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Best Cheap Summer Holiday Destinations: Europe City Break Index

Best Cheap Summer Holiday Destinations: Europe City Break Index

The summer holidays are here! And as travel and holidaying become an option again, Brits are eager to bag themselves a bargain holiday to make up for lost summer holiday time.

We’ve analysed the top 21 Europe city break destinations to reveal which city is the best cheap summer holiday destination for your vacation.

Our detailed data analysis looks at the most affordable cities to travel to this summer. We looked at the average cost of a 3 star hotel, the average cost of a meal out, the average cost of a pint, the standard starting price for a taxi fare, the average price of a day trip and the search interest for each city, including searches for “holidays in X”, “flights to X” and “hotels in X”. 

So, which city comes out as the best cheap summer holiday destination?

Top 10 Cheap Summer Holiday Destinations

The results are in! The most affordable summer holiday city destination is Prague! The average costs for a holiday in Prague were the best for your purse strings with the average cost of a hotel being £245, the cost of a meal coming in at just £5.04, and a pint being a wonderful £0.71!

As for day trips and excursions in Prague, a taxi fare would start at £1.34 and the average cost of a day trip is in at £50.

The next most affordable cities are Budepest and Lisbon, giving holiday makers a great option of culture, climate and holiday style for less!

As for the rest of the top 10 ranking, the most affordable places are:

Affordability Ranking City
1 Prague
2 Budapest
3 Lisbon
4 Warsaw
5 Zagreb
6 Seville
7 Madrid
8 Athens
9 Barcelona
10 Florence

 

The Most Expensive European City Summer Holiday Destinations

On the other end of the scale, the data also revealed the most expensive European cities to visit this summer, and destinations in northern Europe came out trumps.

The most expensive holiday destination is Copenhagen. This Danish city is known for its cool and calm streets, coffee shops and architecture – as well as being a notoriously expensive city to travel to!

Up next on the big-spending list is Paris. This tourist hot spot is again very known for its price inflation, and for those looking to visit the city of love, the average 3-star hotel is an eye-watering £485.00!

Italian tourist hot-spots Rome and Venice also make the most expensive summer holiday city break list, proving that exploring the lesser-known tourist spots is the way forward to an affordable summer holiday city break.

The Most Searched For Summer Holiday City Breaks

Our analysis also considered the search volume for “holidays in X”, “flights to X” and “hotels in X” each location, so we could see which city is likely to be the most popular for eager holidaymakers.

The five most searched for summer holiday city breaks are:

City Total Search Volume
Amsterdam 12900
Edinburgh 6650
London 6050
Dublin 5030
Paris 4850

This is great news for the UK holiday industry as London, Edinburgh and Dublin make the list for the most popular destinations!

However, London comes in 15th place for affordability, making it one of the more expensive European city destinations. A hotel for a week in the big smoke came in at £383 – not as expensive as the likes of Paris or Copenhagen, but still enough to potentially put some holidaymakers off.

What do you think? Does the price of your holiday determine the location you choose? And do any of the top 10 cheap summer holiday destinations take your fancy?

Methodology

We looked at the average cost of a 3-star hotel, the average cost of a meal out, the average cost of a pint, the standard starting price for a taxi fare, the average price of a day trip and the search interest for each city, including searches for “holidays in X”, “flights to X” and “hotels in X”.

Search volume is a combined score of three terms and is the only metric weighted with the highest value being given the highest score. All other scores are reserved to find the most affordable destination.