The Ukrainian capital of Kiev is the cheapest city in Europe for accommodation. That is the finding of a new survey by TravelMag.com, which compared prices across forty popular city destinations.
The findings are based on average hotel prices for the month of September – typically the period that European hotels rates are highest. Only centrally located hotels rated at least three stars and with a positive average client reviews were considered for the survey.
With an average of only €29 euros per night for the least expensive double room, Kiev comes rock bottom of the rankings, marginally below the Bulgarian capital of Sofia which averages €30 per night.
By contrast, the Italian city of Milan emerged as the most expensive destination with an average price of €135 euros per night, just in front of the Swedish capital of Stockholm (€133). Also among the priciest destinations are Munich (€127), Amsterdam (€119) and Zurich (€116).
Russian cities Moscow and St. Petersburg rank 27th and 35th, with average rates of €53 and €41 euros, respectively, for the most affordable double room. According to Paul Joseph from TravelMag.com, the fall of the Russian currency and a drop in tourism numbers has had a significant impact on these cities, reducing average rates by an estimated 30-35%.
The following table shows the five most expensive and five least expensive cities in Europe according to the survey. The prices shown reflect the average rate for each destination’s cheapest available double room (minimum three stars) for the period spanning September 1 through September 30, 2015.
1. Milan 135 euros
2. Stockholm 133 euros
3. Munich 127 euros
4. Amsterdam 119 euros
5. Zurich 116 euros
36. Budapest 39 euros
37. Prague 38 euros
38. Bucharest 34 euros
39. Sofia 30 euros
40. Kiev 29 euros