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TripAdvisor’s TripIndex Cities 2015 reveals best value destinations

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

Cancun MexicoTripAdvisor announced the results of its annual TripIndex™ Cities cost-comparison study. The TripIndex helps travelers identify the destinations that offer the best value by comparing the cost of a three-night trip during the summer in nearly 60 key tourist cities around the U.S. and world, taking into account typical travel costs for two. For each day, the Index factors a four-star hotel stay, an organized tour or activity at local attractions, a round-trip taxi ride, as well as lunch and dinner.

The study was conducted ahead of the summer travel period by TripAdvisor with Ipsos, an independent research firm.

The study reveals that Dallas is the most affordable U.S. city for a summer trip, while Hanoi, Vietnam is the least expensive international destination. The findings also show Seattle as the priciest U.S. city this summer, while Cancun is the most expensive internationally.

TripIndex Cities: Average Cost of a Three-Day Summer Trip for Two

Least Expensive – U.S:

  Destination Lunch (per day) Dinner (per day) Taxi 
(2-mile round-trip)
Tour/ Activity (per day) Hotel (per night) Total (three days)
1 Dallas $31.80 $82.13 $18.88 $37.80 $219.65 $1,170.78
2 New Orleans $26.77 $58.73 $22.99 $64.06 $243.45 $1,248.00
3 Miami $23.37 $73.45 $21.54 $125.58 $176.84 $1,262.34
4 Minneapolis $28.30 $77.73 $22.22 $51.98 $251.01 $1,293.72
5 Atlanta $30.56 $79.09 $17.70 $82.36 $224.18 $1,301.67
6 Houston $25.67 $64.80 $20.89 $96.48 $232.67 $1,321.53
7 Las Vegas $33.56 $89.27 $24.97 $148.86 $156.61 $1,359.81
8 Philadelphia $27.00 $87.60 $18.02 $81.42 $267.92 $1,445.88
9 Washington, D.C. $30.33 $80.40 $23.77 $85.26 $277.42 $1,491.54
10 Orlando $25.17 $76.64 $21.51 $116.32 $261.44 $1,503.24

Most expensive – U.S:

  Destination Lunch (per day) Dinner (per day) Taxi 
(2-mile round-trip)
Tour/ Activity (per day) Hotel (per night) Total (three days)
1 Seattle $27.49 $72.47 $23.49 $131.48 $438.46 $2,080.17
2 Honolulu $34.80 $81.63 $31.67 $143.80 $390.03 $2,045.79
3 Boston $32.66 $81.82 $23.96 $98.70 $406.45 $1,930.77
4 San Francisco $32.97 $87.24 $29.16 $80.16 $406.88 $1,909.23
5 New York City $42.63 $127.70 $25.97 $109.09 $331.00 $1,909.17
6 Los Angeles $27.27 $92.91 $22.66 $111.68 $362.26 $1,850.34
7 Portland, Ore. $29.97 $93.80 $19.11 $88.96 $345.96 $1,733.40
8 Chicago $27.30 $96.00 $21.03 $93.26 $313.95 $1,654.62
9 San Diego $29.13 $87.42 $21.81 $116.60 $287.21 $1,626.51
10 Denver $30.67 $86.67 $17.09 $74.76 $320.42 $1,588.83

Least Expensive -- International:

  Destination Lunch (per day) Dinner (per day) Taxi 
(2-mile round-trip)
Tour/ Activity (per day) Hotel (per night) Total (three days)
1 Hanoi, Vietnam $15.97 $45.36 $4.10 $91.41 $87.22 $732.18
2 Warsaw, Poland $19.72 $72.01 $20.01 $47.30 $87.42 $739.38
3 Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt $14.45 $52.06 $5.80 $99.33 $101.78 $820.26
4 Bangkok, Thailand $16.44 $59.57 $10.38 $92.97 $94.76 $822.36
5 Mumbai, India $20.88 $62.40 $4.97 $73.02 $120.83 $846.30
6 Lisbon, Portugal $35.57 $55.18 $25.33 $56.46 $129.70 $906.72
7 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia $23.57 $69.40 $6.52 $112.64 $92.64 $914.31
8 Marrakech, Morocco $47.08 $78.89 $4.00 $73.28 $103.63 $920.64
9 Manila, Philippines $14.87 $30.63 $11.55 $111.13 $140.18 $925.08
10 Berlin, Germany $23.02 $68.26 $24.77 $76.33 $117.88 $930.78

Most expensive -- International:

  Destination Lunch (per day) Dinner (per day) Taxi 
(2-mile round-trip)
Tour/ Activity (per day) Hotel (per night) Total (three days)
1 Cancun, Mexico $30.42 $89.12 $13.43 $166.95 $373.11 $2,019.09
2 Zurich, Switzerland $61.68 $151.39 $46.15 $89.08 $300.23 $1,945.59
3 New York City $42.63 $127.70 $25.97 $109.09 $331.00 $1,909.17
4 London, UK $48.18 $109.15 $34.92 $121.71 $311.99 $1,877.85
5 Punta Cana, 
DR
$28.41 $85.23 $1.86 $159.27 $326.92 $1,805.07
6 Paris, France $52.49 $99.82 $16.86 $99.04 $270.38 $1,615.77
7 Tokyo, Japan $44.04 $87.35 $27.76 $127.14 $244.11 $1,591.20
8 Toronto, Canada $30.79 $94.70 $23.99 $82.32 $283.17 $1,544.91
9 Dubai, UAE $53.36 $166.87 $10.19 $143.28 $134.24 $1,523.82
10 Singapore $61.60 $147.95 $8.71 $78.34 $206.00 $1,507.80

The TripIndex Cities 2015 destination list is comprised of 59 key cities among the top searched countries and destinations.

TripIndex Cities prices out the average daily cost for the following items in each destination, multiplied by three to represent the cost of a three-day city trip for two people:

·         Lunch: Meal and soft drink

·         Dinner: Appetizer, entrée and bottle of wine to share

·         Taxi: Round-trip taxi ride of two miles each way

·         Tour/Activity: Cost of a tour/activity bookable on TripAdvisor via Viator

·         Hotel: Accommodation in a 4-4.5 star hotel bookable on TripAdvisor

Research was conducted by Ipsos and TripAdvisor and prices were collected through telephone and Internet searches.  Prices were taken in local currencies between March 27, 2015 and May 5, 2015 and currency conversion rates were taken from xe.com on May 10, 2015.

Lunch for two: Prices specify the average cost of a common main meal for two people with a soft drink (prices average from four mid-range restaurants in each destination).

Dinner for two: Prices specify the average cost of a traditional or common two-course meal (appetizer and entrée) for two people with a bottle of house (or cheapest available) white wine (prices average from four mid-range restaurants in each destination).

Return taxi journey: Prices specify the approximate cost of two taxi rides of two miles each, representing a roundtrip ride.  Data was taken from local authorities and taxi companies in the area. Taxi companies were identified using Internet searches and contacted via telephone in each market.

Tours/activities for two: Prices specify the average cost of a tour/activity for two people in each destination. The average price was calculated from all bookable tours and activities (excluding multi-day tours) on TripAdvisor via Viator.

Hotel room: Prices specify the average cost of one night’s stay in 4 and 4.5 star hotels bookable on TripAdvisor in each destination between June 15 – August 31, 2015, aggregated from booking partners, including online travel agencies and direct hotel suppliers.

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