The cheapest European city for a weekend at half the price of Paris

By comparison, a weekend in Paris – which was the fourth most expensive city according to Forbes Advisors research – would cost £706.

Krakow, famous for its medieval Old Town and cheap craft beer, tops the list of cheap city breaks counting two days of excursions, a taxi and eat-out, plus round-trip flights and accommodation.

Sofia in Bulgaria comes next for the cheapest city, where alcohol is cheaper than in Krakow but taxis more expensive (£18 one way, compared to £5 in Warsaw).

The top 10 suggests that Central and Eastern Europe, as well as the Balkan states, are the cheapest places for a getaway.

Laura Howard of Forbes Advisor said: “Destinations such as Minsk, Prague and Sarajevo also have a lot to offer, from fascinating history to amazing cuisine and beautiful architecture.”

However, costs can vary widely from capital to capital, meaning holidaymakers should do their research first. Although accommodation in Sarajevo was the cheapest at £68 for a couple for two nights, flights to the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina were much more expensive at £396.

The study noted that a weekend in affordable cities like Warsaw, Vilnius and Prague is cheaper than staying two days in London – where, although travelers save on flights, expensive accommodation drives up the overall costs at £538.

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