Sydney Named the World’s 11th Most Expensive City


There are countless reasons to fall in love with Sydney, but the cost of a quick getaway in this major Australian city is nothing to brag about.

According to the latest study by TripAdvisor, Sydney is the 11th most expensive city in the world. The cheapest value destination, according to the results, is Hanoi in Vietnam.

The TripIndex Cities list compared the cost of a three-night break for two people during June to August in 40 popular cities for tourists around the world, taking in the cost of 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.

In Hanoi, a three day weekend will set you back about AUD $1,209.  The same weekend in Cancun, Mexico, deemed the world’s most expensive destination, would cost an average of AUD $3,337. In Sydney, which was just outside the Top 10 list after Toronto, Dubai and Singapore, the quick getaway was found to cost travelers AUD $2,455.

“This year’s results show that Asian destinations are still the most affordable, while European destinations continue to top the most expensive list,” said TripAdvisor spokesperson James Kay.

“However, Eastern European countries such as Bulgaria and Czech Republic seem to be bucking this trend…” he added.

Take a look at the list below for some guidance on choosing your next international excursion:

World’s Cheapest Cities:

1. Hanoi, Vietnam — $1,209

2. Warsaw, Poland — $1,221

3. Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt — $1,355

4. Bangkok, Thailand — $1,359

5. Mumbai, India — $1,398

World’s Most Expensive Cities:

1. Cancun, Mexico — $3,337

2. Zurich, Switzerland — $3,215

3. New York, US — $3,154

4. London, UK — $3,103

5. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic $2,983

11. Sydney, Australia — $2,455

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Lisa Nikolau

Lisa Nikolau is a freelance writer who has been specializing in travel, culture and current events since 2012. She currently writes on travel and news related topics for has traveled to Peru, throughout west and eastern Europe, and has lived in southern Spain.At the moment, Lisa’s favorite pastimes are learning foreign languages, exploring hiking trails in the Olympic National Forest, and ending the day with friends at one of Seattle’s many microbreweries.