Cost and Useful Info – Berlin

Getting There: The flight from Newcastle (UK) is around 1 hour and 35 minutes, EasyJet fly regularly from loads of different cities in the UK. Our flights only cost £55/pp.

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Where To Stay: Arcadia Hotel Berlin, (only £40/night) right next to the Berlin Frankfurter Allee train station where you can take the S9 direct to the airport and opposite the underground, where the U5 is a short 7 minute journey to Alexanderplatz station in the city centre. The Arcadia is located in the Friedrichshain area which is quite and safe with a few nice restaurants and bars close by.

Getting Around: The main airport is SFX, about a 30-45 minute train ride from the city centre depending where you’re staying. A single ticket costs €3.40 or a day ticket which includes all the trams, busses and underground is €7.70. A single ticket for the underground is €2.80 and lasts 90 minutes, you can go as far as you want and change train as many times as you need to, all on the same ticket. They run regularly, cover the whole city and most lines are 24 hours.

Tours etc.: There are lots of ‘Free’ tours in Berlin, a quick google search will bring up a few different companies. I used http://www.freetoursbyfoot.com to book the classic Berlin tour and the alternative Berlin tour. The tours are free but the guides rely on tips to make a living, so be generous. See our ‘Berlin 3 day Itinerary’ for more details on the tours. Click HERE to read.

The river Spree is lined with dozens of boats trying to sell you a 1 hour tip, we chose the one which departed every 30 minutes from Moltkebrucke for €13/pp, but I got the impression that they were all similar prices and all follow the exact same route.

Food & Drink: The first thing I noticed is that water is expensive here, ranging from €1.80 to €3.00 for a normal size bottle. Food on the other hand is quite reasonable, for breakfast there were hundreds of bakeries selling croissants for less than €2.00. For lunch, there is a currywurst stall spread all over the city and you can buy one for less than €5. For dinner, a 2 course Italian meal for 2 people with wine cost us €40.



Visa: UK Passport holders do not currently need a visa to enter Germany.

Vaccinations: At the time of writing (June 2017) there are no vaccinations required.

Currency: The currency in Germany is Euro. It was really easy to find a cashpoint (ATM) and MasterCard is accepted in most places, even at underground (subway) stations.

£1 (GBP) = €1.14 (EUR)

£1 (USD) = €0.93 (EUR)

If you still have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments section below:
Thanks for reading

Ashleigh xx

My Top 5 Money Saving Tips

There are hundreds of blog posts out there explaining which airlines have the best rewards system etc., I won’t talk about that because most people will have read it a hundred times before. Below are a few little tips I have picked up on my travels and which have saved us A LOT of money. (Especially number 1.) Some of these you may have heard before, some you won’t.

1. Money

For those of you who haven’t heard of Martin Lewis, he is a UK based financial expert, he gives advice on regular TV appearances as well as his online blog. I’ve been following for years and one of the most interesting posts on his web page is about travel money, he spends €1,000 in 5 different ways then works out how much he has spent in GBP £. The best value for money as a specific oversees credit card which has no fees for spending foreign currency or withdrawing cash.

I applied for the card the same day I read this post and have never looked back. It’s really freeing to not have to worry about expensive back charges or carrying around a massive amount of cash.

Read the whole article here http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel/cheap-travel-money 

2. Hotels

 I book almost everything on Hotels.com, you get a point for each night that you stay and once you get 10 points, you get a free night anywhere in the world. The amount your allowed to spend is an average of the 10 nights you have already paid for, but if you want to spend more you can just pay the difference. I’m keeping all my free nights for when we go somewhere expensive like Singapore, so that I don’t have to fork out quite as much for our hotel.

 

Traveling for a year, we would only need to pay for 10 ¾ month accommodation, the last 1 ¼ month would be completely free!

 3. Flights

If your flexible on dates, Skyskanner.com can show you the prices for a whole month and you can just pick the cheapest date, it’s a really good function that has saved us a fortune. Traveling on Saturdays or Sundays are usually the most expensive. 


If you’re really not fussy about where you go, they also have a function where you can search ‘everywhere’, it will list all the direct flights on that day and list them in price order, cheapest first. I’ve done this a few times when I just need a beach and don’t care where it is.

 

4. Shopping

If you’re traveling to Asia or Africa, make sure that you buy your sun screen before you go. It’s really expensive once you are away because its usually been imported. We saw a normal bottle of sunscreen in which was approx. £10 at home for £45 in Vietnam! 

5. Travel Insurance

Never ever buy travel insurance from your travel agent, I was once quoted £107/pp for insurance on a 5 day mini break to NYC, that just ridiculous. Use a comparison site like confused.com or comparethemarket.com to look up the best deals, in the end I got worldwide travel insurance for a full year for only £32 per couple. That’s a £182 saving.

So that’s our top 5 tips, short and sweet, if you have any other tips, please share them in the comments section below.

Thanks for reading,

Ashleigh and Sean