A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Bern vs. Hamburg for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Bern or Hamburg?

Should I visit Bern or Hamburg? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Bern

The capital city of Switzerland, Bern, is a surprisingly small city with a population of only about 130,000. It's located on a peninsula that is created by the turns of the River Aare. The city is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site because it has a wonderfully preserved old town area. There are about four miles worth of quaint walkways that are lined with clock towers and fountains.

Hamburg

Hamburg is most noted for its port, which is the largest in Germany and the second busiest in Europe. Despite it's size, it is actually located about 100 kilometers from the North Sea on the River Elbe. The popularity of this port has given Hamburg the nickname as Germany's Gateway to the World. The city itself is the second largest in Germany and the metropolitan area has a population of over 4 million people.

Which city is cheaper, Hamburg or Bern?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Bern is $199, while the average daily cost in Hamburg is $110. 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. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Bern and Hamburg in more detail.



Accommodation

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around $128. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Bern the cost is $256 on average.

Hamburg's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is $102. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is $51.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Bern $128
    Hamburg $51
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Bern $256
    Hamburg $102

Food

The price of a meal in Bern can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $48 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $19 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.

The price of a meal in Hamburg can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $33 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $13 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Bern $48
    Hamburg $33

Typical Food prices in Hamburg

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Hamburg:


  • Pink Thai Soup Dinner and Spring Rolls
    $18
  • Currywurst and Pommes Frites
    $5.91
  • Donner Kebab and Coke
    $7.09
  • Traditional Hamburg Dinner w/ Beer
    $18
  • Donner Kebab Lunch
    $4.73
  • Sandwich and Coffee Break
    $7.09
  • Fish Sandwich from Fish Market
    $4.14
  • Coffee and Donut
    $4.73

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Hamburg

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Hamburg.

  • Historic Reeperbahn Tour with Optional Dinner in Hamburg: $38
  • St. Georg Hamburg - Food Tour: $45
  • HafenCity & Elbphilharmonie - Food Tour: $50
  • Sternschanze Hamburg - Food Tour: $53
  • St. Pauli - Food Tour: $53
  • Eat Like A Local : Hamburg Private Food Tour With Tastings: $146

Local Transportation

The cost of a taxi ride in Bern is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $26 per person, per day, on local transportation in Bern.

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $27 per day to get around in Hamburg.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Bern $26
    Hamburg $27

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bern

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bern:

  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Bern Belp Airport to Basel City - One Way: $586
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Bern Belp Airport to Bern City - One Way: $105
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Bern Belp Airport to Zurich City - One Way: $661
  • Private Transfer from Bern City Center to Zurich City Center: $318
  • Private transfer from Bern City to Zurich Airport: $416

Typical Local Transportation prices in Hamburg

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Hamburg:


  • Short Distance Ubahn Ticket
    $2.01

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Hamburg

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Hamburg:

  • Private Airport Transfer: from Hamburg to Hamburg Airport (HAM): $38
  • Private Airport Transfer: Hamburg Airport (HAM) to Hamburg: $38
  • Private Transfer: HAM Hamburg Airport to Hamburg City Center: $40
  • Private Departure Transfer from Hamburg City to Hamburg Airport: $42
  • Hamburg Airport Transfers : Hamburg Airport HAM to Hamburg in Business Car: $58
  • Hamburg Airport Transfers : Hamburg to Hamburg Airport HAM in Business Car: $58
  • Arrival Private Transfers from Hamburg Airport HAM to Hamburg City: $59
  • Departure Private Transfers from Hamburg City to Hamburg Airport HAM: $62
  • Private Transfer: Hamburg Airport (HAM) to Hamburg: $65
  • Private Transfer: Hamburg to Hamburg Airport (HAM): $65
  • Hamburg Airport Transfers : Hamburg Airport HAM to Hamburg in Luxury Van: $73
  • Hamburg Airport Transfers : Hamburg to Hamburg Airport HAM in Luxury Van: $77

Is it cheaper to fly into Bern or Hamburg?

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Entertainment

Entertainment and activities in Bern typically cost an average of $27 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $37 per person, per day in Hamburg. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Bern $27
    Hamburg $37

Tours and Activities in Bern

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Bern are as follows:

  • Bern Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $45
  • Bern Capital City Small Group Tour: $90
  • Best Introduction Tour of Bern with a Local: $91
  • Schilthorn Piz Gloria (James Bond Location) Small Group Tour from Bern: $179
  • GAILY TOUR in BERN - Gay & Lesbian Tour: $187
  • Bern Capital City Private Tour: $194
  • Zermatt Village Matterhorn Area plus Mt. Gornergrat Small Group Tour from Bern: $227
  • Adventure: Diamond Skull Virtual Reality: $230
  • Private tour of the best of Bern - Sightseeing, Food & Culture with a local: $249
  • Layover in Bern a Private Tour with a local: Best Highlights of Bern: $249
  • Zermatt Village Matterhorn Area plus Mt. Gornergrat Private Tour from Bern: $305
  • Jungfraujoch Top of Europe Small Group Tour from Bern: $329

Typical Entertainment prices in Hamburg

Here are a few typical costs in Hamburg for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


  • Tower at St. Michael's Church
    $4.14

Tours and Activities in Hamburg

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

  • Panoptikum Hamburg Ticket: $8.58
  • Hamburg Self-Guided Audio Tour: $15
  • City Cruise on Alster Lake: $18
  • Express outer Elbphilharmonietour: $19
  • GROUP TICKETS HOP-ON HOP-OFF City Tour by Bus: $20
  • Hop-On Hop-Off Tour - Yellow Double Decker - GROUP TICKETS: $20
  • City Tour of Hamburg with Hop-On, Hop-Off Ticket: $22
  • Line A Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour: $22
  • Hop-On/ Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour Classic Line: $22
  • City Walking Tour JEWISH HAMBURG: $22
  • City Walking Tour DEADLY KIEZ: $22
  • Hop-on Hop-off Tour by Bus: $23

Alcohol

The average person spends about $21 on alcoholic beverages in Bern per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Hamburg may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $16 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Bern $21
    Hamburg $16

Sample the Local Flavors in Hamburg

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Hamburg:

  • Hamburg Pub Crawl: 4 Bars, 1 Shot per Bar: $14
  • Corona Pub Crawl with special drinks: $62
  • Private guided Club & Pub tour - Pub Crawl: $358


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Bern and Hamburg, we can see that Bern is more expensive. And not only is Hamburg much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Hamburg would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Hamburg 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 Bern would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Bern than you might in Hamburg.

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