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Hanoi 'cheapest city destination'

16 June 2014 09:02

Hanoi has been named the cheapest city break destination

Hanoi has been named the cheapest city break destination

Hanoi has been named the world's cheapest destination for a city break.

The annual TripAdvisor TripIndex Cities survey showed that visitors can get a meal for two with wine and cocktails, two two-mile taxi trips and a stay at a four-star hotel in the Vietnamese city for only £92 - leaving travellers with plenty of cash for holiday essentials such as travel insurance with medical problems.

Jakarta in Indonesia came second at a total cost of £95, while the Egyptian city of Sharm el Sheikh was named the third cheapest city at £96. Bangkok in Thailand came fourth at £97, followed by Sofia in Bulgaria at £112.

Cancun in Mexico offered visitors the cheapest cocktails at just £2 for two, while Jakarta had the most affordable taxi trips at only £1.74 for a two-mile journey. Meanwhile, diners in the Swedish capital of Stockholm were found to offer the best value for money at £108.

London topped the other end of the scale as it was named the world's most expensive city, with meal, wine, taxi journey and hotel stay setting visitors back an average of £312.

Paris was in close second place at £306 for the package, followed by New York at £30 and Stockholm at £287.

The other cities in the top 10 most expensive city breaks list include Oslo, Zurich, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Toronto and Sydney, where a one-night stay costs an average of £225.

London rose six places in this year's survey and knocked the Norwegian capital - which was found to have the most expensive taxi journeys at £34 - off the top spot.

James Kay, spokesman for TripAdvisor, said the results for 2014 show that city breaks in Asia continue to be the most affordable, while many destinations in Europe are still at the top of the most expensive list.

He added that countries in Eastern Europe such as Bulgaria or the Czech Republic are the cheapest options for British holiday-makers looking for a break closer to home.