Study: Sofia, Bulgaria the top bargain city in Europe; Bangkok best-value global city

TripAdvisor launched its inaugural TripIndex – that’s a cost comparison of 50 key tourist cities around the world and 15 hotspots in the U.S., tracked against the U.S. dollar. The conclusions are maybe surprising for many (I think that for instance the conclusion regarding Las Vegas is surprising).

According to the official news release, TripAdvisor’s TripIndex is based on the combined cost of one night’s accommodation (four star hotel), a core food item (pizza), an alcoholic drink (dry martini) and a taxi journey in each destination.

Domestic Deals and Global Steals

  • Las Vegas is the least expensive city in the U.S. for domestic travelers, with a total TripIndex cost of $164.
  • Beating 49 rival cities, Bangkok is the best-value global city for U.S. travelers, with its total TripIndex tally of $112.
  • Sofia, Bulgaria is the most affordable European city for Americans, at $136 and ranking at number five overall on the TripIndex list.
  • Asia emerged as the most affordable continent, claiming four of the top ten cheapest cities for American travelers.

Bangkok ($111,99) is followed by Beijing ($120,12), Sharm El Sheikh ($128.24), Kuala Lumpur ($134.01) and others.

The most expensive international cities are Paris, Zurich, London, Tokyo and so on.

I’m wondering how many people seeing this top will choose their future destinations and make their reservations based on its conclusions.

What do you think about the results? – you can see them all here.

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