Should you visit Rovaniemi or Gothenburg?
Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the prices of travel for Rovaniemi and Gothenburg. We’ll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget. So, let's dig into it.
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.
Gothenburg is the second largest city in Sweden with a population of about 500,000. It is located on the western coast at the edge of the Gota River. It's a very friendly and welcoming city with a great vibe. Part of its energy comes from the Gothenburg University, which, with over 60,000 students, is the largest university in the country. Historically, Gothenburg has working class roots which are still apparent today, particularly in the city's harbour area. Recently there has been a growing number of expensive restaurants and cafes, showing that the demographic continues to evolve.
Which city is cheaper, Gothenburg or Rovaniemi?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Rovaniemi is €139, while the average daily cost in Gothenburg is €83. 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 Rovaniemi and Gothenburg in more detail.
Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about €150 for a double occupancy room in Rovaniemi.
An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about €68 in Gothenburg For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.
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.
Gothenburg food costs typically run travelers around €33 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.
Meals for one day
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:
Lappish evening in the Wilderness with dinner:
Lappish Cooking Master Class:
Traditional Lappish evening in the wilderness with dinner:
Best Of Lapland: Sauna, Ice swimming, Dinner & Northern Lights:
Northern Lights Experience with Ice Hotel Visit and Traditional Dinner:
Arctic Snowcastle with Dinner in Ice Restaurant:
The Taste of Lapland (Cooking & Aurora Hunting):
Lappish Food Tour with Dili:
Full Day Lapland Tour, including Lunch and Dinner:
Private Lappish evening in the wilderness with traditional sauna and dinner:
While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around €25 per day to get around in Rovaniemi.
Gothenburg'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 €16 per person, per day on transportation in Gothenburg.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Rovaniemi
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Rovaniemi:
VIP Transfer Rovaniemi and Airport:
Ultra - Rovaniemi Private Airport Transfer - Rovaniemi Airport to City Centre:
Ultra - Rovaniemi Private Airport Transfer - City Centre to Rovaniemi Airport:
Transfer in Lapland from Railway station, hotels, airport to Kakslauttanen:
Transfer Rovaniemi-Ranua / Ranua-Rovaniemi:
Transfer Rovaniemi - Tromso:
Transfer Rovaniemi - Kiruna or Kiruna - Rovaniemi:
Transfer Rovaniemi - Kakslautanen:
Transfer Rovaniemi - Ivalo:
Transfer Rovaniemi - Abisko, Björkliden, Riksgränsen:
Transfer Pyhä/Luosto-Rovaniemi or Rovaniemi-Pyhä/Luosto:
Transfer Levi/Kittilä - Rovaniemi or Rovaniemi - Levi/Kittilä:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Gothenburg
Also for Gothenburg, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Private Airport Transfer: Goteborg Landvetter Airport (GOT) to Gothenburg:
Private Airport Transfer: from Gothenburg to Goteborg Landvetter Airport (GOT):
Goteborg City to Goteborg Landvetter Airport (GOT) - Departure Private Transfer:
Private Departure Transfer from Gothenburg City Center to Gothenburg Airport:
Gothenburg Private Transfer from Central Gothenburg to Gothenburg Airport:
Gothenburg Airport Transfers : Gothenburg to Airport GOT in Business Car:
Departure Private Transfers from Gothenburg City to Gothenburg Airport GOT:
Gothenburg Airport Transfers : Gothenburg to Airport GOT in Luxury Van:
Departure Private Transfers from Gothenburg City to Gothenburg Airport GOT:
Limousine Transfer from Gothenburg City To Landvetter Airport 1-3 passengers:
Departure Private Transfer Gothenburg to Gothenburg Airport GOT by Minibus:
Private transfer: Gothenburg to Gothenburg Airport (GOT):
Is it cheaper to fly into Rovaniemi or Gothenburg?
Prices for flights to both Gothenburg and Rovaniemi 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.
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.
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Gothenburg can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around €13 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
Tours and Activities in Rovaniemi
Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Rovaniemi are as follows:
1-Hour Snowmobile Safari Experience:
4-Hour Northern Lights Mushing Experience in Rovaniemi:
5 days, 4 nights Santa ClauSs tour to Rovaniemi, Finland:
All Day Canoe Adventure to Rovaniemi:
All Day Fishing Adventure:
All Day Reindeer Adventure:
Arctic Circle: Special Northern Lights Hunting Tour by minibus:
Arctic River Fishing Tour:
Aurora Borealis Tour:
Aurora Hunting Photo Tour with Barbeque:
Authentic Reindeer Farm and Canoe Experience from Rovaniemi (Small Group):
Backcountry skiing adventure:
Tours and Activities in Gothenburg
For Gothenburg, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
Land & Water Amphibious Bus Sightseeing Tour:
Segway City Tour of Gothenburg:
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.
Typically, people visiting Gothenburg spend on average €17 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Rovaniemi and Gothenburg, we can see that Rovaniemi is more expensive. And not only is Gothenburg much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Gothenburg would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Gothenburg 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 Gothenburg.
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