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Discover the best city breaks

Ahoy pirates, are you already dreaming of your next mini break but can’t afford to spend crazy amounts of money? Luckily we always have some cheap city break deals for you! Especially if you are looking for a great value last minute holiday!

Sightseeing, partying, shopping and perhaps even sunbathing on some of the world’s most amazing beaches – all that in just one city break. So why not skip a night out at home and invest the money in a cheap city break? Discover the most exiting places in the UK, Spain, Italy, Greece, France and all over the world - from Amsterdam to Dubai to Las Vegas.

Get inspired and plan your next city break with us! Also check out our packing list for your perfect city trip!

Find your next city break here:

The best cheap city breaks in Europe

You don't have to go far, to find great cities that are worth a trip. Europe is offering some of the most interesting cities to visit. 

  • Rome, Italy - The eternal city offers a great mix of culture, shopping and food.
  • Paris, France - Deservedly known as one of the most romantic cities in the world.
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands - Walk along the romantic canals, peek into museums, and watch as the soft neons come alive each night in the well-known Red Light District.
  • Barcelona, Spain - Enjoy stunning architecture, buzzing nightlife and even a beach.
  • Madrid, Spain - Explore typical Spanish architecture with  a unique flair.
  • Lisbon, Portugal - Somehow still one of the most underrated destinations for a city trip. Don't miss out on the rich culture and great beaches!
  • London, UK - You don't even have to leave the UK for an amazing city break. The capital offers you everything you'd expect from a great city break.
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Check out deals for a 3-day city break in these amazing destinations!

Paris deals for under £250 pp

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Barcelona deals with major savings

(incl. breakfast; 4-Star hotel)

New York deals for under £500 pp

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Rome deals with big discounts

(incl. breakfast; 4-Star hotel)

Madrid deals for under £250 pp

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Bargain Lisbon deals

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Great city breaks for the winter

Escape the cold back home and head to these destinations where the sun seems to always shine and the temperatures stay pleasant, even in December and January:

  • Melbourne, Australia – highs of 24°C to 26°C in winter.
  • Funchal, Madeira – highs of around 20°C in winter.
  • Los Angeles, USA – highs of around 20°C in winter.
  • Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote – highs of around 20°C in winter.
  • Cape Town, South Africa – highs of around 30°C in winter.

Cheap city breaks away

Here are just a few ideas to get you started, looking at some of the most visited cities in the world:

  • Hong Kong – Ideal for a look at unique and ultra-modern Asia.
  • New York City, USA – An iconic American destination which perfectly blends culture and entertainment.
  • Bangkok, Thailand – Known for its vibrancy and legendary nightlife.
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – An ever-growing metropolis balancing progress and tradition.
  • Seoul, South Korea – One of the most intriguing cities in Asia.
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Best cheap weekend breaks

What better way to spend the weekend than exploring a new city? From cheap weekends away within the U.K. to our favourite cities just a short flight away, there’s plenty of budget destinations ideal for a weekend break. To make the most of a weekend trip, we recommend trying to “bridge” your bank holidays with vacations days—however, all of our top picks below can be easily done in just 2-3 days. 

HolidayPirates always have some great deals for a weekend break. Especially if you have a full-time 9-5 job a weekend city break might be the perfect choice for you. You won't even need to take a single holiday day to enjoy and explore the best city trip destinations in Europe.

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Edinburgh, Scotland

Although the Scottish capital isn’t well-known as a budget destination, it’s easy to keep spending to a minimum, particularly if you travel in the off season. Get outside and climb Arthur’s Seat or visit the botanical gardens—both free—or, if you catch the rain, head to the Scottish National Gallery or National Museum of Scotland (free admission). Stick to budget eats (like Oink’s famous stuffed rolls) and student-friendly pubs to make your trip even more wallet-friendly.  

The Peak District, England

This national park just outside Manchester is ideal for outdoor adventurers looking to stay in the U.K. for their holiday. You can find campsites from just £7.50pp, camping pods from £29.50, and budget cottages for larger groups on the outskirts of the park. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the trails and cycle paths for a low-cost trip that’s good for mind, body, and soul. 

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Budapest, Hungary

Economical travelers will know that Budapest is one of the best cities in Europe for a low-cost trip. Private apartments for two or more guests are available for less than £30/night, the street food is tasty and filling, and you can find drinks for a little over a pound a pint. Couple that with the not-too-pricey baths the city is famous for, and it’s easy to see how Budapest has risen to budget holiday fame. 

Palma, Mallorca

While the beach towns of Mallorca draw crowds of Brits every summer, a stay in the island’s capital, Palma, works any time of the year. As the small coastal towns board up in the winter season, Palma’s small cafes, art galleries, and walkable neighborhoods flourish. Festivals take place throughout the winter season, meaning you can hike the mountainous trails on the island’s Western coast by day and join the festivities by night. The rest of the year, the capital is a good place to mix in sightseeing and lazy afternoons in outdoor cafes with journeys to the beaches in the surrounding areas. 

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Cheap city breaks

On a budget? There are many wonderful cities to visit, where affordable air fares, accommodation, and daily costs will leave you plenty of cash for another trip later on. Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, offers low prices at even the most luxurious places to stay, allowing you to savour Eastern European architecture and delicious food. Krakow, Poland is rich in history and also famously inexpensive for a trip. Finally, while there are places in Spain with cheaper daily costs, flights to Barcelona are often magnificently affordable, and there's so much to see that the overall value is excellent.

The best cities for a romantic weekend

Paris is arguably the most iconic destination for lovers looking for a romantic escape, but have you ever considered a city break to Florence, Italy? The Galleria dell'Accademia houses Michelangelo's David, which is just the start of the city's artistic offerings. Stroll hand in hand through the piazzas as you enjoy some gelato and see the Arno River at sunset. Buenos Aires, Argentina is often said to have the most European feel of the South American capitals. Explore the trendy and colourful La Boca neighbourhood and admire the gorgeous buildings in Plaza de Mayo. Or head to the medinas of Marrakech, Morocco. The vibrant markets and splendid architecture, such as the 19th-century Bahia Palace, set the stage for a culturally rich and romantic city break.

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