Bulgaria’s Sunny Beach still the world’s cheapest holiday destination

Bulgaria’s Sunny Beach remains the most affordable holiday destination in the world, according to new research.

The annual index from travel website Hoppa compares popular cities around the world in terms of typical vacation costs, from accommodation prices and alcohol costs to the value of a cup of coffee and more. Last year, Sunny Beach in Bulgaria was ranked the friendliest for your wallet out of 46 destinations. This year, Hoppa has extended its research to analyses 84 places around the globe – and Sunny Beach remains the best bet for bargain holiday hunters.

All costs in Bulgaria measured by the index total a mere £38.21 per person for one night’s stay – far below the most expensive destination in the Zurich, which costs £170.43 per person for one night’s stay (including meals, drink and entertainment).

The destination with the most expensive accommodation is New York, with an average cost of £183.73 for one night’s stay. Sunny Beach, on the other hand, will only set you back £37.36.

The cheapest place to go for a three-course meal for two at a mid-range restaurant is Antalya in Turkey. On the other hand, if you’re visiting Dubai you could be in for a shock with the average price of a bottle of wine coming in at £30.64. In Bahrain, cocktails can cost up to £18.06 – while in Manila in the Philippines, a pint of beer costs a minute 38 pence.

New for 2017 is the price of a sightseeing bus tour, which costs as much as £54.50 in Dubai and as little as £7.50 in Kiev. Tourist attractions vary by an equally wide margin, with Florida’s Universal Studios costing an average of £127 per person, compared to Bangkok’s Grand Palace, which costs £11.38.

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Bulgaria’s Sunny Beach: The cheapest holiday in Europe

25th August 2016

Looking to get away for the Bank Holiday weekend without breaking the bank? Bulgaria’s Sunny Beach is the cheapest holiday destination in Europe.

Research from airport transfer specialists Hoppa.com compared 48 countries across the continent, researching two cities in each nation to get an idea of the cost of a typical vacation there. Factors that were taken into account include everything from the nightly rate for a hotel room and the price of a bottle of wine or pint of beer to the cost of cinema tickets and taxi fares.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Copenhagen in Denmark was ranked the most expensive city overall, largely due to its pricey accommodation, closely followed by Stockholm in Sweden, where drinks cost far more than dime, and London, which is known for being expensive for everything. Reykjavik, in Iceland, where costs are traditionally above average, ranks number one for the most expensive city to buy a bottle of wine, costing £13.95, and is also home to some of the continent’s costliest cocktails.

Bulgaria’s Sunny Beach, on the other hand, is the best bet for a budget getaway. The resort costs a wallet-friendly total of £58.22 to visit – about one-quarter of the cost for a trip to Copenhagen, which totals £302.90. Antalya, Turkey follows closely behind Sunny Beach, costing just £34.30 on average per night.

Bulgaria’s popular hotspot is the cheapest place to get a drink, notes Hoppa, with Debrecen, Hungary, rivalling it in the cheap stakes – it is the cheapest city for a cup of coffee, where they cost just £0.72.

Jurmala, Latvia, is the city where you can find the cheapest meals, costing just £12.20, followed by Antalya, Turkey, at £12.27. If you’re travelling to Akureyri, Iceland, on the other hand, an average meal for two costs £73.62.

London ranks number one for the most expensive cinema tickets, costing £11.50. That’s almost four times as expensive as Debrecen, Hungary, which is home to the cheapest cinema tickets, at just £3.

Russia, meanwhile, emerges as a surprising contender, thanks to its affordable travel – presuming you take taxis to get around. In London, a taxi costs on average £3.00 per km. Moscow, Russia, on average costs £0.21 per km, while St Petersburg cost £0.30 per km.

Indeed, Russia’s weak rouble will prove another boost to holidaymakers heading overseas, especially as the UK pound struggles to strengthen against the euro and US dollar, making trips to the continent generally more expensive than they would have been before the UK’s vote to leave the EU.