What are the Cheapest Cities to Visit?

If you’re thinking about going on a short city break, your best bet might be to head east.

Bucharest

The capital of Romania comes out top for cheap European cities

In a recent report published by UBS, European cities took up six of the top ten most expensive cities to stay. The cheapest were primarily in Asia and Eastern Europe.

Zurich was the most expensive city to visit, averaging $1,050 for an overnight city break. New York came in close second at $1,030, followed by Geneva and Tokyo, where the price was at least $1,000 each. Paris, Munich, Taipei, Helsinki, and Dubai rounded out the top ten, with Dubai costing $790 for the night.

Those who want a dirt-cheap vacation should go to Bucharest, Romania, where the stay costs just $260. Mumbai in India and Sofia, Bulgaria cost only $300 for the night, followed by Bangkok, New Delhi and Beijing. Nairobi and Vilnus (Lithuania) both cost $380. The ninth and tenth least expensive cities were Budapest and Istanbul.

UBS created the list by finding out the average price in each city surveyed for two people, with an overnight stay in a first-class hotel, two dinners at a restaurant including a bottle of wine, a taxi ride, two tickets for public transportation, a rental car (100 km), a paperback book, a phone call and postage for a letter. The prices listed do not include travel to and from the destination.

Cost of City Break (US dollars)

Zurich  –  1,050
New York  –  1,030
Geneva  –  1,020
Tokyo  –  1,000
Oslo  –  980
Paris  –  890
Munich  –  830
Taipeh  –  820
Helsinki  –  800
Dubai  –  790
Copenhagen  –  780
Miami  –  780
London  –  750
Doha  –  740
Luxembourg  –  720
Manama (Bahrain)  –  720
Moscow  –  710
Rome  –  710
Toronto  –  710
Buenos Aires  –  700
Chicago  –  700
Frankfurt  –  700
Jakarta  –  690
Sydney  –  690
Milan  –  670
Seoul  –  670
Shanghai  –  670
Dublin  –  660
Lyon  –  650
Madrid  –  650
Tel Aviv  –  650
Hong Kong  –  640
Vienna  –  630
Berlin  –  620
Los Angeles  –  620
Stockholm  –  610
Barcelona  –  600
Bogotá  –  590
Auckland  –  580
Brussels  –  580
Montreal  –  570
Santiago de Chile  –  570
Lima  –  560
Kiev  –  550
Kuala Lumpur  –  550
Nicosia  –  550
Mexico City  –  540
Tallinn  –  540
Athens  –  530
Prague  –  500
São Paulo  –  500
Ljubljana  –  490
Warsaw  –  490
Cairo  –  480
Rio de Janeiro  –  470
Lisbon  –  460
Riga  –  460
Bratislava  –  450
Johannesburg  –  450
Manila  –  450
Istanbul  –  440
Budapest  –  430
Nairobi  –  380
Vilnius  –  380
Beijing  –  350
New Delhi  –  340
Bangkok  –  320
Mumbai (Bombay)  –  300
Sofia  –  300
Bucharest  –  260

Avid international travelers may be interested to learn that, for example, rental cars vary greatly in price from city to city: in Rio de Janeiro, a rental car can cost you around $25 – one tenth of the cost of the same vehicle in Oslo! Over half of our cities offer rental cars for under $110 per day – less than half the price of one in Paris, which was our second-most expensive city for rental cars. Postage had one of the greatest price variances: the price of sending a letter was 58 times more expensive in Bogotá than in Kiev; while fifty-nine cities have postage prices under a dollar.

Source: UBS

City breaks
Cities USD Index
Amsterdam 570 55.3
Athens 530 51.5
Auckland 580 56.3
Bangkok 320 31.1
Barcelona 600 58.3
Beijing 350 34.0
Berlin 620 60.2
Bogotá 590 57.3
Bratislava 450 43.7
Brussels 580 56.3
Bucharest 260 25.2
Budapest 430 41.7
Buenos Aires 700 68.0
Cairo 480 46.6
Chicago 700 68.0
Copenhagen 780 75.7
Doha 740 71.8
Dubai 790 76.7
Dublin 660 64.1
Frankfurt 700 68.0
Geneva 1,020 99.0
Helsinki 800 77.7
Hong Kong 640 62.1
Istanbul 440 42.7
Jakarta 690 67.0
Johannesburg 450 43.7
Kiev 550 53.4
Kuala Lumpur 550 53.4
Lima 560 54.4
Lisbon 460 44.7
Ljubljana 490 47.6
London 750 72.8
Los Angeles 620 60.2
Luxembourg 720 69.9
Lyon 650 63.1
Madrid 650 63.1
Manama 720 69.9
Manila 450 43.7
Mexico City 540 52.4
Miami 780 75.7
Milan 670 65.0
Montreal 570 55.3
Moscow 710 68.9
Mumbai 300 29.1
Munich 830 80.6
Nairobi 380 36.9
New Delhi 340 33.0
New York City* 1,030 100.0
Nicosia 550 53.4
Oslo 980 95.1
Paris 890 86.4
Prague 500 48.5
Riga 460 44.7
Rio de Janeiro 470 45.6
Rome 710 68.9
Santiago de Chile 570 55.3
Sao Paulo 500 48.5
Seoul 670 65.0
Shanghai 670 65.0
Sofia 300 29.1
Stockholm 610 59.2
Sydney 690 67.0
Taipei 820 79.6
Tallinn 540 52.4
Tel Aviv 650 63.1
Tokyo 1,000 97.1
Toronto 710 68.9
Vienna 630 61.2
Vilnius 380 36.9
Warsaw 490 47.6
Zurich 1,050 101.9

 

 

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