A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Helsinki vs. Stockholm for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Helsinki or Stockholm?

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

Stockholm

Stockholm is the capital city of Sweden and is made up of over 14 islands that are connected by countless bridges. Water is an integral part of the city, but so are parks and gardens. The city is covered in strategically positioned green space. Together, the water and parkland cover more than half of the city's area, giving this bustling city a breath of fresh air.

Which city is cheaper, Stockholm 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 Stockholm is €145. 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 Stockholm 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.

The average price for accommodation for two people in Stockholm is €164. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Helsinki 59
    Stockholm 82
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Helsinki 118
    Stockholm 164

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.

Stockholm food costs typically run travelers around €31 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Helsinki 27
    Stockholm 31

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 Stockholm

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Stockholm:


  • Breakfast
    9.76

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Stockholm

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

  • Private Yacht Cruise with Lunch or Dinner in Stockholm Archipelago: $1,494

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 average price of local transportation around Stockholm is €17 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Helsinki 18
    Stockholm 17

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

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Stockholm

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Stockholm:

  • Stockholm hotel or address to Stockholm Port - Private Round-Trip Car Transfer: $119
  • Stockholm hotel or address to Stockholm Port - Private Car Transfer: $60
  • Stockholm Private Transfer from Stockholm city centre to Skavsta Airport: $332
  • Stockholm Private Transfer from Stockholm city centre to Bromma Airport: $83
  • Stockholm Private Transfer from Stockholm city centre to Arlanda Airport: $136
  • Stockholm Private Transfer from Stockholm Cruise Terminal to Arlanda airport: $180
  • Stockholm Port Transfer: $70
  • Stockholm Hotel Transfer: $106
  • Stockholm City to Stockholm Skavsta Airport (NYO) - Departure Private Transfer: $119
  • Stockholm City to Stockholm Bromma Airport (BMA) - Departure Private Transfer: $50
  • Stockholm City to Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN) - Departure Private Transfer: $78
  • Stockholm City Departure Private Transfer to Stockholm Port by Luxury Van: $93

Is it cheaper to fly into Helsinki or Stockholm?

Prices for flights to both Stockholm 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.





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.

Stockholm's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around €21 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Helsinki 22
    Stockholm 21

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 Stockholm

Here are a few actual costs in Stockholm for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Dark Stockholm Tour: $173
  • Discover Stockholm on Private Tour and Get an Ice-cold Experience: $617
  • Drottningholm Palace & The Chinese Pavilion - Private Chauffeur Tour: $217
  • Fotografiska Admission Ticket, 90 minutes: $22
  • Gripsholm Castle and Mariefred City, Private Chauffeur Tour from Stockholm: $255
  • Layover in Stockholm a Private Tour with a local: Best Highlights of Stockholm: $249
  • Meet the Nordic Pearl - Stockholm on a Private Panoramic Tour (3 hours): $558
  • PRIVAT tour to Drottningholm palace in Stockholm by VIP car and private guide: $255
  • PRIVATE Stockholm tour to Drottningholm and Chinese pavilion with guide by car: $255
  • Private And Personalized Experience: See Stockholm With A Local: $83
  • Private Car Tour of Stockholm with a Live guide, including the Vasa museum.: $249
  • Private Day Tour to Uppsala - Uppsala Cathedral, Viking Burials and countryside: $281

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 Stockholm may vary from person to person, on average a person spends €22 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Helsinki 13
    Stockholm 22


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Helsinki and Stockholm, we can see that Stockholm is more expensive. And not only is Helsinki much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Helsinki would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Helsinki 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 Stockholm would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Stockholm than you might in Helsinki.

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