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Cheap Holiday Destinations

We've ranked countries with the cheapest airfares from the UK and the cheapest food and accommodation once you arrive. Which would you like to visit next?

On average, holidays cost around £947 per person for 10 nights abroad, but you certainly don't need to spend that much. One of the easiest ways to lock in a cheap holiday is with choice of destination. Between flights and food and hotel costs, some countries cost 3X as much to visit as other countries. Here are some of the cheapest countries for a holiday from the UK.

Most Expensive and Cheapest Countries to Visit

When you consider the all-in holiday costs such as flights, hotels, food and entertainment, the cheapest countries to visit from the UK are Poland, Lithuania, Romania, Tunisia and Slovakia, assuming a 7 night stay. The average 7 night trip to these countries could cost under £365, if you're able to secure the cheapest airfares on offer.

The most expensive countries for a Brit to go on holiday are Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Jamaica and Barbados, where the typical 7 day holiday costs over £900—even by booking the cheapest flights in the market. In addition to more expensive flights, these countries cost more per day for hotels and food.

chart showing cheapest holiday destinations from the UK

Here is the data for 48 popular destinations from the UK. Look through the list to get an idea of holidays that might fit in your budget.

Cheapest Holiday Destinations from UKCountryAverage Cost of 7 Days Accommodation, Food, etc.Cheapest Flights from UKTotal Holiday Cost
1Poland£261£38£299
2Lithuania£270£42£312
3Romania£305£38£343
4Tunisia£214£146£360
5Slovakia£325£38£363
6Hungary£333£34£367
7Bulgaria£325£57£382
8Morocco£306£83£389
9Russia£331£71£402
10Turkey£378£101£479
11Ireland£445£34£479
12Spain£461£31£492
13Portugal£454£43£497
14Malta£439£70£509
15Cyprus£432£82£514
16Pakistan£154£363£517
17France£482£38£520
18Czech Republic£493£49£542
19Finland£461£96£557
20Egypt£336£224£560
21Sweden£518£43£561
22Norway£537£29£566
23Italy£541£35£576
24India£219£365£584
25Germany£559£38£597
26Greece£535£68£603
27Hong Kong£258£345£603
28Israel£529£91£620
29Netherlands£592£45£637
30Denmark£616£38£654
31Brazil£339£324£663
32Nigeria£286£413£699
33Belgium£629£71£700
34Switzerland£663£65£728
35Austria£701£43£744
36Sri Lanka£328£430£758
37Thailand£446£323£769
38Canada£482£307£789
39Japan£442£381£823
40Luxembourg£833£38£871
41Mexico£505£380£885
42United States£652£236£888
43United Arab Emirates£684£215£899
44Australia£390£521£911
45New Zealand£346£606£952
46South Africa£581£395£976
47Jamaica£491£514£1,005
48Barbados£588£463£1,051

Cheapest Holiday Destinations for Hotel and Food, per day

Flights aside, which countries cost the most in terms of daily expenses once you land? This is particularly important to consider if you're going on a long stay holiday.

The most expensive five countries to visit from the UK in terms of per day costs are Luxembourg, Austria, UAE, Switzerland and America. Brits spend £90 to £120 a day on hotels, restaurants, entertainment and shopping when they visit these five countries.

The cheapest countries are Poland, Hong Kong (China), India, Tunisia and Pakistan, where Brits spend less than £40 a day. If you're looking for a cheap holiday or want to get a sense of how expensive it is to visit somewhere, look up the country in the table below. These numbers do not include flights, just "on the ground" spending on accommodation, food, activities, etc.

Rank (1 = cheapest per day)CountryAverage Spend per VisitAverage Length of Stay (nights)Average Spend per Day
1Pakistan£67030.4£22.0
2Tunisia£30910.1£30.6
3India£71722.9£31.3
4Hong Kong (China)£72819.8£36.9
5Poland£3679.9£37.2
6Lithuania£39010.1£38.5
7Nigeria£92522.6£40.9
8Romania£64014.7£43.5
9Morocco£47510.9£43.7
10Bulgaria£56612.2£46.4
11Slovakia£54311.7£46.4
12Sri Lanka£92719.8£46.8
13Russia£69514.7£47.3
14Hungary£3848.1£47.5
15Egypt£62112.9£48.0
16Brazil£1,26026.0£48.4
17New Zealand£1,81536.7£49.5
18Turkey£60311.2£53.9
19Australia£1,61529.0£55.7
20Cyprus£64210.4£61.7
21Malta£5248.4£62.8
22Japan£1,15318.3£63.1
23Republic of Ireland£3054.8£63.6
24Thailand£1,54424.2£63.7
25Portugal£5448.4£64.9
26Finland£6119.3£65.8
27Spain£5708.7£65.9
28Europe£5177.8£65.9
29Canada£97614.2£68.9
30France£5017.3£68.9
31Jamaica£1,11115.8£70.2
32Czech Republic£3975.6£70.4
33Mexico£90312.5£72.2
34Sweden£4986.7£74.0
35Israel£78710.4£75.6
36Greece£7209.4£76.4
37Norway£5907.7£76.7
38Italy£6037.8£77.3
39Germany£4055.1£79.8
40South Africa£1,91123.0£82.9
41Barbados£1,30115.5£84.0
42Netherlands£3824.5£84.6
43Denmark£4114.7£88.0
44North America£1,20413.4£89.7
45Belgium£2642.9£89.8
46USA£1,24013.3£93.2
47Switzerland£5666.0£94.8
48United Arab Emirates£1,05910.8£97.7
49Austria£6946.9£100.2
50Luxembourg£3482.9£119.0

Cheapest Countries to Fly to from the UK

There are some amazing flight offers available in the market, especially for nearby destinations in Europe, ideal for long weekends or short city breaks. In fact, we found 19 countries you can fly to for airfares under £50. Destinations in Europe dominate the list of cheap destinations to fly to, which is not surprising given the proximity (e.g., less fuel required) and competition from regional airlines.

The most expensive places to fly are, not surprisingly, further away. Flights to Australia, New Zealand and the Caribbean will set you back £500 at the very least.

Cheapest Countries to Fly to from the UKPrices from
1Norway£29
2Spain£31
3Hungary£34
4Ireland£34
5Italy£35
6North Macedonia£35
7Denmark£38
8France£38
9Germany£38
10Luxembourg£38
11Poland£38
12Romania£38
13Slovakia£38
14Lithuania£42
15Austria£43
16Portugal£43
17Sweden£43
18Netherlands£45
19Czechia£49
20Albania£52
21Latvia£56
22Ukraine£56
23Bulgaria£57
24Montenegro£64
25Switzerland£65
26Greece£68
27Estonia£69
28Malta£70
29United Kingdom£70
30Belgium£71
31Russia£71
32Iceland£77
33Cyprus£82
34Georgia£83
35Morocco£83
36Croatia£87
37Israel£91
38Finland£96
39Serbia£101
40Turkey£101
41Jordan£103
42Kosovo£109
43Slovenia£114
44Gibraltar£115
45Moldova£119
46Tunisia£146
47Guernsey£152
48Armenia£158
49Algeria£179
50Lebanon£204
51United Arab Emirates£215
52Egypt£224
53Faroe Islands£232
54United States£236
55Qatar£262
56Iran£264
57Saudi Arabia£277
58Azerbaijan£278
59Bahrain£297
60Oman£298
61Canada£307
62China£307
63Thailand£323
64Brazil£324
65Indonesia£337
66Iraq£341
67Hong Kong£345
68Ivory Coast£347
69Ghana£353
70Singapore£353
71Uganda£353
72Vietnam£355
73Taiwan£358
74Puerto Rico£362
75Pakistan£363
76Rwanda£363
77India£365
78Cape Verde£368
79Kenya£371
80South Korea£371
81Gambia£372
82Sudan£374
83Tanzania£374
84Ethiopia£375
85DR Congo£379
86Mexico£380
87Japan£381
88Uzbekistan£382
89Antigua and Barbuda£386
90South Africa£395
91Mauritania£400
92Cameroon£401
93Malaysia£413
94Nigeria£413
95Senegal£413
96Trinidad and Tobago£414
97Colombia£418
98Dominican Republic£420
99Sri Lanka£430
100US Virgin Islands£431
101Argentina£435
102Bangladesh£438
103Seychelles£444
104Angola£445
105Philippines£451
106Cuba£456
107Peru£461
108Barbados£463
109Cambodia£465
110Cayman Islands£468
111Nepal£469
112Costa Rica£480
113Zambia£491
114Grenada£495
115Saint Lucia£496
116Mauritius£505
117Jamaica£514
118Saint Kitts and Nevis£515
119Laos£517
120Belize£519
121Australia£521
122Madagascar£521
123Aruba£522
124St Maarten£523
125Maldives£525
126Chile£526
127Turks and Caicos Islands£531
128Bahamas£535
129Bermuda£542
130Bolivia£557
131Sierra Leone£578
132New Zealand£606
133Martinique£620
134Somalia£677
135Guyana£700
136Caribbean Netherlands£748
137Fiji£849
138Guadeloupe£920
139North Korea£1,044
140French Polynesia£1,214
141Sao Tome and Principe£1,229

FAQs

Poland, Lithuania, Tunisia, Romania and Morocco are the cheapest holiday destinations from the UK, with holidaymakers able to budget a 7-day holiday for under £350.
The primary reason it's cheap to go on holiday in Europe is the cheap airfares—a function of short-haul flights that guzzle less gas and a competitive regional air market. In fact, European destinations are some of the cheapest places to fly from the UK.
Yes, Turkey is relatively cheap for holidays, ranking 10th cheapest out of 48 popular holiday destinations from the UK—for a combination of affordable flights and cheaper on-the-ground costs. If you're looking for sun, it's one of the most affordable destinations from the UK.
Yes, Croatia can be another good option for a budget holiday, because you can find relatively low airfares and hotels and food are more affordable than in some other hot spot destinations.
Greece is somewhat mid-market, ranking 26th cheapest out of 48 popular holiday destinations from the UK. While cheap flights are pretty easy to find, hotels and food can be a bit pricey once you get there. Turkey can be a more economical option for those wanting nearby sun on a budget.

Methodology

We analysed data from the Office of National Statistics to determine the average amount spent by holidaymakers per day in the destination countries in our study for expenses like accommodation, food, entertainment, etc. To determine the cost of the cheapest flights available to each country, we used SkyScanner data for a one-week stay in May booked two months in advance. Bookings at other times of the year or with more or less time until you fly could change the outcome of the study.

Erin Yurday

Erin Yurday is the CEO, Co-founder and Editor of NimbleFins. Prior to NimbleFins, she worked as an investment professional and as the finance expert in Stanford University's Graduate School of Business case writing team.

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