A European getaway remains a staple for Australian travellers, from first-time city breaks in romantic favourites such as London and Paris to budget-backpacking through Western Europe, the continent offers a broad mix of experiences and cultures.
However, planning and booking travel is not always easy or cheap, especially as costs for day-to-day items can fluctuate from country-to-country.
While most Aussies often look for the cheapest flights, many forget to factor in local costs of accommodation, food and transportation that might turn a cheap-value break into a budget-breaking holiday.
To help Aussies upsize their dollar, Skyscanner Australia has looked into the average airfare and daily spend in the most popular European cities and reveal the best value Euro-hot spots for 2019.
The research revealed that Athens and Rome are the best value European cities for Australian travellers to consider, with an average daily cost of $227 and $254 respectively. In addition, Barcelona ($295), and Milan ($347) also offer Aussies strong value on the daily dollar.
These estimated daily costs also make Dublin the most expensive destination for a 7-day trip, despite airfares to the Irish Capital being cheaper than Rome and Athens. The full breakdown:
Save on 2019 destinations
For Australians planning a trip to Europe in summer 2019, Skyscanner has also launched early bird discounts, with a list of exclusive deals and cheap fares from airlines such as Etihad Airways, Singapore Airlines and more.
However, Aussies will have to act soon and book these exclusive deals before October 31st to enjoy up to 44 percent early bird savings, rather than those closer to departure.
Skyscanner found that, unsurprisingly, London remains the top point of entry for Australians travelling to Europe. However, Euro-bound Aussies are starting to explore new destinations, with Moscow and Zagreb emerging in the top 20 list at #9 and #11, respectively.
Exclusive early bird sales to these and a host of other European destinations are now available via Skyscanner, with those who plan ahead set to save a good 44% on flights booked now rather than those closer to departure.
Michael Grierson, Travel Expert at Skyscanner, said: “As Europe continues to dominate the list of summer getaways, we want to give Aussies the best chance possible to save on airfares and make their dollar work a lot more. We would recommend European-bound Australians to look at the shoulder seasons of May and September which still have great weather, as well as less expensive emerging cities to really maximise the value of their holiday.”
Browse the latest European early bird deals and lock in your next European holiday here at Skyscanner.