Most and Least Expensive European Cities

Traveling to Europe? Some cities offer great value. Others, not so much.

Value: Vienna

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Slow down, you crazy child. As Billy Joel rightly said, Vienna waits for you. There are plenty of ways to save here beyond the moderate hotel rates. A round-trip train ticket from the airport to the city is only $20, a one-day travel card is less than $8, and standing-room-only tickets to the State Opera are sometimes available for under $5.

  • Average 2010 hotel rate: $155 (up 2 percent)
  • Price of beer (half-liter): $3.90–$4.55
  • Two-mile taxi ride: $9.09
  • State Department per diem: $349 (down 9 percent)

Most and Least Expensive European Cities

Value: Vienna

Slow down, you crazy child. As Billy Joel rightly said, Vienna waits for you. There are plenty of ways to save here beyond the moderate hotel rates. A round-trip train ticket from the airport to the city is only $20, a one-day travel card is less than $8, and standing-room-only tickets to the State Opera are sometimes available for under $5.

  • Average 2010 hotel rate: $155 (up 2 percent)
  • Price of beer (half-liter): $3.90–$4.55
  • Two-mile taxi ride: $9.09
  • State Department per diem: $349 (down 9 percent)
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