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

Should you visit Hamburg 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 Hamburg and Baden-Baden can help you decide which place is right for you.

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.

Baden-Baden

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 Hamburg?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Hamburg is €68, 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 Hamburg and Baden-Baden in more detail.




Accommodation

Hamburg's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is €62. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is €31.

A hotel room in Baden-Baden is about €140 This assumes double occupancy and modest accommodations.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Hamburg 31
    Baden-Baden 70
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Hamburg 62
    Baden-Baden 140


Food

The price of a meal in Hamburg can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is €22 per person, and a typical meal will cost around €8.80 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.

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.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Hamburg 22
    Baden-Baden 33
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
    15
  • Currywurst and Pommes Frites
    5.00
  • Donner Kebab and Coke
    6.00
  • Traditional Hamburg Dinner w/ Beer
    15
  • Donner Kebab Lunch
    4.00
  • Sandwich and Coffee Break
    6.00
  • Fish Sandwich from Fish Market
    3.50
  • Coffee and Donut
    4.00

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

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around €10 per day to get around in Hamburg.

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.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Hamburg 10
    Baden-Baden 27
Typical Local Transportation prices in Hamburg

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


  • Short Distance Ubahn Ticket
    1.70

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Hamburg

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Hamburg:

  • Private Airport Transfer: from Hamburg to Hamburg Airport (HAM): $38
  • Private Airport Transfer: Hamburg Airport (HAM) to Hamburg: $38
  • Private Transfer: HAM Hamburg Airport to Hamburg City Center: $40
  • Private Departure Transfer from Hamburg City to Hamburg Airport: $42
  • Hamburg Airport Transfers : Hamburg Airport HAM to Hamburg in Business Car: $58
  • Hamburg Airport Transfers : Hamburg to Hamburg Airport HAM in Business Car: $58
  • Arrival Private Transfers from Hamburg Airport HAM to Hamburg City: $59
  • Departure Private Transfers from Hamburg City to Hamburg Airport HAM: $62
  • Private Transfer: Hamburg Airport (HAM) to Hamburg: $65
  • Private Transfer: Hamburg to Hamburg Airport (HAM): $65
  • Hamburg Airport Transfers : Hamburg Airport HAM to Hamburg in Luxury Van: $73
  • Hamburg Airport Transfers : Hamburg to Hamburg Airport HAM in Luxury Van: $77

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Baden-Baden

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Baden-Baden:

  • Baden-Baden to Karlsruhe Airport (FKB) - Departure Private Car Transfer: $60
  • Baden-Baden to Karlsruhe Airport (FKB) - Departure Private Van Transfer: $34
  • Private transfer from Baden-Baden to Füssen or the opposite way: $933
  • Private transfert from Baden-Baden airport to Colmar or the opposite way: $336
  • Private transfert to Baden-Baden from Basel - Mulhouse or the opposite way: $386
  • Private transfert to Baden-Baden from Zurich or the opposite way: $560


Entertainment

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around €29 per person, per day in Hamburg. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.

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.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Hamburg 29
    Baden-Baden 27
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
    3.50

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

Tours and Activities in Baden-Baden

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Baden-Baden are as follows:

  • Baden-Baden Private Walking Tour: $199
  • Private Black Forest Tour: Baden-Baden to Freiburg: $248
  • Baden - Baden Walking Tour: $439
  • The best of Baden-Baden walking tour: $496
  • Romantic tour in Baden-Baden: $496
  • The best of Passau walking tour: $496


Alcohol

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Hamburg may vary from person to person, on average a person spends €13 per day on alcoholic beverages.

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.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Hamburg 13
    Baden-Baden 9.60

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 Hamburg and Baden-Baden, we can see that Baden-Baden 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 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 Hamburg.

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