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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.


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.

Belfast, Northern Ireland (Source: Belfast Visitor and Convention Bureau; www.gotobelfast.com)

  • Movie ticket: $9.59
  • Bus fare: $2.55
  • Cup of regular coffee: $2.71-$3.51
  • Pint of local beer in a bar: Guinness, $4.79
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $111.87
  • Moderate, three-course meal for one, without alcohol or tip: $43.15
  • $1=£ .62

Burnie, Tasmania (Source: Discover Tasmania; www.discovertasmania.com)

  • Movie ticket: $12.76
  • Bus/subway fare: $1.93-$4.40
  • Cup of regular coffee: $3.08
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Boags, $5.28
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $96.82
  • Moderate, three-course meal for one, without alcohol or tip: $36.96
  • $1= A$1.13

Chiang Mai, Thailand (Source: Tourism Authority of Thailand; www.tourismthailand.org)

  • Movie ticket: $2.98
  • Bus fare: 59¢
  • Cup of regular coffee: 50¢-$1.93 Bottle of local beer in a bar: Singha, 89¢
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $44.70
  • Moderate, three-course meal for one, without alcohol or tip: $14.90
  • $1=33.50 Baht

Ft. Lauderdale (Source: Visit Ft. Lauderdale; www.sunny.org)

  • Movie ticket: $10
  • Bus fare: $1.50
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.50
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Landshark; price not provided
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $99
  • Moderate, three-course meal for one, without alcohol or tip: $22.50

Gimli, Manitoba (Source: Travel Manitoba; www.travelmanitoba.com)

  • Movie ticket: $5.60
  • Bus/subway fare: n/a
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.86 Bottle of local beer in a bar: Ft. Garry Pale Ale, $3.27
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $79.50
  • Moderate, three-course meal for one, without alcohol or tip: $32.74
  • $1=C$1.07

Paramaribo, Suriname (Source: Suriname Tourism Foundation; www.suriname-tourism.org)

  • Movie ticket: $3.57
  • Bus/subway fare: 45¢
  • Cup of regular coffee: 45¢-71¢
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Parbo Bier, $2.14
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $83
  • Moderate, three-course meal for one, without alcohol or tip: $20-$34
  • $1= 2.8 Surinamese Dollars

Pärnu, Estonia (Source: Estonia Tourist Board; www.visitestonia.com)

  • Movie ticket: $6.97
  • Bus fare: 93¢
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1.40
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Saku Orginiaal, $1.11
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $111.66
  • Moderate, three-course dinner for one, without alcohol or tip: $19.07
  • $1=10.75 Estonia Krooni

Reno, Nevada (Source: Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority; www.visitrenotahoe.com)

  • Movie ticket: $9.50-$.9.75
  • Bus fare: $2
  • Cup of regular coffee: $1-$1.71
  • Bottle of local beer in a bar: Buckbean, $5
  • Moderate, three-star hotel room for two: $59-$89
  • Moderate, three-course meal for one, without alcohol or tip: $31.40-$39