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July 1, 2017 Lifestyle No Comments Email Email

They say love doesn’t cost a thing, but a new survey has revealed that, in fact, an average date night in Australia clocks in at $125, with those in Perth paying the most of all ($138). Globally however, a date night in the Australia is cheaper than the same date in several other major global cities.

  •          An average date night in Australia costs $125
  •          Perth is Australia’s priciest city for romance, with an average date costing $138
  •          Newcastle is Australia’s cheapest city for romance, with an average date costing $103
  •          Globally, the average cost for a date is $115
  •          The most expensive date night worldwide is in Oslo, Norway ($180) and the cheapest is in Bogotá, Columbia ($59)

The cost of a date night in Australia

A new analysis from premium dating site EliteSingles has delved into the cost of love, revealing that a typical date night in Australia (consisting of a mid-range dinner for two, a shared bottle of wine, two cinema tickets, and an 8km taxi ride home) will set you back an average of $125.1

However, some big cities are pricier than others:  the date mentioned above costs on average $138 in Perth, $128 in Sydney and $126 in Brisbane.

If you like a bargain, Newcastle might become your dating destination of choice: an average date night there is only $103. Other wallet-friendly cities include Gold Coast, where a date night will cost $107, Adelaide ($122), and Geelong ($123).

Cost of a date in 14 cities across the Australia

  1. Perth, WA: $138
  2. Darwin, NT: $137
  3. Dubbo, NSW: $132
  4. Melbourne, VIC: $130
  5. Cairns, QLD: $128
  6. Hobart, TAS: $128
  7. Sydney, NSW: $128
  8. Toowoomba, QLD: $127
  9. Brisbane, QLD: $126
  10. Canberra, ACT: $126
  11. Geelong, VIC: $123
  12. Adelaide, SA: $122
  13. Gold Coast, QLD: $107
  14. Newcastle, NSW: $103

For larger, interactive, shareable versions of this map and the map below, please click here

The cost of a date night around the world

As well as looking at the cost of love in Oz, EliteSingles examined the average cost for a date night in 25 cities around the world.

Using the same criteria for a ‘typical’ date night, and converting local currencies into AUD,the analysis revealed that the average global cost of a date is $115.

On a global scale, Aussie wallets are getting off relatively lightly: at $125, an average date in Sydney is considerably cheaper than the same date in many other major global cities, including Paris, Auckland, Hong Kong, London, Stockholm, Amsterdam, New York, Tokyo, and Oslo.

Finally, Oslo is the world’s most expensive place to have a romantic date night with a typical evening setting you back an eye-watering $180. At the other end of the scale is Bogotá, where the same date adds up to a mere $59.

Cost of a date (in AUD) in 25 major global cities

  1. Oslo, Norway:  $180
  2. Tokyo, Japan: $170
  3. New York, USA: $161
  4. Stockholm, Sweden: $153
  5. Amsterdam, the Netherlands: $152
  6. London, UK: $148
  7. Hong Kong: $142
  8. Auckland, New Zealand: $137
  9. Paris, France: $133
  10. Sydney, Australia: $128
  11. Toronto, Canada: $124
  12. Singapore: $117
  13. Shanghai, China (PRC): $115
  14. Rome, Italy: $109
  15. Berlin, Germany: $105
  16. Barcelona, Spain: $103
  17. Seoul, South Korea: $103
  18. Rio di Janerio, Brazil: $96
  19. Moscow, Russia: $89
  20. Taipei, Taiwan (ROC): $89
  21. Nairobi, Kenya: $88
  22. Mumbai, India: $73
  23. Istanbul, Turkey: $72
  24. Mexico City, Mexico: $68
  25. Cape Town, South Africa: $62
  26. Bogotá, Columbia: $59

1 Analysis of costs and currency conversions based off data collected from in June 2017. All pricing estimates correct on day of publication (21.06.2017).


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