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The Most Expensive Cities for Travelers

The Most Expensive Cities for Travelers

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A night out in London that includes a hotel room, taxi fare, a cocktail and dinner will set you back $518.01 on average, while one in Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital city, costs only $141.12, according to TripAdvisor’s latest edition of its TripIndex, published yesterday.

A night in a four-star hotel costs on average $361.64 in the Olympic host city compared to $84.89 in Hanoi, the most affordable city in the list.
Tourists in Asia get the best deal for a night out. Hanoi, the cheapest city in the list, is followed by Beijing in China ($159.05 for a night out) and Bangkok in Thailand ($161.90).

Budapest is the cheapest European destination on the list, where it broke the top five. A night out in the Hungarian capital will set you back $193.78 on average, making it slightly cheaper than the next city on the list, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia ($194.43).

European cities are the most expensive, with London coming in at over five hundred dollars ($361.64 for accommodation and $82.61 for dinner), followed by Norwegian capital Oslo ($499.91), Zurich in Switzerland ($485.82) and Paris.

A night out in Paris, which this week MasterCard forecast as the second most popular city for tourists in the world after London, costs a total of $480.76, broken down in the following way: tourists shell out $306.71 on average for a room in a four-star hotel, $15.06 for a taxi fare (for a 1.8-mile ride), $57.44 for a cocktail for two in the bar of a five-star hotel and $101.55 for dinner (two main courses and one bottle of wine).

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In North America, popular tourist destination New York is the most expensive city and sixth most expensive on the overall list at $456.50 ($341.63 for accommodation, $15 for a cab ride, $32 for two cocktails and $67.87 for dinner), while Las Vegas offers the best value at a total cost of $263.

The TripIndex compares the price of a night out in the most popular tourist destinations around the world for the summer of 2012. The average costs mentioned cover two cocktails, dinner for two at a restaurant, taxi fares and a night for two at a hotel.

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