City Breaks Fall in Price

There's good news for families looking to book a spring or early-summer city break in Europe or the United States in 2014 – prices have fallen in most destinations as the pound has strengthened.

In 80% of cities surveyed by the Post Office Travel Money for its 2014 City Costs Barometer, accommodation, meals and drinks have dropped in price since last spring.

The Post Office's Andrew Brown advises: "Make a shortlist of cities you are interested in and check both sterling's value and local living costs, adding these to the flight and accommodation cost to see which comes out cheapest."

Budapest remains the best-value destination for a city break, with accommodation prices down 11%. The Hungarian capital is closely followed by Warsaw, Prague and Vilnius.

Within the Eurozone, Lisbon represents the best value for money, with prices half what they are in Paris, Amsterdam or Rome. But the biggest price fall is in Copenhagen, with holiday costs almost 30% lower than last year.

In the States, New York is slightly higher prices than Europe's most expensive city, Stockholm but is 11% cheaper than Boston due to fall in eating out and accommodation prices.