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Revealed: European city breaks are 33 percent cheaper since lockdown

The price of a stay in some of the continent’s most expensive cities has dropped dramatically

Ellie Walker-Arnott
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Ellie Walker-Arnott

We can see why a trip to a remote island, a deserted beach or a quiet, pretty village might appeal right now. But if you want a bargain (and you’re from one of the countries allowed in) this might be the time to book a European city break instead. 

According to new research, the cost of visiting even Europe’s most expensive cities has taken a serious dip in recent months, falling by as much as a third since before lockdown.

The biggest bargains right now are in major destinations Amsterdam, Barcelona and Rome, according to the UK’s Post Office and The Daily Telegraph

After comparing the price of a weekend break in ten European cities (also including Lisbon, Paris, Berlin and Stockholm) in March and July, they found that the price of a stay had fallen in nine out of 10 destinations.

They discovered that, for example, the average cost of a stay in Amsterdam has fallen to £222 from £347 since March, while a weekend’s accommodation in Barcelona is now £152, compared to £205 earlier in the year. The cost of classic city-break activities like going out for dinner has also fallen since the start of the global health crisis.

So that’s good news if you’re desperate for a break, but need to be kind to your bank balance after the last few months. And as an added bonus, you’re likely to get tables at the most sought-after spots and a lot of inner-city attractions to yourself right now.

Remember, many countries are still warning against all non-essential travel and some are quarantining all overseas arrivals, including their own returning citizens. Check all the relevant restrictions before you think about travelling.

Need some inspo? Here are the European city breaks we wanted to take before all this happened. 

Where can you actually travel right now? Here’s what you need to know.

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