By Gaya Travel on June 11, 2013

 
This photo of <a href="http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g294452-Sofia_Sofia_Region-Vacations.html">Sofia</a> is courtesy of TripAdvisor

This photo of Sofia is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Kuala Lumpur, 11 June 2013 TripAdvisor™, the world’s largest travel site*, today unveils TripIndex Cities 2013, the third annual cost comparison of an eveningout and overnight stay for two people in key tourist cities around the world.

The TripAdvisor TripIndex Cities 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 approximately 3.2 kilometres each). Costs listed are accurate for the period of 1 Juneto31 August 2013.

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Sofia, Bulgaria offers the most affordable evening out and an overnight stay for Malaysian travellers with a total TripIndex cost of RM481.22, while Hanoi in Vietnam takes second place with RM534.48. At nearlyfour times the cost of Sofia, Oslo, Norway tops the list as most expensive with a TripIndex cost of RM1,760.82, closely followed by Zurich, Switzerland which totals RM1,589.19.

“TripIndex helps travellers to see where their money goes the furthest,” commented TripAdvisor spokesperson, Jean Ow-Yeong. “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. While Kuala Lumpur ranked fifth as the most affordable last year, it falls two places in this year’s TripIndex Cities to be ranked seventh most affordable of these worldwide cities.”

 

Hotels hike up the price but biggest gap is between taxi costs

While the cost of a hotel stay is the most expensive of the TripIndex basket items, the biggest disparity in cost between the cheapest and most expensive destinations lies with the return taxi trip. At RM125.93, London is almost twenty times more expensive for taxi transportation than Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at RM6.45.

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The cheapest average hotel room goes to Sofia, Bulgaria at RM292.34 per night, while the most expensive, at nearly four times the cost, goes to New York City, at RM1,151.36 per night.

 

Affordable Asia vs. Comparatively Costly in Europe

Asia features heavily in the ten least expensive destinations, claiming four cities in total. Hanoi, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Riyadh rank second, sixth, seventh and tenth place respectively.

Europe dominated the most expensive citieswith six of the top ten destinations. Oslo, Zurich, Stockholm, Paris, London and Copenhagentake first, second, third, fifth, seventh and eighthplace respectively on the list.

 

How much bang will you get for your buck around the world?

TripIndex Cities shows travellers just how far their money will go across the key tourist cities around the world:

  • For the price of three taxis in Zurich, Switzerland a traveller can get one night’s stay in a four star hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Travellers can enjoy two dinners for two people in Taipei, Taiwan for the same price as two cocktails in Seoul, South Korea
  • One night’s hotel stay for two in a four star hotel in Zurich, Switzerland is nearly the same price as three nights in Warsaw, Poland

 

TripIndex Cities

Cheapest:

No.

Destination

Hotel

Return Taxi Trip

Dinner for Two

Cocktails for Two

Total Cost

1

Sofia, Bulgaria

RM292.34

 RM14.53

RM122.94

RM51.41

RM481.22

2

Hanoi, Vietnam

RM349.44

RM18.50

RM111.27

RM55.27

RM534.48

3

Warsaw, Poland

RM313.62

RM42.54

RM162.42

RM52.21

RM570.79

4

Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt

RM308.56

RM8.79

RM197.18

RM65.92

RM580.54

5

Budapest, Hungary

RM315.40

RM33.53

RM150.91

RM85.95

RM585.79

6

Bangkok, Thailand

RM331.73

RM9.53

RM212.50

RM57.89

RM611.65

7

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

RM360.69

RM6.45

RM213.93

RM79.64

RM660.71

8

Tunis, Tunisia

RM473.62

RM7.90

RM130.46

RM53.15

RM665.13

9

Cape Town, South Africa

RM409.39

RM41.39

RM187.71

RM26.77

RM665.26

10

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

RM508.16

RM18.51

RM141.67

N/A

RM668.34

 

Most Expensive:

No.

Destination

Hotel

Return Taxi Trip

Dinner for Two

Cocktails for Two

Total Cost

1

Oslo, Norway

RM698.25

RM87.66

RM837.50

RM137.41

RM1,760.82

2

Zurich, Switzerland

RM907.06

RM118.26

RM458.57

RM105.30

RM1,589.19

3

Stockholm, Sweden

RM738.43

RM82.29

RM634.30

RM126.46

RM1,581.48

4

New York City, USA

RM1,151.36

RM69.52

RM247.43

RM98.15

RM1,566.46

5

Paris, France

RM980.30

RM53.94

RM318.63

RM200.98

RM1,553.85

6

Sydney, Australia

RM703.04

RM73.60

RM507.52

RM112.55

RM1,396.71

7

London, UK

RM822.75

RM125.93

RM309.13

RM112.64

RM1,370.45

8

Copenhagen, Denmark

RM665.94

RM117.05

RM451.71

RM113.50

RM1,348.20

9

Cancun, Mexico

RM962.92

RM61.24

RM243.22

RM71.17

RM1,338.55

10

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

RM1,013.70

RM80.97

RM161.44

RM67.41

RM1,323.52

 

The full TripIndex is available here.

TripIndex Cities - Malaysia

TripIndex Cities – Malaysia

 

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