A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Cologne vs. Frankfurt

Should you visit Cologne or Frankfurt?

Should I visit Cologne or Frankfurt? 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.

Cologne

Spanning the Rhine River in western Germany, the city of Cologne dates back 2,000 years, once existing as the largest city of the Holy Roman Empire in medieval times. Today, it is the region's cultural hub - a center of museums, galleries, and towering Gothic cathedrals.

Frankfurt

Frankfurt is the financial and business hub of Germany. It houses the European Central Bank and the German Stock Exchange, and often plays host to trade shows and business fairs. It has the country's most modern skyline and the largest airport. It is also a transportation hub for Germany with many important train lines passing through. The city itself is situated on the River Main. Some of the most important sights are along the river near Romer Square and include museums and monuments. This area pulls in millions of tourists every year. Although many sights are clustered in this area, it's important to head into more off the beaten path areas that can be enjoyable to explore. These areas offer glimpses into daily life in Frankfurt.

Which city is cheaper, Frankfurt or Cologne?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Cologne is €126, while the average daily cost in Frankfurt is €87. 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 Cologne and Frankfurt in more detail.



Accommodation

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around €70. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Cologne the cost is €140 on average.

Double occupancy rooms typically run around €72 in Frankfurt For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Cologne 70
    Frankfurt 36
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Cologne 140
    Frankfurt 72

Food

In Cologne 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.

In Frankfurt travelers spend around €32 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
    Cologne 40
    Frankfurt 32
Typical Food prices in Cologne

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


  • Dinner
    14
  • Donner Kebab
    4.00

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cologne

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

  • Traveling Spoon French Quiche Private Online Cooking Class: $27
  • Private Gourmet Cooking Class in the Heart of Cologne: $129
  • Private Market Tour and Gourmet Vegetarian Cooking Class in the Heart of Cologne: $183

Typical Food prices in Frankfurt

For Frankfurt, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Soda
    2.00
  • Bagel Sandwich and Latte
    7.00
  • Ham & Cheese Sandwich and Coffee
    6.00
  • Sandwich and Cola
    7.00

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Frankfurt

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

  • Private Cooking Class in Eschborn, Frankfurt with a Local Christina: $62
  • Vietnamese Cooking Lesson with a Private Chef at Your Home in Frankfurt: $88

Local Transportation

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around €15 per day to get around in Cologne.

Frankfurt's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend €20 per person, per day on transportation in Frankfurt.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Cologne 15
    Frankfurt 20

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cologne

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Cologne:

  • Superior Private Transfer from Cologne City to Dortmund City: $107
  • Round Trip Transfer Cologne Bonn Airport (CGN) to Cologne City Center: $70
  • Private transfer: Cologne to Cologne Airport (CGN): $622
  • Private transfer from Baden Baden to Köln or the opposite way: $964
  • Private Departure Transfer from Cologne City to Cologne Airport: $30
  • Private Cologne-Bonn Airport CGN Arrival Transfer to Koblenz City: $323
  • Private Cologne Airport - Cologne City Round-Trip Transfer: $61
  • Private Business Transfer from Hotel in Cologne to Cologne Bonn Airport (CGN): $46
  • Private Business Transfer from Cologne Bonn Airport (CGN) to Hotel in Cologne: $46
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Cologne Airport to Cologne City: $30
  • Private Arrival Transfer From Cologne-Bonn Airport CGN to Bonn City: $77
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Cologne to Cologne Bonn Airport (CGN): $36

Typical Local Transportation prices in Frankfurt

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


  • Car Rental
    50

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Frankfurt

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

  • Airport transfer first-class from Frankfurt to Heidelberg and its greater area: $361
  • Arrival Private Transfer from Frankfurt Airport FRA to Frankfurt by Luxury Car: $73
  • Arrival Private Transfer in Business Car from Frankfurt International Airport: $46
  • Arrival Private Transfer in Business Car from Frankfurt International Airport: $49
  • Departure Private Transfer from Frankfurt to Frankfurt Airport FRA by Luxury Car: $73
  • Departure Private Transfer to Frankfurt International Airport by Business Car: $49
  • Departure Private Transfer: Frankfurt to Frankfurt Airport FRA by Luxury Van: $57
  • Departure Private Transfers from Frankfurt City to Frankfurt Airport FRA: $86
  • Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Frankfurt - Arrival Private Car Transfer: $45
  • Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Frankfurt - Arrival Private Van Transfer: $29
  • Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Frankfurt - Round-Trip Private Car Transfer: $90
  • Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Frankfurt - Round-Trip Private Van Transfer: $82

Entertainment

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around €16 per person, per day in Cologne. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Frankfurt can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around €29 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Cologne 16
    Frankfurt 29

Tours and Activities in Cologne

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

  • 1 hour limousine sightseeing ride in Cologne: $368
  • Bonn City Private Tour (Day trip from Cologne): $866
  • Cologne All-inclusive Evening Cruise: $87
  • Cologne Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Rhine River Sightseeing Cruise: $30
  • Cologne Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $38
  • Cologne Sightseeing round-trip Cruise: $15
  • Cologne Walking tour of Old Town: $200
  • Cologne Walking tour with a visit to world famous Cathedral: $322
  • Cologne and Dresden: 5-Day Independent Coach Tour from Cologne: $614
  • 1-hour Rhine River Panorama Cruise: $12
  • Panorama City Cruise Options: $13
  • English guided tour (other languages offered): $6.22

Tours and Activities in Frankfurt

For Frankfurt, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Frankfurt Private Tour: Old Town Wonders Exploration Game: $5.59
  • 1 Day Frankfurt Card Group Ticket 2020/2021: $29
  • 2 Day Frankfurt Card Group Ticket 2020/2021: $41
  • Frankfurt Sightseeing Tour "Frankfurt's Highlights": $45
  • 3-Hour Bike Tour in Frankfurt: $165
  • Frankfurt Private Walking Tour: $185
  • Frankfurt walking tour with a Professional Guide: $245
  • Private tour of the best of Frankfurt - Sightseeing, Food & Culture with a local: $249
  • Layover in Frankfurt a Private Tour with a local: Best Highlights of Frankfurt: $249
  • Costume tour at the Goethe House: $310
  • Rüdesheim and Monestry Eberbach Tour: $319
  • Frankfurt Private Shopping tour: $336

Alcohol

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Cologne may vary from person to person, on average a person spends €18 per day on alcoholic beverages.

Typically, people visiting Frankfurt spend on average €24 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Cologne 18
    Frankfurt 24

Sample the Local Flavors in Cologne

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

  • Pub Crawl Cologne Including Admission Fee for Bars and Shots: $24

Typical Alcohol prices in Frankfurt

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Frankfurt:


  • Becks Beer
    2.00

Sample the Local Flavors in Frankfurt

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

  • 8-Day Bavarian Beer Culture and Brewery Tour in Franconia from Frankfurt: $2,359


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

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