Are you dreaming of Germany? Of exploring fairytale castles and picturesque villages? Maybe you’d like to attend Munich’s Oktoberfest or wander the stalls at the country’s famous Christmas markets? Whatever your interests are, Germany is an incredible vacation destination that promises to leave you hoping to come back. But, just how much does it cost to go to Germany? Read on to find out.
For the purpose of this article, I am suggesting a two week trip to Germany. That’s 14 days and 13 nights. Please note that this guide is based on the costs for a single person so, if you are travelling as a couple you will need to double these estimates (except for hotels). It should also be noted that I am basing this itinerary on the use of trains and public transit to get around rather than a car rental. With that in mind, here’s the breakdown for how much it costs to go to Germany.
|Food and drink||$590|
The above estimate is in American dollars, so please use XE.com to find out the average costs in your home country.
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Airfare to Germany can really fluctuate depending on the time of year and which airport you are flying into. Summer, Christmas season, and of course during the time of Oktoberfest (which is actually held in September) tend to see the most expensive flights.
As for airports to fly in and out of, look to the major cities. Frankfurt tends to be the cheapest city to fly into since it’s a major hub and it’s the headquarters of Lufthansa which is part of the Star Alliance along with Air Canada and United. Select budget airlines also offer routes from North America to Germany, however, these routes tend to be longer thanks to layovers and come with extra surcharges, so take that into consideration before you book.
You may also want to look into flying into a major European hub such as London or Paris, which often sees the cheapest flight rates, then catching a cheap flight from there (or even taking the train). This is an ideal option if you have extra time and would like to explore another city.
For roundtrip flights from North America to Germany, you can expect to pay about $800.
Germany has tons of great accommodation options depending both on your budget and the type of experience you want to have. From backpacker-type hostels to camping facilities in the summer, luxury hotels and family-owned pensions, which are similar to B&Bs, you’ll have no shortage of accommodation choices.
Unsurprisingly, prices will vary quite a bit depending on where you are (big city or small town), the time of year, and the day of the week. Need some recommendations? Consider the following:
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I’ve based the accommodation estimate in this article ($130/night) on a midrange hotel. Of course, you can find cheaper and more expensive options.
Insider tip: Accommodation tends to book up really quickly in Germany during high season, festivals, and holidays so do yourself a favour and book well in advance to avoid disappointment.
As mentioned earlier in this article, I’ll be using public transit as the main method of transportation for this guide. That’s not to say that renting a car in Germany is a bad idea (it’s not at all, road tripping through Germany can be a ton of fun), it’s just that most people are more comfortable relying on trains.
Train travel through Germany is easy and can be quite affordable. The Germany train website is bahn.com. This is the English option where you can check routes, schedules, and prices. If you are travelling short distances, you do not need to book in advance- prices are fixed. If it’s a long distance route it’s worth your while to book in advance to save money. How much you spend on trains in Germany really depends on where you want to go and how you book your tickets. Depending on how much you plan to travel around, you may want to consider a German rail pass. They have different options depending on how many days you want to travel. However, while this is an easy method, it may not be the cheapest so it really is in your budget’s best interest to plan your route ahead of time and do a little bit of comparing.
As for transportation within cities, the major cities will have bus or underground networks that are easy to use. Of course, you can always take taxis or (in select places) an Uber. Many of Germany’s cities and towns are quite pedestrian friendly as well. If you are looking for an easy way to get around and see the sites of Germany’s bigger cities, consider getting tickets for the hop-on-hop off buses. You can get tickets for the one in Berlin here and Munich here.
A lot of Germany’s charm lies in being able to explore its historical cities. While this is a free activity I definitely recommend taking walking tours when possible so you can hear the history and get some local tips. Many cities across Europe run free walking tours daily which are a lot of fun and can be really interesting. These tours are tip-based so the guides really work for their money (normal amount to give is 10 euro for a 2-3 hour tour).
Of course, if you love museums you’ll have plenty to choose from across Germany. Some popular picks include the Deutsches Museum in Munich, the Topography of Terror in Berlin, the Stadel Museum in Frankfurt, and the Medieval Crime Museum in Rothenburg ob der Tauber.
Other popular attractions that you may be interested in include:
Food and Drink
Food and drinks in Germany are good, but it’s not known to be cheap. Even traditional staples like sausages and pretzels cost a few euro. As for beer? Expect to pay 5-8 euros on average for a stein.
Ideally, your accommodation will provide a breakfast option in the price which will help you cut down on this aspect of your budget. Assuming that is the case, your daily food and drink costs will probably look something like this.
- Breakfast: $0 (included in accommodation)
- Lunch: $12
- Dinner and drink: $30
- Total: About $42 per day.
Remember, to add more if you plan on having more drinks. It should also be noted that tipping is expected in bars and restaurants in Germany (5-10% of the bill).
I always recommend having some extra cash set aside for random spending. This could be for souvenirs (maybe you really want a wooden cuckoo clock?) or for a nice meal out. Maybe you even see last minute tickets to a concert you are interested in or decide to take a train somewhere for a day trip. Whatever the reason, I suggest having an extra $200 on hand just in case.
So, how much does it cost to go to Germany? Based on my guide above, I estimate the cost of a two-week trip to be around $3830.00. Of course, this amount can either be increased or decreased depending on several factors including when you go, the places you visit, and the type of accommodation you choose. Whether you are interested in history, beer, or just want to live out your fairytale castle dreams, a trip to Germany will not disappoint. Other places in Europe also worth considering include Croatia, Scotland, and Ireland.