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

Should you visit Helsinki or Hamburg?

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

Hamburg

Hamburg is most noted for its port, which is the largest in Germany and the second busiest in Europe. Despite it's size, it is actually located about 100 kilometers from the North Sea on the River Elbe. The popularity of this port has given Hamburg the nickname as Germany's Gateway to the World. The city itself is the second largest in Germany and the metropolitan area has a population of over 4 million people.

Which city is cheaper, Hamburg 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 Hamburg is €93. 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 Hamburg 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.

Hamburg's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is €86. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is €43.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Helsinki 59
    Hamburg 43
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Helsinki 118
    Hamburg 86

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 Hamburg can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is €28 per person, and a typical meal will cost around €11 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
    Hamburg 28

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 Hamburg

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


  • Pink Thai Soup Dinner and Spring Rolls
    15
  • Currywurst and Pommes Frites
    5.00
  • Donner Kebab and Coke
    6.00
  • Traditional Hamburg Dinner w/ Beer
    15
  • Donner Kebab Lunch
    4.00
  • Sandwich and Coffee Break
    6.00
  • Fish Sandwich from Fish Market
    3.50
  • Coffee and Donut
    4.00

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Hamburg

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

  • Historic Reeperbahn Tour with Optional Dinner in Hamburg: $38
  • St. Georg Hamburg - Food Tour: $45
  • HafenCity & Elbphilharmonie - Food Tour: $50
  • Sternschanze Hamburg - Food Tour: $53
  • St. Pauli - Food Tour: $53
  • Eat Like A Local : Hamburg Private Food Tour With Tastings: $146

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.

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around €23 per day to get around in Hamburg.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Helsinki 18
    Hamburg 23

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
  • Helsinki Airport Transfers : Helsinki to Airport HEL in Business Car: $98
  • Helsinki Airport Transfers: Helsinki City to Helsinki Airport HEL in Luxury Van: $113
  • Helsinki Departure Private Transfer from Helsinki City to Helsinki Airport HEL: $97

Typical Local Transportation prices in Hamburg

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


  • Short Distance Ubahn Ticket
    1.70

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Hamburg

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Hamburg:

  • Round Trip Private Transfer: Hamburg Airport HAM to Hamburg City by Sedan Car: $124
  • Round Trip Private Transfer: Hamburg Airport HAM to Hamburg City by Luxury Van: $311
  • Round Trip Private Transfer: Hamburg Airport HAM to Hamburg City by Luxury Car: $280
  • Round Trip Private Transfer: Hamburg Airport HAM to Hamburg City by Business Car: $228
  • Private Transfer: Hamburg to Hamburg Airport (HAM): $65
  • Private Transfer: Hamburg Airport (HAM) to Hamburg: $65
  • Private Transfer: HAM Hamburg Airport to Hamburg City Center: $40
  • Private Transfer from Hamburg to Bremen: $591
  • Private Transfer from Hamburg Airport to Accommodation in Hamburg: $93
  • Private Transfer from Accommodation in Hamburg to Hamburg Airport: $86
  • Private Round-Trip Transfer: Hamburg HAM Airport - Hamburg City Center: $85
  • Private Departure Transfer from Hamburg City to Hamburg Airport: $42

Is it cheaper to fly into Helsinki or Hamburg?

Prices for flights to both Hamburg 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.

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around €31 per person, per day in Hamburg. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Helsinki 22
    Hamburg 31

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

Typical Entertainment prices in Hamburg

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


  • Tower at St. Michael's Church
    3.50

Tours and Activities in Hamburg

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

  • 2-Hour Walking Tour: Hamburg Speicherstadt and HafenCity: $160
  • 5-Day Independent Hamburg to Heidelberg Coach Tour: $486
  • 5-Day Overnight Coach Tour from Hamburg to Munich: $534
  • 5-Day Overnight Coach Tour from Hamburg to Stuttgart: $726
  • Alternative Hamburg Private Alternative Street Art Tour: $274
  • Best of Hamburg - Private tour: $368
  • Bird Watching Adventure Tour in Hamburg, South Africa: $272
  • City Tour of Hamburg with Hop-On, Hop-Off Ticket: $22
  • City Walking Tour DEADLY KIEZ: $22
  • City Walking Tour JEWISH HAMBURG: $22
  • City tour through Hamburg: $24
  • Craft Beer Tastings Tour in Hamburg: $50

Alcohol

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

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Hamburg may vary from person to person, on average a person spends €14 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Helsinki 13
    Hamburg 14

Sample the Local Flavors in Hamburg

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

  • Hamburg Pub Crawl: 4 Bars, 1 Shot per Bar: $14
  • Corona Pub Crawl with special drinks: $62
  • Private guided Club & Pub tour - Pub Crawl: $358


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Helsinki and Hamburg, we can see that Helsinki is more expensive. And not only is Hamburg much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Hamburg would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Hamburg 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 Hamburg.

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