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The specific rates described in this article have now passed, but it remains online so that the resources named will be of future use to travelers.


Getting from point A to point B is only part of the equation now. To demonstrate where you can get the most bang for your buck, this monthly index compares the costs of common consumer goods around the globe. Conversions are calculated using www.xe.com/ucc/convert.cgi.

Bangalore, India (Source: India Ministry of Tourism; www.incredibleindia.org)

  • Movie ticket: $2.04-$5.10
  • Bus ticket: 10¢
  • Cup of coffee: 10¢-$1.02
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar Kalyria Black Label, 71¢
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $35-$85
  • Moderate, three course meal, without alcohol or tip: $10
  • $1= 48.97 Rupees

Bocas del Toro, Panama (Source: Panama Tourism Authority; www.visitpanama.com)

  • Movie ticket: N/A
  • Boat/Land Taxi fare: 50¢-$4
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Cerveza Panama, $1
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $40-$60
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $10-$15

Jersey City, New Jersey (Source: Jersey City Economic Development Corporation; www.destinationjerseycity.com)

  • Movie ticket: $10
  • Bus/subway fare: $1.75-$2
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1-$1.50
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Budweiser, $4
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $170-$185
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $25

Milan, Italy (Source: Italian Government Tourist Organization; www.italiantourism.com)

  • Movie ticket: $9.18-$10.49
  • Bus/subway fare: $1.31
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.04-$1.83
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Moretti, $3.93-$9.18
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $78.72-$157.50
  • Moderate, three-course meal for one, without alcohol or tip: $23.62-$32.81
  • $1= €.76

Mississauga, Ontario (Source: Mississauga Toronto West Tourism; www.visitmississauga.com)

  • Movie ticket: $10.27
  • Bus fare: $2.46
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.05
  • Bottle of local beer: Steam Whistle, $4.52
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $89.61
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $32.88
  • $1=C$1.21

Mombasa, Kenya (Source: Kenya Tourist Board; www.magicalkenya.com)

  • Movie ticket: Information not provided
  • Taxi fare: 50¢-$1 per mile
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1
  • Bottle of local beer: Tusker, $3.50
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $100
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $40
  • $1=79.50 Kenya shillings

Pierre, South Dakota (Source: South Dakota Office of Tourism; www.travelsd.com)

  • Movie ticket: $6
  • Bus fare: $4
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1
  • Pint of local beer: Budweiser, $2.50
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $95.99
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $20.90-$27.90

Ponta Delgada, Azores (Source: Portuguese National Tourism Office; www.visitportugal.com)

  • Movie ticket: $7.56
  • Bus fare: $5.91
  • Cup of regular coffee: 78¢-$1.05
  • Bottle of local beer: Cerveja Especial $1.31
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $108.51
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $22.69
  • $1= €.76