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London - a pricey place for a break

Published 17/06/2015

Only Zurich's taxis were more expensive than the London black cab
Only Zurich's taxis were more expensive than the London black cab

London is one of the priciest cities in the world for short-break visitors, according to a 40-town TripAdvisor survey.

Only Cancun in Mexico, Zurich in Switzerland and New York City are more expensive than London for couples taking three-night city breaks this summer, the survey showed.

And only Zurich has pricier taxi rides than those in the UK capital.

The survey was based on costs for a couple on three-day breaks in the June-August 2015 period, including the price of a hotel room, tours and activities, taxi rides (two-mile round trips), lunch with soft drinks, and dinner with a bottle of wine.

The whole package came to more than £1,214 in London, which was topped in the most-expensive table only by Cancun (£1,304), Zurich (£1,258) and New York (£1,235).

A daily two-mile round trip in a taxi was £22.58 in London with only Zurich, at £29.85, pricier.

Much of the London cost was down to hotel room rates, with one night costing nearly £202.

In contrast , a one-night hotel stay in Hanoi in Vietnam - the least expensive city surveyed - was just £56.41, with the whole Hanoi three-day package coming to just £473.

The second-cheapest destination was Warsaw in Poland ( £478). Next was Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt (£531), followed by Bangkok (£532) and Mumbai in India (£547).

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