A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons London vs. Berlin

Should you visit London or Berlin?

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 London and Berlin can help you decide which place is right for you.

London

The capital of the United Kingdom is a thriving multicultural metropolis. Steeped in iconic landmarks, world-class museums and royal parks, London is energetic, majestic, ambitious and one of the world's greatest cities. London is a cultural and fashion capital, a great place to go out, an amazing place to eat and one of those cities that is constantly changing with new and exciting things sprouting up almost every day. History and tradition greet you at every turn in the UK's capital. London is also a city with an edgy underbelly, delighting in neon pink dive bars, cheeky graffiti and mind-blowing street food. When you need a break from the action, pop into a pub or relax in one of the city's many parks. Blow through the city on a double-decker bus, and take a pinch-me-I'm-in-London walk through the West End. As one of the most visited cities in the world, London is busy, vibrant and very tourist friendly. The only problem with London is that it's very expensive; it can eat away at your budget if you aren't careful. Luckily, there are also tons of free or cheap things to do in London that can fill your time.

Berlin

Berlin is the capital and largest city in Germany. As such, travelers can expect typical European prices for everything from hotels to food to sights and attractions. While it's possible to experience this city on a cheaper budget, don't expect to get much without paying a decent amount.

Which city is cheaper, Berlin or London?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in London is £145, while the average daily cost in Berlin 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 London and Berlin in more detail.


Accommodation

An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about £182 in London For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.

An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about £80 in Berlin For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    London £91
    Berlin £40
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    London £182
    Berlin £79


Food

London food costs typically run travelers around £29 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.

Food in Berlin costs travelers about £35 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.


  • Food Meals for one day
    London £29
    Berlin £35
Typical Food prices in London

For London, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Lunch at Starbucks
    £13
  • Tea
    £6.00
  • Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason
    £39
  • Morning Tea
    £6.35
  • Pastry
    £5.00
  • Sushi Dinner for One
    £18

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in London

For London, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Moroccan Couscous Dinner in Shoreditch: $50
  • 3-Hour Secret British Food Tour: $82
  • London Gourmet Food Tour: $125
  • London Half-Day Food Tour: International Foods of Soho: $111
  • 3-Hour Thames Jazz Dinner Cruise: $92
  • The London Showboat: Dinner, Show & Sightseeing Cruise: $114
  • River Thames Dinner Cruise: $116
  • Modern British Dinner at Chef's Home in East London: $62
  • Dinner with Filmmakers & Filmmaking Experience in London: $74
  • 4-Hour East End Food Tour: $98

Typical Food prices in Berlin

For Berlin, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Sandwich and Coffee To Go
    £4.29
  • Turkish Sandwich
    £1.71
  • Currywurst
    £1.71
  • 2 Pho Noodles
    £7.72
  • Restaurant Dinner and Beers (for 2)
    £51
  • Mauer Park (2)
    £9.43
  • Coffees at Impala
    £6.69

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Berlin

For Berlin, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • English Comedy Ticket including Pizza in Berlin Mitte: $16
  • English Comedy Showcase Including Pizza in Berlin Mitte: $25
  • Bitemojo Self Guided Food Tour New To Berlin: $40
  • Dinner Cruise – “This is the CHEF talking”: $49
  • Berlin Kreuzberg - Food Tour: $53
  • Berlin Mitte - Food Tour: $53
  • Berlin Food Tour: $55
  • Withlocals 10 Tastings: Covid-19 Regulated Private Food Tour: $57
  • History Bites: The Berlin History and Food Tour: $61
  • Berlin Dinner Cruise.: $61


Local Transportation

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in London than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend £20 on transportation in London on average per day.

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Berlin than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend £11 on transportation in Berlin on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    London £20
    Berlin £11
Typical Local Transportation prices in London

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in London:


  • Taxi Ride
    £15
  • Heathrow Express
    £18
  • Luggage Storage
    £8.00
  • London Map
    £1.29
  • Oyster Card
    £36
  • Train to Gatwick Airport (2)
    £22
  • Oyster Card
    £27

Hired Cars and Shuttles in London

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

  • Shared City Center Transfer to London City Airport: $30
  • Executive Transfer Between Heathrow and Central London: $115
  • Executive Transfer Gatwick to or from Central London: $169
  • Private Transfer: London to Southend Airport: $173
  • Oxford Full-Day Tour from London with Train Transfers: $57
  • Harry Potter Studios and Private Transfer from London: $126
  • Harry Potter Warner Brothers Studio Tour & Transfers: $117
  • Harry Potter: Warner Bros. Studio Tour with Transfer: $118
  • London Airports: Shared Transfer to London Hotels: $16
  • Warner Bros. Studio Tour and Transfer from London: $118

Typical Local Transportation prices in Berlin

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Berlin:


  • Short Trip Metro Ticket
    £1.20
  • Bahn Ticket
    £2.57
  • Short Taxi Ride
    £17

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Berlin

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

  • Private Departure Transfer from Berlin City Center to Berlin Tegel Airport: $24
  • Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL) to Berlin - Arrival Private Van Transfer: $27
  • Berlin to Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL) - Departure Private Van Transfer: $27
  • Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL) to Berlin - Round-Trip Private Van Transfer: $27
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Berlin to Schonefeld Airport (SXF): $30
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Berlin to Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER): $30
  • Transfer from Berlin Tegel Airport to Berlin city (any hotel or address): $32
  • Berlin Schonefeld Airport (SXF) to Berlin - Departure Private Van Transfer: $34
  • Private Transfer from Berlin City Center to Schönefeld Airport: $36
  • Premium Transfer from Berlin Tegel Airport to Accommodation in Berlin: $37


Entertainment

Sightseeing expenses in London, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of £26 per day, per person.

Sightseeing expenses in Berlin, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of £11 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    London £26
    Berlin £11
Typical Entertainment prices in London

Here are a few typical costs in London for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


  • Two Tickets to a Concert
    £83
  • London Symphony Orchestra
    £34
  • London Pass
    £47
  • Comedy Show
    £8.00

Tours and Activities in London

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

  • 90 minute Jack the Ripper Guided Walking Tour: $14
  • Soho and Camden Market 3-Hour Tour in Spanish: $15
  • Hidden London Walking Tour: $17
  • World Rugby Museum Entrance Ticket: $18
  • Notting Hill 2–Hour Walking Tour: $20
  • South Bank 3-Hour Walking Tour and River Cruise: $28
  • The London Time Tour Bus: $28
  • Royal Parks and Palaces Bike Tour: $34
  • Gangster London Walking Tour with Celebrity Guide: $35
  • Small Group Children's Tour of Westminster in German: $35

Typical Entertainment prices in Berlin

Below are a few samples prices from actual travelers for Berlin's activities, tours, and tickets:


  • Berlin Zoo (2)
    £17

Tours and Activities in Berlin

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

  • Berlin Reichstag and Glass Dome Private Tour: $231
  • Potsdam: 2-Hour Wannsee Cruise: $22
  • DDR Museum Tickets: $12
  • Dalí - The Exhibition at Potsdamer Platz Entry Ticket: $15
  • Berlin Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour: 24 or 48-Hour Ticket: $19
  • Berlin Christmas Markets with Culinary Tour: $0.00
  • Rude Bastards tour of Berlin: $1.87
  • Music of Berlin Private Tour: Communist Berlin Exploration Game: $3.72
  • Berlin Private Tour: Third Reich & the Cold War Exploration Game: $4.96
  • Ku'damm Couture and Currywurst Self-guided Audio Tour by VoiceMap: $5.48


Alcohol

The average person spends about £12 on alcoholic beverages in London per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

The average person spends about £8.82 on alcoholic beverages in Berlin per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    London £12
    Berlin £8.82

Sample the Local Flavors in London

Also in London, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • 2-Hour Historic Pub Tour: $28
  • West End Beer Tasting Pub Tour: $68
  • Drink London! Historical Pub Walking Tour: $35
  • 2.5-Hour East End Pub Tour: $48
  • London Pub Crawl and Nightlife Tour: $28
  • The London Pub Crawl - Shoreditch: $14
  • Camden Pub Crawl: $20
  • The Original Shoreditch Pub Crawl: $28
  • Central Daily 5-Hour Pub Crawl: $14
  • 5-Hour Shoreditch Pub Crawl: $14

Typical Alcohol prices in Berlin

Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in Berlin from other travelers:


  • Drinks at a Show
    £12

Sample the Local Flavors in Berlin

Also in Berlin, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Berlin Pub Crawl And Night Life Tour: $15
  • #1 Berlin Pub Crawl: $25
  • Sean's Wine Tasting Events: $66
  • Welcome to Berlin tour! Sightseeing, souvenirs and visit of a German brewery: $236



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

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