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11 2013

Sofia, Bulgaria named cheapest city for Brits and Oslo, Norway takes the top spot as most expensive

TripIndex by TripAdvisor reveals the price of an evening out in key cities around the world


It’s time for the annual unveiling of TripIndex Cities, when we at TripAdvisor reveal the best value destination for Brits this year.


TripIndex is a cost comparison of an evening out and overnight stay for two people in key tourist cities around the world. Tracked against the British pound TripIndex Cities is based on the combined costs for two of one night in a four-star hotel, cocktails, a two-course dinner with a bottle of wine, and return taxi transportation (two journeys of two miles each).  Costs listed are accurate for the summer months ahead (1 June – 31 August 2013).


This year, Sofia, Bulgaria offers the most affordable evening out for British travellers with a total TripIndex cost of £103.91, while Hanoi in Vietnam takes second place with £115.43. At nearly four times the cost of Sofia, Oslo, Norway tops the list as most expensive with a TripIndex cost of £381.28, closely followed by Zurich, Switzerland which totals £343.24.


Hotels hike up the price but biggest gap is between taxi costs

While the cost of a hotel stay is the most expensive of the TripIndex basket items, the biggest disparity in cost between the cheapest and most expensive destinations lies with the return taxi trip. At £27.20, London is almost twenty times more expensive for taxi transportation than Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at £1.39.


The cheapest average hotel room goes to Sofia, Bulgaria at £63.13 per night, while the most expensive, at nearly four times the cost, goes to New York City, at £248.63 per night.


Affordable Asia vs. Comparatively Costly in Europe

Asia features heavily in the ten cheapest destinations, claiming four cities in total. Hanoi, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Riyadh rank second, sixth, seventh and tenth place respectively.


Europe dominated the most expensive cities with six of the top ten destinations. Oslo, Zurich, Stockholm, Paris, London and Copenhagen take first, second, third, fifth, seventh and eighth place respectively on the list.


How much bang will you get for your buck around the world?


TripIndex Cities shows travellers just how far their pound will go across the key tourist cities around the world:






TripIndex Cities




 DestinationHotel Return taxi trip Dinner for twoCocktails for twoTotal cost
1Sofia, Bulgaria£63.13£3.14£26.54£11.10£103.91
2Hanoi, Vietnam£75.46£4.00£24.03£11.94£115.43
3Warsaw, Poland£67.72£9.13£34.85£11.20£122.90
4Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt£66.63£1.90£42.66£14.26£125.45
5Budapest, Hungary£68.11£7.30£32.86£18.72£126.99
6Bangkok, Thailand£71.63£2.05£45.71£12.45£131.84
7Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia£77.89£1.39£46.24£17.21£142.73
8Tunis, Tunisia£102.28£1.70£28.12£11.46£143.56
9Cape Town, South Africa£88.41£8.97£40.69£5.80£143.87
10Riyadh, Saudi Arabia£109.73£4.00£30.60£0.00£144.33


Most Expensive:


 DestinationHotel Return taxi trip Dinner for twoCocktails for twoTotal cost
1Oslo, Norway£150.78£19.02£181.67£29.81£381.28
2Zurich, Switzerland£195.87£25.55£99.07£22.75£343.24
3Stockholm, Sweden£159.46£17.84£137.53£27.42£342.25
4New York City, USA£248.63£15.01£53.43£21.20£338.27
5Paris, France£211.69£11.63£68.71£43.34£335.37
6Sydney, Australia£151.82£15.91£109.74£24.34£301.81
7London, UK£177.67£27.20£66.77£24.33£295.97
8Copenhagen, Denmark£143.80£25.24£97.40£24.47£290.91
9Cancun, Mexico£207.94£13.26£52.64£15.40£289.24
10Punta Cana, Dominican Republic£218.90£17.44£34.77£14.52£285.63



The full TripIndex is available at


Notes to Editors:

The international TripIndex Cities 2013 destination list comprises key cities from 49 of the 50 countries which receive the largest number of international visitor arrivals (data compiled by the UNWTO).


TripIndex prices out the following items in each destination to represent the cost of a night out for two people:

  • One night’s accommodation in a four-star hotel
  • Cocktails for two people
  • Dinner for two (two courses and a bottle of house wine)
  • Return taxi transportation (two taxi journeys of two miles each)


Prices were collected through a variety of research methods as outlined below.  Prices were taken in local currencies between March and April 2013 and converted into GBP on 19 April 2013.


Hotels: Prices specify the average per-night cost of a room at four-star hotel found on TripAdvisor (via partner booking sites such as online travel agencies and direct hotel suppliers) in each destination for the summer travel period (1 June – 31 August 2013).


Cocktails for two: Prices specify the average cost of two traditional dry martinis from a top-rated five-star hotel on TripAdvisor in each destination.


Dinner for two: Prices specify the average cost of a traditional or common two-course meal (starter and main course) for two people with a bottle of house (or cheapest available) white wine (prices averaged from three mid-range restaurants in each destination).


Return taxi trip: Prices specify the approximate cost of two taxi journeys of two miles each (representing an evening’s return transportation).  Data was taken from local authorities, recognised taxi companies, and/or travel experts on the area.


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