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

Should you visit Helsinki or Salzburg?

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

Salzburg

Most people know of Salzburg from its roll in the infamous movie "The Sound of Music." Every child who fell in love with this movie knows the gazebo scene in the rain, or could sing "My Favorite Things" as they skip down the Salzach River, but once you get past the obvious cliches, you can see that Salzburg is a city with a lot of depth and culture aside from the movie.

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 €97. 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 Salzburg 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 Salzburg is about €124 This assumes double occupancy and modest accommodations.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Helsinki 59
    Salzburg 62
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Helsinki 118
    Salzburg 124

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.

Food in Salzburg costs travelers about €23 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Helsinki 27
    Salzburg 23

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.

  • Austrian Apple Strudel Cooking Class including Lunch: $57
  • Salzburg Christmas Cookies and Apple Strudel Cooking Lesson: $60
  • 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 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
  • Mozart Concert and Dinner or VIP Dinner at Fortress Salzburg with River Cruise: $105
  • Best of Mozart Concert and GOLDEN VIP Dinner at Fortress Hohensalzburg: $135
  • 2-Night Salzburg Mozart Tour and Dinner Show: $287
  • Riding Dinner SBG - horse-carriage ride incl. Austrian delicacies (SparkSight.): $440

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 €10 per day to get around in Salzburg.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Helsinki 18
    Salzburg 10

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
  • 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
  • Private Chauffeur Transfer Helsinki: $56
  • VIP car Airport Transfer Helsinki: $56
  • Departure Private Transfer Luxury Van Helsinki City to Helsinki Port: $62
  • 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
  • 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
  • Salzburg Airport Transfers : Salzburg to Salzburg Airport SZG in Luxury Van: $84

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 €13 per person, per day in Salzburg. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.


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

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

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

The average person spends about €14 on alcoholic beverages in Salzburg per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Helsinki 13
    Salzburg 14

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 Helsinki 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.

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