10 Alternatives to Expensive European City Breaks (infographic)

Holiday hunters could save hundreds on an autumn break by swapping the most popular cities for less well-known destinations, according to a study by www.myvouchercodes.co.uk.

The voucher code site compared the costs of staying in the top 10 most visited European cities to the costs in alternate destinations, and found that city breakers could save up to £186 on a three-night stay.

In addition to analysing accommodation costs, www.myvouchercodes.co.uk looked at the price of a pint of beer, taxi ride and the percentage of cheap-eat restaurants in each city. Tourist attractions were also analysed to ensure that the alternative destination offered similar things to do.

The biggest value savings were found in the UK. By switching a weekend stay in London for Manchester, travellers could save an average of £186 on accommodation, 85p per pint and £2 per 5km on their taxi rides.

The Netherlands saw similar savings. When swapping Amsterdam for the traditional, quaint town of Groningen, people could save an average of £151 on accommodation and ‘proost’ with the locals for less than half the price.

Other key statistics from the research include:

  • Dublin is the most expensive city to stay overnight in September
  • The Czech Republic is the cheapest country to buy a pint of beer
  • London has the most museums out of all of the top 10 most visited European cities
  • Taxis in Izmir charge 81% less than taxis in Florence

Anders Nilsson, travel spokesperson at www.myvouchercodes.co.uk, said: “Our research proves that city breakers can save a substantial amount of money by simply swapping Europe’s most popular destinations for untapped cities.

“Girona, for example, is steeped in culture and offers similar perks to nearby Barcelona with its beautiful cathedrals and delicious tapas. Both cities boast historical Jewish Quarters but in Girona, you’ll find better value food, drink and hotels.

“Individuals, couples and families who thought they couldn’t afford a city break may be in luck and could really benefit from exploring cities outside the norm.”

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The City Next Door, courtesy of My Voucher Codes

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