Financial Matters

Financial Matters

What does it cost?

The costs of a class trip with IWSS-programme vary with the duration of the stay, the choice of accommodation and catering, the kind of transportation on location, the number of IWSS-activities, cost-intensive free-time activities and of course the costs for travelling to and from.
As a rule you can say: the further you have to travel, the higher the costs for travelling, the higher the standard of the accommodation, the more expensive the stay. Full board is usually more expensive than self-catering or the IWSS Cooking Service. More activities cost more.
However, the following examples show that even class trips to the “other end” of the Wadden Sea are not necessarily more expensive than a trip to a national Wadden Sea destination. And if you have a limited budget, the Focal Points and IWSS-Partner Centres are happy to help you arrange an individual solution that exactly matches your needs. And for all other questions these “Service Points” will be happy to assist, too.

3 Examples:

Calculated for 25 pupils up to and including 14 years of age and two teachers. Incl. 10% “reserve” for e.g. insurance, luggage transportation and free-time activities.

Texel (NL)

For a 5-day trip to Texel with overnight stay in a self-catering accommodation, catering provided by the group, bike rental and IWSS-programme a suggested in the “Travel Information” you can calculate about 160€ per person.The costs for travelling to and from are additional. From e.g. Hamburg these would be approximately 60€ per person with the German railway company’s group discount “Gruppe70” and including the ferry to Texel.


Hallig Hooge* (D)
For a 5-day stay on the Hallig island Hooge with overnight stay in the “Wattenmeerhaus Hooge” , bio-regional catering provided by the “IWSS Cooking Service”, bike rental and IWSS-programme as suggested in the “Travel Information” you can calculate about 175€ per person.
The costs for travelling to and from are additional. From e.g. Hamburg these would be approximately 20€ per person including the ferry to Hooge.
* Example for 22 pupils, as there are only 24 beds available in the Wattenmeerhaus Hooge

Rømø (DK)

For a 5-day trip to Rømø with overnight stay in Youth Hostel with full board, IWSS-programme as suggested in the “Travel Information” and bike rental you can calculate about 200€ per person.The costs for travelling to and from with train and public bus (Rømø can be reached via a dam) from e.g. Hamburg are approximately 30€ per person.

These costs are composed of the following assets (all prices are ca.-prices of 2007):

  Texel Hallig Hooge Rømø
Accommodation 56 € 64€ 120€
Catering 26€ 44€ inkl.
Bike rental 18€ 16€ 16€
IWSS-Programme 35€ 35€ 41€
+ca. 10% other expenses* 14€ 16€ 18€
Sum 150€ 175€ 195€
Travel to & from 60€ 20€ 30€
  210€ 195€ 225€

* insurance, luggage transportation, free-time activities, reserve


The individual calculation of your class trip

The prices of the individual services can be obtained directly from the respective providers on location. You find all necessary contact address of accommodations, bike rental outlets, the “IWSS Travel Information” of the various destinations. In the section “Catering” you find average costs for self-catering and more information about our “IWSS Cooking Service”. For information about group discounts for trains, etc. please contact the respective companies.
In due course we will provide at this place a cost-checklist with a detailed and transparent calculation function for your individual class trip.

Financial matters on class trips

All “big” expenses such as train tickets, accommodation or IWSS-programme can usually be paid by invoice. For other expenses on location (bus tickets, entrance fees, bikes, groceries, etc.) you will need cash. However, many stores accept EC-cards.

Euro and Danish Krone

The official currency in Denmark is Danish Krone (DKK), despite of the European Economic and Monetary Union. 100 Øre are one Danish Krone. About 7,45 DKK equal one Euro (€).
For the exact calculation of your trip we recommend to consider the current exchange rate and the use of a currency calculator.

International invoices

Money transfer from e.g. Germany to The Netherlands or Denmark to Germany is considered “EU Bank Transfer” and is not more expensive than national money transfer. A precondition, though, is that the recipient’s bank details are given as IBAN and BIC resp. SWIFT (international bank account number and international banc code). Please aks for these numbers on all international invoices and ask the Danish partner centres, accommodations, etc. to state the amount in Euro. This guarantees an easy transfer.

Cash in Denmark

To be well-equipped for travelling to Denmark you should exchange a certain amount of cash in Danish Kroner prior to the trip for bus tickets, ferry tickets and some first expenses on location.
Also the pupils should bring their pocket money (about 20€ are recommended for a 5-day stay) already exchanged in Danish Kroner. If you collect the money and exchange it at once you can safe exchange fees.
Additional cash can be easily obtained at cash machines with EC-cards and Pin-number. Banks and exchange offices also exchange cash in Danish Krone.
Independent of the amount of cash you draw from a cash machine or exchange at a bank a fee of 20-35 DKK will be charged. The exact fees for the use of your EC-card can be obtained from your bank.
As also changing Danish Krone back to Euro costs a fee we recommend to exchange resp. draw only the amount of cash that you will most certainly need.