A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Athens vs. Tallinn for Attractions, Food, Nightlife, and Backpackers

Should you visit Athens or Tallinn?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Athens and Tallinn. We'll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Athens

Athens is a ancient, vibrant, and energetic city. Travelers will also find plenty of sights and attractions here, as it's a big city that attracts lots of visitors. It's a beautiful place to visit, too. Visitors also love the food, shopping, and museums.

Tallinn

Tallinn is a whimsical, historical, and charming city. Many visitors also come because of it's amazing beauty. As it offers a special and quaint atmosphere, visitors come from all over to experience this destination. It's also popular because of the museums, nightlife, and food.

Athens and Tallinn: Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Popular museums and historical sights
  • Popular for food and cuisine
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Big city activities
Pros
  • Popular museums and historical sights
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Impressive beauty
  • Quaint atmosphere
Cons
  • Less popular for food


How is Athens different from Tallinn?

Which is Better for a Holiday?

Let's take a look at the differences and similarities between Tallinn and Athens. Then, you can decide for yourself which place is better for your next trip.

Is Athens or Tallinn Better for Museums and Historical Sights?

Athens
Tallinn

You'll find a number of museums and attractions in both Tallinn and Athens.

With plenty of landmarks, attractions, and museums, Athens has many famous sights for visitors. As a historical capital of the world, this city has countless museums and archeological sites including the famous Acropolis, the National Archaeology Museum, and the Ancient Agora.

Tallinn offers many unique museums, sights, and landmarks that will make for a memorable trip. There are beautiful historic churches, particularly in the city's old town. A highlight is the stunning Alexander Nevski Cathedral. You'll also find some unique museums around town as well as Toompea Castle.


Is Athens or Tallinn Better for Food?

Athens
Tallinn

Foodies will appreciated the dining options available in Athens a bit more than Tallinn.

Eat your way through Athens, as it has many local or world renowned restaurants to choose from. Make sure you try the souvlaki, moussaka, and dolmades at any of the many local restaurants throughout the city.

Tallinn offers number of good local restaurants to choose from. Food is affordable and hearty. Many dishes incorporate rye bread, pork, smoked fish, potatoes, or dairy products. You'll also find a lot of variation in dishes between seasons.

Is Athens or Tallinn Better for Nightlife?

Athens
Tallinn

The vibe at night is comparable in Athens and Tallinn.

The nightlife in Athens is well established with world renowned clubs and venues. There are all-night dance clubs as well as local bars and chill live music venues.

Tallinn has plenty to do after the sun goes down. As it's grown in popularity with tourists, the city has put itself on the map as a top party destination in Eastern Europe. There's an active bar and club scene, but there are also art venues and other creative activities for everyone.

Is Athens or Tallinn Better for Shopping?

Athens
Tallinn

If you're looking to go shopping, Athens and Tallinn both offer plenty of spots.

Athens has a variety of shopping areas worth visiting. Most neighborhoods have a shopping street but head to Ermou Street for some of the city's best shopping.

Tallinn is an extremely popular place for shoppers. There's a mix of quirky shops and recognizable brands around town. Old town is a popular shopping area, as is nearby Kalamaja. Visitors enjoy picking up marzipan, local crafts, and unique art.

Is Athens or Tallinn Better for Families?

Athens
Tallinn

Both Athens and Tallinn are family-friendly destinations.

You'll find plenty of family-friendly things to do in Athens. With its rich history, beautiful outdoor activities, and kid-friendly food, Athens is a fun place to explore with the whole family.

Tallinn is a family-friendly place to visit. Your kids will feel like they stepped into a fairytale in this beautiful city. It has countless museums including an open air museum and a zoo. There's also nearby Pirita Beach, where you and your kids can enjoy ice cream in a seaside setting.


Is Athens or Tallinn Better for Couples?

Athens
Tallinn

Athens and Tallinn both fun destinations for a couple.

Athens is a good city for couples to visit. The city is historical, fascinating, and romantic, making it a beautiful place to explore as a couple.

Tallinn is a very popular place to visit for couples. Filled with gardens, romantic walks, and impressive views, this city makes for a great couple's getaway. Base yourself in the city's beautiful old town and dine in one of the many local restaurants. There are also nice hotels around town that are great for couples.

Is Athens or Tallinn Better for Backpackers and Budget Travelers?

Athens
Tallinn

For backpackers, both Athens and Tallinn are fairly comparable places to visit.

A large number of backpackers visit Athens, as it is a very popular city for budget travelers. The city has long been established as a backpackers destination with budget friendly food and plenty of hostels around town.

Tallinn is a mecca for backpackers and budget travelers. The city is both affordable and unique, which is perfect for travelers on a budget. There are plenty of hostels around town as well as casual places to grab a cheap bite to eat.

Is Athens or Tallinn Better for Students?

Athens
Tallinn

For students, both Athens and Tallinn are fairly comparable places to visit.

Many students visit Athens. International students will appreciate the rich history, archaeological ruins, and unique opportunities that are available here.

Tallinn is a good city to visit for students. International students appreciate the vibrant atmosphere and the affordable options around town.

Is Athens or Tallinn Better for Public Transit?

Athens
Tallinn

Athens and Tallinn both offer public transit to get you around.

Many visitors use the public transit system in Athens. The city's metro system has 3 lines that connect to bus, tram and commuter rail lines.

Public transit in Tallinn is fairly effecient and thorough. There are buses trolleys and trams around town.


Is Athens or Tallinn a more walkable city?

Athens
Tallinn

Athens and Tallinn are similar when it comes to walkability.

Athens is a very walkable destination. You'll find the city's most walkable area's in the historical heart, where there are many pedestrian only streets and shopping areas.

It is easy to get around Tallinn on foot. The city is compact and easily explored on foot, particularly in the most touristy areas.

Should I spend more time in Tallinn or Athens?

How long in Athens or Tallinn?

It's fun to spend time in either Athens or Tallinn. Generally, people tend to spend more time in Athens due to the larger number of activities and things to do.

The ideal length of time for a trip to Athens is 3-7 days, and the ideal length of time for a trip to Tallinn is 2-4 days.


  • How many days in Athens or Tallinn? Ideal Length of Stay
    Athens 3-7 
    Tallinn 2-4

One day in Athens or Tallinn?

Because Athens is a large city, there are a variety of ways to spend your time. This city offers something for everyone. One day is usually not enough time for a trip here as there is plenty to do.

Many travelers enjoy the museums and nightlife when visiting the quaint destination of Tallinn. The old town is one of the main draws for visitors. But since there are so many activities, you'll likely want to spend more than one day exploring.

A weekend in Athens or Tallinn?

Because Athens is a large city, there are a variety of ways to spend your time. The length of your trip often depends on your style of travel. Since there is so much to do in the area, a weekend is probably not enough for all of it.

Tallinn is a great place to explore. It is common to spend a weekend here. With all of its activities, you can easily fill a weekend here. Your budget might influence how long you stay.

Five days in Athens or Tallinn?

Athens is a great place to explore. It is common to spend five days here. Five days is a great amount of time to relax and see the many things that Athens has to offer. Anyone can find something fun to do here.

It's hard to know how much time to spend in Tallinn. Make sure you visit the old town while you're here. Five days may feel like too much time unless you plan to do a lot of relaxing. It has many unique tourist attractions and fascinating things to do.


A week in Athens or Tallinn?

It's hard to know how much time to spend in Athens. Because Athens is a large city, there are a variety of ways to spend your time. With all of its activities, you can easily fill one week here.

Travelers enjoy the shopping and museums when visiting the historical destination of Tallinn. This city offers a variety of activities to choose from. Most visitors spend time around the old town while in the area. Most people find that one week is more than enough time to see everything.

Which city is cheaper, Tallinn or Athens?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Athens is €103, while the average daily cost in Tallinn is €74. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Athens and Tallinn in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Athens 51
    Tallinn 40
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Athens 102
    Tallinn 80
Compare Hotels in Athens and Tallinn

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Hotels in Athens


Hotels in Tallinn


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Our Analysis
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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Athens 22
    Tallinn 9.68
Typical Local Transportation prices in Athens

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Athens:


  • Airport Bus for Two
    6.40
  • Metro
    1.50
  • Metro
    2.00
  • Metro from Airport to City Center
    8.00
  • Taxi from Airport
    35

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Athens

Also for Athens, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • iMove Transfers Services Athens: $75
  • VIP VAN Piraeus Port Transfer 1 - 8 persons or Alimos Kalamaki Marina to Athens: $61
  • VIP VAN Athens Airport Transfer 1 - 4 persons: $101
  • VIP VAN Airport Transfer 5 - 8 persons: $105
  • VIP Ferry Ticket from Piraeus Port To Mykonos & Private Transfer included: $167
  • VIP Ferry Ticket From Piraeus Port To Santorini & Private Transfer Included: $174
  • VAN Piraeus Port Transfer 1 - 8 persons or Alimos Kalamaki Marina to Athens: $39
  • Ultra - Private Transfer from Athens City Centre to Piraeus Cruise Port: $9.41
  • Ultra - Athens Private Airport Transfer from City Centre to Athens Airport ATH: $9.41
  • Transfers around Athens and city tours: $373
  • Transfers and Guided Tours in all over Greece, sightseeing and Private hire!!: $106
  • Transfer to Loutraki/Corinth from Athens: $166

Typical Local Transportation prices in Tallinn

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Tallinn:


  • Tram Around Town for Two
    1.66

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Tallinn

Also for Tallinn, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Private Minivan Transfer from Tallinn to Riga: $448
  • Tallinn to Riga transfer with Sightseeing: $335
  • Private Shore Excursion: Tallinn Old Town Walking Tour with Round-Trip Transfer: $274
  • Private Transfer from Tallinn to Riga: $156
  • Tallinn Limo Airport Transfer: $100
  • Tallinn Party Bus Airport Transfer: $93
  • Tallinn Party Bus Airport Transfer: $87
  • Tallinn Return Airport Transfers: $70
  • Tallinn Airport Transfer - Return: $65
  • Tallinn TLL Airport Luxury Car Private Departure Transfer: $60
  • Tallinn TLL Airport Luxury Car Private Arrival Transfer: $60
  • Departure Private Transfer Tallinn City to Tallinn Airport TLL: $52

Is it cheaper to fly into Athens or Tallinn?

Prices for flights to both Tallinn and Athens change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Athens 30
    Tallinn 25
Typical Food prices in Athens

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Athens:


  • Ice cream
    3.00
  • Souvlaki
    2.20

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Athens

For Athens, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Online 1hr Cooking Class: Santorini Tomato Fritters: $6.22
  • Greek Meatballs Private Online Cooking Class: $27
  • Withlocals the 10 Tastings: Athens Private Food Tour with a Local: $42
  • Online Cooking Class: Greek mini cheese pies: $45
  • Street Culture & Food Tour: $56
  • Afternoon Food Tour: $56
  • Athens walking and tasting food tour.: $60
  • 4-Hour Cooking Class with Market Visit: $69
  • Homemade Gyros cooking class and dinner in Athens for private groups: $75
  • The Classic Food Tour: $76
  • Taste of Half-Day Small Group Food Tour: $77
  • Greek Phyllo and Pie Cooking Class in Athens: $77

Typical Food prices in Tallinn

For Tallinn, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Lunch for Two
    7.68
  • Dessert
    1.15

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Tallinn

For Tallinn, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Estonian food tour in Tallinn: $12
  • Tallinn Sunset Dinner Cruise: $73
  • Tallinn Beer House Dinner: $75
  • Tallinn Russian Dinner: $96
  • Tallinn 3-Hour Estonian Food Tour: $106
  • Tallinn Food Tour with Round-trip Transfer Port-City: $131
  • Tallinn Segway and Food Tour: $156
  • Vegan Food Tours Tallinn: $242

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Athens 28
    Tallinn 4.50

Tours and Activities in Athens

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Athens.

  • "A Must-See" Anc. Epidaurus, Mycenae & Nafplion Premium Full Day Tour By Locals: $411
  • "Athens city tour": $270
  • "Private tour in Athens": $243
  • ''Tour in Athens'': $118
  • 1 Day Private Tour Corinth, Cave of Lakes at Kalavrita & Journey by Cog Railway: $264
  • 1 Day Private tour to Meteora, visit the Monasteries are lying on the cliffs.: $317
  • 1 Day Saronic Islands Cruise: $168
  • 10 Day Greek Island Tour: Mykonos, Santorini-Volcano, Crete, Delos, Knossos,: $2,457
  • 10 Day Ultimate Ancient Greece Tours Experience: $2,411
  • 10 Day to Explore the Best Historical Gems in Greece and tour in Santorini: $1,798
  • 10 Days Private Tour: North Greece: $2,706
  • 10 Days Private Tour: Peloponnese: $2,706

Tours and Activities in Tallinn

For Tallinn, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • 1 day guided tour to Helsinki from Tallinn by VIP car: $535
  • 1-Hour Good Morning Tallinn Running Tour: $19
  • 2 Hour Tallinn Old Town Walking Tour: $162
  • 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour of Tallinn: $45
  • 2-hour private tour of Tallinn with transport: $254
  • 3-Hour Private Tour of Tallinn: $254
  • 5h Tallinn Old Town, Kadriorg Pirita Small Group Tour: $75
  • 7 Days Small Group Tour: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus & Ukraine: $3,190
  • 8-Day Tour Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia: Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius: $995
  • Admire Tallinn's highlights Walking & Driving Private Tour: $291
  • Aegna Half-Day Guided Tour: Stone Maze and Valley of Boulders: $31
  • Best of Tallinn 2-Hour Bike Tour: $28

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Athens 18
    Tallinn 12

Sample the Local Flavors in Athens

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Athens:

  • Athens Walking Tour with Food and Wine Tasting: $37
  • Virtual Greek Wine Tasting: $87
  • Athens Food and Wine Tasting Tour: $96
  • Wine tasting tour: $131
  • Wine Tasting and Athens Trikke Combo Tour: $133
  • The Best Winery & Tasting Tour in Nemea.Enjoy a unique all day wine tasting tour: $140
  • Private Wine Tasting Experience of Greek Awarded Wines in Athens: $148
  • Premium Wine Tour in Peloponnese -Ancient Corinthos, Nemea - the Land of Myth: $148
  • Athens Private Wine Tasting Tour - Dionysian Grapes: $149
  • Ancient Corinth & Nemea Wine Tasting (up to 15 in a Luxurious Mercedes Minibus): $151
  • Greek Private Wine Tasting: $166
  • Mercedes Private Full-Day Tour, Nafplio, Corinth Canal and Wine Tasting: $168

Sample the Local Flavors in Tallinn

Also in Tallinn, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Pub Crawl: $33
  • Nudist Winery Wine Tasting and Winery tour in Tallinn: $44
  • Tallinn Brewery Fiesta: $77
  • Tallinn Guided Bar Crawl: $77
  • Tallinn Bar Crawl: $85
  • Tallinn Beer House Brewery Fiesta: $90
  • City tour Craft Brewery visit and tasting of craft beers ciders and cheeses: $90


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Athens and Tallinn, we can see that Athens is more expensive. And not only is Tallinn much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Tallinn would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Tallinn and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Athens would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Athens than you might in Tallinn.


When is the best time to visit Athens or Tallinn?

Both destinations experience a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. And since both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Athens or Tallinn in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Athens and Tallinn. Many visitors come to Athens in the summer for the city activities and the family-friendly experiences. Furthermore, most visitors come to Tallinn for the family-friendly experiences during these months.

In July, Athens is generally much warmer than Tallinn. Temperatures in Athens average around 27°C (81°F), and Tallinn stays around 17°C (62°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Tallinn this time of the year. In Athens, it's very sunny this time of the year. Athens usually receives more sunshine than Tallinn during summer. Athens gets 357 hours of sunny skies, while Tallinn receives 279 hours of full sun in the summer.

In July, Athens usually receives less rain than Tallinn. Athens gets 6 mm (0.2 in) of rain, while Tallinn receives 79 mm (3.1 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Athens 27°C (81°F) 
    Tallinn 17°C (62°F)

Should I visit Athens or Tallinn in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Athens as well as Tallinn. Most visitors come to Athens for the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area during these months. Additionally, the autumn months attract visitors to Tallinn because of the shopping scene and the natural beauty of the area.

Athens is much warmer than Tallinn in the autumn. The temperature in Athens is usually 19°C (67°F) in October, and Tallinn stays around 7°C (44°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Athens this time of the year. In the autumn, Athens often gets more sunshine than Tallinn. Athens gets 206 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Tallinn receives 92 hours of full sun.

Athens usually gets less rain in October than Tallinn. Athens gets 48 mm (1.9 in) of rain, while Tallinn receives 70 mm (2.8 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Athens 19°C (67°F) 
    Tallinn 7°C (44°F)

Should I visit Athens or Tallinn in the Winter?

Both Tallinn and Athens are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities. The winter months attract visitors to Athens because of the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine. Also, the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine are the main draw to Tallinn this time of year.

It's quite cold in Tallinn in the winter. In the winter, Athens is much warmer than Tallinn. Typically, the winter temperatures in Athens in January are around 10°C (51°F), and Tallinn is about -5°C (22°F).

Athens usually receives more sunshine than Tallinn during winter. Athens gets 143 hours of sunny skies, while Tallinn receives 25 hours of full sun in the winter.

In January, Athens usually receives around the same amount of rain as Tallinn. Athens gets 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain, while Tallinn receives 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Athens 10°C (51°F) 
    Tallinn -5°C (22°F)

Should I visit Athens or Tallinn in the Spring?

Both Tallinn and Athens during the spring are popular places to visit. The activities around the city and the natural beauty are the main draw to Athens this time of year. Also, many travelers come to Tallinn for the natural beauty.

Be prepared for some very cold days in Tallinn. In April, Athens is generally much warmer than Tallinn. Temperatures in Athens average around 16°C (60°F), and Tallinn stays around 4°C (39°F).

It's quite sunny in Athens. In the spring, Athens often gets more sunshine than Tallinn. Athens gets 226 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Tallinn receives 186 hours of full sun.

Athens usually gets less rain in April than Tallinn. Athens gets 25 mm (1 in) of rain, while Tallinn receives 36 mm (1.4 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Athens 16°C (60°F) 
    Tallinn 4°C (39°F)

Typical Weather for Tallinn and Athens

Athens Tallinn
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 10°C (51°F) 45 mm (1.8 in) -5°C (22°F) 45 mm (1.8 in)
Feb 11°C (51°F) 48 mm (1.9 in) -6°C (22°F) 29 mm (1.1 in)
Mar 12°C (54°F) 44 mm (1.7 in) -2°C (29°F) 29 mm (1.1 in)
Apr 16°C (60°F) 25 mm (1 in) 4°C (39°F) 36 mm (1.4 in)
May 20°C (68°F) 14 mm (0.6 in) 10°C (50°F) 37 mm (1.5 in)
Jun 24°C (76°F) 6 mm (0.2 in) 15°C (58°F) 53 mm (2.1 in)
Jul 27°C (81°F) 6 mm (0.2 in) 17°C (62°F) 79 mm (3.1 in)
Aug 27°C (81°F) 8 mm (0.3 in) 16°C (60°F) 84 mm (3.3 in)
Sep 24°C (76°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 11°C (52°F) 82 mm (3.2 in)
Oct 19°C (67°F) 48 mm (1.9 in) 7°C (44°F) 70 mm (2.8 in)
Nov 16°C (60°F) 51 mm (2 in) 1°C (34°F) 68 mm (2.7 in)
Dec 12°C (54°F) 66 mm (2.6 in) -3°C (27°F) 55 mm (2.2 in)


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