Travel Cost Comparison Finland vs. Austria

Finland or Austria: which country is more expensive?

This comparison of travel costs between Austria and Finland examines average prices across multiple categories. Please visit each country's individual budget page for more detailed information.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
    Finland 122
    Austria 101
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Finland 57
    Austria 56
  • Food Meals for one day
    Finland 27
    Austria 25
  • Water Bottled water for one day
    Finland 6.66
    Austria 2.62
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Finland 30
    Austria 16
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Finland 21
    Austria 15
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Finland 9.88
    Austria 12
Should you visit Finland or Austria?
Finland and Austria are both relatively expensive countries to visit in Europe. In general, Finland is more expensive than Austria.

Finland is a Scandinavian country. It's capital city is Helsinki and there is beautiful landscape and a fun culture throughout the country. In general, Finland is relatively flat and while it is a beautiful and impressive country, it doesn't have the dramatic scenery that you might find in Austria. Finland does have many beautiful lakes that provide excellent fishing and outdoor opportunities, and Finland is known of its outdoor sports year around. Skiing, snowmobiling, and ice diving are all popular activities.

Austria is a truly beautiful country to visit with a fascinating culture and impressive natural beauty. The country is known for its strikingly beautiful scenery and it is easy to be impressed by the setting. The landscape is truly breathtaking. If you're want to see the Alps and enjoy everything thing they have to offer, then Austria is a great country to visit.
When is the best time to visit Finland and Austria?
Kemi, Finland Kemi, Finland
The best time to visit Finland is during the summer months between June and August. This is when the temperatures are at their warmest and the tourist facilities are open and operating at full capacity. Do note that many residents take a holiday during the month of August and head to the countryside. Prices can be a bit higher during this time and some places get a bit more crowded.

Fall is a nice time to visit the country as well, although temperatures start to drop as early as the beginning of September. Lapland is a beautiful area during these months as the colors turn to gold and orange. Many attractions do reduce their hours starting in September.

Winters are actually a bit milder in Finland than in other parts of Scandinavia, but temperatures are still very cold. This is an interesting time to visit the country because there are plenty of winter sports that you can enjoy including cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and ice diving.

Austria can be a year around destination, but consider what you want to do when deciding when to visit. If you're going to spend time in the mountainous areas, then the best times to visit are during the summer hiking months and the winter months for winter sports. If you're planning to stay in the cities, then the country is really a year around destination. The Christmas holidays are a popular and fun time to visit. Peak times are during the summer months, but the spring and fall can be a beautiful and affordable time to visit as well.
Why is Finland more expensive than Austria?
Finland, like much of Scandinavia, is an expensive country to visit. Depending on what you want to see and do, transportation and organized activities can be quite expensive. Food, accommodation, and entertainment are all expensive throughout Finland, regardless of the season you visit.

Although Austria is usually considered an expensive destination in Europe, it is actually more affordable than Finland. There are deals and discounts available and if you don't plan to do any winter sports it is possible to stick to a decent budget
What are the most expensive and cheapest cities and regions in Finland and Austria?
Vienna, Austria Vienna, Austria
Finland is an expensive country to visit, whether you're going to stay in the cities or head to the countryside. Helsinki is a relatively expensive city, but it is possible to find some reasonably prices hostels and budget hotels. In particular, Lapland is an expensive area, in part because visitors often book organized activities and excursions before they arrive. These activities and excursions can be very expensive and raise your overall daily budget. If you're hoping to save some money, do some research and figure out what you can do independently, which is often the cheaper way to go.

Vienna is one of the more expensive destinations in Austria. Also, if you're hoping to do any winter sports in the Austrian Alps, then prices can become expensive as these activities are not cheap. How much you spend in Austria really depends on what you want to do, not so much where you go.
How you can save money when visiting Finland and Austria?
Look into discount cards for specific cities to see if they'll save you any money.

Make reservations well in advance, particularly for trains. Prices tend to climb as the date approaches.
Research all of your rental car options. There are often some local places that offer more affordable rental cars.

Taxis can be very expensive, so look into public transportation whenever possible.

Plan to cook some of your own food, as eating out is also a very expensive experience.

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