Dublin is the fourth most expensive city break in Europe for tourists in a new survey, with overnight prices higher than Paris and Copenhagen.
Culturally, too, it offers visitors “the best value for money” with free admission to its leading museums and galleries.
The UK’s Post Office Travel Money survey of 20 popular destinations in European cities found that Athens offers the best value for money, with a total price of just over £207/€241 for a two-night city break.
While Eastern European cities like Riga, Kraków and Budapest offered visitors good value for money, Lisbon took second place in the City Costs Barometer with a total of just over £218/€254.
Total costs are based on comparisons of 12 typical tourist expenses – including two nights’ accommodation in three-star weekend accommodation, dinner for two with a bottle of house wine, various drinks, sightseeing and city transport.
Top 10 Cities for Best Overall Score
- Athens, Greece – £207/€241
- Lisbon, Portugal – £218/€254
- Krakow, Poland – £219/€255
- Riga, Latvia – £220/€256
- Budapest, Hungary – £221/€257
- Prague, Czech Republic – £249/€290
- Madrid, Spain – £299/€348
- Berlin, Germany – £317/€369
- Dubrovnik, Croatia – £318/€370
- Rome, Italy – £347/€404
The most expensive cities are Amsterdam (£593/€690) and Venice (£456/€532), both of which have been hit by a shortage of hotel beds.
Dublin ranks fourth most expensive of the 20 cities surveyed with a total cost of £436/€507 for a two day break.
Accommodation is the second most expensive after Amsterdam at £291/€339 for two nights.
Accommodation prices were sourced from Hotels.com and Booking.com, says Post Office Travel Money, based on an average of the 10 cheapest three-star rooms in the city center for two people shared between September 30 and October 2 .
The average cost of a basket item in Dublin included a 330ml bottle of beer served in a cafe or bar for £5.11/€5.95 (compared to £6.60/€7.68 in Stockholm or €2.27 in Budapest for example).
A three course dinner for two with a bottle of house wine costs £76.02/€88.45 in Dublin (compared to £139.53/€162.34 in Stockholm or £38.96/€45.33 in Athens).
However, Dublin offers “the best value for money” when it comes to heritage sites and other cultural attractions, says the survey, “because the leading museum and gallery is free to visit”.
In contrast, culture is most expensive in Dubrovnik, where visiting a museum, gallery and heritage site costs £57.28/€66.64.
The 10 most expensive cities in comparison
- Amsterdam, £593/€690
- Venice, £457/€532
- Copenhagen, £456/€531
- Dublin, £436/€507
- Paris, £423/€492
- Stockholm, £421/€490
- Vienna, £402/€468
- Florence, £398/€463
- Bruges, £389/€453
- Barcelona, £385/€448
2022 is the first time in 15 years that cities in western Europe will have lower prices than in eastern Europe, according to Post Office Travel Money’s Nick Boden.
“Established favorites like Paris, Amsterdam and Venice may be top choices among holidaymakers we surveyed, but they’re also expensive destinations and people willing to move to a city with a lower cost of living can stash their pounds a lot more .
“Athens and Lisbon are half the price and offer a sunny autumn climate and low prices. Our advice to travelers is to do your homework and check prices before booking.”
The study found that accommodation prices in 15 of the 20 cities surveyed are up more than 20 percent year-on-year and that city break prices are higher overall.
Only Athens (down 15 percent) and Kraków (down 1 percent) saw a decrease in the total cost of a city break.
However, in half of the cities surveyed, the cost of dining out has fallen.
NB: Sterling/Euro exchange rates calculated on the day of publication. Totals are rounded to the nearest pound/euro. Read the full survey below postoffice.co.uk.
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