A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Tallinn vs. Hamburg for Backpackers, Attractions, Nightlife, and Families

Should you visit Tallinn or Hamburg?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Tallinn or Hamburg, 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 quaint, whimsical, and historical city. The famous beauty of this place is one of the main draws. As it offers a special and quaint atmosphere, visitors come from all over to experience this destination. Other popular activities here include shopping, museums, and nightlife.

Hamburg

Hamburg is a cultural, vibrant, and historic port city. It's a beautiful place to visit, too. Visitors also love the museums, nightlife, and live music.

Tallinn and Hamburg: Pros and Cons

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


How is Tallinn different from Hamburg?

Which is Better for a Holiday?

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

Is Tallinn or Hamburg Better for Museums and Historical Sights?

Tallinn
Hamburg

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

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 Hamburg. The city's most famous district is the port area, which has a number of cultural sights and a pedestrian trail. There are also many museums and architectural landmarks around town.


Is Tallinn or Hamburg Better for Food?

Tallinn
Hamburg

Both Tallinn and Hamburg offer a number of unique restaurants to choose from.

Tallinn has a delicious restaurant scene that relies on local flavors. 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.

There are many up and coming restaurants in the Hamburg area. The city has a mix of cosmopolitan restaurants and traditional places where you can enjoy a classic German dish like currywurst or labskaus (a type of stew).

Is Tallinn or Hamburg Better for Nightlife?

Tallinn
Hamburg

The nightlife scene is relatively similar in Tallinn and Hamburg.

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.

Hamburg is a popular destination for visitors looking to party into the night. The city is often overlooked, but it's nightlife scene is actually among the best. There are techno concerts, music festivals, and nightclubs that appeal to all personalities.

Is Tallinn or Hamburg Better for Shopping?

Tallinn
Hamburg

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

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.

Browsing through shops is a popular activity in Hamburg. The diversity of shopping venues includes flea markets and luxury shopping malls. One of the main shopping streets in town is the Mönkebergstrasse.

Is Tallinn or Hamburg Better for Families?

Tallinn
Hamburg

Tallinn and Hamburg are both fun destinations for the whole family.

Tallinn is a family-friendly city. 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.

Hamburg is known to be a very family-friendly place to visit. The city has a surprising number of opportunities to see wildlife nearby including a zoo and a wildlife park just outside of town. The city also has great playgrounds that are fun for kids who need a break from sightseeing.


Is Tallinn or Hamburg Better for Couples?

Tallinn
Hamburg

Tallinn and Hamburg 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.

Hamburg is a good city for couples to visit. Romantic activities in town include taking a boat ride or harbor cruise or grabbing a cocktail at one of the city's many bars.

Is Tallinn or Hamburg Better for Backpackers and Budget Travelers?

Tallinn
Hamburg

Tallinn is a more popular city 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.

Hamburg is popular with backpackers and budget travelers. Many backpackers overlook the city, but there are a number of good hostels and a relaxing vibe that makes for a nice visit.

Is Tallinn or Hamburg Better for Students?

Tallinn
Hamburg

Both Tallinn and Hamburg are popular destinations for students.

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

Hamburg is popular with students. The city has a few great universities and a number of opportunities for international students.

Is Tallinn or Hamburg Better for Public Transit?

Tallinn
Hamburg

Visitors will find public transit in both Tallinn and Hamburg.

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

The public transit in Hamburg can get you to most places easily. There are trains and buses that make their way around town.


Is Tallinn or Hamburg a more walkable city?

Tallinn
Hamburg

Tallinn and Hamburg 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.

Hamburg is a very walkable destination. Most tourist areas can easily be explored on foot.

Should I spend more time in Hamburg or Tallinn?

How long in Tallinn or Hamburg?

Visitors can find plenty of fun things to do in both Tallinn and Hamburg. With generally more activities and things to do, visitors tend to spend more time in Tallinn than Hamburg.

The ideal length of time for a trip to Tallinn is 2-4 days, and the ideal length of time for a trip to Hamburg is 1-3 days.


  • How many days in Tallinn or Hamburg? Ideal Length of Stay
    Tallinn 2-4 
    Hamburg 1-3

One day in Tallinn or Hamburg?

In Tallinn, 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.

In Hamburg, you'll find shopping and museums. One reason most visitors come is for the live music. This port city offers something for everyone. This would be the perfect place to spend one day, as it has just the right amount of activities.

A weekend in Tallinn or Hamburg?

In Tallinn, 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 Tallinn has to offer.

In Hamburg, you'll find museums and nightlife. The length of your trip often depends on your style of travel. A weekend here is typical. One reason most visitors come is for the live music. A weekend is a great amount of time to relax and see the many things that Hamburg has to offer.

Five days in Tallinn or Hamburg?

Tallinn is a great place to explore. The old town is one of the main draws for visitors. Five days is more than enough time to enjoy everything. Take some day trips to nearby places to fill the extra days. Anyone can find something fun to do here.

Hamburg is a great place to explore. Five days is more than enough time to enjoy everything. Take some day trips to nearby places to fill the extra days. Anyone can find something fun to do here.


A week in Tallinn or Hamburg?

It's hard to know how much time to spend in Tallinn. Many people enjoy the museums and nightlife when visiting Tallinn. 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.

It's hard to know how much time to spend in Hamburg. Many people enjoy the live music and food when visiting Hamburg. One reason most visitors come is for the live music. One week may feel like too much time unless you plan to do a lot of relaxing.

Which city is cheaper, Hamburg 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 Hamburg is €93. 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 Hamburg in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Tallinn 40
    Hamburg 43
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Tallinn 80
    Hamburg 86
Compare Hotels in Tallinn and Hamburg

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Hotels in Tallinn


Hotels in Hamburg


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Tallinn 9.68
    Hamburg 23
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:

  • Arrival Private Transfer Tallinn Airport (TLL) to Tallinn City: $23
  • City Transfer Tallinn: $33
  • Departure Private Transfer Tallinn City to Tallinn Airport TLL: $52
  • Departure Private Transfer Tallinn City to Tallinn TLL by Car: $23
  • Private Airport Transfer: Tallinn Airport (TLL) to Tallinn: $14
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Tallinn to Tallinn Airport (TLL): $14
  • Private Airport transfer Tallin Airport (TLL) to Tallin City center: $44
  • Private Airport transfer Tallinn city center to Tallinn Airport (TLL): $44
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Tallinn TLL Airport to Tallinn City: $15
  • Private Departure Transfer from Tallinn City to Tallinn TLL Airport: $15
  • Private Minivan Transfer from Tallinn to Riga: $448
  • Private Shore Excursion: Tallinn Old Town Walking Tour with Round-Trip Transfer: $274

Typical Local Transportation prices in Hamburg

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Hamburg:


  • Short Distance Ubahn Ticket
    1.70

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Hamburg

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Hamburg:

  • Round Trip Private Transfer: Hamburg Airport HAM to Hamburg City by Sedan Car: $124
  • Round Trip Private Transfer: Hamburg Airport HAM to Hamburg City by Luxury Van: $311
  • Round Trip Private Transfer: Hamburg Airport HAM to Hamburg City by Luxury Car: $280
  • Round Trip Private Transfer: Hamburg Airport HAM to Hamburg City by Business Car: $228
  • Private Transfer: Hamburg to Hamburg Airport (HAM): $65
  • Private Transfer: Hamburg Airport (HAM) to Hamburg: $65
  • Private Transfer: HAM Hamburg Airport to Hamburg City Center: $40
  • Private Transfer from Hamburg to Bremen: $591
  • Private Transfer from Hamburg Airport to Accommodation in Hamburg: $93
  • Private Transfer from Accommodation in Hamburg to Hamburg Airport: $86
  • Private Round-Trip Transfer: Hamburg HAM Airport - Hamburg City Center: $85
  • Private Departure Transfer from Hamburg City to Hamburg Airport: $42

Is it cheaper to fly into Tallinn or Hamburg?

Prices for flights to both Hamburg 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
    Hamburg 28
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 Hamburg

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Hamburg:


  • Pink Thai Soup Dinner and Spring Rolls
    15
  • Currywurst and Pommes Frites
    5.00
  • Donner Kebab and Coke
    6.00
  • Traditional Hamburg Dinner w/ Beer
    15
  • Donner Kebab Lunch
    4.00
  • Sandwich and Coffee Break
    6.00
  • Fish Sandwich from Fish Market
    3.50
  • Coffee and Donut
    4.00

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Hamburg

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

  • Historic Reeperbahn Tour with Optional Dinner in Hamburg: $38
  • St. Georg Hamburg - Food Tour: $45
  • HafenCity & Elbphilharmonie - Food Tour: $50
  • Sternschanze Hamburg - Food Tour: $53
  • St. Pauli - Food Tour: $53
  • Eat Like A Local : Hamburg Private Food Tour With Tastings: $146

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Tallinn 4.50
    Hamburg 31

Tours and Activities in Tallinn

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

  • Pioneer Street Art Tour in Tallinn Telliskivi Creative City: $12
  • Tallinn Self-Guided Audio Tour: $15
  • Tour to the Paljassaare Special Protection Area: $16
  • Skip the Line: Tallinn TV Tower Entrance Ticket: $16
  • Skip the Line: Tallinn Legends Interactive Museum Entrance Ticket: $17
  • Tallinn National Unity Tour on E-bike: $19
  • 1-Hour Good Morning Tallinn Running Tour: $19
  • Tallinn TV Tower: Fast-Lane Ticket: $19
  • Tallinn Bay Sightseeing Cruise: $22
  • Tallinn Day Cruise: TOWERS OF TALLINN: $22
  • Tallinn Ghost and Legends Walking Tour: $24
  • Tallinn Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour: $28

Typical Entertainment prices in Hamburg

Here are a few typical costs in Hamburg for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


  • Tower at St. Michael's Church
    3.50

Tours and Activities in Hamburg

Here are a few actual costs in Hamburg for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • 2-Hour Walking Tour: Hamburg Speicherstadt and HafenCity: $160
  • 5-Day Independent Hamburg to Heidelberg Coach Tour: $486
  • 5-Day Overnight Coach Tour from Hamburg to Munich: $534
  • 5-Day Overnight Coach Tour from Hamburg to Stuttgart: $726
  • Alternative Hamburg Private Alternative Street Art Tour: $274
  • Best of Hamburg - Private tour: $368
  • Bird Watching Adventure Tour in Hamburg, South Africa: $272
  • City Walking Tour DEADLY KIEZ: $22
  • City Walking Tour JEWISH HAMBURG: $22
  • City tour through Hamburg: $24
  • Craft Beer Tastings Tour in Hamburg: $50
  • Discover Hamburg Walking Tour: $25

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Tallinn 12
    Hamburg 14

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

Sample the Local Flavors in Hamburg

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Hamburg:

  • Club and Pub Tour of St. Pauli: $27
  • Corona Pub Crawl with special drinks: $62
  • Private guided Club & Pub tour - Pub Crawl: $358


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Tallinn and Hamburg, we can see that Hamburg 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 Hamburg would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Hamburg than you might in Tallinn.


When is the best time to visit Tallinn or Hamburg?

Both places have a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. As both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Tallinn or Hamburg in the Summer?

Both Hamburg and Tallinn during the summer are popular places to visit. Most visitors come to Tallinn for the family-friendly experiences during these months. Also, the summer months attract visitors to Hamburg because of the music scene and the family-friendly experiences.

In the summer, Tallinn is around the same temperature as Hamburg. Typically, the summer temperatures in Tallinn in July are around 17°C (62°F), and Hamburg is about 17°C (62°F).

In Hamburg, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Tallinn. In the summer, Tallinn often gets more sunshine than Hamburg. Tallinn gets 279 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Hamburg receives 207 hours of full sun.

Tallinn usually gets around the same amount of rain in July as Hamburg. Tallinn gets 79 mm (3.1 in) of rain, while Hamburg receives 82 mm (3.2 in) of rain this time of the year.


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

Should I visit Tallinn or Hamburg in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Tallinn and Hamburg. The autumn months attract visitors to Tallinn because of the shopping scene and the natural beauty of the area. Also, the shopping scene, the music scene, and the natural beauty of the area are the main draw to Hamburg this time of year.

In October, Tallinn is generally much colder than Hamburg. Temperatures in Tallinn average around 7°C (44°F), and Hamburg stays around 10°C (50°F).

Tallinn usually receives less sunshine than Hamburg during autumn. Tallinn gets 92 hours of sunny skies, while Hamburg receives 101 hours of full sun in the autumn.

In October, Tallinn usually receives more rain than Hamburg. Tallinn gets 70 mm (2.8 in) of rain, while Hamburg receives 63 mm (2.5 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


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

Should I visit Tallinn or Hamburg in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Tallinn as well as Hamburg. The museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine are the main draw to Tallinn this time of year. Also, many travelers come to Hamburg for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

Be prepared for some very cold days in Hamburg. It's quite cold in Tallinn in the winter. Tallinn is much colder than Hamburg in the winter. The temperature in Tallinn is usually -5°C (22°F) in January, and Hamburg stays around 0°C (33°F).

In the winter, Tallinn often gets less sunshine than Hamburg. Tallinn gets 25 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Hamburg receives 42 hours of full sun.

Tallinn usually gets less rain in January than Hamburg. Tallinn gets 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain, while Hamburg receives 61 mm (2.4 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Tallinn -5°C (22°F) 
    Hamburg 0°C (33°F)

Should I visit Tallinn or Hamburg in the Spring?

Both Hamburg and Tallinn are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities. Many travelers come to Tallinn for the natural beauty. Also, many visitors come to Hamburg in the spring for the natural beauty.

Be prepared for some very cold days in Tallinn. In the spring, Tallinn is much colder than Hamburg. Typically, the spring temperatures in Tallinn in April are around 4°C (39°F), and Hamburg is about 8°C (46°F).

Tallinn usually receives more sunshine than Hamburg during spring. Tallinn gets 186 hours of sunny skies, while Hamburg receives 161 hours of full sun in the spring.

In April, Tallinn usually receives less rain than Hamburg. Tallinn gets 36 mm (1.4 in) of rain, while Hamburg receives 51 mm (2 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Tallinn 4°C (39°F) 
    Hamburg 8°C (46°F)

Typical Weather for Hamburg and Tallinn

Tallinn Hamburg
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan -5°C (22°F) 45 mm (1.8 in) 0°C (33°F) 61 mm (2.4 in)
Feb -6°C (22°F) 29 mm (1.1 in) 1°C (34°F) 41 mm (1.6 in)
Mar -2°C (29°F) 29 mm (1.1 in) 4°C (39°F) 56 mm (2.2 in)
Apr 4°C (39°F) 36 mm (1.4 in) 8°C (46°F) 51 mm (2 in)
May 10°C (50°F) 37 mm (1.5 in) 12°C (54°F) 57 mm (2.3 in)
Jun 15°C (58°F) 53 mm (2.1 in) 15°C (60°F) 74 mm (2.9 in)
Jul 17°C (62°F) 79 mm (3.1 in) 17°C (62°F) 82 mm (3.2 in)
Aug 16°C (60°F) 84 mm (3.3 in) 17°C (62°F) 70 mm (2.8 in)
Sep 11°C (52°F) 82 mm (3.2 in) 14°C (57°F) 70 mm (2.8 in)
Oct 7°C (44°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 10°C (50°F) 63 mm (2.5 in)
Nov 1°C (34°F) 68 mm (2.7 in) 5°C (41°F) 71 mm (2.8 in)
Dec -3°C (27°F) 55 mm (2.2 in) 2°C (35°F) 72 mm (2.8 in)


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