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.
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.
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.
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.