For tourists, Boston is 2nd costliest US city, TripAdvisor says

TripAdvisor Inc. has some advice to tourists visiting the Hub: Bring suitcases full of $20 bills.

The Newton-based firm, which offers online travel-recommendation services, has just drawn up lists of the most expensive cities for tourists in both the United States and the world. According to those metrics, Boston is the second most expensive US city.

You want a bargain? Try Las Vegas --- or Hanoi. Be advised that a traveler’s forints (the currency of Hungary) will go a long way in Budapest, which TripAdvisor deems as a good value for Europe.

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TripAdvisor collectively calls its lists the TripAdvisor TripIndex. The rankings are based on how much it would cost a couple for a one-night stay in a four-star hotel, one cocktail per person, a two-course dinner with a bottle of wine, and round-trip taxi transportation.

The firm then diced and sliced this data to draw up lists with titles such as “Most Expensive International Cities” and “Best Value International Cities.”

On the domestic front, a TripAdvisor press release said, “The Big Apple narrowly edges Boston as the costliest US city, with a TripIndex tally of $457, compared to Beantown’s $450.”

One reason why the Hub is so pricey: Expensive hotel rooms, which clock in at $354, TripAdvisor said.

Hanoi was rated the best international value. Hotel, dinner for two, and cabfare costs about $141 in Hanoi. In Las Vegas, that package would go for about $263, an amount that was lowest among US cities surveyed.

London is the priciest global city for American travelers, with a cost of $518, TripAdvisor said. Budapest is something of a European bargain, with a cost of just under $194.

“For American travelers planning city trips, it’s important to have an understanding of the day-to-day destination expenses,” Brooke Ferencsik, TripAdvisor’s director of communications, said in a statement. “TripIndex is a useful resource to help travelers see how far their dollar will go, make budget-appropriate trip choices, and offer inspiration for those considering a city trip this summer.”

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