Any city where the cabbie asks you how much you want to pay has a jump start on others… yes, it’s Athens an epic city break.
But don’t just take my word for it (well do) but the Post Office’s annual City Costs Barometer makes Athens your alpha city.
The beta, gamma, delta and epsilon (I knew Greek would serve me well one day) are outliers Lisbon, Krakow, Riga and Budapest.
The Post Office took a dozen common holiday purchases.
From a travel card and entrance to a museum to a cup of coffee and two nights in a three-star hotel.
And Athens came out on top at £207.18.
Now famously the Greeks bankrupt themselves partly because they supposedly saw underground fares as optional.
I don’t know about the veracity of that having enjoyed the services of my old Athenian pal George’s driving.
And Athens’ peculiar taxi service.
Where they’ll quote a fare of €15 or €10 or whatever you’ve got to get up from your downtown hotel to the Acropolis.
And then if you get the right return driver it could be €10 to get back to your hotel.
Or as my own chilled cabbie put it pay if you can.
Dublin’s fare city
T’wouldn’t catch on in Dublin though where the latest incomers bag a licence.
And then take you halfway around the city just to ramp up the fare.
That and the think of a number drink fares around Temple Bar put Dublin down at 17 on the list at £436.12.
Just behind Pricey Paris at £423.42.
Some local knowledge is, of course, helpful which is what you get over 13 years living and working in the Irish capital.
Some personal favourites
We’re pleased to see, of course, that some personal favourites make the top ten.
With Prague at £248.50 which leaves plenty in your pocket for Pilsner.
And Rome at £347.17, although we can show you some short cuts around La Citta Eterna.
The top 20
- Athens – £207.18
- Lisbon – £218.03
- Krakow – £218.55
- Riga – £220.32
- Budapest – £220.95
- Prague – £248.50
- Madrid – £298.81
- Berlin – £316.97
- Dubrovnik – £318.30
- Rome – £347.17
- Barcelona – £384.80
- Bruges – £389.05
- Florence – £397.87
- Vienna – £401.64
- Stockholm – £421.16
- Paris – £423.42
- Dublin – £436.12
- Copenhagen – £455.75
- Venice – £456.92
- Amsterdam – £592.79
So that’s the alpha to the omega from your local post office.
And if you didn’t know it before then here’s confirmation what we already know about Athens an epic city break.