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 101.37 13.20 58.08 0.95 21.12 194.72 57.02 108.76 15.42 145.12 326.32 521.04
  Kiev UKR 73.91 9.34 105.59 2.38 5.86 197.08 66.34 124.66 20.06 139.88 350.94 548.02
  Seville ESP 71.80 15.84 81.31 3.38 25.34 197.67 92.54 117.21 17.94 126.70 354.39 552.06
  Cape Town RSA 117.21 15.81 36.96 2.52 17.50 190.00 69.32 139.10 27.71 127.05 363.18 553.18
  Kuala Lumpur MAS 51.74 7.93 34.12 1.57 27.09 122.45 94.44 161.24 13.28 168.84 437.80 560.25
  Warsaw POL 88.70 12.22 87.64 2.89 24.63 216.08 82.40 108.27 24.30 145.77 360.74 576.82
  Sofia BUL 79.19 10.83 69.69 4.73 22.05 186.49 52.11 181.66 12.34 149.84 395.95 582.44
  Las Palmas  ESP 116.15 15.84 74.97 3.48 40.12 250.56 92.54 109.82 17.94 126.70 347.00 597.56
  Mexico City MEX 118.26 12.73 38.01 2.75 26.60 198.35 48.51 113.27 15.85 222.02 399.65 598.00
  Lisbon POR 133.05 15.84 42.24 2.48 84.47 278.08 60.65 112.90 17.94 131.98 323.47 601.55
  Benidorm ESP 125.65 15.84 73.91 2.85 46.46 264.71 92.54 107.70 17.94 126.70 344.88 609.59
  Krakow POL 106.65 12.22 86.46 2.82 42.16 250.31 82.40 108.27 24.30 145.77 360.74 611.05
  Zagreb CRO 126.71 14.11 49.63 6.97 16.87 214.29 84.21 103.48 14.32 196.14 398.15 612.44
  Lincoln GBR 158.39 20.76 81.31 4.14 44.30 308.90 76.46 109.82 17.78 112.68 316.74 625.64
  Bogota COL 55.96 9.33 32.73 2.38 22.86 123.26 79.75 136.56 22.33 273.77 512.41 635.67
  Manchester GBR 166.84 26.68 66.57 5.53 56.47 322.09 70.04 115.10 17.78 112.68 315.60 637.69
  Seoul KOR 119.32 16.66 48.57 3.05 50.43 238.03 108.36 147.73 15.19 129.43 400.71 638.74
  Moscow RUS 89.75 18.43 95.03 2.99 99.41 305.61 58.81 111.51 20.31 144.78 335.41 641.02
  Bilbao ESP 128.82 26.40 87.64 3.17 48.47 294.50 92.54 110.87 17.94 126.70 348.05 642.55
  Heraklion GRE 114.04 14.52 82.36 4.73 26.40 242.05 69.83 130.96 10.53 190.06 401.38 643.43
  Riga LAT 118.26 21.12 52.80 2.19 15.84 210.21 95.03 104.64 12.51 222.79 434.97 645.18
  Budapest HUN 93.98 13.82 69.78 5.81 24.16 207.55 120.67 126.89 19.49 181.57 448.62 656.17
  Santiago CHI 141.49 18.18 58.08 3.00 30.76 251.51 85.81 70.98 50.20 201.55 408.54 660.05
  Barcelona ESP 156.28 21.12 85.53 3.70 46.88 313.51 92.54 111.93 17.94 126.70 349.11 662.62
  Athens GRE 131.99 18.84 85.53 2.71 31.68 270.75 68.15 123.48 10.53 190.06 392.22 662.97
  Dusseldorf GER 146.77 29.04 54.91 3.70 53.85 288.27 87.64 111.93 16.88 158.38 374.83 663.10
  Edinburgh GBR 168.95 29.65 84.47 3.70 56.47 343.24 76.46 112.98 17.78 112.68 319.90 663.14
  Prague CZE 164.72 11.73 31.62 2.66 13.67 224.40 59.84 132.69 15.59 234.41 442.53 666.93
  Nuremberg GER 158.39 26.40 70.75 3.48 39.81 298.83 87.64 105.59 16.88 158.38 368.49 667.32
  Frankfurt GER 126.71 26.40 67.58 4.86 65.36 290.91 87.64 115.10 16.88 158.38 378.00 668.91
  Hong Kong HKG 136.21 21.52 68.63 9.60 59.65 295.61 100.35 114.04 12.73 150.83 377.95 673.56
  Bucharest  ROM 190.07 12.95 42.24 1.69 47.03 293.98 80.69 122.91 14.71 175.38 393.69 687.67
  Madrid ESP 197.46 25.08 68.63 3.80 38.01 332.98 92.54 118.26 17.94 126.70 355.44 688.42
  Marseille  FRA 158.39 15.84 82.36 5.91 51.74 314.24 81.20 130.92 15.83 147.82 375.77 690.01
  Hamburg GER 177.39 25.08 52.80 5.17 65.47 325.91 87.64 105.59 16.88 158.38 368.49 694.40
  Brighton GBR 217.52 29.65 87.64 6.23 49.70 390.74 76.46 112.06 17.78 112.68 318.98 709.72
  Dublin IRL 215.41 23.73 58.08 5.74 67.58 370.54 68.63 119.03 26.80 127.35 341.81 712.35
  Cologne  GER 198.51 23.76 51.21 4.01 65.36 342.85 87.64 107.70 16.88 158.38 370.60 713.45
  Tallinn EST 230.19 21.12 32.73 2.10 14.78 300.92 94.56 113.93 25.76 179.40 413.65 714.57
  Dresden GER 173.17 19.80 65.47 2.64 92.92 354.00 87.64 108.76 16.88 158.38 371.66 725.66
  Berlin GER 140.44 21.12 109.82 3.17 80.25 354.80 87.64 110.40 16.88 158.38 373.30 728.10
  Jakarta INA 64.41 8.74 36.53 0.84 56.91 167.43 125.13 236.15 14.79 192.42 568.49 735.92
  Luxembourg LUX 166.84 36.96 84.47 4.69 31.68 324.64 79.72 136.74 26.39 168.94 411.79 736.43
  Nice FRA 175.28 23.76 104.54 6.12 51.74 361.44 81.20 130.92 15.83 147.82 375.77 737.21
  Munich GER 166.84 26.40 100.31 6.86 55.96 356.37 87.64 118.26 16.88 158.38 381.16 737.53
  Quebec City CAN 155.22 21.36 100.56 4.52 70.95 352.61 72.86 177.39 10.68 128.21 389.14 741.75
  Ottawa CAN 163.67 24.92 98.20 4.62 62.26 353.67 72.52 177.84 10.68 128.21 389.25 742.92
  Buenos Aires ARG 69.69 19.07 78.14 1.90 12.86 181.66 81.04 132.41 38.21 309.80 561.46 743.12
  Helsinki FIN 195.35 36.96 55.96 2.69 77.08 368.04 68.11 97.04 25.24 189.96 380.35 748.39
  Rome ITA 95.03 26.40 76.03 4.39 38.01 239.86 115.67 180.39 26.39 189.01 511.46 751.32
  Tromso NOR 141.49 52.51 121.43 4.84 35.04 355.31 66.29 122.82 23.11 184.43 396.65 751.96
  Belfast GBR 299.88 31.68 63.36 3.70 67.58 466.20 54.91 107.70 17.78 112.68 293.07 759.27
  Paris FRA 168.95 26.40 117.21 9.30 65.47 387.33 81.20 130.92 15.83 147.82 375.77 763.10
  Auckland NZL 137.27 29.62 44.96 3.62 69.22 284.69 69.93 151.09 48.93 209.74 479.69 764.38
  Stockholm SWE 190.07 37.20 70.51 3.91 65.84 367.53 84.65 108.13 28.57 179.50 400.85 768.38
  Florence ITA 116.15 31.68 110.87 4.12 36.43 299.25 85.48 174.23 26.39 189.01 475.11 774.36
  Rio de Janeiro BRA 93.98 16.20 82.36 6.59 19.15 218.28 104.54 168.95 35.50 252.12 561.11 779.39
  London GBR 263.98 32.62 95.03 5.53 80.59 477.75 63.04 112.90 17.78 112.68 306.40 784.15
  Brussels BEL 158.39 31.68 100.31 4.75 55.96 351.09 100.73 159.44 15.83 168.94 444.94 796.03
  Boston USA 219.63 33.38 92.92 4.12 84.98 435.03 60.86 135.35 13.17 152.14 361.52 796.55
  Toronto CAN 203.79 24.92 126.71 4.69 47.06 407.17 74.97 176.34 10.68 128.21 390.20 797.37
  Miami USA 263.98 33.38 84.47 3.34 63.02 448.19 61.29 136.30 13.26 153.21 364.06 812.25
  Jerusalem ISR 168.95 25.12 95.58 8.87 46.68 345.20 63.98 153.91 20.04 230.07 468.00 813.20
  Bordeaux FRA 263.98 21.12 95.03 6.28 51.74 438.15 81.20 130.92 15.83 147.82 375.77 813.92
  Oslo NOR 208.02 46.67 111.41 4.81 52.55 423.46 66.29 122.82 23.11 184.43 396.65 820.11
  Amsterdam NED 263.98 31.68 67.58 4.13 69.69 437.06 68.58 137.27 20.05 158.38 384.28 821.34
  Ghent BEL 209.07 34.32 79.19 4.33 50.58 377.49 100.84 161.56 15.83 168.94 447.17 824.66
  Bruges BEL 242.86 34.32 95.03 3.70 29.57 405.48 77.61 161.39 15.83 168.94 423.77 829.25
  Antwerp BEL 193.23 34.32 95.03 4.01 55.96 382.55 100.84 163.67 15.83 168.94 449.28 831.83
  Milan ITA 190.07 31.68 110.34 4.46 26.40 362.95 85.48 168.95 26.39 189.01 469.83 832.78
  Shanghai CHN 143.61 14.08 69.43 8.24 53.49 288.85 133.17 112.62 9.56 290.61 545.96 834.81
  Vienna AUT 187.95 26.40 100.31 3.47 72.86 390.99 115.10 166.73 16.88 149.78 448.49 839.48
  Los Angeles USA 307.27 28.62 81.31 4.07 48.70 469.97 62.44 138.59 13.51 156.08 370.62 840.59
  Chicago USA 285.10 30.99 100.31 3.75 57.28 477.43 62.57 139.16 13.54 156.43 371.70 849.13
  Charleston USA 307.27 36.96 97.04 3.70 50.60 495.57 60.15 133.72 13.01 150.35 357.23 852.80
  Venice ITA 163.67 47.52 116.15 4.75 54.91 387.00 85.48 179.51 26.39 189.01 480.39 867.39
  Perth AUS 143.61 36.59 136.40 8.32 65.42 390.34 51.49 152.05 14.65 262.92 481.11 871.45
  Las Vegas USA 274.54 23.84 121.43 4.12 84.98 508.91 61.50 135.04 13.29 153.54 363.37 872.28
  Tokyo JPN 204.85 24.94 134.31 3.19 68.89 436.18 85.11 148.12 17.00 208.35 458.58 894.76
  San Francisco USA 295.66 35.76 91.87 4.49 112.67 540.45 62.15 138.21 13.44 155.36 369.16 909.61
  Sydney AUS 230.19 29.27 110.87 9.46 57.59 437.38 50.76 148.08 14.65 262.92 476.41 913.79
  Basel SUI 167.89 44.20 206.06 4.75 89.21 512.11 93.41 132.95 16.49 168.67 411.52 923.63
  Zurich SUI 274.54 48.91 103.02 4.65 89.21 520.33 93.41 132.95 16.49 168.67 411.52 931.85
  Melbourne AUS 215.41 29.27 116.15 10.17 64.88 435.88 72.83 146.77 14.65 263.97 498.22 934.10
  Washington USA 354.79 33.38 106.65 3.91 90.71 589.44 61.29 136.30 13.26 153.21 364.06 953.50
  Geneva SUI 293.55 48.91 111.92 4.80 89.12 548.30 93.41 132.95 16.49 168.67 411.52 959.82
  Bern SUI 303.05 48.91 109.82 4.40 96.88 563.06 93.41 132.95 16.49 168.67 411.52 974.58
  Copenhagen DEN 242.86 42.63 154.41 3.63 65.92 509.45 98.52 170.66 22.70 198.54 490.42 999.87
  Reykjavik ISL 310.44 51.66 59.13 3.17 34.17 458.57 114.98 152.49 26.24 262.53 556.24 1014.81
  New York USA 527.96 38.15 126.71 3.64 65.88 762.34 62.08 138.05 13.43 155.18 368.74 1131.08

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 pr@kiwi.com for a list of the traditional foods and drinks used in each city.