Christmas Price Index 2016

At Kiwi.com, it’s our mission to make travel affordable and convenient. We understand that long journeys and pricey shopping trips are often integral parts of the festive season. So, to keep travellers inspired and on budget, we created The Christmas Price Index, a ranking of the expected costs of a festive day plus shopping in 90 cities worldwide.

The Christmas Price Index is made up of two parts. The first, The Cost of a Christmassy Day, takes into account the cost of a room and breakfast in a top rated hotel, a local traditional lunch with all the trimmings, a two course Christmas dinner, a typical holiday drink and to finish off the festive day, tickets to see The Nutcracker. The cost of the flight is not included in the Index, but we’ve got you covered for that.

The second part, Santa’s Price Index, compares the cost of men’s fragrance, women’s perfume, a Princess Barbie and LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon for each of the 90 cities ranked.

The Index reveals, among other things, that the cities with the most expensive accommodation often have the cheapest prices for gifts. Overall, Bratislava offered the least expensive shopping and stay, whilst New York topped the list as the most expensive Xmas destination.

“Whether you’re travelling to see relatives this year, thinking of taking your family on a festive holiday or simply curious, The Christmas Price Index provides fascinating insight into the economics of the holiday season around the world,” states Oliver Dlouhy, CEO of Kiwi.com. “We found The Nutcracker results especially interesting, and were amazed to see the show featured in so many cities worldwide.”


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  COST OF A CHRISTMASSY DAY SANTA'S PRICE INDEX  
# City Country Accomodation Price (inc. breakfast) Traditional Christmas Lunch Traditional Christmas Dinner (2 courses) Typical Holiday Drink Ticket to "The Nutcracker" TOTAL VISITING COST Men's Fragrance Women's Perfume Princess Barbie LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon TOTAL SHOPPING COST TOTAL VISIT AND SHOPPING COST
  Bratislava SVK 96.00 12.50 55.00 0.90 20.00 184.40 54.00 103.00 14.60 137.43 309.03 493.43
  Kiev UKR 70.00 8.85 100.00 2.25 5.55 186.65 62.83 118.06 19.00 132.47 332.36 519.01
  Seville ESP 68.00 15.00 77.00 3.20 24.00 187.20 87.64 111.00 16.99 119.99 335.62 522.82
  Cape Town RSA 111.00 14.97 35.00 2.39 16.57 179.93 65.65 131.73 26.24 120.32 343.94 523.87
  Kuala Lumpur MAS 49.00 7.51 32.31 1.49 25.66 115.97 89.44 152.70 12.58 159.90 414.62 530.59
  Warsaw POL 84.00 11.57 83.00 2.74 23.33 204.64 78.04 102.54 23.01 138.05 341.64 546.28
  Sofia BUL 75.00 10.26 66.00 4.48 20.88 176.62 49.35 172.04 11.69 141.90 374.98 551.60
  Las Palmas ESP 110.00 15.00 71.00 3.30 38.00 237.30 87.64 104.00 16.99 119.99 328.62 565.92
  Mexico City MEX 112.00 12.06 36.00 2.60 25.19 187.85 45.94 107.27 15.01 210.26 378.48 566.33
  Lisbon POR 126.00 15.00 40.00 2.35 80.00 263.35 57.44 106.92 16.99 124.99 306.34 569.69
  Benidorm ESP 119.00 15.00 70.00 2.70 44.00 250.70 87.64 102.00 16.99 119.99 326.62 577.32
  Krakow POL 101.00 11.57 81.88 2.67 39.93 237.05 78.04 102.54 23.01 138.05 341.64 578.69
  Zagreb CRO 120.00 13.36 47.00 6.60 15.98 202.94 79.75 98.00 13.56 185.75 377.06 580.00
  Lincoln GBR 150.00 19.66 77.00 3.92 41.95 292.53 72.41 104.00 16.84 106.71 299.96 592.49
  Bogota COL 53.00 8.84 31.00 2.25 21.65 116.74 75.53 129.33 21.15 259.27 485.28 602.02
  Manchester GBR 158.00 25.27 63.04 5.24 53.48 305.03 66.33 109.00 16.84 106.71 298.88 603.91
  Seoul KOR 113.00 15.78 46.00 2.89 47.76 225.43 102.62 139.91 14.39 122.58 379.50 604.93
  Moscow RUS 85.00 17.45 90.00 2.83 94.15 289.43 55.70 105.60 19.23 137.11 317.64 607.07
  Bilbao ESP 122.00 25.00 83.00 3.00 45.90 278.90 87.64 105.00 16.99 119.99 329.62 608.52
  Heraklion GRE 108.00 13.75 78.00 4.48 25.00 229.23 66.13 124.02 9.97 179.99 380.11 609.34
  Riga LAT 112.00 20.00 50.00 2.07 15.00 199.07 90.00 99.10 11.85 210.99 411.94 611.01
  Budapest HUN 89.00 13.09 66.08 5.50 22.88 196.55 114.28 120.17 18.46 171.95 424.86 621.41
  Santiago CHI 134.00 17.22 55.00 2.84 29.13 238.19 81.27 67.22 47.54 190.88 386.91 625.10
  Barcelona ESP 148.00 20.00 81.00 3.50 44.40 296.90 87.64 106.00 16.99 119.99 330.62 627.52
  Athens GRE 125.00 17.84 81.00 2.57 30.00 256.41 64.54 116.94 9.97 179.99 371.44 627.85
  Dusseldorf GER 139.00 27.50 52.00 3.50 51.00 273.00 83.00 106.00 15.99 149.99 354.98 627.98
  Edinburgh GBR 160.00 28.08 80.00 3.50 53.48 325.06 72.41 107.00 16.84 106.71 302.96 628.02
  Prague CZE 156.00 11.11 29.95 2.52 12.95 212.53 56.67 125.66 14.76 222.00 419.09 631.62
  Nuremberg GER 150.00 25.00 67.00 3.30 37.70 283.00 83.00 100.00 15.99 149.99 348.98 631.98
  Frankfurt GER 120.00 25.00 64.00 4.60 61.90 275.50 83.00 109.00 15.99 149.99 357.98 633.48
  Hong Kong HKG 129.00 20.38 65.00 9.09 56.49 279.96 95.04 108.00 12.06 142.84 357.94 637.90
  Bucharest  ROM 180.00 12.26 40.00 1.60 44.54 278.40 76.42 116.40 13.93 166.09 372.84 651.24
  Madrid ESP 187.00 23.75 65.00 3.60 36.00 315.35 87.64 112.00 16.99 119.99 336.62 651.97
  Marseille  FRA 150.00 15.00 78.00 5.60 49.00 297.60 76.90 123.99 14.99 139.99 355.87 653.47
  Hamburg GER 168.00 23.75 50.00 4.90 62.00 308.65 83.00 100.00 15.99 149.99 348.98 657.63
  Brighton GBR 206.00 28.08 83.00 5.90 47.07 370.05 72.41 106.13 16.84 106.71 302.09 672.14
  Dublin IRL 204.00 22.47 55.00 5.44 64.00 350.91 65.00 112.73 25.38 120.61 323.72 674.63
  Cologne  GER 188.00 22.50 48.50 3.80 61.90 324.70 83.00 102.00 15.99 149.99 350.98 675.68
  Tallinn EST 218.00 20.00 31.00 1.99 14.00 284.99 89.55 107.90 24.40 169.90 391.75 676.74
  Dresden GER 164.00 18.75 62.00 2.50 88.00 335.25 83.00 103.00 15.99 149.99 351.98 687.23
  Berlin GER 133.00 20.00 104.00 3.00 76.00 336.00 83.00 104.55 15.99 149.99 353.53 689.53
  Jakarta INA 61.00 8.28 34.60 0.80 53.90 158.58 118.50 223.64 14.01 182.23 538.38 696.96
  Luxembourg LUX 158.00 35.00 80.00 4.44 30.00 307.44 75.50 129.50 24.99 159.99 389.98 697.42
  Nice FRA 166.00 22.50 99.00 5.80 49.00 342.30 76.90 123.99 14.99 139.99 355.87 698.17
  Munich GER 158.00 25.00 95.00 6.50 53.00 337.50 83.00 112.00 15.99 149.99 360.98 698.48
  Quebec City CAN 147.00 20.23 95.23 4.28 67.19 333.93 69.00 168.00 10.11 121.42 368.53 702.46
  Ottawa CAN 155.00 23.60 93.00 4.38 58.96 334.94 68.68 168.42 10.11 121.42 368.63 703.57
  Buenos Aires ARG 66.00 18.06 74.00 1.80 12.18 172.04 76.75 125.40 36.19 293.39 531.73 703.77
  Helsinki FIN 185.00 35.00 53.00 2.55 73.00 348.55 64.50 91.90 23.90 179.90 360.20 708.75
  Rome ITA 90.00 25.00 72.00 4.16 36.00 227.16 109.54 170.84 24.99 179.00 484.37 711.53
  Tromso NOR 134.00 49.73 115.00 4.58 33.18 336.49 62.78 116.32 21.89 174.66 375.65 712.14
  Belfast GBR 284.00 30.00 60.00 3.50 64.00 441.50 52.00 102.00 16.84 106.71 277.55 719.05
  Paris FRA 160.00 25.00 111.00 8.81 62.00 366.81 76.90 123.99 14.99 139.99 355.87 722.68
  Auckland NZL 130.00 28.05 42.58 3.43 65.55 269.61 66.23 143.09 46.34 198.63 454.29 723.90
  Stockholm SWE 180.00 35.23 66.78 3.70 62.35 348.06 80.17 102.40 27.06 169.99 379.62 727.68
  Florence ITA 110.00 30.00 105.00 3.90 34.50 283.40 80.95 165.00 24.99 179.00 449.94 733.34
  Rio de Janeiro BRA 89.00 15.34 78.00 6.24 18.14 206.72 99.00 160.00 33.62 238.77 531.39 738.11
  London GBR 250.00 30.89 90.00 5.24 76.32 452.45 59.70 106.92 16.84 106.71 290.17 742.62
  Brussels BEL 150.00 30.00 95.00 4.50 53.00 332.50 95.40 151.00 14.99 159.99 421.38 753.88
  Boston USA 208.00 31.61 88.00 3.90 80.48 411.99 57.64 128.18 12.47 144.08 342.37 754.36
  Toronto CAN 193.00 23.60 120.00 4.44 44.57 385.61 71.00 167.00 10.11 121.42 369.53 755.14
  Miami USA 250.00 31.61 80.00 3.16 59.68 424.45 58.04 129.08 12.56 145.10 344.78 769.23
  Jerusalem ISR 160.00 23.79 90.52 8.40 44.21 326.92 60.59 145.76 18.98 217.89 443.22 770.14
  Bordeaux FRA 250.00 20.00 90.00 5.95 49.00 414.95 76.90 123.99 14.99 139.99 355.87 770.82
  Oslo NOR 197.00 44.20 105.51 4.56 49.77 401.04 62.78 116.32 21.89 174.66 375.65 776.69
  Amsterdam NED 250.00 30.00 64.00 3.91 66.00 413.91 64.95 130.00 18.99 149.99 363.93 777.84
  Ghent BEL 198.00 32.50 75.00 4.10 47.90 357.50 95.50 153.00 14.99 159.99 423.48 780.98
  Bruges BEL 230.00 32.50 90.00 3.50 28.00 384.00 73.50 152.84 14.99 159.99 401.32 785.32
  Antwerp BEL 183.00 32.50 90.00 3.80 53.00 362.30 95.50 155.00 14.99 159.99 425.48 787.78
  Milan ITA 180.00 30.00 104.50 4.22 25.00 343.72 80.95 160.00 24.99 179.00 444.94 788.66
  Shanghai CHN 136.00 13.33 65.75 7.80 50.66 273.54 126.12 106.66 9.05 275.22 517.05 790.59
  Vienna AUT 178.00 25.00 95.00 3.29 69.00 370.29 109.00 157.90 15.99 141.85 424.74 795.03
  Los Angeles USA 291.00 27.10 77.00 3.85 46.12 445.07 59.13 131.25 12.79 147.81 350.98 796.05
  Chicago USA 270.00 29.35 95.00 3.55 54.25 452.15 59.26 131.79 12.82 148.15 352.02 804.17
  Charleston USA 291.00 35.00 91.90 3.50 47.92 469.32 56.96 126.64 12.32 142.39 338.31 807.63
  Venice ITA 155.00 45.00 110.00 4.50 52.00 366.50 80.95 170.00 24.99 179.00 454.94 821.44
  Perth AUS 136.00 34.65 129.18 7.88 61.96 369.67 48.76 144.00 13.87 249.00 455.63 825.30
  Las Vegas USA 260.00 22.58 115.00 3.90 80.48 481.96 58.24 127.89 12.59 145.41 344.13 826.09
  Tokyo JPN 194.00 23.62 127.20 3.02 65.24 413.08 80.60 140.28 16.10 197.32 434.30 847.38
  San Francisco USA 280.00 33.87 87.00 4.25 106.70 511.82 58.86 130.89 12.73 147.13 349.61 861.43
  Sydney AUS 218.00 27.72 105.00 8.96 54.54 414.22 48.07 140.24 13.87 249.00 451.18 865.40
  Basel SUI 159.00 41.86 195.15 4.50 84.49 485.00 88.46 125.91 15.62 159.74 389.73 874.73
  Zurich SUI 260.00 46.32 97.56 4.40 84.49 492.77 88.46 125.91 15.62 159.74 389.73 882.50
  Melbourne AUS 204.00 27.72 110.00 9.63 61.44 412.79 68.97 139.00 13.87 249.99 471.83 884.62
  Washington USA 336.00 31.61 101.00 3.70 85.91 558.22 58.04 129.08 12.56 145.10 344.78 903.00
  Geneva SUI 278.00 46.32 105.99 4.55 84.40 519.26 88.46 125.91 15.62 159.74 389.73 908.99
  Bern SUI 287.00 46.32 104.00 4.17 91.75 533.24 88.46 125.91 15.62 159.74 389.73 922.97
  Copenhagen DEN 230.00 40.37 146.23 3.44 62.43 482.47 93.30 161.62 21.50 188.03 464.45 946.92
  Reykjavik ISL 294.00 48.92 56.00 3.00 32.36 434.28 108.89 144.41 24.85 248.63 526.78 961.06
  New York USA 500.00 36.13 120.00 3.45 62.39 721.97 58.79 130.74 12.72 146.96 349.21 1071.18

All data, prices and currency conversions valid on November 15, 2016. Discrepancies may exist due to recent largely fluctuating currencies. The cost of accommodation including breakfast was taken from an average weekend cost on 16-18th December in several 5* hotels (where available) in the city centre. The cost is for one person. The price of the two-course Christmas dinner was sourced from the several 5* hotels and then averaged. The cost of the traditional Christmas lunch was taken from several different establishments serving the local variety of Christmas lunch and then averaged. The price of the local holiday drink was found by averaging the price of the local Christmas drink of choice in Christmas markets and other festive venues where appropriate. Shopping prices were calculated using the prices most widely available for that country and specific city, where available. Please contact [email protected] for a list of the traditional foods and drinks used in each city.