It is quite common knowledge that the cost of living and travel costs are rising. So for the price-conscious who still wants a weekend away somewhere – where can one go?
The search for Europe’s cheapest weekend getaway destination, conducted by the travel insurance experts at TBEN Advisor, analyzed the cost of a two-day trip for two from the UK to any European capital through several cost-of-living websites: Numbeo, BudgetYourTrip and CheapFlights.
The calculations include the average price for return flights for two people, two nights accommodation, two days of excursions, a taxi for the entire holiday, local meals and alcohol.
#1 Warsaw, Poland
In first place for the budget-friendly was Warsaw. Couples can expect an average price tag of £426 for a weekend break. When broken down, couples are looking to spend an average of £242 on return flights, while a taxi for the two days costs just £5. Excursions are budget friendly, starting from just £8. Couples who want to eat out during their holiday only need to spend £34 on meals and £12 on alcohol.
#2 Sofia, Bulgaria
Sofia in Bulgaria wins the silver medal, where the average cost of a couple’s getaway is £432. While alcoholic drinks are slightly cheaper than in Warsaw (£10), taxis are much more expensive at £18 for two days.
#3 Vilnius, Lithuania
Vilnius is in third place with an average cost of £465 for a two day holiday for two. The Lithuanian capital costs a few holidaymakers £248 for return flights, less than Sofia and just £6 more than the top city of Warsaw.
#4 Skopje, North Macedonia
The city of statues. Skopje in North Macedonia ranks fourth on this list, with an average cost of £511, the first country on this list to cost over £500 for a two-day holiday for two.
#5 Belgrade, Serbia
Belgrade in Serbia will appeal to foodies looking for a short break on a budget, as the cost of meals for the two days is even lower than in Warsaw, at just £12. Accommodation is wallet-friendly too, at just £ 78 for two days. However, the higher cost of flights, £392 and alcohol at £26, means that Serbia’s largest city ranks fifth on this list.
The complete top ten list of total average costs as follows:
- Warsaw, Poland — £426
- Sofia, Bulgaria — £432
- Vilnius, Lithuania – £465
- Skopje, North Macedonia – £511
- Belgrade, Serbia – £521
- Prague, Czech Republic — £523
- Podgorica, Montenegro – £528
- Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina — £538
- Riga, Latvia — £550
- Bucharest, Romania — £561