Here's where it's cheaper to book an Airbnb over a hotel room

Sometimes, when travelling, it can be tough to figure out whether it’s smarter to book a hotel room or an Airbnb rental.

Bus travel booking website Busbud compared Airbnb prices and hotel rates across 22 cities in North America, Europe, and Australia.

The prices of Airbnb bookings are based off of the cost of a one-night’s stay, while the average prices for a hotel room were determined using Hotel.com’s Hotel Price Index Report, which analyses prices based on bookings made on the site per room per night (including any taxes and fees).

It’s good to note that prices are subject to change depending on the season and how close to the time of the trip the booking is made. Still, the numbers help give a sense as to where a particular booking option might be cheaper than the other.

The data shows that, in general, Airbnb could save travellers money when booking across northern America, while hotels offer better rates in the southern portion of the US.

In Europe, some average hotel costs can be as high as double the cost of Airbnb bookings, depending on the destination.

To see the full study, click here.

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