174 World cities by latitude: Things line up in surprising ways

While this site mostly deals with the economics of world travel, we’ve also included typical weather and climate information for each destination for each month of the year. Hopefully this is useful to those who are planning a trip so they can compare what to expect weather-wise between each destination with just one click.

So building on the weather part, I always thought it would be interesting to see exactly where all the major tourist destinations of the world line up with regard to latitude (distance from the equator). The data below might contain some surprising facts, as it seems like most of us picture the globe in ways that may not match reality.

Updated: Now with 174 cities

As this site has grown to over 200 destinations, in 2016 we added 67 additional cities to this list. Now you’ll find almost every popular “cultural” destination in the world, sorted by latitude, and you can click on the link to get more weather and pricing information. When you see which cities share the same distance from the equator, it’s often very surprising, especially considering how different the weather can be between them.

Southern Hemisphere cities are in italics alongside the Northern Hemisphere cities

And since it seems more interesting to compare cities by absolute distance from the equator rather than purely from north to south, I’ve added the Southern Hemisphere cities in with their northern counterparts, so, for example, Melbourne, Australia is listed (in italics) with San Francisco, as they are the same distance from the equator.

174 popular destinations by latitude

Southern Hemisphere cities are in on the same list, in italics.

64°

Reykjavik, Iceland

60°

Helsinki, Finland
Bergen, Norway

59°

Oslo, Norway
Stockholm, Sweden
Tallinn, Estonia
St. Petersburg, Russia

57°

Riga, Latvia

55°

Edinburgh, Scotland
Copenhagen, Denmark
Moscow, Russia
Vilnius, Lithuania

53°

Galway, Ireland
Dublin, Ireland
Hamburg, Germany

52°

Amsterdam, Netherlands
Berlin, Germany
Warsaw, Poland

51°

London, England
Bruges, Belgium

50°

Brussells, Belgium
Prague, Czech Republic
Krakow, Poland

49°

Vancouver, Canada
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

48°

Paris, France
Munich, Germany
Vienna, Austria
Salzburg, Austria
Bratislava, Slovakia

47°

Zurich, Switzerland
Budapest, Hungary
Interlaken, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland

46°

Ljubjana, Slovenia

45°

Montreal, Canada
Milan, Italy
Venice, Italy
Belgrade, Serbia
Zagreb, Croatia
Queenstown, New Zealand

44°

Bucharest, Romania
Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina
Monaco, Monaco
Christchurch, New Zealand

43°

Toronto, Canada
Nice, France
Florence, Italy
Split, Croatia

42°

Dubrovnik, Croatia
Sofia, Bulgaria
Boston, USA

41°

Chicago, USA
Barcelona, Spain
Rome, Italy
Istanbul, Turkey
Bariloche, Argentina

40°

New York City, USA
Madrid, Spain
Naples, Italy
Sorrento, Italy

39°

Beijing, China
Ibiza, Spain
Valencia, Spain

38°

Washington DC, USA
Lisbon, Portugal
Mar del Plata, Argentina
Rotorua, New Zealand

37°

San Francisco, USA
Athens, Greece
Seoul, South Korea
Granada, Spain
Malaga, Spain
Seville, Spain
Mykonos, Greece
Faro, Portugal
Antalya, Turkey
Melbourne, Australia

36°

Las Vegas, USA
Rhodes, Greece
Santorini, Greece
Valletta, Malta
Kas, Turkey
Auckland, New Zealand

35°

Tokyo, Japan
Kyoto, Japan
Osaka, Japan

34°

Los Angeles, USA
Fez, Morocco
Xian, China
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Montevideo, Uruguay
Sydney, Australia
Punta del Este, Uruguay

33°

Beirut, Lebanon
Santiago, Chile
Cape Town, South Africa

Mendoza, Argentina
Santiago, Chile

Valparaiso, Chile

32°

Tel Aviv, Israel

31°

Marrakech, Morocco
Amman, Jordan
Shanghai, China
Perth, Australia

30°

Cairo, Egypt

29°

New Orleans, USA

28°

Delhi, India
Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
Tenerife, Spain

27°

Kathmandu, Nepal
Brisbane, Australia

25°

Miami, USA
Dubai, UAE
Taipei, Taiwan

24°

Abu Dhabi, UAE

23°

Los Cabos, Mexico
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Sao Paulo, Brazil

22°

Macau, Macau
Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Sapa, Vietnam
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

21°

Honolulu, USA
Cancun, Mexico
Hanoi, Vietnam
Cozumel, Mexico
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

19°

Mexico City, Mexico
Luang Prabang, Laos
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

18°

Mumbai, India
Chiang Mai, Thailand
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Montego Bay, Jamaica

17°

Antigua, Guatemala
San Pedro, Belize
Vientiane, Laos
Yangon, Myanmar
Hue, Vietnam

16°

La Paz, Bolivia
Cairns, Australia

15°

Goa, India
Hội An, Vietnam

14°

Dakar, Senegal
Manila, Philippines

13°

Bangkok, Thailand
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Pattaya, Thailand
Nha Trang, Vietnam
Cusco, Peru

12°

Boracay Island, Philippines
Lima, Peru

11°

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

10°

Cartagena, Colombia
Caracas, Venezuela
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

San José, Costa Rica

Panama City, Panama
Kuta, Bali, Indonesia
Recife, Brazil

Phuket Town, Thailand

Colombo, Sri Lanka
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
Jakarta, Indonesia

Medellin, Colombia
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Arusha, Tanzania

Singapore, Singapore
Nairobi, Kenya

Quito, Ecuador

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  1. Alex says:

    Please add Seattle!

  2. Waggle says:

    Great list of facts not readily found elsewhere. You forgot Port Stanley at 51.6977° S. The capital of the Falkland Islands.

  3. Roy B. says:

    I noticed that Nairobi, Kenya and the three cities in Tanzania seems to be on the northern hemisphere according to your list.
    That is not so.
    All of them are south of the equator.
    Great list BTW. :O)

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Roy,

      Good catch! It has been fixed. Thank you. -Roger

  4. Michael says:

    Sorrento is south of Naples and cannot be same latitude as Rome

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Michael,

      Thank you for pointing out the error. It has been fixed. -Roger

  5. German says:

    Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, is not listed. Here, in Europe, it’s a well known destination. TV France, for instance, displays weather forecasts for Ushuaia among a few other cities in America.

    1. Roger Wade says:

      German,

      Thanks for the comment. This is a travel website and so the cities on the list are all popular for travelers. In fact, this is one of the very few articles on the sight that brings in people who aren’t planning a trip. I just wrote it and updated it because I think it’s an interesting topic and many of us are unaware of which latitude many of these popular cities are on.

      There are obviously thousands of cities that I didn’t include, including such notables as Murmansk. It’s pretty large, but almost no one would ever go there for tourism, so it doesn’t make the cut. I know that Ushuaia is popular among the tiny group of people who explore that area. Thanks for the comment though. -Roger

  6. gareth says:

    Where’s Nicosia, Cyprus? You’ve got Valetta, Malta. I am guessing same as Tokyo

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Gareth,

      Nicosia, Cyprus is in the 35° so you are right that it’s basically the same latitude as Tokyo. Very well done. -Roger

  7. Kathy says:

    I enjoyed looking at the latitude of different countries, but there is a HUGE problem. You have Los Angeles and Sydney on 34°. It looks like they share latitude, but that is SO WRONG. Sydney is below the equater and is -34°. Pkease fix this. Many ignorant people will be totally confused. Thanks for most everything else!

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Kathy,

      In bold letters near the top of the article it says, “Southern Hemisphere cities are in italics alongside the Northern Hemisphere cities” and Sydney is one of 29 southern cities on the list so it’s weird that you missed the other 28 of them.

      The reason I did it this way is that I think it’s actually very interesting to see which cities in the north and south match up like Sydney and Los Angeles. Thank you for the kind words though and I’m glad you were able to not get thrown off too badly by this formatting. -Roger

  8. Perry says:

    It was all explained to me when I at the time a 25-year old, visited Berkeley and was shocked to find palm trees in the San Francisco area. I called a meteorologist & he explained to me: A geographical locale on the west side of a continent has oceanic climate because of the direction of the Earth’s spin. So even Vancouver in Canada has a mild climate. Europe, especially, since the Gulf Stream provides additional warmth. The So West coast of England is located at 50 and the Cote d’Azure parallels Toronto. Nice can be downright warm in the winter and very rarely below 50-60 during the day, and it never snows in Cornwall! Southern Spain is quasi tropical.

  9. X-ray says:

    I never realized that some of the places i have been were at the same latitudes as Africa. Didn’t realize that Norway was so far north.
    some tourist destinations you forgot:
    Glasgow, Scotland, Manchester, UK
    Luxor, Egypt, Agra, India
    Johannesburg, South Africa, Varadero, Cuba.
    those are major tourist destinations too
    Also you listed Mexico city twice.
    Excellent list though, got me thinking, and I like that.

    1. Roger Wade says:

      X-ray,

      I agree that it’s a very interesting study to see these places laid out like this, and I was surprised by many of them myself. I fixed the Mexico City thing so thanks for that.

      We could make the list a LOT longer than it is and still be missing places that many people recognize, so it’s hard to know where to cut it off. I don’t consider Manchester a very touristy place, and same with Glasgow as well. Most of the places you mention are very close to places on the list, so that’s another reason not to list too many. Thanks though. -Roger