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 85.45 11.13 48.96 0.80 17.80 164.14 48.07 91.69 13.00 122.33 275.09 439.23
  Kiev UKR 62.31 7.88 89.01 2.00 4.94 166.14 55.93 105.09 16.91 117.92 295.85 461.99
  Seville ESP 60.53 13.35 68.54 2.85 21.36 166.63 78.01 98.81 15.12 106.81 298.75 465.38
  Cape Town RSA 98.81 13.33 31.16 2.13 14.75 160.18 58.44 117.26 23.36 107.10 306.16 466.34
  Kuala Lumpur MAS 43.62 6.69 28.76 1.33 22.84 103.24 79.61 135.93 11.20 142.33 369.07 472.31
  Warsaw POL 74.77 10.30 73.88 2.44 20.77 182.16 69.47 91.28 20.48 122.89 304.12 486.28
  Sofia BUL 66.76 9.13 58.75 3.99 18.59 157.22 43.93 153.14 10.41 126.31 333.79 491.01
  Las Palmas  ESP 97.92 13.35 63.20 2.94 33.83 211.24 78.01 92.58 15.12 106.81 292.52 503.76
  Mexico City MEX 99.70 10.74 32.05 2.31 22.42 167.22 40.89 95.49 13.36 187.16 336.90 504.12
  Lisbon POR 112.16 13.35 35.61 2.09 71.21 234.42 51.13 95.17 15.12 111.26 272.68 507.10
  Benidorm ESP 105.93 13.35 62.31 2.40 39.17 223.16 78.01 90.80 15.12 106.81 290.74 513.90
  Krakow POL 89.91 10.30 72.89 2.38 35.54 211.02 69.47 91.28 20.48 122.89 304.12 515.14
  Zagreb CRO 106.82 11.89 41.84 5.87 14.22 180.64 70.99 87.23 12.07 165.35 335.64 516.28
  Lincoln GBR 133.52 17.50 68.54 3.49 37.34 260.39 64.46 92.58 14.99 94.99 267.02 527.41
  Bogota COL 47.18 7.87 27.59 2.00 19.27 103.91 67.23 115.12 18.83 230.79 431.97 535.88
  Manchester GBR 140.64 22.49 56.11 4.66 47.61 271.51 59.04 97.03 14.99 94.99 266.05 537.56
  Seoul KOR 100.59 14.05 40.95 2.57 42.51 200.67 91.35 124.54 12.81 109.11 337.81 538.48
  Moscow RUS 75.66 15.53 80.11 2.52 83.81 257.63 49.58 94.00 17.12 122.05 282.75 540.38
  Bilbao ESP 108.60 22.25 73.88 2.67 40.86 248.26 78.01 93.47 15.12 106.81 293.41 541.67
  Heraklion GRE 96.14 12.24 69.43 3.99 22.25 204.05 58.87 110.40 8.87 160.22 338.36 542.41
  Riga LAT 99.70 17.80 44.51 1.84 13.35 177.20 80.11 88.21 10.55 187.81 366.68 543.88
  Budapest HUN 79.22 11.65 58.82 4.90 20.37 174.96 101.73 106.97 16.43 153.06 378.19 553.15
  Santiago CHI 119.28 15.33 48.96 2.53 25.93 212.03 72.34 59.84 42.32 169.91 344.41 556.44
  Barcelona ESP 131.74 17.80 72.10 3.12 39.52 264.28 78.01 94.36 15.12 106.81 294.30 558.58
  Athens GRE 111.27 15.88 72.10 2.29 26.70 228.24 57.45 104.09 8.87 160.22 330.63 558.87
  Dusseldorf GER 123.73 24.48 46.29 3.12 45.40 243.02 73.88 94.36 14.23 133.51 315.98 559.00
  Edinburgh GBR 142.42 25.00 71.21 3.12 47.61 289.36 64.46 95.25 14.99 94.99 269.69 559.05
  Prague CZE 138.86 9.89 26.66 2.24 11.53 189.18 50.44 111.86 13.14 197.61 373.05 562.23
  Nuremberg GER 133.52 22.25 59.64 2.94 33.56 251.91 73.88 89.01 14.23 133.51 310.63 562.54
  Frankfurt GER 106.82 22.25 56.97 4.09 55.10 245.23 73.88 97.03 14.23 133.51 318.65 563.88
  Hong Kong HKG 114.83 18.14 57.86 8.09 50.28 249.20 84.60 96.14 10.74 127.15 318.63 567.83
  Bucharest  ROM 160.23 10.91 35.61 1.42 39.65 247.82 68.03 103.61 12.40 147.84 331.88 579.70
  Madrid ESP 166.46 21.14 57.86 3.20 32.05 280.71 78.01 99.70 15.12 106.81 299.64 580.35
  Marseille  FRA 133.52 13.35 69.43 4.98 43.62 264.90 68.45 110.37 13.34 124.61 316.77 581.67
  Hamburg GER 149.55 21.14 44.51 4.36 55.19 274.75 73.88 89.01 14.23 133.51 310.63 585.38
  Brighton GBR 183.37 25.00 73.88 5.25 41.90 329.40 64.46 94.47 14.99 94.99 268.91 598.31
  Dublin IRL 181.59 20.00 48.96 4.84 56.97 312.36 57.86 100.35 22.59 107.36 288.16 600.52
  Cologne  GER 167.35 20.03 43.17 3.38 55.10 289.03 73.88 90.80 14.23 133.51 312.42 601.45
  Tallinn EST 194.05 17.80 27.59 1.77 12.46 253.67 79.71 96.05 21.72 151.24 348.72 602.39
  Dresden GER 145.98 16.69 55.19 2.23 78.33 298.42 73.88 91.69 14.23 133.51 313.31 611.73
  Berlin GER 118.39 17.80 92.58 2.67 67.65 299.09 73.88 93.07 14.23 133.51 314.69 613.78
  Jakarta INA 54.30 7.37 30.80 0.71 47.98 141.16 105.48 199.07 12.47 162.21 479.23 620.39
  Luxembourg LUX 140.64 31.16 71.21 3.95 26.70 273.66 67.21 115.27 22.24 142.41 347.13 620.79
  Nice FRA 147.76 20.03 88.12 5.16 43.62 304.69 68.45 110.37 13.34 124.61 316.77 621.46
  Munich GER 140.64 22.25 84.56 5.79 47.18 300.42 73.88 99.70 14.23 133.51 321.32 621.74
  Quebec City CAN 130.85 18.01 84.77 3.81 59.81 297.25 61.42 149.55 9.00 108.08 328.05 625.30
  Ottawa CAN 137.97 21.01 82.78 3.90 52.48 298.14 61.14 149.92 9.00 108.08 328.14 626.28
  Buenos Aires ARG 58.75 16.08 65.87 1.60 10.84 153.14 68.32 111.62 32.21 261.16 473.31 626.45
  Helsinki FIN 164.68 31.16 47.18 2.27 64.98 310.27 57.41 81.80 21.27 160.14 320.62 630.89
  Rome ITA 80.11 22.25 64.09 3.70 32.05 202.20 97.51 152.07 22.24 159.34 431.16 633.36
  Tromso NOR 119.28 44.27 102.37 4.08 29.54 299.54 55.88 103.54 19.49 155.47 334.38 633.92
  Belfast GBR 252.80 26.70 53.41 3.12 56.97 393.00 46.29 90.80 14.99 94.99 247.07 640.07
  Paris FRA 142.42 22.25 98.81 7.84 55.19 326.51 68.45 110.37 13.34 124.61 316.77 643.28
  Auckland NZL 115.72 24.97 37.90 3.05 58.35 239.99 58.95 127.37 41.25 176.81 404.38 644.37
  Stockholm SWE 160.23 31.36 59.44 3.29 55.50 309.82 71.36 91.15 24.09 151.32 337.92 647.74
  Florence ITA 97.92 26.70 93.47 3.47 30.71 252.27 72.06 146.87 22.24 159.34 400.51 652.78
  Rio de Janeiro BRA 79.22 13.65 69.43 5.55 16.15 184.00 88.12 142.42 29.93 212.54 473.01 657.01
  London GBR 222.54 27.50 80.11 4.66 67.94 402.75 53.14 95.17 14.99 94.99 258.29 661.04
  Brussels BEL 133.52 26.70 84.56 4.01 47.18 295.97 84.92 134.41 13.34 142.41 375.08 671.05
  Boston USA 185.15 28.14 78.33 3.47 71.64 366.73 51.31 114.10 11.10 128.25 304.76 671.49
  Toronto CAN 171.80 21.01 106.82 3.95 39.67 343.25 63.20 148.65 9.00 108.08 328.93 672.18
  Miami USA 222.54 28.14 71.21 2.81 53.12 377.82 51.66 114.90 11.18 129.16 306.90 684.72
  Jerusalem ISR 142.42 21.18 80.58 7.48 39.35 291.01 53.93 129.75 16.90 193.95 394.53 685.54
  Bordeaux FRA 222.54 17.80 80.11 5.30 43.62 369.37 68.45 110.37 13.34 124.61 316.77 686.14
  Oslo NOR 175.36 39.34 93.92 4.06 44.30 356.98 55.88 103.54 19.49 155.47 334.38 691.36
  Amsterdam NED 222.54 26.70 56.97 3.48 58.75 368.44 57.82 115.72 16.90 133.51 323.95 692.39
  Ghent BEL 176.25 28.93 66.76 3.65 42.64 318.23 85.01 136.19 13.34 142.41 376.95 695.18
  Bruges BEL 204.73 28.93 80.11 3.12 24.92 341.81 65.43 136.05 13.34 142.41 357.23 699.04
  Antwerp BEL 162.90 28.93 80.11 3.38 47.18 322.50 85.01 137.97 13.34 142.41 378.73 701.23
  Milan ITA 160.23 26.70 93.02 3.76 22.25 305.96 72.06 142.42 22.24 159.34 396.06 702.02
  Shanghai CHN 121.06 11.87 58.53 6.94 45.09 243.49 112.27 94.94 8.06 244.99 460.26 703.75
  Vienna AUT 158.45 22.25 84.56 2.93 61.42 329.61 97.03 140.55 14.23 126.27 378.08 707.69
  Los Angeles USA 259.03 24.12 68.54 3.43 41.05 396.17 52.63 116.83 11.39 131.57 312.42 708.59
  Chicago USA 240.34 26.13 84.56 3.16 48.29 402.48 52.75 117.31 11.41 131.88 313.35 715.83
  Charleston USA 259.03 31.16 81.80 3.12 42.66 417.77 50.70 112.73 10.97 126.75 301.15 718.92
  Venice ITA 137.97 40.06 97.92 4.01 46.29 326.25 72.06 151.33 22.24 159.34 404.97 731.22
  Perth AUS 121.06 30.84 114.99 7.01 55.15 329.05 43.40 128.18 12.35 221.65 405.58 734.63
  Las Vegas USA 231.44 20.10 102.37 3.47 71.64 429.02 51.84 113.84 11.21 129.44 306.33 735.35
  Tokyo JPN 172.69 21.03 113.23 2.69 58.07 367.71 71.75 124.87 14.33 175.64 386.59 754.30
  San Francisco USA 249.24 30.15 77.44 3.78 94.98 455.59 52.39 116.51 11.33 130.97 311.20 766.79
  Sydney AUS 194.05 24.67 93.47 7.98 48.55 368.72 42.79 124.83 12.35 221.65 401.62 770.34
  Basel SUI 141.53 37.26 173.71 4.01 75.21 431.72 78.74 112.08 13.90 142.19 346.91 778.63
  Zurich SUI 231.44 41.23 86.84 3.92 75.21 438.64 78.74 112.08 13.90 142.19 346.91 785.55
  Melbourne AUS 181.59 24.67 97.92 8.57 54.69 367.44 61.39 123.73 12.35 222.53 420.00 787.44
  Washington USA 299.09 28.14 89.91 3.29 76.47 496.90 51.66 114.90 11.18 129.16 306.90 803.80
  Geneva SUI 247.46 41.23 94.35 4.05 75.13 462.22 78.74 112.08 13.90 142.19 346.91 809.13
  Bern SUI 255.47 41.23 92.58 3.71 81.67 474.66 78.74 112.08 13.90 142.19 346.91 821.57
  Copenhagen DEN 204.73 35.94 130.17 3.06 55.57 429.47 83.05 143.87 19.14 167.37 413.43 842.90
  Reykjavik ISL 261.70 43.55 49.85 2.67 28.81 386.58 96.93 128.55 22.12 221.32 468.92 855.50
  New York USA 445.07 32.16 106.82 3.07 55.54 642.66 52.33 116.38 11.32 130.82 310.85 953.51

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.