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Cities in Cyprus and Latvia offer Europe's cheapest break

  • Post Office Travel Money barometer researched costs for UK tourists in 36 cities
  • Price of two nights' lodgings, transport, meals and attractions researched
  • Paphos, Cyprus, was revealed to be Europe's cheapest city break destination 

By Naomi Leach For Mailonline and Press Association

Published: 00:01 GMT, 25 March 2017 | Updated: 00:01 GMT, 25 March 2017

British travellers wanting a bargain city break should head to Cyprus, a study has found.

Paphos, on the south-west coast of the Mediterranean island, is the cheapest out of 36 European cities included in a new report.

This year's European Capital of Culture topped a barometer that researched and compared typical city break costs.

Accommodation for two nights, transport between the airport and the city centre, an evening meal for two and entrance fees for top attractions in Paphos, above, costs UK holidaymakers £138 Accommodation for two nights, transport between the airport and the city centre, an evening meal for two and entrance fees for top attractions in Paphos, above, costs UK holidaymakers £138

Accommodation for two nights, transport between the airport and the city centre, an evening meal for two and entrance fees for top attractions in Paphos, above, costs UK holidaymakers £138

The Post Office Travel Money report looked into costs including accommodation for two nights, transport between the airport and the city centre, an evening meal for two and entrance fees for top attractions.

This totalled just £138 in Paphos, which was followed by Vilnius, Lithuania (£140), and Riga, Latvia (£150) and Warsaw, Poland (£154).

For accommodation alone, Riga is the cheapest option of any European city surveyed, with two nights' lodgings costing just £54.  

In second place Vilnius, Lithuania, was reported to cost British holidaymakers £139 for a stay In second place Vilnius, Lithuania, was reported to cost British holidaymakers £139 for a stay

In second place Vilnius, Lithuania, was reported to cost British holidaymakers £139 for a stay

THE 10 CHEAPEST EUROPEAN CITY BREAKS FOR UK TRAVELLERS

1. Paphos, Cyprus

2. Vilnius, Lithuania

3. Riga, Latvia

4. Warsaw, Poland

5. Budapest, Hungary

6. Krakow, Poland

7. Lisbon, Portugal

8. Prague, Czech Republic

9. Athens, Greece

10. Palma, Majorca

Source: Post Office Travel Money

Paphos is one of four sunshine destinations to make it into the top 10.

Lisbon in Portugal, western Europe's cheapest capital city, is at number seven (£162), while Athens, Greece, is at nine (£191) followed by Palma, Majorca (£196), rounding out the top ten.

At the other end of the barometer, the cost of accommodation in Amsterdam (£262 for two nights) made it the most expensive place to stay of the 21 Eurozone cities surveyed. 

However, across all of Europe, the priciest spots are Stockholm (£457) and Reykjavik (£552).  

For accommodation alone, Riga, above, is the cheapest option of any European city surveyed, with two nights' lodgings costing just £54.  For accommodation alone, Riga, above, is the cheapest option of any European city surveyed, with two nights' lodgings costing just £54. 

For accommodation alone, Riga, above, is the cheapest option of any European city surveyed, with two nights' lodgings costing just £54. 

Andrew Brown, of Post Office Travel Money, said: 'This is the first time since we started surveying tourist costs in European cities eight years ago that we have seen so many Western capitals provide the low prices usually associated with Prague, Budapest and other eastern European cities.

'City breaks have emerged as the most popular type of holiday for UK tourists in the past three years and, with ongoing uncertainty about sterling, there is good reason for people planning trips to do their homework carefully and check where the pound will give them more for their money.'

He added: 'This year the sunshine cities that have made it into our top 10 look great value, with the promise of a sunny climate as well as low prices.' 


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