The cheapest European city breaks for spring have been revealed

Pack your case and grab your passport – this season, we’re all going to Krakow.

The Polish city has come out on top on the list of cheapest European city breaks to take over the coming months. In fact, according to the 10th annual Post Office City Costs Barometer, a break for two to Krakow could set you back as little as £164.80, not including flights.


Second and third on the Post Office’s list were Lithuanian capital Vilnius and Riga, the capital of Latvia, meaning that the top three cheapest destinations are all in Eastern Europe.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, Amsterdam, Oslo and Reykjavik were found to be the most expensive places to visit.

The research took into account the average costs of aspects of your typical holiday such as food and drink, public transport, accommodation and popular attractions, to calculate the most affordable breaks.

‘The exchange rate is definitely a factor to consider before booking a break,’ explained Post Office Travel Money’s Andrew Brown. ‘Sterling has strengthened against several European currencies, which means even more expensive cities like Stockholm and Reykjavik are cheaper than a year ago.

‘However, tourists looking for a bargain break should consider cities in Eastern Europe, especially those in Poland or the Baltic States.’


Krakow is steeped in both history and charm, boasting an incredible array of sights to see, including castles, churches and museums. On the food scene, you’ll find traditional cuisine like sausages and borscht sitting alongside dishes from around the world – oh, and did we mention that a bottle of beer costs just £1.57?

The 10 cheapest European city breaks 2018

Krakow, Poland
Vilnius, Lithuania
Riga, Latvia
Warsaw, Poland
Budapest, Hungary
Moscow, Russia
Prague, Czech Republic
Athens, Greece
Lisbon, Portugal
Lille, France

The 10 most expensive European city breaks 2018

Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Oslo, Norway
Reykjavik, Iceland
Copenhagen, Denmark
Venice, Italy
Dublin, Ireland
Helsinki, Finland
Stockholm, Sweden
Madrid, Spain
Geneva, Switzerland