The cheapest and most expensive cities in the world for 2019 feature 2 South African cities – Johannesburg and Cape Town.
Wouldn’t it make you feel good if Port Elizabeth featured as well – not necessarily as the cheapest or most expensive but at least as a value for money destination?
As I tell anyone not bored enough looking to listen; “There is a fundamental difference between people from PE and people from Johannesburg- PE people boast about how cheap something is, whereas Johannesburg people boast about how expensive something is!” According to this research though – Cape Town has spanked Johannesburg in the more expensive stakes!
New research by hoppa, the leading provider of ground transportation services worldwide, reveals the cheapest and most expensive travel destinations in the world for 2018 – with New York ranked as the world’s most expensive city while Manila is the cheapest.
Of the two South African cities that made the list – Cape Town ranked as the 54th most expensive city in the world (up from 62nd), costing travellers £145.31 on average overall, while Johannesburg took the 76th place (up from 81st) at £111.27 in food, accommodation, and transport costs.
A breakdown of average costs is featured in the table below – all amounts have been converted from the Rand Pound exchange rate of R17.78 as at 9 January 2019.
Item: Rank – Average Cost:
Daily total: 54 – R2583.61
Hotel costs per person per night: 41 – R1955.80
Taxi fare per 5km: 78 – R61.87
Restaurant meal for two: 73 – R302.26
Big Mac Meal: 87 – R56.01
Coffee: 92 – R26.31
Cocktail: 90 – R65.79
Bottle of wine: 91 – R84.10
Pint of beer: 79 – R32.00
Item: Rank – Average Cost
Daily total: 76 – R1978.38
Hotel costs per person per night: 75 – R1209.04
Taxi fare per 5km: 44 – R122.15
Restaurant meal for two: 62 – R373.38
Big Mac Meal: 86 – R58.67
Coffee: 87 – R25.43
Cocktail: 94 – R62.05
Bottle of wine: 84 – R93.70
Pint of beer: 83 – R29.34
100 cities around the world were included in the research by hoppa, and criteria included the cost of a hotel room for the night, the average price of both restaurant meals and fast food, the costs of beverages such as coffee, beer, wine, and cocktails, as well as the price of taxi fares. Flight prices were excluded. Based on the criteria, a night in New York would set travellers back £375.38, while a night in Manila would only total £75.53.
Interestingly, four of the most expensive cities in the world are American and three are Spanish, and Asia is home to most of the cheapest cities in the world.
The overall top 10 cheapest and most expensive cities in the world are outlined in the lists below.
- Manila, Philippines – R1325.14
- Bulgaria, Sofia – R1325.50
- Antalya, Turkey – R1338.83
- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – R1348.79
- Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam – R1352.88
- Siem Reap, Cambodia – R1384.35
- Kiev, Ukraine – R1452.80
- Bucharest, Romania – R1539.75
- Denpasar, Indonesia – R1561.44
- Marmaris, Turkey – R1578.86
Most expensive Cities:
- New York City, USA – R6674.26
- San Francisco, USA – R5432.86
- Amsterdam, Netherlands – R5375.07
- Zurich, Switzerland – R5284.39
- Palma de Mallorca, Majorca – R5305.02
- Honolulu, Hawaii – R5138.60
- Los Angeles, USA – R4999.56
- Copenhagen, Denmark – R5153.36
- Ibiza, Spain – R4891.28
- Marbella, Spain – R4570.70