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Head to Hanoi for the world's best value city break

Tom Costley

Deputy Managing Director, Specialist Services

Leisure 21.07.2016 / 10:30


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20 cities ranked by value for money for Brits

An annual TripAdvisor cost comparison study, by Kantar's TNS, has found Hanoi in Vietnam is the best value destination in the world for a city break.

For this 'TripIndex Cities' study we compared the cost of a three-night break between June and September in 20 key tourist cities around the world. We took into account typical costs for two people, including: a four-star hotel for three nights, a visit to three attractions, lunch each day, a taxi to and from dinner each day, plus the cost of dinner itself.

The study found Hanoi is the lowest cost destination with a break costing less than £375, while New York costs the most at almost £1,400, double the average (£740).

Four of the top ten cheapest destinations are in South East Asia; Hanoi, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Bali; However, three of the most expensive destinations are also located in this part of the world: Tokyo, Singapore and Hong Kong.

On average, accommodation costs make up around half of the in-destination costs of a break (52%). However, when it comes to the highest price destinations, accommodation makes up more of the total - particularly in New York, Paris and Cancun (61%, 61%, 71%).

When it comes to eating out, travellers can get the best value for lunch and dinner in Cape Town, Mumbai and Bali, while Hong Kong and Tokyo offer the highest prices for lunch and dinner.

Prices to visitor attractions vary significantly, with some destinations predominantly offering free entrance attractions such as Hong Kong, Hanoi and Tokyo where just 1% or less of trip spend is made up of attraction costs.

Taxi fares are also vastly different from destination to destination. The cost of a 3km return taxi journey in the higher priced destinations is around 16 times more expensive than the lowest price destinations.

Source : Kantar TNS

Editor's Notes

The TripIndex Cities 2016 destination list is comprised of 20 key cities. TripIndex Cities prices out the daily cost for the following items in each destination, multiplied by three to represent the cost of a three-day city break for two people.

Lunch: Meal and soft drink
Dinner: Starter, main meal and bottle of wine to share
Taxi: Return taxi journey of three km each way
Attraction: Average cost of entry to three popular attractions
Hotel: Accommodation in a 4-4.5 star hotel


Research was conducted by Kantar's TNS and prices were collected through telephone and web search. Prices in each market were taken in local currencies between 23 Mar and 5 May 2016 and currency conversion rates were taken from Oanda.com on 30th June 2016.

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