Have a great time on a Gdansk city break with a total budget of £100

23 July 2014

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How far can £100 really get you in this day and age, when you crave a city break away from the UK?

Well, in these times of increased competition and the economic downturn leading to cheap airfares and budget accommodation options, it’s surprising just how far you can get, and how much you can do when you get there!

We’ve had a go at coming up with a 2-night break itinerary, with the cost of flights, accommodation, activities and food all costing no more than £100.

Our chosen destination on this occasion is the Polish city of Gdansk, you may not know much about this lesser-known European city, but it has plenty to keep travellers of all ages amused.

Gdansk is part of an area known as the ‘Tri-city’, with the other areas being the coastal spa resort of Sopot and the modern port of Gdynia.  The Baltic city of Gdansk was virtually destroyed by bombing in the Second World War, and has been rebuilt.  It has pretty pastel-coloured buildings, history aplenty and its largest export is the prized gemstone amber.

Whilst spoilt for choice, we have whittled down the many tourist attractions for a whistle-stop tour of the area, whilst trying to keep a lid on costs.

Our Itinerary

Flight to Gdansk’s Lech Walesa Airport from a London airport – £41.98.  This fare is with low cost airline Ryanair including hand baggage.  Flights at this cost are currently available from London Luton for various dates throughout September to December.

Two nights bed and breakfast in the Old Town Hostel £11

Tourist Card (Karta Turysty) from the Tourist Information Office free travel on the whole public transport network – £6.36 for 24 hours


Day 1 Itinerary (after arriving the previous evening)

Morning – The Old Town – have a leisurely wander round the impressive and atmospheric Old Town of Gdansk – beautiful architecture, friendly locals, clean and well-preserved.  You will be spoilt for choice with nice restaurants and little shops.  See Dluga Street, Mariacka Street and St.Mary’s Church (believed to be the largest brick church in the world) – beautiful art, interior and an amazing view of the city from the top of the tower.  The Green Gate is also an iconic photo opportunity.

Cost to go up the tower at the church – 96p

Lunch – £2 budget

Afternoon – European  Solidarity Center  Roads to Freedom Exhibition. Immerse yourself in the struggles of Lech Walesa’s Solidarity Movement against Soviet rule. Get a glimpse into 1970’s shortages in the underground museum, which charts the course of events from 1945 till 1989. Costs £1.16

Dinner – Visit the legendary Bar Pod Ryba to eat a tasty and filling jacket potato.  Choose from one of seven sauces, and your potato is then topped with anything from salmon to sausage to beans or veggies  – £5 budget

Day 2 Itinerary

Morning – head to Oliwa Park and Cathedral.  The Cathedral is a short train ride from Gdansk and houses a magnificent organ.  You can hear free recitals daily, and appreciate the ambience and beauty of the building.  After you’ve taken a look around, you can take a leisurely stroll around Oliwa Park, which has its own modern art gallery, a botanical garden and plenty of lovely relaxing walks as an antidote to the city.

Admission: Free.

Lunch – £2 budget.

Afternoon  – Take a short train journey to the coastal spa resort of Sopot, which boasts the longest wooden pier in Europe, white sandy beaches, the lively Monte Cassino Street and the amazingly eccentric Crooked House, that looks like a Salvador Dali painting.

Dinner – Enjoy some traditional Polish fare at the highly-rated Karczma Irena restaurant, wholesome food with great flavours and good portion sizes.

Budget – £7

Total Cost – £84.40, leaving a slush fund of £15.60 for evening entertainment, ice-creams, drinks and souvenirs!


Wow! Your money certainly will go further in Gdansk than here in the UK, and I reckon anyone would have a great time visiting this European gem.  We’d love to hear from you if you use our itinerary as a template for a future trip, if you have any other suggestions for things to do in Gdansk or if you have a great idea for an alternative sub-£100 trip itinerary.

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