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Dublin is by far the most expensive capital city in Europe to buy a round of drinks, a staggering new survey has found, the www.irishmirror.ie website reported.
The drinks cost 77 euros in Dublin, compared to just 28 euros in Budapest, which came in as the cheapest.
The survey, which will do little for the country’s tourist industry, looked at the cost of 10 drinks – including beer, wine and a glass of champagne – in 10 EU destinations.
Dublin proved the priciest destination, with the drinks costing as much as 77 euros.
A 330ml bottle of beer in the Irish capital, for instance, was 5.20 euros, compared with just 1.48 euros in Budapest.
Similarly, a dry martini in Dublin would set travellers back 10.38 euros but was only 2.64 euros in Budapest.
The next-priciest destination was Barcelona, where a 175ml glass of white wine was 3.65 euros, compared with only 1.27 euros in Budapest.
The drinks proved the least expensive in Budapest, where the cost was 28 euros. The next best-value destination was Prague where the drinks were 36.21 euros, while Riga in Latvia was also good value at 47.55 euros.
For those who don’t want to travel to Eastern Europe, traditional city break favourite Amsterdam is likely to be the cheapest option for a weekend away.
At 57.67 euros for the 10 drinks, it was over 13 per cent cheaper than Paris at 66.50 euros, the number one city break destination and a popular choice among young women.
The fantasy order included a bottle of beer, a bottle of lager, a glass of white wine, a glass of champagne, a shot of Southern Comfort, a cocktail, a gin and tonic, a rum and coke, a scotch and soda and a dry Martini.
The poll by Post Office Travel Money could put off many young people, especially those across the Irish Sea, who might be considering be coming here for a boozy weekend.
Andrew Brown, of Post Office Travel Money, said: “The city break is now the king of holidays, especially among under-35s”.
Around half of them took a city break last year and one of the key reasons is the surging value of sterling, which is making European cities very cheap.
“We have seen growth of 163 per cent in sales of the Hungarian forint since 2010 on the back of cheap prices in Budapest and the rising value of sterling”.
“But air fares to Eastern Europe may cost more than to cities closer to home so it will pay to do some homework and calculate the cost of flights, accommodation and drinks before booking.”
Kilde / Source: www.irishmirror.ie
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