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Vilnius, Bucharest and Hamburg named best value short-haul destinations

Written by: Emma Lunn
Cities in Lithuania, Romania and Germany are the quick-hop destinations that will cost you the least this Autumn, according to TravelSupermarket.

The price comparison site’s Best Value Index ranks the median price of a package (flights and accommodation), a three course meal at a medium level restaurant, and a pint in 50 short-haul city destinations from the UK this Autumn.

It found a two-night package from the UK to Vilnius, Lithuania including flights and a hotel will cost £92.32 per person. A three-course meal in the city typically costs £16.14 per person and a pint of beer £2.77. This brings the total cost of flights, a hotel, one meal and a pint to £111.23 per person.

A similar package in Bucharest, Romania would cost a total of £115.39, and £151.98 if you went to Hamburg in Germany. The cheapest place for a beer is Sofia, Bulgaria where a pint typically costs £1.17.

According to TravelSupermarket, November to March is the most popular time for Brits to take a city break according to year-round two-night package searches made by Brits on the price comparison site.

However, the study found that the best value destinations aren’t necessarily Brits’ favourites. The most popular destinations for a city break this autumn/winter are Amsterdam in Holland, Krakow in Poland, and Barcelona in Spain.

A package trip to Amsterdam typically costs £216.96 per person, Krakow £179.90, and Barcelona £167.22.

Emma Coulthurst, travel commentator for TravelSupermarket, said: “The cost of your city break can differ hugely, depending on where you opt to go. If you don’t want to overspend, you need to look at the package price (flights and hotel) but also exchange rates and the cost of living in that destination.

“TravelSupermarket’s Best Value Index helps holidaymakers seek out the destinations, where their money will go a lot further and those that they might want to avoid if they don’t want to burn a hole in their pocket. At the moment, a poor return of euros for sterling makes exchange rates an important consideration but the cost of living in a destination is equally important.

“Cities to consider for value this year include the usual suspects in Eastern Europe such as Sofia and Krakow but also destinations such as Porto and Lisbon in Portugal, Valencia in Spain where food and drink costs are a lot lower than in the UK, and Berlin and Hamburg in Germany. And don’t forget Belfast, which is just a quick, reasonably-priced hop away”.

The 10 most expensive cities for Brits to visit on a short break were Dubrovnik, Croatia (£334.52 per person); Reykjavik, Iceland (£294.97); and Istanbul, Turkey (£279.01).


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