The 10 cheapest and most expensive cities to travel to right now

2014-06-13 15:31

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Cape Town – Heading overseas can be rather daunting for us South Africans. Not only do we need visas for almost EVERYWHERE, but our currency also doesn’t really take us that extra mile.  

Sure, it kind of sucks, but complaining ain’t going to fix anything.  Instead, we suggest, planning your trip properly... like avoiding expensive places altogether!  

Or just saving up some more. Yeah, umm, good luck with that!

Either way, TripAdvisor has just made planning a little easier for you by releasing their lists of the top 10 cheapest and most expensive cities around the world.  

The cities were selected as key destinations from 48 of the 50 countries that receive the most international visitors on an annual basis.

Their calculations were based on an average night out for two people, including the following basic commodities:

- One night's accommodation in a 4-4.5 star hotel
- Cocktails for two people
- Dinner for two (two courses and a bottle of house wine)
- Return taxi transportation (two taxi rides of two miles each)

Unsurprisingly, the ‘most expensive’ list is topped by London, Paris and New York (kind of reads like a fashion house label, doesn’t it?), while the three least expensive cities are Hanoi, Jakarta and Sharm el Sheikh.  

Interestingly, our very own Cape Town also made it onto the least expensive list, settling in nicely in the sixth position right between Sofia and Mumbai. (Cape Town cheap?! We hear you Capetonians, we hear you!)

So, if you’re dying to jet off somewhere soon, but don’t really have a huge stash of funds, we suggest you avoid these 10 cities:

1. London, UK  

Total cost of a night out: $519.86 (R5 581)

2. Paris, France

Total cost of a night out: $509.84 (R5 477)

3. New York, USA

Total cost of a night out: $501.16 (R5 396)

4. Stockholm, Sweden



Total cost of a night out: $478.27 (R5 150)

5. Oslo, Norway

Total cost of a night out: $455.70 (R4 895)

6. Zurich, Switzerland

Total cost of night out: $453.52 (R4 869)

7. Copenhagen, Denmark



Total cost of a night out: $421.65 (R4 529)

8. Helsinki, Finland

Total cost of a night out: $379.71 (R4 092)

9. Toronto, Canada

Total cost of a night out: $376.14 (R4 050)

10. Sydney, Australia

Total cost of a night out: $374.82 (R4 039)

And opt for one of these 10 cheapest cities instead:

1. Hanoi, Vietnam

Total cost of a night out: $152.89 (R1 642)

2. Jakarta, Indonesia

Total cost of a night out: $158.40 (R1 705)

3. Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt



Total cost of a night out: $159.49 (R1 719)

4. Bangkok, Thailand

Total cost of a night out: $162.13 (R1 747)  

5. Sofia, Bulgaria

Total cost of a night out: $187.56 (R2 021)

6. Cape Town, South Africa

Total cost of a night out: $190.41 (R2 050)  

7. Mumbai, India



Total cost of a night out: $190.67 (R2 055)

8. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Total cost of a night out: $195.56 (R2 107)

9. Prague, Czech Republic

Total cost of a night out: $197.61 (R2 130)

10. Budapest, Hungary

Total cost of a night out: $200.21 (R2 158)

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