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Riga: cheapest city break this spring

By Howard Jarvis. 07.04.2011

Freedom Monument, central Riga
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The travel website Yahoo! Travel has named Riga as the best-value city break.

The popular travel website Yahoo! Travel has named Riga as the best-value city break for its mainly UK-based readers this spring. Holidaymakers on a budget from Britain can now get more for their carefully saved pounds at a number of intriguing European destinations. But Riga is top of the list, ahead of Tallinn, Warsaw and Budapest. Vilnius is not named – presumably because of its still poor number of connections by air with the UK and the rest of Europe.
The UK’s Post Office has just released its new City Costs Barometer report, which puts Riga way ahead of the pack on cost-saving city-break destinations. Prague comes second in the best shoestring city breaks, followed by Budapest, Tallinn and then Warsaw.
The most expensive destination out of the 19 cities listed is Stockholm. Surprisingly, London is down as being a cheaper travel destination at the moment than Rome or Paris.
The list was compiled by making a “basket” of typical holiday costs, such as hotel accommodation, meals, drinks, public transport and sightseeing. Riga boasted a total basket price of £114.92 (€131), which is only a third of the basket for the most expensive city, Stockholm, with a total of £313.64 (€358). The priciest cities, like Stockholm, are weighed down mostly because of the extreme cost of accommodation.
However, as cities like Riga and Tallinn recover strongly from the recent economic crisis, we can expect prices here to increase quickly in the coming year.
Here’s the list:

City / Country / Total basket price
Riga / Latvia / £114.92
Prague / Czech Republic / £134.79
Budapest / Hungary / £136.06
Tallinn / Estonia / £142.04
Warsaw / Poland / £144.18
Lisbon / Portugal / £149.93
Dublin / Ireland / £160.78
Berlin / Germany / £192.74
Edinburgh / UK / £202.85
Barcelona / Spain / £217.89
Bruges / Belgium / £228.62
London / UK / £237.10
Amsterdam / Netherlands / £242.42
Rome / Italy / £247.50
Paris / France / £253.74
Copenhagen / Denmark / £256.77
Boston / USA / £259.89
New York / USA / £305.97
Stockholm / Sweden / £313.64

Photo: Freedom Monument, Riga; EPA PHOTO / AFI / GATIS DIEZINS




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