Berlin is by far the cheapest capital city in Western Europe, so it’s a great place for budget-minded backpackers and anyone wanting a great deal. Berlin has world-class museums, cheap food, crazy nightlife, and affordable accommodation. Prices are slowly rising, so be sure to visit while the city is still a great deal.
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Average Daily Cost For Visiting Berlin
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 etc. Don’t forget to budget extra for those “non-essentials.”
Daily Cost of Budget Travel in Berlin: €42 (Approx. $50)
- Attractions: €12 (one paid attraction + any free sites)
- Food: €16
- Breakfast: €2.50
- Lunch: €4
- Dinner: €7
- Treat (dessert/beer/wine): €2.50
- Transportation: €5.20
- Accommodation (hostel): €20/night
Daily Cost of Frugal Travel in Berlin: €33 (Approx. $40)
- Attractions: €5 (free walking tour + visit one of the free sites)
- Food: €7.5
- Breakfast: €0 (free hostel breakfast)
- Lunch: €3 (ethnic street food or takeaway shop fare)
- Dinner: €3.5 (make your own meal in the hostel)
- Beer: €1 (chill out at the park and have a cold one)
- Transportation: €5.20 (two rides )
- Accommodation (cheap hostel bed): €15/night
Berlin Attraction and Museum Prices
Berlin has a number of great museums and sights — and most are fairly affordable. Museum buffs will want to check out one of the many museum passes. Furthermore, there are multiple sights, monuments, parks, and street art that are all totally free.
- Pergamon Museum: €12
- Reichstag Building: Free
- TV Tower (Fernsehturm): €11
- Topography of Terror: Free
- DDR Museum: €7
- Neues Museum: €12
- Old National Gallery: €10
- Altes Museum: €10
- Bode Museum: €10
- Walking Tours: Free (but you should tip the guides) — €12
Note: Most museums and attractions have student prices, so be sure to bring your student ID. There are also a number of Museum Passes available.
Berlin Food Prices
You won’t go hungry in Berlin because it has plenty of budget options for even the most penny-pinching backpacker. Most meals are hearty and the beer is cheap. What else could you ask for?
Budget Breakfast — Free – €10
- Many hostels will offer a free, simple breakfast that normally consists of cereal, bread/croissant, and maybe milk, coffee, tea, or juice. If you’re lucky, you might get some cold-cuts and cheese.
- Since Berlin is known for its all-night parties, it’s no surprise that there are plenty of cafés/restaurants offering a hearty breakfast. Expect to pay €5-€10.
- You can also find plenty of budget friendly options at the bakery or grocery store. Pastries start around €1 and coffee will cost around €2-€4 (depending how “fancy” it is).
Budget Lunch: €5
- Super budget travelers can make a super cheap lunch of bread, cheese, and fruit from any grocery store for a few euros.
- Takeaway meals (like kebabs with fries) or similar dishes from a takeaway shop will cost about €3.50.
- Currywurst and bratwurst from a takeaway shop will set you back about €2.50.
- You can get a delicious fried half chicken and fries for about €4.
- A cheap pizza will cost about €3.
Budget Dinner: €5-€10
- Budget travelers will want to seek out the many ethnic restaurants in Berlin. Even for traditional German fare, it’s easy to find a good meal for €8-€10.
- There are a good number of quality burger joints serving burgers for around €3.50.
- The famous half-a-hen (with bread) from Henne’s only costs €8.
- Many of the options from the Budget Lunch section above also apply for dinner.
Drinks and Alcohol
- Pint of standard beer out: €2.50-€3.50
- Pint of beer from a grocery store: €.80-€1
- Bottle of (drinkable) wine from grocery store: €5
Berlin Transportation Prices
Berlin is a huge, sprawling city, so you’ll need to take public transportation. Luckily, it is plentiful so you’ll find subways, trains, trams, buses, bikes, and taxis. The U-Bahn, S-Bahn, bus, tram, and regional rail all use the same ticket.
Single One-Way Ticket: €2.60
Short Distance (three stop) Single One-Way Ticket: €1.50
Day Card: €6.70
Small Group Ticket (for up to five people — This is the most cost-effective for three people and above.): €16.20
Bike Rental: €8-€12/day
Bus Between Tegel Airport and City Center: €2.40
Taxi Between Tegel and City Center: €20–€25
Berlin Schönefeld Airport Express Train: €3
Taxi Between Schönefeld and City Center: €40
Berlin Hostel/Hotel Accommodation Prices
Berlin has a large number of hostels, and the prices are affordable. Even hotels aren’t too bad if you do a little digging. Rental apartments are also plentiful and affordable, and they’re a great way to experience the city like a local.
Hostels: €14-€30 (bed in a shared dorm room)
Plan on budgeting about €20/night per person for a good 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 €50-€70.
We book our hostels through Hostel World.
Budget Hotels: €40-€100
At the low end you can expect basic accommodation, but once you get around €60/night, the hotels get a bit better.
Rental Apartment: €65-€100
From my experience, rental apartments (via Airbnb ) tend to be much bigger and much nicer than similarly priced hotel rooms. Plus, you’ll get a kitchen so you can save more money by cooking your own meals — click here to get $30 off your first stay.
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