Wednesday 26 April 2017

World's most expensive holiday destinations revealed - but where does Dublin rank?

Hoppa Annual Report

A rainbow over the quays in Dublin. Photo: Getty/David Soanes
A rainbow over the quays in Dublin. Photo: Getty/David Soanes
A pint and a packet of crisps cost €8.75 at a Temple Bar pub this summer. Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Zurich is the most expensive holiday destination on the planet, according to a new global survey.

An annual report released by Hoppa, the airport transfer company, lists 84 destinations on a scale of cheapest to most expensive, with Sofia, the Bulgarian capital, ranking as the least expensive to visit in 2017.

The survey is based on the average price of a basket of goods and services (hotel, food, drink, taxi, tours and entertainment) sampled at the various locations.

Hoppa's 10 most expensive destinations:

  1. Zurich - £170.43/€200.95
  2. New York - £157.20/€185.35
  3. Copenhagen - £150.72/€177.70
  4. Oslo - £147.36/€173.75
  5. Stockholm - £131.14/€154.62
  6. Venice - £127.03/€149.78
  7. Amsterdam - £126.47/€149.12
  8. Honolulu - £124.23/€146.48
  9. Rome - £123.37/€145.46
  10. Caracas - £123.08/€45.12

Dublin managed to avoid the Top 10 by a whisker - placing 11th with an average price of £122.80 (€144.79) for the basket of goods.

London placed 12th, with Dublin also ranking as a more expensive holiday destination than Dubai (13), Paris (15), Tokyo (17) and Las Vegas (18).

With Brexit taking a toll on British holiday spend, Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland have been stressing the need for competitiveness. British visitors account for some 42pc of all overseas visitors, according to the Central Statistics Office.

Receipts like the one below remain all too common in the capital, however (read our 10 ways to save Dublin as a tourist destination here).


At the other end of the spectrum, those looking for bargain breaks may be encouraged by Hoppa's cheapest holiday destinations.

10 least expensive holidays for 2017

  1. Sofia - £38.21/€45.05
  2. Cairo - £39.09/€46.09
  3. Cartagena - £39.70/€46.80
  4. Bucharest - £43.87/€51.72
  5. Antalya - £43.97/€51.84
  6. Siem Reap - £44.89/€52.93
  7. Kiev - £46.73/€55.09
  8. Manila - £46.90/€55.30
  9. Mexico City - £50.62/€59.68
  10. Sliema - £51.64/€60.89

Hoppa is the largest independent provider of airport transfers worldwide. The full report can be viewed on

NB: Exchange rates valid on date of publication.

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