Vilnius named Europe’s cheapest destination

A weekend escape to the Lithuanian capital can fit under $195

If you wish to spend a lovely weekend in a city that wouldn’t drain your wallet, head to Lithuania. According to a new Post Office’s 2019 City Costs Barometer, Vilnius is currently the cheapest option in Europe.

Vilnius is the cheapest option for a quick weekend getaway — Shutterstock Vilnius named Europe’s cheapest destination
Vilnius is the cheapest option for a quick weekend getaway — Shutterstock

In the annual ranking, the UK’s Post Office evaluated 48 European cities in 13 different categories. It compared the average price for a cup of coffee as well as a three-course meal for two.

The researchers calculated the price for standard two-nights accommodation or the entrance fee to museums and galleries. They also compared the cost of living in each city.

The results show that a weekend stay in Vilnius packed with a rich programme costs $195 on average, which is 11 per cent less than last year.

With the average price of $200.4 for a weekend trip for two, Belgrade raked the second — Shutterstock Vilnius named Europe’s cheapest destination
With the average price of $200.4 for a weekend trip for two, Belgrade raked the second — Shutterstock

Vilnius is closely followed by Belgrade that requires $200.4 for a weekend stay. The capital of Serbia also provides for the lowest cost of living out of all the cities evaluated in the list.

Reykjavik ranked the most expensive city in Europe

“Costs in both cities are significantly lower than in more established Eastern European favourites like Budapest, Kraków and Tallinn,” the Post Office Barometer says.

Third in the ranking is the Polish capital of Warsaw with the cost of $212 for a weekend, while the fourth place belongs to Istanbul in Turkey that costs $220.57 on average.

A stay in Reykjavik is by far the most expensive out of all evaluated cities — Shutterstock Vilnius named Europe’s cheapest destination
A stay in Reykjavik is by far the most expensive out of all evaluated cities — Shutterstock

On the other hand, with prices around $610 for a weekend trip, Reykjavik in Iceland was named the most expensive out of all the 48 cities. The second most costly destination is Amsterdam that can cost you around $587, while the third place belongs to Oslo in Norway.

The ranking conducted by the UK’s Post Office differs from the one done by Which? Travel in January. The UK’s customer advisor ranked Kraków the best budget-friendly destination in Europe, closely followed by Valencia in Spain and the Hungarian capital of Budapest.

Top 10 cheapest European city breaks for 2019

  1. Vilnius, Lithuania
  2. Belgrade, Serbia
  3. Warsaw, Poland
  4. Istanbul, Turkey
  5. Bucharest, Romania
  6. Porto, Portugal
  7. Riga, Latvia
  8. Bratislava, Slovakia
  9. Moscow, Russia
  10. Prague, Czech Republic