Budapest offers cheap city break

Hungarian capital sees spending money go the furthest

Budapest is a cracking city and one of the most popular stop offs on an InterRailing trip. With some simply stunning sights to see in the day and a night life that can rival any, Budapest has a lot to offer backpackers and travellers. Now there's even more reason to go as it's just been voted as one of the cheapest cities to travel to.

The city offered the best value for money of 25 destinations in a cost-comparison table compiled by Post Office Travel Money.

Twelve typical city break items, including meals, a sight-seeing bus tour and accommodation, cost just £134.76 in Budapest.

This compared with Europe's most-expensive cities, Stockholm, where the same items cost £420.36, and Copenhagen, where a city break cost £440.45.

Other good value cities for holidaying Britons at the moment are Lithuania's capital Vilnius (where the items cost £140.99), Warsaw in Poland (£151.69) and Riga in Latvia (£155.34).

Dubrovnik in Croatia topped the list of emerging cities Britons would most like to visit, followed by Moscow and Krakow in Poland.

Dubrovnik in Croatia topped the list of emerging cities Britons would most like to visit

If money was no object, Britons said they would most like to visit New York, with Sydney second and Rio de Janeiro third.

Andrew Brown of Post Office Travel Money said: "Rising prices in most of the cities we surveyed, combined with the falling value of sterling, make it more important than ever to check prices for key items like meals, drinks and sightseeing before booking as these are costs that most city break tourists cannot avoid.

"There are big price variations across Europe - not just in the eurozone.

"This means UK holidaymakers can make their pounds stretch further by choosing a cheaper capital like Lisbon or Budapest."

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Top ten best value cities:

  1. Budapest, Hungary
  2. Vilnius, Lithuania
  3. Warsaw, Poland
  4. Riga, Latvia
  5. Lisbon, Portugal
  6. Dubrovnik, Croatia
  7. Prague, Czech Republic
  8. Tallinn, Estonia
  9. Istanbul, Turkey
  10. Belfast, Northern Ireland