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Berlin on a Budget- How to have a winter weekend in Berlin for €370

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When we went to Berlin for a winter weekend last January, I was amazed by how easy it was to do Berlin on a budget. I had done Berlin on a budget inter-railing years ago, but I wasn’t expecting this trip to be so affordable.

We stayed in Berlin for three nights last January, in a very nice hotel, the Winters Hotel Checkpoint Charlie, and spent under €350.

This included EVERYTHING – I’m talking flights, accommodation, food and activities. I’ve even rounded up a great deal to include more meals, as we grabbed sandwiches instead of hot dinners on more than one occasion.

So, how did a great weekend in to Berlin cost me under €350? And more importantly, how can you do Berlin on a budget too?

Here’s the breakdown:

Flights

 

 

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Aer Lingus from Dublin to Berlin €50

Ryanair from Berlin to Dublin €55

The reason we went with two different airlines was to get more time in Berlin. The Aer Lingus flight had me arrive in Berlin on Friday morning, at about 10.30 am. The Ryanair flight left Berlin at 6pm on Monday. We booked these flights about three weeks in advance, when there was no sale on.

 

 Berlin on a budget extra tip:

Monitor your flights to find a great deal. If you are travelling to Berlin (or anywhere else) and you have flexibility, then check for the cheapest dates to fly. If you are planning this trip in advance, keep an eye out for upcoming sales. If we had waited until, say, the January sales with Aer Lingus, our flights could have been cheaper! We didn’t check in any luggage either, which presented a challenge trying to pack enough warm clothes for the Berlin winter!

 

Accommodation

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We were originally going to stay somewhere with Airbnb, as we fancied staying in a neighbourhood that we could see ourselves living in, but in the end, we had a few lined up, and no decisions made.

Then I looked at lastminute.com and found that there were some really nice and centrally located hotels for almost the same price. We stayed at the Winters Berlin Mitte The Wall, Checkpoint Charlie. The deal was €199 for three nights, and in a spur of the moment, I upgraded to the ‘comfort room’ for an extra €26 to the total price. I’m not sure what the difference in the rooms were, but our room was really nice. I was really surprised at how close our hotel was to Checkpoint Charlie, and at how gorgeous it was. I think it was definitely the right decision, as it made the trip feel more like a real holiday. Plus, after I got caught out in the rain for a couple of hours, it was very comforting to come back to a beautiful room and make use of the power shower.

So, for €225 between us, we had three night’s accommodation in a very nice and central hotel. That worked out at €37.50 per night each, or €112 for three nights each. If I hadn’t gone for the €25 upgrade, it would have been €33 each per night. The cost of a private hostel room was more expensive than the hotel, and Airbnb was about the same.

This trip was our Christmas presents to each other, and we hadn’t been away in a while, so it was definitely worth it for us to spend that much on a hotel. For any other broke wanderlusters, this is a great idea for boyfriend/girlfriend gifts!

 

Berlin on a Budget Extra Tip:

Couchsurf, stay in a dorm (there’s loads of really cool ones in Berlin), or go for an Airbnb that’s just a room rather than a whole place!)

Transport

 

Friedrichstrasse Station, Berlin 🙂 #berlin #travel

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Once you land in Berlin, you get a train to the city centre. This cost €3.50.

I definitely recommend the Berlin Welcome Card. Visit Berlin kindly provided me with one for my stay, and it was extremely convenient. We took an awful lot of public transport while we were there. I love the Berlin public transport system. It’s so convenient, and so efficient!

It was great to just hop on and off the variety of transport options around the city, and it was pretty priceless as we were in Berlin for such a short time, and had too much to see. We also did a lot of walking, but the metro is great for cutting across the city.

You can get one for 48 hours and up to six days. The cost is from €19.50, which I think is a good deal. Our cards cost €26.

Next time I’m in Berlin I’ll definitely purchase one, as it gives great freedom for getting around the city.

 

Berlin on a Budget Extra Tip: 

Walk! Sorry it’s not a groundbreaking tip, but walking allows you to see so much. Berlin in January is pretty cold, but if you wrap up you will be just fine.

 Food

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This was where Berlin got weirdly cheap. I am a food fanatic, so I was really surprised the way it worked out. We found ourselves grabbing sandwiches and snacks instead of dinners, so I’ve had to add a lot to what we actually spent to make the Berlin budget more accurate.

Day 1

I got caught in a major downpour while exploring. It was so wet that there was water trickling down my back (despite my many layers!) and my boots were squelching. So much so, that by the time I got back to a street where there were cafes, I knew that I was way too wet and cold to sit in a cafe with wet clothes. This was tragic, as I was dreaming of whiling away the time people watching and drinking amazing coffee.

Instead, I went to a supermarket, picked up some Kinder, crisps, beer and a small bottle of prosecco, all for only €7.50, and headed back to dry off. I was so cold that I had to run back out to the nearest place on the corner, where I got a coffee (€4 – It was Starbucks) and a roll and water (€4) from a shop to bring back with me.

Sean’s flight was delayed, so by the time he joined me, it was close to 9 pm. We went back out, but there was nothing open nearby, so we went to the supermarket and bought a few drinks, brie, crackers, chocolate and more crisps, for €12.

This was very out of the ordinary, but it saved us a great deal of money. The supermarkets in Berlin are really cheap. And so is the alcohol!

Day Two

I almost ran down the road to get a good coffee in West Berlin, a place I had eyed up the day before. Not only did it look like it served good coffee, it also sells magazines and stuff, heaven!

I was only thinking of getting my hit, but we also had to eat, so we each got a delicious sandwich to have with our coffee. It was made with that lovely pumpernickel bread and was a great way to start the day. Two cappuccinos and two sandwiches came to €12.60

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We did the Alternative Berlin Street Art Tour and Graffiti Workshop that day. While on the tour, we got a coffee and sweet pastry from a Turkish cafe. It was really cheap, like less than €4.

After our tour, we were famished. We were planning on going out for dinner, but were so weak with the hunger, we couldn’t wait. So we spent a while roaming around the train station, unable to decide what to get. In the end, I couldn’t resist a falafel and chips. They came with a drink for €6.50.

Day Three

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Day three was all about the brunch! And a beautiful brunch it was. We went to Morgenland in Kreuzberg, one of many great brunch spots in Berlin. This cost us €11.50 each, the brunch was €9.90 and we also got coffee.

We had fresh juice and great a middle eastern style spread, with fresh fruit, meats, bread, eggs and more.

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We ate at about 12, and were full for hours after.

We got a  late lunch and a coffee later on, which filled us up for ages.

I can’t remember what we ate that night, but I think it could have been something snacky, like fries or a burger?

Day Four

On our last day in Berlin, we did lots of walking around. We drank coffee on the move, and had rolls, pastry and coffee in Kamps cafe, I believe they’re a chain. A roll cost €3.59 a cappuccino was €2.29.

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Activities

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In Berlin, a lot of what you can see is free. There’s the Brandenburg Gate, the Berlin Wall, The East Side Gallery, the Jewish Memorial, Hitler’s Bunker, well, kind of.

Then there’s all that amazing street art and people watching to enjoy.

We went on the Street Art Tour, which cost €15.

We also visited Asis’s Panorama, a brilliant experience, which cost €10.

The Stasi prison, Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial was so good, and cost €5.
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Berlin on a Budget Breakdown

 

Flights – €105 each

Accommodation – €112 each

Transport – €30 approx each

Food – €20-30 per day, depending on whether you eat in restaurants for dinner.

We spent about €60 on food altogether. This is obviously less than normal, because we didn’t end up eating dinner out, so I have estimated €100 altogether to account for this!

Activities – €20

Total spent (including all flights, transport, three nights accommodation, food, alcohol and activities) = €370

As you can see, it is really easy to do Berlin on a budget, especially if you live somewhere that can take advantage of cheap flights from Ryanair and others.

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Have you ever been to Berlin? What are your tips for travelling on a budget? I’d love to hear them!

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    Derek
    January 18, 2016 at 11:03 am

    By European standards that is hella cheap!!

    Berlin is class, I remember a bar around the corner from my hostel that served pints of beer for €1.50!!

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    Anna-Maria
    January 18, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    I am planning on going to Berlin in Spring but my friends and I thought that it’s expensive your post is extremely helpful bookmarked.!
    xxx

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      Christine Maguire
      February 1, 2016 at 1:14 pm

      That’s great Anna-Marina, I hope it helps to get your friends to Berlin!

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    dooseet
    January 18, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    oh, I can always save on everything but food! it’s impossible for me – I just want to try local cuisine and I mean try it ALL, even if im there only for few days 😛 But good hack on snacks!
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    Lies
    January 19, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    Wow! I really missed out when I was still living in Europe! Such a great guide and I can’t believe your flights were so cheap. Bookmarking this for when I return 🙂
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    Kate
    January 21, 2016 at 10:21 am

    Berlin is always worth a trip 🙂

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    Cat
    January 21, 2016 at 10:46 am

    Thanks for the great tips! I’ll be in Berlin in a few weeks so I will be following some of your advice. I’m especially keen on doing some of the alternative walking tours as I’ve heard they’re great. 😊

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    Sarah
    January 21, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Thanks for breaking everything down! Berlin is on my list of places to go.
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    Kate
    January 21, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    Wow, the food looks so good! I loved Berlin and found it reasonably priced compared to others places in Europe, but of course it is a bit of a tourist trap. I’m so impressed you managed to do so much within budget, I always have good intentions but then over spend and that mean’s I miss out on the next holiday 🙂
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      Christine Maguire
      February 1, 2016 at 1:11 pm

      I know the feeling Kate, it’s hard to stay on budget once you’re on holidays!

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    jen
    January 21, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    Went to Berlin last fall as well! Could have used some of these tips then! Ha, at least it is easy to find cheap food there!
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    Tania Mukherjee
    January 21, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Thankyou so much for sharing this vital information! Very helpful!

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    Simona
    January 21, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    Nice articole! This is going in my weekly article with interesting stuff to read from around the world.
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    Eva Bosh
    January 21, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    Berlin is one of my favorite cities in the whole world! Way to go to doing it on that budget 😀 and you were staying at such an awesome place, so central to everything – love it!

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    Violeta
    January 23, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    I had no idea Berlin could be so affordable! I’ve never visited it, but your article made me consider a long weekend in Berlin this spring.
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      Christine Maguire
      February 1, 2016 at 1:07 pm

      I’m happy to hear that Violeta! I hope you get to go to Berlin 😀

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    Angela
    January 23, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    Love Ryan Air! Always great deals. I had no idea that Berlin could be doable on such a small amount. We haven’t made it there ourselves yet, but can’t wait to explore the area.

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    Katie
    January 24, 2016 at 5:43 am

    Never been to Berlin, so I can’t contribute any tips on how to travel here on a budget! However, I am super impressed at how inexpensive it is for a weekend like that. I am in the throes of figuring out how and when I can move to Spain, and I keep searching all of the flights from Spain to other parts of Europe. Berlin keeps coming up relatively cheap, so I know I will get to that city in 2017!

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      Christine Maguire
      February 1, 2016 at 1:02 pm

      Hi Katie, yes Spain is a great base for cheap European travel! I’d love to live there again, enjoy!.

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    Laura Nordberg
    January 25, 2016 at 5:25 am

    Great post! I love Berlin. It’s such such an affordable city if you know where to go.

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    Leticia
    January 25, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    Awesome post! You really got a good deal on the hotel, thanks for the tip

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    Agness of aTukTuk
    June 18, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    Berlin is an amazing travel destination and I am happy to learn that I can visit it on a budget!
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      Christine Maguire
      June 24, 2017 at 6:31 pm

      Hey Agnes, I love Berlin! It’s a great city, and very doable on a budget. 🙂

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