use abroad just as you would a debit card, with contactless available in millions of locations worldwide. 
  • Monitor your balance on the go via the app and as the multi-currency Travel Money Card is not linked to a bank account there is no risk of overspending - and no non-sterling transaction charges. 




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