Trip Advisor has released its latest TripIndex Cities that ranks the cities on the basis of the expense a visitor would make. Oslo, the Norwegian capital tops the list as the most expensive amongst the world’s key cities. Visitors to Oslo would have to pay an average of $561.26 for a night out in town. The list is dominated by European cities with Sydney being the only exception in the top eight cities. According to the report a night out in Sydney would cost a visitor $445.64. TripAdvisor has calculated the cost for a couple staying one night in a four-star hotel, cocktails, a two-course dinner with a bottle of wine, and return taxi fare of 3.2 kilometers each way.
Sofia, Warsaw and Budapest are the Most Affordable Cities in Europe
Europe as a continent is the most expensive, but the interesting part is that the least expensive city is also in Europe. The spot is occupied by Sofia in Bulgaria which was declared the cheapest city overall with the visitors expected to spend only $153.21 for a night of revelry. South East Asia has expectedly a significant presence in the list of least expensive destinations with Hanoi, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur occupying the 2nd, 6th and 7th position respectively. The report clearly shows that Asia is the most affordable continent. However, there are exceptions in both Asia and Europe. Cities like Sofia, Warsaw and Budapest, though in Europe are rather affordable and don’t exert undue pressure on the pockets of visitors.
Hotel Room Costs Are Lowest in Sofia and Highest in New York
The ranking hasn’t changed much since last year but Singapore which had been part of the top ten has slipped to the 14th position this year. Another interesting finding of the report is the wide variation that exists between cities in the cost of return taxi trip. The cost of hotel also varied sharply with a night in Sofia hotel costing only $93 where as the hotels in New York City were the most expensive averaging $366 for a night. The key cities which are part of the survey was selected from 49 countries based on the data compiled by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) for the cities receiving the largest number of international visitor arrivals.