Post Office City Costs Barometer 2010

Tuesday 13, April 2010


Post Office City Costs Barometer 2010


Over 57 per cent of UK consumers plan to increase their expenditure on leisure activity over the coming months. Holidays, going out and cinema and entertainment are the key areas most likely to benefit, says a new survey, State of the Nation.



Prague has pulled ahead of its Eastern European rivals to emerge as the cheapest city for a bargain break this spring, according to new research by Post Office Travel Money.


  • As sterling continues to falter against most European currencies, the Post Office City Costs Barometer of 15 city break destinations shows that Prague, followed by Lisbon and Budapest are the cities where UK tourists will get more for their money.
  • The report examined the price of typical tourist items like drinks and meals out, together with three-star city centre hotel accommodation, airport transfers, city travel and cultural sightseeing costs.
  • Prague and Budapest emerge as cheapest for weekend accommodation using prices for three- star tourist hotels provided by Lisbon joins Prague as best value for eating out, while return transfers between airport and city centre, a cost that tourists cannot avoid, is cheapest in Istanbul.
  • The Post Office also surveyed the costs of visits to art galleries, museums and top heritage attractions, finding that culture comes cheapest in Dublin, Berlin, Bruges, Lisbon and Copenhagen – but costs most in Barcelona, top priced in the barometer.


Foreign currency for all the destinations featured in the City Costs Barometer is available at the Post Office with 0 per cent commission. City break holidaymakers can purchase euros over the counter in more than 8,500 bureaux de change branches, while currencies for most of the other European capitals included in the report are available on demand in over 1,600 branches.


Over 70 other currencies – including the Hungarian forint - can be pre-ordered for next day branch collection at all 11,500 Post Office outlets or online at Home delivery is also available when ordering online.



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