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Getting from point A to point B is only part of the equation now. In the face of the dollar's fluctuating value against foreign currencies, it's hard to know what things cost until you're actually in country. To demonstrate where you can get the most bang for your buck, or the best travel exchange rate, this monthly index compares the costs of common consumer goods around the globe. Travel currency exchange conversions are calculated using www.xe.com/ucc.

Dublin, Ireland Travel Exchange Rate (Source: Dublin Tourism; www.visitdublin.com)
  • Daily newspaper: $1.47-$2.20
  • Bus fare: 61¢-$2.20
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.47
  • Pint of local beer in a bar: Guinness, $4.66
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $73.59
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $28.51
  • $1 = €.81

Kentville, Nova Scotia Travel Exchange Rate (Source: Nova Scotia Tourism, Culture and Heritage; www.novascotia.com)

Daily newspaper: $1.25

  • Bus fare: $1.68-$3.36
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.20
  • Pint of local beer in a bar: Paddy's Pub Brewery, $5.29
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $91.44
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $25.50
  • $1 = C$1.03
  • Kingstown, St. Vincent and Grenadines Travel Exchange Rate (Source: Discover St. Vincent and Grenadines; www.discoversvg.com)

    • Weekly newspaper: 37¢
    • Mini-bus fare: 37¢
    • Cup of regular coffee: 93¢
    • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Hairoun, $1.86
    • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $100.55
    • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $37.24
    • $1= 2.68 Eastern Caribbean Dollars

    Launceston, Tasmania Travel Exchange Rate (Source: Tourism Tasmania; www.discovertasmania.com)

    Daily newspaper: $1.27

  • Bus fare: $2.79
  • Cup of regular coffee: $2.96-$3.39
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Boags, $4.66-$5.51
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $152-$169
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $28.18-$50.85
  • $1= A$1.18
  • Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea Travel Exchange Rate (Source: Papua New Guinea Tourism; www.pngtourism.org.pg)

    • Daily newspaper: 51¢
    • Bus/subway fare: N/A
    • Cup of regular coffee: $1.05
    • Bottle of local beer in a bar: South Pacific Brewery, $2.41
    • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $103.53 Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $11.04
    • $1= 2.89 Papua New Guinea Kina

    Saint Paul, Minnesota Travel Exchange Rate (Source: Saint Paul Convention and Visitors Authority; www.visitsaintpaul.com)

    • Daily newspaper: 40¢
    • Bus/light rail: $2
    • Cup of regular coffee: $1.69
    • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Summit Pale Ale, $4.50
    • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $100
    • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $28.50

    San Francisco, California Travel Exchange Rate (Source: San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau; www.sanfrancisco.travel)

    • Daily newspaper: $1
    • Bus/metro/streetcar fare: 75¢-$2
    • Cup of regular coffee: $1.50
    • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Anchor Steam, $4-$7
    • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $125-$200
    • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $11-$17

    Toulouse, France Travel Exchange Rate (Source: French Government Tourist Office; www.us.franceguide.com)

    • Daily newspaper: $1.10
    • Bus/metro fare: $1.83
    • Cup of regular coffee: $2.08
    • Glass of local beer in a bar: La Berat, $3.06
    • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two, without alcohol or tip: $98
    • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $30.64
    • $1 = €.81

    Don't see the city where you're headed to next? To see how far your dollar goes in more places around the world, see our travel currency exchange conversions in Auckland, Fez, Turin, and more.