Hungary for romance? Budapest cheapest destination for a romantic getaway


For UK adults, it is cheaper to fly to Budapest and back for a romantic getaway than to travel to London for a date. Budapest tops European league for cheapest date for UK adults, costing £390 for two including flights.

Hungarian capital Budapest is the cheapest destination for UK couples to have a romantic getaway, according to’s brand new study.

Experts at relationship site and travel search engine Skyscanner analysed the typical costs involved with a date across the 20 most populous European cities, including a meal, flowers, chocolates and hotel room, with average flights prices to these destinations from UK airports. The results reveal that Budapest offers the best value ‘datecation’ in Europe.

On average, a two night Budapest break will set you back £390, with a three star hotel room costing just £36 and a quality three course meal for two with a bottle of house white coming to £31. Twelve red roses and a box of chocolates come to £38 and travel around the city for two totals £8. Finally, return flights for two add on £277.

In fact, according to Skyscanner flight price data, it is cheaper to fly from a UK airport to Budapest and have a date there (£390 for all elements above with flights included) than it would be for people within the UK to travel to London for a romantic rendezvous (£547).

At the other end of the scale, a romantic weekend in Bulgarian capital Sofia ends up the most expensive, with flights to the city making up over three quarters of the £584 total cost for a date there. Vienna (£572) and Munich (£555) round out the top three priciest locations to holiday as a couple.

Infographic: The cost of the perfect ‘datecation’ in ten of Europe’s most romantic city destinations

Without travel, London is the most expensive city in Europe for a romantic evening.  A ‘London love-in’, including hotel room, meal for two, roses, chocolates and travel around the city, sets you back £349 on average, meaning lovers in the capital can feel somewhat hard done by compared to their continental counterparts.

Price tag aside, London is still the most popular destination among UK adults for a romantic mini-break, with 15 per cent choosing to take a partner away there over any other city in the world. City of love Paris is placed second with Barcelona the third most popular destination for vacationing as a couple.

However, the true value in holidaying as a couple can be found beyond your wallet though, with a quarter (24%) of respondents saying a trip away helped them realise whether their partner was right for them.

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