The Top 20 Most Expensive Holiday Destinations In The World


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They Are Some Of The Most Popular Destinations In The World

It won't come as a surprise that some of the most popular destinations that tourists travel to are also the most expensive.

In a survey conduced by travel company, Hoppa, they ranked the most expensive destinations by how much it would cost per day.

Included in the survey was the average hotel cost, taxi journey and cup of coffee.

It also included was the average bottle of wine and glass of beer, because what is a holiday without a beer with your lunch and a coffee at breakfast.

Here's a run-down of the top 20, see which destinations are at the top.


20Doha, Qatar - $321.76

The lowest on the list is the capital of Qatar, Doha, where the average coffee is $6.01 and the average bottle of wine will cost you an expensive $41.

Doha has a population of approximately 2.3million people and is located on the east coast of the middle eastern country on the Persian Gulf.


The city is famous for the Doha Tower which lights up the skyline at night.

The city will be host to the Soccer World Cup in 2022 and will be the first Arab country to host the event.


19Singapore, Singapore - $333.70

Singapore is next on the list where it will cost an average of $333 per night.

The average cost of a bottle of wine from the supermarket is $26 which although isn't the highest (Doha is) it still makes it one of the most expensive.


The city has a population of approximately 5.7 million and aside from the high end retail and shopping malls, it offers a number of stunning locations including the 'Gardens by the Bay', which consists of 101 hectares of plush beautiful gardens located next to the city.


18Muscat, Oman - $336.94

Located on the Gulf of Oman, Muscat is an historical city surrounded by mountains and desert.

From the Sultan Qaboos Grad Mosquq, the Royal Opera House to the Mutrah Souk, Muscat is one of the most beautiful and oldest cities in the world.


An average price of a coffee is approximately $6.12 which will start to add up and with so many historical places to visit you may just want to save your money.


17Stockholm, Sweden - $337.29

Stockholm used to be in the top 5 most expensive destinations in the world but now just makes it in the top 20.

The Swedish capital is the most densely populated city in Scandinavia with nearly 1 million people in a city that is 188 square kilometres.


The city is known for its three world heritage sites including the Royal Palace at Drottningholm, Skogskyrkogården (The Woodland Cemetery) and the Birka archaeological site.

In addition to its iconic and beautiful city hall building, the culture rich city has over 100 museums, including the ABBA museum.


16Copenhagen, Denmark - $338.18

Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark (which also served as the backdrop to Shakespeare's Hamlet), is another of the Scandinavian capitals on the list.

Coffee drinkers may be disappointed to see it is the second most expensive city in the world to get a coffee at an average price of $6.78 per cup.


It's not good news for fast food loves either as the capital city is 5th on the list of most expensive burgers coming in at $12.32.

You might be thinking that you might as well spend big when it comes to food and you will be spoilt for choice as the city has the most Michelin starred restaurants in the world, with 16.


15Nassau, Bahamas - $350.31

The capital city of The Bahamas, Nassau has a population of approximately 275,000.

It is known for its tropical climate where temperatures in the summer months average around 31-32 °C!

You might need to take a few drinks with you whilst you travel!


And when it comes to drinks, unfortunately its one of the most expensive where a cup of coffee will set you back approximately $5.90 and a bottle of wine $23.30.

Nassau is a popular filming location for Hollywood movies with the James Bond movie, Casino Royale, the most notable.


14Oslo, Norway - $353.31

The third Scandinavian city on the list, Norwegian capital, Oslo.

The city was founded in 1040 and became a major trading hub in the region, which is remains to this day. Large parts of the city consist of forest such is the people's dedication to nature and not wanting to develop housing in these areas.


The city is also where the Nobel Prize ceremonies take place.

Going out in Oslo doesn't come cheap as it one of the most expensive places in the world to eat fast food and for a meal for two (including wine and deserts).


13San Juan, Puerto Rico - $366.65

The capital of Puerto Rico, San Juan, was discovered by Christopher Columbus on November 19, 1493.

Part of the terms of the Spanish-American War in the Treaty of Paris made Puerto Rico a colony of the United States of America which is remains to this day.


The historic island offers beautiful beaches and views of the Atlantic ocean but it certainly doesn't come cheap with the average daily cost amounting to $366.65.


12Paris, France - $376.55

Home to one of the most famous and the most popular museum in world, The Louvre, the French capital is a city that is famous for being rich in culture and the arts.

Whether it's the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Champs Elysées or the famous Eiffel tower, the city is a hugely popular tourist destination.


The French are known for their obsession with coffee or café au lait. It is a must try when you go there even if it is one of the most expensive in the world with the average price at $5.95.

Paris is set to host the next Olympic games in 2024.


11Honolulu, Hawaii - $381.45

Honolulu is the capital and the largest city in Hawaii. The beautiful city's coastline has made it a popular destination for a number of movies and TV programmes including the likes of Hawai'i Five-0, Magnum P.I. and Lost.


The prices on the Island are much higher than on the U.S mainland owing to the fact the city imports the vast majority of its goods.

This is reflected in the average cost of food which is approximately $42 per day.


10Los Angeles, USA - $386.45

The second largest city in the USA, Los Angeles is the home of the entertainment industry.

From Hollywood movies, primetime television shows, creating video games and having world famous music venues the city is known throughout the world for its dominance in the entertainment industry.


If you want to rub shoulders with Hollywood's finest actors and musicians it will cost you.

The average daily budget you will need is $386 and that's before you start shopping down Rodeo Drive!

Los Angeles is set to host the 2028 Summer Olympics.


9San Francisco, USA - $406.52

Located 400 miles north west of LA is San Francisco which is the 12th most expensive city of Hoppa's list.

The beautiful Californian city is home to the famous Golden Gate bridge, Alcatraz Island and has been the location for a number of Hollywood classics such as Mrs Doubtfire and even The Social Network.


San Francisco is also famous for the number of technology firms that reside there including Google, Facebook and up until recently Apple. It has the 3rd highest amount of billionaires for a city in the world.

You may be expected to pay billionaire prices for your stay there but it is without doubt one of the most iconic cities in the world.


8London, England - $408.82

London is the famous capital of England that is home to Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, The Tower of London and the famous Houses of Parliament.

It is also the city famous for its fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes who was created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.


It is because of these famous landmarks and historical characters that London is the 3rd most visited city in the world.

Despite the increase in average prices (it was 13th last year), the tourists keep coming in their millions to visit the historic city.


7Las Vegas, USA - $420.24

Nicknamed 'Sin City' Las Vegas is considered to be the Gambling Capital of the World.

Located in the American state of Nevada it is known for its lavish casinos and hotels and for being host for major boxing and music events.


The iconic Las Vegas strip is home to some of the biggest hotels in the world with the famous Palazzo being the 2nd biggest in the world (second to the Izmailovo hotel in Moscow).

All this luxury and extravagance has made Las Vegas one of the most expensive cities to visit and will cost on average $420 per night.


6Dubai, UAE - $461.22

This is the first time that Dubai has appeared in the top 10 in Hoppa's yearly surveys. Located on the Persian Gulf, Dubai is the popular middle eastern city that attracts well over 15 million visitors per year.

The city contains some of the most famous (and expensive) restaurants in the world including the Michelin starred Nobu.


In comparison to other cities in the list, Dubai's growth into the cosmopolitan metropolis it is today took place fairly recently in the last few decades.

Nevertheless it is home to some of the most iconic buildings in the world, including the world's tallest building the Burj Khalifa.


5Reykjavik, Iceland - $476.94

Icelandic capital, Reykjavik, is perhaps one of the most surprising cities on the list. It is a popular destination due to its stunning landscapes characterized by waterfalls, volcanoes, black sand beaches and snow capped mountains.


The city doesn't have a McDonalds or a Starbucks which is the main reason it tops the list for the most expensive fast food meals in the world at around $16.39 on average.


4New York City, USA - $495.81

New York City has consistently been in the top 10 for a number of years.

Dubbed the 'city that never sleeps', neither might you with the amount you will have to spend to have a good time in this iconic city.


If you exclude flights, New York is 2nd on the list of most expensive destinations having topped the list for the previous two years.

The Big Apple earns its reputation as the 'city that never sleeps' owing to the sheer number of things you can do there, including visiting Grand Central station, Central Park, the Empire State Building and of course the famous Statue of Liberty.

One trip to this city will never be enough.


3Zurich, Switzerland - $515.61

Considered to be the financial capital of Europe, Zurich in Switzerland makes it into the top 3 having previously topped the list.

The city is famous for its financial institutions and hedge funds and whilst the bankers make a lot of money the city's overall economy is thriving.


As with so many of these expensive cities, the cost of day to day items can start to get a little out of hand, with a cup of coffee costing around $6.30 and a fast food meal at $15.

Be prepared before visiting as should the worse happen a trip to the hospital is also very expensive with the average bill at $184!


2Abu Dhabi, UAE - $545.64

2nd on the list of the most expensive destinations is the capital of United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi.

The city has an estimated population of 1.5 million and prior to the discovery of oil reserves the key industry in the city was pearl diving in the Persian gulf.


Since 2009, the city has hosted a Formula One race every year at the Yas Marina Circuit and a number of Hollywood movies have been filmed there including, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Furious 7.

Coffee loves beware as Abu Dhabi tops the list for the most expensive in the world at $7.76 and $27.31 for a bottle of wine at the supermarket.


1Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands - $629.35

At number 1 on the list and the most expensive holiday destination is Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands.

The sun soaked island is the largest of the three Cayman Islands in the Caribbean sea.


There are approximately 600 banks and investment companies (including 43 of 50 largest banks in the world) in Grand Cayman which largely account for the islands' economy and the high prices!

For an average bottle of wine, whilst not quite as expensive as Doha, Qatar, it will still set you back $24.58.

First round is on you!


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Let us know in the comments section below whether you would visit these places or whether you think there are other destinations that offer better value for money!


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