Should you visit Frankfurt or Baden-Baden?
Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Frankfurt and Baden-Baden can help you decide which place is right for you.
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.
Baden Baden is the perfect spa town in Germany that lets you dip your toes in the culture, relax, and mingle with the locals all while soaking your weary travel bones in the nourishing mineral waters or sweating out the toxins from one too many German beers.
For a detailed guide on Baden Baden, including the bathhouses and spa etiquette, what else to do in and near Baden Baden and more, you can check out my complete guide to Baden Baden for the perfect spa weekend getaway.
Where is Baden Baden?
Baden Baden is located about 2 hours directly South of Frankfurt, making it the perfect day trip. Alternately, Baden Baden is still an easy day trip from Bavaria or other nearby regions of Germany or you can even create a whole weekend in the Black Forest, complete with Cuckoo Clock shopping and more. It's also not far from Stuttgart.
Which city is cheaper, Baden-Baden or Frankfurt?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Frankfurt is €87, while the average daily cost in Baden-Baden is €123. 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 Frankfurt and Baden-Baden in more detail.
Double occupancy rooms typically run around €72 in Frankfurt For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.
A hotel room in Baden-Baden is about €140 This assumes double occupancy and modest accommodations.
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.
The average traveler spends about €33 per day in Baden-Baden for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.
Meals for one day
Typical Food prices in Frankfurt
For Frankfurt, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:
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:
Vietnamese Cooking Lesson with a Private Chef at Your Home in Frankfurt:
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.
The average price of local transportation around Baden-Baden is €27 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.
Typical Local Transportation prices in Frankfurt
Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Frankfurt:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Frankfurt
Also for Frankfurt, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Ultra - Frankfurt Private Airport Transfer from City Centre to Frankfurt Airport:
Ultra - Frankfurt Private Airport Transfer from Frankfurt Airport to City Centre:
Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Frankfurt - Arrival Private Van Transfer:
Frankfurt to Frankfurt Airport (FRA)- Departure Private Van Transfer:
Private Airport Transfer: from Frankfurt to Frankfurt am Main Airport (FRA):
Private Airport Transfer: Frankfurt am Main Airport (FRA) to Frankfurt:
Private Transfer from Frankfurt am Main Airport (FRA) to Frankfurt City Center:
Private Transfer from Frankfurt City Center to Frankfurt am Main Airport (FRA):
Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Frankfurt - Arrival Private Car Transfer:
Frankfurt to Frankfurt Airport (FRA)- Departure Private Car Transfer:
Arrival Private Transfer in Business Car from Frankfurt International Airport:
Departure Private Transfer to Frankfurt International Airport by Business Car:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Baden-Baden
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Baden-Baden:
Private transfert to Baden-Baden from Zurich or the opposite way:
Private transfert to Baden-Baden from Basel - Mulhouse or the opposite way:
Private transfert from Baden-Baden airport to Colmar or the opposite way:
Private transfer from Baden-Baden to Füssen or the opposite way:
Baden-Baden to Karlsruhe Airport (FKB) - Departure Private Van Transfer:
Baden-Baden to Karlsruhe Airport (FKB) - Departure Private Car Transfer:
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.
Baden-Baden's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around €27 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.
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:
1 Day Frankfurt Card Group Ticket 2020/2021:
2 Day Frankfurt Card Group Ticket 2020/2021:
Frankfurt Sightseeing Tour "Frankfurt's Highlights":
3-Hour Bike Tour in Frankfurt:
Frankfurt Private Walking Tour:
Frankfurt walking tour with a Professional Guide:
Private tour of the best of Frankfurt - Sightseeing, Food & Culture with a local:
Layover in Frankfurt a Private Tour with a local: Best Highlights of Frankfurt:
Costume tour at the Goethe House:
Rüdesheim and Monestry Eberbach Tour:
Frankfurt Private Shopping tour:
Tours and Activities in Baden-Baden
Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Baden-Baden are as follows:
Baden - Baden Walking Tour:
Baden-Baden Private Walking Tour:
Private Black Forest Tour: Baden-Baden to Freiburg:
Romantic tour in Baden-Baden:
The best of Baden-Baden walking tour:
The best of Passau walking tour:
Typically, people visiting Frankfurt spend on average €24 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
The average person spends about €9.60 on alcoholic beverages in Baden-Baden per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.
Typical Alcohol prices in Frankfurt
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Frankfurt:
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:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Frankfurt and Baden-Baden, we can see that Baden-Baden 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 Baden-Baden would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Baden-Baden than you might in Frankfurt.
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