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

Should you visit Riga or Rovaniemi?

Should I visit Riga or Rovaniemi? 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.

Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi is the capital of Lapland, in northern Finland. Almost totally destroyed during World War II, today it's a modern city known for being the "official" home town of Santa Claus, and for viewing the Northern Lights. It's home to Arktikum, a museum and science center exploring the Arctic region and the history of Finnish Lapland. The Science Centre Pilke features interactive exhibits on northern forests.

Which city is cheaper, Rovaniemi 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 Rovaniemi is €139. 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 Rovaniemi 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.

Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about €150 for a double occupancy room in Rovaniemi.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Riga 42
    Rovaniemi 75
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Riga 84
    Rovaniemi 150

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.

Food in Rovaniemi costs travelers about €38 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Riga 26
    Rovaniemi 38
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

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Rovaniemi

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

  • Northern Lights Hunt in a local Kota in Rovaniemi with Dinner: $111
  • Lappish evening in the Wilderness with dinner: $156
  • Lappish Cooking Master Class: $156
  • Traditional Lappish evening in the wilderness with dinner: $167
  • Best Of Lapland: Sauna, Ice swimming, Dinner & Northern Lights: $172
  • Northern Lights Experience with Ice Hotel Visit and Traditional Dinner: $190
  • Arctic Snowcastle with Dinner in Ice Restaurant: $190
  • The Taste of Lapland (Cooking & Aurora Hunting): $197
  • Lappish Food Tour with Dili: $274
  • Full Day Lapland Tour, including Lunch and Dinner: $310
  • Private Lappish evening in the wilderness with traditional sauna and dinner: $1,365

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.

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around €25 per day to get around in Rovaniemi.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Riga 12
    Rovaniemi 25

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Riga

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Riga:

  • Private Departure Transfer from Riga City to Riga RIX Airport: $15
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Riga to Riga International Airport (RIX): $18
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Riga Airport (RIX) to Riga City Center: $19
  • Private Departure Transfer from Riga City Center to Riga Airport (RIX): $19
  • Private Transfer: Riga to Riga International Airport (RIX): $21
  • English Speaking Private Arrival Transfer from Riga Airport: $25
  • Airport transfer & private driver services: $25
  • Departure Private Transfer Riga City to Riga Airport RIX by Sedan Car: $26
  • Private Minibus Departure Transfer to Riga Airport: $27
  • Private Taxi transfer from Jurmala to Riga: $27
  • Private Minivan Transfer: Riga City Center to Riga Airport: $37
  • Transfer service Riga airport: $37

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Rovaniemi

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Rovaniemi:

  • Ultra - Rovaniemi Private Airport Transfer - City Centre to Rovaniemi Airport: $8.71
  • Ultra - Rovaniemi Private Airport Transfer - Rovaniemi Airport to City Centre: $9.41
  • VIP Transfer Rovaniemi and Airport: $56
  • Private Chauffeur Transfer Rovaniemi: $56
  • Private transfer in Rovaniemi: $56
  • Private Transfer Rovaniemi Railway station, Arktikum or Snowland to City - Sedan: $57
  • Private Transfer City to Rovaniemi Railway station, Arktikum or Snowland - Sedan: $57
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Rovaniemi Airport or Train Station: $64
  • Private Departure Transfer from Rovaniemi: $64
  • Departure Private Transfer from Rovaniemi City to Rovaniemi Airport RVN by Sedan: $78
  • Arrival Private Transfer from Rovaniemi Airport RVN to Rovaniemi City by Sedan: $78
  • Private Transfer Rovaniemi Railway station, Arktikum or Snowland -Luxury Vehicle: $83

Is it cheaper to fly into Riga or Rovaniemi?

Prices for flights to both Rovaniemi 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.

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around €39 per person, per day in Rovaniemi. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Riga 17
    Rovaniemi 39

Tours and Activities in Riga

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

  • An audio tour of Old from St Peter's Church to the Monument of Freedom: $5.00
  • Riga's Architecture: An art nouveau history audio tour: $5.00
  • Entrance Ticket - House of the Black Heads: $8.28
  • Riga Art Nouveau walking tour: $8.71
  • Classic Car Museum Tour: $9.95
  • Riga Self-Guided Audio Tour: $12
  • Gastronomic tour with professional chef: $19
  • The Best Of Riga Walking Tour: $22
  • Daily Riga Bike Tour: $22
  • The Best Of Riga Walking Tour: $23
  • Best of Riga Walking Tour - Regular Walking tours: $25
  • Best of Riga Walking Tour - Highlights and Hidden Gems: $31

Tours and Activities in Rovaniemi

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

  • Meeting Santa Claus Virtual Experience in Rovaniemi: $45
  • Aurora Hunting Photo Tour with Barbeque: $67
  • Arctic Circle: Special Northern Lights Hunting Tour by minibus: $78
  • Rovaniemi photography tour: $81
  • Northern lights tour+photos: $82
  • City Tour And Santa Claus Village: $87
  • Lapland Winter Experience: $88
  • Private Northern Lights hunt tour by VIP car with from Rovaniemi: $89
  • 1-Hour Snowmobile Safari Experience: $93
  • Rovaniemi Exploring Tour with a Photography Expert Guide: $93
  • Vaattunkiköngäs Nature Trail Hiking Tour: $93
  • Aurora Borealis Tour: $96

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.

The average person spends about €17 on alcoholic beverages in Rovaniemi per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Riga 16
    Rovaniemi 17

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 Rovaniemi, we can see that Rovaniemi is more expensive. And not only is Riga much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Riga would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Riga 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 Rovaniemi would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Rovaniemi than you might in Riga.

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