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

Should you visit Helsinki or Tromso?

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

Tromso

The city of Tromso, in northern Norway, is named after the island of Tromsoya, on which it stands. Tromso is located 350 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle and is the largest city in Northern Norway. From September to March many people come to Tromso to see the northern lights. From 20 May to 20 July the midnight sun makes it possible to do as the locals and participate in various activities around the clock. In general, Tromso has a mild climate for such a northerly destination because of its seaside location and the warming effect of the Gulf stream. Tromso is ideal for seeing the northern lights in Norway and has a modern mix of outdoor activities, a vibrant nightlife, and places to eat local food.

Which city is cheaper, Tromso 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 Tromso 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 Tromso 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.

Travelers usually pay around €94 for a double occupancy room in Tromso If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Helsinki 59
    Tromso 47
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Helsinki 118
    Tromso 94

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.

In Tromso travelers spend around €34 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Helsinki 27
    Tromso 34

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

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.

Tromso's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend €24 per person, per day on transportation in Tromso.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Helsinki 18
    Tromso 24

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Helsinki

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

  • Private Transfer: Helsinki to Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport (HEL): $622
  • Private Transfer: Helsinki-Malmi Airpor (HEM) to Helsinki: $622
  • Private Transfer: Helsinki to Helsinki-Malmi Airpor (HEM): $622
  • Helsinki Private Panoramic Tour with Airport Transfer: $375
  • Helsinki Private Departure Airport Transfer: $203
  • Airport Private transfer via Marimekko & Iittala with Japanese Speaking Driver: $195
  • Private arrival OR departure transfer in Helsinki (airport or hotel pick up): $185
  • Helsinki airport transfer to all Helsinki area hotels: $166
  • Helsinki Airport Transfers: Helsinki City to Helsinki Airport HEL in Luxury Van: $113
  • Helsinki Departure Private Transfer from Helsinki City to Helsinki Airport HEL: $110
  • Helsinki Private Transfer : Port of Helsinki to Helsinki City in Luxury Van: $104
  • Private Airport Transfer in Helsinki region: $102

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.

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Tromso can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around €14 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Helsinki 22
    Tromso 14

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
  • Architecture Tour of Helsinki with a city planner: $68
  • Artificial Intelligence City Tour of Helsinki: $37
  • City Sightseeing Helsinki Hop On Hop Off Tour: $37
  • City Sightseeing Helsinki Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour: $37
  • Classic style boating & Island experience with BBQ: $187
  • Daily Small Group Porvoo Tour: $153

Tours and Activities in Tromso

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Tromso.

  • 5-Day Self-Drive-Tour Northern Norway from Tromso - Active Holiday: $1,259
  • 5-Day Self-Drive-Tour Northern Norway from Tromso - Nature Holiday: $1,280
  • 9-Day Self-Drive-Tour Northern Norway from Tromso - Active Holiday: $2,199
  • 9-Day Self-Drive-Tour Northern Norway from Tromso - Nature Holiday: $2,225
  • Arctic Roadtrip: Sommarøy with scenic picnic Ⓥ | Private | Sightseeing | 4x4 Van: $804
  • Kvaloya Tour Winter: $195
  • Northern Lights Adventure with Greenlander, 8 people max: $189
  • Northern Lights Private tour with your special ones - Greenlander: $1,548
  • Private 5 to 7 hours Northern Lights Tour in Tromsø with hotel pick up: $1,337
  • Private Northern Lights Tour by small van: $1,316
  • Scenic fjord tour with Arctic Truck in Troms archipelago - PRIVATE: $762
  • Small Group up to 8 people Aurora Borealis - Northern lights - Night Tour.: $163

Alcohol

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

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Tromso, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is €7.16.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Helsinki 13
    Tromso 7.16


When comparing the travel costs between Helsinki and Tromso, 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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