The Friendliest Cities in the World (and How Much They Cost to Visit)

World's Friendliest Cities

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World's Friendliest Cities
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Making Friends All Over the Globe

When choosing a destination to travel to, it's important to keep the social environment in mind. If your ideal locale is full of rude people, it might kill the vibe of your vacation. To help avoid such unpleasant travel experiences, Preply, an online language learning marketplace, created a Community Spirit Index to determine which cities are the friendliest for visitors (and which are the least friendly). The index factors in six different metrics, including acceptance of diversity, visitor return rate, and the overall happiness of the city's inhabitants.

Cheapism used to determine the average cost of a standard double-occupancy room in each city to provide additional insight as to what a trip to these friendly locations might cost.

CN Tower
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1. Toronto, Canada

Best time to visit: Late April to May or September to October

Average hotel room cost: $149

Regarded for its high happiness and LGBTQ+ acceptance scores, Toronto is a great place to visit just before summer when peak tourist season. Later, in early autumn, visitors can enjoy extended warmer weather, more affordable prices, and access to fun festivals, including the Toronto International Film Festival.

Sydney Opera House In The Sun

2. Sydney, Australia

Best time to visit: September to November or February to May

Average hotel room cost: $207

If you want to skirt Sydney's busiest seasons, you'll want to visit during fall or early spring. The city, equipped with a high happiness score and impressive levels of community respect, offers much more than the famous Sydney Opera House. Visitors can visit the botanic gardens, enjoy waterside activities, and more.

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Colorful street with shops Edinburgh Old Town

3. Edinburgh, Scotland

Best time to visit: June to August

Average hotel room cost: $186

You'll find some of the friendliest staff in Scotland's compact capital city. Unique architecture abounds in Edinburg, with a combination of medieval old town structures and neoclassical buildings. Edinburg Castle is a must-visit destination for visitors, along with a variety of other monuments. 

Beetham Tower Manchester

4. Manchester, United Kingdom

Best time to visit: March to August or December

Average hotel room cost: $84

Manchester boasts the friendliest staff of all the cities on this round-up, and with an assortment of museums, restaurants, and galleries to visit, visitors are sure to appreciate such forthcoming employees wherever they venture.

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Fifth avenue

5. New York, United States

Best time to visit: Late May to early September or November to December

Average hotel room cost: $175

With so many people flocking the city blocks of the Big Apple, visitors are destined to encounter plenty of friendly folks as they visit the Empire State Building, Central Park, Statue of Liberty, and more.

Related: 43 Free or Cheap Things to Do in New York City

Skyline Downtown Montreal Canada

6. Montreal, Canada

Best time to visit: April to May or September to November

Average hotel room cost: $144

Touted for high levels of community respect, Montreal teems with culture, offering visitors gems like the Notre Dame Basilica of Montreal, Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal, and the city's botanical garden.

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Melbourne central Business district

7. Melbourne, Australia

Best time to visit: March to May or September to November

Average hotel room cost: $111

With so much to see and do in Melbourne (from the Queen Victoria Market to the Melbourne Zoo), it's not surprising that happiness is the biggest contributor to the overall friendliness of Australia's coastal city.

historic Cable Car Powell Hyde Line on turntable at Powell Street terminal at Market Street in downtown San Francisco, California CA, USA
Dublin's Grafton Street

9. Dublin, Ireland

Best time to visit: June to August

Average hotel room cost: $131

When we close our eyes and picture Irish pubs in Dublin, we see plenty of smiling faces within, so we aren't shocked that Dublin would crack (or should we say, craic, which means a good time in Gaelic) the top ten for friendliest cities. If you visit, be sure to check out Dublin Castle and St. Patrick's Cathedral.

Related: 30 Free Things to Do in Ireland

City getaway with my sister

10. Copenhagen, Denmark

Best time to visit: March to May or June to August

Average hotel room cost: $101

Denmark's capital city has high levels of diversity acceptance, and visitors of the friendly city can check out the Tivoli Gardens and Rosenborg Castle to make the most of their Danish trip.

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Amsterdam downtown - Amstel river, old houses and a bridge. Nice view of the famous city of Amsterdam. Travel to Europe.

11. Amsterdam, Netherlands

Best time to visit: June to September

Average hotel room cost: $131

There's something that feels inherent about Amsterdam being one of the friendliest cities in the world. Between peaceful canals, a healthy bicycle culture, and other, ahem, relaxing pastimes the city is quite ... laid back, after all.

Auckland Skyline

12. Auckland, New Zealand

Best time to visit: January to April

Average hotel room cost: $92

Visitors of Auckland often refer to the destination as one with friendly residents, whom they might encounter on land or water as the city has a lot to offer on either landscape.

Panoramic view of Alfama district in Lisbon
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13. Lisbon, Portugal

Best time to visit: March to May or September to October

Average hotel room cost: $109

Compared to the other cities on this round-up, Lisbon has quite the positive reputation when it comes to reviews that mention the word "friendly." With such a colorful, cultural, and eclectic city, we imagine the friendly feelings just come natural.

Cityscape of Paris

14. Paris, France

Best time to visit: March to May or September to October

Average hotel room cost: $126

Under the Eiffel Tower, you'll find plenty of smiling faces. Among all of the attractions throughout the City of Lights, tourists can expect to find friendly staff around every Parisian corner. 

Berlin Cathedral with ship on Spree river at sunset, Berlin, Germany

15. Berlin, Germany

Best time to visit: May to September

Average hotel room cost: $82

Although it isn't touted for friendly staff, Berlin does have good happiness and community respect scores. Visitors can take in a variety of historical sites through different tours.