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Guide: how much does a trip to Germany cost?

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Germany has so much to offer that it’s a hotspot for travelers from all over the world. It can be as cheap or expensive as you’d like depending on what sort of trip you’re planning. Here, we’ll discuss how much money you should budget for your trip to Germany and provide tips on how to save money while visiting this diverse and beautiful country.

When budgeting for your trip, it is important to consider all the variables that will affect how much you spend, such as transportation costs, food expenses, accommodation prices, and more. To give you an idea of what a Germany trip may cost we’ve outlined specific amounts you should budget per category and an example of our own Germany trip cost.

Keep in mind that the costs outlined here may differ depending on what part of Germany you are visiting and the type of traveler you are. However, with a few key tips, it is possible to plan a budget-friendly vacation in Germany. So, if you’re wondering what the average trip to Germany costs, keep reading for all our tips and insights.

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Trip to Germany cost per day?

Traveling to Germany can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be! Are you questioning yourself what a trip to Germany costs per day? Depending on your budget and the activities you plan to do, the trips to Germany cost can vary greatly.

For budget travelers: a daily allowance of $45 – $80 per person should cover basic needs like accommodation, food, and transport.

Middle-class traveler: if you are looking for a more luxurious trip to Germany, including activities and high-quality accommodation, then you can expect to spend at least $80 – $130 per person per day.

Luxury traveler: for those who want the ultimate luxurious vacation in Germany, a budget of over $160 per person per day is recommended.

Here is an overview of the trip to Germany cost based on our own road trip through Bavaria and the Moselle region.

SleepEatingTransportActivitiesMiscellaneous
Dorm:
$17 – $27
Street food:
+$2
City bus/taxi:
$1 – $3
Lake Koningsee: $21Travel guide:
$24
Budget room:
$22 – $55
Lunch:
$10 – $17
Regional bus:
$6 – $22
Eagle’s nest tour:
$82
Travel Insurance
10 days: $35
Middle class:
$55 – $110
Fancy food:
$22 – $44
Train Munich – Berchtesgaden:
$25
Neuschwanstein ticket:
$18
Water bottle: $79
Luxury hotel:
+$110
Local beer:
$1 – $2
Partnachklamm:
$7
Sleeping bag: $30

You can read each part in more detail below.

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Germany trip cost: Accommodation

When it comes to planning a vacation in Germany, one of the most common questions is “is Germany expensive to visit?”. While some aspects of travel in Germany can be more costly than in other parts of Europe, prices can vary between cities and accommodation types.

Budget travelers should consider staying in campsites or hostels if they want to keep their costs low. Hostels usually offer dorm rooms for around $17 – $27 per night, while the cost of a double room averages from $22 to $110 depending on its level of comfort.

The best advice we can give you is to book your accommodations as far in advance as possible. This way, you will have more options available when it comes to finding the right budget-friendly accommodation. Waiting until the last minute may limit your chances of finding cheaper prices with good quality service.

If you are looking for a cost-effective way to travel through Germany without compromising on quality, then following these tips should ensure that you make the most out of your journey! With careful planning and research, even the most budget-conscious traveler can find great deals on hotels and hostels in Germany, proving that visiting this gorgeous country doesn’t have to be expensive!

Curious about our favorite hotels and hostels in Germany?
Accommodations Bavaria | accommodations Trier

where to stay in Bavaria

Germany trip cost: Food

Eating in Germany is a great pleasure that can be done on any budget. With many choices, you can quickly grab a sandwich with sausage for only $3, or choose to have an extensive dinner. If you select one of the recommended accommodations, breakfast is often included. For lunch and afternoon snacks, go to the local supermarket for a sandwich. For dinner, visit a local cafe or restaurant to get the full German dining experience. The average cost for lunch range from $10 – $17, and you can easily spend up to $22 or more for dinner in a restaurant.

So, if you’re wondering how much a trip to Germany is, food costs should be taken into consideration. With careful planning, it is possible to have an enjoyable and affordable vacation in Germany! Whether you are looking for luxury or sticking to a strict budget, there are plenty of options available that will make your trip unforgettable without putting too much strain on your wallet.

The dishes below are worth trying when you are in Germany:

  • Currywurst: This is one of the most traditional dishes from Germany. Currywurst is a bratwurst served with a curry sauce. This is delicious with a sandwich or eaten on its own.
  • Bratwurst with sauerkraut: another traditional German dish is to eat a bratwurst with sauerkraut. You will often find this dish on the menu in the winter months. It is a heavy dish that is perfect if you have been active all day.
  • Schnitzel: Schnitzel is often prepared with pork, veal, or chicken. The meat is breaded with breadcrumbs and is usually served with fries.
  • Käsespätzle: this is the German variant of spaghetti. It is a kind of noodle prepared with a lot of cheese. This is our favorite comfort food in Germany.
  • Eisbein: Eisbein is often shown on the menu in Germany, this is a pork leg.
  • Flammkuchen: this is the pizza variant of Germany. The difference with Italian pizza is that the dough does not contain yeast so the dough does not rise and is thinner.

Looking for a travel route through Germany? Check our 10 day Bavaria itinerary

Food at St. Bartholomä

Germany trip cost: Transport

Germany is a vast and diverse country, offering countless opportunities for an unforgettable vacation. No matter the season, there are plenty of activities to enjoy in Germany. For those looking to explore its culture, history, and beauty, it can be difficult to decide where to start. Therefore, it’s best to focus on one particular region when planning your vacation, and then use public transport or a car to get around. Taking the train is an efficient way to explore much of Germany in a shorter space of time, although tickets can be expensive. Alternatively, renting a car allows you to remain flexible while traveling and keeps you from sticking strictly to timetables. Both options can be cost-effective, depending on your needs and the type of vacation you are looking for.

Our advice is to travel by car because you retain your flexibility while traveling and aren’t tied to timetables. If you need tickets for public transport, you can purchase these via the link.

If you travel to Germany by plane and you are looking for a car to rent, you can rent it through Rentalcars. We use Rentalcars when we want to travel by car to discover new destinations. They’re easy to use and book with.

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Transport costs can be very different per person, as it depends on which area you are visiting and what you do. The indication below is based on our Bavaria itinerary. The total costs are shown based on two persons. It is good to mention that we drove from the Netherlands to Bavaria.

  • Own transport: 2500 km | petrol $260 | parking costs $45 | total $305
  • Airplane + rental car: plane ticket +/- $160 p.p. | rental car +/- $360 | 1000 km | petrol $100 | total $780
  • Airplane + public transport: flight ticket +/- $160 p.p. | public transport +/- $110 p.p | total $540

If you travel with your transport, it’s easy, just enter the address in the navigation and you’re ready to go. The best way to find a flight ticket is to look at Skyscanner. Tickets for public transport can be bought on-site at the stations.

Boat trip Koningsee lake

Germany trip cost: Activities

Traveling to Germany for a vacation doesn’t have to be expensive. The cost of activities can vary widely depending on what you want to do, so planning is important. Entrance tickets are generally affordable, ranging from $18 for a visit to Neuschwanstein Castle and $21 for Lake Konigssee to $82 for a tour of the Eagle’s Nest. Other activities such as ski passes, sightseeing tours, and visiting nature parks are also affordable.

Additionally, many cities offer free attractions such as museums and galleries. By taking advantage of these free activities, you can save money on your vacation to Germany and still have an enjoyable and memorable experience.

Visit Neuschwanstein

Germany trip cost: Miscellaneous

The miscellaneous costs can be very different per person. A couple of costs that most travelers have are listed below.

A water bottle is always handy to have with you. We use a crazycap, which is a water bottle that kills all bacteria in the water using UV. This allows us to drink tap water anywhere in the world through this bottle. So we never have to buy water and can always drink tap water safely.

Finally, you can also buy a sleeping bag, the advantage of this is that you always sleep in “your bed”. If you find it annoying to sleep in unknown beds and do you like hygiene, sleeping in a sleeping bag is a good solution. 

Travel insurance

World Nomads travel insurance policies offer coverage for more than 150 activities. Get a quote, make a claim, or buy or extend your policy while on the road.

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How much did the trip to Germany cost us per day

How much would a trip to Germany cost? Accommodation, food, transportation, and activities are all factors that influence the total costs per person per day of your trip. During our journey through Bavaria, we stayed in nice hotels, ate at restaurants every night, used our own car, and did many great activities. Our trip to Germany costs were:

  • Accommodation $31
  • Food: $28
  • Transport $29
  • Activities $11

Total: $99 per person per day (amounts are rounded). These amounts are based on our journey through Bavaria. We did this trip in our car. For us the total costs for our trip through Bavaria per person were: 10 days x $99 = $990.

To keep the costs of your trip to Germany low, we recommend that you follow our advice per category. By following these tips you can put together a reasonable daily budget for Germany.

Accommodation: It is possible to cut accommodation costs but we do not recommend this. If your budget for accommodations becomes lower, you will in most cases spend the night in poorer accommodations or accommodations that are further away from the center.

Food: To cut costs on food, it is best to go to the supermarket in the afternoon and get something here. This saves a lot of money. It is also smart to choose the accommodations for Beieren that we recommend here because they all serve breakfast which saves you money.

Transport: we traveled through Germany in our car, so transport costs are not high. It is best to go with your transport or book a rental car far in advance.

Activities: an amount of $11 per day for activities is not a lot. You can save on this by not doing only certain activities but we don’t recommend this. After all, you go on vacation to do fun things right?

Trip to Germany cost FAQ

How do you visit Germany on a budget?

Even though you don’t have a lot of money to spend, you can still have a great vacation in Germany. You have to do the things below to spend +/- $65 per day.

Stay in cheap accommodations by booking far in advance or staying at campsites. If you do this it costs +/- $11 per day.

To not spend a lot of money on food, consider making dinner yourself and getting lunch at the supermarket in the afternoon. With +/- $22 per day, you should be fine.

For travel costs, if you want to see a couple of destinations, it is difficult to cut back on this. You can, however, consider staying longer at a certain destination and visiting fewer different destinations. In addition, you can also use public transport to your destination, which is cheaper. A budget of +/- $22 per day should be good.

Costs for activities are tough to lower than $11 per day. It is possible by doing nothing, but we do not recommend this, because you want to see things during your trip. You could, however, be a little more critical of what you will or will not do.

How much is a trip to Germany for 2

The cost of a trip to Germany for two people depends on several factors, including the length of stay, mode of transport, accommodations, and activities. Generally speaking, a two-week holiday in Germany cost around $3480 per two persons. This amount is based on our experience through our travels in Germany and we take into consideration that you are a middle-class traveler.

For accommodation, food, transport, and activities you will spend 14 days x $110 x 2 persons= $3080. Flight costs will be approximately $200 per person, so $400 in total.

1 Week trip to Germany cost

A one-week trip to Germany can be quite affordable. Depending on the type of accommodation and activities you choose, a week-long vacation in Germany could cost around $1.180. When planning your trip to Germany, it’s important to consider your budget so that you can spend your money wisely and get the most out of your vacation. Try searching for cheap flights or hotels in advance or look for package deals that may include discounted tours.

The shorter holidays are relatively more expensive than the longer holidays. This is because, for example, flight ticket costs are spread over 7 days and not over 3 weeks. You also often want to do a lot in a short period, which means that your transport costs are a lot higher. So when taking this into account $140 per day is reasonable.

In general, you spent for accommodation, food, transport, and activities 7 days x $140 = $980. Flight costs will be approximately $200 per person.

Conclusion cost of travel in Germany

If you travel like us by staying in nice hotels, seeing and doing lots of nice things, and visiting different restaurants, a budget of $80 – $130 per day is sufficient.

Hopefully, our article has helped to give a clear picture of approximately how much it costs to travel through Germany.

If you are looking for more information about Germany, we recommend that you read about our road trip through Bavaria. This article gives excellent inspiration to travel through one of the most beautiful areas of Germany.

If you are looking for more general information about Germany, such as what you need when you travel to Germany, which is a nice place to visit, and which period is most suitable, it is recommended to read our travel guide about Germany.

What do you think of our Germany budget tips? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Disclaimer: the prices mentioned in this article may differ from the current situation. We regularly update our articles. Would you like to help us to provide to best possible insights to help other travelers leave a comment with the latest information. Thanks!

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