Travel budget and cost of living in Germany how much does a trip cost?

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Travel budget in Germany

Germany: calculate your travel budget

Germany: sample budgets by traveller type

These example budgets assume a 2-week holiday in Germany for 2 people.

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 75 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 14 per person
  • $ 13 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 1789* (1498 €)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 105 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 32 per person
  • $ 24 per person
  • $ 12 per person

Total budget:

$ 3348* (2814 €)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 128 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 53 per person
  • $ 45 per person
  • $ 24 per person

Total budget:

$ 5170* (4326 €)

* Estimated local budget for 2 people for 2 weeks. This represents an average across the country (budget may vary depending on the city or region visited).


Cost of living in Germany in 2019

Cost of living: Germany VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Germany in 2019 is 2% higher than in United States.

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices in Germany in 2019 and United States by types of expenses:

Cost of living in Germany by city

See the table below for the variation in the cost of living in different cities in Germany compared to the national average.

Cities /Germany View Details
Munich 14% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Munich
Dusseldorf 9% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Dusseldorf
Hamburg 8% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Hamburg
Frankfurt 7% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Frankfurt
Nuremberg 6% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Nuremberg
Stuttgart 5% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Stuttgart
Berlin 2% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Berlin

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Local prices in Germany by expense type

Restaurant budget in Germany

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Germany is essentially the same as in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 12/person
($ 9.6 to $ 17)

18% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 15
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 28/person
($ 18 to $ 36)

3% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 27
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 9/person
($ 7.8 to $ 9.6)

22% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.3
Local beer
Local beer
$ 4.2 for 500ml
($ 3.6 to $ 4.8)

0% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 1.4 for 330ml
($ 1.1 to $ 1.8)

52% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 3.2/cup
($ 2.4 to $ 3.6)

24% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 2.7/can
($ 1.6 to $ 3.6)

44% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Bouteille d'eau
Bouteille d'eau
$ 2.3/bottle
($ 1.2 to $ 3)

48% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.5

Hotel and accommodation budget in Germany

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Germany costs 30% less than in United States.
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 85/night
($ 75 to $ 97)

20% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 107
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 95/night
($ 69 to $ 132)

21% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 120
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 115/night
($ 85 to $ 162)

34% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 175
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 140/night
($ 107 to $ 182)

45% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 259
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 249/night
($ 201 to $ 316)

49% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 496
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 82/month
($ 67 to $ 98)

33% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 122
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 156/month
($ 114 to $ 216)

4% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 163
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 167/month
($ 118 to $ 238)

0% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Gîte ou maison d'hôte
Gîte ou maison d'hôte
$ 145/month
($ 118 to $ 187)

31% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 211

Supermarket food budget in Germany

On average, the price of supermarket food in Germany costs 27% less than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 0.8/litre
($ 0.7 to $ 1.2)

2% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 1.6/500g
($ 1.2 to $ 2.4)

42% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.7
Rice
Rice
$ 2.5/kg
($ 1.4 to $ 3.3)

39% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 2.2/12 eggs
($ 1.7 to $ 3.1)

9% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 10.6/kg
($ 7.2 to $ 15)

4% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 8.7/kg
($ 6.7 to $ 12)

1% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 8.9
Apples
Apples
$ 2.6/kg
($ 2.4 to $ 3.2)

42% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.6
Oranges
Oranges
$ 2.5/kg
($ 1.6 to $ 3.2)

38% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 3/kg
($ 2.4 to $ 3.7)

28% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.2/kg
($ 0.8 to $ 2.4)

55% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.6
Salad
Salad
$ 1.1/salad
($ 0.6 to $ 1.2)

31% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6
Bouteille d'eau
Bouteille d'eau
$ 0.4
($ 0.2 to $ 0.8)

78% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 14/kg
($ 10.5 to $ 15)

11% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13

Public and private transport budget in Germany

On average, the price of transport in Germany is 34% more expensive than in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 3.2/ticket
($ 2.7 to $ 3.5)

37% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 84/month
($ 67 to $ 100)

13% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 75
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 2.4/km
($ 2 to $ 3)

37% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.7/litre
($ 1.6 to $ 1.8)

123% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 4.2
($ 3.6 to $ 6)

23% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.4
Car hire
Car hire
$ 29/24hrs
($ 15 to $ 128)

27% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40

Budget for living and housing in Germany

On average, the cost of housing in Germany costs 17% less than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 259/month
($ 149 to $ 382)

62% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 161
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.1/min.
($ 0.1 to $ 0.1)

12% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 38/month
($ 24 to $ 48)

45% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 66
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 839/month
($ 538 to $ 1195)

36% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1329
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 633/month
($ 419 to $ 956)

39% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1042
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 1627/month
($ 1028 to $ 2390)

24% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2163
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 1205/month
($ 777 to $ 1793)

28% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1686
Gym
Gym
$ 35/month
($ 24 to $ 60)

9% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 369/month
($ 180 to $ 717)

60% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 921
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 17746/yr
($ 9803 to $ 20074)

1% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 18099

Leisure activity budget in Germany

On average, budget for leisure activities in Germany is 16% more expensive than in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 12/ticket
($ 11 to $ 16)

5% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 23/hr
($ 15 to $ 30)

37% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 16

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Germany

On average, shopping budget in Germany is 32% more expensive than in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 7.6/pack
($ 7.4 to $ 7.6)

5% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.3
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 91
($ 60 to $ 120)

99% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 46
Robe d'été
Robe d'été
$ 40
($ 24 to $ 60)

5% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 100
($ 72 to $ 144)

27% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 78
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 124
($ 84 to $ 180)

23% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 101

Plane ticket budget

New York City → Berlin
New York City → Berlin
New York City → Berlin
$ 947
(fair price: $ 707)
Los Angeles → Berlin
Los Angeles  → Berlin
Los Angeles  → Berlin
$ 922
(fair price: $ 813)
London → Berlin
London → Berlin
London → Berlin
$ 108
(fair price: $ 101)
Manchester → Berlin
Manchester → Berlin
Manchester → Berlin
$ 134
(fair price: $ 116)
Toronto (Ontario) → Berlin
Toronto (Ontario) → Berlin
Toronto (Ontario) → Berlin
$ 792
(fair price: $ 642)
Dublin → Berlin
Dublin → Berlin
Dublin → Berlin
$ 147
(fair price: $ 132)
Edinburgh → Berlin
Edinburgh → Berlin
Edinburgh → Berlin
$ 167
(fair price: $ 138)

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About the information on the cost of living in Germany

The information about the cost of living in Germany shown on this page comes from multiple sources, including : Numbeo, Easyvoyage and Hotels.com.

Information about cost of living in Germany updated on 24-03-2019.

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