A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Cesis vs. Lulea for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Cesis or Lulea?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Cesis and Lulea can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Cesis or Lulea?


Cesis is the quintessential old world town in Latvia. It is nestled among rolling hills, giving it a beautiful, fantasy world like setting. The small town is sprinkled with old castles, fortresses, and parks that you can leisurely wander through to pass the time. There's a lovely town square that is the perfect place to grab a seat on a bench and people watch. Because of the square's central location, many residents pass through it on their way to and from the market. The town is intertwined with lovely cobblestone streets that are lined with old homes, in various stages of disrepair. Cesis manages to perfectly balance a level of authentic wear and tear with a fairytale ambiance. Outside of town you'll find great hiking trails that you can use to explore the rolling hills and picturesque countryside. The small town is also conveniently located less than 100 kilometers from Riga, making it an easy trip on a bus.


Lulea is in northern Sweden, in Norrbotten. It's a mid sized city with about 70,000 residents. It also has a technical university, the Lulea University of Technology, which was created in 1971. The city of Lulea is located at the mouth of Lule River on the Gulf of Bothnia. The city's economy is focused on research, education, trade and services. The university's educational programs appeal to new businesses that range from local companies to multinational corporations. There is also a prominant IT sector in the city.

Which place is cheaper, Lulea or Cesis?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Cesis is €108, while the average daily cost in Lulea is €100. 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 destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Cesis and Lulea in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Cesis 47
    Lulea 53
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Cesis 94
    Lulea 106
Compare Hotels in Cesis and Lulea

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Hotels in Cesis

Hotels in Lulea

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Our Analysis
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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Cesis 30
    Lulea 20

Is it cheaper to fly into Cesis or Lulea?

Prices for flights to both Lulea and Cesis 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 Meals for one day
    Cesis 41
    Lulea 34
Typical Food Prices in Cesis

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Cesis:

  • Lunch in town for two

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Cesis 16
    Lulea 15

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Cesis 17
    Lulea 17

When comparing the travel costs between Cesis and Lulea, we can see that Cesis is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in Europe, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Cesis Expensive? and Is Lulea Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Cesis or Lulea?

Lulea has a larger population, and is about 3 times larger than the population of Cesis. When comparing the sizes of Cesis and Lulea, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.

When is the best time to visit Cesis or Lulea?

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 Cesis or Lulea in the Summer?

Both Lulea and Cesis are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities. The summer months attract visitors to Cesis because of the hiking, the small town charm, and the family-friendly experiences.

In the summer, Cesis is around the same temperature as Lulea. Typically, the summer temperatures in Cesis in July average around 17°C (63°F), and Lulea averages at about 15°C (60°F).

In July, Cesis usually receives more rain than Lulea. Cesis gets 79 mm (3.1 in) of rain, while Lulea receives 50 mm (2 in) of rain each month for the summer.

  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Cesis 17°C (63°F) 
    Lulea 15°C (60°F)

Should I visit Cesis or Lulea in the Autumn?

Both Lulea and Cesis during the autumn are popular places to visit. The hiking trails, the small town atmosphere, and the natural beauty of the area are the main draw to Cesis this time of year.

Be prepared for some very cold days in Lulea. In October, Cesis is generally much warmer than Lulea. Daily temperatures in Cesis average around 7°C (45°F), and Lulea fluctuates around 2°C (36°F).

Cesis usually gets around the same amount of rain in October as Lulea. Cesis gets 60 mm (2.4 in) of rain, while Lulea receives 64 mm (2.5 in) of rain this time of the year.

  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Cesis 7°C (45°F) 
    Lulea 2°C (36°F)

Should I visit Cesis or Lulea in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Cesis and Lulea. Many travelers come to Cesis for the cuisine.

Lulea can get quite cold in the winter. Be prepared for some very cold days in Cesis. Cesis is much warmer than Lulea in the winter. The daily temperature in Cesis averages around -5°C (23°F) in January, and Lulea fluctuates around -12°C (10°F).

In January, Cesis usually receives less rain than Lulea. Cesis gets 33 mm (1.3 in) of rain, while Lulea receives 44 mm (1.7 in) of rain each month for the winter.

  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Cesis -5°C (23°F) 
    Lulea -12°C (10°F)

Should I visit Cesis or Lulea in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Cesis as well as Lulea. Many visitors come to Cesis in the spring for the small town charm and the natural beauty.

Lulea can be very cold during spring. In the spring, Cesis is much warmer than Lulea. Typically, the spring temperatures in Cesis in April average around 5°C (42°F), and Lulea averages at about -1°C (31°F).

Cesis usually gets more rain in April than Lulea. Cesis gets 39 mm (1.5 in) of rain, while Lulea receives 29 mm (1.1 in) of rain this time of the year.

  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Cesis 5°C (42°F) 
    Lulea -1°C (31°F)

Typical Weather for Lulea and Cesis

Cesis Lulea
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan -5°C (23°F) 33 mm (1.3 in) -12°C (10°F) 44 mm (1.7 in)
Feb -4°C (24°F) 25 mm (1 in) -12°C (11°F) 32 mm (1.3 in)
Mar -0°C (31°F) 31 mm (1.2 in) -7°C (19°F) 35 mm (1.4 in)
Apr 5°C (42°F) 39 mm (1.5 in) -1°C (31°F) 29 mm (1.1 in)
May 12°C (53°F) 43 mm (1.7 in) 6°C (43°F) 31 mm (1.2 in)
Jun 15°C (60°F) 61 mm (2.4 in) 13°C (55°F) 41 mm (1.6 in)
Jul 17°C (63°F) 79 mm (3.1 in) 15°C (60°F) 50 mm (2 in)
Aug 16°C (62°F) 79 mm (3.1 in) 13°C (56°F) 63 mm (2.5 in)
Sep 12°C (54°F) 76 mm (3 in) 8°C (46°F) 63 mm (2.5 in)
Oct 7°C (45°F) 60 mm (2.4 in) 2°C (36°F) 64 mm (2.5 in)
Nov 2°C (36°F) 61 mm (2.4 in) -4°C (24°F) 58 mm (2.3 in)
Dec -2°C (28°F) 49 mm (1.9 in) -10°C (15°F) 42 mm (1.7 in)