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Athens named best city break on a budget

Athens was voted the best budget city to visit on the continent with prices falling 15% from last year.

Analyse of 20 cities in Greece by Post Office Travel Money revealed that the Greek capital beat more traditional, lower-cost destinations in Eastern Europe for a range typical tourist expenses.

The total cost of a holiday, including meals, hotel accommodation and tickets to attractions, was PS207. This is compared with PS218 for Lisbon Portugal, which was second.

Athens has low prices: PS38.96 for an Evening Meal for Two with Wine, PS89 for two nights in a Three-Star Hotel and PS7.79 to get a 48-hour pass for Public Transport.

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These three spots are the cheapest: Krakow, Poland, at PS219; Riga, Latvia, at PS220; and Budapest, Hungary, at PS221.

Six cities were at least twice as expensive as an Athens trip. Amsterdam in the Netherlands was the most expensive at PS593.

This was followed by Venice (Italy) for PS457 and Copenhagen (Danemark) for PS456, Dublin (Ireland for PS436, Paris, France, for PS423, Stockholm, Sweden for PS421.

Nick Boden, Head of Post Office Travel Money, stated that two-fifths of people planning to travel abroad in the coming year will choose a city break. This makes it the most sought-after type of holiday. He advised travelers to do their research and compare prices before making a booking.

He said that “established favorites like Paris, Amsterdam, and Venice may be top picks among holidaymakers we surveyed but they are also costly places to visit and people who are willing to swap to a more affordable city can stretch their dollars much further.”

“Athens is half the price of Lisbon and offers a sunny autumn climate and low prices.”

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