Munich has long been a must-visit destination for beer lovers — it’s the home of the Hofbräuhaus, Oktoberfest, and plenty of beer gardens. Even if you’re not into beer, you’ll appreciate the city’s beauty and culture. In terms of prices, Munich isn’t quite as expensive as London or Paris but it certainly isn’t a cheap city.
In this Munich travel price guide, we’ve outlined the estimated travel expenses for food, accommodation, attractions, alcohol, and other things that you’ll experience when you visit this beautiful German city.
This article is part of our City Price Guide Series — Click here to see all our city price guides.
AVERAGE DAILY COSTS FOR VISITING MUNICH
These prices are based on what you’ll need to visit the city comfortably — they don’t include things like big nights out at the bar/pub, club entry fees, souvenir/clothing shopping, tours, random purchases, nicer food, etc. Don’t forget to budget extra for those “non-essentials.”
DAILY COST OF BUDGET TRAVEL IN MUNICH: €62 (APPROX. $68)
- Attractions: €11 (one paid attraction + any free sights)
- Food: €24
- Breakfast: €3
- Lunch: €7
- Dinner: €11
- Treat (dessert/beer/wine): €3
- Transportation: €2.70
- Accommodation (Hostel): €24
DAILY COST OF FRUGAL TRAVEL IN MUNICH: €40 (APPROX. $42)
- Attractions: €5 (free walking tour + visit one of the free sights)
- Food: €15
- Breakfast: €0 (free hostel breakfast)
- Lunch: €4.5 (street food or takeaway shop fare)
- Dinner: €9 (make your own meal in the hostel or grab something cheap)
- Beer: €1 (chill out at the park and have a cold one)
- Transportation: €0 (walk)
- Accommodation (Cheap Hostel): €20
MUNICH ATTRACTION AND MUSEUM PRICES
Admission to most attractions is around €10, which is about average in Western Europe. One of the biggest attractions is the giant English Garden park. Visit the English Garden to simply chill out, watch people surfing in the river (yes, really), or head to the beer garden where you can enjoy a liter of beer for a little over €7.
- Deutsches Museum: €12
- Old Picture Gallery (Alte Pinakothek): €4
- Residenz Museum: €6-11
- BMW World: €10
- Nymphenburg Palace (Schloss Nymphenburg): €11.50
- Modern Picture Gallery (Pinakothek der Moderne): €10
- Walking Tour: Free (tip around €5) – €15
MUNICH FOOD PRICES
Food prices in Munich aren’t super cheap, but you can find some good deals if you search for them. As always, food does get pricey around the main tourist areas, so you should seek out restaurants catering to locals. The best way to fill up on a warm meal is by hitting up the street food stalls, takeaway restaurants, or lunch restaurant specials.
BUDGET BREAKFAST PRICES: FREE–€5
- Many hostels will offer a free simple breakfast that normally consists of cereal, bread/croissant, and maybe milk, coffee, tea, or juice (some hostels will offer more and some less). Hotel breakfasts tend to be overpriced, so skip those in most cases.
- Breakfast pastry from a local bakery runs about €1.5-€2.5.
Budget-Friendly Breakfast Spots:
- Schmalznudel: Traditional German bakery. Get the Schmalznudel.
- Mr. Pancake: Lovely pancakes and other tasty breakfast goodies.
- Cafe Gollier: A cozy cafe with lots of healthy breakfast options.
- Tram Cafe Munchen: A little cafe that looks like a tram. Outdoor seating.
- Vorhoelzer Forum: This little cafe is located on the roof of a university so it has great city views.
BUDGET LUNCH PRICES: €3-€10
- Super budget travelers can make a super cheap lunch of bread, cheese, and fruit from any grocery store for a few euros.
- Kebab: €3 to €3.50
- A cheap meal from one of the many Turkish restaurants: €5-€6
- Bratwurst: €3
- Frankfurters from a butcher: €2
- Special lunch specials: €7-€10
BUDGET DINNER PRICES: €7-€18
- You should be able to find dinner at a restaurant in a less touristy part of town for around €10-€18.
- Pork roast with dumpling: €9-€13
- Thai curry: €7
- Upscale burger w/ fries: €6-€9
- You can also find cheap and filling food from department store cafeterias, such as Galeria Kaufhof, for a good price.
Budget-Friendly Lunch and Dinner Spots:
- Steinheil 16: Best Schnitzel in Munich.
- Andy’s Krablergarten: Another excellent spot for Schnitzel.
- Biergarten Viktualienmarkt: Lovely beer garden serving up Bavarian beer and food. Lovely place to spend a warm day.
- Andechser am Dom: Traditional Bavarian food.
- Ringlers: Hearty sandwiches.
- Muenchner Suppenkueche: Traditional German soup.
- Sababa: Great Lebanese dishes.
- Ruff’s Burger: When you need a great burger.
Drinks and Alcohol Prices
- A pint of standard beer out: €3.5
- A pint of beer from a grocery store: €1
- Bottle of (drinkable) wine from the grocery store: €7
- Coffee: €2-€3
MUNICH TRANSPORTATION PRICES
Munich is one of the most walkable cities in Europe. That said, it also has a subway (U-Bahn), suburban trains (S-Bahn), trams, and buses. All public transportation operates on the same ticket, so it’s probably best to buy an unlimited day ticket if you use public trans more then twice a day (but singles tickets are available).
Single ticket: €2.90
Day ticket, inner zone (Single Tageskarte Innenraum): €6.70
3-day ticket, inner zone (Single 3-Tagekarte Innenraum): €16.80
MUNICH HOSTEL, HOTEL, & RENTAL APARTMENT PRICES
Accommodation prices in Munich aren’t cheap but get super expensive during Oktoberfest.
HOSTEL PRICES: €20-€26/NIGHT
You should budget about €24/night per person for a decent hostel, although many hostels raise their prices on the weekend. Remember, these prices are for a bed in a shared dorm room. If you want a private room, expect to pay €60-€100 total (for two people). Check out the latest hostel prices at Hostelworld.
Best-Rated Hostels in Munich:
- Wombats City Hostel
- Euro Youth Hostel
- The 4You Hostel Munich
- MEININGER Munich City Center
- Jaeger’s Munich
BUDGET HOTEL PRICES: €95-€150/NIGHT
A decent budget hotel in the city center will cost around 120€/night. You can find cheaper hotels if you want to stay farther away from the center of the city.
RENTAL APARTMENT PRICES: €80-€120/NIGHT
Munich has a healthy inventory of rental apartments. They can be a good option for large groups or travelers who want a little more space (and a kitchen). On the other hand, you may also have to deal with inconvenient check-in processes and things like extra cleaning fees and service charges. For short stays, we prefer hotels/hostels but rental apartments can be a nice choice for longer stays.
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