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Our Top Travel Destinations 2015 named as Europe's cheapest city breaks


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Four of The National Student's Top Destinations for 2015 have been named amongst Europe's most cost-effective city breaks. 

Vilnius (pictured), capital of Lithuania and one of our Top Student Travel Destinations for 2015, has been announced the cheapest European city break overall by destination by Post Office Travel Money.

Vilnius beats last year’s number one, Budapest, which is this year’s second cheapest city break destination.

This year’s number one city boasts a sensationally cheap average city break cost - a mere £100.04.

This is a less than a third of the price of the continent’s priciest city break. Weekend in Stockholm will set you back £311.01.

Vilnius is already an enticing enough destination, with its beautiful, diverse architecture, World-Heritage listed Old Town and thriving night-life. Add to this a three-course meal for two with a bottle of wine for less than £30 and a two-night stay for two people in a three-star hotel for less than £50... no wonder it’s one of our Top Destinations.

Three other countries that we chose as our Top Destinations for 2015 have seen their cities make the cheapest top ten. They are Athens, Greece; Dubrovnik, Croatia and Lisbon, Portugal.

The fifth cheapest city break destination, Athens, is new to the list this year and is calculated to be the cheapest city in Western Europe, with the average city break there costing only £131.35.

Other remarkable prices Athens boasts are a 48-hour travel-card for just less than £6, and two nights 3-star accommodation for two adults for less than £55.

Following closely behind Athens, by a mere £8.48, is Dubrovnik, Croatia, another of our Top Destinations for 2015. Boasting not only a Mediterranean/humid subtropical climate, 45-day long cultural festival and beautiful World-Heritage listed Old City, in Dubrovnik you can also pick up a cup of coffee for 81p and pay just £32.52 for a three course meal for two with a bottle of wine.

The eighth cheapest city, Lisbon in Portugal, is yet another of our Top Destinations 2015 - and has an average city break price of under £150 - just £141.37. This global city, the oldest in Western Europe, boasts a Mediterranean climate and limitless culture is definitely worth a visit... that it costs, on average, £2.24 for a glass of wine and 97p for a bottle of beer is just an added bonus.

These city break prices were calculated by the City Costs Barometer, based on 12 tourist items including the average price of a two nights’ stay in 3-star accommodation, a three-course evening meal for two with wine, several drinks prices, airport transfers, city transport and sightseeing. With the Euro currently being weak against the Pound, now is the perfect time to travel and get a lot of value for your money.

Time to get booking some flights, we say! 

Check out our travel guide for Croatia - Dubrovnik being sixth cheapest for a city break - here. Watch this space for more of our Top Destination 2015 guides, coming soon.

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