Cape Town among cheapest travel cities

2013-06-12 11:37
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Travelling on a shoestring? These are your 10 best trip options.

Sydney - Even if you're travelling on a shoestring, it's possible to have a fancy night out without blowing your whole trip budget... as long as you're in the right city.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that TripAdvisor recently did a survey, calculating the cost of a night out in a variety of cities around the world for their TripIndex Cities. They based the survey on the cost of a couple staying one night in a four-star hotel, cocktails, a two-course dinner with a bottle of wine, and a return taxi fare of 3.2km each way. 

While it may come as no shock that cities like Oslo, Paris and New York are among the most expensive, South Africans may be surprised to find that Cape Town was named the 9th cheapest city for travellers in the world.

According to TripAdvisor's calculation, a proper night out with four-star accommodation will cost a couple $212.49, which works out to about R2 100  (at R10/$)

A similar night out in Oslo, the current most expensive city, will cost $561.26 (R5 604), while Sofia in Bulgaria is a budget travellers dream, costing only $153.21 (R1 529) for a night of revelry. 

"The list shows that Asia is the most affordable continent, while Europe is the most expensive, but some European cities - like Sofia, Warsaw and Budapest - are bucking this trend," says a TripAdvisor spokesperson.

While the cost of a hotel stay was the most expensive of any items of the night, the biggest disparity between cities was the return taxi trip.

Comparing items, for the price of three taxis in Zurich a traveller can stay one night in a four-star hotel in Hanoi.

TripAdvisor's destination list of key cities from 49 countries is based on those that receive the largest number of international visitor arrivals according to data compiled by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).

Check out the 10 most expensive and 10 cheapest cities, according to TripAdvisor's TripIndex Cities

10 most expensive cities

1. Oslo, Norway $561.26 (R5 604)

2. Zurich, Switzerland $506.45 (R5 052)

3. Stockholm, Sweden $504.30 (R5 032)

4. New York City, US $498.58 (R4 961)

5. Paris, France $494.96 (R4 935)

6. Sydney, Australia $445.64 (R4 443)

7. London, Britain $437.40 (R4 363)

8. Copenhagen, Denmark $429.55 (R4 286)

9. Cancun, Mexico $426.09 (R4 253)

10. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic $420.91 (R4 193)

10 cheapest cities

1. Sofia, Bulgaria $153.21 (R1 524)

2. Hanoi, Vietnam $170.12 (R1 697)

3. Warsaw, Poland $181.73 (R1 807)

4. Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt $184.74 (R1 837)

5. Budapest, Hungary $186.46 (R1 857)

6. Bangkok, Thailand $194.79 (R1 932)

7. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia $210.30 (R2 096)

8. Tunis, Tunisia $211.51 (R2 102)

9. Cape Town, South Africa $212.49 (R2 100)

10. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia $212.72 (R2 100)

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