Budget Travel Guide to Düsseldorf [Updated 2020]

Düsseldorf is a lovely German town, the capital of North Rhine-Westphalia, and today we’re sharing with you this budget travel guide to Düsseldorf to make your stay easy, fun and cheap.

It’s mostly famous for its German beer, shopping street called Königsallee and the Museum Kunst Palast with Europe’s best art collections.

Düsseldorf is a great addition to your Germany travel itinerary.

Düsseldorf at night. Photo credit: Justyna Sniezek of One Penny Trip.

Getting In

Düsseldorf by Plane

If you decide to fly to Düsseldorf, you can pick up one of 3 airports:

#1 Düsseldorf International Airport (DUS)

One of the largest airports in Germany, located around 15 km away from the main railway station from where you can easily catch a train (S7, S11) to the main railway station (price: €2,50).

#2 Köln Bonn Airport (CGN)

Which is located around 60 min drive away from Düsseldorf city centre.

# Airport Weeze (NRN)

Located around 80 km from Düsseldorf main railway station and it costs approximately €14 to get to the city center by bus. 

Düsseldorf by Train

The main railway station in Düsseldorf is called Düsseldorf Hauptbahnhof and it offers various types of trains – from Regionalexpress, through Regionalbahn to S-Bahn. Before deciding to travel by one of these, remember that your ticket has to be validated before departure (the fine is around €40). There’s an orange machine before you go up the stairs to the platform, where you have to stamp your ticket. 

Düsseldorf by Car

Düsseldorf is connected to the following highways: A3, A44, A46, A52, A57, A59.

Getting Around Düsseldorf

When is Düsseldorf, you can easily explore the city on foot, but buses, trams and subway is also available. My favourite one was S-Bahn which costs only €1,50 per short single ride (valid for 30 min, about 4 stops). You can also purchase a normal A-ticket which costs €2.50 (valid for 90 min) or a day ticket (valid until 2am of the following day) for €5.90.

Magnificent scenery of Düsseldorf . Photo credit: Justyna Sniezek of One Penny Trip.

Accommodation in Düsseldorf

If not couchsurfing (which is free of charge), I would recommend to stay either in Backpackers-Düsseldorf or A&O Düsseldorf Hauptbahnhof hostel. Alternatively, you can check out Airbnb for a room to stay.

For 6 bed dorm – mixed (shared bathroom) with buffet breakfast included in Backpackers-Dusseldorf you can pay around $18 if you book it in advance, whereas A&O Düsseldorf Hauptbahnhof offers a great location and 6 bed dorm – mixed with private bathroom for around $19-$20 a night.

Where to eat in Düsseldorf

#1 Woyton coffee shop.

Woyton serves the best hot chocolate and brownies in the city, it’s a very affordable place extremely friendly to bloggers as you can use the free Wi-Fi and stay there as long as you want to. It is open from 8 am till 8 pm.

Location: Mittelstraße 11, 40213 Düsseldorf. Contact them at +49 211 86298599 or visit their website: woyton.de.

#2 Caffe im NRW Forum.

Before popping into the museum, you can check out the very stylish Caffe im NRW Forum where the coffee is great and affordable (€2.50) and there are a lot of hipsters who surf the free Internet.

Location: Ehrenhof 2, 40479 Düsseldorf, phone: +49 211 8926699.

#3 Lunch at the Farmers Market.

For your lunch or snacks you can go to the excellent Farmers Market in the Old Town. You can try out some Reibekuchen – delicious Germany potatoes served with some apple cause or a typical kebab for less than €3.

What to do on the cheap

Let’s see what you can do in  Düsseldorf throughout your day with a very tight budget:

#1 Walk around the Old Town.

The Old Town is a historic section is filled with restaurants and taverns located throughout a series of pedestrian alleyways. You can stroll down the streets, take some photos or rent a bike and cycle around.

When you feel tired, sit down on the bench and admire the beautiful historical buildings and tenement houses and when you feel hungry, grab a local kebab or some ice-cream!

Photo credit: Justyna Sniezek of One Penny Trip.

Altstadt (Old Town) is the fun hub of Düsseldorf. I was here on a Sunday during a big soccer game. People were walking the streets in cafes and bars watching the game in their team colors. It had a fun festive party feel all through the streets.

Altstadt is where you will find a lot of the good German restaurants and places to grab a beer. You can walk along the Rhine, take a short Rhine cruise or just wander and people watch.

Sadly much of Düsseldorf was bombed badly in World War II, but this area has been rebuilt with some German style. This is the area you will want to visit on your Düsseldorf trip, it has a lot to offer in the entertainment arena and a great place to see modern and old Düsseldorf come together.

#2 Visit Rhine Tower (Rheinturm).

The view at a height of some 170 meters over the city of Dusseldorf and surroundings is quite impressive. Also the tower seen from the ground is very nice. It costs only €5 to get to the top, sit down and have a good look.

Photo credit: Justyna Sniezek of One Penny Trip.

#3 Relax at Nordpark.

Nordpark is a nice park especially in the Spring when the Cherry Blossom and Magnolia tress are in bloom. There is a nice cafe and restaurant as well as children playgrounds.

The Aquazoo is also located in the park. It’s a nice place to take a walk at anytime. Lots of gardens, water fountains and ducks. The park’s big and calm. Worth a visit.

Photo credit: Justyna Sniezek of One Penny Trip.

#4 Walk across Rheinufer.

It’s a very nice place just to stroll around or for jogging and inline skating in the less busy times. It’s also a very good place to meet up with friends for dinner or for a date.

There are restaurants, bars and also ice cream shops, though not always very cheap. The great staircase is also a nice place to sit down in order to enjoy the charming scenery especially during sunset.

#5 Head to Burgplatz.

This is near the Burgplatz where you will also find many of the other top attractions, along with shopping, food, and drink. Stop by Reilly’s Pub for a Guinness Pint or the Schweine Janes for a pork sandwich while you are there in the area.

Photo credit: Justyna Sniezek of One Penny Trip.

#6 Explore Neanderthal Museum.

Awesome museum, a must see for adults and children. Beautiful display and explanation of human and world evolution. Beautiful, peaceful site, full of trees, rivers and valleys simply worth visiting.

#7 See the ruins of Kaiserpfalz Kaiserswerth.

Nice castle ruins with signs that do a great job explaining the historic significance of the castle.

You can access it via the U79 tram. Get off at Klementzplatz and head across the street and towards the river. Plenty of places to eat near the tram stop and along the road down to the river.

#8 Spend an afternoon at Loebbecke-Museum und Aquazoo.

It’s a very interesting place for kids and adults as well. The plenty of different animals and fish all around.

Photo credit: Justyna Sniezek of One Penny Trip.

#9 Visit Düsseldorf Film Museum.

As movie lovers we could not skip this one. The museum is located in a relatively small building on 4 different floors. It tries to show a lot of things, maybe a bit too much: not only the (pre)history of movie making with antique panoptica/camera obscura stuff, but also artifacts from modern movies and information on modern special effects and a ‘gallery of honour’ for some of the greatest directors from the history of cinema. The entrance is only €5.

#10 See Johanneskirchea.

If you are looking for a place to pray, St John’s Church would be a perfect choice. It is the largest Protestant church in Düsseldorf, located at the Martin-Luther-Platz.

Photo credit: Justyna Sniezek of One Penny Trip.

 Have you been to Düsseldorf already? If so, how affordable was it for you?

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48 thoughts on “Budget Travel Guide to Düsseldorf [Updated 2020]”

  1. santafetraveler

    I would love the historic section of the city and lunch at the farmers market in Dusseldorf,

  2. Justyna | one-penny-trip.com

    Great post, Agness. Düsseldorf is super lovely! :) It’s a combination of everything what’s the best – friendly people, places to chill and an incredible night life. Besides this, it’s super close to France, Belgium and the Netherlands what gives a perfect opportunity for weekend trips! :)

    1. Agness Walewinder

      Thanks Justyna. So true. My sister lives there so she often goes for a weekend trip to Paris, Amsterdam or Bruges in Belgium!

  3. Fabulous tips as always Agness, you really know how to make venues fit into all budgets.

    Whenever I go to Germany I always love the architecture and feel of the place. Whilst I’ve never been to Dusseldorf it looks as though it fits in nicely with my other experiences.

    Free wifi in a Cafe, just what we all need :-)

  4. Mstraveltipsy

    What’s great about Düsseldorf is that you can walk everywhere. The city is not that big and most likely you will not get lost. However, the shopping is excellent there so you might spend some money on that. However, shoes you can get for a really good price. I’m soon about to release my own little Düsseldorf post on my travel blog:)

    1. Agness Walewinder

      Yeah, walking is a great way to explore the city like a local and discover some new places!

  5. Awesome tips, as always! I haven’t been to Dusseldorf, but the parts of Germany I went to seemed pretty affordable, especially since my favorite past time is mostly just walking the old streets and window shopping at the markets. :)

    1. Agness Walewinder

      Germany is very affordable nowadays. I remember visiting Berlin 2 years ago and it was cheap for me!

  6. Ah, you’ve made me want to go to Dusseldorf now! So many amazing sounding places that you can go to for free! The old town sounds lovely :)

  7. Jessica @ Independent Travel Cats

    We were in Düsseldorf last year but sadly just came from the airport and did a drive by. Would love to explore further in the future. I think it is a great place to see modern Germany as it doesn’t hold the tourist appeal of a lot of other cities in Germany. These are some great budget tips for when we return!

    1. Agness Walewinder

      One day would be more than enough to see what the city has to offer, but 2-3 days would be perfect to see how locals live !

  8. Mary {The World Is A Book}

    Dusseldorf looks so pretty. I know very little about it and glad that there are so many budget-friendly things to do in such a wonderful city. I always see the German airlines with sales to Dusseldorf here in the USA but now I have to start thinking of this city compared to the other cities. Great tips!

    1. Agness Walewinder

      It’s charming and pretty, not very overcrowded and it offers a lot to budget travelers. You should definitely add it to your travel bucket list!!

  9. Tim | UrbanDuniya

    Ok so I want to be at the Woyton Coffee Shop NOW. But that aside, Düsseldorf looks quite interesting – I’d love to visit some day. Thanks for sharing!

  10. jenna farmer

    I’ve visited a lot of Germany but never Dusseldorf! it looks really interesting and I’d love to visit one day!

    1. Agness Walewinder

      It’s an amazing city. My sister’s been living there for over a year and she loves being there.

  11. Becky Padmore

    I have to admit I’ve never been but I’m now intrigued, I especially love the river front view!

  12. This is such an informative post. We have yet to visit these parts of Europe and I will bookmark this page for when we do!

  13. I’ve never been to Dusseldorf so I don’t have any tips to add but the farmers market in the Old Town looks good and the food very local, I’d stop there for lunch for sure! :)

  14. I don’t think we will make it to Dusseldorf this summer when we go through Germany, but this post shows a lot of great stuff so it will have to wait until our next visit to the country!

    1. Agness Walewinder

      Thanks Emily. Even if you miss Dusseldorf, there are still hidden gems in Germany you can visit!

  15. Mike | Earthdrifter

    Düsseldorf looks beautiful. Makes me want to consider traveling throughout Germany by train…

  16. If i ever get to visit Dusseldorf, I would love to visit the old town, snack at the farmers market, get to view the town from the Rheinturm and most definitely attend a soccer match.
    Excellent travel tips as always.

  17. I live in Germany and of course, I’ve been to Düsseldorf a few times but it’s probably a good time to go back again. An excellent reminder!

  18. Jessica (Barcelona Blonde)

    I’ve never been to Düsseldorf, but it looks quite lovely. Lunch at a farmer’s market is always a good plan! And if it involves potatoes too, that’s even better. ;)

  19. Hello Agness, what a lovely post about Dusseldorf. I haven’t been. This confirms all the nice things I’ve heard about it. The food looks delectable and the sights seem diverse and interesting. Would love to explore the Old Town. Really great tips. I’m sure they will come handy when I go to visit (soon I hope).

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