We recently left the beautiful city of Berlin and it is easy to see why so many people visit every year. With the many sights to see, museums to visit and the tasty food on offer I can see why so many love it here.
While we have been exploring the sights of Europe on a budget it is only fair we share our guide on how to get the most from your visit to Berlin.
Before you go anywhere you’re going to need travel insurance. Travel insurance covers you for small things such as loss of baggage or larger things such as illness or death abroad.
Whilst it isn’t compulsory I personally wouldn’t go anywhere outside of the UK without it. I have travel insurance as part of a service with my bank. If you don’t have travel insurance already then I recommend using a comparison service such as Go Compare to find the cheapest / most suitable insurance policy for your needs.
For the purposes of this study let’s say that you don’t have travel insurance but you manage to pick up an annual worldwide travel insurance policy for £10.
While we have been hopping from city to city by bus we included our bus fare from Prague to Berlin. We chose to travel with Hello but will soon be apart of Flixbus. If you are looking to use a bus service to get around Europe for cheap check out my review of Flixbus.
If you are planning on visiting the beautiful city of Berlin you can find many cheap return flights direct from the UK. I find that the easiest way to find cheap flights for the dates in which you can travel is to head to the free to use flight aggregator website SkyScanner.
When we arrived in Berlin we got off somewhere further away from Alexanderplatz, we took the metro and a tram to get to where we needed to be. The ticket was valid across all transport for up to 90 minutes at €2.80 per person.
Ticket lengths and prices vary depending on the zone you need to travel to and from as well as the duration of your journey. We found this really simple and easy to use, machines are either above ground before getting on the metro or on the platform to purchase a ticket.
If you’re a little unsure of using public transport when you arrive then consider pre-booking transfers from your arrival location (airport, bus station, train station etc.) direct to your hotel with a service such as Hoppa.
This was by far our biggest expense, there were options to stay in hostels and save a little money but working out the difference was small and we got more for our money with a hotel. This will not always be the case but check out hotel prices as well as hostel prices and compare before booking.
While we enjoyed our stay and would stay again if we could find a cheaper option we would look into that first.
If this doesn’t sound like the right place for you then check out accommodation arrogator website Booking.com to find somewhere that is;
While we don’t normally splash out on too many attractions and try to do the best of free, there were two attractions we wanted to see, the Berlin TV Tower and the panoramic view from The Park Inn by Radisson.
The TV Tower for adults is €13, children €8.50 and students at the desk can get a 20% discount. This to me wasn’t worth the money paid and the waiting, I would recommend saving time and money and head over to The Park Inn.
The Park Inn is €4 and is much easier to get up and less fuss and waiting. The Park Inn has beautiful views and has a lovely view if you wanted to get a picture of the TV Tower in the picture. They have a few deck chairs and a place to buy a drink to enjoy with the view.
While this is where we can save money and make the budget go further but due to being in a hotel it meant more meals out and more expenses. We found plenty of cheap eats and reasonably priced places to eat and not once had to compromise on quality or service.
We also had 2 supermarkets within a 10-minute walk that had plenty of pastries for breakfast, pre-packed sandwiches and salads for lunches as well as cheaper drinks compared to the shops nearer the centre.
As always we opt not to purchase souvenirs. Our trip to Berlin on a budget was no different. As with all of our budget trips we instead put the money we would have spent on another trip, and the chance to make even more memories.
And so, there we have it, my complete guide to how to visit Berlin on a budget. If you are planning a trip to Berlin, or have recently come back then be sure to let me know in the comments where you stayed, what you did, and if you feel comfortable enough, how much it cost you.