Romania ranks 32nd in the most affordable cities for a Festive Day ranking, at a cost of EUR 651.24 for a Christmassy Day and shopping, according to the online travel agency Kiwi.com, that have produced an Index comparing the cost of one festive day shopping and celebrating in 90 cities worldwide.
This compares to Bratislava, found to be the most affordable city for both a Christmas visit and shopping at EUR 493.43, and New York, found to be the most expensive at EUR 1,071.18. Bucharest also calculated in position 30 in the Cost of a Christmassy Day with a total visiting cost of EUR 278.40 and in position 49 in Santa’s Price Index with a total shopping cost of EUR 372.84.
The Christmas Price Index, which is comprised of two sections, first compares the Cost of a Christmassy Day in each of the locations, calculating how much consumers and visitors pay for festive experiences such as a traditional Christmas meal and a ticket to see The Nutcracker.
Secondly, Santa’s Price Index compares the price of gifts for an average family, to determine the most affordable cities for Christmas shopping. Kiwi.com hopes their research inspires more travellers experience their much-loved Christmas pastimes in a brand new destination, wherever may suit their budget.
To carry out the research, Kiwi.com began with 90 cities worldwide. They then calculated the Cost of a Christmassy Day by combining the price of one night’s accommodation including breakfast, a local traditional lunch, a two-course Christmas dinner, a typical holiday drink, and tickets to see The Nutcracker. All costs are for one person.
Kuala Lumpur is shown to be the most affordable city to visit over the holidays and New York the most expensive.
In Santa’s Price Index, which compares the cost of a bottle of men’s fragrance, a women’s perfume, a Princess Barbie and a LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon, Belfast is found to have the most affordable shopping costs, closely followed by the 5 other UK cities featured in the ranking.
Thus, according to the Cost of a Christmassy Day, the city with the most affordable accommodation is Kuala Lumpur at EUR 49. The most expensive city is New York at EUR 500. At the same time, Kuala Lumpur is the city with the most affordable traditional Christmas lunch – EUR 7.51, while the most expensive city is Tromsø, Norway – EUR 49.73.
The city with the most affordable Traditional Christmas dinner is Prague, Czech Republic at EUR 29.95 and the most expensive city is Basel, Switzerland at EUR 195.15. The city with the most affordable holiday drink is Jakarta, Indonesia at 80 cents. The most expensive city is Melbourne, Australia at EUR 9.63.
The city with the most affordable tickets to see The Nutcracker is Kiev, Ukraine at EUR 5.55. The most expensive city is San Francisco, USA at EUR 106.70.