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

Should you visit Heidelberg or Frankfurt?

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

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 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 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 Heidelberg and Frankfurt 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.

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
    Heidelberg 74
    Frankfurt 36
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Heidelberg 148
    Frankfurt 72

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.

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
    Heidelberg 30
    Frankfurt 32

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

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.

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.
    Heidelberg 14
    Frankfurt 20

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Heidelberg

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

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

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:

  • Private transfer from Frankfurt am Main to Prague: $987
  • Private transfer from Frankfurt Flughafen to Düsseldorf or the opposite way: $964
  • Private transfer from Frankfurt Flughafen to Köln or the opposite way: $896
  • Private transfer from Frankfurt Flughafen to Metz or the opposite way: $744
  • One-way Transfer from Frankfurt Airport to Prague City Centre: $647
  • From Frankfurt Airport to Vienna - Private transfer - punctual & friendly Driver: $644
  • From Frankfurt Airport to Budapest Private Transfer - punctual & friendly Driver: $622
  • RoundTrip Transfer in Private Minivan from-to Frankfurt Airport in Kaiserlautern: $613
  • Private Transfer from Frankfurt to Budapest, English-speaking driver: $585
  • RoundTrip Transfer in Private Vehicle from-to Frankfurt Airport in Kaiserlautern: $533
  • Private Transfer from Frankfurt Hahn Airport to Hotel in Frankfurt am main: $516
  • Private Transfer from Frankfurt to Budapest with 2 Sightseeing Stops: $505

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.

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.
    Heidelberg 9.18
    Frankfurt 29

Tours and Activities in Heidelberg

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

  • 3-Day Self-Drive Overnight Tour of Heidelberg, Schwetzingen and Maulbronn from Heidelberg: $299
  • 5-Day Overnight Coach Tour from Heidelberg to Munich: $445
  • Alternative Heidelberg Tour.: $36
  • Amazing Schwetzingen Garden Tour: $123
  • Beer and Old Town Tour: $81
  • Bicycle Tour from Heidelberg to quaint Ladenburg.: $57
  • Black Forest Day Tour: $372
  • E.Bike Tours around Heidelberg: $86
  • Exclusive Private Tour of Heidelberg.: $305
  • Food & Fables Tour of Heidelberg: $48
  • Heidelberg Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $47
  • Heidelberg Private Walking Tour: $179

Tours and Activities in Frankfurt

For Frankfurt, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • 1 Day Frankfurt Card Group Ticket 2020/2021: $29
  • 2 Day Frankfurt Card Group Ticket 2020/2021: $41
  • 3-Hour Bike Tour in Frankfurt: $165
  • 5-Day Independent Frankfurt to Stuttgart Coach Tour: $493
  • 5-Day Independent Romantic Rhine Rail Tour from Frankfurt to Cologne via Rüdesheim and Koblenz: $541
  • 6-Day Independent Rail Tour from Frankfurt to Munich via Berlin: $764
  • 6-Day Overnight Coach Tour from Frankfurt Southern Germany: Heidelberg, Stuttgart and Munich: $620
  • 7 Day Rail Tour - Germany: $821
  • 7-Day German Culture and Lifestyle Overnight Coach Tour from Frankfurt to Dresden, Leipzig and Berlin: $892
  • 9-Day Bavaria Hiking Experience in Franconia from Frankfurt: $2,359
  • Costume tour at the Goethe House: $310
  • Frankfurt 5-Day Independent Coach Overnight Tour to Nuremberg: $429

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.

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


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Heidelberg 14
    Frankfurt 24

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

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Heidelberg vs. Frankfurt Travel Comparison

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