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

Should you visit Heidelberg or Hamburg?

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

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.

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 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 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 Heidelberg and Hamburg 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.

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
    Heidelberg 74
    Hamburg 31
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Heidelberg 148
    Hamburg 62

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.

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
    Heidelberg 30
    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

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.

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.
    Heidelberg 14
    Hamburg 10

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

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

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.

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.
    Heidelberg 9.18
    Hamburg 29

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

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 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 Hamburg may vary from person to person, on average a person spends €13 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Heidelberg 14
    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 Heidelberg and Hamburg, we can see that Heidelberg 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 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 Hamburg.

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