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

Should you visit Frankfurt or Dusseldorf?

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 Dusseldorf can help you decide which place is right for you.

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.

Dusseldorf

Dusseldorf is a city in western Germany divided by the Rhine River, with its Altstadt (Old Town) on the east bank and modern commercial areas to the west. Dusseldorf is a university town and a center of art and fashion. This old electoral capital is also a city of wide streets lined by elegant shops, with a ring of parks and gardens encircling its vibrant downtown area. As an important cultural center, Dusseldorf has dozens of museums and in excess of 100 art galleries encompassing everything from internationally renowned facilities, such as the impressive Art Collection North Rhine-Westphalia, to the smaller installations found in the city's trendy Konigsallee area. In the Altstadt, St. Lambertus Church and Schlossturm (Castle Tower) both date to the 13th century. Dusseldorf impresses with boundary-pushing architecture, lively nightlife, and an art scene to rival many higher-profile cities. It's a posh and modern city that likes to have a good time with bar-hopping around the Altstadt, the historical quarter along the Rhine. These tourist attractions, along with the city's location on the Rhine and its numerous wide squares and wonderful riverside walkways, make it a particularly pleasant place to spend time.

Which city is cheaper, Dusseldorf 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 Dusseldorf is €139. 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 Dusseldorf in more detail.




Accommodation

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 prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about €148 for a double occupancy room in Dusseldorf.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Frankfurt 36
    Dusseldorf 74
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Frankfurt 72
    Dusseldorf 148


Food

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.

While meal prices in Dusseldorf can vary, the average travelers spends about €54 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Dusseldorf should cost around €22 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Dusseldorf is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Frankfurt 32
    Dusseldorf 54
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

Typical Food prices in Dusseldorf

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


  • Salami
    1.99
  • Nutella
    1.00
  • Yogurt
    1.00


Local Transportation

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 cost of a taxi ride in Dusseldorf is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent €1.30 per person, per day, on local transportation in Dusseldorf.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Frankfurt 20
    Dusseldorf 1.30
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

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dusseldorf

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Dusseldorf:

  • Round Trip Düsseldorf Airport (DUS) Transfer to Düsseldorf City Center: $70
  • Private Transfer Dusseldorf City to Train Station or Cruise Port by Luxury Van: $124
  • Private Düsseldorf Airport - Düsseldorf City Round-Trip Transfer: $73
  • Private Departure Transfer from Düsseldorf City to Düsseldorf Airport: $37
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Düsseldorf Airport to Düsseldorf City: $37
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Dusseldorf to Dusseldorf Int. Airport (DUS): $29
  • Private Airport Transfer: Dusseldorf International Airport (DUS) to Dusseldorf: $29
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Niederrhein Airport to Düsseldorf City - One Way: $241
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Niederrhein Airport to Duisburg City - One Way: $174
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Mönchengladbach Airport to Düsseldorf City - One Way: $87
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Mönchengladbach Airport to Duisburg City - One Way: $137
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Eindhoven Airport to Düsseldorf City - One Way: $194


Entertainment

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 and activities in Dusseldorf typically cost an average of €20 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Frankfurt 29
    Dusseldorf 20

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

Tours and Activities in Dusseldorf

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

  • 2 Hour Segway Tour in Dusseldorf: $92
  • Best Intro Tour of Dusseldorf with a Local: $61
  • Discover Dusseldorf in 60 Minutes with a Local - Walking Tour: $34
  • Dusseldorf Private Walking Tour: $185
  • Dusseldorf Walking tour: $317
  • Dusseldorf’s Art and Culture Tour with a Local Guide: $41
  • Düsseldorf Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Rhine River Sightseeing Cruise: $30
  • Düsseldorf Old town - guided tour: $258
  • Düsseldorf Segway Tour: Classical City Experience: $86
  • Düsseldorf Segway Tour: Rhine River Experience: $92
  • Düsseldorf Sightseeing round-trip Cruise: $15
  • Düsseldorf: 1-hour Panorama Rhine River Cruise: $12


Alcohol

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

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Dusseldorf may vary from person to person, on average a person spends €19 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Frankfurt 24
    Dusseldorf 19
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

Typical Alcohol prices in Dusseldorf

Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Dusseldorf are as follows:


  • Night Out Drinking
    25

Sample the Local Flavors in Dusseldorf

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Dusseldorf:

  • Brewery Tour Düsseldorf in English (inc. 4 beer): $30
  • 4-Hour Pub Crawl Tour in Dusseldorf including Drinks: $33



When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Frankfurt and Dusseldorf, we can see that Dusseldorf 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 Dusseldorf would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Dusseldorf than you might in Frankfurt.

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