A Travel Price Comparison for Germany Nuremberg vs. Cologne for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Nuremberg or Cologne?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Nuremberg and Cologne can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Nuremberg

Located in Bavaria, Nuremberg is the region's second largest city. It is positioned on the banks of the Pegnitz River and the Main-Danube Canal, about 100 miles from Munich. Nuremberg is famous for a handful of things, including gingerbread, Christmas, and the Nuremberg Trials. The old town itself is beautiful, with gothic churches and impressive castles. It has quaint streets lined with beautiful houses and an old world atmosphere.

Cologne

Spanning the Rhine River in western Germany, the city of Cologne dates back 2,000 years, once existing as the largest city of the Holy Roman Empire in medieval times. Today, it is the region's cultural hub - a center of museums, galleries, and towering Gothic cathedrals.

Which city is cheaper, Cologne or Nuremberg?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Nuremberg is €83, while the average daily cost in Cologne is €126. 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 Nuremberg and Cologne in more detail.



Accommodation

The average price for accommodation for two people in Nuremberg is €98. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around €70. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Cologne the cost is €140 on average.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Nuremberg 49
    Cologne 70
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Nuremberg 98
    Cologne 140

Food

The average traveler spends about €27 per day in Nuremberg for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.

In Cologne travelers spend around €40 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
    Nuremberg 27
    Cologne 40

Typical Food prices in Cologne

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


  • Dinner
    14
  • Donner Kebab
    4.00

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cologne

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Cologne.

  • Traveling Spoon French Quiche Private Online Cooking Class: $27
  • Private Gourmet Cooking Class in the Heart of Cologne: $129
  • Private Market Tour and Gourmet Vegetarian Cooking Class in the Heart of Cologne: $183

Local Transportation

The average price of local transportation around Nuremberg is €9.42 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around €15 per day to get around in Cologne.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Nuremberg 9.42
    Cologne 15

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Nuremberg

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Nuremberg:

  • From Nuremberg to Frankfurt Airport Private Transfer- punctual & friendly Driver: $263
  • From Nuremberg to Munich Airport - Private Transfer - punctual & friendly Driver: $220
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Nuremberg Airport to Nuremberg City - One Way: $75
  • Nuremberg to Prague - Private Transfer with 2 hours of Sightseeing: $216
  • One-Way Private Transfer from Nuremberg to Prague By Comfortable Minivan: $475
  • Private Airport Transfer from Nuremberg to Nuremberg Airport NUE: $27
  • Private Nuremberg Departures Airport Transfer from Nuremberg City Center: $112
  • Private Nuremberg Harbor Transfer from Nuremberg City Center: $112
  • Private Nuremberg Harbor Transfer to Nuremberg City Center: $112
  • Private Scenic Transfer from Nuremberg to Munich with 4h of Sightseeing: $271
  • Private Scenic Transfer from Nuremberg to Munich with 4h of Sightseeing: $271
  • Private Transfer - From Nuremberg to Prague: $498

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cologne

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Cologne:

  • Arrival Private Transfer Cologne-Bonn Airport CGN to Cologne City - Business Car: $73
  • Arrival Private Transfer Cologne-Bonn Airport to Cologne City by Luxury Van: $87
  • Departure Private Transfer Cologne-Bonn Airport CGN to Cologne by Business Car: $73
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Cologne Bonn Airport to Cologne City - One Way: $69
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From D├╝sseldorf International Airport to Cologne City - One Way: $201
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Eindhoven Airport to Cologne City - One Way: $243
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Frankfurt am Main International Airport to Cologne City - One Way: $540
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From M├Ânchengladbach Airport to Cologne City - One Way: $192
  • Luxury Car Arrival Transfer: Cologne-Bonn Airport to Cologne City: $98
  • Luxury Car Private Departure Transfer: Cologne city to Cologne-Bonn Airport: $98
  • Luxury Van Private Departure Transfer: Cologne-Bonn Airport: $87
  • Private Airport Transfer: Cologne Bonn Airport (CGN) to Bonn: $50

Is it cheaper to fly into Nuremberg or Cologne?

Prices for flights to both Cologne and Nuremberg change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.





Entertainment

Nuremberg's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around €8.15 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around €16 per person, per day in Cologne. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Nuremberg 8.15
    Cologne 16

Tours and Activities in Nuremberg

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

  • Nuremberg Old Town Walking Tour in English: $12
  • Nuremberg Old Town and Nazi Party Rally Grounds Walking Tour: $27
  • Nuremberg World War 2 Tour: $81
  • Nuremberg Old Town Tour: $97
  • 30 min Private Sightseeing Flight: $112
  • Private Tour: Nuremberg Medieval Old Town and Nazi Rally Grounds Walking Tour: $124
  • Former Nazi Rally Ground Tour: $141
  • Nuremberg World War 2 and Beer Tasting Tour: $149
  • Bamberg PRIVATE Walking Tour: $151
  • Nuremberg WWII Tour plus Courtroom 600 and 3rd Reich Sites: $162
  • PRIVATE Nuremberg Nazi Party Rally Grounds Walking Tour: $162
  • 1-Hour Private Sightseeing Flight: $165

Tours and Activities in Cologne

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

  • English guided tour (other languages offered): $6.22
  • Experience KölnCard: $11
  • 1-hour Rhine River Panorama Cruise: $12
  • Panorama City Cruise Options: $13
  • Cologne Sightseeing round-trip Cruise: $15
  • Skip-the-Line Ticket to Chocolate Museum in Cologne: $23
  • Skip the Line: Hard Rock Cafe Cologne: $24
  • Cologne Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Rhine River Sightseeing Cruise: $30
  • Cologne Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $38
  • Cologne All-inclusive Evening Cruise: $87
  • Cologne Walking tour of Old Town: $200
  • Private tour of the best of Cologne - Sightseeing, Food & Culture with a local: $249

Alcohol

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Nuremberg may vary from person to person, on average a person spends €13 per day on alcoholic beverages.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Cologne may vary from person to person, on average a person spends €18 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Nuremberg 13
    Cologne 18

Sample the Local Flavors in Cologne

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Cologne:

  • Pub Crawl Cologne Including Admission Fee for Bars and Shots: $24


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

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