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What the club sandwich says about your living costs

If this classic hotel meal is too expensive in your potential travel destination, you might want to consider vacationing somewhere else.

By Money Staff May 14, 2014 1:35PM

This post comes from Katie Holliday at partner site CNBC.

CNBC on MSN MoneyThe Swiss capital of Geneva is home to the world's most expensive sandwich, according to's latest "Club Sandwich Index."

Turkey, bacon, lettuce & tomato club sandwich © Food Image Source/Getty Images
The firm claims that looking at the cost of a classic hotel sandwich made of chicken, bacon, egg, lettuce and mayonnaise as a barometer of affordability offers travelers an indication of the costs associated with their destination of choice.

Now in its third year, the Club Sandwich Index (CSI) is calculated from the prices guests paid for a club sandwich in 30 hotels, across five, four and three-star categories, in either the capital or an important tourist city in 28 surveyed countries. In total 840 hotels were canvassed globally.

And according to the 2014 CSI, Geneva has retained its top spot as home of the most expensive club sandwich in the world at $32.60.

Other pricey tourism hotspots include the gastronomic hub of Paris, which held on to the number two spot with an average price of $29.36, followed by Finland's Helsinki, where the price rose to $24.35 from $19.74 in 2013, knocking Norway's Oslo out of the top three.

In the U.S., New York City had the priciest sandwich at $17.99, and ranked 13 for the send straight year.

Meanwhile, the cheapest place for a club sandwich in the U.S. was Orlando, where the average of $10.68 was just above that of Buenos Aires at $10.37, which ranked 26th globally.

Courtesy CNBC

India's New Delhi remained the cheapest destination among cities surveyed, with the average price for a club sandwich at $8.78, while Mexico City also offered a bargain at $9.78.

Australia's Sydney saw the greatest decrease in average prices, falling to $16.93 in 2014 from $20.53 in 2013.

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May 14, 2014 3:34PM
What? No mention of the airport hot dog index?
Anyone that would pay 32 bucks for a club needs more help than is available.
May 14, 2014 3:05PM
Never thought of a club sandwich as an economic indicator, but I suppose it could be.  Personally, I just try to concentrate on where I can find the best one and it's not easy.
May 14, 2014 4:34PM
You order a sandwich at IHOP now and it will cost you $9, haven't asked about a club but would guess it would cost a few $'s more..... thing is Obama and mob say inflation is a negative #, that's BS.PERIOD.
May 14, 2014 4:59PM
I rank my sandwich eating places using the spill scale.I stay away from places that serve burgers that ooze condiments into my hand while eating, meat that slides from the bun or bread while partaking, or buns that shred/fall apart during consumption. All the aforementioned places are low on the scale.
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