A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Berlin vs. Rio de Janeiro for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Berlin or Rio de Janeiro?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Berlin or Rio de Janeiro, this travel comparison, which includes costs, can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison down below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Where Should I go: Berlin or Rio de Janeiro?

Berlin

Berlin is the capital and largest city in Germany. As such, travelers can expect typical European prices for everything from hotels to food to sights and attractions. While it's possible to experience this city on a cheaper budget, don't expect to get much without paying a decent amount.

With a population of about 4.5 million, Berlin is a very international city that is well known for its high level of tolerance, an eclectic nightlife, an artistic vibe and many historical sights. There are museums, palaces and landmarks spread throughout the city. Despite having a significant amount of damage during the last few years of World War II, Berlin has been rebuilt with an interesting diversity of architecture styles. This is particularly true after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Architecture in the city represents many different historical periods ranging from medieval buildings through modern, glass structures.

Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is the most popular travel destination in Brazil. It is the second largest city in Brazil and the sixth largest in the Americas. A portion of the city has been designated a World Heritage Site. The peak time to visit is during the city's famous Carnival festival, which is one of the most famous festivals in the world. However, Rio's appeal as a travel destination is apparent year around. The city has a wonderful natural harbour that is surrounded by Sugar Loaf Mountain, Corcovado Peak, and the hills of Tijuca, creating an absolutely breathtaking and awe-inspiring setting. And you can't miss the beach, either!

Which city is cheaper, Rio de Janeiro or Berlin?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Berlin is €110, while the average daily cost in Rio de Janeiro is €76. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Berlin and Rio de Janeiro in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Berlin 51
    Rio de Janeiro 47
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Berlin 102
    Rio de Janeiro 94
Compare Hotels in Berlin and Rio de Janeiro

Looking for a hotel in Berlin or Rio de Janeiro? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Berlin


Hotels in Rio de Janeiro


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Our Analysis
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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Berlin 14
    Rio de Janeiro 5.83
Typical Local Transportation prices in Berlin

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Berlin:


  • Short Trip Metro Ticket
    1.40
  • Bahn Ticket
    3.00
  • Short Taxi Ride
    20

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Berlin

Also for Berlin, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • 1-way private transfer Berlin to Karlovy Vary - Mercedes Benz - up to 8 persons: $662
  • Airport/Hotel/Airport Transfer&Tour& Driver Guide: $218
  • Airport/Hotel/Airport Transfer&Tour&Driver&Licensed Guide (DIN EN 15565): $311
  • Berlin Airport Transfers : Berlin Airport TXL to Berlin City in Business Car: $72
  • Berlin Airport Transfers : Berlin Airport TXL to Berlin City in Luxury Car: $87
  • Berlin Airport Transfers : Berlin City to Berlin Airport SXF in Business Car: $87
  • Berlin Airport Transfers : Berlin City to Berlin Airport SXF in Luxury Car: $118
  • Berlin Airport Transfers : Berlin City to Berlin Airport SXF in Luxury Van: $104
  • Berlin Airport Transfers : Berlin City to Berlin Airport TXL in Luxury Car: $87
  • Berlin Airport Transfers : Berlin City to Berlin Tegel Airport TXL in Luxury Van: $79
  • Berlin Airport Transfers : Berlin City to Tegel Airport TXL in Business Car: $75
  • Berlin Airport Transfers : Berlin Tegel Airport TXL to Berlin City in Luxury Van: $79

Typical Local Transportation prices in Rio de Janeiro

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Rio de Janeiro:


  • Taxi Ride
    2.68

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Rio de Janeiro

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Rio de Janeiro:

  • Private Transfer: Rio de Janeiro to Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont Airport (SDU): $622
  • Private Transfer: Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont Airport (SDU) to Rio de Janeiro: $622
  • Arrival Private Transfer: GIG or SDU Airport to Arraial do Cabo by Minivan: $481
  • Arrival Private Transfer: Rio GIG or SDU Airport to Angra dos Reis by Minivan: $458
  • Arrival Private Transfer Rio Airport to Buzios or Cabo Frio by Minivan: $428
  • ARMORED Airport Transfer - Rio de Janeiro (COVID-19 Prepared): $387
  • Buzios Day Trip from Rio de Janeiro Including Airport Transfer: $310
  • LOW COST Airport ROUNDTRIP Transfer - Paraty (COVID-19 Prepared): $255
  • Arrival Private Transfer: GIG or SDU Airport to Arraial do Cabo by Sedan Car: $242
  • Buzios Minivan Private Transfer to and from Rio de Janeiro: $240
  • Arrival Private Transfer Rio Airport to Buzios or Cabo Frio by Sedan Car: $223
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Tom Jobim International Airport to São João de Meriti City - One Way: $188

Is it cheaper to fly into Berlin or Rio de Janeiro?

Prices for flights to both Rio de Janeiro and Berlin change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Berlin 41
    Rio de Janeiro 14
Typical Food prices in Berlin

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Berlin:


  • Sandwich and Coffee To Go
    5.00
  • Turkish Sandwich
    2.00
  • Currywurst
    2.00
  • 2 Pho Noodles
    9.00
  • Restaurant Dinner and Beers (for 2)
    60
  • Mauer Park (2)
    11
  • Coffees at Impala
    7.80

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Berlin

For Berlin, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • English Comedy Ticket including Pizza in Berlin Mitte: $16
  • English Comedy Showcase Including Pizza in Berlin Mitte: $25
  • Bitemojo Self Guided Food Tour New To Berlin: $40
  • Dinner Cruise – “This is the CHEF talking”: $49
  • Berlin Kreuzberg - Food Tour: $53
  • Berlin Mitte - Food Tour: $53
  • Berlin Food Tour: $55
  • Withlocals 10 Tastings: Covid-19 Regulated Private Food Tour: $57
  • Berlin Dinner Cruise.: $61
  • History Bites: The Berlin History and Food Tour: $61
  • Fun Dinner and Dancing by Gaiety in Berlin: $84
  • Vegan Food Tour Experience in Berlin: $87

Typical Food prices in Rio de Janeiro

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Rio de Janeiro:


  • Popcorn
    0.54
  • Corn on the Cob
    0.71
  • Hamburger
    0.89

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Rio de Janeiro

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Rio de Janeiro.

  • Food Tour Rio de Janeiro: $30
  • Cooking Class for Cacao Lovers: $51
  • Feijoada Food Tour in Rio de Janeiro with Hotel pick-up and drop-off: $55
  • Plant-based Brazilian Flavours Cooking Class: $56
  • Dinner & Rio Scenarium Nightclub Admission with Transfer: $60
  • Private Tour in Rio Scenarium with Dinner: $65
  • Skip the line: Samba Show Admission & Transfer with Dinner Option: $70
  • Dinner and Brazilian Music Show in Rio Scenarium: $70
  • Rio Scenarium Entrance, Dinner, and Open Bar: $72
  • Small-Group Boozy 7-Recipe Brazilian Cooking Class: $75
  • Food Tour Experience in Rio de Janeiro (Small Groups or Private): $80
  • Samba Show Ginga Tropical with Optional Dinner: $86

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Berlin 18
    Rio de Janeiro 16
Typical Entertainment prices in Berlin

For Berlin, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:


  • Berlin Zoo (2)
    20

Tours and Activities in Berlin

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Berlin.

  • Rude Bastards tour of Berlin: $1.87
  • Music of Berlin Private Tour: Communist Berlin Exploration Game: $3.72
  • Berlin Private Tour: Third Reich & the Cold War Exploration Game: $4.96
  • The Dönerkebab: Discover how it changed Germany on an audio walking tour: $5.48
  • Witches, Riots and the Cold War: A Walk Through Wedding Audio Tour by VoiceMap: $5.48
  • In and Around Alexanderplatz Walking Audio Tour by VoiceMap: $5.48
  • Berlin's Centre - Explore the city's modern history with this audio walking tour: $5.48
  • Classic Sights and Hidden Histories of Berlin's Museum Island Audio Tour: $5.48
  • Into the Heart of Berlin Self-guided Audio Tour by VoiceMap: $5.48
  • Ku'damm Couture and Currywurst Self-guided Audio Tour by VoiceMap: $5.48
  • Berlin Trabi Museum: Day Ticket: $5.66
  • Self-Guided Tour of Over 100 Sights: $5.66

Tours and Activities in Rio de Janeiro

Here are a few actual costs in Rio de Janeiro for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • 2 Days in Rio: Cultural & Ecologic Tours: $284
  • 2 Days in Rio: Tijuca Forest & Two Brothers Hiking Tours: $265
  • 2 Hour Vidigal Favela Tour Discovery the Most Laidback Favela: $19
  • 3 Hour Sailing Experience in Rio: $39
  • 3-Day Customizable Tour of Rio de Janeiro: $365
  • 4 horas - Tour private: Corcovado e praias: $154
  • 4 hours - Tour Private: Pão de Açúcar e Catedral Metropolitana: $154
  • 4-Day Private Guided Tour from Rio de Janeiro to São Paulo – Coastal Trip: $990
  • 4-Days Ilha Grande Experience - Unlocking Brazil's 'Garden of Eden': $1,025
  • 4-hour Rio Downtown Sites & Bites Small Group Tour: $62
  • 4-hour Sum-up Of Rio de Janeiro "Private Tour" – Optional Airport & Port Pick-up: $92
  • 6-hour Classic Rio de Janeiro "Private City Tour" – Optional For Airport Pick-up: $123

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Berlin 13
    Rio de Janeiro 8.84
Typical Alcohol prices in Berlin

Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in Berlin from other travelers:


  • Drinks at a Show
    14

Sample the Local Flavors in Berlin

Also in Berlin, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Berlin Pub Crawl And Night Life Tour: $15
  • Guided Pub Crawl with Shots: $20
  • Berlin Nightlife: The Original Pub Crawl: $20
  • #1 Berlin Pub Crawl: $25
  • Sean's Wine Tasting Events: $66
  • Showgirls of Burlesque by Gl’Amouresque: $66
  • Welcome to Berlin tour! Sightseeing, souvenirs and visit of a German brewery: $236

Sample the Local Flavors in Rio de Janeiro

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Rio de Janeiro:

  • Pub Crawl Rio de Janeiro: $11
  • Pub Crawl in Lapa: $19
  • Skip the line: Ipanema Pub Crawl: $28
  • Beautiful Imperial Petropolis City Tour Optional Lunch & Bohemia Brewery: $34
  • Rio By Night Tour: Pub Crawl Experiencing Music, Dancing, Drinks & Local Culture: $105
  • Petrópolis City and Brewery Bohemia Tour - Best of Rio's Mountains: $135
  • Rio: Sitio Burle Marx and Cachaça Distillery Private Tour: $160


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Berlin and Rio de Janeiro, we can see that Berlin is more expensive. And not only is Rio de Janeiro much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Berlin is in Europe and Rio de Janeiro is in South America, this is one of the main reasons why the costs are so different, as different regions of the world tend to have overall different travel costs. So, traveling to Rio de Janeiro would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Rio de Janeiro and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Berlin would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Berlin than you might in Rio de Janeiro.


When is the best time to visit Berlin or Rio de Janeiro?

Even though both destinations experience a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, they experience these seasons at different times of the year. Rio de Janeiro is in the southern hemisphere and summer is in January and winter is in July, but Berlin has summer in [NORTHERNSUMMERMONTH] and winter in [NORTHERNWINTERMONTH].

Should I visit Berlin or Rio de Janeiro in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Berlin as well as Rio de Janeiro. The city activities, the music scene, and the family-friendly experiences are the main draw to Berlin this time of year.

In the summer, Berlin is cooler than Rio de Janeiro. Typically, the summer temperatures in Berlin in July are around 19°C (66°F), and Rio de Janeiro is about 26°C (79°F)in January.

It's quite rainy in Rio de Janeiro. Berlin usually gets less rain in July than Rio de Janeiroin January. Berlin gets 50 mm (2 in) of rain, while Rio de Janeiro receives 114 mm (4.5 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July and January
    Berlin 19°C (66°F) 
    Rio de Janeiro 26°C (79°F)

Should I visit Berlin or Rio de Janeiro in the Autumn?

Both Rio de Janeiro and Berlin are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities. Many travelers come to Berlin for the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the music scene.

In October, Berlin is generally much colder than Rio de Janeiroin April. Temperatures in Berlin average around 10°C (50°F), and Rio de Janeiro stays around 25°C (77°F).

It rains a lot this time of the year in Rio de Janeiro. In October, Berlin usually receives less rain than Rio de Janeiroin April. Berlin gets 35 mm (1.4 in) of rain, while Rio de Janeiro receives 137 mm (5.4 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October and April
    Berlin 10°C (50°F) 
    Rio de Janeiro 25°C (77°F)

Should I visit Berlin or Rio de Janeiro in the Winter?

Both Rio de Janeiro and Berlin during the winter are popular places to visit. Many visitors come to Berlin in the winter for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

Berlin can get quite cold in the winter. Berlin is much colder than Rio de Janeiro in the winter. The temperature in Berlin is usually -0°C (31°F) in January, and Rio de Janeiro stays around 21°C (70°F)in July.

Berlin usually gets less rain in January than Rio de Janeiroin July. Berlin gets 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain, while Rio de Janeiro receives 56 mm (2.2 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January and July
    Berlin -0°C (31°F) 
    Rio de Janeiro 21°C (70°F)

Should I visit Berlin or Rio de Janeiro in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Berlin and Rio de Janeiro. Most visitors come to Berlin for the activities around the city during these months.

In the spring, Berlin is much colder than Rio de Janeiro. Typically, the spring temperatures in Berlin in April are around 9°C (47°F), and Rio de Janeiro is about 23°C (73°F)in October.

In April, Berlin usually receives less rain than Rio de Janeiroin October. Berlin gets 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain, while Rio de Janeiro receives 88 mm (3.5 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April and October
    Berlin 9°C (47°F) 
    Rio de Janeiro 23°C (73°F)

Typical Weather for Rio de Janeiro and Berlin

Berlin Rio de Janeiro
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan -0°C (31°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 26°C (79°F) 114 mm (4.5 in)
Feb 1°C (33°F) 31 mm (1.2 in) 27°C (81°F) 105 mm (4.1 in)
Mar 4°C (40°F) 35 mm (1.4 in) 26°C (79°F) 103 mm (4.1 in)
Apr 9°C (47°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 25°C (77°F) 137 mm (5.4 in)
May 14°C (57°F) 52 mm (2 in) 23°C (73°F) 86 mm (3.4 in)
Jun 17°C (63°F) 71 mm (2.8 in) 22°C (72°F) 80 mm (3.1 in)
Jul 19°C (66°F) 50 mm (2 in) 21°C (70°F) 56 mm (2.2 in)
Aug 18°C (65°F) 57 mm (2.2 in) 22°C (72°F) 51 mm (2 in)
Sep 15°C (59°F) 47 mm (1.9 in) 22°C (72°F) 87 mm (3.4 in)
Oct 10°C (50°F) 35 mm (1.4 in) 23°C (73°F) 88 mm (3.5 in)
Nov 5°C (41°F) 48 mm (1.9 in) 24°C (75°F) 96 mm (3.8 in)
Dec 2°C (35°F) 51 mm (2 in) 25°C (77°F) 169 mm (6.7 in)


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