Trip to Lisbon for Britons half the price of other European capitals

Portugal’s capital city just keeps scooping the accolades and this latest one will be particularly well-received by budget travellers across Europe. According to the latest Post Office City Costs Barometer 2014, released on Monday this week, a trip to Lisbon is the best for value in the Eurozone, being half the price of a visit to Paris, Amsterdam or Rome. Budapest is this year’s best value city break destination for a second year running, according to the new City Costs Barometer by Post Office Travel Money, emerging as the cheapest of the 25 city break destinations assessed for accommodation, city travel, drinks, meals and sightseeing.

Other key findings were that prices for meals and drinks are lowest in Prague, but three-star city-centre accommodation costs the least in Budapest, and sightseeing comes with the lowest price tag in Riga and Vilnius, but Copenhagen and Dublin are also bargains for culture with free entry to top museums and galleries.

While a three-course evening meal for two with a bottle of wine in Lisbon would set visitors back £34.48, a similar meal would cost twice the price in Paris, at £68.97, £89.35 in Stockholm (Sweden), or £99.06 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

However, the bill for a three-course dinner for two plus a bottle of wine in Budapest (Hungary) will come to £25.63, and in Prague (Czech Republic), it will amount to just £22.23, less than a quarter of what it costs in Stockholm.

Thirsty travellers can expect to pay an average of £1.12 for a bottle of beer in Lisbon, with the same costing £3.80 in Belfast, £4.31 in Dublin, and £6.73 in Moscow, Russia.

If you enjoy a tipple but don’t like flashing the cash then Moscow will also be off the list for wine-drinkers as it is also the most expensive city in Europe in which to enjoy a glass, setting punters back £7.63 for the pleasure.

Accommodation-wise, the Hungarian capital is also the cheapest place to weekend with two nights in three-star city centre accommodation for two adults costing just £47.

The same stay in Boston, USA, would cost more than five times that amount, at £270.

A 48-hour travel card in Lisbon (£10.78) costs twice the amount of two-day travel cards in Riga, Latvia, and Tallinn, Estonia (both £4.31) but free entry to its top art gallery, the Berardo Collection, and affordable public transport, soft drinks and accommodation make it the cheapest Eurozone city to visit.

Overall, a two-night City Break in Lisbon with some sightseeing and a meal for two costs in the region of £137.07.~


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