Should you visit Tallinn or Flam?
If you're trying to decide where to visit between Tallinn or Flam, this travel cost comparison can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.
Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, is located on the southern coast of the Gulf of Finland. It has a population of more than 430,000 people and is a charming, yet cosmopolitan place to visit. The Old Town is at the center of the city's tourism, and the beauty and architecture is very impressive. The city's close proximity to Helsinki makes it a popular day trip from Finland, but cheap plane flights have also encouraged visitors from around Europe to spend several days in this city. In particular, summer months can become quite crowded.
Flam is a village in Norway. The fjord village of Flam is located on the scenic inner Aurlandsfjord branch of the world's deepest and second-longest fjord, Sognefjord. Flam is surrounded by steep mountains, thundering waterfalls and narrow valleys, and during the spring and summer months you will see large cruise ships gliding in through the narrow fjord with their course set for Flam Harbor. The main attraction here is the stunning mountain railway that creeps up into the surrounding peaks and offers truly eye-popping panoramas. Unfortunately, it's far from a well-kept secret, and on the busiest summer days the tiny village can find itself swamped by several thousand visitors – it's probably best left for the quieter seasons of spring and autumn. The popular 'Norway in a Nutshell' tour also stops here.
Which city is cheaper, Flam 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 Flam is €98. 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 Tallinn and Flam in more detail.
The prices for places to stay in Tallinn can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is €40, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around €80.
For a normal double-occupancy room in Flam, €102 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Flam, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is €51, such as in a hostel.
Tallinn food costs typically run travelers around €25 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.
In Flam travelers spend around €31 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.
Meals for one day
Typical Food prices in Tallinn
For Tallinn, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:
Lunch for Two
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:
Tallinn Sunset Dinner Cruise:
Tallinn Beer House Dinner:
Tallinn Russian Dinner:
Tallinn 3-Hour Estonian Food Tour:
Tallinn Food Tour with Round-trip Transfer Port-City:
Tallinn Segway and Food Tour:
Vegan Food Tours Tallinn:
Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Tallinn than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend €9.68 on transportation in Tallinn on average per day.
To get around in Flam, the average visitor spends €15 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.
Typical Local Transportation prices in Tallinn
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Tallinn:
Tram Around Town for Two
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Tallinn
Also for Tallinn, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Private Minivan Transfer from Tallinn to Riga:
Tallinn to Riga transfer with Sightseeing:
Private Shore Excursion: Tallinn Old Town Walking Tour with Round-Trip Transfer:
Private Transfer from Tallinn to Riga:
Tallinn Limo Airport Transfer:
Tallinn Party Bus Airport Transfer:
Tallinn Party Bus Airport Transfer:
Tallinn Return Airport Transfers:
Tallinn Airport Transfer - Return:
Tallinn TLL Airport Luxury Car Private Departure Transfer:
Tallinn TLL Airport Luxury Car Private Arrival Transfer:
Departure Private Transfer Tallinn City to Tallinn Airport TLL:
Is it cheaper to fly into Tallinn or Flam?
Prices for flights to both Flam 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.
Sightseeing expenses in Tallinn, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €4.50 per day, per person.
In Flam, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average €15 per person, per day.
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:
1-Hour Good Morning Tallinn Running Tour:
2 Hour Tallinn Old Town Walking Tour:
2-Hour Guided Walking Tour of Tallinn:
2-hour private tour of Tallinn with transport:
3-Hour Private Tour of Tallinn:
5h Tallinn Old Town, Kadriorg Pirita Small Group Tour:
7 Days Small Group Tour: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus & Ukraine:
8-Day Tour Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia: Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius:
Admire Tallinn's highlights Walking & Driving Private Tour:
Aegna Half-Day Guided Tour: Stone Maze and Valley of Boulders:
Best of Tallinn Private Tour:
Tours and Activities in Flam
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Flam.
Cruise Special - Flåm private tour:
PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR: World Heritage Fjord Landscape tour from Flam, 4 hours:
PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR: World Heritage Fjord Landscape tour, from Flåm, OFF-SEASON:
PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR: World Heritage Fjord Landscape – Viking Special – from Flåm:
Sognefjord Private Yacht Cruise from Flam by classic Grand Banks:
Typically, people visiting Tallinn spend on average €12 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Flam, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is €3.23.
Sample the Local Flavors in Tallinn
Also in Tallinn, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:
Nudist Winery Wine Tasting and Winery tour in Tallinn:
Tallinn Brewery Fiesta:
Tallinn Guided Bar Crawl:
Tallinn Bar Crawl:
Tallinn Beer House Brewery Fiesta:
City tour Craft Brewery visit and tasting of craft beers ciders and cheeses:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Tallinn and Flam, we can see that Flam 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 Flam would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Flam than you might in Tallinn.
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