germany in central europe

Germany is a country located in Central Europe, though its political influence usually gets it categorized as a Western Europe country. With Denmark and the North Sea to its North, its southern neighbors are Switzerland, Liechtenstein, and Austria. To the east, there are the Netherlands, Belgium, Liechtenstein, and France, and to the west, we find Poland and the Czech Republic. With a wonderful and varied landscape, Germany has over 2 millennia of history, waiting to be discovered by travelers. But what are Germany travel costs you need to learn before you go? On this page, we’ll cover some of Germany’s top travel destinations, like Berlin (capital), Cologne, Hamburg, and Frankfurt.


berlin in germany, central europe

Berlin

Berlin is Germany’s capital city. With reminders of the city’s dark history, Berlin is not just for history buffs. A true symbol of diversity today, the German capital is also famous for its modern landmarks and its art scene. No wonder that Berlin is the second-most-populous city of the EU, after London.

How much does it cost to visit Berlin?

If you visit Berlin on a budget, expect to spend around € 38 per day, without any accommodation for the night. More detailed Berlin travel costs are available below.


Berlin accommodation costs

Hotel or hostel for one person€ 18 – 121
Typical double room€ 35 – 242

Berlin food and drinks costs

Meal in an inexpensive restaurant€ 7 – 11
Meal in a mid-range restaurant€ 15 – 25
Local beer (0.5 liters, draught)€ 3 – 4
Water (0.33 liter, bottle)
Tap water is safe to drink in Berlin, however.
€ 1 – 2.50

Berlin fares and public transport

One-way public transportation ticket€ 2.80
Taxi (price per kilometer)€ 2 – 3
Gasoline (1 liter)€ 1.34 – 1.50

Berlin visiting costs – Top attractions in Berlin

Reichstag BuildingFree
Pergamonmuseum€ 19
Memorial of the Berlin WallFree
Topography of TerrorFree
Brandenburg GateFree

Berlin Pass

3-day Berlin Pass€ 124
3-day Berlin Pass with public transport€ 148

The Berlin Pass offers access to over 50 museums and attractions in the German capital, plus a one-day hop-on-hop-off bus tour. A travel card can be added for discounted access to public transport.


koln or cologne in germany, central europe

Cologne

Cologne (or Koln) is among the most populated cities in Germany and the largest city in Germany’s federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Home to some of Europe’s oldest and largest universities, Cologne is also a large cultural center. Within its city limits, travelers can visit over 30 museums and hundreds of art galleries.

How much does it cost to visit Cologne?

As a budget traveler on a visit to Cologne, plan to spend around € 40 daily. This amount, however, doesn’t include any accommodation costs. For more information on Cologne travel costs, check out the tables below.


Cologne accommodation costs

Hotel or hostel for one person€ 23 – 146
Typical double room€ 47 – 291

Cologne food and drinks costs

Meal in an inexpensive restaurant€ 7 – 12
Meal in a mid-range restaurant€ 17 – 30
Local beer (0.5 liters, draught)€ 2.70 – 4.75
Water (0.33 liter, bottle)
Tap water is safe to drink in Cologne, however.
€ 1.50 – 3

Cologne fares and public transport

One-way public transportation ticket€ 2.90
Taxi (price per kilometer)€ 1.25 – 1.90
Gasoline (1 liter)€ 1.30 – 1.54

Cologne visiting costs – Top attractions in Cologne

Cologne Cathedral Tower€ 5
KolnTriangle€ 3
Museum Ludwig€ 11
Koelner Zoo€ 19.50
Hohenzollern BridgeFree

frankfurt in germany, central europe

Frankfurt

Frankfurt is a city located in the heart of Germany, on the banks of the river Main. Home to the European Central Bank, Frankfurt is one of the main financial hubs in Europe. It is also the birthplace of writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and you can visit the Goethe House Museum where he once lived. And, around Christmas time, you can go to the market in Römerberg Square.

How much does it cost to visit Frankfurt?

When you visit Frankfurt as a budget traveler, you probably spend around € 56 on daily travel costs. This amount doesn’t include accommodation for the night, though. You should read below to discover more detailed Frankfurt travel costs.


Frankfurt accommodation costs

Hotel or hostel for one person€ 21 – 40
Typical double room€ 43 – 80

Frankfurt food and drinks costs

Meal in an inexpensive restaurant€ 8 – 15
Meal in a mid-range restaurant€ 20 – 30
Local beer (0.5 liters, draught)€ 3 – 4
Water (0.33 liter, bottle)
Tap water is safe to drink in Frankfurt, however.
€ 1 – 3

Frankfurt fares and public transport

One-way public transportation ticket€ 2.75
Taxi (price per kilometer)€ 1.80 – 2.50
Gasoline (1 liter)€ 1.29 – 1.56

Frankfurt visiting costs – Top attractions in Frankfurt

Stadel Museum€ 14
Main Tower€ 7.50
Palmengarten€ 7
RomerFree
Senckenberg Natural History Museum€ 10

hamburg in germany, central europe

Hamburg

Hamburg is an important port city in the north of Germany, connected through the Elbe River to the North Sea. Despite being crossed by hundreds of canals, the city still has wide areas of parkland. Split into the New Town (Newstadt) and the Old Town (Altstadt), the city is seamed together by the central Jungfernstieg Boulevard.

How much does it cost to visit Hamburg?

If you’re planning to visit Hamburg on a budget, put aside around € 31 for each day of your stay. However, this is without including any accommodation costs. Keep reading to discover more Hamburg travel costs.


Hamburg accommodation costs

Hotel or hostel for one person€ 16 – 21
Typical double room€ 33 – 163

Hamburg food and drinks costs

Meal in an inexpensive restaurant€ 8 – 15
Meal in a mid-range restaurant€ 20 – 30
Local beer (0.5 liters, draught)€ 3 – 4.80
Water (0.33 liter, bottle)
Tap water is safe to drink in Berlin, however.
€ 1.20 – 2.50

Hamburg fares and public transport

One-way public transportation ticket€ 3.20
Taxi (price per kilometer)€ 1.75 – 2.45
Gasoline (1 liter)€ 1.35 – 1.53

Hamburg visiting costs – Top attractions in Hamburg

Miniatur Wunderland€ 15
Alter ElbtunnelFree
Port of HamburgFree
SpeicherstadtFree
Planten un BlomenFree

Germany travel costs sources

  • Accommodation costs via Budgetyourtrip.com
  • Food, drinks, and transportation costs via Numbeo.com
  • Tap water safety researched separately via Google answers for each city in Belgium. Tap water seems to be safe to drink all over Belgium, though.
  • Top attractions selected using TripAdvisor. Each attraction name is a link to the official website page of that attraction, if available
  • Ticket costs / free access information via the official websites of the attractions. I mentioned the cost of a regular adult ticket, for permanent exhibitions. Discounts and temporary exhibition prices are available on their official websites.
  • City pass information about prices and what each includes is from the official website for each travel pass. A link is available for each pass in order to easily find more information and/or to purchase a pass.

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