West Sussex, UK (25th January 2013) – In order to help couples save money this Valentine’s Day, Airport Parking and Hotels (APH.COM) has compared the most popular romantic cities across Europe and highlighted the costs involved in couples visiting for a weekend break.  The research is available in the Know Before You Go section of the website at www.aph.com/valentinesbreaks.

The research compares the value of spending the weekend in 14 cities in Europe, including Barcelona, Florence, Paris, and Rome. The table highlights the cost of a return flight from London, three nights’ accommodation in a four-star hotel, a three-course meal at a tripadviser.co.uk top ten restaurant, and the local currency.

With regards to the cost of return flights from London Airports, prices were found to range from £99.00 to £475.00 per person. The cheapest destinations to fly to are Dublin and Paris at £99.00, closely followed by Bruges at £102.00 respectively. In comparison, Reykjavik in Iceland was found to be the most expensive city to fly to, followed by the Spanish city Seville with return flights at £205.00 per person and £475.00 per person.

When booking hotel accommodations, travelers should be careful when choosing a four-star hotel as prices vary greatly. Three nights’ accommodation for two adults was found to be the cheapest in Prague at a cost of £73.00 for a double room, whereas Monte Carlo in Monaco was the most expensive place to stay, at a cost of £376.00 for two people. The research also found that a flight and hotel package for two adults traveling from 14 to 17 February 2013 is cheapest in Lisbon, costing £159.54, and the most expensive city Reykjavik, costing £582.74 for two adults.

When comparing the cost of a three-course meal, the restaurants included in the research were selected through tripadviser.co.uk, ensuring they served traditional cuisine and were ranked in the top 10 restaurants for the city. Dublin was found to be the cheapest city for dinner with a three-course meal at The Arch Bistro (#3) costing an average of £20.00 per person, whereas a three-course meal at Le Louis XV restaurant (#2) in Monte Carlo is priced at £125.00 per person on tripadviser.co.uk.

Lisbon was found to be the cheapest overall city for a weekend away this Valentine’s Day at £184.54 per person for a return flight, a double room, and a three-course meal at Cantinho Lusitano (#6) restaurant. Dublin was a close second at £193.48 per person for a return flight and hotel package, and a three-course meal at The Arch Bistro restaurant.

For those willing to splash out this Valentine’s Day for an extra special weekend away, the research found that Reykjavik costs from £627.74 per person, including a three-course meal at Grillmarkadurinn (#1) restaurant. Monaco’s capital city, Monte Carlo, was also found to be an expensive option at £393.02 per person for a return flight, weekend accommodation, and a three-course meal package.

About APH:
Airport Parking and Hotels (APH) is the UK’s award-winning long-stay airport parking operator and booking agency, after winning the Best Airport Parking Company for a second year running at British Travel Awards 2011. This year APH also celebrates its 32nd year as a retailer and operator of pre-booked airport parking and travel extras. APH offers parking at all major UK airports as well as airport hotels packaged with parking and airport lounges. APH is also a carbon-balanced company and has, through the support of the World Land Trust, helped purchase more than 1,000 acres of endangered rainforest.

Sarah Salford (nee Falkingham)
Senior Account Manager
Airport Parking Hotels Ltd
Snowhill, Copthorne
West Sussex, UK
Zip: RH10 3EQ
Tel: 0844 871 7431
Email: sarah@mccluskey.co.uk