London tops expensive cities list

 

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London is the most expensive city for an evening out, a cost comparison of the world's major cities reveals.

The capital tops the list in a cost comparison of an evening out for two people in key tourist cities around the world.

Hanoi in Vietnam offers the most affordable night out for British travellers, with a total cost of £89.93.

At more than triple the cost of Hanoi, London topped the list as most expensive with a cost of £330.45.

The TripAdvisor TripIndex is tracked against the British pound and is based on the combined costs for two people of one night in a four-star hotel, cocktails, a two-course dinner with a bottle of wine, and taxi fares.

"TripIndex helps travellers to see where their pound goes the furthest," TripAdvisor spokeswoman Emma Shaw said.

"The list shows that many Asian cities, along with some European cities - like Warsaw and Sofia - are very affordable once you're on the ground.

"Some cities traditionally considered expensive - like London, Paris and New York - actually cost three times more than the cheaper cities in the list for an evening out."

Hotel costs were the pivotal factor in determining the cheapest and most expensive cities on TripIndex.

The cheapest average hotel room goes to Bangkok at £51.68 per night, while the most expensive goes to London, at £230.39 per night.

Southeast Asia featured heavily in the 10 cheapest destinations, claiming four cities in total, including the cheapest city for Brits, Hanoi.

In addition, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta ranked third, fifth, and ninth.

Europe dominated the most expensive list with seven of the top 10 destinations, with London taking the top spot. Oslo, Zurich, Paris, Stockholm, Moscow, and Copenhagen took second, third, fourth, fifth, seventh, and eighth places respectively.

The cheapest cities

1 Hanoi, Vietnam

Hotel: £54.08

Return taxi trip: £3.16

Cocktails for two: £14.39

Dinner for two: £18.31

Total cost: £89.93

2 Beijing, China

Hotel: £67.72

Return taxi trip: £1.09

Cocktails for two: £15.07

Dinner for two: £17.48

Total cost: £101.37

3 Bangkok Thailand

Hotel: £51.68

Return taxi trip: £1.30

Cocktails for two: £6.05

Dinner for two: £44.35

Total cost: £103.38

4 Budapest, Hungary

Hotel: £66.58

Return taxi trip: £6.25

Cocktails for two: £22.96

Dinner for two: £27.54

Total cost: £123.32

5 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Hotel: £72.32

Return taxi trip: £2.34

Cocktails for two: £12.54

Dinner for two: £36.67

Total cost: £123.86

6 Warsaw, Poland

Hotel: £69.66

Return taxi trip: £7.90

Cocktails for two: £7.72

Dinner for two: £42.03

Total cost: £127.30

7 Taipei, Taiwan

Hotel: £90.31

Return taxi trip: £2.35

Cocktails for two: £16.79

Dinner for two: £20.25

Total cost: £129.70

8 Sofia, Bulgaria

Hotel: £74.08

Return taxi trip: £2.18

Cocktails for two: £26.18

Dinner for two: £29.94

Total cost: £132.38

9 Jakarta, Indonesia

Hotel: £79.15

Return taxi trip: £2.97

Cocktails for two: £13.74

Dinner for two: £40.16

Total cost: £136.02

10 Tunis, Tunisia

Hotel: £96.31

Return taxi trip: £3.35

Cocktails for two: £6.38

Dinner for two: £32.16

Total cost: £138.19

Most Expensive:

1 London, UK

Hotel: £230.39

Return taxi trip: £22.20

Cocktails for two: £25.00

Dinner for two: £52.86

Total cost: £330.45

2 Oslo, Norway

Hotel: £140.11

Return taxi trip: £33.46

Cocktails for two: £23.59

Dinner for two: £122.46

Total cost: £319.62

3 Zurich, Switzerland

Hotel: £186.02

Return taxi trip: £24.17

Cocktails for two: £17.30

Dinner for two: £82.57

Total cost: £310.06

4 Paris, France

Hotel: £195.40

Return taxi trip: £9.63

Cocktails for two: £36.75

Dinner for two: £64.98

Total cost: £306.76

5 Stockholm, Sweden

Hotel: £139.34

Return taxi trip: £30.33

Cocktails for two: £22.48

Dinner for two: £110.31

Total cost: £302.46

6 New York City, USA

Hotel: £217.64

Return taxi trip: £9.56

Cocktails for two: £20.40

Dinner for two: £43.28

Total cost: £290.89

7 Moscow, Russia

Hotel: £156.69

Return taxi trip: £9.15

Cocktails for two: £27.85

Dinner for two: £80.49

Total cost: £274.17

8 Copenhagen, Denmark

Hotel: £144.71

Return taxi trip: £13.83

Cocktails for two: £25.82

Dinner for two: £88.15

Total cost: £272.51

9 Sydney, Australia

Hotel: £110.20

Return taxi trip: £12.53

Cocktails for two: £27.59

Dinner for two: £99.72

Total cost: £250.04

10 Singapore

Hotel: £148.52

Return taxi trip:  £4.20

Cocktails for two: £21.94

Dinner for two: £64.29

Total cost: £238.96

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