Duty Free Tobacco

Duty Free Cigarettes & Cigars

Cigarettes

Airports

In the past, Duty Free cigarettes were the easiest category for price comparisons.  There’s a monolithic brand – Marlboro.  It’s available everywhere and representative of cigarette prices in general.  Domestic prices are usually fixed and often controlled; and not much discounting goes on domestically.

The high duty also meant you’d generally get a good deal.

However, you find less and less mention of cigarettes online these days. I looked at 35 major international airports, including the top 30, and only 8 showed their cigarette assortment online. I had to get prices from the rest directly, often with some difficulty. Of these, Antalya was unreachable and Bangkok doesn’t carry Marlboro. Hong Kong doesn’t sell cigarettes at all – and has only a one pack Duty Free allowance.

So, all told, I was able to get the Duty Free price of Marlboro at 32 airports in 26 countries during November 2019. They’re listed below from cheapest to most expensive. You won’t find this information anywhere else on the internet. By the way, you’ll notice that Abu Dhabi and Istanbul have different prices at departures and arrivals.

The order of the converted currencies may look slightly off due to exchange rate fluctuations.

Marlboro 200 Carton Duty Free - Airports

      Local Currency Converted Currency
Shanghai: CNY 154CNY|154
Taipei Taoyuan: USD 22.00USD|22.00
Kuala Lumpur: MYR 104.75MYR|104.75
Istanbul Arrivals: EUR 23.00EUR|23.00
Singapore: SGD 36.90SGD|36.90
Seoul Lotte: USD 27.00USD|27.00
New Delhi: INR 2200INR|2200
Dubai: AED 115AED|115
Abu Dhabi Departure: AED 115AED|115
Doha Qatar: AED 116AED|116
Tokyo Narita & Haneda: JPY 3500JPY|3500
Istanbul Departure: EUR 31.00EUR|31.00
Moscow Shermetyevo: EUR 35.00EUR|35.00
Barcelona: EUR 42.50EUR|42.50
Madrid: EUR 42.50EUR|42.50
New York City JFK T1,5,8: USD 48.00USD|48.00
Rome: EUR 44.25EUR|44.25
Miami : USD 49.00USD|49.00
New York City JFK T7: USD 49.00USD|49.00
Vienna: EUR 46.90EUR|46.90
Zurich: CHF 53.40CHF|53.40
Brussels: EUR 49.00EUR|49.00
Copenhagen: DKK 369DKK|369
Munich: EUR 49.90EUR|49.90
Geneva: CHF 54.90CHF|54.90
Frankfurt: EUR 50.00EUR|50.00
Abu Dhabi Arrivals: AED 208AED|208
Amsterdam: EUR 52.90EUR|52.90
Oslo: NOK 529NOK|529
Paris CDG: EUR 54.50EUR|54.50
Dublin: EUR 58.00EUR|58.00
London HRW & GTW: GBP 55.00GBP|55.00
Toronto: CAD 99.00CAD|99.00

The cheapest Duty Free prices are generally in Asia, the Middle East, and Russia. The most expensive prices tend to be in Europe and Canada, reflecting their high Domestic prices.

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As with spirits, you can buy Duty Free cigarettes on arrival at some airports, but don’t buy them going into Australia or Singapore.  See the section Customs Allowances Around the World.)

Airlines

Airlines carry only a limited range of cigarettes.  It’s usually Marlboro and maybe a couple of other brands.  Surprisingly, quite a few major airlines actually show their prices online:

Marlboro 200 Carton Duty Free - Airlines

      Local Currency Converted Currency
Etihad: AED 112AED|112
Ryan Air: GBP 30.00GBP|30.00
Lufthansa: EUR 45.00EUR|45.00
Easy Jet: GBP 43.00GBP|43.00
Norwegian: NOK 519NOK|519
Air France: EUR 52.00EUR|52.00
Virgin Atlantic: GBP 46.00GBP|46.00
British Airways: GBP 50.00GBP|50.00

Generally speaking, airline prices tend to be cheaper than at airports.

 

Cigars

Cigars, the other part of the Duty Free tobacco category, are even more difficult to find online than cigarettes

By far the greatest place for Duty Free cigars is La Casa del Habano.  The choice is incredible, the prices are terrific – and Casa shows them on its website.  As I’ve said elsewhere, it’s more of an experience than a cigar store.

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Otherwise, the best online presentations I’ve found are Heinemann Duty Free at Frankfurt Airport and JR Duty Free at Tel Aviv Airport.  Copenhagen Duty Free and Heinemann Duty Free at Oslo aren’t too bad.  Heinemann at Sydney shows a small range.

Geneva has a nice walk-in humidor, with a good cigar selection, particularly of Davidoffs.  That’s not surprising since Davidoff is based in Geneva.

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