With busy festive plans and hectic Christmas holidays coming up, and a few months yet of long nights ahead in 2017, why not book a quick getaway to beat the January blues? Become a weekender, exploring new cities and discovering new places, that are only a short flight away? These are the best budget city breaks of the moment…
The city made famous by a certain catchy tune sung by George Ezra, Budapest is the bustling, historic, capital city of Hungary and the perfect destination for a city break on a budget. Sip a glass of wine to sip as you look out across the glistening Danube River that runs through the city, or take a dip in the heated baths dotted around the city.
Flights start from £210 return for a long weekend with Lufthansa.
Prague is the kind of capital city you can explore on foot, taking in the picturesque baroque buildings, historic churches and old squares – and it won’t cost you a thing! Entrance into the grounds of the imposing Prague Castle is free, and a ticket that gives you access to the Old Royal Palace, the Basilica of St George and the Daliborka Tower to name a few is reasonably priced and will leave you with enough change to enjoy some traditional Czech dumplings for lunch.
Flights start from £220 return for a long weekend with Ryanair
The stunning 17th Century architecture of this bustling Belgium capital makes for some perfect photo opportunities as you discover the history of this beautiful city. Visit the sumptuous Grand-Place, the ornate Gothic Hôtel de Ville, and don’t forget to try a famous Belgian waffle – a freshly made one with melted chocolate will cost you a couple of Euros and you won’t regret it!
Flights start from £149 return for a long weekend with British Airways
Just a short flight or ferry ride from the UK, and with plenty of good value options for accommodation, Dublin can be a great city to visit on a budget for a long weekend. However, with its vibrant nightlife and culture scene being a major draw – and also one of the most expensive elements of your trip – it helps to be prepared. Do a little research before you go on the best bars and restaurants to visit, and get some recommendations when you arrive from locals of good value places to go. Also, keep in mind that bars can charge extra after from 11pm onwards.
Flights start from £130 return for a long weekend with Aer Lingus
The perfect combination of the old world and the new, Istanbul is like two different cities combined. On one side of the Bosphorus, the Old City rises up as palaces and magnificent mosques, creating a dramatic and mesmerizing skyline. On the other side, chic shisha bars and rooftop restaurants mark the new age of modern Turkey. The tram provides cheap travel all over the city, and buying a museum pass provides a great deal on entrance to all the major palaces and museums. Entrance to the iconic blue mosque is free, but remember to pack appropriate clothing.
Flights start from £207 return for a long weekend with KLM