Berlin on a Budget

Berlin is a beautiful European city, with a recent history of tragedy, but the city has come back stronger than ever. In fact, it is a must see on any budget traveller’s European itinerary. Filled with music, art, and a vibrant nightlife, Berlin allows travellers to enjoy all that Europe has to offer. Travellers will have no problems finding affordable places to eat and sleep.


There are a variety of cheap Berlin hotels and hostels from which to choose. Berlin hotels offer those on a meagre budget a place to sleep with in house activities and events, planned tour guides and complimentary extras.

The Hotel de Ela is designed with the budget traveller in mind. It might be located in the heart of Berlin, but the cost of a room for the night is quite affordable. With clean, minimalistic rooms and access to the swimming pool, gym, and spa facilities you will think you are in a luxury accommodation. The hotel offers a complimentary continental breakfast and best of all, free Wi-Fi. There is no need to run down to the local coffee shop to check in with family and friends. You can do all that in your room.

The Alecsa Hotel am Olympiastadion is another Berlin hotel that keeps the budget traveller in mind. Located just minutes from Berlin’s Olympic Stadium, this 3-star hotel offers double occupancy rooms. Choosing a quadruple occupancy room to share with friends will lower that rate even further. The hotel boasts a complimentary breakfast buffet every morning as well as pool and spa facilities. Wi-Fi is on a per use rate. There is also a terrace snack bar available to guests throughout the day and evening.

Tip: Always book early to get the rooms you want, even hotels have sales so check around the start of the year and other off peak times for the best discounts.

Getting around

Berlin has an integrated and well-maintain public transit system. A single trip ticket is roughly 2 Euros, but the best return on your money is likely the day ticket. The day ticket will allow you to make unlimited trips for 24 hours and will cost about 6 Euros. A weeklong ticket will cost about 26 Euros. There are also several taxis services running in the city, short trips cost about 4 Euros or you can walk around and see some of Berlin’s landmarks up close.

Things to do

It costs nothing to walk the city, admire the architecture and indulge in a bit of retail therapy. The Brandenberg gate is a must see. This gate formerly divided East and West Berlin. The Holocaust Memorial pays tribute to the many people that lost their lives during WWII. It is a poignant memorial. The Deutche Kinemathek is also an intriguing diversion. It features exhibits focusing on the history of German cinema which is a must do on any culture vulture’s list.


For food on a budget visit the Lebanese delight Maroush, a traditional styled restaurant where you will find Falafel, Chicken and Halloumi sandwiches on the menu, all for under € 2.60, you can get vegetarian and meat platters to share from under €8. However if you just want a ‘regular’ Burger then stop by Burgermeister where you can find six types of Hamburgers and even a tasty Tofuburger for vegetarians.  With sides of chilli cheese fries and sauces like mango and onion this is a definite hit and with prices like €3.50 why wouldn’t it be?

The best way to get the most out of Berlin is explore. The staff at your hotel will be able to direct sights and areas that match your interests. You can also ask local residents at a café. Everyone loves to talk about his city, and Berliners are no different. You might even luck out and get a guided tour for the cost of a cup of coffee and a sandwich.

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