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Heidelberg, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany

How much does it cost to travel to Heidelberg?

You should plan to spend around $154 (€142) per day on your vacation in Heidelberg. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $41 (€37) on meals
  • $19 (€17) on local transportation
  • $202 (€186) on hotels

A one week trip to Heidelberg for two people costs, on average, $2,157 (€1,983). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
    $154
    142
  • One Week Per person
    $1,078
    991
  • 2 Weeks Per person
    $2,157
    1,983
  • One Month Per person
    $4,621
    4,248
  • One Week For a couple
    $2,157
    1,983
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
    $4,313
    3,965
  • One Month For a couple
    $9,243
    8,497
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Heidelberg cost?

A one week trip to Heidelberg usually costs around $1,078 (€991) for one person and $2,157 (€1,983) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Heidelberg on average costs around $2,157 (€1,983) for one person and $4,313 (€3,965) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Heidelberg will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Heidelberg on average costs around $4,621 (€4,248) for one person and $9,243 (€8,497) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.




Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Heidelberg has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Heidelberg expensive to visit?

Prices in Heidelberg are reasonable and comparable to your average travel destination. Hotels, food, and sightseeing are generally within normal price ranges.

Within Europe, which is known to be an expensive region, Heidelberg is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Malaga or Aberdeen.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Heidelberg Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Heidelberg?

The average Heidelberg trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Heidelberg travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.


Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) 186 ($202)
Local Transportation 1 17 ($19)
Food 2 37 ($41)
Entertainment 1 11 ($12)
Alcohol 2 9 - 26 ($9 - 28)
Accommodation Budget in Heidelberg
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Heidelberg is $101 (€93). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Heidelberg is $202 (€186). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.


  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
    $101
    93
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
    $202
    186

Hotel Prices in Heidelberg

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Heidelberg based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $102. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Heidelberg
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Heidelberg is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $19 (€17) per person, per day, on local transportation in Heidelberg.


  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    $19
    17

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Food Budget in Heidelberg
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Heidelberg can vary, the average cost of food in Heidelberg is $41 (€37) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Heidelberg should cost around $16 (€15) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Heidelberg is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.


  • Food2 Meals for one day
    $41
    37

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Entertainment Budget in Heidelberg
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Heidelberg typically cost an average of $12 (€11) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.


  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    $12
    11

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Alcohol Budget in Heidelberg
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • The average person spends about $19 (€17) on alcoholic beverages in Heidelberg per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
    $19
    17

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Heidelberg on a Budget
Heidelberg Heidelberg, Germany
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.

Unlike most cities in Germany, during World War II the city was almost completely spared by bombings. Today it still has much of its baroque charm. The streets are narrow and lined with quaint houses. At the south side of town there are large US Army barracks that house about 30,000 US citizens. Most of them are soldiers and their families.

Heidelberg has an oceanic climate that is shielded from extreme weather by the Pfalzerwald and the Odenwald. The temperatures remain mild year around but July is the warmest month and January is the coldest.
Sights
You'll find a lot of Heidelberg's main sights concentrated around Altstadt, which is the city's main historic district. The main street through town is Hauptstrasse, which is a mile long, pedestrian only street that has some great shopping and fascinating people watching opportunities. The city's castle is a must see. It is a combination of Gothic and Renaissance styles. Although the Castle has been destroyed and rebuilt several times, it is interesting to see the combination of styles and uses through the years. There is also a park that surrounds the castle that is enjoyable to walk through. It's possible to purchase an audio tour of the castle if you're particularly interested in the details.

Other sights around town include the Thingstatte on top of Heiligenberg, the Kurpfalzisches Museum, the old university on Universitatsplatz, Jesuitenkirche, and the Heilggeistkirche church. The Philosophenweg, on the northern side of the city, has some great views of the city as does Heiligenberg mountain.
Neighborhoods
The old town in Heidelberg is referred to as Altstadt. This is where you'll find Heidelberg Castle and the Main Street, which is a mile long pedestrian only street. There are many interesting sights here and you'll likely to spend a lot of time exploring this area as a tourist. Other districts in Heidelberg include Schlierbach, Neuenheim, Bergheim, Weststadt, Sudstadt, Boxberg, Emmertsgrund, Rohrbach, Kirchheim, Pfaffengrund, Bahnstadt, Wieblingen, Handschuhsheim, and Ziegelhausen.

Activities
There are more than eight theaters in town. These include Stadttheater, the large state run theater, and Zimmertheater, which is Germany's oldest private theater.

Another popular activity is to take the train to the top of Konigstuhl Mountain, which offers excellent views of the surrounding area. If the weather is good you can see the Northern Black Forest. It's also possible to climb to the top of the summit using the Himmelsleiter (Heaven's Ladder), which is a stairway of 1200 steps.
Food and Dining
There's a surprising variety of restaurants around town with some great ethnic restaurants including sushi, Thai, and of course, pizza. There are also some great beer gardens where you can relax and enjoy a cold drink in a great outdoor setting. Some of the bars are clearly geared toward tourists, while others are more popular with the student crowds. There are also plenty of clubs and discos around town, so if you're looking for a lively nightlife, you'll likely to find it here.

One good restaurant that serves modern German cuisine is BrunnenStube. Prices are reasonable and the food is good. There are seasonal specialties and the fish or lamb are both recommended.

There are plenty of budget options for accommodation around town, including hostels and small bed and breakfasts. There are some great options in the mid range budget, and if you're looking for a splurge there are a couple of high end options as well.

Transportation
You can walk a lot of places in Heidelberg, but there's also a great, although small, system of trams and buses. The main hubs for this transit system are the main station and Bismarckplatz. You can take bus #32 or bus #33 from the main train station to the old city. There's also a mountain railway that connects four stations including the castle. It runs from the old city to the summit of the Konigstuhl Mountain and climbs approximately 400 meters.

A great option for tourists is to pick up a Heidelberg Card, which you can buy at the tourist information center just outside the main train station. The pass gives you free access to all of the city's public transportation, a lot of the museums and the lower portion of the mountain railway.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.