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

Should you visit Hamburg or Frankfurt?

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 Frankfurt 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.

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.

Which city is cheaper, Frankfurt 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 Frankfurt is €87. 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 Frankfurt 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.

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 Hotel or hostel for one person
    Hamburg 31
    Frankfurt 36
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Hamburg 62
    Frankfurt 72


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.

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.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Hamburg 22
    Frankfurt 32
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

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


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.

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.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Hamburg 10
    Frankfurt 20
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:

  • Round Trip Private Transfer: Hamburg Airport HAM to Hamburg City by Sedan Car: $124
  • Round Trip Private Transfer: Hamburg Airport HAM to Hamburg City by Luxury Van: $311
  • Round Trip Private Transfer: Hamburg Airport HAM to Hamburg City by Luxury Car: $280
  • Round Trip Private Transfer: Hamburg Airport HAM to Hamburg City by Business Car: $228
  • Private Transfer: Hamburg to Hamburg Airport (HAM): $65
  • Private Transfer: Hamburg Airport (HAM) to Hamburg: $65
  • Private Transfer: HAM Hamburg Airport to Hamburg City Center: $40
  • Private Transfer from Hamburg to Bremen: $591
  • Private Transfer from Hamburg Airport to Accommodation in Hamburg: $93
  • Private Transfer from Accommodation in Hamburg to Hamburg Airport: $86
  • Private Round-Trip Transfer: Hamburg HAM Airport - Hamburg City Center: $85
  • Private Departure Transfer from Hamburg City to Hamburg Airport: $42

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


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.

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 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Hamburg 29
    Frankfurt 29
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:

  • 2-Hour Walking Tour: Hamburg Speicherstadt and HafenCity: $160
  • 5-Day Independent Hamburg to Heidelberg Coach Tour: $486
  • 5-Day Overnight Coach Tour from Hamburg to Munich: $534
  • 5-Day Overnight Coach Tour from Hamburg to Stuttgart: $726
  • Alternative Hamburg Private Alternative Street Art Tour: $274
  • Best of Hamburg - Private tour: $368
  • Bird Watching Adventure Tour in Hamburg, South Africa: $272
  • City Tour of Hamburg with Hop-On, Hop-Off Ticket: $22
  • City Walking Tour DEADLY KIEZ: $22
  • City Walking Tour JEWISH HAMBURG: $22
  • City tour through Hamburg: $24
  • Craft Beer Tastings Tour in Hamburg: $50

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


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.

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


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Hamburg 13
    Frankfurt 24

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

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



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

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