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Top 5: Cities Cheaper to Visit in 2019

by Allie Moore

Mar 17, 2019

Toros de las Ventas, Madrid, Spain © Martinmark | Dreamstime

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Major metropolises like New York, San Francisco, Tokyo and London are notoriously expensive destinations for a vacation, but a few formerly pricey locations are suddenly more affordable to visit in 2019. According to data from travel search engine Hipmunk, here are the top five international cities that now cater to travelers of all budgets.


Madrid, Spain

Thanks to competing budget airlines like Norwegian and Level, flights across the Atlantic to Madrid can be as low as $650. Book for a week of sangria and lazy afternoons in El Retiro Park.


Florence, Italy

With the largest decrease in prices out of the five (56 percent), Florence is an affordable alternative to the crowded neighbor cities of Rome and Venice, and is within easy access to the picturesque wineries of Tuscany.


Zürich, Switzerland

With a considerable decrease of 36 percent in travel prices, snag a trip to Zürich before the prices increase again! Switzerland is not normally on a budget traveler’s list as it is usually among the world’s most expensive destination, but, in 2019, the average cost for a plane ticket is about $790.


Buenos Aires, Argentina

Hipmunk reports a 21 percent decrease in travel to South America, specifically to the colorful Argentinean capital of Buenos Aires. Once in Argentina, pull up a chair at one of the copious steakhouses for a mouthwatering plate of meat, washed down by a delectable glass of Argentinean red, which won’t set you back more than about $20.


London, United Kingdom

London will see the smallest drop in prices among the contenders on this list, but any decrease in price in the English capital city is a welcome reprieve from London’s typically sky-high costs.


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