TripAdvisor has announced the sixth edition of its annual TripIndex Cities, which compares the cost of a three-night break during the summer travel period of June to September in 27 key cities around the world. Conducted by independent research firm TNS, TripIndex Cities also includes eight Indian cities (New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Pune and Jaipur), taking into account typical in-destination costs for two people. These include a four-star hotel for three nights, a visit to three attractions, lunch each day, a taxi to and from dinner each day, and the cost of dinner.
The study found that among the Indian cities, the average price for a short break is INR 30,415 (excluding flights) with prices varying from the least to the most expensive. Pune is the lowest cost destination at INR 26,595, while Mumbai costs the most at INR 38,444. “TripIndex Cities is a great guide for travellers to help them plan and book a holiday within their budget, irrespective of whether they intend to travel internationally or within India. Our research of booking rates on TripAdvisor shows that it is possible to budget for a full trip to Pune for little more than the average cost of accommodation in Mumbai over the same dates. Such information helps travellers assess the various aspects of their trip before going ahead and making the final booking,” said Nikhil Ganju, country manager, TripAdvisor India.
When looking at the on-the-ground cost of a three-night city break, the 2016 TripIndex Cities report showed that travellers can find the best value in Asia, with four of the top 10 cheapest destinations located within South East Asia – Hanoi, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Bali. However three of the most expensive destinations are also located in South East Asia – Tokyo, Singapore and Hong Kong.
New York, the most expensive city internationally for a three-day break for Indians (INR 1,24,201) is over three times more costly than Mumbai, the most expensive city in India and over four times more than Pune, the least expensive city in India. Tokyo which has emerged the most expensive city for eating out at INR 40,587 is almost thrice the cost of Hyderabad which is the costliest in India (INR 13,668) and more than four times of Chennai (INR 9,414).
Tokyo, which has the most expensive taxi ride at INR 7,736 is six times more than the cost in New Delhi (INR 1,224) and more than 12 times in Mumbai (INR 628). At the same time, New Delhi, which has the most expensive taxi fares in India is two-three times more expensive than the cost of taxi rides in international cities like Hanoi, Kuala Lampur, Bangkok, Moscow and Bali.