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

Should you visit Hannover or Hamburg?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the prices of travel for Hannover 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.

Hannover

Hannover is the capital of Lower Saxony (or Niedersachsen) in northern Germany. It is fairly modern with very little remnants architecturally pre-World War II. Today, it is best known for a handful of landmarks and the largest annual tech expo in the world.

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 Hannover?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Hannover is €124, while the average daily cost in Hamburg is €68. 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 Hannover and Hamburg in more detail.



Accommodation

For a normal double-occupancy room in Hannover, €136 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Hannover, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is €68, such as in a hostel.

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.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Hannover 68
    Hamburg 31
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Hannover 136
    Hamburg 62

Food

While meal prices in Hannover can vary, the average travelers spends about €39 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Hannover should cost around €16 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Hannover is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

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.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Hannover 39
    Hamburg 22

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

To get around in Hannover, the average visitor spends €18 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.

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


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Hannover 18
    Hamburg 10

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Hannover

Also for Hannover, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Premium Private Transfer From Hanover City to Bremen City: $142
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Hannover Airport to Hannover City: $35
  • Private Departure Transfer from Hannover City to Hannover Airport: $35
  • Private Hannover Airport - Hannover City Round-Trip Transfer: $70
  • Private Hannover Airport HAJ Arrival Transfer to Your Hannover Hotel: $81
  • Private Transfer From Hannover Airport to Bremen City: $346

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 Transfer from Hamburg to Bremen: $591
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Hannover Airport to Hamburg City - One Way: $501
  • Round Trip Private Transfer: Hamburg Airport HAM to Hamburg City by Luxury Van: $311
  • Airport Transfer Luxury Van 8-seater: $299
  • Round Trip Private Transfer: Hamburg Airport HAM to Hamburg City by Luxury Car: $280
  • Deluxe Private Transfer From Hamburg City to Berlin City: $249
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Lübeck Blankensee Airport to Hamburg City - One Way: $236
  • Round Trip Private Transfer: Hamburg Airport HAM to Hamburg City by Business Car: $228
  • Airport-Transfer First Class: $198
  • Airport-Transfer Premium Van: $180
  • Airport transfer executive sedan: $148
  • Round Trip Private Transfer: Hamburg Airport HAM to Hamburg City by Sedan Car: $124

Entertainment

In Hannover, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average €28 per person, per day.

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 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Hannover 28
    Hamburg 29

Tours and Activities in Hannover

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Hannover.

  • Hannover Zoo Entrance Ticket: $17
  • SEA LIFE Hannover Ticket: $17
  • Private Hannover City Tour: $187
  • Hanover Private Walking Tour: $210

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

Alcohol

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Hannover, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is €27.

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.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Hannover 27
    Hamburg 13

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

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