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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 cost of common consumer goods around the globe. Conversions are calculated using www.xe.com/ucc/convert.cgi.

Bassetere, St. Kitts (Source: St. Kitts Tourism Authority; www.stkittstourism.kn)

  • Movie ticket: $5.58
  • Bus fare: .93
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.86
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Carib, $1.48-$1.86
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $115
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $39.10
  • $1= 2.68 East Caribbean Dollar

Bora Bora, Tahiti (Source: Tahiti Tourism North America; www.tahiti-tourisme.com)

  • Movie ticket: $10
  • Bus ("le truck") fare: $1.50-$3.00
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.50
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Hinano, $2
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $200
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $50-$75
  • $1= 79 French Pacific Francs

Burdur, Turkey (Source: Turkish Culture and Tourism Office; www.tourismturkey.org)

  • Movie ticket: $3.36
  • Jitney/taxi (a.k.a. dolmus) fare: .67
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.34
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Efes, $2.01
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $43.70
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $10.75
  • $1= 1.48 Turkish Lira

Charleston, West Virginia (Source: West Virginia Department of Commerce; www.wvcommerce.org)

  • Movie ticket: $8
  • Bus fare: $1.25
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.40
  • Pint of local beer in a bar: Mountain State Brewing Company, $4.25
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $135
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $29

Colorado Springs, Colorado (Source: Experience Colorado Springs; www.visitcos.com)

  • Movie ticket: $8.25
  • Bus fare: $1.75
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.79
  • Pint of local beer in a bar: Bristol Brewing Company's Laughing Lab, $5
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $85
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip:$27

Linz, Austria (Source: Austria Tourist Office; www.austria.info)

  • Movie ticket: $12.06
  • Bus/subway fare: From $1.35
  • Cup of regular coffee: $3.31
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Zipfer, $3.16
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $135.71
  • Moderate, three-courser dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $24.12
  • $1= .66 €

Mexico City, Mexico (Source: Mexico Tourism Board; www.visitmexico.com)

  • Movie ticket: $3.90
  • Subway fare: 15¢
  • Cup of regular coffee: 78¢
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Corona, 62¢-78¢
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $63
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $4.33
  • $1=12.69 Mexico Pesos

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (Source: Tourism Saskatchewan; www.sasktourism.com)

  • Movie ticket: $8.51
  • Bus fare: $2.36
  • Pint of local beer in a bar: Great Western Pilsner, $1.65
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $141.92
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $28.38
  • $1= $1.05 Canada dollars