Most and Least Expensive European Cities

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Traveling to Europe? Some cities offer great value. Others, not so much.

Expensive: Geneva

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The U.S. State Department cut its average travel allowance throughout Europe, but Geneva was a notable exception. Geneva is a financial center, a diplomatic center, and a major operations center for the United Nations. That means everyone except you is traveling on an expense account—and that’s why hotels and restaurants keep their prices high.

  • Average 2010 hotel rate: $248 (down 2 percent)
  • Price of beer (half-liter): $4.40–$8.07
  • Two-mile taxi ride: $16.54
  • State Department 2011 per diem: $530 (up 7 percent)
homes on the lake in Geneva

Most and Least Expensive European Cities

Expensive: Geneva

The U.S. State Department cut its average travel allowance throughout Europe, but Geneva was a notable exception. Geneva is a financial center, a diplomatic center, and a major operations center for the United Nations. That means everyone except you is traveling on an expense account—and that’s why hotels and restaurants keep their prices high.

  • Average 2010 hotel rate: $248 (down 2 percent)
  • Price of beer (half-liter): $4.40–$8.07
  • Two-mile taxi ride: $16.54
  • State Department 2011 per diem: $530 (up 7 percent)
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