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Boston second among country's costliest travel cities

Posted by Eric Wilbur, Boston.com Staff  June 14, 2012 08:14 AM

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Traveling to Boston this summer? It's going to cost you.

Newton-based travel site TripAdvisor has released the findings from its "TripIndex," which is a "cost comparison of accommodations and an evening out on the town for two people in popular tourist cities across the United States and throughout the world," and the Hub is second to only New York among most expensive U.S. cities, and it's really not by much.

The total cost for Boston, including four-star hotel, taxi cab, and cocktails and dinner for two, rounds out to $450.27, just shy of New York's $456.50. San Francisco was third with a cost of $429.28. Costs listed in the study apply to this year's summer months through Aug. 31.

Breaking the Boston numbers down further, TripAdvisor found the average price of a four-star hotel stay in Boston to be $354.38 (more expensive than New York at $341.63), two taxi trips at two miles each to be $15.60, two traditional dry martinis for two to be $22, and a traditional two-course dinner for two to be $58.29.

The least-expensive major U.S. city was Las Vegas with a total cost of $263.46. The most expensive international city was London at $518.01, a cost partly fueled by the Olympics in August. If you want to head to Hanoi, Vietnam, it'll run you only $141.12.

See the full U.S. results here and the international results here.

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