Budget Travel Tips: Germany on the cheap

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Budget Travel Tips: Germany on the cheap
Budget Travel Tips: Germany on the cheap

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There are plenty of reasons why you should visit Germany. Some of them are delicious German sausages, Oktoberfest when over 6 million liters of beer are drunk every year, rich German history and beautiful Christmas markets. The good news is that Germany can be as expensive as you want it to be, so as long as you follow certain budget travel tips, you can enjoy the whole country without paying much.


a) Couchsurfing

Nowadays, couchsurfing experience is getting more and more popular amongst travelers. It is not only a cheap accommodation option, but also a great way to see the country/city you are heading to in a very local way. German people might not be the most talkative people in the world, but they are extremely hospitable, especially young generation. If you are a solo budget traveler, this option can work well for you.

b) House-sitting

If you are planning to stay in Germany for a longer period of time, you can do some house–sitting as German people love to go for a long winter/ summer vacation and have someone to look after their house/apartment. In this way, you can settle down for a week, two or a month and explore the place you want to sightsee while saving money and watering some flowers from time to time.

c) Youth Hostels

If you are just passing by various cities and towns in Germany and you do not have much time to stay in one place for more than two nights Germany offers cheap youth hostels which can be found nearly anywhere. If you are lucky enough and book them online, you can spend around 5-6 Euro per night for a dorm. In this way you can meet other travelers, make friends, possibly find a travel companion and still save up money.

2) Transport

Once you get to Germany, whether it is Berlin or not, it is useful to know how to get around without spending a lot on long distance travel. Germany is a really beautiful country and everyone will find something interesting to explore, so staying in the capital city only would be very disappointing. Here is a list of cheapest means of transport you should be seeking when trying to travel through Germany.

a) Trains

The cheapest way is to use German railway called Deutsche Bahn. It gives a pretty good ability to travel around the country and access even the most remote places, especially if you travel with a group of people. If you decide to see only one Land, you can buy Länderticket that costs about 30 euros per person and 39.50 euros for up to 5 people. In Baden lone passenger will pay only 22 euros. Such tickets are valid for the whole day, usually from 9 am and weekends from midnight.

The other possibility is to purchase the Quer-durchs-Land-Ticketicket valid one day across Germany, which costs 44 euros per one passanger, 50 euros for two, etc. With this ticket you can travel to as many places as you want! For some travelers, the best travel option is to get a weekend ticket called Schönes-Wochenende which costs 42 euros and can be used by five people at the same time.

You should also know that tickets purchased online or from the slot machines are always a few euros cheaper than those bought at the train stations. If anyone would like to travel first class, you must buy a more expensive ticket respectively. It is also important not to take the train ICE or IC, as the tickets are valid only on regional trains.

b) Buses

Intercity bus services in Germany used to be disallowed in order not to create the competition for the railroad. But a few years ago, a small company called DeinBus Offenbach (deinbus.de) found a small loophole in the law from 1939 and launched the intercity buses. Nowadays, getting from Berlin to Frankfurt can cost you only 15 euros. The company is constantly growing and offering more and more deals. Tickets can be purchased on the Internet and you do not have to have them with you when boarding the bus as the driver asks the passenger's name and checks his smartphone if it appears on the list. Their own intercity has been announced by the ADAC and Deutsche Post.

c) Car

If you want to travel in Germany constantly, going from one destination to another, the best idea is to rent a car or join someone who drives through and needs an extra passenger. There are plenty of websites such as visitmitfahrgelegenheit.de and mithafrzentrale.de in order to find a cheap ride. The downside of this travel is that you can’t take much luggage with you. You can meet a lot of people and make friends with locals travelling this way. Neither the bus nor the train does not exactly take us to the address indicated.

3) Food

German cuisine might not be the healthiest one, but it offers a lot when it comes to meat and drinks. There are plenty of local restaurants where you can get a plate of weiner schnitzel, potatoes and sauerkraut for less than 5 Euro. The good news is that any German foods are available in small, inexpensive portions. If you are tired of German cuisine, you can head to local Pakistani and Indian restaurants where you can order some naan bread, vegetable samosas or even kebab with chips and salad. If your budget is very limited, don’t hesitate to visit local supermarkets such as Lidl, Aldi, Netto or Real.


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