A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Geneva vs. Hamburg

Should you visit Geneva or Hamburg?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the prices of travel for Geneva and Hamburg. We’ll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget. So, let's dig into it.

Geneva

Geneva is the second largest city in Switzerland and was previously the home for the United Nations Headquarters. The UN is now housed in New York City, but there is still a very strong presence in Geneva. Geneva is not known to be as energetic as some other European cities, but if you search it out, then you're sure to find some interesting places and lively nightlife. It's a very international city, in part because of the heavy UN presence, giving it an interesting feel. It is a French speaking city, and advertisements, signs, and television are all done in French.

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 Geneva?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Geneva is $170, while the average daily cost in Hamburg is $83. 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 Geneva and Hamburg in more detail.




Accommodation

Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about $236 for a double occupancy room in Geneva.

Hamburg's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is $74. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is $37.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Geneva $118
    Hamburg $37
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Geneva $236
    Hamburg $74


Food

In Geneva travelers spend around $43 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 price of a meal in Hamburg can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $27 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $11 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
    Geneva $43
    Hamburg $27

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Geneva

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

  • Taste My Swiss City Self-Guided Food Tour: $77
  • Old Geneva food tour: $268

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
    $6.10
  • Donner Kebab and Coke
    $7.32
  • Traditional Hamburg Dinner w/ Beer
    $18
  • Donner Kebab Lunch
    $4.88
  • Sandwich and Coffee Break
    $7.32
  • Fish Sandwich from Fish Market
    $4.27
  • Coffee and Donut
    $4.88

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 Geneva is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $7.62 per person, per day, on local transportation in Geneva.

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $13 per day to get around in Hamburg.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Geneva $7.62
    Hamburg $13

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Geneva

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Geneva:

  • Departure Private Transfer Business Car Geneva City to Geneva airport GVA: $93
  • Departure Private Transfer Geneva City to Zurich Airport ZRH by Business Car: $548
  • Departure Private Transfer Luxury Car Geneva City to Geneva airport GVA: $135
  • Departure Private Transfer Luxury Van Geneva City to Geneva airport GVA: $114
  • Geneva Airport (GVA) to Geneva - Arrival Private Car Transfer: $68
  • Geneva Airport Transfers : Geneva City to Geneva Airport GVA in Business Car: $100
  • Geneva Airport Transfers : Geneva City to Geneva Airport GVA in Business Van: $116
  • Geneva Airport Transfers : Geneva City to Geneva Airport GVA in Luxury Van: $121
  • Geneva Departure Private Transfers from Geneva City to Geneva Airport GVA: $95
  • Geneva Private Transfer from Geneva city centre to Geneva Airport: $208
  • Geneva to Geneva Airport (GVA) - Departure Private Car Transfer: $68
  • Geneva to Geneva Airport (GVA) - Departure Private Van Transfer: $41

Typical Local Transportation prices in Hamburg

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


  • Short Distance Ubahn Ticket
    $2.07

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Hamburg

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Hamburg:

  • Airport Transfer Luxury Van 8-seater: $299
  • Airport transfer executive sedan: $148
  • Airport-Transfer First Class: $198
  • Airport-Transfer Premium Van: $180
  • Arrival Private Transfers from Hamburg Airport HAM to Hamburg City: $59
  • Arrival Private Transfers from Hamburg Airport HAM to Hamburg City: $77
  • Arrival Private Transfers from Hamburg Airport XFW to Hamburg City: $87
  • Arrival Private Transfers from Hamburg Airport XFW to Hamburg City: $105
  • Deluxe Private Transfer From Hamburg City to Berlin City: $249
  • Departure Private Transfers from Hamburg City to Hamburg Airport HAM: $77
  • Departure Private Transfers from Hamburg City to Hamburg Airport HAM: $62
  • Departure Private Transfers from Hamburg City to Hamburg Airport XFW: $87


Entertainment

Entertainment and activities in Geneva typically cost an average of $24 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 $35 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.
    Geneva $24
    Hamburg $35

Tours and Activities in Geneva

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

  • 1-Hour Lake Geneva Cruise: $20
  • International District and Lake Geneva Shore Tour: $27
  • Geneva City Tour: $64
  • Annecy Half-Day Tour from Geneva: $80
  • Independent Chamonix and Mont Blanc Tour from Geneva: $90
  • Geneva E-Bike Tour Lake Leman and Old Town: $93
  • From Yvoire Castle & Lake Geneva Cruise: $98
  • Chamonix, Mont-Blanc Day Tour from Geneva: $107
  • Annecy Half-Day Trip + Geneva City Tour: $128
  • Europa-Park Theme Park Ticket with Transport from Geneva: $172
  • Chamonix Day Trip and Geneva city tour: $178
  • Full Bahir Dar Tour, Lake Tana Monasteries and Blue Nile Fall: $204

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
    $4.27

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

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

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
    Geneva $18
    Hamburg $16

Sample the Local Flavors in Geneva

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Geneva:

  • Seneca Lake Wine Tasting & Tour: $167
  • Farms, Flights: Finger Lakes Brewery Tour: $180
  • Lavaux Panoramic Wine Tour from Geneva: $289
  • Winter ski tour: Wine tasting tour in Rhine region: $746
  • Swiss Wine Tasting at Lavaux Vineyards: Private Trip From Geneva: $1,097

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 Geneva and Hamburg, we can see that Geneva 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 Geneva would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Geneva than you might in Hamburg.

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