Most and Least Expensive European Cities

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

Expensive: Venice

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“O Sole Mio”? How about “Oh Woe Is Me-oh”? That’s what you’ll be thinking as you lay out as much as $130 for a 40-minute gondola ride. It’s true that Venice is sinking into the sea and that you may get a little wet as you tiptoe through the piazzas. But you won’t mind. After paying these prices, you’ve already been hosed.

  • Average 2010 hotel rate: $211 (up 5 percent)
  • Price of beer (12 oz.): $3.90–$6.49
  • Two-mile water-taxi ride: $8.44
  • State Department 2011 per diem: $546 (down 10 percent)
canals in Venice, Italy

Most and Least Expensive European Cities

Expensive: Venice

“O Sole Mio”? How about “Oh Woe Is Me-oh”? That’s what you’ll be thinking as you lay out as much as $130 for a 40-minute gondola ride. It’s true that Venice is sinking into the sea and that you may get a little wet as you tiptoe through the piazzas. But you won’t mind. After paying these prices, you’ve already been hosed.

  • Average 2010 hotel rate: $211 (up 5 percent)
  • Price of beer (12 oz.): $3.90–$6.49
  • Two-mile water-taxi ride: $8.44
  • State Department 2011 per diem: $546 (down 10 percent)
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