Should you visit Helsinki or Malmo?
Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Helsinki and Malmo 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.
Located on the southern tip of Sweden, in the province of Skane, Malmo is Sweden's third largest city. It has a very international population with about a third of the residents being from countries other than Sweden. This diversity is evident within Malmo, which is rich in culture, interesting food, and an array of entertainment options. Historically, Malmo was an industrial city with a ship building company, Kockums being the area's largest employer. Today, however, the city is much more economicaly diverse with many eco friendly neighborhoods and plenty of suburban style housing.
Which city is cheaper, Malmo 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 Malmo is €66. 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 Malmo 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.
The prices for places to stay in Malmo can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is €39, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around €78.
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.
On average, meal and food prices in Malmo cost around €21 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around €8.40.
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.
Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Malmo than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend €6.77 on transportation in Malmo on average per day.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Helsinki
Also for Helsinki, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
VIP car Airport Transfer Helsinki:
VIP Transfer in Helsinki:
VIP Transfer Helsinki Airport:
VIP Airport transfers in Helsinki region:
VIP Airport transfers by new cars in Helsinki:
Ultra - Helsinki Private Transfer from Helsinki Cruise Port to City Centre:
Ultra - Helsinki Private Transfer from City Centre to Helsinki Cruise Port:
Private arrival OR departure transfer in Helsinki (airport or hotel pick up):
Private Transfer: Helsinki-Malmi Airpor (HEM) to Helsinki:
Private Transfer: Helsinki to Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport (HEL):
Private Transfer: Helsinki to Helsinki-Malmi Airpor (HEM):
Private Departure Transfer from Helsinki City to Helsinki Vantaa Airport:
Typical Local Transportation prices in Malmo
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Malmo:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Malmo
Also for Malmo, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Private Transfer: Malmo to Malmo Airport (MMX):
Private Arrival Transfer from Malmo Airport (MMX) to Malmo City Center:
Malmö City to Kastrup hotel/address - Private Car Transfer:
Malmö City to Copenhagen hotel or address - Private Car Transfer:
Malmo Private Transfer from Central Malmo to Malmo Airport:
Malmo City Center to Malmo Airport (MMX) - Departure Private Transfer:
Low Cost Private Transfer From Malmö Sturup Airport to Malmö City - One Way:
Low Cost Private Transfer From Malmö Sturup Airport to Copenhagen City - One Way:
First Class Airport Limousine Transfer: Sturup Airport to Malmö City:
First Class Airport Limousine Transfer: Malmö City to Sturup Airport:
First Class Airport Limousine Transfer: Malmö City to Kastrup Airport:
Airport Limousine Transfer: Sturup Airport to Malmö City 1-7 passengers:
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.
Sightseeing expenses in Malmo, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €9.03 per day, per person.
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 Malmo
For Malmo, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
Skip the Line: Disgusting Food Museum Entrance Ticket:
Typically, people visiting Helsinki spend on average €13 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Typically, people visiting Malmo spend on average €30 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Helsinki and Malmo, we can see that Helsinki is more expensive. And not only is Malmo much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Malmo would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Malmo 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 Malmo.
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