A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Heidelberg vs. Dusseldorf

Should you visit Heidelberg or Dusseldorf?

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

Heidelberg

Heidelberg, in the state of Baden-Wurttemberg, is a top travel destination in Germany. It's picturesquely situated in the Neckar River Valley and is a wonderful place to spend a few days. The city has a population of over 148,000 and it's home to Germany's oldest university, the Ruprecht-Karls-Universitat, which has a student population of approximately 28,000.

Dusseldorf

Dusseldorf is a city in western Germany divided by the Rhine River, with its Altstadt (Old Town) on the east bank and modern commercial areas to the west. Dusseldorf is a university town and a center of art and fashion. This old electoral capital is also a city of wide streets lined by elegant shops, with a ring of parks and gardens encircling its vibrant downtown area. As an important cultural center, Dusseldorf has dozens of museums and in excess of 100 art galleries encompassing everything from internationally renowned facilities, such as the impressive Art Collection North Rhine-Westphalia, to the smaller installations found in the city's trendy Konigsallee area. In the Altstadt, St. Lambertus Church and Schlossturm (Castle Tower) both date to the 13th century. Dusseldorf impresses with boundary-pushing architecture, lively nightlife, and an art scene to rival many higher-profile cities. It's a posh and modern city that likes to have a good time with bar-hopping around the Altstadt, the historical quarter along the Rhine. These tourist attractions, along with the city's location on the Rhine and its numerous wide squares and wonderful riverside walkways, make it a particularly pleasant place to spend time.

Which city is cheaper, Dusseldorf or Heidelberg?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Heidelberg is €113, while the average daily cost in Dusseldorf is €139. 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 Heidelberg and Dusseldorf in more detail.



Accommodation

For a normal double-occupancy room in Heidelberg, €148 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Heidelberg, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is €74, such as in a hostel.

Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about €148 for a double occupancy room in Dusseldorf.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Heidelberg 74
    Dusseldorf 74
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Heidelberg 148
    Dusseldorf 148

Food

On average, meal and food prices in Heidelberg cost around €30 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 €12.

While meal prices in Dusseldorf can vary, the average travelers spends about €54 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Dusseldorf should cost around €22 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Dusseldorf is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Heidelberg 30
    Dusseldorf 54

Typical Food prices in Dusseldorf

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Dusseldorf:


  • Salami
    1.99
  • Nutella
    1.00
  • Yogurt
    1.00

Local Transportation

Heidelberg'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 €14 per person, per day on transportation in Heidelberg.

The cost of a taxi ride in Dusseldorf is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent €1.30 per person, per day, on local transportation in Dusseldorf.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Heidelberg 14
    Dusseldorf 1.30

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Heidelberg

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

  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Mannheim-City Airport to Heidelberg City - One Way: $155
  • Private Transfer from Heidelberg City to Frankfurt Airport FRA by Minivan: $131
  • Private Transfer from Heidelberg City to Stuttgart Airport STR by Minivan: $207
  • Private Transfer from Hotel in Heidelberg City to Frankfurt Airport: $362

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dusseldorf

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Dusseldorf:

  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Niederrhein Airport to Düsseldorf City - One Way: $241
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Dortmund Airport to Düsseldorf City - One Way: $238
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Eindhoven Airport to Düsseldorf City - One Way: $194
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Niederrhein Airport to Duisburg City - One Way: $174
  • Departure Private Transfer Dusseldorf to Dusseldorf Train or Port by Luxury Car: $168
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Cologne Bonn Airport to Düsseldorf City - One Way: $168
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Mönchengladbach Airport to Duisburg City - One Way: $137
  • Departure Private Transfer Dusseldorf to Dusseldorf Train or Port by Luxury Van: $124
  • Private Transfer Dusseldorf City to Train Station or Cruise Port by Luxury Van: $124
  • Dusseldorf Airport Transfers : Dusseldorf to Airport DUS in Luxury Car: $98
  • Dusseldorf Airport Transfers : Airport DUS to Dusseldorf in Luxury Car: $98
  • Dusseldorf Departure Private Transfers from Dusseldorf to Airport DUS: $88

Entertainment

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Heidelberg can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around €9.18 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.

Entertainment and activities in Dusseldorf typically cost an average of €20 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.
    Heidelberg 9.18
    Dusseldorf 20

Tours and Activities in Heidelberg

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

  • Virtual Tour of Heidelberg: $25
  • Heidelberg old Town Tour.: $25
  • Heidelberg Public Walking Tour: $34
  • Alternative Heidelberg Tour.: $36
  • Heidelberg Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $47
  • Food & Fables Tour of Heidelberg: $48
  • Bicycle Tour from Heidelberg to quaint Ladenburg.: $57
  • Kayak-Tour in Heidelberg on river Neckar: $61
  • Beer and Old Town Tour: $81
  • E.Bike Tours around Heidelberg: $86
  • Heidelberg Tour with winetasting.: $98
  • Mannheim Castle Tour: $98

Tours and Activities in Dusseldorf

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

  • 2 Hour Segway Tour in Dusseldorf: $92
  • Best Intro Tour of Dusseldorf with a Local: $61
  • Discover Dusseldorf in 60 Minutes with a Local - Walking Tour: $34
  • Dusseldorf Private Walking Tour: $185
  • Dusseldorf Walking tour: $317
  • Dusseldorf’s Art and Culture Tour with a Local Guide: $41
  • Düsseldorf Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Rhine River Sightseeing Cruise: $30
  • Düsseldorf Old town - guided tour: $258
  • Düsseldorf Segway Tour: Classical City Experience: $86
  • Düsseldorf Segway Tour: Rhine River Experience: $92
  • Düsseldorf Sightseeing round-trip Cruise: $15
  • Düsseldorf: 1-hour Panorama Rhine River Cruise: $12

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 Heidelberg, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is €14.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Dusseldorf may vary from person to person, on average a person spends €19 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Heidelberg 14
    Dusseldorf 19

Typical Alcohol prices in Dusseldorf

Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Dusseldorf are as follows:


  • Night Out Drinking
    25

Sample the Local Flavors in Dusseldorf

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Dusseldorf:

  • Brewery Tour Düsseldorf in English (inc. 4 beer): $30
  • 4-Hour Pub Crawl Tour in Dusseldorf including Drinks: $33


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Heidelberg and Dusseldorf, we can see that Dusseldorf is more expensive. And not only is Heidelberg much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Heidelberg would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Heidelberg 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 Dusseldorf would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Dusseldorf than you might in Heidelberg.

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