Cost of living in 72 cities, using January 2014 exchange rates
Think of all the goods and services that an average family consumes during a typical month. Those goods and services include food, clothes, utilities, transport, healthcare, entertainment, education services, and many others. The chart below shows how much all of these items together cost in different cities around the world.
There is clearly a lot of variation in the cost of living around the world. The most expensive cities are in the rich countries where prices are three times higher than in the cheaper cities. Still, have in mind that salaries in the developed countries are much more than three times higher than salaries in many less developed countries. Therefore, low prices do not automatically imply a high standard of living.
The data for the charts are based on the “Prices and Earnings” publication by the United Bank of Switzerland, a reliable and long-standing source of information on international prices and wages. We calculate and show updated numbers with the most recent levels of exchange rates. You can use the drop box menus to select different currencies or types of products. Below the chart are links to specific pages for each city.
There are multiple accommodation options when traveling internationally – hotels, hostels, guest houses, holiday or city apartments, villas, etc. Each of them has relative advantages and disadvantages when it comes to cost and convenience. We sort those out and provide links to websites where one can book when ready. Visit our list of travel websites
Money saving tips for different countries
We collect and make available tips on how to save money during travel to various countries. These include information about free tours, free museum nights, inexpensive food, cheap accommodation options, where to exchange money, etc. The tips are provided by fellow travelers. If you have a tip to share, please do so at the destination pages or in our
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Gasoline and diesel prices by country
Each month we compile and publish data on gasoline and diesel prices around the world. The sources vary by country and include government institutions, petroleum companies, international organizations, and media outlets. We assist travelers, researchers, academics, business people and others interested in international retail petrol prices.
Find out about prices in different countries around the world