New research by hoppa, a provider of ground transportation services worldwide, reveals the cheapest and most expensive travel destinations in the world – with New York ranked as the world’s most expensive city, and Manila the cheapest

Two South African cities also made the latest list.

Johannesburg is ranked as the 60th most expensive city in the world, costing travellers £134.37 (around R2 500) on average per day, while Cape Town took 81st place at £110.12 (around R2 050) in food, accommodation and transport costs per day.

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Johannesburg surpassed CT for the first time in four years

Johannesburg prices have increased by 20% since 2019, pushing the city up past Cape Town for the first time since hoppa first released this annual report in 2016.

Notably, the average price of a single night in a double occupancy hotel room in Cape Town has decreased over the past year, which has caused the city to rank as less expensive than Johannesburg for 2020.

This may be the result of reduced guest nights on account of the city’s water shortages. PWC reported that hotels have experienced increased cancellations as well as a drop in tourism during the festive season. There is growing concern among travellers about the availability of water, and many hotels have been offering rooms at discounted rates to encourage tourism in the city.

Cheapest fast food, cocktails & wine to be found in SA

South Africa also made the top-10 lists for the cheapest fast food, cocktails and wine in the world. In particular, the country is known for the high quality of wine that it produces, with the total annual exports from the South African wine industry exceeding 400 million litres, according to Wines of South Africa.

A breakdown of average costs is featured in the table below:


New York is most expensive spot to travel to

100 cities around the world were included in the research by hoppa, and criteria included the cost of a hotel room for the night, the average price of both restaurant meals and fast food, the cost of beverages such as coffee, beer, wine and cocktails, as well as taxi fares. Flight prices were excluded. Based on the criteria, a night in New York would set travellers back £375.38 (almost R7 000), while a night in Manila would only total £75.53 (around R1 400).

Interestingly, four of the most expensive cities in the world are American, three are Spanish, and Asia has most of the cheapest cities in the world.

The overall top 10 cheapest and most expensive cities in the world are outlined in the table below.


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