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Most affordable cities to explore in a day

22nd October 2019

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Starling is the perfect card to take with you when travelling abroad. We charge no fees overseas and if you lose your card, you can lock it down from your phone to stay safe. But which cities in the world offer the best value for money?

A key for the travel listicleAn infographic showing the most affordable cities to visit
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To help identify the best value destinations, we’ve created a handy interactive travel tool to show how far £100 will get you in 36 cities across the world. Whether you’re looking for a low-cost city break or a luxurious blowout, we compare the price of food, drink, accommodation, public transport and more.

We’ve had a play around with the tool and here’s what we discovered to help travellers make better-informed decisions. For tourists with a smaller budget, the cities in the infographic above are the most affordable cities with the lowest cost per day for the four factors: local meals, a hotel room, public transport and tourist attractions. The most affordable cities, according to our calculations are Dehli, Cairo, Istanbul, Kuala Lumpur and Beijing.

Of course, the actual costs of items often change, as do currency exchange rates. This means that the figures used here are indicative and not set in stone. Our costs were generated by the crowdsourcing sites Numbeo and Budget Your Trip, with additional help from our busy researchers.

Top five most expensive destinations

A globetrotter with more cash to spare could instead consider a trip to one of the top five most expensive locations. As you can see, you’d easily blow your £100 a day budget, unless you had chosen the budget options.

The tool automatically cuts your spend off at around £100, but we made this infographic below just for fun. When we consulted the travel tool, it turned out that the most expensive city destinations seem to be New York City, Los Angeles, London, Miami and Punta Cana. Anyone up for Los Angeles, New York City or Punta Cana? The Hollywood Sign is free!

An infographic showing the least affordable cities to visit
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To see what a budget of £100 each day could get you across a number of cities around the world, from Cairo to Cancún, delve into the around the world tool.

Full details of the city rankings below:

1

City

Delhi

Country

India

Average day cost

£28.22

2

City

Cairo

Country

Egypt

Average day cost

£29.22

3

City

Istanbul

Country

Turkey

Average day cost

£35.51

4

City

Kuala Lumpur

Country

Malaysia

Average day cost

£40.32

5

City

Beijing

Country

China

Average day cost

£41.78

6

City

Bangkok

Country

Thailand

Average day cost

£43.36

7

City

Marrakesh

Country

Morocco

Average day cost

£43.96

8

City

Lima

Country

Peru

Average day cost

£45.34

9

City

Beunos Aires

Country

Argentina

Average day cost

£45.81

10

City

Warsaw

Country

Poland

Average day cost

£53.85

11

City

Budapest

Country

Hungary

Average day cost

£63.17

12

City

Lisbon

Country

Portugal

Average day cost

£65.79

13

City

Prague

Country

Czech Republic

Average day cost

£66.18

14

City

Johannesburg

Country

South Africa

Average day cost

£72.96

15

City

Rio de Janeiro

Country

Brazil

Average day cost

£75.71

16

City

Tokyo

Country

Japan

Average day cost

£83.74

17

City

Madrid

Country

Spain

Average day cost

£85.97

18

City

Singapore

Country

Singapore

Average day cost

£86.29

19

City

Hong Kong

Country

China

Average day cost

£91.37

20

City

Sydney

Country

Australia

Average day cost

£103.10

21

City

Tel Aviv

Country

Israel

Average day cost

£107.47

22

City

Rome

Country

Italy

Average day cost

£108.33

23

City

Vienna

Country

Austria

Average day cost

£110.53

24

City

Auckland

Country

New Zealand

Average day cost

£113.40

25

City

Barcelona

Country

Spain

Average day cost

£114.98

26

City

Cancún

Country

Mexico

Average day cost

£115.68

27

City

Santiago

Country

Chile

Average day cost

£117.83

28

City

Amsterdam

Country

The Netherlands

Average day cost

£121.52

29

City

Dubai

Country

United Arab Emirates

Average day cost

£137.40

30

City

Paris

Country

France

Average day cost

£145.38

31

City

Punta Cana

Country

Dominican Republic

Average day cost

£146.05

32

City

Miami

Country

USA

Average day cost

£147.42

33

City

London

Country

United Kingdom

Average day cost

£160.30

34

City

Los Angeles

Country

USA

Average day cost

£168.95

35

City

New York

Country

USA

Average day cost

£179.15

City

Country

Average day cost

1

Delhi

India

£28.22

2

Cairo

Egypt

£29.22

3

Istanbul

Turkey

£35.51

4

Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia

£40.32

5

Beijing

China

£41.78

6

Bangkok

Thailand

£43.36

7

Marrakesh

Morocco

£43.96

8

Lima

Peru

£45.34

9

Beunos Aires

Argentina

£45.81

10

Warsaw

Poland

£53.85

11

Budapest

Hungary

£63.17

12

Lisbon

Portugal

£65.79

13

Prague

Czech Republic

£66.18

14

Johannesburg

South Africa

£72.96

15

Rio de Janeiro

Brazil

£75.71

16

Tokyo

Japan

£83.74

17

Madrid

Spain

£85.97

18

Singapore

Singapore

£86.29

19

Hong Kong

China

£91.37

20

Sydney

Australia

£103.10

21

Tel Aviv

Israel

£107.47

22

Rome

Italy

£108.33

23

Vienna

Austria

£110.53

24

Auckland

New Zealand

£113.40

25

Barcelona

Spain

£114.98

26

Cancún

Mexico

£115.68

27

Santiago

Chile

£117.83

28

Amsterdam

The Netherlands

£121.52

29

Dubai

United Arab Emirates

£137.40

30

Paris

France

£145.38

31

Punta Cana

Dominican Republic

£146.05

32

Miami

USA

£147.42

33

London

United Kingdom

£160.30

34

Los Angeles

USA

£168.95

35

New York

USA

£179.15

*cost includes 3 x local meal, one round trip on public transport, 1 x average attraction cost and a hotel for a night

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