A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Helsinki vs. Dublin for Nightlife, Attractions, Families, and Couples

Should you visit Helsinki or Dublin?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Helsinki and Dublin 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.

Helsinki

Helsinki is a active, nature-focused, and coastal city. The famous beauty of this place is one of the main draws. And you can't forget about the shopping, museums, and nightlife.

Dublin

Dublin is a welcoming, fun, and laid-back city. Visitors also love the nightlife, live music, and food.

Helsinki and Dublin: Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Popular museums and historical sights
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Impressive beauty
Cons
  • Less popular for nightlife
  • Less walkable
Pros
  • Popular museums and historical sights
  • Good nightlife
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Very walkable


How is Helsinki different from Dublin?

Which is Better for a Holiday?

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

Is Helsinki or Dublin Better for Museums and Historical Sights?

Helsinki
Dublin

Visiting museums and landmarks is a fun activity in both Helsinki and Dublin.

You'll find a good number of museums and monuments packed into Helsinki. Many of the city's sights and attractions center around nature and the water. Major hightlights of the city include the Fortress of Sveaborg, Seurasaari open-Air Museum, and Temppeliaukio Rock Church. The city is also home to The National Museum of Finland.

If you're looking for an educational opportunity, there are a decent number of museums and historical sights around Dublin. There are a number of museums around town including the National Museum of Ireland, the Little Museum of Dublin, and the National Gallery of Ireland.


Is Helsinki or Dublin Better for Food?

Helsinki
Dublin

Foodies will find both Helsinki and Dublin both to be unique destinations.

Helsinki has a delicious restaurant scene that relies on local flavors. Food in town is all about local flavors and simple ingredients. The dishes let the flavor speak for itself without fancy cooking techniques or complex flavor combinations. Many of the restaurants are locally sourced with traditional ingredients. You'll find a lot of seafood, herring, grilled sausages, pancakes, and desserts.

There are many up and coming restaurants in the Dublin area. Seafood has become popular around town, but you can also try traditional favorites like stew, pancakes, or coddle.

Is Helsinki or Dublin Better for Nightlife?

Helsinki
Dublin

For nightlife, head to Dublin instead of Helsinki.

People head to Dublin just to party. Temple Bar is where you'll find the greatest concentration of pubs and nightlife. The city is among the friendliest and most welcoming, and this is seen even in the vibe around town at night.

Helsinki has an active nightlife scene for those who seek it out. The nightlife scene is at its best on weekends when the city center comes to life with parties, dance clubs, and student activities. Many of the best clubs and bars are concentrated in the city center. Weekends are a bit calmer and things quiet down a lot.

Is Helsinki or Dublin Better for Shopping?

Helsinki
Dublin

Shoppers can find a variety of stores in both Helsinki and Dublin.

Helsinki is well-known for its shopping. The city is great for shopping, with many brands focused on sustainability. There are local boutiques as well as name brands. Flea markets and vintage shops are also popular.

Browsing through shops is a popular activity in Dublin. Head to Grafton Street to see a number of brand name and local shops. It's a pedestrian street that is fun to wander around.

Is Helsinki or Dublin Better for Families?

Helsinki
Dublin

Both Helsinki and Dublin are fun to visit with kids.

Because of its large number of kid-friendly activities, Helsinki is very family-friendly. The coastal setting offers many activities that kids and adults alike will enjoy. This capital city has a calm atmosphere with plenty of parkland to explore. The shoreline is dotted by islands where you'll also find a zoo and a fort. Kids will also enjoy exploring the islands by boat.

Dublin is known to be a very family-friendly place to visit. Explore the waterways with the viking splash, learn about the vikings at the museum Dublina, or visit any of the other kid-friendly museums around town, or see a show at The Gaiety.


Is Helsinki or Dublin Better for Couples?

Helsinki
Dublin

Both Helsinki and Dublin are good destinations for a couple's getaway.

Helsinki makes for a fun place to visit for a couple. The city's many parks offer the perfect setting for a picnic or a walk. There are also botanical gardens, evening boat rides, and saunas that will help you enjoy a romantic trip away.

Dublin is a good city for couples to visit. It's laid-back vibe and countless pubs make it a fun weekend getaway for couples.

Is Helsinki or Dublin Better for Backpackers and Budget Travelers?

Helsinki
Dublin

Helsinki and Dublin are both good destinations for backpackers.

Plenty of backpackers visit Helsinki. With its active nightlife scene, vibrant atmosphere, and inclusive personality, this city is a fun place for backpackers, but you should expect to pay a premium for the experience. Many backpackers avoid the city because they have heard how expensive it is. There are a few hostels around that will help you keep costs a bit more manageable.

Dublin is a very popular city for backpackers and budget travelers. There are a number of popular backpacker hostels around town. The pub scene is also popular with the young crowd.

Is Helsinki or Dublin Better for Students?

Helsinki
Dublin

Both Helsinki and Dublin are popular destinations for students.

Students come from all over to stay in Helsinki. The city has an active student life with plenty of culture and nature. It's active nightlife scene and beautiful natural areas make it a wonderful place to study.

Dublin is popular with students. While student accommodation can be a bit expensive in town, the nightlife and social aspect of living in the city center makes it well worth it.

Is Helsinki or Dublin Better for Public Transit?

Helsinki
Dublin

Visitors will find public transit in both Helsinki and Dublin.

The public transit in Helsinki can get you around easily. Transit options include bus, tram, metro, commuter train and ferry services.

You'll find some public transit in Dublin, but it may not be enough to take you everywhere. There is a comprehensive bus system around town.


Is Helsinki or Dublin a more walkable city?

Helsinki
Dublin

Dublin is considered more walkable than Helsinki.

It's very easy to get around on foot in Dublin. Because it is so compact and flat, it is easy to explore the city center on foot.

Helsinki is a somewhat walkable city. Many neighborhoods are easy to explore on foot. The air is also clean and the setting is refreshing.

Should I spend more time in Dublin or Helsinki?

How long in Helsinki or Dublin?

In either Helsinki or Dublin, you'll find plenty of activities to fill your time. Most visitors tend to spend more time in Dublin than Helsinki because of the overall number of sights and activities.

The ideal length of time for a trip to Helsinki is 2-4 days, and the ideal length of time for a trip to Dublin is 2-5 days.


  • How many days in Helsinki or Dublin? Ideal Length of Stay
    Helsinki 2-4 
    Dublin 2-5

One day in Helsinki or Dublin?

Many travelers enjoy the museums and nightlife when visiting the destination of Helsinki. But since there are so many activities, you'll likely want to spend more than one day exploring.

The city of Dublin offers museums and nightlife. With so much to do, one day is probably not enough time to see everything. It will give you the chance to have new experiences.

A weekend in Helsinki or Dublin?

Helsinki 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.

Dublin is a popular place that is full of things to see and experience. If you have a weekend, this city makes for a great vacation. While some people choose to spend more or less time in Dublin, a weekend is sufficent for most. Take your pick from the many activities offered here.

Five days in Helsinki or Dublin?

It's hard to know how much time to spend in Helsinki. 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.

Dublin is a popular choice for travelers. Five days here is typical. It's no surprise that nightlife is why people visit. While some people choose to spend more or less time in Dublin, five days is sufficent for most. The entire region has so many activities, and you'll want time to do everything.


A week in Helsinki or Dublin?

Travelers enjoy the shopping and museums when visiting the active destination of Helsinki. This city offers a variety of activities to choose from. Most people find that one week is more than enough time to see everything.

Dublin is a great place to explore. It's no surprise that nightlife is why people visit. One week is more than enough time to enjoy everything. Take some day trips to nearby places to fill the extra days. This city offers something for everyone.

Which city is cheaper, Dublin 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 Dublin is €112. 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 Helsinki and Dublin in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Helsinki 59
    Dublin 53
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Helsinki 118
    Dublin 106
Compare Hotels in Helsinki and Dublin

Looking for a hotel in Helsinki or Dublin? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Helsinki


Hotels in Dublin


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Helsinki 18
    Dublin 14

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Helsinki

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

  • Airport Private transfer via Marimekko & Iittala with Japanese Speaking Driver: $195
  • Airport transfer in Helsinki: $50
  • Arrival Private Transfer Business Car Helsinki Port to Helsinki City: $62
  • Arrival Private Transfer Luxury Van Helsinki Port to Helsinki City: $62
  • Best Transfer Helsinki: $50
  • Departure Private Transfer Business Car Helsinki City to Helsinki Airport HEL: $99
  • Departure Private Transfer Business Car Helsinki City to Helsinki Port: $62
  • Departure Private Transfer Luxury Van Helsinki City to Helsinki Airport HEL: $99
  • Departure Private Transfer Luxury Van Helsinki City to Helsinki Port: $62
  • From Tallinn: Return Day Trip Ferry Transfer to Helsinki: $36
  • Helsinki Airport Transfers : Helsinki to Airport HEL in Business Car: $98
  • Helsinki Airport Transfers: Helsinki City to Helsinki Airport HEL in Luxury Van: $113

Typical Local Transportation prices in Dublin

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


  • Rental Car for a Day
    15

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dublin

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Dublin:

  • Ultra - Dublin Private Airport Transfer from Dublin Airport DUB to Cruise Port: $8.71
  • Ultra - Dublin Private Airport Transfer from Dublin Airport DUB to City Centre: $9.41
  • Ultra - Dublin Private Airport Transfer from Cruise Port to Dublin Airport DUB: $8.71
  • Ultra - Dublin Private Airport Transfer from City Centre to Dublin Airport DUB: $9.41
  • The Westin Hotel Dublin To Dublin Airport Private Chauffeur Transfer: $174
  • The Westin Hotel Dublin To Dublin Airport Private Chauffeur Transfer: $249
  • The Westbury Hotel Dublin To Dublin Airport Private Chauffeur Transfer: $187
  • The Westbury Hotel Dublin To Dublin Airport Private Chauffeur Transfer: $249
  • The Trinity City Hotel Dublin To Dublin Airport Private Chauffeur Transfer: $243
  • The Trinity City Hotel Dublin To Dublin Airport Private Chauffeur Transfer: $162
  • The Shelbourne Hotel Dublin To Dublin Airport Private Chauffeur Transfer: $248
  • The Shelbourne Hotel Dublin To Dublin Airport Private Chauffeur Transfer: $174

Is it cheaper to fly into Helsinki or Dublin?

Prices for flights to both Dublin 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.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Helsinki 27
    Dublin 39

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

Typical Food prices in Dublin

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


  • Lunch Lynam's Pub
    3.95

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Dublin

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Dublin.

  • Skip the Line:Traditional Irish Night Show Ticket in Dublin with 3-Course Dinner: $37
  • Irish Craic & Cuisine (Cooking Class & Dinner): $68
  • Delicious Walking Food Tour: $74
  • Private Cooking Class in a Modern Home with Sea Views in Skerries, Dublin: $77
  • Skip the Line: Irish Night Show Including 4-Course Dinner Ticket: $77
  • Howth Craft Beer and Seafood Tour for private groups: $87
  • Private Tour: Secret Food Tours Dublin: $95
  • Christmas Finger Food & Canapé Cooking Class in Dublin City Center: $106
  • Learn to Make Your Own Sushi - 2.5 hour Cooking Class: $106
  • Private Dublin Walking Food Tour with a Local Food Historian: $180
  • Dublin Secret Food Tour w/ Private Tour Option: $206
  • 5-Day Essential Cooking Class in Dublin with Professional Chef: $485

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Helsinki 22
    Dublin 20

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
  • Sea Life Entrance Tickets: $22
  • Highlights & Hidden Gems Self-Guided Walking Tour: $25
  • Sightseeing Boat Tour in Archipelago of Helsinki: $27
  • City Highlights 1.5-Hour Archipelago Cruise: $28
  • 90-minute Helsinki Boat Sightseeing on Beautiful Canal Route: $28
  • Helsinki Archipelago: Sightseeing Boat Tour: $28
  • Private Tour with a Local Guide: $33
  • Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour Valid for 24 Hours: $34
  • City Sightseeing Helsinki Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour: $37

Typical Entertainment prices in Dublin

Here are a few typical costs in Dublin for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


  • Wild Wicklow Tour
    26
  • Guinness Brewery for Two
    27
  • St Pauls Cathedral
    4.50
  • Dublin Writer's Museum
    6.30

Tours and Activities in Dublin

Here are a few actual costs in Dublin for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • 'A Gorgeous Mask': Georgian Dublin Tour: $405
  • 'Dublin Pubs Bucket List' - 5hr evening time fun private tour.: $485
  • 12-Day Giant Irish Adventure Small-Group Tour from Dublin: $3,602
  • 3-Day Private Tour to Co Cavan - Adventure Activities, Music, Pubs & More: $1,617
  • 7 day - Best of Ireland tour: $2,710
  • 7-Day Driftwood Treasure Ireland Small Group Tour from Dublin: $2,233
  • 7-Day Small-Group Tour of Ireland from Dublin with the Cliffs of Moher, Dingle Bay and the Burren: $1,898
  • 8 Day Vagabond Wild Irish Rover Small Group Tour: $2,482
  • 8Day Small Group Tour - Dublin & the South West of Ireland: $3,353
  • A Day At The Races & the Horse Lovers Tour: $342
  • All Ireland Adventure From Dublin: $607
  • Ancient Village Adventure - €20: $31

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Helsinki 13
    Dublin 14

Sample the Local Flavors in Dublin

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

  • Authentic Brewery Tour: $11
  • Generation Pub Crawl: $14
  • Dublin Literary Pub Crawl: $19
  • Jameson Distillery Guided Tour with Whiskey Tasting: $31
  • Lonely Planet Experiences: Private Whiskey Distillery Excursion: $541


When comparing the travel costs between Helsinki and Dublin, we can see that Helsinki 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.


When is the best time to visit Helsinki or Dublin?

Both places have a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. As both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Helsinki or Dublin in the Summer?

Both Dublin and Helsinki during the summer are popular places to visit. Most visitors come to Helsinki for the family-friendly experiences during these months. Furthermore, the summer months attract visitors to Dublin because of the music scene and the family-friendly experiences.

Helsinki is around the same temperature as Dublin in the summer. The temperature in Helsinki is usually 17°C (62°F) in July, and Dublin stays around 16°C (60°F).

It's quite sunny in Helsinki. In the summer, Helsinki often gets more sunshine than Dublin. Helsinki gets 275 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Dublin receives 166 hours of full sun.

Helsinki usually gets more rain in July than Dublin. Helsinki gets 58 mm (2.3 in) of rain, while Dublin receives 50 mm (2 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Helsinki 17°C (62°F) 
    Dublin 16°C (60°F)

Should I visit Helsinki or Dublin in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Helsinki and Dublin. The autumn months attract visitors to Helsinki because of the shopping scene and the natural beauty of the area. Furthermore, the shopping scene and the music scene are the main draw to Dublin this time of year.

In the autumn, Helsinki is much colder than Dublin. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Helsinki in October are around 6°C (42°F), and Dublin is about 11°C (52°F).

Helsinki usually receives less sunshine than Dublin during autumn. Helsinki gets 90 hours of sunny skies, while Dublin receives 97 hours of full sun in the autumn.

In October, Helsinki usually receives around the same amount of rain as Dublin. Helsinki gets 71 mm (2.8 in) of rain, while Dublin receives 70 mm (2.7 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Helsinki 6°C (42°F) 
    Dublin 11°C (52°F)

Should I visit Helsinki or Dublin in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Helsinki as well as Dublin. The museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine are the main draw to Helsinki this time of year. Additionally, many travelers come to Dublin for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

It's quite cold in Helsinki in the winter. In January, Helsinki is generally much colder than Dublin. Temperatures in Helsinki average around -6°C (21°F), and Dublin stays around 6°C (42°F).

In the winter, Helsinki often gets less sunshine than Dublin. Helsinki gets 39 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Dublin receives 56 hours of full sun.

Helsinki usually gets less rain in January than Dublin. Helsinki gets 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain, while Dublin receives 69 mm (2.7 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Helsinki -6°C (21°F) 
    Dublin 6°C (42°F)

Should I visit Helsinki or Dublin in the Spring?

Both Dublin and Helsinki are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities. Many travelers come to Helsinki for the natural beauty.

Be prepared for some very cold days in Helsinki. Helsinki is much colder than Dublin in the spring. The temperature in Helsinki is usually 3°C (37°F) in April, and Dublin stays around 8°C (47°F).

Helsinki usually receives more sunshine than Dublin during spring. Helsinki gets 183 hours of sunny skies, while Dublin receives 157 hours of full sun in the spring.

In April, Helsinki usually receives less rain than Dublin. Helsinki gets 41 mm (1.6 in) of rain, while Dublin receives 51 mm (2 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Helsinki 3°C (37°F) 
    Dublin 8°C (47°F)

Typical Weather for Dublin and Helsinki

Helsinki Dublin
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan -6°C (21°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 6°C (42°F) 69 mm (2.7 in)
Feb -7°C (20°F) 31 mm (1.2 in) 6°C (42°F) 50 mm (2 in)
Mar -3°C (27°F) 34 mm (1.4 in) 7°C (44°F) 54 mm (2.1 in)
Apr 3°C (37°F) 41 mm (1.6 in) 8°C (47°F) 51 mm (2 in)
May 9°C (49°F) 31 mm (1.2 in) 11°C (52°F) 55 mm (2.2 in)
Jun 15°C (59°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 14°C (57°F) 56 mm (2.2 in)
Jul 17°C (62°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 16°C (60°F) 50 mm (2 in)
Aug 16°C (60°F) 72 mm (2.8 in) 15°C (60°F) 71 mm (2.8 in)
Sep 11°C (51°F) 74 mm (2.9 in) 14°C (56°F) 67 mm (2.6 in)
Oct 6°C (42°F) 71 mm (2.8 in) 11°C (52°F) 70 mm (2.7 in)
Nov 1°C (33°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 8°C (46°F) 65 mm (2.5 in)
Dec -4°C (26°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 6°C (44°F) 76 mm (3 in)


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