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Airfares may be low these days -- but getting there is a smaller part of the equation now, in the face of the dollar's declining value abroad. To show where you'll get the most bang for your buck, we'll be publishing a monthly column comparing the cost of common consumer goods in various cities around the world. Prices are listed in U.S. dollars.

Buenos Aires, Argentina (Source: info@turismo.gov.ar)

  • Movie ticket: $2.71
  • Bus/subway fare: 24¢
  • Cup regular coffee: 51¢
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Quilmes $1.70
  • Moderate three-course dinner for one (without alcohol or tip): $10.20 a person
  • Exchange rate: $1US = 2.93 Argentine pesos

Dubrovnik, Croatia (Source: Mayor's Office, City of Dubrovnik)

  • Movie ticket: $3.50
  • Bus/subway fare: $1.40-$1.75
  • Cup regular coffee: 88¢
  • Bottle local beer in a bar: Ozujsko $1.75
  • Moderate three-course dinner for one (without alcohol or tip): $24.50
  • Exchange rate: $1 = 5.8225 Croatian Kuna

Hong Kong (Source: Hong Kong Tourism Board)

  • Movie ticket: $5.13-$7.69
  • Bus/subway fare: 51¢-$3.33
  • Cup regular coffee: $2.56
  • Bottle local beer in a bar: Qingdao $2.56-$5.13
  • Moderate three-course dinner for one (without alcohol or tip): $19.23
  • Exchange rate: $1 = 7.8 Hong Kong dollars

Nashville, Tennessee (Source: Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau)

  • Movie ticket: $8.50
  • Bus/subway fare: $1.10
  • Cup regular coffee $1.50
  • Bottle local beer in a bar: Yazoo $2-$3
  • Moderate three-course dinner for one (without alcohol or tip): $34
  • Exchange rate: N/A

New York City (Source: Various sources)

  • Movie ticket: $10
  • Bus/subway fare: $2
  • Cup regular coffee: $1.25
  • Bottle local beer in a bar: Brooklyn Lager $4-$6
  • Moderate three-course dinner for one (without alcohol or tip): $35-$40
  • Exchange rate: N/A

Paris, France (Source: Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau)

  • Movie ticket: $10.50
  • Bus/subway fare: $1.84
  • Cup regular coffee: $1.97
  • Bottle local beer in a bar: $2.62-$3.94
  • Moderate three-course dinner for one (without alcohol or tip): $39.35
  • Exchange rate: $1 = .753352 Euros

San Jose, Costa Rica (Source: Info Costa Rica)

  • Movie ticket: $3.22
  • Bus/subway fare: 32¢
  • Cup regular coffee: 43¢
  • Bottle local beer in a bar: Imperial $1.29-$1.72
  • Moderate three-course dinner for one (without alcohol or tip): $17.19-$21.48
  • Exchange rate: $1 = 484.5 Costa Rican Colones

Vancouver, British Columbia (Source: Tourism Vancouver)

  • Movie ticket: $8.06
  • Bus/subway fare: $1.81
  • Cup regular coffee: $1.21
  • Bottle local beer in a bar: Granville Island Beer $4.43
  • Moderate three-course dinner for one (without alcohol or tip): $20.16
  • Exchange rate: $1 = 1.23950 Canadian dollars

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