The most visited cities around the world in 2018

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The following list is based on people that had to spend more than 24 h in a single city based on data from Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index, which provides a ranking of the 132 most visited cities around the world.

We will only provide the list with top 20 most visited cities in 2017 – 2018 prediction and show a difference from last year how they grew.

Prague, Czech Republic

20. Prague, Czech Republic — 6.4 million visitors.

With an increase from 5.81 million visitors in 2016, Prague is the city with fairy tale allure which makes it the perfect destination for vacationers who want to discover a new culture.

You can spend the day wondering the Old Town and Old Town Hall and during the night you have have a warm dinner at one of Czech taverns. Prague is also well known for its baroque and Gothic architecture, also for it’s astronomical clock that dates back 600 years, and let’s not forget about one of Europe’s popular Christmas Market.

Best time to visit Prague is in the spring and fall, when the weather is mild and fewer tourists around. We recommend going in April or May.

Finding a location to stay it’s not gonna be hard but if you want to find the cheapest hotels to book a location for as low as 10$ you can use Agoda – Prague Hotels or TripAdvisor – Prague Hotels, or receive €34 for your first booking AirBnb, also if you need the best Travel Insurance

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Shanghai, China

19. Shanghai, China — 6.55 million visitors.

Shanghai didn’t saw a great improvement in new tourists compared to 2016 but still it ranked in top 20 most visited cities in the world because of its culture and friendliness towards tourists.

Spend the day by visiting one of the numerous parks or visiting the Old Town strolling through countless shops, or take a stroll to Zhujiajiao better know as little Venice of China.

Don’t forget to try out the local old style dress and take some amazing pictures, you can read more about Shanghai here. While Shanghai is very hot in the summer, we recommend visiting during fall between September and October when the weather is a bit more agreeable.

Finding a location to stay it’s not gonna be hard but if you want to find the cheapest hotels to book a location for as low as 10$ you can use Agoda – Shanghai Hotels or TripAdvisor – Shanghai Hotels, or receive €34 for your first booking AirBnb, also if you need the best Travel Insurance

Vienna, Austria

18. Vienna, Austria — 6.63 million visitors.

Like Prague, Vienna is also well known for its baroque streetscapes and imperial palaces, also with a record breaking in Vienna, there are over 27 castles and more than 150 palaces.

While other cities are known for their specific things, Vienna is well known for its culture, music and art with centuries to back it up.

The most popular spot to visit is The Cultural World Heritage Site of Schönbrunn Palace, the former emperor’s summer residence, also including a zoo, you can easily get lost here for 5- 6 hours. Do not go in the summer.

Other places to visit are St. Stephen’s Cathedral the biggest symbol of Vienna built in 12’th centry, Hofburg the Imperial Palace and Belvedere.

The best time to visit Vienna is from April to May or in the fall in September and October, try to avoid the summer months as it can get very hot.

Finding a location to stay it’s not gonna be hard but if you want to find the cheapest hotels to book a location for as low as 10$ you can use Agoda – Vienna Hotels or TripAdvisor – Vienna Hotels, or receive €34 for your first booking AirBnb, also if you need the best Travel Insurance

Osaka, Japan

17. Osaka, Japan — 7.9 million visitors.

Japan third largest city, it’s well known for being the place with best food with astonishing number of Michelin-starred restaurants.

With a very rich history, and plenty of temples and expositions to see, Osaka is definitely one of the most see while traveling. Osaka is also known for two world class shopping districts, one in south Namba and the biggest one in north also known as Umeda, make sure you check them out. Osaka is the best place to see cherry blossom.

The peak months of tourists are April and July Finding a location to stay it’s not gonna be hard but if you want to find the cheapest hotels to book a location for as low as 10$ you can use Agoda – Osaka Hotels or TripAdvisor – Osaka Hotels, or receive €34 for your first booking AirBnb, also if you need the best Travel Insurance

Rome, Italy

16. Rome, Italy — 7.12 million visitors.

Rome also known as The Eternal City is the capital of Italy, has a long history of over 2800 years with wonderful monuments, beautiful palaces, gothic churches that draw a lot of tourists.

While in Rome there are some places you should not miss like Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica, The Trevi Fountain, The Pantheon and the list can go on.

The food, well you are in Italy and Pizza should be first thing to eat, but don’t forget to try Carbonara Spaghetti and Suppli (rice balls with mozzarella).

With so many things to do you should avoid to visit in June and July due to high amount of tourist.

Finding a location to stay it’s not gonna be hard but if you want to find the cheapest hotels to book a location for as low as 10$ you can use Agoda – Rome Hotels or TripAdvisor – Rome Hotels, or receive €34 for your first booking AirBnb, also if you need the best Travel Insurance

Taipei, Taiwan

15. Taipei, Taiwan — 7.35 million visitors.

Taipei became famous because of history with China, but it doesn’t require a visa to stay for 30 days.

It’s also famous for its numerous night markets with excellent street food from all regions and some wonderful experiences you can only have here.

The most famous landmark is Taipei 101 standing tall at 510 m, definitely worth to go there and get the amazing view of the city.

But let’s not forget about the beautiful parks like Daan Park and Dajia Riverside, and also the Taipei Zoo where you can waste one entire day and still cannot see it all.

June to October is the typhoon season in Taiwan so we recommend you avoid it, and the most tourist months are March, November and December.

Finding a location to stay it’s not gonna be hard but if you want to find the cheapest hotels to book a location for as low as 10$ you can use Agoda – Taipei Hotels or TripAdvisor – Taipei Hotels, or receive €34 for your first booking AirBnb, also if you need the best Travel Insurance

Milan, Italy

14. Milan, Italy — 7.65 million visitors.

While Rome is considered old part of Italy, Milan is considered the new and improved part of Italy.

Big notice if you are interested in visit museums and most touristic places they are closed on Sunday and Monday, so plan accordingly.

Milan is considered one of the capitals of fashion in the world, but if you are here you can skip all fashion stuff and expensive experience like shopping. It’s full of history, art, churches and, of course, food.

If you don’t have a plan Milan could be a huge hole in your budget if you are impulsive and not careful.

Finding a location to stay it’s not gonna be hard but if you want to find the cheapest hotels to book a location for as low as 10$ you can use Agoda – Milan Hotels or TripAdvisor – Milan Hotels, or receive €34 for your first booking AirBnb, also if you need the best Travel Insurance You can read more here https://onelifetimetrip.com/milan-city-guide-milan-travel-tips/

Amsterdam, Netherlands

13. Amsterdam, Netherlands — 8 million visitors.

Amsterdam is very well know for it’s famous red light districts and marijuana smoking, but there is so much more about it with an elaborated canal system and narrow houses from 17th century.

The most visited attractions are Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House, both are very crowded so plan in advance before you go.

Most touristic season is in July and August so we recommend avoiding this months, and if you are interested in seeing the tulips come in April or May.

Finding a location to stay it’s not gonna be hard but if you want to find the cheapest hotels to book a location for as low as 10$ you can use Agoda – Amsterdam Hotels or TripAdvisor – Amsterdam Hotels, or receive €34 for your first booking AirBnb, also if you need the best Travel Insurance

Barcelona, Spain

12. Barcelona, Spain— 8.2 million visitors.

Barcelona is know as Catalonia, a an autonomous community situated in North-East of Spain and second largest city. This city is very famous because of La Segrada Familia Church which is included in UNESCO World Heritage Site.

If you are passionate of ancient history here you have the opportunity to see the Roman Temple of Augustus. You can enjoy a good walk on Gothic Quarter, the center of the old city, perfect if you want to take memorabile pictures.

The most touristic season is during summer especially in August. You can visit during winter because is mild and not cold at all.

Finding a location to stay it’s not gonna be hard but if you want to find the cheapest hotels to book a location for as low as 10$ you can use Agoda – Barcelona Hotels or TripAdvisor – Barcelona Hotels, or receive €34 for your first booking AirBnb, also if you need the best Travel Insurance

Hong Kong

11. Hong Kong — 8.37 million visitors.

While Hong Kong is packed with tourists, a big part of them are Chinese from mainland coming to visit. Hong Kong is a autonomous city at the border with China while it’s independent it’s still heavily tied to China.

Packed with many attractions, it’s easy for visitors to feel overwhelmed but you can find unique skyline and a handful of Chinese architecture especially in Ngong Ping.

If you are looking for temples, Hong Kong has them over 12.000 miniature Buddha statues at the 9 storey pagoda. Or you can take the cable car up to the Big Buddha and enjoy the view, but take notice you still have to climb about 250 stairs.

The best time to visit Hong Kong based on weather is Late March to May and October to November.

Finding a location to stay it’s not gonna be hard but if you want to find the cheapest hotels to book a location for as low as 10$ you can use Agoda – Hong Kong Hotels or TripAdvisor – Hong Kong Hotels, or receive €34 for your first booking AirBnb, also if you need the best Travel Insurance

Seoul, South Korea

10. Seoul, South Korea — 10.2 million visitors.

The city where the technology and fashion are world beyond everything else but also the traditions are kept at hearth.

As size Seoul is world’s second largest urban agglomeration, first one being Tokyo, with over 25.6 million people in metropolitan area.

Seoul is also known for being alive 24/7 so no matter if you are an avid temple seeker or nightlife adventurer you can find it all.

The most visited location are the palace in Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung both palaces in Gwanghwamun & Jongno-gu.

The best time to visit Seoul based on weather is March to May and September to November.

Finding a location to stay it’s not gonna be hard but if you want to find the cheapest hotels to book a location for as low as 10$ you can use Agoda – Seoul Hotels or TripAdvisor – Seoul Hotels, or receive €34 for your first booking AirBnb, also if you need the best Travel Insurance

Toyko, Japan

9. Tokyo, Japan — 11.7 million visitors.

The city also known as the largest metropolis in the word with a population over 40.000.000 yes that’s right 40 million, it will take you few days to visit the most important spots.

Most of the tourist areas are in Tokyo Prefecture, which is split in 23 City Wards(districts) also known as ku (区), with the most popular ones being Shibuya, Shinjuku, Minato, Chiyoda and Sumida.

Staying in Tokyo close to city center or in one major touristic locations it’s gonna be very expensive so we recommend looking for a place a bit further, even if you will make about 30 min to get to city the price it’s gonna be 4 times cheaper.

There are so many places to visit you will need at least 2 weeks to visit them all but most popular are Nakamise, Tokyo Tower, Shibuya and Imperial Palace.

We recommend March to May but also October and November, the weather is just perfect, not to hot and not to cold.

Temperatures vary from 0 – 10°C(32-50°F) in January to 24-32°C(75-90°F) in July.

Finding a location to stay it’s not gonna be hard but if you want to find the cheapest hotels to book a location for as low as 10$ you can use Agoda – Tokyo Hotels or TripAdvisor – Tokyo Hotels, or receive €34 for your first booking AirBnb, also if you need the best Travel Insurance

Istambul

8. Istanbul, Turkey — 11.95 million visitors.

Istanbul is famous for so many reasons from history, shopping, buildings, sightseeings on Bosphorus and cats. Yes, cats! People takes care of stray cats, you see food for them on every street corner.

They build small shelters for them, they let them sleep in mosques, metro stations and plenty of stores feed them with best food.

If you are passionate of history, you must be prepared to spend a long time because almost everywhere there is a long queue. The most famous landmarks of Istanbul are: Hagia Sophia used to be an Orthodox mosque build in 4th century, used to be a mosque and now it’s a museum. You will find here a nice mix of christians frescoes and muslim makeover.

Sultan Ahmed Mosque also known as Blue Mosque is the a symbol of Turkey and the famous mosque in Istanbul and it sits near to Hagia Sophia.

Basilica Cistern sits near to Hagia Sophia and it is a old ruin from what used to be Constantinople. It’s also know from Inferno movie with Tom Hanks where some scenes was filmed.

Topkapî Palace is the former residence of Ottoman sultans and now it’s the most visited museum from this country. If you are in Istanbul you must not miss cruising on the Bosphorus.

It’s very cheap and you will enjoy some wonderful see sights of Istanbul.

The most touristic season is during is spring when the tulips bloom.

Finding a location to stay it’s not gonna be hard but if you want to find the cheapest hotels to book a location for as low as 10$ you can use Agoda – Istanbul Hotels or TripAdvisor – Istanbul Hotels, or receive €34 for your first booking AirBnb, also if you need the best Travel Insurance

Kuala Lumpur

7. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia — 12 million visitors.

If you are flying in Asia I’m pretty sure you will have a layover here. If you have a few days I recommend to spend some quality time here.

The main attraction in Kuala Lumpur are Petronas Towers and Lake Symphony from KLCC Park. Plenty of people are spending quality time here because it’s really beautiful and quiet.

After Petronas Towers you can spend your time for shopping in Central Market or you can visit the National Mosque. You can find here a good mixture of muslim, hindu and others confessions.

Right outside the city you you can spend a day to Batu Caves, worth a trip to visit this temple, but beware of the monkeys and do not feed then as they can get aggressive. Fab caves can be visited by paying for a 45 mins tour guide, good and cheap food in the cafes nearby as well.

If you never been in India you can enjoy an indian experience in Little India. I think you can visit Kuala Lumpur almost every time. You will never regret.

Finding a location to stay it’s not gonna be hard but if you want to find the cheapest hotels to book a location for as low as 10$ you can use Agoda – Kuala Lumpur Hotels or TripAdvisor – Kuala Lumpur Hotels, or receive €34 for your first booking AirBnb, also if you need the best Travel Insurance

Singapore

6. Singapore — 12.1 million visitors.

Singapore is well known for being one of the cleanest and also the safest city but that comes with a price so take notice to read the basic rules of what you can and what you cannot do while on the streets.

The most visited place in Singapore is Marina Bay where you can find the city’s most spectacular things to do.

But there are also other places to visit or course like Gardens by the Bay, Chinatown and Universal Studios.

While it rains a lot about 10 – 13 days per month, best time to visit is February to April while between November to January is the rainy season.

Finding a location to stay it’s not gonna be hard but if you want to find the cheapest hotels to book a location for as low as 10$ you can use Agoda – Singapore Hotels or TripAdvisor – Singapore Hotels, or receive €34 for your first booking AirBnb, also if you need the best Travel Insurance

New York

5. New York, US — 12.7 million visitors.

We all heard about New York, the city that never sleeps, the city with 5 of the most amazing places that you must visit at least once.

Most visited place the iconic Statue of Liberty, which was a gift from France in 1886 and it’s considered a symbol of freedom and one of the greatest American icons.

Other places you must visit is the Empire State Building, Times Square, Central Park and Brooklyn Bridge but there are so many other places that you can visit.

The best time to visit New York is from April to June and September, when the weather is just perfect but if you are on a budget we suggest you visit in March or October.

Finding a location to stay it’s not gonna be hard but if you want to find the cheapest hotels to book a location for as low as 10$ you can use Agoda – New York Hotels or TripAdvisor – New York Hotels, or receive €34 for your first booking AirBnb, also if you need the best Travel Insurance .

Dubai

4. Dubai, United Arab Emirates — 15.2 million visitors.

Dubai, the city of gold, is well known for its luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture and a lively nightlife scene.

With so many iconic places starting with Burj Khalifa the most tall building in the world, to Burj Al Arab Jumeirah the only 7 star hotel in the world to the man made Palm Islands.

But Dubai is so much more with it’s Islamic root and traditions that you as a tourist you must respect it and behave accordingly.

It’s illegal to drink in public places or streets so please don’t do it also alcohol is allowed in nightclubs and bars as long as you have a licence to drink.

Don’t forget while in Dubai public displays of affection are not well-tolerated so no kissing or hugging, also swearing, insults and rude gestures can be fined or jailed.

The best time to visit Dubai is between November to March, otherwise the weather is gonna be very hot with the average temperature reaching 43°C(110°F).

Finding a location to stay it’s not gonna be hard but if you want to find the cheapest hotels to book a location for as low as 10$ you can use Agoda – Dubai Hotels or TripAdvisor – Dubai Hotels, or receive €34 for your first booking AirBnb, also if you need the best Travel Insurance

Paris

3. Paris, France — 18.03 million visitors.

Paris, oh Paris the city of love, of lights and romance full with cafe’s, croissants and wine. With the most icon place being Eiffel Tower built in 1889 standing tall at 324m, the que to go up it’s so long you might not even bother going.

But there are so many more other places to visit like The Louvre where Mona Lisa painting is hold, the famous Notre-Dame gothic church and Arch of Triumph.

While you in Paris don’t forget to take a cruise on the Seine, we recommend enjoying during evening over a dinner.

If you have time left we also recommend going to Sacré-Coeur Basilica and enjoy a beer on the stairs while having an awesome view of the city.

From June to August the weather is mild and just perfect to visit with clear blue skies and long days.

Finding a location to stay it’s not gonna be hard but if you want to find the cheapest hotels to book a location for as low as 10$ you can use Agoda – Paris Hotels or TripAdvisor – Paris Hotels, or receive €34 for your first booking AirBnb, also if you need the best Travel Insurance

Lodon

2. London, United Kingdom— 19.8 million visitors.

London is the capital of UK and the most visited city in this country. Here you will never get bored.

In the years when royal weddings are taking place, tourism grows to fantastic odds. Last two royals weddings was in 2011 with Prince William and Kate Middleton and 2018 with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Most visited places in London are Big Ben from Westminster Palace, The London Eye, Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, Thames cruises and plenty of parks and museums.

This metropole is full of life and entertainment and it’s perfect for a british experience.

Don’t get scared if in park you will meat foxes. Usually foxes try to avoid people and you can find some near Buckingham Palace playing and totally ignoring you.

You can visit London anytime but you must be prepared eventually for the rain.

Finding a location to stay it’s not gonna be hard but if you want to find the cheapest hotels to book a location for as low as 10$ you can use Agoda – London Hotels or TripAdvisor – London Hotels, or receive €34 for your first booking AirBnb, also if you need the best Travel Insurance

Bangkok

1. Bangkok, Thailand — 21.5 million visitors.

Bangkok is the most visited city from the world, perfect city for a Thai experience with Buddhist temples and nightlife.

The Grand Palace is full of stunning things to see but not when the crowds are massive and you will have to abide by the dress codes.

If you love to party I recommend Khaosan street, an awesome place to experience Bangkok’s party scene, clubs, bars, restaurants, vendors and loads of people but on top of that cheap drinks.

It is extremely fun to spend the day walking, exploring and enjoying the markets! Great products, diversity of culture, art, food and some surprises!

If you enjoy the Buddhist culture we recommend to visit some Buddhist temples, there are way too many so i’m not gonna make a list because all of them are really beautiful and worth to visit.

Best time to visit Bangkok is between November and March and I recommend to avoid April and May because they are the hottest months.

Finding a location to stay it’s not gonna be hard but if you want to find the cheapest hotels to book a location for as low as 10$ you can use Agoda – Bangkok Hotels or TripAdvisor – Bangkok Hotels, or receive €34 for your first booking AirBnb, also if you need the best Travel Insurance

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