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How to budget for a European city break

There’s something about spring; a season for blooming flowers, lighter evenings and tonnes of events worth celebrating that make it the ideal time for a quick getaway. And yet, possibly due to overindulging during the festive season, many of us refuse to travel during this idyllic time because of financial limits. So whether it’s for valentines, mother’s day or one of the bank holiday weekends, we have round up the best spring breaks that you can take even on a post-Christmas budget.

With flights from just £40, Budapest is the best European city to visit on a budget.
Thanks to local currency Hungarian Forint, the cost of living in the Hungarian capital is next to nothing. 4 Star hotels will set you back less than £100 for three nights in spring, whilst the average local beer price is £1.69, making Budapest an ideal choice for party-lovers everywhere.

The perfect spring destination due to the glorious weather at this time of year. The city is rich with history and culture, and this season is the perfect time to enjoy it without the heat becoming uncomfortable.
With flights from £43 and apartment rentals from £30 per night, why not drag your girlfriends along for a few days (and nights) of fun in the sun.

A great destination to sample local history, food and shopping facilities with very cheap spending available. You can fill your days scouting the famous Main Square market, or
visit the striking stained-glass museum. With flights beginning from £52 and an average 4* hotel costing just £70 for three nights, Krakow is perfect for that spontaneous date weekend.

The perfect destination for the whole family
thanks to its location; a very busy city offering touristic fun, but close enough to the beach to enjoy some relaxation time. Lisbon is possibly the coolest, most underrated city in Europe, and with flight and hotel deals from just £160, it is an ideal spring destination for large groups.

You’ve heard tonnes of horror stories regarding the prices in the French capital, right? The good news is Paris can be also be done on a budget. You can fly from just £28 and stay in a 4* hotel from £120 for three nights during spring. The mild weather makes sightseeing much easier, with many free attractions to choose from. Prices of food can vary depending on where you are in the city but fancy restaurants are over-rated; there is nothing better than eating an authentic French pastry on the steps by the Montmartre, and that’ll set you back just £3. An excellent choice for all occasions, because everybody should experience Paris in spring.

Words: Rebecca Sweeney


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