Recently, UBA released a comprehensive list of the world’s most expensive cities for travelers and the results were pretty dramatic. More than half of the most expensive cities are in western Europe and the Americas. So if you’re planning a holiday but on a tight budget, then you may consider traveling to the cheapest cities for vacation which are mostly found in Eastern Europe and Asia.

The rankings show that Zurich is the world’s most expensive city with an overnight city spending average amounting to $1,050, the second is New York city with $1,030, Geneva and Tokyo come in the third and fourth places with not less than $1,000 each.

A street in downtown Zurich. It's the most expensive city for those on holiday!
A street in downtown Zurich. It’s the most expensive city for those on holiday!

Other cities that followed from the fifth to the tenth position are Oslo ($980) Paris ($890), Munich ($830), Taipei ($820), Helsinki ($800), and Dubai ($790). The rankings also indicate that Europe has six cities in the top ten while Asia has five of its cities in the cheapest ten cities for vacation.

Some of the inexpensive cities you may consider for your vacation include Bucharest ($250), Mumbai ($300), Sofia ($300), Bangkok ($320), New Delhi ($340), or Beijing ($350). Several African cities were also ranked in the list and these are Cairo ($480), Johannesburg ($450) and Nairobi ($380).

University square, Bucharest. At only $250 per night, it's the cheapest city for vacation
University square, Bucharest. At only $250 per night, it’s the cheapest city for vacation

But in case you prefer having your vacation in any of Central and South American cities, here are the ranked ones, Buenos Aires ($700), Bogota ($590), Santiago de Chile ($570), Lima ($560), Mexico City ($540), Sao Paulo ($500) and Rio de Janeiro ($470). More cities in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the Middle East were also ranked.

The cities were ranked based on the average daily prices a couple might need to spend a whole night in each city. This included essentials like taxi ride, postage, car rentals, dinner plus wine, entertainment and drinks in a bar.

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