New York is the priciest destination in the world for a Brit in 2018, according to a new report.
And Kiev in Ukraine is where the pound will go furthest in 2018. Last year it was Sofia in Bulgaria.
The study ranks 100 destinations on what they’ll set you back for an average night’s stay, with New York now coming with a price tag of £346.05 ($469), almost £300 ($406) more than the cheapest, Kiev, which costs just £64.79 ($86).
The annual price comparison study is by Hoppa, an air transport company, which has increased its destinations from 84 last year to 100 this year.
The new report for 2018, as it did last year, compares what your meals, drinks, accommodation, taxis and entertainment will set you back on average to produce the ‘cost for a night’ figure. It also separately breaks these amounts down and analyses the cost of unexpected medical bills.
London comes in at number nine. The study finds an average night in the British capital will cost £265.60.
This has increased dramatically from last year. Then London was the 12th most expensive, with the same experience costing £121.41. Comparatively, 2018’s cost is cheaper than a night in Dublin but more expensive than Edinburgh.
Hoppa has compared the price of cocktails, beers and coffees, too. The latter weigh in at over £4 at the ten most expensive destinations, with a decent cuppa setting you back nearly £6 in Caracas, Venezuela, on average. There’s nowhere on the list where you can get a coffee for less than £1, whereas last year you could pick up one in Kiev for 94p.
Pint-wise, if you want to drink more for less, Siam Reap takes the cheapest spot, with beers at only £2.30 while a pint will cost nearly £7 in Norway. Cheap cocktail lovers should book breaks to Havana in Cuba or Maramis in Turkey, where concoctions will mostly come in at under £3, more than five times cheaper than cocktails in Doha, Qatar.
Bottles of wine can be found for under a fiver in Cape Town and Johannesburg in South Africa as well as Benidorm in Spain and Bucharest in Romania.
From grand hotels to budget breaks, the report compares the cost of a bed for two per night. Fancy hotel stays in Ibiza, Dublin and Marbella all clock in at around £200
What’s a good night’s sleep worth? The Hoppa study ranks the average rate paid for a night’s stay for two in both luxury and cheaper rooms.
Those looking to save the pennies on rooms to spend on experiences should consider Denpassar in India, Antalya in Turkey and Bangkok, Thailand – all coming in at under £44 per night.
For those looking to luxe out on Egyptian linen and fancy bathrooms, New York, Venice and Copenhagen are all at the pricey end. And while London isn’t in the top ten for most expensive accommodation, Edinburgh is – at an average of £185 per night.
We’re all foodies now so eating out is one of the most important parts of a trip away, no matter where you’re going. But it helps to know how much you need to put aside.
Cheap eats (based on the price of a McDonald’s Big Mac) can be found in Kiev (£2.11), Cairo (£2.55) and Cancun in Mexico (£3.09) while fast food will set you back as much as £11 in Zurich and double that – £22 – in Caracas, which is ten times that of the cheapest meal on the list.
Treat yourself to posh meals in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam and Antalya Turkey but remember to pack the credit card if you’re fine dining in Malta (£53.15), Ibiza (£49.85) and Copenhagen (£44).
Check your bank balance before you hail a cab in Tokyo, Zurich or Stockholm but use them to get around in Marrakech, Bangkok and Cairo
The study also included the cost of hailing a cab.
Unbelievably there are still ten places in the world where you can go five kilometres for less than £2.
Cairo, Mumbai, Manila and Denpassar all clocked in at under £1.40 – the same journey in Zurich will cost a whopping £17.50. Other places where taxis should be taken with financial caution include Tokyo (£15), Amsterdam and Venice (both £13.13).
Finally, the cost of unexpected medical bills was studied, as some holidays can take unseen turns, but these costs – the amount needed for a short visit to the doctor and antibiotics combined – didn’t count towards the average-night-stay total.
Medical emergencies in Caracas, New York, San Francisco and Zurich would probably need a credit card as the top four come in at over £100, with Caracas costing you an average of £156.
Mumbai, Taipei in Taiwan and Kempala in Uganda however would charge under £13 for a similar experience.
Commenting on the report, Matt Hall of Hoppa, said: ‘This is the third year of our Hoppa report and we have investigated 100 destinations this year to offer a great snapshot of costs for holidaymakers around the world. It’s fascinating to see which are the cheapest and most expensive destinations. We hope this will help customers looking to book their 2018 getaways.’