Saturday 25 May 2019

Revealed: Europe's cheapest Christmas markets for two-night getaways

Post Office Travel Money

The entrance to the Christmas Market in Riga's Old Town.
The entrance to the Christmas Market in Riga's Old Town.

Neil Lancefield

Holidaymakers planning a bargain weekend Christmas market break should head to Latvia, according to new research.

Low prices for travel, accommodation, food, drink and festive treats make Riga the cheapest out of 10 destinations analysed for a two-night trip, the UK's Post Office Travel Money found.

Four glasses of mulled wine will set visitors back around €8.20 at Christmas markets, while two return transfers from the airport to the city centre cost less than €5, the study revealed.

Riga is among the 50pc of destinations featured in the study where prices are down this year. Ryanair flies directly to the city from Dublin.

The biggest falls have been in runner-up Munich, down 14pc, and third-placed Lille, where prices are down 15pc over the previous year.

The most expensive Christmas market destination featured in the report is Stockholm, where trips cost 69pc more than Riga.

The cost of a two-night break for two adults with B&B accommodation, flights or Eurostar, airport transfers, a three-course meal, coffee, mulled wine and cake, is as follows:

  1. Riga, Latvia £504 (€569)
  2. Munich, Germany £525 (€593)
  3. Lille, France £532 (€601)
  4. Tallinn, Estonia £563 (€636)
  5. Prague, Czech Republic £674 (€761)
  6. Budapest, Hungary £687 (€776)
  7. Copenhagen, Denmark £693 (€783)
  8. Berlin, Germany £697 (€787)
  9. Vienna, Austria £721 (€814)
  10. Stockholm, Sweden £854 (€965)

Andrew Brown of Post Office Travel Money said:

"The difference in prices revealed by the latest barometer show just how important it is for people planning trips to check prices and factor in all the costs they will incur on a Christmas markets trip.

"Holiday homework before booking will show that short breaks to long established favourites like Munich and Lille rate alongside Riga as best value for a bargain break."

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