When you return from a trip and someone asks you what your favorite part was, it’s pretty rare that you say “everything!” But in general, you do have a good sense of whether or not a destination really excelled at providing a good experience. And you definitely remember whether a city had standout restaurants, public transportation, or friendly locals.
For our second annual World Cities Survey, we compiled responses from over 54,000 travelers who had recently written reviews for featured cities around the world – we looked at things like ease of getting around, cleanliness, helpfulness of locals, and value – to determine which cities offer travelers the best experience.
Ranking among the top 10 in 13 (of 16) categories in the Survey, Tokyo comes in as the #1 city for overall experience. It also claimed top spots for helpfulness of locals, taxi service, local public transportation, and cleanliness of streets.
New York City, the only U.S. city on the list, came in first for best restaurants and nightlife, and second for best overall experience, shopping and attractions/things to do – which is especially great when you consider that it came in at #30 for value for the money and friendliness of taxis.
Other top performers include:
|Helpful locals||Tokyo||Cape Town||Lisbon|
|Friendliest taxi drivers||Dubrovnik||Tokyo||Singapore|
|Best taxi services||Tokyo||Singapore||Dublin|
|Ease of getting around||Vienna||Singapore||Berlin|
|Best public transport||Tokyo||Vienna||Berlin|
|Best value for money||Budapest||Lisbon||Hanoi|
|Comfort traveling alone||Singapore||Tokyo||Vienna|
|Best for shopping||Dubai||New York City||London|
|Best for hotels||Dubai||Cancun||Bangkok|
|Best for restaurants||New York City||Cape Town||Tokyo|
|Best for attractions||Rome||New York City||Paris|
|Best for culture||Rome||Vienna||Paris|
|Best for nightlife||New York City||London||Tokyo|
|Best overall experience||Tokyo||New York City||Barcelona|
And here are the lowest rankers:
|Category||Last place||Second last||Third last|
|Friendliest taxi drivers||Moscow||Beijing||Brussels|
|Best taxi services||Moscow||Beijing||Kuala Lumpur|
|Ease of getting around||Mumbai||Punta Cana||Marrakech|
|Best public transport||Marrakech||Hanoi||Sharm el Sheikh|
|Best value for money||Moscow||Rio de Janeiro||Copenhagen|
|Comfort traveling alone||Punta Cana||Sharm el Sheikh||Marrakech|
|Best for shopping||Punta Cana||Moscow||Rio de Janeiro|
|Best for hotels||Moscow||Rio de Janeiro||Brussels|
|Best for restaurants||Punta Cana||Moscow||Marrakech|
|Best for attractions||Punta Cana||Sharm el Sheikh||Mumbai|
|Best for culture||Sharm el Sheikh||Punta Cana||Dubai|
|Best for nightlife||Marrakech||Punta Cana||Hanoi|
|Best overall experience||Mumbai||Punta Cana||Moscow|
What are the best and worst experiences you’ve had in one of the cities above? Let us know below. Or better yet, write a review of a recent experience you had here.