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Survey Says Cyprus Is Cheapest Holiday Destination

Rob Frische - Rhino Travel Editor:

A Skyscanner survey has just found Cyprus to be the cheapest holiday destination in Europe, while France is the most expensive.
Picture of Cyprus
As a resident of Cyprus I find this extremely troubling. Prices here are absolutely exorbitant – if you want to get a 60 km taxi journey it costs 70 Euros while I recently read of someone being charged 17 Euros for a hamburger and chips at Paphos Airport. However, I live in the capital city where a pint of beer will set you back 4.60 Euros (that’s worse than London), while if you go to the tourist resorts such as Ayia Napa you can get a pint for as little as 2 Euros.

The problem is that Cyprus seems to be hard to place price wise. I just booked a two bedroom holiday apartment near Larnaca airport for my family.
Villa In Cyprus
With a communal pool, cooking facilities and central location it was a bargain at 285 Euros for the week. But if you go to the supermarket here it costs at least 120 Euros for two people and you come back with barely enough food to last the week and little in the way of treats of alcohol.

Yet the website Skyscanner, which compares the cost of worldwide airplane flights, looked at various items including meals, drinks, accommodation in a Marriott hotel and hiring a car and found Cyprus to be the cheapest.

The next cheapest were Greece followed by South Africa.  The top three most expensive holiday destinations, and places to hire a car, were France, Switzerland and Denmark.  The survey also showed that people’s perceptions were often way wide of the mark. Most people assumed that the Scandinavian countries and places like Dubai would be the most expensive. Skyscanner did not take the cost of the flights into the equation when working out which country was the priciest.
Perceived Country Cost Ranking Actual Country Cost Ranking Actual Country Cost Ranking Including Flights
1.Sweden 1.France 1.Japan
2.Norway 2.Switzerland 2.Brazil
3.Switzerland 3.Denmark 3.France
4.Denmark 4.Brazil 4.Switzerland
5.Dubai 5.Russia 5.Denmark
6.Iceland 6.Japan 6.Australia
7.Japan 7.Italy 7.Mexico
8.Italy 8.Spain 8.New Zealand
9.France 9.Iceland 9.Russia
10.Germany 10.Mexico 10.Canada
11.Australia 11.Canada 11.Italy
12.New Zealand 12.Dubai 12.Iceland
13.Canada 13.Sweden 13.USA
14.Cyprus 14.Germany 14.Dubai
15.South Africa 15.Croatia 15.Spain
16.Russia 16.Australia 16.South Africa
17.Greece 17.USA 17.Thailand
18.Portugal 18.Norway 18.India
19.Spain 19.Portugal 19.Dominican Republic
20.USA 20.Turkey 20.Croatia
21.Brazil 21.Poland 21.Sweden
22.Dominican Republic 22.New Zealand 22. Germany
23.Croatia 23.India 23.Turkey
24.Egypt 24.Egypt 24.Egypt
25.Poland 25.Thailand 25.Norway
26.Turkey 26.Morocco 26.Portugal
27.Mexico 27.Dominican Republic 27.Poland
28.Morocco 28.South Africa 28.Morocco
29.Thailand 29.Greece Greece
30.India 30.Cyprus 30.Cyprus

Chloe Demaret
Posted: June 11, 2010 by Chloe Demaret 1 comments
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Nicole Hudson
Yeah!!! Cyprus is also the expensive destination in Europe, but really great. You can go there easily.
11/22/2010 12:15:46 PM