A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Helsinki vs. Bern for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Helsinki or Bern?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Helsinki and Bern can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Helsinki

Helsinki is the capital of Finland and dates back to 1550. Helsinki is an international metropolis with a diverse population, but also a small town vibe. The city itself has a population of just over 600,000 but the metropolitan area, including Espoo and Vantaa, has a population of more than 1.3 million. There are many outdoor bars and cafes that take advantage of the warmer summer months. During this time there are long days, and the population floods into the street after a long and cold winter, so visiting during the summer is a fun and lively experience.

Bern

The capital city of Switzerland, Bern, is a surprisingly small city with a population of only about 130,000. It's located on a peninsula that is created by the turns of the River Aare. The city is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site because it has a wonderfully preserved old town area. There are about four miles worth of quaint walkways that are lined with clock towers and fountains.

Which city is cheaper, Bern or Helsinki?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Helsinki is €112, while the average daily cost in Bern is €168. 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. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Helsinki and Bern in more detail.



Accommodation

Travelers usually pay around €118 for a double occupancy room in Helsinki If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around €109. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Bern the cost is €218 on average.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Helsinki 59
    Bern 109
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Helsinki 118
    Bern 218

Food

The average traveler spends about €27 per day in Helsinki for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.

The price of a meal in Bern can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is €40 per person, and a typical meal will cost around €16 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Helsinki 27
    Bern 40

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Helsinki

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

  • Helsinki Food Tour Including Tastings: $137

Local Transportation

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Helsinki than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend €18 on transportation in Helsinki on average per day.

The cost of a taxi ride in Bern is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent €22 per person, per day, on local transportation in Bern.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Helsinki 18
    Bern 22

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Helsinki

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

  • Ultra - Helsinki Private Transfer from City Centre to Helsinki Cruise Port: $8.71
  • Ultra - Helsinki Private Transfer from Helsinki Cruise Port to City Centre: $8.71
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Helsinki to Helsinki-Vantaa Airport (HEL): $33
  • Private Departure Transfer from Helsinki City Center to Helsinki Airport (HEL): $34
  • Private Departure Transfer from Helsinki City to Helsinki Vantaa Airport: $40
  • Airport transfer in Helsinki: $50
  • Best Transfer Helsinki: $50
  • VIP Transfer Helsinki Airport: $53
  • Private Chauffeur Transfer Helsinki: $56
  • VIP car Airport Transfer Helsinki: $56
  • Departure Private Transfer Luxury Van Helsinki City to Helsinki Port: $62
  • Arrival Private Transfer Business Car Helsinki Port to Helsinki City: $62

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bern

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bern:

  • Private transfer from Bern City to Zurich Airport: $416
  • Private Transfer from Bern City Center to Zurich City Center: $318
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Bern Belp Airport to Zurich City - One Way: $661
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Bern Belp Airport to Bern City - One Way: $105
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Bern Belp Airport to Basel City - One Way: $586

Is it cheaper to fly into Helsinki or Bern?

Prices for flights to both Bern and Helsinki 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.





Entertainment

Sightseeing expenses in Helsinki, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €22 per day, per person.

Entertainment and activities in Bern typically cost an average of €23 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Helsinki 22
    Bern 23

Tours and Activities in Helsinki

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

  • Skip the Line: Flying Cinema Tour Of Helsinki Experience, single ticket: $15
  • Skip the Line: SEA LIFE Helsinki Entrance Ticket: $19
  • Helsinki Self-Guided Audio Tour: $20
  • Sightseeing Boat Tour in Archipelago of Helsinki: $27
  • Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour (ticket for 24 hours): $37
  • City Sightseeing Helsinki Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour: $37
  • City Sightseeing Helsinki Hop On Hop Off Tour: $37
  • Artificial Intelligence City Tour of Helsinki: $37
  • Helsinki Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $38
  • Private Helsinki Budha Tour Half Day: $40
  • Helsinki Music Walking Tour: $50
  • Helsinki Shared group tour: $51

Tours and Activities in Bern

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Bern are as follows:

  • Adventure: Diamond Skull Virtual Reality: $230
  • Bern - Walking Tour with Licensed Guide: $446
  • Bern Capital City Private Tour: $194
  • Bern Capital City Small Group Tour: $90
  • Bern Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $45
  • Bern Old Town- Private Tour: $435
  • Bern Private Walking Tour: $366
  • Bern Private Walking Tour with Professional Guide: $497
  • Best Introduction Tour of Bern with a Local: $91
  • GAILY TOUR in BERN - Gay & Lesbian Tour: $187
  • Glacier Express Panoramic Train Round Trip in one Day Private Tour from Bern: $399
  • Guided tour “Love stories of Bern”: $496

Alcohol

Typically, people visiting Helsinki spend on average €13 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.

The average person spends about €18 on alcoholic beverages in Bern per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Helsinki 13
    Bern 18


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Helsinki and Bern, we can see that Bern is more expensive. And not only is Helsinki much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Helsinki would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Helsinki 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 Bern would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Bern than you might in Helsinki.

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