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Revealed: the cheapest European cities for a bargain weekend break

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Weekend minibreaks: what’s not to love?

A bit of escapism, a spot of culture, loads of good food and a glass (or six) of local wine, all without sacrificing too many days of annual leave. Genius.

Even better, a weekend trip to Europe can be seriously budget-friendly, as proven by The Post Office’s latest City Cost Barameter. The annual report, which compares the prices of essentials such as hotels, airport transfers, food and drink in 36 cities across Europe, has ranked each destination according the total cost of a weekend break.

Nowhere in the UK made the cut for the top 10, meaning there’s no excuse not to jet off somewhere a little more exciting this spring. And with some cities offering a glass of vino for just £2.35 (hello, Prague), we reckon it will be worth the trip. For the culture. Ahem.

See the top 10 list below, and get booking your flights before they’re all snapped up.

10. Palma, Mallorca: £196.01

palma majorca

Coffee: £2.57 

Beer: £2.66

Cola: £2.21 

Wine: £3.10 

Three-course meal for two with a bottle of house wine: £41.87 

Return bus/train transfer (from airport to city centre): £8.85 

48-hour travel card: £8.85 

Sightseeing city bus tour: £15.93 

Top tourist heritage attraction: Palma Cathedral — £2.66 

Top museum: Mueseu de Majorca — Free

Top art gallery: Es Baluard — £5.31 

Two-night stay for two adults in a three-star hotel: £102 

9. Athens, Greece: £191.28

athens greece

Coffee: £1.95 

Beer: £3.36 

Cola: £1.95 

Wine: £3.98 

Three-course meal for two with a bottle of house wine: £38.95 

Return bus/train transfer (from airport to city centre): £10.62 

48-hour travel card: £7.97 

Sightseeing city bus tour: £15.93 

Top tourist heritage attraction: Rock of Acropolis — £17.71

Top museum: The Acropolis Museum — £4.43 

Top art gallery: National Museum of Contemporary Art — £4.43 

Two-night stay for two adults in a three-star hotel: £80

8. Prague, Czech Republic: £182.02

prague

Coffee: £1.69

Beer: £1.21 

Cola: £1.45 

Wine: £2.35 

Three-course meal for two with a bottle of house wine: £35.63 

Return bus/train transfer (from airport to city centre): £22.33 

48-hour travel card: £7.59

Sightseeing city bus tour: £10.36

Top tourist heritage attraction: Prague Castle — £12.08

Top museum: Museum of Cubism — £5.18

Top art gallery: National Gallery-Schwarzenberg Palace — £5.18

Two-night stay for two adults in a three-star hotel: £77 

7. Lisbon, Portugal: £161.92 

lisbon portugal

Coffee: £0.62 

Beer: £1.15 

Cola: £1.24 

Wine: £2.66 

Three-course meal for two with a bottle of house wine: £44.26

Return bus/train transfer (from airport to city centre): £2.57 

48-hour travel card: £12.44

Sightseeing city bus tour: £13.28 

Top tourist heritage attraction: Jeronimos Monastery — £8.85

Top museum: Gulbenkian Museum — £8.85 

Top art gallery: Berardo Collection — Free

Two-night stay for two adults in a three-star hotel: £66 

6. Krakow, Poland: £160.55 

krakow

Coffee: £1.50 

Beer: £1.50 

Cola: £1.29 

Wine: £2.58 

Three-course meal for two with a bottle of house wine: £48.36 

Return bus/train transfer (from airport to city centre): £3.44 

48-hour travel card: £5.16

Sightseeing city bus tour: £12.90 

Top tourist heritage attraction: Wawel Royal Castle — £3.87 

Top museum: Schindler's Factory — £4.51 

Top art gallery: The Gallery of the 19th Century Polish Art in the Sukiennice — £3.44 

Two-night stay for two adults in a three-star hotel: £72

5. Budapest, Hungary: £156.82

budapest hungary

Coffee: £1.66

Beer: £2.27 

Cola: £1.36 

Wine: £3.63 

Three-course meal for two with a bottle of house wine: £34.80 

Return bus/train transfer (from airport to city centre): £2.12

48-hour travel card: £9.99 

Sightseeing city bus tour: £18.16

Top tourist heritage attraction: Matthias Church — £4.54

Top museum: Hungarian National Museum — £4.84 

Top art gallery: Hungarian National Gallery — £5.45 

Two-night stay for two adults in a three-star hotel: £68 

4. Warsaw, Poland: £152.54 

warsaw poland

Coffee: £2.15 

Beer: £1.72 

Cola: £1.29 

Wine: £3.22

Three-course meal for two with a bottle of house wine: £32.24 

Return bus/train transfer (from airport to city centre): £1.89 

48-hour travel card: £5.16

Sightseeing city bus tour: £12.90 

Top tourist heritage attraction: Royal Castle — £6.45 

Top museum: Warsaw Uprising Museum — £4.30 

Top art gallery: Zacheta Gallery — £3.22

Two-night stay for two adults in a three-star hotel: £79 

3. Riga, Latvia: £150.24

riga latvia

Coffee: £2.66 

Beer: £2.21 

Cola: £2.12

Wine: £3.10 

Three-course meal for two with a bottle of house wine: £53.12 

Return bus/train transfer (from airport to city centre): £2.04

48-hour travel card: £8.85

Sightseeing city bus tour: £13.28

Top tourist heritage attraction: Dome Cathedral — £2.66 

Top museum: Latvian National Museum of Arts — £3.10

Top art gallery: Art Museum Riga Bourse — £3.10

Two-night stay for two adults in a three-star hotel: £54 

2. Vilnius, Lithuania: £139.48

Vilnius, Lithuania

Coffee: £1.33

Beer: £1.86

Cola: £1.59 

Wine: £2.12 

Three-course meal for two with a bottle of house wine: £43.38 

Return bus/train transfer (from airport to city centre): £1.17 

48-hour travel card: £6.16 

Sightseeing city bus tour: £10.62 

Top tourist heritage attraction: Church of St Anne — Free

Top museum: National Museum: Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania — £3.10 

Top art gallery: National Gallery of Art — £1.59 

Two-night stay for two adults in a three-star hotel: £67

1. Paphos, Cyrus: £138.40

cyprus paphos

Coffee: £2.57 

Beer: £2.30

Wine: £2.83 

Cola: £1.86

Three-course meal for two with a bottle of house wine: £33.64

Return bus/train transfer (from airport to city centre): £2.66 

48-hour travel card: £8.85 

Sightseeing city bus tour: £15.05 

Top tourist heritage attraction: Pafos Mosaics — £3.98

Top museum: Ethnographical Museum of Pafos — £2.66

Top art gallery: Pafos Municipal Gallery — Free

Two-night stay for two adults in a three-star hotel: £62

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