The Best City Breaks In Europe Under £500

12/12/2011 12:46 | Updated 22 May 2015

Croissants in Paris? Art galleries in Barcelona? We've got it covered in our guide to the best city breaks in Europe for under £500 per couple. If it sounds too good to be true, take a look through our top ten city getaways below.,feedConfig,localizationConfig,entry&id=994620&pid=994619&uts=1301650166

City breaks under £500

City: Bruges

Getting there: Eurostar from London St Pancras to Brussels, with onward rail travel to Bruges.

Bedding down: Hotel Aragon is a four-star hotel right in the centre of the city.

Bored easily: After a day of sight-seeing in the historic city, head over to Bar Choc (located in the Zilverpand shopping centre) to sample one of the 44 different kinds of chocolate drinks on offer.

What's the damage: From £220 per person based on two sharing, including two nights B&B accommodation and return travel. Book with inntravel.

City breaks under £500 City: Barcelona

Getting there: EasyJet fly to Barcelona from all over the UK.

Bedding down: The four-star H10 Montcada Hotel is located close to the seafront in the Gothic District of the city.

Bored easily: The city is famous for Gaudi's architecture. You can't miss the Sagrada Familia but a trip to the Park Guell should be on the top of your to do list.

What's the damage: One way flights with EasyJet start at £31.99, rooms start from £61 per person on a bed and breakfast basis in May.

City breaks under £500 City: Prague

Getting there: Flight from London Heathrow to Prague airport included in Flightcentre's deal.

Bedding down: Stay at the Fortuna City Hotel, a short metro ride away from the city centre.

Bored easily: Prague Castle is a must see and it's a great place to start when first arriving in the city.

What's the damage: Three nights in the hotel, including flights from Heathrow, starts from £199 per person with the Flightcentre.

City breaks under £500 City: Reykjavik

Getting there: Iceland Express is Iceland's low-fare airline. Flights start from £89 one-way including taxes and they fly there daily from London Gatwick.

Bedding down: Centre Hotel Arnarhvoll is in the centre of the old city, within walking distance of restaurants, bars and art galleries.

Bored easily: Iceland is famous for its hot pools. The black lava rocks at the Blue Lagoon is the city's most famous bathing spot.

What's the damage: A two-night break staying at the Centre Hotel Anrarhvoll costs from £456 for two people, including transport.

City breaks under £500 City: Belfast

Getting there: Various low-cost airlines fly to Belfast throughout the UK.

Bedding down: The Culloden Estate's, five-star hotel is located five miles from Belfast city centre. It is set in 12 acres of stunning woodland and also overlooks Belfast Loch. It also has its own pub!

Bored easily: The Lisburn Road shopping district is close by, but if you're after something a little more relaxing, the hotel's ESPA spa has a range of treatments to help you unwind.

What's the damage: Hastings Hotels are currently offering spring rates at The Culloden Estate for £65 per person per night. Flights start from £104 with

City breaks under £500 City: York

Getting there: Avoid the hassle of flying (the nearest airport is Leeds Bradford) and travel by train.

Bedding down: These Hoseasons city apartments are located in the heart of York and just five minutes' walk away from the city centre; ideal for a weekend break with friends.

Bored easily: Head for Newgate Market to sample some of the city's finest local produce or settle down in a tea shop for some traditional Yorkshire tea.

What's the damage: A two-night stay in the two bedroom apartment in June (can sleep up to six) costs £250. Train and bus prices will vary but book tickets in advance to make the most of the cheaper fares.

City breaks under £500 City: Dusseldorf

Getting there: Make the most of Air Berlin's springtime offers.

Bedding down: Try Hotel Nikko close to the shops, the main station and the River Rhine promenade. What more could you want?

Bored easily: Konigsallee shopping district rivals Paris and Milan for chic boutiques. If Prada and Versace aren't your thing, don't miss the flea markets and antique stalls in the Old Town market area.

What's the damage: Flights with Air Berlin start at £34. Rooms are available at Hotel Nikko from 103 Euros a night.

City breaks under £500 City: Paris

Getting there: The Eurostar can get you there in two hours 15 minutes, from £69 per person for a return ticket.

Bedding down: Instead of splashing out on an expensive hotel, there are plenty of cheap and cheerful places to choose from that won't break the bank. Oops! is one of Europe's hippest hostels and it's perfectly positioned in the Latin Quarter.

Bored easily: With the Eiffel Tower, The Louvre and the Champs-Elysées on your doorstep, you can never be bored in Paris. Visit the Left Bank's famous Latin Quarter to see the city at its liveliest.

What's the damage: Return tickets with Eurostar start from £69 per person. Private rooms at Oops! start at 60 Euros per room in low season, 70 Euros in high season.

City breaks under £500 City: Edinburgh

Getting there: Look out for cheap deals on trains and planes.

Bored easily: Enjoy some of the best views of the city from Edinburgh Castle and Scott Monument.

What's the damage: En suite double rooms at A-Haven Townhouse start at £50, including a full Scottish breakfast! Advance train fares start at around £47 one-way from London Euston to Edinburgh Haymarket. One-way flights start at £38 with British Airways in April.

City breaks under £500 City: Venice

Getting there: Travelzoo are offering a three-night break to Venice, flying from London Stansted until 8th May.

Bedding down: Stay at the three-star Hotel Ca'-del Moro on a bed and breakfast basis as part of the deal.

Bored easily: Sit back and enjoy the views of the Grand Canal on one of Venice's water buses before visiting the breathtaking St. Mark's Basilica.

What's the damage: The three-night trip costs £149 per person with

City breaks under £500


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