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

Should you visit Helsinki or Sarajevo?

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 Sarajevo 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 coastal, environmentally conscious, and waterfront city. It's considered by many to be an absolutely beautiful destination, too. Visitors also love the food, shopping, and museums.

Sarajevo

Sarajevo is a historical, cultural, and beautiful city. It's a large city, so you'll find plenty of things to do around town. The beauty of this spot is also one of the main reasons why visitors come. Visitors also love the nightlife, food, and hiking.

Helsinki and Sarajevo: Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Popular museums and historical sights
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Impressive beauty
Cons
  • Less popular for food
Pros
  • Popular museums and historical sights
  • Popular for food and cuisine
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Impressive beauty
Cons
  • Less family-friendly
  • Less popular with couples


How is Helsinki different from Sarajevo?

Which is Better for a Holiday?

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

Is Helsinki or Sarajevo better for Museums and Historical Sights?

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

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 Sarajevo. The sights in the city reflect its history and culture. Famous places to visit include Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque, the Latin Bridge, Kovači Memorial Cemetery, and the Sarajevo Tunnel Museum.

Helsinki
Sarajevo


Is Helsinki or Sarajevo better for Food?

For a nice culinary experience, head to Sarajevo, which is well known for it's local dishes and restaurants.

Many restaurants in Sarajevo have been singled out for their culinary prowess. Bosnia isn't the first place that comes to mind when you think of food, but it is actually among the best. The dishes are heavy on meat and pastry, with the perfect amount of seasoning. Favorite dishes include Bosnian burek and cevapi. And it's easy to dine your way through this beautiful city as restaurants are very affordable.

There are many up and coming restaurants in the Helsinki area. 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.

Helsinki
Sarajevo

Is Helsinki or Sarajevo better for Nightlife?

The nightlife scene is relatively similar in Helsinki and Sarajevo.

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.

Sarajevo has an active nightlife scene for those who seek it out. After immersing yourself in history for the day, the nighttime offers the perfect opportunity to unwind. Locals and tourists come together at the city's many bars and nightclubs where you can listen to music, dance, or chat with locals over a cold beer.

Helsinki
Sarajevo

Is Helsinki or Sarajevo better for Shopping?

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

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.

Browsing through shops is a popular activity in Sarajevo. This city offers a unique opportunity to shop for traditional hand-crafted good in the old town. The goods are handmade and reflect the city's long running history as a center for trade. Popular items for purchase include coffee sets, jewelry, and handmade carpets.

Helsinki
Sarajevo

Is Helsinki or Sarajevo better for Families?

Helsinki is considered to a better choice for families.

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.

Sarajevo doesn't usually come to mind when thinking about kid-friendly destinations. Older kids will really benefit from the history and cultural lessons that coincide with a visit to this beautiful city. There are also some fun activities that they can enjoy including a zoo, an indoor play area, and an amusement park not far outside of town.

Helsinki
Sarajevo


Is Helsinki or Sarajevo better for Couples?

There's generally more to do as a couple in Helsinki than Sarajevo.

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.

Sarajevo is not always the best place to visit for a couple. Romance isn't the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Sarajevo, but the city has amazing food and world class cultural sights that will make for a truly rewarding trip.

Helsinki
Sarajevo

Is Helsinki or Sarajevo better for Backpackers and Budget Travelers?

Helsinki and Sarajevo 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.

Sarajevo is a very popular city for backpackers and budget travelers. This city is among the most culturally captivating places in Europe. Although it's often overlooked by tourists and backpackers, the affordability, stunning beauty, and unique personality make it a truly amazing place to visit.

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Sarajevo

Is Helsinki or Sarajevo better for Public Transit?

Visitors will find public transit in both Helsinki and Sarajevo.

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

Sarajevo offers a very effecient public transportation network. It includes a tram, trolleybus, bus and minibus network.

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Sarajevo

Is Helsinki or Sarajevo a more walkable city?

Helsinki and Sarajevo 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.

Sarajevo is a somewhat walkable city. Most of the touristy areas in the central part of the city are walkable, but there are also some sights outside of town that you will need a taxi to visit.

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Sarajevo


Should I spend more time in Sarajevo or Helsinki?

How long in Helsinki or Sarajevo?

Visitors can find plenty of fun things to do in both Helsinki and Sarajevo. With generally more activities and things to do, visitors tend to spend more time in Helsinki than Sarajevo.

The ideal length of time for a trip to Helsinki is 2-4 days, and the ideal length of time for a trip to Sarajevo is 1-3 days.


  • How many days in Helsinki or Sarajevo? Ideal Length of Stay
    Helsinki 2-4 
    Sarajevo 1-3

One day in Helsinki or Sarajevo?

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 Sarajevo offers food and shopping. Many visitors also spend a good bit of time hiking. With all of its activities, you can easily fill one day here. It will give you the chance to have new experiences.

A weekend in Helsinki or Sarajevo?

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.

Sarajevo 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. Make sure you visit the old town while you're here. While some people choose to spend more or less time in Sarajevo, a weekend is sufficent for most. Take your pick from the many activities offered around the area.

Five days in Helsinki or Sarajevo?

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.

Sarajevo 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.

A week in Helsinki or Sarajevo?

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.

Sarajevo is a great place to explore. Hiking can easily take up a good amount of your time here, too. 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, Sarajevo 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 Sarajevo is €53. 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 Sarajevo in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Helsinki 59
    Sarajevo 20
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Helsinki 118
    Sarajevo 40
Compare Hotels in Helsinki and Sarajevo

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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Helsinki 18
    Sarajevo 5.27

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Helsinki

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

  • VIP car Airport Transfer Helsinki: $56
  • VIP Transfer in Helsinki: $71
  • VIP Transfer Helsinki Airport: $53
  • VIP Airport transfers in Helsinki region: $102
  • VIP Airport transfers by new cars in Helsinki: $102
  • Ultra - Helsinki Private Transfer from Helsinki Cruise Port to City Centre: $8.71
  • Ultra - Helsinki Private Transfer from City Centre to Helsinki Cruise Port: $8.71
  • Private arrival OR departure transfer in Helsinki (airport or hotel pick up): $185
  • Private Transfer: Helsinki-Malmi Airpor (HEM) to Helsinki: $622
  • Private Transfer: Helsinki to Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport (HEL): $622
  • Private Transfer: Helsinki to Helsinki-Malmi Airpor (HEM): $622
  • Private Departure Transfer from Helsinki City to Helsinki Vantaa Airport: $40

Typical Local Transportation prices in Sarajevo

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Sarajevo:


  • Tram Tickets (for 2)
    1.54

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Sarajevo

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

  • Transfer from Sarajevo to Split with Herzegovina Tour: $131
  • Transfer from Sarajevo to Kotor+Herzegovina tour: $148
  • Transfer from Sarajevo to Dubrovnik with stops(Konjic,Mostar,Blagaj,Pocitelj): $131
  • Transfer from Sarajevo to Dubrovnik with Herzegovina tour: $131
  • Transfer from Sarajevo to Belgrade with visit Visegrad, Andricgrad and Drvengrad: $123
  • Transfer Sarajevo-Dubrovnik: $156
  • Transfer From Sarajevo To Tuzla: $96
  • Transfer From Sarajevo To Mostar: $282
  • Private Transfer to and from Sarajevo Airport: $22
  • Private Transfer to and from Sarajevo Airport: $25
  • Sarajevo Airport Transfer: $15
  • Sarajevo - Dubrovnik Transfer with Mostar Tour: $351

Is it cheaper to fly into Helsinki or Sarajevo?

Prices for flights to both Sarajevo 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
    Sarajevo 24

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 Sarajevo

For Sarajevo, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Restaurant Dinner (for 2)
    11

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Sarajevo

For Sarajevo, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Traditional Bosnian Dinner with your Host Family: $38
  • A Taste of Sarajevo - Authentic Food Tour: $49
  • Dinner with locals: $57
  • Cooking Classes - Contemporary Bosnian cuisine: $65
  • Simple Bosnian Cooking Class Sarajevo: $68
  • Home-hosted Cooking Class: Cook and Eat with Bosnian family: $74
  • Bosnian Cooking Lessons: $75

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Helsinki 22
    Sarajevo 8.88

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: $955
  • 2-Hour Guided Tuk Tuk Tour in Helsinki: $274
  • 2-Hours Helsinki Professional Photography Walking Tour: $70
  • 2-Hours Photogenic Helsinki Walking Tour with a Local: $67
  • 3.5 Hour Helsinki Highlights Private Tour: $350
  • 5-hour sightseeing in Helsinki and Winterworld: $199
  • 90-minute Helsinki Boat Sightseeing on Beautiful Canal Route: $28
  • Architecture Tour of Helsinki with a city planner: $68
  • Artificial Intelligence City Tour of Helsinki: $37
  • Central Helsinki Tour: $84
  • City Sightseeing Helsinki Hop On Hop Off Tour: $37
  • City Sightseeing Helsinki Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour: $37

Typical Entertainment prices in Sarajevo

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Sarajevo's activities, tours, and tickets:


  • National Museum (for 2)
    7.17

Tours and Activities in Sarajevo

For Sarajevo, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • 1425 Days Under Siege Tour Sarajevo: $31
  • 1984 Olympic Games Bobsled Track Tour: $37
  • 1984 Sarajevo Olympics Adventure - Half Day Tour: $38
  • 2 Hours Sarajevo Tunnel Tour with Guide: $109
  • 2-Hour Romeo and Juliet Bridge Guided Walking Tour in Sarajevo: $109
  • 2-Night Private tour to Mostar and Kravice Waterfalls from Dubrovnik or Split: $319
  • 2D1N Sarajevo ⇄ Dubrovnik Tour via Mostar & Herzegovina (Herzegovina Journey): $557
  • 3 Day Bosnia Combo Tour Package: $718
  • 4 Days 3 Nights Luxury Bosnia Hercegovina Tour: $1,804
  • 8 Days Bosnian Experience: $1,148
  • 9 Days in Bosnia and Herzegovina- The Three Lakes Tour: $4,977
  • 9D8N Bosnian Winter Holiday (Winter with Funky Tours): $1,436

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Helsinki 13
    Sarajevo 5.51

Sample the Local Flavors in Sarajevo

Also in Sarajevo, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Small-group Wine Tasting Expiriance, with lunch in vineyard: $80


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


When is the best time to visit Helsinki or Sarajevo?

Both destinations experience a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. And since both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Helsinki or Sarajevo in the Summer?

Both Sarajevo and Helsinki are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities. The family-friendly experiences are the main draw to Helsinki this time of year. Also, many travelers come to Sarajevo for the hiking, the city activities, and the family-friendly experiences.

Helsinki is much colder than Sarajevo in the summer. The temperature in Helsinki is usually 17°C (62°F) in July, and Sarajevo stays around 26°C (78°F).

It's quite sunny in Sarajevo. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Helsinki. Helsinki usually receives less sunshine than Sarajevo during summer. At this time of the year, Helsinki gets 275 hours of sunny skies, while Sarajevo receives 323 hours of full sun.

In July, Helsinki usually receives more rain than Sarajevo. At this time of the year, Helsinki gets 58 mm (2.3 in) of rain, while Sarajevo receives 49 mm (1.9 in) of rain.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Helsinki 17°C (62°F) 
    Sarajevo 26°C (78°F)

Should I visit Helsinki or Sarajevo in the Autumn?

Both Sarajevo and Helsinki during the autumn are popular places to visit. Many travelers come to Helsinki for the shopping scene and the natural beauty of the area. Also, many visitors come to Sarajevo in the autumn for the hiking trails, the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area.

In the autumn, Helsinki is much colder than Sarajevo. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Helsinki in October are around 6°C (42°F), and Sarajevo is about 17°C (62°F).

In the autumn, Helsinki often gets less sunshine than Sarajevo. Helsinki gets 90 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Sarajevo receives 178 hours of full sun.

Sarajevo gets a good bit of rain this time of year. Helsinki usually gets less rain in October than Sarajevo. Helsinki gets 71 mm (2.8 in) of rain, while Sarajevo receives 153 mm (6 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Helsinki 6°C (42°F) 
    Sarajevo 17°C (62°F)

Should I visit Helsinki or Sarajevo in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Helsinki and Sarajevo. Many visitors come to Helsinki in the winter for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine. Also, most visitors come to Sarajevo for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine during these months.

Helsinki can get quite cold in the winter. In January, Helsinki is generally much colder than Sarajevo. Temperatures in Helsinki average around -6°C (21°F), and Sarajevo stays around 6°C (42°F).

Helsinki usually receives less sunshine than Sarajevo during winter. At this time of the year, Helsinki gets 39 hours of sunny skies, while Sarajevo receives 113 hours of full sun.

Sarajevo receives a lot of rain in the winter. In January, Helsinki usually receives less rain than Sarajevo. At this time of the year, Helsinki gets 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain, while Sarajevo receives 148 mm (5.8 in) of rain.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Helsinki -6°C (21°F) 
    Sarajevo 6°C (42°F)

Should I visit Helsinki or Sarajevo in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Helsinki as well as Sarajevo. Most visitors come to Helsinki for the natural beauty during these months. Also, the spring months attract visitors to Sarajevo because of the activities around the city and the natural beauty.

Helsinki can be very cold during spring. Helsinki is much colder than Sarajevo in the spring. The temperature in Helsinki is usually 3°C (37°F) in April, and Sarajevo stays around 14°C (58°F).

In the spring, Helsinki often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Sarajevo. Helsinki gets 183 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Sarajevo receives 174 hours of full sun.

It's quite rainy in Sarajevo. Helsinki usually gets less rain in April than Sarajevo. Helsinki gets 41 mm (1.6 in) of rain, while Sarajevo receives 127 mm (5 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Helsinki 3°C (37°F) 
    Sarajevo 14°C (58°F)

Typical Weather for Sarajevo and Helsinki

Helsinki Sarajevo
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan -6°C (21°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 6°C (42°F) 148 mm (5.8 in)
Feb -7°C (20°F) 31 mm (1.2 in) 8°C (46°F) 134 mm (5.3 in)
Mar -3°C (27°F) 34 mm (1.4 in) 11°C (51°F) 124 mm (4.9 in)
Apr 3°C (37°F) 41 mm (1.6 in) 14°C (58°F) 127 mm (5 in)
May 9°C (49°F) 31 mm (1.2 in) 19°C (66°F) 94 mm (3.7 in)
Jun 15°C (59°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 22°C (72°F) 73 mm (2.9 in)
Jul 17°C (62°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 26°C (78°F) 49 mm (1.9 in)
Aug 16°C (60°F) 72 mm (2.8 in) 26°C (78°F) 65 mm (2.5 in)
Sep 11°C (51°F) 74 mm (2.9 in) 22°C (71°F) 109 mm (4.3 in)
Oct 6°C (42°F) 71 mm (2.8 in) 17°C (62°F) 153 mm (6 in)
Nov 1°C (33°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 11°C (52°F) 203 mm (8 in)
Dec -4°C (26°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 7°C (45°F) 196 mm (7.7 in)


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