Riga tops table of bargain city break destinations

Tuesday, 5 April 2011 10:22 AM

UK tourists planning a city break this spring will find the best bargains in Eastern Europe, according to the new City Costs Barometer from the Post Office.

Led by the historic Baltic city of Riga, eastern capitals took the top places in the annual cost comparison survey of 19 destination cities.

A break in the Latvian capital was less than half the price of eight cities surveyed, including city break favourites Paris, Amsterdam and New York.

Riga was followed by Prague and Budapest in second and third positions.

And the strengthening UK pound will make more than half the cities surveyed much cheaper this year, the figures show.

This includes popular eurozone choices like Rome – 9.7 per cent cheaper than last year – and Berlin, which is six per cent cheaper.

Big savings can also be made by heading to Dublin, one of the eurozone’s best value cities for the second year running.

The Irish capital is now 12.3 per cent cheaper for a city break than in 2010, the Post Office said.

Sarah Munro, Post Office head of travel money, said: “Dublin is a top 10 choice again this year with price falls for every item surveyed.”

Meanwhile prices in Edinburgh, surveyed for the first time this year, were found to be 14.5 per cent lower than in London.

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