A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Kampala vs. Tallinn for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Kampala or Tallinn?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Should I visit Kampala or Tallinn? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city has activities that align with your interests along with knowing which is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the details and the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Where Should I go: Kampala or Tallinn?


Kampala is the capital of Uganda in the South part of the country near Lake Victoria. It is the largest city in Uganda, with a population of over two million people. This city is very safe and the locals are known to be very kind and approachable.


Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, is located on the southern coast of the Gulf of Finland. It has a population of more than 430,000 people and is a charming, yet cosmopolitan place to visit. The Old Town is at the center of the city's tourism, and the beauty and architecture is very impressive. The city's close proximity to Helsinki makes it a popular day trip from Finland, but cheap plane flights have also encouraged visitors from around Europe to spend several days in this city. In particular, summer months can become quite crowded.

Which place is cheaper, Tallinn or Kampala?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Kampala is $68, while the average daily cost in Tallinn is $102. 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 destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Kampala and Tallinn in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Kampala $57
    Tallinn $51
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Kampala $114
    Tallinn $102
Compare Hotels in Kampala and Tallinn

Looking for a hotel in Kampala or Tallinn? 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 Kampala

Hotels in Tallinn

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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Kampala Hotel Prices and Tallinn Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Kampala $2.43
    Tallinn $13
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Kampala

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Kampala are as follows:

  • Taxi around town

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Kampala

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Kampala:

  • Private Transfer from Kampala to Entebbe Airport (EBB) Uganda: $128
  • Private Transfer from Entebbe Airport (EBB) Uganda to Kampala: $128
  • Full-Day Kampala Trip with Lunch and Hotel Transfers: $200
  • From 3-Day Murchison Falls Safari with Transfer: $2,200
  • Entebbe kampala airport transfers: $80
  • Entebbe Airport taxi. For a safe, affordable and reliable 24/7 airport transfer.: $45
  • Entebbe Airport Transfers: $80

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Tallinn

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

  • Tram Around Town for Two

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Tallinn

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

  • Tallinn Party Bus Airport Transfer: $126
  • Arrival Private Transfer from Tallinn Airport or Port to Tallinn City by minibus: $92
  • Arrival Private Transfer from Tallinn Airport or Port to Tallinn by Luxury Car : $92
  • Arrival private transfer from Tallinn Airport or Port to Tallinn by Luxury Van: $42
  • Departure Private Transfer from Tallinn City to Tallinn Airport or Port -minibus: $92
  • Departure Private Transfer from Tallinn to Tallinn airport or port -business car: $27
  • Departure private transfer from Tallinn to Tallinn Airport or Port by Luxury Car: $92
  • Departure private transfer from Tallinn to Tallinn TLL Airport by Luxury Van: $42
  • From Helicopter transfer to Helsinki: $2,667
  • From Return Day Trip Ferry Transfer to Helsinki: $42
  • Private Shore Excursion: Tallinn Old Town Walking Tour with Round-Trip Transfer: $243
  • Private Transfer from Tallinn Airport(TLL) to Tallinn Cruise Port: $17

Is it cheaper to fly into Kampala or Tallinn?

Prices for flights to both Tallinn and Kampala 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 Meals for one day
    Kampala $8.17
    Tallinn $39
Typical Food Prices in Kampala

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

  • Lunch for 2

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Kampala

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

  • Like a local cooking Tours: $26
  • Momma Ida's Ugandan Cuisine Cooking Tour: $30
  • Cooking Class for Typical Ugandan Food in Kampala: $31
  • Three-Hour Food Tour: $41
  • Private Cooking Class with a Local Host: $47
  • Cooking Class With a Local (Kampala, Jinja, Entebbe - 4 Hours): $56
  • Kampala City Walking Food Tour: $77
  • Night-time Boda Boda Street Food Tour: $91
  • Fishing Village Food Tour & Luwombo Stop: $102
  • Amazing Race - Food Tour: $103
  • The Food Tour | Uganda | Half day: $123
  • Kampala cooking tour: $133

Typical Food Prices in Tallinn

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

  • Lunch for Two
  • Dessert

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Tallinn

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

  • Tallinn TV Tower evening dinner (2-course meal): $56
  • Tallinn TV Tower evening dinner (3-course meal): $64
  • Tallinn Russian Dinner: $85
  • Tallinn Beer House Dinner: $97
  • Tallinn Food Tour: $116
  • Tallinn 3-Hour Estonian Food Tour: $128
  • Tallinn Food Tour with Round-trip Transfer Port-City: $138
  • Vegan Food Tours Tallinn: $215

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Kampala -
    Tallinn $6.07

Tours and Activities in Kampala

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

  • Discover the Magic of Uganda's Equator on a 1-Day Tour: $136
  • Equator Tour: $100
  • Jinja and source of the Nile Experience : $260
  • 1 - One Day Best Of Kampala city Walking Tour: $45
  • 1 -One Day Jinja Source of River Nile Tour Experience : $150
  • 1 Day Equator Experience in Uganda: $128
  • 1 Day Jinja source of the Nile tour: $290
  • 1 Day Jinja source of the River Nile tour: $260
  • 1 Day Jinja tour special : $170
  • 1 Day Kampala City Motor Bike Tours : $45
  • 1 Day Kampala City Tour: $120
  • 1 Day Kampala City Tour: $150

Tours and Activities in Tallinn

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

  • First Discovery Walk and Reading Walking Tour: $3.23
  • Tallinn Scavenger Hunt and Best Landmarks Self-Guided Tour: $6.62
  • Self-Guided Highlights Scavenger Hunt and Tour: $7.00
  • Aegna Island: Self-Guided Discovery Tour: $8.61
  • Tallinn Old Town Audio Guide City Tour: $8.83
  • Self-Guided Audio Tour: $11
  • Tallinn Self-Guided Audio Tour: $14
  • Tour to the Paljassaare Special Protection Area: $14
  • Terrific Tallinn Self-Guided Audio Tour: $15
  • Self-Guided Tour to Most Instagrammable Places in Tallinn: $15
  • Time Travel Experience "VR Tallinn 1939/44": $16
  • Virtual Time Travel Experience VR Tallinn 1939/44 I: $16

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Kampala -
    Tallinn $16

Sample the Local Flavors in Kampala

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Kampala:

  • Entebbe and club,pub and bar crawl experiences: $35
  • Kampala Pub Crawl | Uganda | 4 hours: $65
  • Kampala Bar Crawl, Beer Tasting and Street Food (6 Hours): $71

Sample the Local Flavors in Tallinn

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

  • Tallinn Brewery Fiesta: $73
  • City tour Craft Brewery visit and tasting of craft beers ciders and cheeses: $99
  • Tallinn Guided Bar Crawl: $125

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Kampala and Tallinn, we can see that Tallinn is more expensive. And not only is Kampala much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Kampala is in Africa and Tallinn is in Europe, this is one of the main reasons why the costs are so different, as different regions of the world tend to have overall different travel costs. So, traveling to Kampala would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Kampala 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 Tallinn would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Tallinn than you might in Kampala.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Kampala Expensive? and Is Tallinn Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Kampala or Tallinn?

Kampala has a larger population, and is about 3 times larger than the population of Tallinn. When comparing the sizes of Kampala and Tallinn, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.