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

Should you visit Nairobi or Tallinn?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Nairobi and Tallinn 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.

Where Should I go: Nairobi or Tallinn?


Nairobi is Kenya's capital as well as the country's largest city. With a population of about 3 million, it is also one of the largest cities in Africa. It is a prominent city both politically and financially within the region. There are many international companies that are located in Nairobi and the Nairobi Securities and Exchange is one of the largest in Africa.


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 Nairobi?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Nairobi is $49, 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 Nairobi and Tallinn in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Nairobi $9.23
    Tallinn $51
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Nairobi $18
    Tallinn $102
Compare Hotels in Nairobi and Tallinn

Looking for a hotel in Nairobi 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 Nairobi

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: Nairobi Hotel Prices and Tallinn Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Nairobi $8.52
    Tallinn $13
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Nairobi

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Nairobi:

  • Taxi from Airport

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Nairobi

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

  • Transport from Nairobi transfer Masai Mara gates Sekekani Talek: $250
  • Train tickets and transfer from Nairobi to mombasa: $67
  • Safe and Private Airport transfer in Nairobi : $20
  • Safe and Executive Airport transfer in Nairobi: $40
  • Safe Private Airport transfer in Nairobi : $20
  • Return Airport Transfers in Nairobi: $120
  • Professional Airport Transfer Service in Nairobi: $33
  • Private Transfers from Nairobi Airport to Hotels: $170
  • Private Transfer from Nairobi to Naivasha: $70
  • Private Transfer from Nairobi to Jomo Kenyatta Airport (NBO): $83
  • Private Transfer from Nairobi Airport or city To Maasai Mara By Road: $135
  • Private Transfer from Jomo Kenyatta Airport (NBO) to Nairobi: $83

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:

  • Highlights Shore Excursion with Return Transfer: $42
  • Beginner Archery Class with Transfer: $81
  • Airport Transfer Service: $48
  • Tallinn to Riga Private Transfer via Saremaa island andParnu: $294
  • Tallinn hotels to Tallinn Cruise Port - Departure Private Transfer: $17
  • Tallinn Return Airport Transfers: $68
  • Tallinn Party Bus Airport Transfer: $126
  • Tallinn Limo Airport Transfer: $76
  • Tallinn Lennart Meri Airport (TLL): Transfer to Tallinn Port: $102
  • Tallinn Highlights Shore Excursion With Port Return Transfer: $65
  • Tallinn Cruise Port: Private Transfer to Tallinn hotels: $102
  • Tallinn Cruise Port to Tallinn hotels - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $33

Is it cheaper to fly into Nairobi or Tallinn?

Prices for flights to both Tallinn and Nairobi 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
    Nairobi $5.98
    Tallinn $39
Typical Food Prices in Nairobi

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

  • Dinner for Two

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Nairobi

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

  • Carnivore Restaurant: Lunch or Dinner Experience in Nairobi: $21
  • Carnivore experience Lunch Or Dinner (Optional Bomas of kenya ): $40
  • Nairobi:Carnivore Restaurant Dinner and Pub Crawling.: $47
  • Enjoy Traditional Kenyan Food Cooking Class With a Host.: $54
  • Local Market Tour and Traditional Meal Cooking Class: $54
  • Traditional Kenyan Cooking Class & Local Market Tour : $54
  • Nairobi Private Traditional Kenyan Cooking Class with Lunch: $55
  • Private Traditional Kenyan Cooking Class with Lunch in Nairobi: $60
  • Private Interactive Cooking Class and Market Tour in Kinoo: $65
  • Carnivore Resturant Dinner Experience : $68
  • Cooking Lesson of Local Food $ Lunch: $68
  • Dinner/Lunch Eating Experience Carnivore Restaurant & Transport: $75

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.
    Nairobi $37
    Tallinn $6.07
Typical Entertainment Prices in Nairobi

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

  • Village Visit

Tours and Activities in Nairobi

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

  • 1Day Tour Nairobi Park ,Giraffe Center,karen Blixxen Guided tour: $50
  • 2 Days: Lake Naivasha, Hells Gate & Lake Nakuru Tour: $287
  • 3 Days 2 Nights in Maasai Mara Safari Tour: $220
  • Coffee Farm tour from Nairobi: $90
  • Day Tour Amboseli Park From Nairobi: $180
  • Day Tour to Amboseli National Park from Nairobi: $210
  • Elephant Orphanage & Giraffe Centre Tour: $95
  • Hells Gate Park & Lake Naivasha boat ride Day tour: $150
  • Lake Naivasha Full day Tour With Boat Rides: $156
  • Nairobi National Park Group Joining Daily Tour: $138
  • Nairobi park Tour 6.A.M-11.AM: $70
  • Private Amboseli Day tour from Nairobi: $300

Tours and Activities in Tallinn

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

  • The best of Tallinn walking tour: $154
  • "Legends and Landmarks: A Tallinn Walking Adventure": $22
  • 1-Hour Good Morning Tallinn Running Tour: $17
  • 120 Degrees daily guided walking tour: $27
  • 2 Hour Tales of Tallinn Private Car Tour: $66
  • 2 Hour Tallinn Old Town Walking Tour: $199
  • 2-Day Guided Tour of Medieval Tallinn : $243
  • 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour of Tallinn: $50
  • 2-hour private tour of Tallinn with transport: $275
  • 3-Hour Private Tour of Tallinn: $297
  • Accessible tour in Tallinn: $744
  • Aegna Island: Self-Guided Discovery Tour: $8.61

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Nairobi $12
    Tallinn $16

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 Nairobi and Tallinn, we can see that Tallinn is more expensive. And not only is Nairobi much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Nairobi 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 Nairobi would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Nairobi 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 Nairobi.

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

Which is Bigger, Nairobi or Tallinn?

Nairobi has a larger population, and is about 7 times larger than the population of Tallinn. When comparing the sizes of Nairobi 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.