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This is officially the best-value European city break in 2023

A new report by Post Office Travel Money features cities in Portugal, Greece, Poland and more

Ed Cunningham
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Ed Cunningham

Watching your pennies a little more than usual at the mo, but still want to get away? Well, we’ve got just the ticket. Post Office Travel Money has just released its annual City Costs Barometer for 2023, revealing which cities in Europe are the best value destinations right now.  

The report took into account a whole range of factors, looking at everything from three-course meals and travel cards to attraction ticket prices. Combining all that with the average cost of two nights of three-star hotel accommodation, the report then came up with a ranking of the cheapest city break destinations.

Top of the pile this year was, drum roll please... Lisbon! In 16 years of Post Office Travel Money releasing its City Costs Barometer, this is the first time that the Portuguese capital has come out on top. Total costs for a couple of nights in Lisbon totalled just £224.76 – which is very good value indeed.

And it’s even better value considering that this is, y’know, Lisbon. One of Europe’s coolest, buzziest capitals, Lisbon is a city jam-packed with stuff to see and do. Fellow Portuguese city Porto also made the top ten, reaching sixth place.

Next up in the Barometer was Vilnius. Total costs in the Lithuanian capital came to just £225.01, with transport and attractions proving particularly affordable. Third came Krakow in Poland, which was priced at £250.91 for a two-night, three-star-hotel trip. Down the other end of the table, Amsterdam and Venice were named the most expensive places in Europe for a city break.

Here are the top ten best-value destinations in Europe right now, according to Post Office Travel Money’s City Costs Barometer.

  1. Lisbon, Portugal
  2. Vilnius, Lithuania
  3. Krakow, Poland
  4. Athens, Greece
  5. Riga, Latvia
  6. Porto, Portugal
  7. Zagreb, Croatia
  8. Budapest, Hungary
  9. Warsaw, Poland
  10. Lille, France

You can read the full City Costs Barometer report for yourself here. And speaking of cutting costs, here’s why sleeper trains could be much cheaper than flying.

Did you see our own picks for the best city breaks in Europe in 2023?

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