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TripAdvisor: Athens is Among the Most Affordable European Destinations for US Tourists

Syntagma Square, Athens center. Photo © Maria Theofanopoulou

Syntagma Square, Athens center. Photo © Maria Theofanopoulou

Athens, Greece, is the sixth most affordable destination in Europe for travelers from the United States, according to the results of TripAdvisor’s TripIndex Europe released on Tuesday.

american_passport_euros_1TripIndex Europe looks at 25 popular European destinations, based on traffic on TripAdvisor from U.S. travelers, limited to one per country. The TripIndex evaluates primary travel expenses, including a seven-night hotel stay and the average round-trip airfare from the continental U.S., and reveals the year-over-year changes in these prices.

According to the TripIndex, the cost of visiting Athens, during the travel period of June 1 – August 31, has decreased 15 percent year-over-year, making it among the most affordable destinations on the TripIndex with an estimated one-week trip cost of $2,087 (accommodation and airfare included).

Last year, the average cost of a one-week summer trip in Athens was $2,444.

The average hotel price in Athens this year for U.S. travelers stands at $84.87 compared with $99.51 last year, while the average cost of roundtrip airfare from the US to Greece is $1,493 against $1,747 in 2014.

Travel to Europe is less this summer

europe_mapThis year’s TripIndex revealed that travel expenses for popular European destinations have decreased an average of 11 percent year-over-year, with travelers able to save as much as 25 percent on their summer trips.

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As the U.S. dollar is currently strong against many foreign currencies, the TripIndex helps U.S. travelers identify which spots offer the best value by comparing the price of a one-week trip to 25 European cities during the travel period of June 1 – August 31, 2015.

The average nightly rate for a European hotel booked on TripAdvisor for this summer is $133, compared to $164 in 2014.

Meanwhile, roundtrip flights from the U.S. to the European destinations on the index cost $1,448 on average between June and August, compared to $1,579 in summer 2014.

Source: TripAdvisor

Source: TripAdvisor

The most affordable destination on the TripIndex is Istanbul, as the cost of visiting the Turkish city has decreased 25 percent year-over-year and an estimated one-week trip cost of $1,877.

At $3,236, Zurich is the most expensive destination; however, it still offers a relative value as prices have fallen 9 percent since last summer.


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