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Top 10 Expensive Cities in the World 2013

Tokyo

Tokyo

Country

Japan

Motto

No official motto

Language

Aynu itak, Ryukyuan languages, Eastern Japanese, Western Japanese

Population:

13.35 million

Area:

2,188 km²

Currency:

Yen (¥) (JPY)

Dialing code:

+81

Area code

3

World’s Populous Metropolitan city:

The city widely known to many people as Tokyo was once called Edo before 1868. The city has 23 central city wards. The city center is surrounded by towns and villages. The city is known for ultimate shopping destinations. Expats from different countries get to experience various dining experience from Japanese cuisines to continental cuisines. The city has historical museums from where its history can be known. Historic temples present the Japanese style of architecture. Tokyo is easily the most expensive city in the world.

Cost of accommodation in Tokyo:

People may get an impression about the city as very expensive in terms of living but the city does offer various options which can be utilized to suit the needs of the citizens and the expats. Accommodation expense is the major issue in Tokyo as the living spaces can be quite expensive and takes up major part of the salary. An unfurnished apartment may cost up to 80000 JPY per month.

Cost of Transport in Tokyo:

The taxi rides may cost up to 200 JPY per km. travelling by train may cost up to 150 JPY. Petrol may cost around 150 per liter if you own a car there. Overall the costs are high in transport. It is mandatory for citizens and expats to have registered parking space before owning a car. Single expats may travel by train or buses but expats with families must prefer getting car. For that they can negotiate about a car allowance from their employer.

Cost of food in Tokyo:

The cost of food may cost around 15000 JPY. The cost for both lunch and dinner may cost around 500 to 1000 JPY. The cost of food can be reduced fairly if you are satisfied eating noodles and rice which are Japanese specialty. They won’t cost you much.

Osaka

Osaka

Country

Japan

Motto

No official motto

Language

Osaka-ben (Japanese)

Population:

2,872,000

Area:

223 km2

Currency:

Yen (¥) (JPY)

Dialing code:

+81

Area code

66

Nation’s Kitchen of Japan:

The second largest city of Japan after Toko in terms of population was a trade center of rice in old days hence the name ‘Nation’s Kitchen’ was given. The meaning of the name is ‘large hill’. The city embodies various tourist attractions like amusement parks and zoo. The city has many historical monuments including temples and shrines. Theater is a major source of entertainment there. Over the past few years, Osaka has been one of the most expensive cities of the world.

Cost of Accommodation in Osaka:

The cost of living spaces in Osaka for fully furnished houses may range from 10000 to 50000 per month. If you have short stay then there are various options like renting an apartment. There are bed and breakfast lodgings called ‘Minshuku’ which are entirely in Japanese style. They may range from 4000 to 10000 JPY per person. Students may get a room in dormitories for less than 2000 JPY.

Cost of Transport in Osaka:

A 20 minute journey through subway train may cost around 380 JPY. Travelling through highway bus for a 3 day trip may cost around 10000 JPY and may reach to 15000 JPY for a 5 day trip. There are discount cards available which can reduce the travelling costs to 50 % approx. Osaka Amazing pass and Osaka One day pass are the discount cards which lowers the travelling fare.

Cost of Food in Osaka:

Osaka is known for its amazing food and is considered a food capital by most of the people around the world. The culinary arts of the city mesmerize the food enthusiasts. The japanese cuisines includes takoyaki (octopus dumplings), udon(noodles) and Oshizushi( pressed sushi). The street side restaurants offer lunch and dinner for 700 to 1000 JPY per meal. The fine dining options in restaurants may take up as higher as 2000 to 3000 JPY per meal so it depends upon the choice of food you want to have.

Sydney

Sydney

Country

Australia

Motto

Advance Australia

Language

English

Population:

4,840,600

Area:

12,367.7 km2

Currency:

Australian dollar (AUD)

Dialing code:

+61

Area code

2

The Harbor City:

When entering in Australia, one needs to have a lot of money to survive. The city of harbor offers its perks and burdens at the same time. Sydney is the most populous city of Australia. The city is a leading financial and commercial hub due to large influx of investors from around the world. The city has many multinational corporations and foreign banks which strengthen its economic base. And who can overlook the famous Opera House alongside the Harbor Bridge. All this and much more has made Sydney one of the expensive cities to live in Australia.

Cost of Accommodation in Sydney:

If people want to buy or build their dream then they must be ready to spend over a million AUD for 41 sqm of residential areas. Expats can share an apartment of 2 bedrooms with 2 bathrooms for around 200 AUD a week. The housing expense takes up to 30% of the income of the people. The high cost of living can be estimated by the costs of accommodation in Sydney. A shared rental apartment have costs ranges from 70 AUD to 250 AUD based on preference. Expat students can stay on campus dormitories by paying 80 to 250 AUD a week which is quite costly.

Cost of Transport in Sydney:

The taxi rates may range from 4 AUD to 10 AUD per km. The petrol expense takes up 1.8 AUD per liter. If you have your own car then the car expense may take up 150 AUD to 250 AUD per week. If you are travelling by city centre bus then it can also take up to 4 AUD for a ride. The charges vary based on your routes. The maximum ticket for a Sydney Rail service may reach up to 16 AUD.

Cost of food in Sydney:

A three course dinner in a restaurant can charge up to 50 AUD. Big Mac meals is of 10 AUD.  A pack of 12 eggs costs 7 AUD. A cup of coffee in a café charges 5 AUD. So all in all Sydney may be a dream city for most of the people but only those can survive who have enough money to spend on their necessities.

Oslo

Oslo

Country

Norway

Motto

Unanimiter et constanter (Latin: United and constant)

Language

Norwegian, Lule Sami, Northern Sami, Southern Sami

Population:

647,676

Area:

454 km²

Currency:

Norwegian Krone (NOK)

Dialing code:

+47

Area code

2

The City of Tigers (Tigerstaden):

The most populous city of Norway is the trade, banking and commerce hub of Norway. The city was named the city of tigers because a famous Norwegian author Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson termed the city as ‘Tigerstaden’ to refer to the dangerous nature of the city in 1900s. The largest shipping companies of the world are based in the city. The city has been home to many famous writers of the world. The city has been named the greenest and the most livable city in the world in 2007. The city has many parks, sea sites and museums for the entertainment of the people. The city has over 20 theatres. The National Theater is situated between the Royal Palace and the parliament building. There is an Opera house in Oslo which was inaugurated in 2008. The Opera house is the first in the world where people can walk on its roof. Oslo has numerous times been named the expensive city in the world.

Cost of Accommodation in Oslo:

The price of accommodation depends on where you live and how far you live from the city center. The rent of a 2 bedroom furnished flat may cost about 10000 NOK to as much as 40000 NOK. A normal rental apartment may cost up 15000 NOK. A single room in a shared flat may cost around 5000 to 8000 NOK. It is advisable to negotiate the advance deposit with the property owner. The advance payment may include first month rent in advance.

Cost of Transport in Oslo:

The public transport system in Oslo is called Ruter. It includes buses, taxis, trams, subways, trains and regional buses. It is advisable to pre-purchase the tickets as 20 NOK can be charged in addition of the standard fare when you pay on board. The transportation charges through Ruter can reach up to 680 NOK for an adult per month. If you are a student and possess a Norwegian student card then 410 NOK can be charged.

Cost of Food in Oslo:

The food can cost around 5000 NOK a month. A dinner in a restaurant may cost over 150 NOK for a person. The non-Norwegian restaurants are somewhat less expensive than the Norwegian ones. Asian, Thai and Vietnamese restaurants offer somewhat less expensive food.

Melbourne

Melbourne

Country

Australia

Motto

Vires acquirit eundo” (Latin) “We gather strength as we go.”

Language

English

Population:

4 million

Area:

9,990 km²

Currency:

Australian dollar (AUD)

Dialing code:

+61

Area code

3

The ‘second city’ of Australia:

The city is situated in the state of Victoria. Queen Victoria officially declared it a city in 1847. The city has numerous contributions in education, research and development, tourism and sports. It is a leading financial hub where commerce and trade industries are based. The expensive city in the world 2013 has various parks and gardens in Melbourne due to which it had been called city of gardens many times. Melbourne is host to many cultural events including music, drama, theatre and art. The nightlife is also a source of entertainment for the people. UNESCO named Melbourne as a ‘City of literature’ in 2008.

Cost of accommodation in Melbourne:

An Australian Dream house contains a house spread over a quarter acre with a garden. A furnished apartment can have a rent of 3000 AUD per month. The apartments on the Western suburbs of Melbourne are fairly cheap and a person can save up to 100 AUD a week from them.

Cost of Transport in Melbourne:

The public transport in the city is fairly cheaper than owning a car. The car comes with many added expenses like parking fees and high fluctuating petrol and gas prices. A daily ticket by a public transport may cost around 8 AUD which may increase if you live in the suburbs. The trains, trams and buses are among the various options if you want to travel the city on a tourist visa. A myki card gives you the license to travel throughout the city via public trains, trams and buses. There are two zones in Melbourne. Public transports have different routes for each zone so enough value must be there in your myki card to ensure your travel in the respective zone.

Cost of food in Melbourne:

An impressive meal can cost around 15 AUD per person in a good restaurant. The groceries may take up an average of 150 AUD per person. A lunchtime menu may cost around 15 AUD per person. For cheaper grocery shopping, super markets are there to provide fresh produce.

Singapore

Singapore

Country

Republic of Singapore

Motto

Majulah Singapura” (Malay) “Onward, Singapore”

Language

Mandarin, Malay, Chinese, English, Tamil

Population:

5.5 million

Area:

716.1km²

Currency:

Singapore Dollar (GSD)

Dialing code:

+65

Area code

66

The Lion City:

The Asian hub of commerce, finance and trade centers makes it one of the expensive cities of the world. It is the easiest place to invest and do business. It has been the city for meetings and conventions of top organizations. The facilities of education, health, quality of life and personal safety makes it one of the easiest places to work. The city is also called the city of gardens due to its greening policy.

Cost of accommodation in Singapore:

Most people prefer to live in private condomiums which includes swimming pools, playgrounds, tennis courts and secured access. They are affordable as compared to renting an apartment.

A three bedroom condomium can cost around 7000 GSD to 15000 GSD. Luxury apartments can take up 8300 to 13000 GSD. Condomiums outside the city centers are fairly cheap and may cost around 3300 to 5000 GSD. Private apartments as compared to condomiums lacks facilities like large pools, tennis courts etc. They can cost around 5000 to 7000 GSD a month. The government housing flats (HBD) are the cheapest option of living. They cost around 2200 to 2700 GSD a month.

Cost of Transport in Singapore:

To own a vehicle, a certificate of entitlement is needed in Singapore. The premium paid to acquire it depends on the type of vehicle you own. The public transport is fairly cheap like it costs 1 to 3 GSD for a train fare. Bus fares are from 1 to 2.5 GSD. Taxis may charge from 3 to 3.4 GSD. Taxis can be booked at 3 GSD in advance.

Cost of Food in Singapore:

Cooking food on your own is the cheapest option to try for food in Singapore. It may cost up to 200 to 300 GSD for a person if you cook food at home. If you want to try various eating spots and like to dine out then it can cost you around 1000 to 1200 GSD along with your spouse. If you still want to save money on food then there are hawker centers and food courts which provide food at cheap prices. An average hawker centre may charge you as low as 4 GSD for lunch whereas food courts charge up to 7 to 8 GSD for lunch.

Cost of

Zurich

Zurich

Country

Switzerland

Motto

Unus pro omnibus, omnes pro uno” (Latin) “One for all, all for one

Language

German, French, Italian, Romanish

Population:

390,474

Area:

223 km2

Currency:

Swiss franc (CHF)

Dialing code:

+41

Area code

43

Largest city in Switzerland:

Zurich may not be known to many but it is one of the largest financial hubs in Switzerland. The city hosts many multinational corporations where their headquarters are situated. The low taxes of Zurich attract the investors for investment. The city has been named the wealthiest city in Europe many times and the city has the best quality of life. There are residential, industrial and commercial zones in the city.

Cost of Accommodation in Zurich:

The cost of living in the city is comparatively high because of high taxes, license fees and insurance premiums. There are less available properties for people so they mostly go for renting. The rent may take about the fifth or third proportion of the income of expats. The utility bills may take up 10% of their income but the expenses get offset due to high salaries and high purchasing power. A flat may cost 800 to 1600 CHF. A furnished room may cost up to 1000 CHF.

Cost of transport in Zurich:

Cost of transport in Zurich is expensive because the residents have to pay taxes like parking fees, extra tickets for loading bicycle on the train etc. There are even parking taxes for placing your own car in front of your own home. Expats wanting to visit museums, parks or other recreational destinations may opt for a Zurich card which cost 48 CHF for 72 hours. The card holders have the advantage of getting free entrance in most museums and galleries. They can travel on public transports for free. They get special discounts on many tourist attractions as well. Zurich is divided into many zones. It costs around 14 CHF to travel from one zone to another. It is best to live near your work office so that one can travel through bicycle to avid any additional cost.

Cost of food in Zurich:

Cost of food for eating out is heavily expensive. A big Mac from McDonalds cost equivalent to $12 in US. Affordable meals can be taken from many street stands. Drinks are costly in restaurants and bars but they can be easily got from the supermarkets. The food expense may take up 400 CHF of a single person per month.

Paris

Paris

 

Country

France

Motto

Fluctuat nec mergitur(Latin: “Tossed but not sunk”)

Language

French

Population:

2.24 million

Area:

223 km2

Currency:

Euro (EUR)

Dialing code:

+33

Area code

1

The City of Light” (La Ville Lumière):

The city of arts, museums, flowers and lights is also famous for its expensive style of living. The famous art museum in the world, The Louvre museum is situated in the city. Millions of tourists visit the city for its attractive tourist’s destinations. The famous Paris Fashion week is held in the city twice a year. The city has preserved its earliest history over the centuries. The city has old monuments which have been maintained by the city government and tourists visits them in many numbers.

Cost of Accommodation in Paris:

The prices of accommodation vary according to the area and region in Paris. A one bedroom flat may cost about 1000 to 1400 Euros. Many residents live in 18th or 19th century buildings. The décor in houses is kept minimal in some houses. However some prefers to adopt modern furnishing. If you like to stay away from the main city of Paris then your transportation cost will rise. A furnished house in a luxury locality may cost as high as 2500 Euros per month. The utility bills may take up 150 Euros a month.

Cost of Transport in Paris:

The metro in Paris is comparatively inexpensive in Paris which most of the residents use to go to their work. The 300 metro stations in Paris make them the most accessible transport for citizens in the city. Travelling from zone 1 to 2 may cost an average 20 Euros a week. The individual ticketing system in Paris is unique in a way that you buy some time irrespective of wherever you go. A single ticket earns you one and a half hour of journey time. When the time is finished then you have to by another ticket. The bus service in Paris runs for a limited time. If expats wants to go around the city to get familiar with its surroundings then buses are a great choice.

Cost of food in Paris:

Known for versatile cuisines, Paris has variety of flavors to offer but all that comes with a heavy price. The dairy products and bread have high prices due to France’s regulations. The groceries may cost around 125 Euros a month for one person. Dining out options in restaurants can be too pricey as well as too cheap as well based on your preferences.

Caracas

Caracas

Country

Venezuela

Motto

AVE MARIA SANTISIMA SIN PECADO CONCEBIDA EN EL PRIMER INSTANTE DE SU SER NATURAL” (God Bless You Holiest Mary conceived without guilt in the first instant of her natural being)

Language

Spanish

Population:

3,273,863

Area:

777.1 km2

Currency:

Venezuelan Bolivar (VEF)

Dialing code:

+58 212

Area code

212

The city of eternal spring:

The city is host to various companies and banks here. The city has some of the tallest sky scrapers. As Caracas is also the cultural capital of Venezuela as well so many theatres, museums and restaurants are also situated here. Despite so many tourist attractions, there is a dark city to the city as well. The city has some no-go zones where it is strictly prohibited to go due to crime scenes. The crime rate in the city is the highest in the world so expats specially need to consider before going to the city.

Cost of accommodation in Caracas:

Cost of living in Caracas is high which prompts the expats to live away from the min city but then the transportation costs takes the toll. The cost of living is also high because inflation keeps on reaching high points. Over the past few years, inflated prices of accommodation in neighborhood areas have reached considerable heights.

Cost of transport in Caracas:

Buses are the most common medium of transport for the travelers all around the city. The metro of the city is clean and safe and expats can go around the city through metro. The metro timings are from 5:30 am to 11:00 pm. The fare is considerably low at the price of 50 cents(in US currency).

Cost of food in Caracas:

There are high prices for food in the city. People can be seen waiting outside cheap groceries stores in long lines. The shortage of food and toiletries makes their condition miserable at times so one needs to get prepared before going to visit Caracas. The groceries may cost upto 1000 VEF per month. The breakfast may take up 30 to 40 VEF a day. There are some inexpensive restaurants which can get you a complete dinner at a cost of 35 VEF.

Geneva

Geneva

 

Country

Switzerland

Motto

Pro Christo et Patria, (latin) “For Christ and Country’’

Language

German, French, Italian, Romanish

Population:

197,376

Area:

15.93 km²

Currency:

Swiss franc (CHF)

Dialing code:

+41

Area code

22

The Peace Capital:

The beautiful city of Geneva with its amazing quality of life is one of the expensive cities in the world. The city is host to global multinational corporations. The city possesses financial centers. The economy of the city is service oriented and most people are attached to the banking sector of the city. There are some of the most beautiful historical sites as well. The museum and the opera house are the destination of tourists from all around the world. The city is famous for making Swiss watches. Ice hockey is the most popular sport in the city. The city is the European headquarters of United Nations which increases its worth a little more.

Cost of accommodation in Geneva:

The high cost of accommodation takes up most of the salary proportion of the people. There is shortage of accommodation in the city. The landlords can charge an advanced premium if you are thinking about renting an apartment. For a two bedroom apartment, rents can range from 1200 CHF to 1500 CHF. A three months advance may be demanded by the landlords.

Cost of Transport in Geneva:

The taxis can charge up to 4 CHF for a ride on average. The city center bus fare is nearly 3 CHF. The tram system is highly efficient and covers major part of the city. Tickets are available from the stands on the stops. The prices depend on the zones you are going to and from. Ferry shuttles are also the mode of transport in the city. Free bicycles with some deposits may give the travelers a conveyance of their own.

Cost of food in Geneva:

The cost of groceries may take up 300 to 500 CHF per month if you live cheaply. Dining out in a restaurant may cost you a fortune as the prices in restaurants are high. A three course meal in a restaurant can charge up to 50 CHF for a single person. The quick eat shops in the city can be very cheap as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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