A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Bonn vs. Berlin

Should you visit Bonn or Berlin?

Should I visit Bonn or Berlin? 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.

Bonn

Bonn was the capital of the Federal Republic of Germany (previously, West Germany) and it has a population of about 315,000 people. It sits on the Rhine River just twenty kilometers away from Cologne. Many people travel to Bonn for conferences and business, but Bonn also has a lot of cultural and historical sights to offer visitors. The city is also famous as the birth place of Ludwig van Beethoven. There's a strong student culture in the city as well, and it actually shares many characteristics with Italian cities because of its many cafes and restaurants which line the streets. Outdoor beer gardens are popular and Bonn is a particular good summer destination when the weather is pleasant and you can enjoy the outdoor setting. The city's location also makes it a great base for day trips to Cologne, Dusseldorf, and the Rhine and Eifel regions.

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.

Which city is cheaper, Berlin or Bonn?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Bonn is €123, while the average daily cost in Berlin is €102. 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 Bonn and Berlin in more detail.



Accommodation

An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about €136 in Bonn For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.

The prices for places to stay in Berlin can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is €46, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around €92.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Bonn 68
    Berlin 46
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Bonn 136
    Berlin 92

Food

While meal prices in Bonn can vary, the average travelers spends about €39 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Bonn should cost around €16 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Bonn is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

In Berlin travelers spend around €40 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Bonn 39
    Berlin 40

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
  • History Bites: The Berlin History and Food Tour: $61
  • Berlin Dinner Cruise.: $61
  • Fun Dinner and Dancing by Gaiety in Berlin: $84
  • Vegan Food Tour Experience in Berlin: $87

Local Transportation

To get around in Bonn, the average visitor spends €18 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Berlin than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend €13 on transportation in Berlin on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Bonn 18
    Berlin 13

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bonn

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

  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Düsseldorf International Airport to Bonn City - One Way: $254
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Bonn to Cologne Bonn Airport (CGN): $42

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:

  • Private Transfer from Berlin to Bayeux - Up to 7 people: $4,128
  • VIP transfer from Berlin to Munich - Mercedes E-Class with private driver: $1,359
  • Private transfer from Berlin to Prague with Stopover in Dresden: $906
  • Private Shore Excursion: All-Highlights of Berlin (shared port transfer): $748
  • Transfer Berlin-Prague or Prague-Berlin, with optional 2 hours visit to Dresden: $740
  • Private transfer from Berlin to Prague: $733
  • VIP transfer from Berlin to Warsaw - Mercedes E-Class with private driver: $703
  • 1-way private transfer Berlin to Karlovy Vary - Mercedes Benz - up to 8 persons: $662
  • Private Transfer: Berlin to Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER): $622
  • Private Transfer from Berlin to Amsterdam with 2 Sightseeing Stops: $549
  • Private Transfer from Berlin to Amsterdam with 2h of Sighseeing: $549
  • Private transfer from Berlin to Krakow: $509

Entertainment

In Bonn, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average €27 per person, per day.

Sightseeing expenses in Berlin, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €12 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Bonn 27
    Berlin 12

Tours and Activities in Bonn

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

  • Bonn Walking Tour (In the footsteps of Ludwig Van Beethoven): $240
  • Discover Beethoven's birthplace: Bonn Private Walking Tour: $193

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.

  • 1-Hour Segway Discovery Tour Berlin: $47
  • 2 Hour Berlin Small Group Segway Tour: $65
  • 2 Hours Private Custom Berlin Tour With A Local Guide: $70
  • 2 hour 15 min Berlin Wall Self Drive Trabant Tour: $106
  • 2-Hour Island Landscapes Boattour from Berlin: $20
  • 2-Hour Segway Discovery Tour Berlin: $66
  • 2.5-Hour Berlin Center Boat Cruise on the River Spree: $31
  • 2.5-Hour Berlin City Tour of Famous Attractions by Minibus: $51
  • 2.5-Hour Berlin Wall and Memorial Sites Walking Tour: $23
  • 2h Berlin Discovery Tour in an Vintage Volkswagen Beetle: $81
  • 3 Hours Segway Discovery Tour Berlin: $93
  • 3 hours Berlin 100% Personalized City Tour: $58

Alcohol

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Bonn, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is €18.

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Berlin, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is €10.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Bonn 18
    Berlin 10

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
  • #1 Berlin Pub Crawl: $25
  • Sean's Wine Tasting Events: $66
  • Welcome to Berlin tour! Sightseeing, souvenirs and visit of a German brewery: $236


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

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