A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Tallinn vs. Copenhagen for Food, Nightlife, Old Town, and Families

Should you visit Tallinn or Copenhagen?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Tallinn or Copenhagen, this travel comparison, which includes costs, can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison down below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Tallinn

Tallinn is a charming, quaint, and whimsical city. It's considered by many to be an absolutely beautiful destination, too. It also has a unique and quaint vibe that attracts lots of visitors. Visitors also love the food, shopping, and museums.

Copenhagen

Copenhagen is a relaxed, beautiful, and laid-back city. It's a large city, so you'll find plenty of things to do around town. It's considered by many to be an absolutely beautiful destination, too. Visitors also love the food, shopping, and museums.

Tallinn and Copenhagen: Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Popular museums and historical sights
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Impressive beauty
  • Quaint atmosphere
Cons
  • Less popular for food
  • Less family-friendly
Pros
  • Popular museums and historical sights
  • Popular for food and cuisine
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Impressive beauty


How is Tallinn different from Copenhagen?

Which is Better for a Holiday?

Let's take a look at the differences and similarities between Copenhagen and Tallinn. Then, you can decide for yourself which place is better for your next trip.

Is Tallinn or Copenhagen Better for Museums and Historical Sights?

Tallinn
Copenhagen

Visiting museums and landmarks is a fun activity in both Tallinn and Copenhagen.

With a variety of museums, monuments, and historical sights, a trip to Tallinn can be an interesting and educational experience. There are beautiful historic churches, particularly in the city's old town. A highlight is the stunning Alexander Nevski Cathedral. You'll also find some unique museums around town as well as Toompea Castle.

You'll find a good number of museums and monuments packed into Copenhagen. There are many sights and landmarks around town including Tivoli Gardens, Christiansborg Palace, Nyhavn Harbor, and The Round Tower. Some of the most popular museums are the National Museum of Denmark and the National Gallery of Denmark.


Is Tallinn or Copenhagen Better for Food?

Tallinn
Copenhagen

For a nice culinary experience, head to Copenhagen, which is well known for it's local dishes and restaurants.

Known for it's food and restaurant scene, Copenhagen is always at the top of any foodie's travel list. In recent years the celebrity food scene has put this city on the map. There are many Michelin star restaurants around town including the world famous Noma. But there's also a diversity of restaurants to choose from, ranging from elegant, award-winning options to cozy local eateries. Danish food includes a lot of pastries and sandwiches. Make sure you try a rød pølse, or local hot dog from one of the many stands around town.

There are many up and coming restaurants in the Tallinn area. Food is affordable and hearty. Many dishes incorporate rye bread, pork, smoked fish, potatoes, or dairy products. You'll also find a lot of variation in dishes between seasons.

Is Tallinn or Copenhagen Better for Nightlife?

Tallinn
Copenhagen

The nightlife scene is relatively similar in Tallinn and Copenhagen.

Tallinn has a large number of nightlife venues. As it's grown in popularity with tourists, the city has put itself on the map as a top party destination in Eastern Europe. There's an active bar and club scene, but there are also art venues and other creative activities for everyone.

Copenhagen is a must-see party destination. The nightlife scene stays active until the early morning hours with many bars and clubs staying open until 5 or 6 in the morning. Some of the most popular areas for nightlife include Istedgade and EnghavePlads in Vesterbro, Sankt Hans Torv in Nørrebro and some areas around Frederiksberg.

Is Tallinn or Copenhagen Better for its Old Town?

Tallinn
Copenhagen

Tallinn and Copenhagen both have historical old towns that attract visitors.

The rich history of Tallinn can be explored in its historical center. The city's medieval old town is at the heart of it's tourist attractions. The Gothic architecture, local restaurants, and cobblestone streets give the city a fairytale charm.

Copenhagen is an extremely popular place to visit the historic old town area. Indre By is the oldest part of the city and where you'll find most of the sights and attractions. This is where most visitors stay and you'll find many great restaurants and activities to enjoy.

Is Tallinn or Copenhagen Better for Shopping?

Tallinn
Copenhagen

Shoppers can find a variety of stores in both Tallinn and Copenhagen.

Tallinn is well-known for its shopping. There's a mix of quirky shops and recognizable brands around town. Old town is a popular shopping area, as is nearby Kalamaja. Visitors enjoy picking up marzipan, local crafts, and unique art.

Copenhagen is a world class destination for shoppers. Design and style is notorious with Danish culture. You'll find many great local boutique or fashion design shops in town. Købmagergade is one of the busiest and most famous shopping streets in town, but you should also visit the street parallel to it, Pilestræde.


Is Tallinn or Copenhagen Better for Families?

Tallinn
Copenhagen

Families will find a wider variety of activities in Copenhagen than Tallinn.

Copenhagen is an amazing family-friendly city to visit. The city almost feels like it was designed with kids in mind. There are countless playgrounds, beaches, and other kid-friendly places to explore. Also make sure you stop by Tivoli Gardens, which has rides and rollercoasters that everyone can enjoy. The city also has an aquarium, zoo, and even a deer park. The Little Mermaid statue may fascinate Disney lovers, and if you want to get out on the water there are boat tours through the canals.

You'll find plenty of kid-friendly things to do in Tallinn. Your kids will feel like they stepped into a fairytale in this beautiful city. It has countless museums including an open air museum and a zoo. There's also nearby Pirita Beach, where you and your kids can enjoy ice cream in a seaside setting.

Is Tallinn or Copenhagen Better for Couples?

Tallinn
Copenhagen

Tallinn and Copenhagen are both fun to visit as a couple.

Tallinn makes for a fun place to visit for a couple. Filled with gardens, romantic walks, and impressive views, this city makes for a great couple's getaway. Base yourself in the city's beautiful old town and dine in one of the many local restaurants. There are also nice hotels around town that are great for couples.

Copenhagen is a great city for couples, as it has plenty to offer. The city is filled with a positive energy that will rejuvenate any couple. You can hire a bike or hop on a boat to explore town, or simply wander through the cobblestone streets. There are many parks and gardens to explore and culture lovers will appreciate the many museums.

Is Tallinn or Copenhagen Better for Backpackers and Budget Travelers?

Tallinn
Copenhagen

Tallinn and Copenhagen are both good destinations for backpackers.

With so many budget-friendly offerings, Tallinn is extremely popular for backpackers. The city is both affordable and unique, which is perfect for travelers on a budget. There are plenty of hostels around town as well as casual places to grab a cheap bite to eat.

Copenhagen is a very popular city for backpackers and budget travelers. While the city is expensive, there are still plenty of free things to do like simply wandering the neighborhoods. The city has a relaxed and friendly vibe that will almost make you forget all of the money you're spending.

Is Tallinn or Copenhagen Better for Students?

Tallinn
Copenhagen

Both Tallinn and Copenhagen are popular destinations for students.

Plenty of students visit Tallinn. International students appreciate the vibrant atmosphere and the affordable options around town.

Students come from all over to stay in Copenhagen. The city has a reputation as the happiest in the world, and students are no exception. There are plenty of activities for students as well as a relaxed, yet productive, atmosphere. It's easy to explore the town on foot or by bike as well.


Is Tallinn or Copenhagen Better for Public Transit?

Tallinn
Copenhagen

Visitors will find public transit in both Tallinn and Copenhagen.

Tallinn has some very good public transit options. There are buses trolleys and trams around town.

The thorough and effecient public transit system of Copenhagen can take you anywhere. There are metros, s-trains, waterbuses, and regular buses available.

Is Tallinn or Copenhagen a more walkable city?

Tallinn
Copenhagen

Tallinn and Copenhagen are similar when it comes to walkability.

It's very easy to get around on foot in Tallinn. The city is compact and easily explored on foot, particularly in the most touristy areas.

Getting around Copenhagen on foot is easy. It is compact enough to explore on foot, but there are also plenty of bikes available as well.

Should I spend more time in Copenhagen or Tallinn?

How long in Tallinn or Copenhagen?

In either Tallinn or Copenhagen, you'll find plenty of activities to fill your time. Most visitors tend to spend more time in Copenhagen than Tallinn because of the overall number of sights and activities.

The ideal length of time for a trip to Tallinn is 2-4 days, and the ideal length of time for a trip to Copenhagen is 2-5 days.


  • How many days in Tallinn or Copenhagen? Ideal Length of Stay
    Tallinn 2-4 
    Copenhagen 2-5

One day in Tallinn or Copenhagen?

With museums and nightlife around the charming city of Tallinn, there's plenty to do. Anyone can find something fun to do here. Make sure you visit the old town while you're here. But since there are so many activities, you'll likely want to spend more than one day exploring.

In Copenhagen, you'll find nightlife and food. Most visitors spend time around the old town while in the area. This city offers something for everyone. One day is usually not enough time for a trip here as there is plenty to do.

A weekend in Tallinn or Copenhagen?

With nightlife and food around the destination of Tallinn, there's plenty to do. Most visitors spend time around the old town while in the area. It offers something for everyone. Many people spend a weekend here. In a weekend, you should have a good grasp of this city.

In Copenhagen, you'll find food and shopping. The length of your trip often depends on your style of travel. A weekend here is typical. Visiting the old town is also a must. A weekend is a great amount of time to relax and see the many things that Copenhagen has to offer.


Five days in Tallinn or Copenhagen?

Tallinn, a popular city, is full of activities for travelers. Visiting the old town is also a must. Most people find that five days is more than enough time to see everything. Your budget might influence how long you stay.

Copenhagen is a great place to explore. It is common to spend five days here. The old town is one of the main draws for visitors. Five days is a great amount of time to relax and see the many things that Copenhagen has to offer. Anyone can find something fun to do here.

A week in Tallinn or Copenhagen?

Tallinn is a popular place that is full of things to see and experience. One week is plenty of time to see everything, even with extra days to spare. It has many unique tourist attractions and fascinating things to do.

It's hard to know how much time to spend in Copenhagen. Many people enjoy the museums and nightlife when visiting Copenhagen. Exploring the old town is a popular activity. One week may feel like too much time unless you plan to do a lot of relaxing.

Which city is cheaper, Copenhagen or Tallinn?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Tallinn is €74, while the average daily cost in Copenhagen is €160. 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. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Tallinn and Copenhagen in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Tallinn 40
    Copenhagen 69
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Tallinn 80
    Copenhagen 138
Compare Hotels in Tallinn and Copenhagen

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Hotels in Tallinn


Hotels in Copenhagen


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Tallinn 9.68
    Copenhagen 56
Typical Local Transportation prices in Tallinn

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


  • Tram Around Town for Two
    1.66

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Tallinn

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

  • Ultra - Tallinn Private Transfer from Tallinn Cruise Port to City Centre: $8.71
  • Ultra - Tallinn Private Transfer from City Centre to Tallinn Cruise Port: $8.71
  • Tallinn to Riga transfer with Sightseeing: $335
  • Tallinn Walking Tour with Free Time and Port Transfers: $51
  • Tallinn TLL Airport Luxury Van Private Departure Transfer: $35
  • Tallinn TLL Airport Luxury Van Private Arrival Transfer: $35
  • Tallinn TLL Airport Luxury Car Private Departure Transfer: $60
  • Tallinn TLL Airport Luxury Car Private Arrival Transfer: $60
  • Tallinn Return Airport Transfers: $70
  • Tallinn Party Bus Airport Transfer: $93
  • Tallinn Party Bus Airport Transfer: $87
  • Tallinn Limo Airport Transfer: $100

Typical Local Transportation prices in Copenhagen

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


  • Bicycle Renting
    58

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Copenhagen

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

  • Ultra - Copenhagen Private Airport Transfer City Centre to Copenhagen Airport: $8.71
  • Round Trip Copenhagen Kastrup Airport (CPH) Transfer to Copenhagen City Center: $155
  • Private Departure Transfer from Copenhagen City to CPH Copenhagen Airport: $86
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Copenhagen to Copenhagen Airport (CPH): $86
  • Private Airport Transfer: Copenhagen to Copenhagen Airport (CPH): $136
  • Departure Private Transfer: Copenhagen to Copenhagen Airport CPH in Luxuy Van: $142
  • Departure Private Transfer: Copenhagen to Copenhagen Airport CPH in Business Car: $124
  • Departure Private Transfer: Copenhagen City to Copenhagen Airport CPH by Minibus: $266
  • Departure Private Transfer from Copenhagen City to Copenhagen Port in Minibus: $200
  • Departure Private Transfer Copenhagen to Copenhagen Port in Luxury Van: $97
  • Departure Private Transfer Copenhagen to Copenhagen Airport CPH by Luxury Car: $125
  • Departure Private Transfer Copenhagen to Copenhagen Airport CPH by Business Car: $118

Is it cheaper to fly into Tallinn or Copenhagen?

Prices for flights to both Copenhagen and Tallinn 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
  • Food Meals for one day
    Tallinn 25
    Copenhagen 48
Typical Food prices in Tallinn

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


  • Lunch for Two
    7.68
  • Dessert
    1.15

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Tallinn

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

  • Estonian food tour in Tallinn: $12
  • Tallinn Sunset Dinner Cruise: $73
  • Tallinn Beer House Dinner: $75
  • Tallinn Russian Dinner: $96
  • Tallinn 3-Hour Estonian Food Tour: $106
  • Tallinn Food Tour with Round-trip Transfer Port-City: $131
  • Tallinn Segway and Food Tour: $156
  • Vegan Food Tours Tallinn: $242

Typical Food prices in Copenhagen

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


  • Hot Dogs
    13

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Copenhagen

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

  • Private Copenhagen Street Food Tour with a Local Foodie: $94
  • Traditional Nordic and Danish Cooking Class with an Expert Local: $97
  • Sweden Daytrip: Food Tour to Malmö: $1,724

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Tallinn 4.50
    Copenhagen 23

Tours and Activities in Tallinn

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

  • 1 day guided tour to Helsinki from Tallinn by VIP car: $535
  • 1-Hour Good Morning Tallinn Running Tour: $19
  • 2 Hour Tallinn Old Town Walking Tour: $162
  • 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour of Tallinn: $45
  • 2-hour private tour of Tallinn with transport: $254
  • 3-Hour Private Tour of Tallinn: $254
  • 5h Tallinn Old Town, Kadriorg Pirita Small Group Tour: $75
  • 7 Days Small Group Tour: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus & Ukraine: $3,190
  • 8-Day Tour Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia: Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius: $995
  • Admire Tallinn's highlights Walking & Driving Private Tour: $291
  • Aegna Half-Day Guided Tour: Stone Maze and Valley of Boulders: $31
  • Best of Tallinn 2-Hour Bike Tour: $28

Typical Entertainment prices in Copenhagen

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


  • Boat Tour
    8.04
  • Coffee
    13

Tours and Activities in Copenhagen

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

  • Best of Copenhagen Private Tour: $578
  • Copenhagen 3 hrs Private Panoramic Tour: $482
  • Copenhagen City Highlights Private Tour & Christiansborg Palace: $908
  • Copenhagen Highlights and Torvehallerne Market Private Tour: $578
  • Copenhagen Old City Train Tours: $14
  • Copenhagen Private Walking Tour: $323
  • Copenhagen Self-Guided Audio Tour: $12
  • Copenhagen Welcome Tour: Private Tour with a Local: $40
  • 1-Hour Canal Cruise from Ved Stranden or Nyhavn: $15
  • 2-Hour City Walking Tour: $40
  • 2-hour “Hidden Gems” Canal Tour: $61
  • 4-Hour City Highlights Walking Tour: $848

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Tallinn 12
    Copenhagen 10

Sample the Local Flavors in Tallinn

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

  • Pub Crawl: $33
  • Nudist Winery Wine Tasting and Winery tour in Tallinn: $44
  • Tallinn Brewery Fiesta: $77
  • Tallinn Guided Bar Crawl: $77
  • Tallinn Bar Crawl: $85
  • Tallinn Beer House Brewery Fiesta: $90
  • City tour Craft Brewery visit and tasting of craft beers ciders and cheeses: $90


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


When is the best time to visit Tallinn or Copenhagen?

Both destinations experience a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. And since both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Tallinn or Copenhagen in the Summer?

Both Copenhagen and Tallinn are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities. The family-friendly experiences are the main draw to Tallinn this time of year. Also, many travelers come to Copenhagen for the city activities and the family-friendly experiences.

Tallinn is around the same temperature as Copenhagen in the summer. The temperature in Tallinn is usually 17°C (62°F) in July, and Copenhagen stays around 17°C (63°F).

In July, Tallinn usually receives more rain than Copenhagen. Tallinn gets 79 mm (3.1 in) of rain, while Copenhagen receives 69 mm (2.7 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Tallinn 17°C (62°F) 
    Copenhagen 17°C (63°F)

Should I visit Tallinn or Copenhagen in the Autumn?

Both Copenhagen and Tallinn during the autumn are popular places to visit. Many travelers come to Tallinn for the shopping scene and the natural beauty of the area. Also, many visitors come to Copenhagen in the autumn for the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area.

In the autumn, Tallinn is much colder than Copenhagen. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Tallinn in October are around 7°C (44°F), and Copenhagen is about 10°C (50°F).

Tallinn usually gets more rain in October than Copenhagen. Tallinn gets 70 mm (2.8 in) of rain, while Copenhagen receives 59 mm (2.3 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Tallinn 7°C (44°F) 
    Copenhagen 10°C (50°F)

Should I visit Tallinn or Copenhagen in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Tallinn and Copenhagen. Many visitors come to Tallinn in the winter for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine. Also, most visitors come to Copenhagen for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine during these months.

Copenhagen can be very cold during winter. Tallinn can get quite cold in the winter. In January, Tallinn is generally much colder than Copenhagen. Temperatures in Tallinn average around -5°C (22°F), and Copenhagen stays around 1°C (33°F).

In January, Tallinn usually receives less rain than Copenhagen. Tallinn gets 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain, while Copenhagen receives 51 mm (2 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Tallinn -5°C (22°F) 
    Copenhagen 1°C (33°F)

Should I visit Tallinn or Copenhagen in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Tallinn as well as Copenhagen. Most visitors come to Tallinn for the natural beauty during these months. Also, the spring months attract visitors to Copenhagen because of the activities around the city and the natural beauty.

Tallinn can be very cold during spring. Tallinn is much colder than Copenhagen in the spring. The temperature in Tallinn is usually 4°C (39°F) in April, and Copenhagen stays around 7°C (45°F).

Tallinn usually gets less rain in April than Copenhagen. Tallinn gets 36 mm (1.4 in) of rain, while Copenhagen receives 42 mm (1.7 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Tallinn 4°C (39°F) 
    Copenhagen 7°C (45°F)

Typical Weather for Copenhagen and Tallinn

Tallinn Copenhagen
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan -5°C (22°F) 45 mm (1.8 in) 1°C (33°F) 51 mm (2 in)
Feb -6°C (22°F) 29 mm (1.1 in) 1°C (33°F) 31 mm (1.2 in)
Mar -2°C (29°F) 29 mm (1.1 in) 3°C (37°F) 42 mm (1.7 in)
Apr 4°C (39°F) 36 mm (1.4 in) 7°C (45°F) 42 mm (1.7 in)
May 10°C (50°F) 37 mm (1.5 in) 12°C (54°F) 43 mm (1.7 in)
Jun 15°C (58°F) 53 mm (2.1 in) 16°C (61°F) 54 mm (2.1 in)
Jul 17°C (62°F) 79 mm (3.1 in) 17°C (63°F) 69 mm (2.7 in)
Aug 16°C (60°F) 84 mm (3.3 in) 17°C (63°F) 63 mm (2.5 in)
Sep 11°C (52°F) 82 mm (3.2 in) 14°C (57°F) 62 mm (2.4 in)
Oct 7°C (44°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 10°C (50°F) 59 mm (2.3 in)
Nov 1°C (34°F) 68 mm (2.7 in) 6°C (42°F) 62 mm (2.4 in)
Dec -3°C (27°F) 55 mm (2.2 in) 2°C (36°F) 58 mm (2.3 in)


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