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Budapest cheapest for those Hungary for culture

02 October 2018 08:35

Budapest is the cheapest cultural destination for UK holidaymakers

Budapest is the cheapest cultural destination for UK holidaymakers

Budapest has been revealed as the cheapest destination for UK holidaymakers looking for a cultural break, according to a new report.

Travellers planning a last-minute European break filled with arts and entertainment options could save themselves hundreds of pounds by choosing the Hungarian capital.

Post Office Travel Money, which undertook price analysis for six cultural attractions in 16 cities across Europe found that Budapest is cheapest for UK visitors.

The study looked at entrance costs for a heritage attraction, museum, art gallery, dance show, opera and classical concert.

Cheapest destination

In Budapest, the total price of £60 includes visits to the Hungarian National Museum (£5), National Gallery (£5) and a performance of Beethoven at Bela Bartok National Concert Hall (£13).

The low cost of culture in Warsaw (£92) and Prague (£99) means the top three cheapest destinations are all eastern European capitals.

Overall prices in all three cities were less than a third of those in Madrid, the most expensive city surveyed at £330.

Expensive attractions in the Spanish capital include opera Only The Sound Remains at Teatro Real (£166) and Nutcracker by the Spanish National Dance Company (£122).

Do your homework

Post Office Travel Money spokesman Andrew Brown said: "It is worth doing your homework and checking what performances are scheduled for the dates of your visit before booking a city break.

"The cost can vary dramatically depending on the venue, orchestra and ballet or opera company.

"Culture vultures can save a lot of money if they know the ropes. Afternoon ballet and opera performances often cost less than evening ones and galleries across Europe are free on specific days of the month or cheaper if visited late in the day."

The study took into account music, opera and ballet ticket prices for category two seats for performances in late October/November or the nearest time available.

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