Most Expensive Cities for Business Travel


moneyrollA recently-released report by Business Travel News lists the most expensive cities for business travel, both in the United States and internationally.

The report compared average costs of the usual business travel expenses – hotel stays, car rentals, and meals – in 100 US cities and also 100 cities around the world that are regular stops for business travelers. These costs were then added together to give each city a “per diem” rate that would be required to stay there.

The results probably aren’t surprising to frequent business travelers, but just in case you’re curious, here are the top 10 most expensive cities for business travel (along with their “per diem” rates):

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Most Expensive US Cities for Business Travel

  1. New York – $622.47
  2. Washington, DC – $563.82
  3. White Plains, NY – $498.52
  4. Boston – $493.19
  5. Detroit – $474.32
  6. San Francisco – $474.24
  7. Chicago – $467.62
  8. Seattle – $455.30
  9. Newark, NJ – $436.34
  10. Philadelphia – $432.70

Most Expensive International Cities for Business Travel

  1. Paris – $526
  2. Oslo – $508
  3. Tokyo – $492
  4. Amsterdam – $488
  5. Geneva – $488
  6. Stavanger – $483
  7. Stockholm – $477
  8. Muscat – $476
  9. Moscow – $466
  10. Doha – $464

Curious about what the least-expensive cities were on this list? In the US, Akron came in at least costly with a $255.70 per diem rate, and internationally that honor went to Guatemala City with a per diem rate of $165. You can read the full report and see where the cities you frequent came in here.

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