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Which are the cheapest months to visit each European capital?

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The dull winter months have a way of making us itch for the blue skies and excitement of Europe's eclectic treasure trove of capital cities. Now more than ever, students are beginning to plan their next European break, but where are the most affordable destinations and when should you go?

Findings by Compare The Market shed new light on which European cities will set you back the most, based on the average price of two nights' accommodation.

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Through comparing monthly rates in each European capital, the research reveals that, on the whole, May is the most expensive month for a European city break while booking a holiday for January will save you pennies.

Each European capital is mapped by the most and least economic month to visit, helping you stay money-savvy when booking your next city getaway.

While a stay in Berlin is cheapest in August, the Iberian cities of Madrid and Lisbon are cheapest visited as a post-exam trip in January

The continent classics such as Paris also have monthly fluctuations. On average, July is the cheapest month to stay in Paris and, surprisingly, June is the most expensive.

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While the most economic time to see Rome and Amsterdam is in February, October is the month to skip.

The study also concludes which destinations you should save up for or avoid if you are travelling on a small budget.

For instance, if you are considering a weekend in glitzy Monaco, it could set you back by £493 for a weekend's accommodation. Vienna, the second most expensive city, comes in at an average price of £216 for two nights.  

If you really want to make your money go further, head to eastern enclaves such as Skopje in Macedonia where average weekend rates are as little as £33. Riga, Belgrade and Bucharest are also extremely affordable options for students, all landing under the £60 mark.

For more information, view Compare The Market's findings on their website. Prices are accurate as of 4th January 2019. The average weekend is the average cost for accommodation on a Friday or Saturday night.

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