Best Cities to Visit as a Senior

Last updated on 01/15/2020

Best Cities for Senior Travelers

There may be no better time to explore the world than in your senior years, sharing new experiences and making more memories. It is important to travel in a safe and convenient way (without compromising on enjoyment!). Considering this, where should you go?

Here at InsureMyTrip, we created an index that scores 76 cities around the world. Each city is ranked by factors relevant to senior travelers. An overall score for each city has been given to find the best cities to visit in your golden years. You can also look at how cities rank for each category.

  • Tourism
  • Quality of Things To Do
  • Choice of Senior Tours
  • Tourism Overall
  • Well-being
  • Healthcare
  • Peacefulness
  • Well-being Overall
  • Mobility
  • Ease of Walking
  • Access to Transport Services
  • Limited Mobility Access
  • Mobility Overall
  • Demographics
  • Senior Population
  • Spaciousness
  • Demographics Overall
  • Overall Rating
  • Overall Rating
Rank
City
Country
Quality of Things To Do
Choice of Senior Tours
Tourism Overall
Healthcare
Peacefulness
Well-being Overall
Ease of Walking
Access to Transport Services
Limited Mobility Access
Mobility Overall
Senior Population
Spaciousness
Demographics Overall
1
Edinburgh
United Kingdom Flag
6.93
1.61
4.27
8.19
7.1
7.64
7.76
5.68
10
7.81
9.17
9.76
9.47
7.36
2
Vienna
Austria Flag
6.85
1.51
4.18
8.5
9.91
9.21
8.35
4.07
9.67
7.36
7.88
9.22
8.55
7.33
3
Brisbane
Australia Flag
6.79
0.36
3.57
9.06
9.2
9.13
9.24
1.09
10
6.78
6.19
10
8.1
6.88
4
Vancouver
Canada Flag
5.72
2.75
4.24
7.35
9.71
8.53
8.53
2.37
8.1
6.33
7.2
9.26
8.23
6.78
5
San Francisco
United States Flag
8.16
1.81
4.99
6.21
3.8
5.01
9.1
10
6.43
8.51
5.95
9
7.48
6.72
6
Geneva
Switzerland Flag
5.52
0.16
2.84
5.96
9.44
7.7
9.44
2.8
10
7.41
7.2
9.94
8.57
6.72
7
Zurich
Switzerland Flag
5.01
0.44
2.73
7.55
9.44
8.5
8.12
2.98
10
7.03
7.56
9.36
8.46
6.72
8
Prague
Czech Republic Flag
6.09
0.34
3.21
7.11
9.4
8.26
7.56
5.15
6.03
6.25
9.15
9.37
9.26
6.69
9
Hamburg
Germany Flag
5.95
0.12
3.04
7.45
8.5
7.97
9.59
0.48
9.53
6.53
8.75
9.67
9.21
6.67
10
Rome
Italy Flag
8.38
10
9.19
3.95
7.36
5.66
6.92
3.79
4.64
5.12
5.24
9.71
7.47
6.66
11
Sydney
Australia Flag
6.2
1.73
3.97
7.85
9.2
8.53
9.59
1.41
4.5
5.17
9.17
9.85
9.51
6.61
12
Dublin
Ireland Flag
6.27
3.03
4.65
2.07
9.36
5.72
9.68
3.97
10
7.88
5.6
9.38
7.49
6.6
13
Tokyo
Japan Flag
2.07
2.83
2.45
8.68
9.48
9.08
9.77
2.53
4.09
5.46
10
9.71
9.86
6.57
14
Melbourne
Australia Flag
5.93
1.61
3.77
7.29
9.2
8.25
9.61
2.03
7.32
6.32
6.19
9.96
8.07
6.57
15
Madrid
Spain Flag
5.34
3.82
4.58
8.35
7.66
8
6.58
1.83
7.32
5.24
8.99
9.26
9.12
6.57
16
Toronto
Canada Flag
7.47
1.27
4.37
7.61
9.71
8.66
9.25
0.9
5.59
5.24
7.8
9.44
8.62
6.56
17
Munich
Germany Flag
6.71
1.31
4.01
8.11
8.5
8.31
9.08
0.46
8.33
5.96
8.15
8.33
8.24
6.55
18
Warsaw
Poland Flag
7.63
0.36
4
4.79
7.91
6.35
9.55
0.58
10
6.71
8.21
9.55
8.88
6.51
19
Leeds
United Kingdom Flag
6.4
0.06
3.23
8.01
7.1
7.55
8.26
1.78
9.46
6.5
7.08
9.82
8.45
6.44
20
Copenhagen
Denmark Flag
3.39
0.02
1.7
8.09
9.77
8.93
9.86
1.31
8.33
6.5
8.11
9.06
8.59
6.44
21
Perth
Australia Flag
7.88
1.06
4.47
8.14
9.2
8.67
7.39
2.17
6.98
5.51
5
9.98
7.49
6.42
22
Birmingham
United Kingdom Flag
5.54
0.00
2.77
7.32
7.1
7.21
8.69
3.67
10
7.45
5.6
9.51
7.55
6.38
23
Lisbon
Portugal Flag
5.67
1.57
3.62
6.51
10
8.25
9.05
1.49
4.27
4.94
9.4
9.25
9.33
6.36
24
Rio de Janeiro
Brazil Flag
9.77
1.83
5.8
0.00
4.52
2.26
9.07
10
8.21
9.09
4.35
9.26
6.8
6.33
25
Stockholm
Sweden Flag
3.13
0.06
1.6
5.62
8.58
7.1
9.54
0.82
9.33
6.56
9.7
9.35
9.52
6.24
26
Washington DC
United States Flag
7.78
1.16
4.47
6.51
3.8
5.16
9
0.73
10
6.58
7.26
9.46
8.36
6.19
27
Frankfurt
Germany Flag
3.77
1.63
2.7
6.99
8.5
7.74
8.26
0.62
9.07
5.99
7.2
9.6
8.4
6.18
28
Philadelphia
United States Flag
7.56
0.64
4.1
6.44
3.8
5.12
9.38
1
9.33
6.57
8.21
9.12
8.67
6.17
29
Berlin
Germany Flag
4.85
0.9
2.88
5.91
8.5
7.2
9.69
1.38
5.95
5.67
8.8
9.47
9.13
6.16
30
Antwerp
Belgium Flag
2.44
0.00
1.22
8.5
8.58
8.54
9.87
1.22
6.66
5.92
8.21
9.66
8.93
6.13
31
Athens
Greece Flag
6.74
3.33
5.04
2.66
8.5
5.58
8.66
2.53
8.33
6.51
6.19
7.62
6.91
6.06
32
Barcelona
Spain Flag
4.79
2.55
3.67
8.1
7.66
7.88
8.68
0.81
9.36
6.28
4.7
7.77
6.24
6.05
33
Pittsburgh
United States Flag
8.28
0.04
4.16
7.2
3.8
5.5
8.32
0.65
10
6.32
6.31
9.72
8.01
6.04
34
Bristol
United Kingdom Flag
6.55
0.2
3.38
7.08
7.1
7.09
9.11
2.53
6.66
6.1
5.6
9.47
7.53
6.03
35
Santiago
Chile Flag
7.45
0.96
4.2
5.54
8.02
6.78
9.28
3.07
6.31
6.22
4.58
8.83
6.71
6.01
36
London
United Kingdom Flag
7.14
2.39
4.76
5.97
7.1
6.54
9.03
2.97
4.98
5.66
5
9.38
7.19
6
37
Hong Kong
Hong Kong Flag
1.07
1.65
1.36
5.53
4.82
5.17
9.01
6.66
8.33
8
7.24
9.08
8.16
5.93
38
New York City
United States Flag
6.94
1.31
4.12
5.44
3.8
4.62
9.63
0.16
10
6.6
7.38
8.55
7.97
5.91
39
Manchester
United Kingdom Flag
6.02
0.08
3.05
7.86
7.1
7.48
9.02
5.3
4.65
6.32
3.45
9.36
6.41
5.87
40
Cape Town
South Africa Flag
6.65
2.37
4.51
6.52
3.82
5.17
9.36
2.53
10
7.3
1.49
9.81
5.65
5.84
41
Milan
Italy Flag
5.56
1.53
3.54
6.44
7.36
6.9
9.32
0.19
4.98
4.83
7.02
10
8.51
5.82
42
Montreal
Canada Flag
5.63
1.41
3.52
5.28
9.71
7.49
9.44
1.8
3.69
4.98
5.95
9.39
7.67
5.81
43
Paris
France Flag
5.95
7.37
6.66
7.93
6.6
7.26
9.3
1.09
3.31
4.57
3.69
7
5.34
5.8
44
Seoul
South Korea Flag
3
0.64
1.82
9.14
6.74
7.94
8.96
2.53
6.66
6.05
6.43
7.63
7.03
5.75
45
San Diego
United States Flag
8.5
0.46
4.48
6.75
3.8
5.28
6.92
0.43
10
5.78
4.88
9.82
7.35
5.73
46
Chicago
United States Flag
7.02
0.42
3.72
5.76
3.8
4.78
9.72
2.53
7.93
6.73
3.99
9.18
6.58
5.59
47
Canberra
Australia Flag
5.25
0.1
2.67
9.08
9.2
9.14
2.99
1.93
7.32
4.08
4.4
10
7.2
5.59
48
Taipei
Taiwan Flag
1.96
0.42
1.19
10
7.52
8.76
6.17
6.78
4.98
5.97
3.81
8.63
6.22
5.58
49
Beijing
China Flag
3.84
5.02
4.43
4.75
4.82
4.78
9.16
2.31
6.66
6.04
4.48
9.18
6.83
5.58
50
Dallas
United States Flag
5.97
0.1
3.03
5.56
3.8
4.68
9.07
1.69
10
6.92
3.69
9.49
6.59
5.49
51
Miami
United States Flag
6.04
0.24
3.14
5.28
3.8
4.54
9.95
2.53
3.98
5.49
7.74
9.78
8.76
5.48
52
Atlanta
United States Flag
6.92
0.4
3.66
5.58
3.8
4.69
9.07
0.17
8.33
5.86
4.58
9.99
7.28
5.43
53
Brussels
Belgium Flag
2
0.06
1.03
7.47
8.58
8.02
9.14
0.6
5.99
5.24
5.6
9.25
7.42
5.41
54
Denver
United States Flag
6.6
0.6
3.6
6.63
3.8
5.22
6.72
0.22
10
5.65
4.05
9.77
6.91
5.38
55
Amsterdam
Netherlands Flag
3.63
1.02
2.33
6.25
8.59
7.42
9.95
0.4
6.49
5.61
2.24
9.33
5.78
5.32
56
Buenos Aires
Argentina Flag
6.19
3.39
4.79
6.14
6.07
6.1
9.86
0.37
3.31
4.51
4.4
8.1
6.25
5.31
57
Tampa
United States Flag
6.65
0.00
3.32
5.91
3.8
4.86
9.73
0.00
2.68
4.14
8.99
9.86
9.42
5.29
58
Bangkok
Thailand Flag
3.18
3.05
3.12
7.94
4.48
6.21
9.97
0.26
4.98
5.07
4.4
9.28
6.84
5.28
59
Los Angeles
United States Flag
7.54
1.69
4.61
5.55
3.8
4.68
3.7
1.03
8.33
4.35
6.37
9.22
7.79
5.25
60
Lyon
France Flag
2.01
4.2
3.1
7.67
6.6
7.14
4.93
2.58
4.98
4.16
4.35
8.61
6.48
5.1
61
Houston
United States Flag
7.27
0.06
3.67
6.93
3.8
5.37
9.45
0.36
4.65
4.82
2.86
9.82
6.34
5.02
62
Jakarta
Indonesia Flag
5.1
0.24
2.67
3.58
7.19
5.38
9.82
2.53
6.41
6.25
2.02
7.99
5.01
4.99
63
Macau
China Flag
0.00
0.04
0.02
4.14
4.82
4.48
9.71
10
6.43
8.71
2.29
7.02
4.66
4.94
64
Shanghai
China Flag
0.35
3.98
2.16
4.14
4.82
4.48
10
3.06
3.31
5.46
4.94
9.73
7.34
4.92
65
Lima
Peru Flag
4.51
5.58
5.04
3.13
5.92
4.53
7.84
2.53
3.98
4.78
0.00
9.6
4.8
4.79
66
Moscow
Russia Flag
10
1.99
5.99
3.62
0.00
1.81
8.92
2.1
0.43
3.82
6.19
8.82
7.51
4.67
67
Sao Paulo
Brazil Flag
7.47
0.46
3.97
3.21
4.52
3.87
2.94
4.8
6.66
4.8
2.5
9.01
5.75
4.62
68
Kuala Lumpur
Malayasia Flag
1.96
0.38
1.17
5.06
8.6
6.83
7.84
0.77
6.31
4.97
1.49
9.05
5.27
4.6
69
Hanoi
Vietnam Flag
2.11
5.02
3.56
1.88
6.68
4.28
7.74
0.65
1.52
3.31
4.97
9.92
7.45
4.5
70
Istanbul
Turkey Flag
7.37
3.25
5.31
5.69
0.43
3.06
9.11
1.36
0.00
3.49
3.1
9.67
6.38
4.44
71
Mexico City
Mexico Flag
7.11
1.24
4.18
4.88
2.71
3.79
0.00
7.55
1.52
3.02
1.85
8.64
5.24
3.94
72
Johannesburg
South Africa Flag
2.05
2.17
2.11
3.85
3.82
3.83
6.99
0.18
6.41
4.53
0.3
9.61
4.96
3.93
73
Manila
Philippines Flag
3.34
0.00
1.67
3.81
7.19
5.5
9.97
2.53
6.31
6.27
2.02
0.00
1.01
3.91
74
Cairo
Egypt Flag
3.53
8.61
6.07
0.01
3.14
1.58
6.69
2.53
2.08
3.77
0.24
7.3
3.77
3.79
75
Kolkata
India Flag
3.89
0.78
2.33
3.4
2.68
3.04
9.95
0.79
2.54
4.42
3.33
6.74
5.04
3.79
76
Mumbai
India Flag
1.59
1.45
1.52
5.7
2.68
4.19
9.57
1.06
3.98
4.87
1.43
6.01
3.72
3.72

Key Findings

Overall, if you are looking for the most appropriate city considering all factors, Edinburgh will not let you down. Despite a relatively hilly landscape and limited amount of senior tours, the city consistently performed across all categories. Its solid healthcare system, historic culture and most accessible transport for those with limited walking ability (of all analyzed) gives it this year’s crown for places to visit as a senior.

While Rome is the most appropriate for seniors from a quality of tourism perspective, its relatively poor access to public transport and poor limited mobility access damages its reputation for senior travel, although it still features within the top 10 overall.

Vienna boasts several dozen hospitals with experts from all fields of medicine. Its recent accolade as having the highest quality of life is testament to its healthcare system. On top of this, it is also one of the most peaceful countries in the world with low crime rates, limited conflict and high security. All of this adds up to the city being the best for both physical and psychological well-being while traveling as a senior.

Interestingly, Rio de Janeiro ranks as the best for mobility. Seniors who are anxious about getting around will benefit from its high density of public transport services, of which the majority are accessible to those with limited mobility. However, if you are looking to prioritize walking around a city (but don’t want somewhere too hilly and strenuous) Amsterdam and Miami offer interesting options that also have accessible transport services.

Japan has the highest population of seniors and has long been known for providing the utmost respect for elderly citizens. As a result, while visiting Tokyo it is incredibly likely you will be incorporated within their friendly culture. A recent sign of their inclusive nature can be seen with their keenness to encourage elderly citizens to participate in rugby games ahead of the Rugby World Cup. However, if an appropriate elderly culture is not something of interest and you would rather prioritize space, Australia has some of the least densely populated cities in the world (along with stunning wildlife). Half of the top ten most spacious cities analyzed reside in Australia (Brisbane, Canberra, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney).

Methodology

Each data point consists of the latest research available from reputable sources. The data was standardized using minmax normalization. The minmax normalization value is multiplied by 10 to create a score (between 0-10). A score of 10 is always the best result, while a score of 0 is the worst. Each city is then ranked on their overall average rating across all data points which includes both city-level data and one country-level data point.

InsureMyTrip segmented factors into four categories (Tourism, Well-being, Mobility and Demographics). In addition, we’ve provided an “Overall Rating” for each location. The categories were organized in order of the most important and relevant factors while travelling as a senior. As some seniors may struggle more with mobility issues, this gives these seniors an opportunity to target cities that are solely appropriate for this criterion. On the other hand, seniors may be anxious about their health while traveling, hence “Well-being” gives these seniors an opportunity to solely target high performing cities in this category. Alternatively, the “Overall Rating” gives seniors an encompassing view of which cities are the most appropriate across all relevant factors.

Sources

Quality of Things To Do

The average review for the top things to do in each city
Google Travel

Choice of Senior Tours

The number of tours aimed at seniors in each city
Tour Radar

Healthcare

An estimation of the overall quality of the health care system
Health Care Index

Peacefulness

A measure of peacefulness using 23 indicators such as safety, crime, security and conflict
Global Peace Index

Ease of Walking

Uses the topography of a city
Topographic Map

Access to Transport Services

Bus and metro stops per square kilometer
Global Mobility Ranking

Limited Mobility Access

Share of buses and metro stations that are wheelchair accessible
Global Mobility Ranking

Senior Population

The percentage of the overall population that is over 65
World Population Review

Spaciousness

Population density per square kilometer
World Population Review