TripAdvisor® is the world’s largest travel site*, in 17th June it unveiled TripIndexTM 2012 which is a cost comparison of an evening out for two people in key tourist cities around the world.
The TripAdvisor TripIndex is tracked against the British pound and 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 2012).
Hanoi,Vietnamoffers the most affordable night out for British travelers with a total TripIndex cost of £89.93. At more than triple the cost ofHanoi,Londontopped the list as most expensive with a TripIndex cost of £330.45.
“TripIndex helps travelers to see where their pound goes the furthest,” commented Emma Shaw, TripAdvisor spokesperson. “The list shows that many Asian cities, along with some European cities – likeWarsawandSofia– are very affordable once you’re on the ground. Some cities traditionally considered expensive – likeLondon,ParisandNew York– actually cost three times more than the cheaper cities in the list for an evening out.”
Hotels Set the Tone
Hotel costs were the pivotal factor in determining the cheapest and most expensive cities on TripIndex: The cheapest average hotel room goes toBangkokat £51.68 per night, while the most expensive goes toLondon, at £230.39 per night. This meansLondonhotel rooms are four-and-a-half times more costly than those inBangkok.
The average cost of a room in the ten cheapest destinations for hotels is just £67.74, while the most expensive destinations come in at an average of £175.54. That means rooms in the ten most expensive cities for hotels are nearly three times the cost of those in the ten cheapest.
Hotel prices listed are the average for stays between 1 June – 31 August 2012.
Save in Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia featured heavily in the ten cheapest destinations, claiming four cities in total, including the cheapest city for Brits,Hanoi. In addition,Bangkok,Kuala Lumpur, andJakartaranked third, fifth, and ninth.
Comparatively Costly in Europe
Europe dominated the most expensive list with seven of the top ten destinations, with London taking the top spot. Oslo, Zurich, Paris, Stockholm, Moscow, and Copenhagen took second, third, fourth, fifth, seventh, and eighth places respectively.