A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Helsinki vs. Lillehammer

Should you visit Helsinki or Lillehammer?

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

Lillehammer

Most people know the name Lillehammer because it is the city that hosted the 1994 Olympics. While it's obviously a beautiful travel destination during the winter months when it's covered in snow and winter sport opportunities are abundant, it is also a lovely travel destination in the summer. It's a surprisingly small town with a population of around 25,000. It's streets are lined with quaint, wooden houses that date back to the 19th century. The town is located on the banks of Lake Mjosa. There's a nice shopping street that's called Storgata and cuts through the middle of the old town. It is pedestrian only, giving it a charming atmosphere and making it an enjoyable place to walk around. The town also has nice galleries and museums that are worth a visit.

Which city is cheaper, Lillehammer 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 Lillehammer is €87. 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 Lillehammer 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.

A hotel room in Lillehammer is about €104 This assumes double occupancy and modest accommodations.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Helsinki 59
    Lillehammer 52
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Helsinki 118
    Lillehammer 104

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 average traveler spends about €29 per day in Lillehammer 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.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Helsinki 27
    Lillehammer 29

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 Lillehammer is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent €3.33 per person, per day, on local transportation in Lillehammer.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Helsinki 18
    Lillehammer 3.33

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

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 Lillehammer typically cost an average of €13 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
    Lillehammer 13

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

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 Lillehammer may vary from person to person, on average a person spends €11 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Helsinki 13
    Lillehammer 11


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

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