Latvian capital named cheapest European Christmas shopping destination

LatviaLatvian capital Riga is the cheapest destination for a European Christmas shopping break, according to a survey from Post Office Travel Money.

After looking at the cost of a two-night stay, which includes flights, accommodation, two evening meals, festive drinks and snacks, Riga was named as the cheapest location for travellers.
Costing £504, Riga was found to be over 40% cheaper than a two-night stay in Stockholm, the most expensive option.
Riga welcomed 2.3 million visitors in 2016, a 7.7% improvement on the number recorded the previous year, according to figures from the country’s official tourism board.
The capital of Estonia, Tallinn, was the cheapest destination last year, however there has been a 4.8% rise in prices since then.

Riga was one of only five destinations where prices dropped this autumn, where the cost of a stay in Munich and Lille dropped by 14% and 15.4%, respectively.

Vienna and Copenhagen are the other destinations that have seen prices drop, with a break to the Danish capital around 19% cheaper than its Swedish neighbour.
The biggest rise in costs was found to be in Prague, where the limited availability of accommodation and flights have led to the overall prices rising by 16% on last year to £674.

Prices have also increased in Budapest by 8.3%, taking the total cost of a trip to £687, meaning both of the eastern European countries popular amongst British travellers have increased in price.

Andrew Brown, of Post Office Travel Money, said: “The difference in prices 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.”
If you’re thinking of travelling abroad this Christmas, make sure you organise your single trip travel insurance in advance.

Date Created: 15 November 2017

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