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Ranking cities by cost
Stefan Gosatti, The West Australian Ranking cities by cost

Even with the strength of the Australian dollar, making a decision between a domestic and an international holiday can be difficult.

For travellers planning a holiday in Australia it's good to know how the price of standard holiday purchases varies across the country.

To help with this, online travel company Expedia.com has compiled the inaugural Australian Expedia travel Value Tracker.

The index lists 10 of the most common travel items purchased in hotels through Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.

This year Brisbane was the most expensive Australian city with travellers paying $116.05 for the 10 listed items.

Melbourne came in second place with the 10 items costing 112.60 and in Sydney the 10 typical holiday purchases will cost a traveller $104.80.

These items will cost about $102.20 in Perth and are cheapest in Adelaide with a total bill of $92.90.

Although Melbourne is the second most expensive city it had the cheapest prices for a coffee, a schooner of beer, hamburger and chips, a can of coke and internet access.

Despite the good prices for food, drink and internet, a taxi fare from the airport in Melbourne is one of the most expensive in the world and the most expensive in the country, at $53.35.

London was the most expensive in the world, followed by Paris.

The travel value tracker results also showed that having a pair of jeans laundered in Australia will be the most expensive in the world. Sydney took the cake as the most expensive Australian city for this travel cost.

A comparison has also been made between domestic flight booking fees and the cost of a day in a capital city.

Some online travel sites charge up the $30 for a domestic flight booking but Expedia.com does not charge.

Senior manager marketing at Expedia.com Joana Barros said booking fees could be better spent while on holiday.

"We know holiday budgets can be tight and these necessities can add up to make a serious dent in your spending money. By pocketing the savings from no booking fees at Expedia, Australians will have more choice to purchase the things they realty want, as well as they need when on holiday," she said.

Travellers will pay the most for a glass of beer in Perth and will usually pay the most for a cup of coffee in Adelaide.