Survey

The Most Expensive European Destinations for New Years Eve

by Paul Joseph  |  Updated December 29, 2015

The most expensive European city for staying overnight on New Year’s Eve is Edinburgh, the results of a new survey by TravelMag.com indicate. The results are based on a comparison of hotel prices across 30 major European destinations for the night of 31 December 2015.

Edinburgh Castle (Photo: Barnyz via Flickr)

According to the survey, visitors to the Scottish capital, which is famous around the world for its Hogmanay celebrations, will need to spend £302 for the cheapest available double room (minimum 3-star hotel). This represents an increase of nearly 600% compared with prices on a regular date during January.

Fractionally cheaper is the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik, which comes second in the survey with a cheapest rate of £296 on New Year’s Eve – a hike of 469% compared with regular rates. Third in the list is the Dutch capital of Amsterdam with a minimum rate of £236 (an increase of 572%).

Cheapest among the cities surveyed is the Greek capital of Athens with a rate of £27, while similarly affordable is the Russian capital of Moscow, where visitors are likely to find a hotel room for less than £50 as they celebrate the year’s end.

The table below compares 30 European cities for New Year’s Eve, with rates displayed alongside each destination, reflecting the price for the cheapest available double room. Only hotels located in city centres, rated at least three stars and with positive average guest reviews were surveyed. A comparison with regular rates is also shown in brackets, using rates on 7 January for contrast.

1. Edinburgh £302 (+ 597%)
2. Reykjavik £296 (+ 469%)
3. Amsterdam £236 (+ 537%)
4. Hamburg £204 (+ 466%)
5. London £187 (+ 192%)
6. Vienna £179 (+ 525%)
8. Venice £164 (+ 412%)
8. Dublin £159 (+ 383%)
9. Prague £156 (+ 642%)
10. Copenhagen £142 (+ 125%)
11. Berlin £131 (+ 245%)
12. Manchester £127 (+ 195%)
13. Zurich £126 (+ 82%)
14. Budapest £104 (+ 372%)
15. Porto £102 (+ 292%)
16. Helsinki £101 (+ 71%)
17. Barcelona £95 (+ 196%)
18. Munich £94 (+ 108%)
19. Stockholm £92 (+ 48%)
20. Milan £92 (+ 64%)
21. Madrid £89 (+ 140%)
22. Glasgow £86 (+ 109%)
23. Bruxelles £68 (+ 100%)
24. Rome £68 (+ 112%)
25. Lisbon £67 (+ 109%)
26. Paris £67 (+ 109%)
27. Oslo £58 (+ 18%)
28. Moscow £48 (+ 50%)
29. Dubrovnik £37 (+ 15%)
30. Athens £27 (+ 23%)

The rates were established on December 19, 2015 based on research conducted on the various leading hotel-booking sites.

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