Tuesday 6 December 2016

Return of the Rip-off? Dublin named one of Europe's priciest destinations

Destination Hoppas

Published 24/08/2016 | 15:09

Dublin's Ha'penny Bridge. Photo: Getty.
Dublin's Ha'penny Bridge. Photo: Getty.

Sunny Beach in Bulgaria is Europe's cheapest holiday destination, with Dublin ranking as one of the most expensive.

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That's according to a new survey by airport transfers website hoppa.com, which crunched the cost of hotel rooms, meals, drinks, taxis and other selected items in 48 countries to arrive at its results.

Copenhagen emerged as the most expensive holiday destination in the survey, with its basket of eight items coming in at £302.90/€352.

The same basket cost £58.22/€68 in Sunny Beach (pictured below).

Dublin was fifth most expensive at £261.01/€303 - behind Vienna, but ahead of notoriously pricey cities including Reykjavik, Oslo and Gothenburg.

Hoppa.com: Europe's cheapest destinations

Sunny Beach, Bulgaria. Photo: Getty
Sunny Beach, Bulgaria. Photo: Getty
  1. Sunny Beach, Bulgaria - £58.22
  2. Ostrava, Czech Republic - £69.27
  3. Antalya, Turkey - £69.51
  4. Istanbul, Turkey - £84.69
  5. Sofia, Bulgaria - £92.66
  6. Debrecen, Hungary - £96.08
  7. Jurmala, Latvia - £109.77
  8. Zagreb, Croatia - £110.50
  9. Rhodes, Greece - £120.65
  10. Algarve, Portugal - £124.54
  11. Nicosia, Cyprus - £130.09
  12. Dubrovnik, Croatia - £130.20
  13. Krakow, Poland - £130.95
  14. Berlin, Germany - £137.73
  15. Prague, Czech Republic - £139.28
  16. St Petersburg, Russia - £139.33
  17. Moscow, Russia - £141.70
  18. Rotterdam, The Netherlands - £143.07
  19. Paphos, Cyprus - £144.83
  20. Warsaw, Poland - £146.29
  21. Budapest, Hungary
  22. Riga, Latvia - £147
  23. Munich, Germany - £159.75
  24. Athens, Greece - £160.89
  25. Lisbon, Portugal - £162.32
  26. Salzburg, Austria - £170.78
  27. Madrid, Spain - £175.16
  28. Glasgow, UK - £175.84
  29. Vienna, Austria - £179.45
  30. Barcelona, Spain - £183.73
  31. Belfast, UK - £190.76
  32. Manchester, UK - £193.25
  33. Bergen, Norway - £205.81
  34. Akureyri, Iceland - £209.93
  35. Nice, France - £212.07
  36. Billund, Denmark
  37. Rome, Italy - £216.88
  38. Gothenberg, Sweden - £217.05
  39. Amsterdam, The Netherlands - £228.51
  40. Oslo, Norway - £235.59
  41. Edinburgh, UK - £239.63
  42. Reykjavik, Iceland - £251.26
  43. Paris, France - £253.49
  44. Dublin, Ireland - £261.01
  45. Venice, Italy - £271.01
  46. London, UK - £275.15
  47. Stockholm, Sweden - £280.56
  48. Copenhagen, Denmark - £302.90

Dublin's tourism numbers are booming, with some 4.5 million tourists visiting the city last year according to figures from Fáilte Ireland.

The city has a shortage of hotel rooms, however, and recent data from hotel booking specialists HRS found its average daily room rate to have jumped 70pc to €188 per night between the second quarter of 2015 and 2016.

Sterling's post-Brexit slump will exacerbate any Dublin price rises for British visitors, the single most important inbound market for Irish tourism.

NB: Sterling to euro conversions valid on date of publication. The full Hoppa.com survey is available here.

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