The Price of Love: What Does a Typical Date Night Cost?
Calculating the cost of a date night
In 2017 and 2018, EliteSingles dove into the cost of love and discovered how much Australians could expect to spend on a typical date night.
Now, the 2019 figures are in - and that means we know how much dating currently will cost you in Australia and around the world.
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 8km taxi ride home, we looked at the standard prices for each item to determine that an average date night in Australia will set you back $1541.
We then applied the method above to find out the average cost for a date in 15 leading Australian cities...
How much does it cost to date in Australia?
And Australia’s priciest city for romance is….Canberra!
That's right, Canberra has knocked Sydney off the #1 position that it held in 2018 - but only just. A 2019 date night in Canberra will set you back $172. The cost of the same date night in Sydney is $169 - a difference of only three bucks.
That means a date in Canberra costs $18 more than an average date in Australia, while Sydney is $15 more expensive. And they're not the only cities sitting above the middle line. Dates in Perth, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Wollongong, and Hobart all cost more then the average.
At the other end of the scale is Adelaide. For those looking to save a few notes, the South Australian capital might be the dating destination of choice: a date night in the city is only $129. Not only is that $25 less than the average, it also means those dating in Adelaide are spending around $43 less than those in Canberra – that’s enough left over for a coffee date the next day!
While Adelaide was the only sub-$130 city, other Australian cities below the average include Darwin, Cairns, Towoomba, Newcastle, Geelong, Brisbane and Townsville.
Cost of a Date in 15 Cities Across Australia
- Canberra, ACT: $172
- Sydney, NSW: $169
- Perth, WA: $165
- Melbourne, VIC: $164
- Gold Coast, QLD: $162
- Wollongong, NSW: $159
- Hobart, TAS: $156
- Darwin, NT: $150
- Cairns, QLD: $150
- Toowoomba, QLD: $148
- Newcastle, NSW: $146
- Geelong, VIC: $145
- Brisbane, QLD: $145
- Townsville, QLD: $144
- Adelaide, SA: $129
Figures are rounded: a date in Darwin is $0.22 more than one in Cairns, and a Geelong date night is $0.39 more than Brisbane.
The Cost of a Date Night Around the World
As well as analysing Australian dating costs, we decided to make a global comparison. For 2019, we've examined the average cost of a date night in 30 capital cities from around the world.
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, converted global prices into AUD. Doing so we discovered that the average cost of a date worldwide in 2019 is $125. That’s $29 less than the Australian average of $154 - but a similar price to a date night in Adelaide!