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April 13, 2015 08:00 ET

Hipmunk Releases 2015 Summer Eurozone Travel Guide

Hipmunk's Data Analysis Identifies Which Euro-using Countries Are the Best Deals

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - April 13, 2015) - American travelers are abuzz with news that the dollar to euro conversion rate is the best it's been in years and many are eagerly planning their trips abroad. But what many travelers don't know is that not all countries in Europe use the euro and that Eurozone deals vary from country to country. Hipmunk reviewed year-over-year flight, hotel, and vacation rental data to determine which Eurozone countries are the best deals, where travelers can shave off a few extra euros, and which country is the best fit for individual travel budgets. 

"Most things in the Eurozone will be about 20 percent off to Americans," said Adam Goldstein, CEO and co-founder of Hipmunk. "But flights and hotels owned by companies headquartered elsewhere might not be as heavily discounted-especially with increased demand. So even with the conversion rate in our favor, travelers will have to keep an eye out for a good deal."

Hipmunk's team of data scientists reviewed flight/hotel searches and bookings made on Hipmunk from January 1 - April 4, 2015 for travel dates from June 1 - August 31, 2015. To calculate year-over-year data, Hipmunk compared this 2015 data to data from the same date ranges in 2014. Overall budget estimates are calculated by adding the average dollar cost of round trip airfare for one adult to the average price of a five-night hotel stay at the average nightly rate, single occupancy. All price data reflects rates actually booked by Hipmunk users and all search data reflects the percentage share of actual searches.

Eurozone Countries by Budget

The analysis revealed that the top two countries with the lowest overall vacation budget, Lithuania and Latvia, are also less popular destinations. However, a few popular destinations round out the top five.

 
Eurozone Countries by Popularity and Average Budget
 
Popularity Ranking Country Average Per Person Budget
   
Low Lithuania $1,798
   
Low Latvia $1,799
   
Medium Belgium $1,868
   
High Ireland $1,961
   
High Germany $2,036
   
Medium Portugal $2,121
   
Medium The Netherlands $2,155
   
Medium Finland $2,178
   
Low Estonia $2,182
   
High Spain $2,311
   
Medium Austria $2,373
   
Low Luxembourg $2,381
   
Low Cyprus $2,403
   
High Italy $2,436
   
Medium Greece $2,454
   
Low Slovenia $2,470
   
High France $2,561
   
Low Slovakia $3,047
   

Flights Not Always A Deal

Hipmunk uncovered that summer flights to Eurozone countries aren't always a great deal. In fact, the average summer airfare from the U.S. to the Eurozone has increased 7 percent since 2014. However, there are specific flight routes from top U.S. cities to top Eurozone cities that are significantly lower than the national average.

 
Average Flight Prices to Eurozone Countries from U.S. Cities
 
   Rome,
Italy
 Paris,
France
 Madrid,
Spain
 Frankfurt,
Germany
Dublin,
Ireland
 Athens,
Greece
 Amsterdam,
Netherlands
 Lisbon,
Portugal
                
NYC  $1,324  $1,031  $1,114  $1,113 $871  $1,356  $1,090  $1,221
                        
LA  $1,506  $2,368  $1,462  $1,484 $1,454      $1,708  $2,469
                        
Chicago  $1,619  $1,375  $1,351  $1,352 $980  $1,310  $1,276  $1,515
                        
Philly  $1,785  $1,271  $1,186  $1,470 $1,159  $1,428  $1,588  $1,267
                        
Dallas  $1,624  $1,306      $1,665 $1,416  $1,621  $1,376  $1,620
                        
SF  $2,098  $1,663  $1,558  $1,799 $1,212  $1,824  $1,585  $1,637
                        
Boston  $1,377  $1,130  $1,139  $1,245 $958  $1,303  $1,055  $1,006
                        
DC  $1,613  $1,186  $1,264  $1,345 $947  $1,351  $1,440   -
                        
Atlanta  $1,791  $1,539  $906  $1,399 $1,196  $1,998  $1,417  $1,819
                        
Houston  $1,381  $2,151  $1,193  $1,561 $1,136  $1,539  $1,518  $1,380
                        
Phoenix  $1,471  $1,446  $1,687  $1,125 $1,219  $1,774  $1,668   -
                        
Detroit  $1,502  $1,146  $861  $1,484 $1,128  $1,636  $1,950  $1,568
                        
Tampa  $1,689  $1,467  $1,397     $1,457  $1,893  $2,617  $2,604
                        
Seattle  $1,702  $1,515  $1,627  $1,748 $1,275  $1,811  $2,063  $1,566
                        
Minneapolis  $1,459  $1,282  $1,228  $1,516 $1,222  $1,707  $1,456  $1,685
                        
Miami  $1,185  $1,159  $1,256  $1,382     $2,615  $1,050  $1,095
                        
Denver  $1,616  $1,406  $1,449  $1,402 $1,238  $1,711  $1,376  $1,730
                        
Orlando  $1,408  $1,202  $1,424  $1,664 $910  $1,369        
                        
Cleveland  $1,591  $1,281  $1,700  $1,618 $1,165  $1,678      $1,411
                        
Sacramento  $3,021  $1,653  $1,509         $1,765        
                        
Pittsburgh  $1,421  $1,481  $978  $1,521 $1,179  $2,282      $1,388
                        
Portland  $1,714  $1,511  $1,566  $1,509 $1,398  $1,618  $1,696    
                        
Charlotte  $1,483  $1,435  $1,325  $1,782 $1,184  $1,539  $949    
                        
Raleigh  $1,755  $2,030  $1,271  $2,300 $1,142  $1,557  $1,356  $1,287
                        
National Average from all U.S. Cities  $1,562  $1,470  $1,436  $1,447 $1,108  $1,555  $1,390  $1,349
                        

*Green denotes a good deal (at least $100 less than the national average), yellow denotes an average deal (within $100 of the national average), and red denotes a bad deal ($100 or more than the national average).

Hotels vs. Vacation Rentals

Despite the change in the exchange rate, the average nightly summer Eurozone hotel rate has increased by 2 percent (in dollars) since 2014. But once again, when individual Eurozone countries are looked at separately, the data reveal opportunities for savings in the form of vacation rentals. On average, a traveler could save almost $60 per night by booking a vacation rental rather than a hotel room.

 
Eurozone Countries by Average Vacation Rental Savings
 
Savings
Ranking

 Country
 2015
Avg. Nightly
Hotel Rate

 2015
Avg. Nightly
Rental Rate

 Average Nightly
Savings

         
1  Slovakia  $323  $29  $294
            
2  Finland  $171  $86  $85
            
3  Portugal  $154  $82  $73
            
4  Spain  $175  $103  $72
            
5  Greece  $180  $116  $64
            
6  Italy  $175  $116  $58
            
7  France  $218  $163  $55
            
8  Latvia  $102  $59  $43
            
9  Cyprus  $140  $103  $37
            
10  Ireland  $171  $148  $23
            
11  The Netherlands  $153  $129  $22
            
12  Austria  $173  $152  $21
            
13  Belgium  $121  $111  $10
            
14  Lithuania  $76  $77 -$1
            
15  Germany  $118  $139 -$21
            

For more details or to view the complete data set and summer Eurozone travel guide, please visit the Hipmunk blog. For travel inspiration or to book your next trip, visit Hipmunk or download the Hipmunk Flight and Hotel App for free from the App Store and Google Play. 

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