I always say that never give a promise you can’t keep. 2 years ago a good friend of mine moved from Lappeenranta to Düsseldorf, and I promised her that we will see each other again soon. I had a dream to buy a new car, go on a road trip to Germany and see my good old friends who live there. I bought the car I wanted, but I didn’t make this dream come true. Excuses-excuses, you might say. A sad explanation is that I simply didn’t have a travel buddy (buddies) to join me for this exciting trip, and driving there alone seemed like a bad idea.

A month ago I sent a message to my childhood friend (I hadn’t seen him for 2.5 years). ‘What do you think about me coming to Germany next week?’ – I asked. He was super excited! What is more, he had free days from work and studies, so it was ‘perfect timing’ for both of us – and we agreed on meeting in Frankfurt am Main. I also sent a message to my friend from Düsseldorf and got a reply that she will be in town next week. At this moment I realized that it was a ‘now or never’ kind of situation, so I just booked my flights without putting too much thinking into it and let the locals plan my stay in Germany.

In today’s post I will tell you about the costs for your future trip to Germany. Keep on reading if you are interested in this topic. If not, go and check out my first YouTube experience here.

Airfare costs

Even though I bought my tickets in less than a week before departure, I found really good deals from AirBaltic and SAS. If you plan a round trip to Germany like ‘Helsinki-Frankfurt-Helsinki’, you can find truly affordable flights with Lufthansa, my favourite airline so far (and not only because they serve free wine on board).

In my case, a round trip didn’t work because I wanted to fly back from Düsseldorf to use my time efficiently. That’s why I booked a flight from Helsinki to Frankfurt am Main via Riga with AirBaltic (look what my office in Riga’s airport looked like in the picture below), and from Düsseldorf International (keep in mind: there are 2 airports there, and the other one is located too far away from the city) back to Helsinki via Copenhagen with SAS.

Attention! In my previous blog post about airfare, you can find more tips on how to save money and plan your trips cost-efficiently.

Accommodation costs

I checked out many different options before making the final decision. Hotels didn’t offer good deals, so staying in the apartment was more convenient and affordable. Besides, I found a great place in the inner city for a reasonable price (50 euros per night). Of course, AirBnB offers a great variety of options, so you can easily find the most suitable one for you. If you don’t know what AirBnB is – I highly recommend you to learn more about their service and get 35€ discount for your first stay by registering via this link.

Transportation in Germany

Before leaving to Frankfurt am Main, I bought a train ticket to Düsseldorf. I was lucky to get it for 29 euros only. I could also go there with a bus and save up to 20 euros, but wasting 2 additional hours didn’t sound reasonable for me. Here are two useful websites for travellers to check out:

         www.goeuro.com – find a better way to travel (search and compare prices on transportation),

         www.flixbus.com – daily intercity bus service all over Europe.

I strongly recommend you to explore other German cities nearby. A train ticket to Heidelberg will cost you around 22,50 euros one way. 1-day Hessen ticket – 35 euros, and 1-5 people can use the same ticket to travel around! By the way, with this ticket I explored Wiesbaden, Mainz and Marburg.

Attention! There is no need to get a city ticket in any of the cities mentioned above if you are fine with and love walking like I do.

I hope that these tips will help you plan a great trip to Germany! If you have more questions – ask them in the comments below. In the future posts, I will share with you more practical tips on what to see and where to go. Stay tuned and check the hashtag #katarina_germany on Instagram to see more pictures from my trip!