The 13 cheapest European cities for a weekend break

Check out the 13 cheapest cities for a two-night trip in Europe, along with a list of key expenses

The latest City Costs Barometer from Post Office Travel Money has been released, showing the most affordable cities to travel in Europe for a weekend break.

The eighth-annual study ranked 35 European cities according to the total amount of 12 holiday items, such as a three-course meal with a bottle of wine for two, two nights' accommodation in a three-star hotel, travel and sightseeing costs, a cup of coffee, bottle of beer, and more.

The Post Office crunched numbers for each city using currency exchange rates from 10 March.

Prices for holiday items were provided by tourist offices and researched online. Accommodation prices were sourced from Hotels.com, using the cheapest available double/twin en-suite room in a city centre location for the travel dates of 15 to 18 April.

Post Office Travel Money has also released a handy online tool where users can calculate how much they should expect to pay on items in the European city of their choice. Travellers can even compare the cost of essential items, travel, and accommodation between cities and against the global average.

Check out the 13 cheapest cities for a two-night trip in Europe, along with a list of key expenses, below:


No. 13. Lille, France — £170 ($245)

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The The Old Stock Exchange is one of the city's top tourist attractions.

Two-night stay for two adults in a three-star hotel: £72 ($103.66)

Return bus/train transfer (from airport to city centre): £7.88 ($11.35)

48-hour travel card: £6.86 ($9.88)

Top tourist heritage attraction: Grand Place/Vieille Bourse (The Old Stock Exchange) — Free

Three-course meal for two with a bottle of wine: £51.15 ($73.64)

Coffee: £2.13 ($3.07)

Beer: £4.02 ($5.79)

Cola: £2.44 ($3.51)

Wine: £3.15 ($4.54)


No. 12. Strasbourg, France — £169 ($243)

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Strasbourg Christmas Market

Two-night stay for two adults in a three-star hotel: £71 ($102.22)

Return bus/train transfer (from airport to city centre): £6.78 ($9.76)

48-hour travel card: £6.78 ($9.76)

Top tourist heritage attraction: Cathédrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg — Free

Three-course meal for two with a bottle of wine: £52.81 ($76.03)

Coffee: £2.13 ($3.07)

Beer: £2.60 ($3.74)

Cola: £2.76 ($3.97)

Wine: £3.47 ($5)


No. 11. Tallinn, Estonia — £160 ($230)

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Tallinn Town Hall is a top tourist attraction in the city. 

Two-night stay for two adults in a three-star hotel: £68 ($97.90)

Return bus/train transfer (from airport to city centre): £3.15 ($4.54)

48-hour travel card: £3.94 ($5.67)

Top tourist heritage attraction: Tallinn Town Hall — £3.94 ($5.67)

Three-course meal for two with a bottle of wine: £46.50 ($66.95)

Coffee: £1.97 ($2.84)

Beer: £2.76 ($3.97)

Cola: £1.97 ($2.84)

Wine: £3.74 ($5.38)


No. 10. Athens, Greece — £149 ($214)

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The Rock of Acropolis is the city's top tourist attraction.

Two-night stay for two adults in a three-star hotel: £63 ($90.70)

Return bus/train transfer (from airport to city centre): £7.88 ($11.35)

48-hour travel card: £7.09 ($10.21)

Top tourist heritage attraction: Rock of Acropolis — £9.46 ($13.62)

Three-course meal for two with a bottle of wine: £31.53 ($45.40)

Coffee: £1.58 ($2.27)

Beer: £2.76 ($3.97)

Cola: £1.97 ($2.84)

Wine: £3.47 ($5)


No. 9. Moscow, Russia — £146 ($210)

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St. Basil's Cathedral is a top tourist destination in Moscow.

Two-night stay for two adults in a three-star hotel: £57 ($82.07)

Return bus/train transfer (from airport to city centre): £8.97 ($12.91)

48-hour travel card: £4.27 ($6.15)

Top tourist heritage attraction: St. Basil's Cathedral — £3.74 ($5.38)

Three-course meal for two with a bottle of wine: £42.70 ($61.48)

Coffee: £2.03 ($2.92)

Beer: £2.67 ($3.84)

Cola: £1.71 ($2.46)

Wine: £3.95 ($5.69)


No. 8. Prague, Czech Republic — £141 ($204)

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A top tourist destination is Prague Castle.

Two-night stay for two adults in a three-star hotel: £70 ($100.78)

Return bus/train transfer (from airport to city centre): £1.96 ($2.82)

48-hour travel card: £6.75 ($9.72)

Top tourist heritage attraction: Prague Castle — £10.74 ($15.46)

Three-course meal for two with a bottle of wine: £26.85 ($38.66)

Coffee: £1.17 ($1.68)

Beer: £1.23 ($1.77)

Cola: £1.20 ($1.73)

Wine: £1.38 ($1.99)


No. 7. Dubrovnik, Croatia — £137 ($197)

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The Dubrovnik City Walls are a huge attraction.

Two-night stay for two adults in a three-star hotel: £41 ($59.12)

Return bus/train transfer (from airport to city centre): £7.61 ($10.97)

48-hour travel card: £6.52 ($9.40)

Top tourist heritage attraction: Dubrovnik City Walls — £10.87 ($15.76)

Three-course meal for two with a bottle of wine: £35.01 ($50.48)

Coffee: £0.87 ($1.25)

Beer: £1.63 ($2.35)

Cola: £1.63 ($2.35)

Wine: £3.26 ($4.69)


No. 6. Lisbon, Portugal — £135 ($194)

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The Jerónimos Monastery is the city's top tourist attraction.

Two-night stay for two adults in a three-star hotel: £55 ($79.31)

Return bus/train transfer (from airport to city centre): £2.21 ($3.19)

48-hour travel card: £9.46 ($13.64)

Top tourist heritage attraction: Jerónimos Monastery — £7.88 ($11.36) 

Three-course meal for two with a bottle of wine: £39.41 ($56.83)

Coffee: £0.55 ($0.79)

Beer: £1.02 ($1.47)

Cola: £1.10 ($1.59)

Wine: £2.36 ($3.40)


No. 5. Krakow, Poland — £133 ($191)

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The top tourist attraction is the Wawel Royal Castle.

Two-night stay for two adults in a three-star hotel: £58 ($83.63)

Return bus/train transfer (from airport to city centre): £1.90 ($2.74)

48-hour travel card: £4.75 ($6.85)

Top tourist heritage attraction: Wawel Royal Castle (The State Rooms) — £3.42 ($4.93) 

Three-course meal for two with a bottle of wine: £42.73 ($61.61)

Coffee: £0.95 ($1.37)

Beer: £1.33 ($1.92)

Cola: £0.95 ($1.37)

Wine: £1.90 ($2.74)


No. 4. Riga, Latvia — £132 ($190)

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The Dome Cathedral is the city's top tourist attraction.

Two-night stay for two adults in a three-star hotel: £42 ($60.56)

Return bus/train transfer (from airport to city centre): £1.81 ($2.61)

48-hour travel card: £7.88 ($11.36)

Top tourist heritage attraction: Dome Cathedral — £2.36 ($3.40)

Three-course meal for two with a bottle of wine: £55.17 ($79.55)

Coffee: £1.97 ($2.84)

Beer: £1.97 ($2.84)

Cola: £1.97 ($2.84)

Wine: £2.76 ($3.98)


No. 3. Budapest, Hungary — £123 ($177)

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The Matthias Church is the city's top tourist attraction.

Two-night stay for two adults in a three-star hotel: £43 ($62)

Return bus/train transfer (from airport to city centre): £7.53 ($10.86)

48-hour travel card: £8.87 ($12.79)

Top tourist heritage attraction: Matthias Church — £4.03 ($5.81)

Three-course meal for two with a bottle of wine: £29.44 ($42.45)

Coffee: £1.21 ($1.74)

Beer: £1.48 ($2.13)

Cola: £0.94 ($1.36)

Wine: £1.21 ($1.74)


No. 2. Vilnius, Lithuania — £115 ($166)

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The Church of St. Anne is the city's top tourist attraction.

Two-night stay for two adults in a three-star hotel: £50 ($72.10)

Return bus/train transfer (from airport to city centre): £1.58 ($2.28)

48-hour travel card: £5.49 ($7.92)

Top tourist heritage attraction: Church of St. Anne — Free 

Three-course meal for two with a bottle of wine: £38.62 ($55.69)

Coffee: £1.18 ($1.70)

Beer: £1.42 ($2.05)

Cola: £1.42 ($2.05)

Wine: £2.05 ($2.96)


No. 1. Warsaw, Poland — £113 ($163)

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The Royal Castle is the city's top tourist attraction.

Two-night stay for two adults in a three-star hotel: £54 ($77.87)

Return bus/train transfer (from airport to city centre): £1.67 ($2.41)

48-hour travel card: £4.56 ($6.58)

Top tourist heritage attraction: Royal Castle — Free 

Three-course meal for two with a bottle of wine: £28.49 ($41.08)

Coffee: £1.90 ($2.74)

Beer: £1.52 ($2.19)

Cola: £1.14 ($1.64)

Wine: £2.28 ($3.29)


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