Should you visit Helsinki or Flam?
Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Helsinki and Flam can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.
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.
Flam is a village in Norway. The fjord village of Flam is located on the scenic inner Aurlandsfjord branch of the world's deepest and second-longest fjord, Sognefjord. Flam is surrounded by steep mountains, thundering waterfalls and narrow valleys, and during the spring and summer months you will see large cruise ships gliding in through the narrow fjord with their course set for Flam Harbor. The main attraction here is the stunning mountain railway that creeps up into the surrounding peaks and offers truly eye-popping panoramas. Unfortunately, it's far from a well-kept secret, and on the busiest summer days the tiny village can find itself swamped by several thousand visitors – it's probably best left for the quieter seasons of spring and autumn. The popular 'Norway in a Nutshell' tour also stops here.
Which city is cheaper, Flam 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 Flam is €95. 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 Flam in more detail.
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.
For a normal double-occupancy room in Flam, €98 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Flam, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is €49, such as in a hostel.
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.
In Flam travelers spend around €31 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.
Meals for one day
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:
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.
To get around in Flam, the average visitor spends €14 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Helsinki
Also for Helsinki, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Private Transfer: Helsinki to Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport (HEL):
Private Transfer: Helsinki-Malmi Airpor (HEM) to Helsinki:
Private Transfer: Helsinki to Helsinki-Malmi Airpor (HEM):
Helsinki Private Panoramic Tour with Airport Transfer:
Helsinki Private Departure Airport Transfer:
Airport Private transfer via Marimekko & Iittala with Japanese Speaking Driver:
Private arrival OR departure transfer in Helsinki (airport or hotel pick up):
Helsinki airport transfer to all Helsinki area hotels:
Helsinki Airport Transfers: Helsinki City to Helsinki Airport HEL in Luxury Van:
Helsinki Departure Private Transfer from Helsinki City to Helsinki Airport HEL:
Helsinki Private Transfer : Port of Helsinki to Helsinki City in Luxury Van:
Private Airport Transfer in Helsinki region:
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.
In Flam, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average €15 per person, per day.
Tours and Activities in Helsinki
For Helsinki, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
2 Days tour to Moominworld and Turku Castle from Helsinki:
2-Hour Guided Tuk Tuk Tour in Helsinki:
2-Hours Helsinki Professional Photography Walking Tour:
2-Hours Photogenic Helsinki Walking Tour with a Local:
3.5 Hour Helsinki Highlights Private Tour:
5-hour sightseeing in Helsinki and Winterworld:
Architecture Tour of Helsinki with a city planner:
Artificial Intelligence City Tour of Helsinki:
City Sightseeing Helsinki Hop On Hop Off Tour:
City Sightseeing Helsinki Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour:
Classic style boating & Island experience with BBQ:
Daily Small Group Porvoo Tour:
Tours and Activities in Flam
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Flam.
Cruise Special - FlÃ¥m private tour:
PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR: World Heritage Fjord Landscape tour from Flam, 4 hours:
PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR: World Heritage Fjord Landscape tour, from FlÃ¥m, OFF-SEASON:
PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR: World Heritage Fjord Landscape â€“ Viking Special â€“ from FlÃ¥m:
Sognefjord Private Yacht Cruise from Flam by classic Grand Banks:
Typically, people visiting Helsinki spend on average €13 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Flam, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is €3.15.
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Helsinki and Flam, we can see that Helsinki is more expensive. And not only is Flam much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Flam would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Flam 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 Helsinki would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Helsinki than you might in Flam.
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