A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Helsinki vs. Salzburg for Couples, Attractions, Food, and Families

Should you visit Helsinki or Salzburg?

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 Salzburg 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. You'll find world class beauty here as well. Other popular activities here include nightlife, food, and shopping.

Salzburg

Salzburg is a historic, beautiful, and musical city. It's considered by many to be an absolutely beautiful destination, too. It also has a unique and quaint vibe that attracts lots of visitors. Visitors also love the nightlife, live music, and food.

Helsinki and Salzburg: Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Popular museums and historical sights
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Impressive beauty
Pros
  • Popular museums and historical sights
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Impressive beauty
  • Quaint atmosphere


How is Helsinki different from Salzburg?

Which is Better for a Holiday?

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

Is Helsinki or Salzburg better for Museums and Historical Sights?

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

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.

Visitors can fill many days exploring the museums and attractions around Salzburg. There are many historic sights to explore including Mozart's birthplace, the Mozart Residence, the Salzburg Museum, and the many stunning churches and concert halls.

Helsinki
Salzburg


Is Helsinki or Salzburg better for Food?

Foodies will find both Helsinki and Salzburg 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.

Dining out in Salzburg is an experience not to be missed. The old town is filled with charming restaurants that serve local specialties including schnitzel, tafelspitz, and strudel. The city is also known for it's impressive breakfast spread that is often served on a three tiered cake stand and includes cheeses, salami, fresh fruit, pastries, olives, jams and more.

Helsinki
Salzburg

Is Helsinki or Salzburg better for Nightlife?

The nightlife scene is relatively similar in Helsinki and Salzburg.

With a handful of venues, visitors can find a fairly lively vibe in Helsinki. 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.

Salzburg has an active nightlife scene for those who seek it out. The city has a number of trendy bars, pubs, and clubs where you can enjoy music and a lively atmosphere.

Helsinki
Salzburg

Is Helsinki or Salzburg better for Shopping?

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

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.

Salzburg is a world class destination for shoppers. The city's historic heart is filled with boutique shops, chocolate markets, and charming local vendors. It's fun to peruse the many shops that line the streets while you shop for local souvenirs.

Helsinki
Salzburg

Is Helsinki or Salzburg better for Families?

Both Helsinki and Salzburg 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.

Salzburg is known to be a very family-friendly place to visit. Kids who know the Sound of Music will enjoy visiting the setting of a number of scenes from the movie. There are even popular Sound of Music tours that take you to the gardens where they sang "Do Re Mi" and out of town to the church where Maria married the Captain. There are also Marionette Puppet shows, cooking classes, castles and more around town that everyone can enjoy.

Helsinki
Salzburg


Is Helsinki or Salzburg better for Couples?

Both Helsinki and Salzburg 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.

Salzburg is fantastic couple's destination with fun and romantic activities. The town offers a romantic setting with elaborate breakfasts, beautiful architecture, live shows, and plenty that couples can enjoy. You can simply wander around old town or explore the many gardens around town.

Helsinki
Salzburg

Is Helsinki or Salzburg better for Backpackers and Budget Travelers?

Helsinki and Salzburg 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.

Salzburg is a very popular city for backpackers and budget travelers. This is a popular city to visit, so there are plenty of amenities for backpackers. If you want to save a little money, you can stay and eat outside of old town where the prices are a little less.

Helsinki
Salzburg

Is Helsinki or Salzburg better for Students?

Both Helsinki and Salzburg 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.

Salzburg is a very popular place to visit for students. International students appreciate the high quality of life, excellent educational opportunities and unique European setting that makes this city special. There are also a number of beautiful places just outside of town that you can explore, as well as many travel connections to other popular cities in Europe.

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Salzburg

Is Helsinki or Salzburg better for Public Transit?

Visitors will find public transit in both Helsinki and Salzburg.

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

Salzburg offers a very effecient public transportation network. Trolleys and buses make it easy to get around town.

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Salzburg


Is Helsinki or Salzburg a more walkable city?

Helsinki and Salzburg are similar when it comes to walkability.

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

Salzburg is a very walkable destination. The old town is very walkable, but if you stay outside of the main tourist areas, you'll likely want to take a bus.

Helsinki
Salzburg

Should I spend more time in Salzburg or Helsinki?

How long in Helsinki or Salzburg?

In either Helsinki or Salzburg, you'll find plenty of activities to fill your time. Most visitors tend to spend more time in Salzburg 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 Salzburg is 3-5 days.


  • How many days in Helsinki or Salzburg? Ideal Length of Stay
    Helsinki 2-4 
    Salzburg 3-5

One day in Helsinki or Salzburg?

The beautiful city of Helsinki offers food and shopping. 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.

The beautiful city of Salzburg offers museums and nightlife. Exploring the old town is a popular activity. 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 Salzburg?

Helsinki 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 Helsinki, a weekend is sufficent for most. Take your pick from the many activities offered around the area.

Salzburg is a popular place that is full of things to see and experience. Make sure you visit the old town while you're here. But since there are so many activities, you'll likely want to spend more than a weekend exploring. Take your pick from the many activities offered around the area.

Five days in Helsinki or Salzburg?

Helsinki is a popular choice for travelers. Five days is usually plenty of time to spend here with extra days to spare. With this much time, visitors often visit nearby destinations or take day trips. The entire area has lots to do.

Salzburg is a popular choice for travelers. Five days here is typical. While some people choose to spend more or less time in Salzburg, five days is sufficent for most. The entire area has lots to do.


A week in Helsinki or Salzburg?

Helsinki is a great place to explore. 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.

Salzburg is a great place to explore. Visiting the old town is also a must. 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, Salzburg 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 Salzburg is €123. 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 Salzburg in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Helsinki 59
    Salzburg 74
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Helsinki 118
    Salzburg 148
Compare Hotels in Helsinki and Salzburg

Looking for a hotel in Helsinki or Salzburg? 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 Salzburg


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Helsinki 18
    Salzburg 16

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Helsinki

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

  • Ultra - Helsinki Private Transfer from City Centre to Helsinki Cruise Port: $8.71
  • Ultra - Helsinki Private Transfer from Helsinki Cruise Port to City Centre: $8.71
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Helsinki to Helsinki-Vantaa Airport (HEL): $33
  • Private Departure Transfer from Helsinki City Center to Helsinki Airport (HEL): $34
  • From Tallinn: Return Day Trip Ferry Transfer to Helsinki: $36
  • Private Departure Transfer from Helsinki City to Helsinki Vantaa Airport: $40
  • Airport transfer in Helsinki: $50
  • Best Transfer Helsinki: $50
  • VIP Transfer Helsinki Airport: $53
  • VIP car Airport Transfer Helsinki: $56
  • Private Chauffeur Transfer Helsinki: $56
  • Arrival Private Transfer Business Car Helsinki Port to Helsinki City: $62

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Salzburg

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Salzburg:

  • Transfer from Salzburg to Vienna: Private sightseeing daytrip with 2 stops: $252
  • Transfer from Salzburg to Prague: Private sightseeing daytrip with 2 stops: $216
  • Transfer from Salzburg to Budapest: Private sightseeing daytrip with 2 stops: $282
  • Scenic transfer from Salzburg to Prague with 4 hours stop in Hallstatt: $863
  • Sightseeing Transfer to Prague via Cesky Krumlov: $1,117
  • Salzburg → Vienna - 2h of Sightseeing - Comfortable Premium Car Private Transfer: $337
  • Salzburg → Budapest - 2h of Sightseeing Comfortable Premium Car Private Transfer: $351
  • Salzburg to Venice Private Transfer and Sightseeing: $814
  • Salzburg Train Station Departure Transfer: $87
  • Salzburg Train Station Arrival Transfer: $87
  • Salzburg Private Transfer from Salzburg Airport to City centre: $63
  • Salzburg Airport transfer from W.A. Mozart airport to hotels or apartments: $25

Is it cheaper to fly into Helsinki or Salzburg?

Prices for flights to both Salzburg 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
    Salzburg 32

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 Salzburg

Some typical examples of dining costs in Salzburg are as follows:


  • Lunch Salad
    9.00

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Salzburg

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

  • Cookies and Apple Strudel Cooking Class Including Lunch: $52
  • Austrian Apple Strudel Cooking Class including Lunch: $57
  • Salzburg Christmas Cookies and Apple Strudel Cooking Lesson: $60
  • Salzach Cruise & Dinner at Hohesalzburg Fortress: $68
  • Best of Mozart Fortress Concert and Dinner: $79
  • Mozart and Advent/Christmas Concert with Dinner at Fortress Hohensalzburg: $82
  • Best of Mozart Concert and Dinner or VIP Dinner at Fortress Hohensalzburg: $82
  • Mozart Concert with Dinner: $84
  • Mozart Dinner Concert at the Baroque Hall of St Peter`s Abbey in Salzburg: $86
  • Fortress HohenObservationtower Admission, Dinner and Mozart Concert: $92
  • Dinner Cooking Class & Concert - Prezels, Dumplings, Apple Strudel & Mozart: $93
  • The Sound of Music Tour in Salzburg With Lunch or Dinner: $102

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Helsinki 22
    Salzburg 24

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

Tours and Activities in Salzburg

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Salzburg are as follows:

  • 'The Sound of Music' Private Tour with Breakfast at Schloss Leopoldskron: $428
  • 2 pm Sound of Music Tour by minivan: $72
  • 2- or 3-Night Schloss Leopoldskron Stay in Salzburg Including 'The Sound of Music' Tour: $391
  • 2-Hour Private Salzburg City Highlights Tour: $274
  • 3-Night Salzburg Winter Package with City Highlights Tour: $158
  • 4-day Salzburg Package including Oktoberfest in Munich and Sound of Music Tour: $512
  • 9 am Sound of Music Tour by minivan: $72
  • A day in the life of Salzburg - Private tour with a local: $249
  • A taste of An audio tour through the birthplace of Mozart: $6.99
  • Adventure in Eagle's Nest - Hike Tour: $86
  • Amphibious Splash Tour on the Water and on the Land in Salzburg: $42
  • Austrian Lakes and Mountains Half-Day Tour from Salzburg: $66

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Helsinki 13
    Salzburg 21

Typical Alcohol prices in Salzburg

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Salzburg:


  • Beer
    3.70

Sample the Local Flavors in Salzburg

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

  • Private Austrian Food and Wine Tasting with a Sommelière & Chef: $101
  • Private Half Day Salzburg City Tour including Visit to the Stiegl Brewery: $523


When comparing the travel costs between Helsinki and Salzburg, we can see that Salzburg 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 Salzburg?

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 Salzburg in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Helsinki as well as Salzburg. Most visitors come to Helsinki for the family-friendly experiences during these months. Additionally, the summer months attract visitors to Salzburg because of the music scene and the family-friendly experiences.

In the summer, Helsinki is cooler than Salzburg. Typically, the summer temperatures in Helsinki in July are around 17°C (62°F), and Salzburg is about 20°C (68°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Salzburg. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Helsinki this time of the year. In the summer, Helsinki often gets more sunshine than Salzburg. Helsinki gets 275 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Salzburg receives 227 hours of full sun.

Helsinki usually gets less rain in July than Salzburg. Helsinki gets 58 mm (2.3 in) of rain, while Salzburg receives 91 mm (3.6 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Helsinki 17°C (62°F) 
    Salzburg 20°C (68°F)

Should I visit Helsinki or Salzburg in the Autumn?

Both Salzburg and Helsinki are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities. The autumn months attract visitors to Helsinki because of the shopping scene and the natural beauty of the area. Also, the shopping scene, the music scene, and the natural beauty of the area are the main draw to Salzburg this time of year.

In October, Helsinki is generally much colder than Salzburg. Temperatures in Helsinki average around 6°C (42°F), and Salzburg stays around 11°C (52°F).

Helsinki usually receives less sunshine than Salzburg during autumn. At this time of the year, Helsinki gets 90 hours of sunny skies, while Salzburg receives 108 hours of full sun.

In October, Helsinki usually receives more rain than Salzburg. At this time of the year, Helsinki gets 71 mm (2.8 in) of rain, while Salzburg receives 51 mm (2 in) of rain.


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

Should I visit Helsinki or Salzburg in the Winter?

Both Salzburg and Helsinki during the winter are popular places to visit. The museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine are the main draw to Helsinki this time of year. Also, many travelers come to Salzburg for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

Be prepared for some very cold days in Salzburg. It's quite cold in Helsinki in the winter. Helsinki is much colder than Salzburg in the winter. The temperature in Helsinki is usually -6°C (21°F) in January, and Salzburg stays around -0°C (31°F).

In the winter, Helsinki often gets less sunshine than Salzburg. Helsinki gets 39 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Salzburg receives 44 hours of full sun.

Helsinki usually gets less rain in January than Salzburg. Helsinki gets 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain, while Salzburg receives 56 mm (2.2 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Helsinki -6°C (21°F) 
    Salzburg -0°C (31°F)

Should I visit Helsinki or Salzburg in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Helsinki and Salzburg. Many travelers come to Helsinki for the natural beauty. Also, many visitors come to Salzburg in the spring for the natural beauty.

Be prepared for some very cold days in Helsinki. In the spring, Helsinki is much colder than Salzburg. Typically, the spring temperatures in Helsinki in April are around 3°C (37°F), and Salzburg is about 11°C (51°F).

Helsinki usually receives more sunshine than Salzburg during spring. At this time of the year, Helsinki gets 183 hours of sunny skies, while Salzburg receives 155 hours of full sun.

In April, Helsinki usually receives less rain than Salzburg. At this time of the year, Helsinki gets 41 mm (1.6 in) of rain, while Salzburg receives 55 mm (2.2 in) of rain.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Helsinki 3°C (37°F) 
    Salzburg 11°C (51°F)

Typical Weather for Salzburg and Helsinki

Helsinki Salzburg
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan -6°C (21°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) -0°C (31°F) 56 mm (2.2 in)
Feb -7°C (20°F) 31 mm (1.2 in) 2°C (36°F) 49 mm (1.9 in)
Mar -3°C (27°F) 34 mm (1.4 in) 6°C (43°F) 53 mm (2.1 in)
Apr 3°C (37°F) 41 mm (1.6 in) 11°C (51°F) 55 mm (2.2 in)
May 9°C (49°F) 31 mm (1.2 in) 15°C (59°F) 82 mm (3.2 in)
Jun 15°C (59°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 18°C (65°F) 92 mm (3.6 in)
Jul 17°C (62°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 20°C (68°F) 91 mm (3.6 in)
Aug 16°C (60°F) 72 mm (2.8 in) 19°C (67°F) 93 mm (3.6 in)
Sep 11°C (51°F) 74 mm (2.9 in) 16°C (61°F) 58 mm (2.3 in)
Oct 6°C (42°F) 71 mm (2.8 in) 11°C (52°F) 51 mm (2 in)
Nov 1°C (33°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 5°C (42°F) 59 mm (2.3 in)
Dec -4°C (26°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 1°C (35°F) 64 mm (2.5 in)


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