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

Should you visit Rovaniemi or Malmo?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the prices of travel for Rovaniemi and Malmo. 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

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.

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 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 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 Rovaniemi and Malmo in more detail.



Accommodation

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

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
    Rovaniemi 75
    Malmo 41
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Rovaniemi 150
    Malmo 82

Food

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.

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
    Rovaniemi 38
    Malmo 22

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

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

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 €6.72 on transportation in Malmo on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Rovaniemi 25
    Malmo 6.72

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Rovaniemi

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Rovaniemi:

  • VIP Transfer Rovaniemi and Airport: $56
  • Ultra - Rovaniemi Private Airport Transfer - Rovaniemi Airport to City Centre: $9.41
  • Ultra - Rovaniemi Private Airport Transfer - City Centre to Rovaniemi Airport: $8.71
  • Transfer in Lapland from Railway station, hotels, airport to Kakslauttanen: $524
  • Transfer Rovaniemi-Ranua / Ranua-Rovaniemi: $187
  • Transfer Rovaniemi - Tromso: $1,120
  • Transfer Rovaniemi - Kiruna or Kiruna - Rovaniemi: $809
  • Transfer Rovaniemi - Kakslautanen: $498
  • Transfer Rovaniemi - Ivalo: $547
  • Transfer Rovaniemi - Abisko, Björkliden, Riksgränsen: $796
  • Transfer Pyhä/Luosto-Rovaniemi or Rovaniemi-Pyhä/Luosto: $311
  • Transfer Levi/Kittilä - Rovaniemi or Rovaniemi - Levi/Kittilä: $435

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 Rovaniemi or Malmo?

Prices for flights to both Malmo 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.





Entertainment

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 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.
    Rovaniemi 39
    Malmo 13

Tours and Activities in Rovaniemi

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

  • 1-Hour Snowmobile Safari Experience: $93
  • 4-Hour Northern Lights Mushing Experience in Rovaniemi: $210
  • 5 days, 4 nights Santa ClauSs tour to Rovaniemi, Finland: $2,903
  • All Day Canoe Adventure to Rovaniemi: $236
  • All Day Fishing Adventure: $187
  • All Day Reindeer Adventure: $198
  • Arctic Circle: Special Northern Lights Hunting Tour by minibus: $78
  • Arctic River Fishing Tour: $177
  • Aurora Borealis Tour: $96
  • Aurora Hunting Photo Tour with Barbeque: $67
  • Authentic Reindeer Farm and Canoe Experience from Rovaniemi (Small Group): $156
  • Backcountry skiing adventure: $143

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


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Rovaniemi 17
    Malmo 30


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Rovaniemi and Malmo, we can see that Rovaniemi 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 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 Malmo.

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