My costs for a short weekend in Cologne

I had to travel to Cologne for work and I decided to make the most out of it and make a weekend out of it. I decided to travel by train as a solo female traveller and I found everything to be safe. It was a short weekend get-a-way and I travelled solo. Are you traveling to Cologne in the near future? Do you wonder how to set your budget and what will be your costs for a short weekend in Cologne?

Do you wonder how much you'll spend in Cologne? I kept track of my expenses and can give you my costs for a short weekend in Cologne for 1 person.

My main tip for staying on budget while traveling is to actually set a budget and stick to it. You can only know your expenses when you keep track of them. Therefore, I give you my report on the costs for a short weekend in Cologne for 1 person.

What were my costs for a weekend in Cologne?

I only spent 2 days in Cologne, one of which was for work. I travelled by train, stayed in a hostel and only did free things around Cologne. My main goal was to see the Cologne Dom. I arrived on Sunday in the early afternoon and left Monday evening. Here is a breakdown of my expenses:

Costs to get to Cologne?

I wanted to see what it was like on the Cologne Main Train Station and it was easier for me to travel by train. Besides, I love travelling by train, so I booked 2 single tickets from my home town in the Netherlands to Cologne Train Station. The journey took me 2 hours and 40 minutes and I switched trains once per journey.

  • One way train ticket for 1 person Netherlands-Cologne: €23,40
  • One way train ticket for 1 person Cologne-Netherlands: €24,45

Total transportation costs for 1 person by train: €47,85

My main tip for staying on budget while traveling, is to actually set a budget and stick to it. You can only know your expenses when you keep track of them. Therefore, I give you my report on the costs for a short weekend in Cologne for 1 person.
Arriving by train

Costs for staying in Cologne

I found a hostel in Cologne, the Cologne Downtown Hostel and you can read my review of the place here. I paid €25 euro for a 4 person, ensuite mixed dorm style room. This was for 1 night.

Total costs for 1 person on accommodation: €25

Costs for food in Cologne

Here is a breakdown of the costs for a short weekend in Cologne. I only had lunch and diner on Sunday and breakfast on Monday.

Breakfast costs

The hostel I stayed at had a supermarket at the ground floor. I bought some cut meat, cheese and some breads and a bottle of juice for my breakfast on Monday morning.

  • Breakfast meats: € 1,89
  • Cheese: € 1,95
  • Bread: €0,93
  • Orange Juice: € 1,49

Total costs for groceries at the supermarket to make 1 breakfast: €6,26

I must say, it was more than enough to feed 2 persons. So I left the remainders in the fridge at the hostel and hope somebody else had a good lunch or breakfast with it.

Lunch costs

I didn’t exactly had lunch. I was hungry. It was around tea time and I stumbled upon a great coffee and cake house. I spend 10 minutes looking at all the cakes and finally decided on a chocolate layer cake with a latte macchiato. I didn’t even check how expense the cake was. As it turned out: not expensive at all.

  • Chocolate layer cake which was too big to eat: € 3,50
  • Latte Macchiato: € 2,95

Total costs for “lunch”: € 6,45

My main tip for staying on budget while traveling is to actually set a budget and stick to it. You can only know your expenses when you keep track of them. Therefore, I give you my report on the costs for a short weekend in Cologne for 1 person
Ahum.. “Lunch” in Cologne

Diner costs in Cologne

It was the week before Carnival and I strolled around town. I found a nice and warm restaurant which was full with people dressed up for Carnival. I spend a few hours there and took my time. I ate too much and had a couple of beers. Oepsie.

  • Schnitzel with salad: € 13,50
  • Beers (2): €6,20
  • Tea: €2,50

The small beer was cheaper than the tea, but ok. For more beer, try beer tasting in Cologne.

My main tip for staying on budget while traveling is to actually set a budget and stick to it. You can only know your expenses when you keep track of them. Therefore, I give you my report on the costs for a short weekend in Cologne for 1 person
Small and larger beer. Cheaper than tea

Total costs for a diner and drinks at restaurant Gilden im Zims in Cologne: €22,20

Costs for a short weekend in Cologne sightseeing

I only did free things

  • Visit the Cologne Dom. I spent some time walking around the Dom and sat at one of the benches for a while to soak up the atmosphere.
  • I walked around the old Town and checked the old houses and city gates.
  • I visited one of the Romanesque Churches, the Big St. Martin Church.
  • I walked across the Hohenzollern Bridge with the love locks on there
My main tip for staying on budget while traveling, is to actually set a budget and stick to it. You can only know your expenses when you keep track of them. Therefore, I give you my report on the costs for a short weekend in Cologne for 1 person.
Gross St. Martin Romanesque church

The things I missed

  • Museums: there are several interesting museums in Cologne, but I felt my time was too short to visit them. The Roman-German Museum looked really interesting and at only €9, you won’t go broke.
  • Climbing the Dome: I really wanted to do this. It was only €4,00 but I wasn’t allowed to take my backpack with me.
  • More things to do on a day trip of Cologne by Go Beyond Bounds.

Total costs for sightseeing around Cologne: €0

Costs of getting around Cologne

I didn’t spent any money on transportation within the city. I walked everywhere. My step-checked calculated the steps I took:

Sunday: 11.714 steps
Monday: 10.532 steps

That’s a whole lot of calories burned and guess what: all for free.

Costs for getting around in Cologne: €0

Other miscellaneous expenses

I only tipped in the restaurant for €2,00. I didn’t buy any souvenirs or postcards. I could drink the water from the tap and kept all the rest of my money in my pockets.

Total costs for tipping: € 2,00

Recap of the costs for a short weekend in Cologne for 1

  • Round trip NL-Cologne by train: €47,85
  • 1 night hostel: € 25
  • Total food and drink costs for 2 days: €34,91 / average per day: €17,46
  • Total costs for 1 day of sights: €0
  • Total transport costs 2 days: €0
  • Miscellaneous: €2

Grand total:
€109,76 are the costs for a short weekend in Cologne for 1

My main tip for staying on budget while traveling, is to actually set a budget and stick to it. You can only know your expenses when you keep track of them. Therefore, I give you my report on the costs for a short weekend in Cologne for 1 person.
Costs for a short weekend in Cologne

Conclusion about the costs for a short weekend in Cologne

I recently did a costs report on the costs for a 5-day trip for 2 to Dublin. When I compare that to my weekend in Cologne, I notice that the transport costs to get to the destination are the same. For Cologne a train ticket for 1 person, for Dublin 2 plane tickets. I know our tickets to Dublin were dead cheap, but 43% of all expenses, the train tickets to Cologne seem rather expensive.

My main tip for staying on budget while traveling, is to actually set a budget and stick to it. You can only know your expenses when you keep track of them. Therefore, I give you my report on the costs for a short weekend in Cologne for 1 person.
Percentage breakdown

As I only had 2 days, I didn’t explore that much and did free things. Entree for the main Cologne Dome was free. I did spent some money on food, but I think I kept things rather decent.

What do you think? Did I spent too much? Do you keep track of your expenses? Please share your experiences in the comment section below.

Do you wonder how much you'll spend in Cologne? I kept track of my expenses and can give you my costs for a short weekend in Cologne for 1 person.
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4 Comments

  1. I love this post not for the info about Cologne (although that was great too!) but on how organized you are!! I keep track of my expenses that way as well, but I love your pie chart breakdown. Really detailed! (Maybe you can come guest post for me sometime!)

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