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

Should you visit Hamburg or Bamberg?

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 Bamberg 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.

Bamberg

Amidst the rolling green hills and clear blue skies, you find yourself in a town that holds a certain magic in the air that leaves you in an intoxicated languor. Quaint, picturesque, charming - from its medieval and baroque architecture to its breathtaking gardens, the romantic flair of Bamberg, Germany is simply spell-binding. One of Europe's largest intact old town centers, Bamberg is located in northern Bavaria, established over 7 hills where the rivers of the Regnitz and Main conjoin. Preserving structures from the 11th to 19th centuries, Bamberg was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993. The town is filled to the brim with arts and culture, holding the world-renowned Bamberg Symphony Orchestra as well as such festivities as the international magician and street performers' festival. A gorgeous countryside town, Bamberg also provides its guests with many metropolitan amenities such as restaurants, cafes, malls, and antique shops. Whether it be beer gardens or nature parks, Bamberg has it all!

Which city is cheaper, Bamberg 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 Bamberg is €101. 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 Bamberg 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 Bamberg is about €120 This assumes double occupancy and modest accommodations.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Hamburg 31
    Bamberg 60
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Hamburg 62
    Bamberg 120

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.

On average, meal and food prices in Bamberg cost around €33 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around €13.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Hamburg 22
    Bamberg 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 cost of a taxi ride in Bamberg is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent €11 per person, per day, on local transportation in Bamberg.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Hamburg 10
    Bamberg 11
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

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.

Entertainment and activities in Bamberg typically cost an average of €13 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.
    Hamburg 29
    Bamberg 13
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 Bamberg

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

  • Bamberg Private Walking Tour: $163
  • Budget Bamberg Walking Tour: $166

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 €16 on alcoholic beverages in Bamberg 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
    Bamberg 16

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

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