Revealed: These are the World’s Most Popular Cities in 2018

Revealed: These are the World’s Most Popular Cities in 2018

It's official: From Bali, Indonesia to Antalya, Turkey, these are the world’s 20 most-visited cities this year.

Big city dreamin’: it certainly looks like the bright lights and skyscapes of cities have yet to lose its appeal. 

But just which cities across the globe remain firm favourites among globetrotters this year?

According to Mastercard’s annual Global Destination Cities IndexBangkok is still going strong as the world’s most visited city. Welcoming over 20 million tourists last year, the vibrant city is followed closely by London (19.8 million) and Paris (17.4 million). Other popular metropolises include Dubai, Singapore, and New York, which remain in an otherwise unchanged top 6 in the list.

Out with the Old, In with the New?

It’s worth mentioning that the list has welcomed its share of newcomers in the top 20. This year, destinations like Pattaya, Palma de Mallorca, Mecca, Phuket, and Antalya edged out cities like Prague, Vienna, Shanghai, Amsterdam and Rome from the previous year.

It’s also certainly clear that travel hotspots are incredibly dynamic. Global cities like Madrid, Los Angeles, Beijing and Frankfurt were once in the top 20 only in 2016 – but have now been eclipsed from the list. Even within countries, cities are slowly becoming rivals: Osaka to Tokyo, Phuket to Bangkok.

Curious to know if your favourite city made the list of the world’s most popular cities this 2018? Find out!

The World’s Most Visited Cities in 2018 

  1. Bangkok, 20.05 million

Bangkok cityscape

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  1. London, 19.83 million


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  1. Paris, 17.44 million


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4. Dubai, 15.79 million

Joyful Dubai

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5. Singapore, 13.91 million


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6. New York, 13.13 million

New York

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7. Kuala Lumpur, 12.58 million

Twin Towers

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8. Tokyo, 11.93 million


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9. Istanbul, 10.7 million

Blue Mosque, Istanbul

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10. Seoul, 9.54 million


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11. Antalya 9.42 million


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12. Phuket, 9.29 million

Thailand - Phuket

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13. Mecca, 9.18 million


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14. Hong Kong, 9.03 million

Hong Kong

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15. Milan, 8.81 million

Milan Cathedral

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16. Palma de Mallorca, 8.78 million

Caló des Moro

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17. Barcelona, 8.69 million


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18. Pattaya, 8.67 million


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19. Osaka, 8.42 million

Shinsekai Area (新世界) in Osaka Japan

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20. Bali 8.3 million


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