One of the biggest aspects of socializing is dating – especially if you’re single. Going out and enjoying yourself, whether you’re seeking a significant other or want to spend quality time with the one you already have, is something we all look forward to through the week.
While the overall dating lifestyle has become more casual for the millennial generation, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s getting cheaper. In fact, with a typical date in the UK costing roughly £129 for two people, it seems like it’s getting more expensive.
That’s why here at Taxi2Airport we thought it would be interesting to find out which cities around the world have the cheapest options for dating, based on a some of the key activities like to come up in your dating life, from a restaurant meal to cooking in the house to a hotel stay.
Read on below for our findings of the cheapest and most expensive cities for dating, and more information on how we conducted our research.
Coming out on top as the cheapest city for dating is Sucre in Bolivia, with a typical 3-course meal for two people only costing a mere £7.35 – in total. Not only this, but if you fancy being super romantic then a home cooked meal would only set you back roughly £9.67, or alternatively book a hotel room and grab a takeaway pizza for a cozy night in at only £14.02 in total. Not too shabby.
At the other end of the scale, the most expensive city for dating is Luxembourg City, in Luxembourg. Here, a romantic meal for two will set you back a grand total of £61.18, while a hotel room will cost a staggering £70.67. interestingly though, a bottle of wine will only cost £6.99, and a takeaway pizza £7.95 – so that’s always an option.
Following Sucre, the top 10 cheapest cities are:
- New Delhi, India
- Ankara, Turkey
- Cairo, Egypt
- Baku, Azerbaijan
- Bogotá, Colombia
- Manila, Philippines
- Hanoi, Vietnam
- Islamabad, Pakistan
- Buenos Aires, Argentina
Alternatively, the top 10 most expensive countries to date, after Luxembourg, are:
- Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Copenhagen, Denmark
- Washington D.C., United States of America
- Paris, France
- Stockholm, Sweden
- Dublin, Ireland
- London, United Kingdom
- Canberra, Australia
- Tokyo, Japan
Interestingly, the cheapest city to flag down a taxi to take you to and from your date is Tunis in Tunisia, where the average starting price for a cab is just £0.13. This is vastly cheaper than the most expensive: Copenhagen, in Denmark, has an average starting price per taxi of £5.09.
The cheapest place to book a romantic hotel room for the night is Jakarta in Indonesia which will only set couples back £5.25, while the cheapest place to find a greasy, takeaway pizza to end your night on a high is Tehran in Iran where they cost just £0.36!
The results by continent are as below:
- The cheapest city for dating in Africa is: Cairo, Egypt
- The cheapest city for dating in South America is: Sucre, Bolivia
- The cheapest city for dating in North America is: Mexico City, Mexico
- The cheapest city for dating in Europe is: Baku, Azerbaijan
- The cheapest city for dating in Oceania is: Wellington, New Zealand
- The cheapest city for dating in Asia is: New Delhi, India
To put together our Global Dating Costs Report, we used the following methodology. First, we compiled a list of key activities typically enjoyed while dating from romantic meals out, to a bottle of wine, a cinema ticket, hotel room, and more. In full we looked at:
- Restaurant Meal
- Cooking Dinner
- Pizza Takeaway
- Cinema Ticket
- Bottle of Wine
- Hotel Room
We then analyzed the costs for the capital city of each country which has been recognized as one of the best countries in the world for dating.
To identify exactly what each destination offered in terms of price for each of these categories, we searched through a variety of sources – including the average cheapest cost of a hotel room over the entire year, how much a mid-range, 3 course meal would cost, the average price for a cup of coffee, a cinema ticket, and, of course, the price of a taxi to get you from A to B.
For each of the above categories, we added up the cost for each city, and totaled it at the end, giving the overall price for a typical dating experience. We then ranked the cities based on these final prices.