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Columbus Direct has analysed some of the world’s most popular cities to visit against a series of metrics to reveal which locations are the cheapest to explore in 24 hours. Looking at the cost of a hop-on hop-off bus tour, the number of free attractions and things to do that cost £25 and under, as well as researching the average price of a beer, the cost of a taxi (per km) and the number of cheap eats. So, which location can you visit without breaking the bank? You can see the full research findings here.

With many of us looking to explore new surroundings and escape our day-to-day lives, a cheap break is the answer. With a variety of sights to see, from soaring skyscrapers, romantic streets and the hustle and bustle of local markets, which locations are the cheapest for you to explore in 24 hours?

The top 10 cheapest cities to explore around the world include:



Overall Score


Delhi, India



Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia



Bangkok, Thailand



Seoul, South Korea



Taipei, Taiwan



Shanghai, China



Prague, Czech Republic



Singapore, Singapore



Agra, India



Barcelona, Spain


Delhi, India, is the cheapest city in the world to explore with an overall score of 74/100. Bursting with colour, history and vibrancy, this Asian destination can be travelled with ease without having to worry about your funds. To get a whistle-stop tour of the Asian city, a hop-on-hop-off bus for one day will cost just £11.60, with the city also showing off an impressive 438 free attractions, 636 cheap eats and 79 day trips that sit at £25 and under.

For those wanting to explore the city alongside the locals, tourists can jump in a taxi and explore the city by paying a staggeringly low £0.16 per km. Of all cities analysed this taxi fare is the second cheapest, with Agra, India, coming in top place charging £0.12 per km. The cost of a taxi in London sits at £3 per km, which is over 18 times more costly than in Delhi.

Unsurprisingly, eight of the top 10 cheapest cities to explore in one day are located in Asia, with the likes of Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Seoul and Shanghai featuring in the list. Known for its cheaper cost of living compared to Europe and America, Asian cities are immensely popular for travellers on a budget. Whilst these destinations do take longer to travel to, the cheap cost to explore these areas makes up for this.

Prague is Europe’s cheapest city to explore

Czech Republic’s capital, Prague, leads the way as the cheapest city to explore in Europe and ranks seventh overall in the world. Known for being one of the world’s most beautiful cities, sitting alongside the likes of Paris with its gothic bridges, Baroque-style churches and historic castle, Prague shows off over 1,000 cheap eats, as well as 1,059 free attractions. The eastern European city is also perfect for tourists wanting a refreshment during a day of sightseeing, as it serves some of the world’s best beer at just £1.42.

London sits as the 15th cheapest city to explore in the world, beating the likes of Paris, New York City and Dubai. The UK capital ranks third for its number of free attractions at an impressive 2,135 and also holds the second-highest number of cheap eats at 3,163, allowing tourists to have plenty of choices when it comes to their meals and fun free things they’d like to do in the city.

Stuart Lloyd, Travel Insurance Expert at Columbus Direct says:

“The world’s most popular tourist cities vary significantly in culture, landscape and most importantly, cost to explore. It’s important for tourists to research the costs to visit different destinations to ensure they can enjoy their trip to the fullest, see as much as possible and tick off all the things they’ve wanted to on the bucket list, without worrying about breaking the bank.

“Whilst many of the top destinations to explore on a budget are located in Asia, these cities do have a few extra hours of flight time, which as a result will increase the cost to get there compared to European countries. It’s therefore important for travellers to take out insurance to ensure they can really enjoy these cities on a budget, without having to worry about any additional and unexpected costs.

“It’s great to see London has the third-highest number of free attractions and the second-highest number of cheap eats in the world, as it allows tourists from inside and outside of the UK to see the famous sights on a budget.”

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