Sophie Watson, 07.11.2018

The Price of Love: What Does a Typical Date Night Cost?

JLo once sang about how her love don’t cost a thing, and the Beatles famously declared that money can’t buy them love. However, for most people in the dating game, it turns out that romance does, in fact, come at a price. Our latest data analysis has shown that a typical date night in the UK totals up to an average of £91.

Calculating the cost of a date night

With a cuffing season upon us, we decided it was time to delve into the cost of love and to discover how much Brits can expect to spend on a typical date night.

Defining a 'typical date night' as one that includes a mid-range dinner for two, a shared bottle of wine, two cinema tickets, and a 5-mile taxi ride home, we looked at the average prices for each item to determine that a date night in the UK will set you back £91.1

Of course, there are places in this country where dating is a bit more costly. We applied the method above to find out the average cost for a date in the UK's largest cities – and the most expensive city came as no surprise at all!

How much does it cost to date in the UK?

And the UK's priciest big city for romance is….London! Who'd have thought it?

A typical date in London costs £123, making a date night in the city £32 more expensive than the average. It's also a £26 increase from last years numbers, is this an impact from Brexit or is London just becoming more expensive with every passing minute? If you're in the big smoke and thinking about dating, you need to start saving ASAP.

At the other end of the scale is Cardiff. Indeed, for those looking to save a few quid, the Welsh capital might be the dating destination of choice: an average date night is £71. That means those dating in Cardiff are spending around £50 less than those in London – that’s enough left over for a lunch date the next day!

It also seems that Northerners are having the last laugh when it comes to the cost of dating; other wallet-friendly cities that cost less than the average include Liverpool, where a date night is £81, Leeds, where it's £84, and Sunderland, which comes in at £81. Yet, don't go too far north - those looking for Edinburgh date ideas or a romantic evening in Glasgow will be looking at spending around £90.

Cost of a date in 15 major UK cities

  1.  London: £123
  2.  Brighton: £98
  3.  Bristol: £95
  4.  Belfast: £95
  5.  York: £95
  6.  Manchester: £94
  7.  Edinburgh: £93
  8.  Plymouth: £93
  9.  Birmingham: £90
  10. Glasgow: £90
  11. Leeds: £84
  12. Newcastle: £82
  13. Liverpool: £81
  14. Sunderland: £81
  15. Cardiff: £71

The cost of a date night around the world

As well as analysing British dating costs, we decided to make a global comparison, and so we examined the average cost of a date night in 25 of the world’s most interesting cities.

To make the comparison a fair one, we used the same criteria to describe a ‘typical date night’ (the meal, the wine, the movie, the taxi) and, converting global prices into GBP, we discovered that the average cost of a date worldwide is £70 - which makes the UK average around £20 higher than the world average!

The world's most expensive city for dating

Londoners can now grumble loudly because it has jumped nine places on the global dating cost list, it is now the 2nd most expensive city to date in, just behind Oslo. London is now more expensive than New York, Stockholm, Tokyo and Paris!

Of course, there are also global cities where dating is much cheaper than Britain. The cheapest city is Istanbul, where the typical date night is only £24. 

Cost of a date in 25 major global cities

  1. Oslo: £130
  2. London: £123
  3. New York: £110
  4. Stockholm: £94
  5. Tokyo: £93
  6. Amsterdam: £89
  7. Paris: £87
  8. Sydney: £86
  9. Toronto: £84
  10. Auckland: £80
  11. Hong Kong: £79
  12. Berlin: £77
  13. Seoul: £67
  14. Singapore: £65
  15. Barcelona: £65
  16. Nairobi: £57
  17. Rio De Janeiro: £54
  18. Taipei: £52
  19. Shanghai: £51
  20. Moscow: £47
  21. Cape Town: £42
  22. Bogata: £40
  23. Mexico City: £34
  24. Mumbai: £27
  25. Istanbul: £24