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$201 for a first date?! The priciest cities for a night out around the world

As any right-swiper on Tinder will tell you, dating is expensive. But while a dinner for two at Red Lobster can be pricey, it could be worse.

Deutsche Bank recently released their annual map of global prices, which compares the cost of common goods and experiences in cities around the world. When it comes to the cost of dating, love birds in Zurich, Switzerland fork out an average of $201 for a night on the town.

It looks like The Beatles were wrong when they sang, “Can’t Buy Me Love.”

Zurich isn’t the only city where romance comes at a price. Rounding out the top three are Copenhagen ($173) and Tokyo ($172) as the most expensive cities to go on a date around the globe.On the other end of the spectrum, Bangalore, India, is the cheapest city to go on a date, costing just $42 for a couple. Jakarta, Indonesia ($44.50) and Mumbai, India ($44.90) round out the bottom of the list.

As any recovering online dater will tell you, every person defines a “date” in a different way. For the purpose of this survey, a date includes cab rides, dinner or lunch for two at a pub or diner, soft drinks, two movie tickets and a couple of beers.

You might think that New York is be the most expensive American city to go on a date (it’s consistently among places with the highest cost of living), but you’d be wrong (unless you plan on impressing your date with tickets to see the perpetually-sold-out Broadway show “Hamilton”). At $130, Chicago is the ninth most expensive place to go on a date around the world, and the most expensive city in the U.S.

Jim Reid from Deutsche Bank says that the cost of transportation in Chicago could be contributing to the higher cost of a date. “It might be to do with taxi prices being cheaper in New York City as more people have plugged in prices from, say, Uber than in Chicago,” he told Yahoo Finance. Indeed, the average five-mile taxi trip costs $25 in Chicago compared to $13 in New York.

A date in San Francisco will cost $128, and a date in New York City averages $126. These cities come in at #10 and #11 on the list.

The index also examines the average cost of other typical date activities. In all cases, Zurich ranked as the most expensive in the world, and New York ranked as the most expensive in the U.S. A movie costs $19 a person in Zurich, $16.80 in London, and $16 in Tokyo. New York City was the most expensive U.S. city, with the average movie ticket costing $15.50 per person.

When it comes to the cost of a standard dinner for two at a local pub, the top three cities are – again – Zurich ($80.20), Copenhagen ($73.10), and Tokyo ($68.70). New York City ranks fifth on the list with an average cost of $53.

So what’s the takeaway? If you’re going on a first date in Zurich, perhaps it’s more economical to just meet for a coffee first.

Do you have questions about the cost of dating in cities around the world? Email us at yfmoneymailbag@yahoo.com.