A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Riga vs. Malmo for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Riga or Malmo?

Should I visit Riga or Malmo? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Riga

Riga is the vibrant capital city of Latvia. It continues to gain popularity as a tourist destination in part because it is the base for the airline Air Baltic. This affordable airline offers discount flights around Europe and most of these flights pass through Riga with a forced overnight layover. This encourages travelers to visit this fascinating city for at least a night or two.

Malmo

Located on the southern tip of Sweden, in the province of Skane, Malmo is Sweden's third largest city. It has a very international population with about a third of the residents being from countries other than Sweden. This diversity is evident within Malmo, which is rich in culture, interesting food, and an array of entertainment options. Historically, Malmo was an industrial city with a ship building company, Kockums being the area's largest employer. Today, however, the city is much more economicaly diverse with many eco friendly neighborhoods and plenty of suburban style housing.

Which city is cheaper, Malmo or Riga?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Riga is €82, while the average daily cost in Malmo is €69. 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 Riga and Malmo in more detail.



Accommodation

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around €42. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Riga the cost is €84 on average.

The prices for places to stay in Malmo can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is €41, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around €82.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Riga 42
    Malmo 41
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Riga 84
    Malmo 82

Food

Riga food costs typically run travelers around €26 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.

On average, meal and food prices in Malmo cost around €22 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around €8.80.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Riga 26
    Malmo 22
Typical Food prices in Riga

Some typical examples of dining costs in Riga are as follows:


  • Fast Food Lunch
    5.77

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Riga

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

  • Private Guided Virtual Food Tour of Riga: $12
  • Riga Medieval Dinner: $102
  • Riga Medieval Dinner: $102

Local Transportation

The average price of local transportation around Riga is €12 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.

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Malmo than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend €6.75 on transportation in Malmo on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Riga 12
    Malmo 6.75

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Riga

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Riga:

  • Transfer service Riga airport: $37
  • Taxi Transfer: $42
  • Riga to Vilnius transfer with Sightseeing: $347
  • Riga to Tallinn transfer with Sightseeing: $335
  • Riga Tank Ride - 2 Hours - Guided with Return Transfers: $1,192
  • Riga Return Airport Transfer: $66
  • Riga Party Bus Airport Transfer: $382
  • Riga Limo Airport Transfer: $133
  • Riga International Airport RIX Luxury Van Private Departure Transfer: $54
  • Riga International Airport RIX Luxury Van Private Arrival Transfer: $54
  • Riga (Sigulda) Winter Bobsleigh "Olympic + Vuchko" Ride - Guided with Transfers: $199
  • Private transfer from Riga to Vilnius via Rundale palace and Hill of crosses: $169

Typical Local Transportation prices in Malmo

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


  • Malmö Bus Card
    20

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Malmo

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

  • Malmo City Center to Malmo Airport (MMX) - Departure Private Transfer: $50
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Malmo Airport (MMX) to Malmo City Center: $78
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Malmö Sturup Airport to Malmö City - One Way: $83
  • Malmö City to Copenhagen hotel or address - Private Car Transfer: $91
  • Malmö City to Kastrup hotel/address - Private Car Transfer: $97
  • Malmo Private Transfer from Central Malmo to Malmo Airport: $108
  • Airport Limousine Transfer: Sturup Airport to Malmö City 1-7 passengers: $114
  • Airport Limousine Transfer: Malmö City to Sturup Airport 1-7 Passengers: $114
  • First Class Airport Limousine Transfer: Sturup Airport to Malmö City: $150
  • First Class Airport Limousine Transfer: Malmö City to Sturup Airport: $150
  • Airport Limousine Transfer: Malmö City to Kastrup Airport 1-7 Passengers: $266
  • First Class Airport Limousine Transfer: Malmö City to Kastrup Airport: $349

Is it cheaper to fly into Riga or Malmo?

Prices for flights to both Malmo and Riga 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

Riga's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around €17 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.

Sightseeing expenses in Malmo, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €13 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Riga 17
    Malmo 13

Tours and Activities in Riga

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Riga are as follows:

  • "Best of Riga" 6-hour Private Car & Walking Tour: $373
  • 2 Day Gastronomy Tour In Latgale: $267
  • 2 Day Gauja National Park Tour: $199
  • 2 Day Kurzeme Winery Tour: $224
  • ATV-QUAD rent and guided tours: $48
  • All Inclusive Honest History Tour - Āraiši, Cēsis, Līgatne, Sigulda: $248
  • Alternative Riga Photoshoot Tour: $49
  • An audio tour of Old from St Peter's Church to the Monument of Freedom: $5.00
  • Art Nouveau Small Group Walking Tour of Riga: $193
  • Beer Bike Experience: $45
  • Best of Riga Walking Tour - Highlights and Hidden Gems: $31
  • Best of Riga Walking Tour - Regular Walking tours: $25

Tours and Activities in Malmo

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

  • Skip the Line: Disgusting Food Museum Entrance Ticket: $23

Alcohol

The average person spends about €16 on alcoholic beverages in Riga per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

Typically, people visiting Malmo spend on average €30 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Riga 16
    Malmo 30

Sample the Local Flavors in Riga

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

  • Pub Crawl in Riga: $37
  • Pub Crawl- Your best night out in Riga with our local guide!: $47
  • Riga Public Pub Crawl: $60
  • Riga Happy Hour Pub Crawl: $64
  • Riga Brewery Tour: $83
  • Riga Brewery Tour: $83
  • Riga Beer Killer Bar Crawl: $83
  • Riga Wine Tasting Session: $115
  • Gauja National Park Tour: Castles and Wine Tasting: $149
  • Culinary, Historic and Wine Tour to Sigulda and Cesis: $224
  • Exclusive Latvian Wine Tasting In Riga: $380
  • Exclusive Latvian Wine Tasting in Riga: $765


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

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