The question of how much it costs to travel in Berlin is, of course, not totally straightforward to answer, however, Berlin is generally considered the cheapest capital city in Western Europe, and you can travel around on a budget quite easily. Giving exact numbers is always difficult, but if you plan ahead, you can understand more-or-less how much your trip to Berlin should cost.
Berlin is one of Europe’s most affordable cities. Image Kat via Flickr
Food is fairly cheap in Berlin. Street food vendors selling bratwurst and döner can be found all over the place, and you can pick up a tasty snack for just over a euro, while restaurants are also not extravagantly priced. Helpings at restaurants tend to be very large, and you can have a filling meal with just one course, for around 10 euro, or with dessert and a drink for 15. Beer is the most common alcoholic drink around, and can be bought in a supermarket for under a euro, and in bars for 2 to 3 euros. That means that if you are staying in bed-and-breakfast accommodation, and plan to have one big dinner a day in a restaurant, lunch from a street vendor, snacks and a beer, you can get by on less than 20 euro a day.
Public transportation is another cost you should factor in, and try to anticipate. If you think you’ll be doing a lot of traveling within the city, you should buy a travel pass straight away, as soon as you get to the airport. Buying a weekly pass, or a 5-person ‘small-group’ ticket can save you some money in the long run. At the moment, a single ticket in Berlin is 2.60 euro, a day pass is 6.70, and a week ticket is 28.80. If you’re going to be spending much time in museums as well, you can get a Berlin Welcome Card and save money on entrance fees as well as travel for free, for as long as the card is valid.
Accommodation in Berlin is very reasonable compared to many other major European cities, meaning that you can often stay at hotels of a higher standard than you would usually be able to. The variety of accommodation in Berlin is huge, from backpacker hostels (where a dorm bed costs between 10 and 20 euros a night), to luxury world-class five star hotels. Berlin has booming boutique hotel scene, with budget, and higher-end options offering travelers a unique authentic Berlin experience.
Museums and attractions vary in price. Some museums are free, especially the national museums and holocaust-related memorials. Other museums cost more: the museums on Museum Island cost 10-12 euro each, while a ticket for the five museums together costs 24. Again, the Welcome pass comes in handy here, and gives you a big discount in most of the museums in Berlin. There are lots of walking tours in Berlin, including some themed ones with fixed prices, and Berlin’s famous free tours, where you pay the guide a tip according to what you feel the tour was worth.