A night on the town in Paris is now cheaper than one in London, a survey has indicated.
Travel website TripAdvisor has identified the UK capital as the most expensive city for Britons to have a night out in.
Based on a night for two at a four-star hotel, cocktails, a two-course meal and a bottle of wine, plus a return taxi trip, a night in the UK capital would cost £330.45.
This makes it costlier than second-placed Oslo, with Zurich in third and Paris - which also has a reputation of being expensive - down in fourth.
The fact that Paris costs less than London may tempt some to jump on ferries from Dover to Calais
and pay a visit to the French capital, rather than having a 'staycation'.
Paris is, of course, a city with a hugely romantic reputation and it need not cost so much to enjoy a trip there.
Staying in a cheaper hotel than a four-star establishment is one obvious way to save cash and, as with London, money can be saved by using the underground instead of taking a taxi.
The Paris Metro and RER provide a very extensive system of transport around the city and a Paris Metro Pass provides unlimited travel on the Metro as well as buses in the zones it is valid for.
And visitors can also buy museum passes, which provide two days of unlimited visiting around famous venues like the Louvre, Musee d'Orsay and the Chateaux de Versailles, among the total of over 60 places for which the pass is eligible.
So for those keen on a romantic weekend away with a view from the Eiffel Tower and walk on the banks of the Seine thrown in, the cost of the trip may turn out to be much less than expected.
Posted by Andrew Smith