Is Berlin Expensive?

Berlin has for some time been considered one of the coolest cities in Europe. It’s big, it has history and the economy is thriving. All of that combined makes the German capital a preferred destination for millions of tourists and ex-pats. However, the prices in Berlin, like in most European cities have been steadily increasing and you might be wondering if you can afford the big city price tag. We broke down the key components of the cost of living to answer the question: Is Berlin Expensive.

Housing

When picking an apartment, people will often tell you that location is the most important and detrimental aspect. While that’s true, it’s worth talking about the duration of your stay. A week in an Airbnb in Berlin can easily set you back 500 to 700 euros, for an apartment in the city center. If you plan on staying longer, you can find a nice, one-bedroom apartment at a central location for around 800 to 1000 euros. The prices can increase quite a bit more if you want more space and closer to the city center you get, but 1000 euros seems to be the ballpark for a good place.

Food/Entertainment

The costs you run up for food and entertainment can vary depending on your lifestyle, but we’ll give you some general indications for Berlin. For groceries, you can expect to spend around 200 to 300 euros a month for a single person. This just includes the things you buy at the supermarket, but can depend a lot on where you go shopping, Lidl, for example, is cheaper than some of the other options out there. In a restaurant, you can expect to spend around 20 euros for a nice meal, per person. That’s for a mid tear restaurant, a kebab is only 4.50 to 5 euros. Drinks and especially beer are relatively inexpensive in Berlin, compared to other big European cities, but clubs can be very costly. For a normal night out, involving a few beers you might spend around 20 euros, but if you plan on clubbing, 50 to 100 is the norm.

Transport

Berlin is very well connected, and most of its residents use public transportation a lot. You can expect to pay 2.90€ for a one-way ticket, but if you plan on staying longer, a monthly card for 82 euros is a better bet. Taxis are expensive and usually not worth it, but if you have the extra cash, feel free to take one. Uber doesn’t really function the way it does in other places in Germany, as the market is highly regulated and the prices and cars are the same as the regular taxi. However, if you already have the app, Uber is a convenient option. Berlin is also an airport hub, so there are many places in Europe you go to from here, usually under 100 euros.

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