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

Should you visit Tallinn or Kaunas?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Tallinn or Kaunas, 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 historical, charming, and quaint city. You'll find world class beauty here as well. As it offers a special and quaint atmosphere, visitors come from all over to experience this destination. Other popular activities here include nightlife, food, and shopping.

Kaunas

Kaunas is a vibrant, cultural, and active city. It's a large city, so you'll find plenty of things to do around town. Visitors also love the nightlife and food.

Tallinn and Kaunas: Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Scenic old town
  • Good for shopping
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Very walkable
  • Impressive beauty
  • Quaint atmosphere
Pros
  • Family-friendly
Cons
  • Less popular old town
  • Less popular for shopping
  • Less popular with couples
  • Less popular with backpackers
  • Less walkable


How is Tallinn different from Kaunas?

Which is Better for a Holiday?

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

Is Tallinn or Kaunas Better for Food?

Tallinn
Kaunas

Both Tallinn and Kaunas 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 Kaunas area. It is a great place to try traditional Lithuanian dishes as there are a number of good restaurants and an active restaurant scene. Popular local dishes include cepelinai potato dumplings and cold beetroot soup.


Is Tallinn or Kaunas Better for Nightlife?

Tallinn
Kaunas

The nightlife scene is relatively similar in Tallinn and Kaunas.

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.

Kaunas has an active nightlife scene for those who seek it out. The nightlife scene continues to improve with a growing number of bars and clubs. During the warmer months you'll find many places opening outdoor areas. The old town is one of the more lively areas in town where it's nice to enjoy a drink on a terrace.

Is Tallinn or Kaunas Better for its Old Town?

Tallinn
Kaunas

The old town area in Tallinn has more to offer.

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.

Kaunas offers a nice historic old town area. The old town has tree-lined streets with charming cafes and a number of museums. It's also where you'll find the Kaunas Castle.

Is Tallinn or Kaunas Better for Shopping?

Tallinn
Kaunas

Tallinn usually beats out Kaunas for shopping.

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.

Kaunas has some good spots for those that want to go shopping. The old town is the place to pick up souvenirs, but there are also shopping malls and outlets in the city.

Is Tallinn or Kaunas Better for Families?

Tallinn
Kaunas

Tallinn and Kaunas 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.

You'll find plenty of kid-friendly things to do in Kaunas. The city has both outdoor and indoor areas that are fun for kids. Vienybės Square has fountains and splash areas that are fun for kids of all ages. Lampėdis Lake is a great place to swim or visit an adventure park. When the weather isn't great, you can head indoors to the the Kaunas Tadas Ivanauskas Zoological Museum or "CurioCity" in the Mega Mall.


Is Tallinn or Kaunas Better for Couples?

Tallinn
Kaunas

There's generally more to do as a couple in Tallinn than Kaunas.

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.

Kaunas is not always the best place to visit for a couple. The city has a number of historical sites as well as interesting restaurants that you can explore.

Is Tallinn or Kaunas Better for Backpackers and Budget Travelers?

Tallinn
Kaunas

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.

Kaunas is popular with backpackers and budget travelers. It's not a popular destination, but there are enough concerts and festivals throughout the year that it does see a few tourists.

Is Tallinn or Kaunas Better for Students?

Tallinn
Kaunas

Both Tallinn and Kaunas are popular destinations for students.

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

Kaunas is popular with students. The city has a vibrant and young student population. It also hosts festivals, concerts, and other events that make it a fun destination for international students.

Is Tallinn or Kaunas Better for Public Transit?

Tallinn
Kaunas

Visitors will find public transit in both Tallinn and Kaunas.

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

You'll find some public transit in Kaunas, but it may not be enough to take you everywhere. There are both buses and trolleybuses around town.


Is Tallinn or Kaunas a more walkable city?

Tallinn
Kaunas

Tallinn is considered more walkable than Kaunas.

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.

Kaunas is a somewhat walkable city. When the weather is nice, the city is a nice place to take a walk.

Should I spend more time in Kaunas or Tallinn?

How long in Tallinn or Kaunas?

You'll be able to find lots of things to do in Tallinn or Kaunas to fill your time. Many people usually spend more of their time in Tallinn than Kaunas.

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


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

One day in Tallinn or Kaunas?

Many travelers enjoy the museums and nightlife when visiting the quaint destination of Tallinn. The old town is one of the main draws for visitors. But since there are so many activities, you'll likely want to spend more than one day exploring.

In Kaunas, you'll find nightlife and food. This 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 Kaunas?

Tallinn is a great place to explore. It is common to spend a weekend here. With all of its activities, you can easily fill a weekend here. Your budget might influence how long you stay.

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

Five days in Tallinn or Kaunas?

It's hard to know how much time to spend in Tallinn. Make sure you visit the old town while you're here. Five days may feel like too much time unless you plan to do a lot of relaxing. It has many unique tourist attractions and fascinating things to do.

Kaunas 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 Kaunas?

Travelers enjoy the shopping and museums when visiting the historical destination of Tallinn. This city offers a variety of activities to choose from. Most visitors spend time around the old town while in the area. Most people find that one week is more than enough time to see everything.

It's hard to know how much time to spend in Kaunas. Many people enjoy the food and nightlife when visiting Kaunas. One week may feel like too much time unless you plan to do a lot of relaxing.

Which city is cheaper, Kaunas 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 Kaunas is €76. 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 Kaunas in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Tallinn 40
    Kaunas 36
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Tallinn 80
    Kaunas 72
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Hotels in Tallinn


Hotels in Kaunas


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Our Analysis
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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Tallinn 9.68
    Kaunas 13
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
  • Private Airport Transfer: Tallinn Airport (TLL) to Tallinn: $14
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Tallinn to Tallinn Airport (TLL): $14
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Tallinn TLL Airport to Tallinn City: $15
  • Private Departure Transfer from Tallinn City to Tallinn TLL Airport: $15
  • Arrival Private Transfer Tallinn Airport (TLL) to Tallinn City: $23
  • Departure Private Transfer Tallinn City to Tallinn TLL by Car: $23
  • Private Tallinn TLL Airport - Tallinn City Round-Trip Transfer: $29
  • City Transfer Tallinn: $33
  • Tallinn TLL Airport Luxury Van Private Arrival Transfer: $35
  • Tallinn TLL Airport Luxury Van Private Departure Transfer: $35

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Kaunas

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Kaunas:

  • Transfer from Kaunas Airport to Vilnius: $227
  • Private transfer from Kaunas to Vilnius: $118
  • Private Kaunas Airport - Kaunas City Round-Trip Transfer: $44
  • Private Departure Transfer from Kaunas City to Kaunas Airport: $22
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Kaunas Airport to Kaunas City: $22
  • Private Kaunas Airport to City Transfer: $51
  • Departure Private Transfer Kaunas City to Kaunas Airport KUN by Minivan: $47
  • Departure Private Transfer Kaunas City to Kaunas Airport KUN by Luxury Car: $93
  • Departure Private Transfer Kaunas City to Kaunas Airport KUN by Business Car: $41

Is it cheaper to fly into Tallinn or Kaunas?

Prices for flights to both Kaunas 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
    Kaunas 30
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

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Tallinn 4.50
    Kaunas 15

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

Tours and Activities in Kaunas

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

  • Kaunas Modernism Architecture Tour: $32
  • Kaunas Old Town tour: $44
  • Kaunas Old Town: 2-Hour Ghost Tour: $272
  • Kaunas Private Walking Tour: $199
  • Kaunas Tour: Love Stories: $272
  • 2-Hour Sightseeing Walking Tour: $272
  • Kayak Tour in Nemunas: $196
  • Tour in Kaunas tour English or Norwegian: $249

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Tallinn 12
    Kaunas 12

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 comparing the travel costs between Tallinn and Kaunas, we can see that Kaunas is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in Europe, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.


When is the best time to visit Tallinn or Kaunas?

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 Kaunas in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Tallinn as well as Kaunas. Many travelers come to Tallinn for the family-friendly experiences. Also, many visitors come to Kaunas in the summer for the city activities and the family-friendly experiences.

In the summer, Tallinn is around the same temperature as Kaunas. Typically, the summer temperatures in Tallinn in July are around 17°C (62°F), and Kaunas is about 18°C (64°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Kaunas. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Tallinn this time of the year. In the summer, Tallinn often gets more sunshine than Kaunas. Tallinn gets 279 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Kaunas receives 256 hours of full sun.

Tallinn usually gets around the same amount of rain in July as Kaunas. Tallinn gets 79 mm (3.1 in) of rain, while Kaunas receives 80 mm (3.1 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Tallinn 17°C (62°F) 
    Kaunas 18°C (64°F)

Should I visit Tallinn or Kaunas in the Autumn?

Both Kaunas and Tallinn are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities. Many visitors come to Tallinn in the autumn for the shopping scene and the natural beauty of the area. Also, most visitors come to Kaunas for the city's sights and attractions and the shopping scene during these months.

In October, Tallinn is generally cooler than Kaunas. Temperatures in Tallinn average around 7°C (44°F), and Kaunas stays around 8°C (46°F).

Tallinn usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Kaunas during autumn. Tallinn gets 92 hours of sunny skies, while Kaunas receives 99 hours of full sun in the autumn.

In October, Tallinn usually receives more rain than Kaunas. Tallinn gets 70 mm (2.8 in) of rain, while Kaunas receives 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Tallinn 7°C (44°F) 
    Kaunas 8°C (46°F)

Should I visit Tallinn or Kaunas in the Winter?

Both Kaunas and Tallinn during the winter are popular places to visit. Most visitors come to Tallinn for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine during these months. Furthermore, the winter months attract visitors to Kaunas because of the shopping scene and the cuisine.

The weather in Kaunas can be very cold. Tallinn can be very cold during winter. Tallinn is around the same temperature as Kaunas in the winter. The temperature in Tallinn is usually -5°C (22°F) in January, and Kaunas stays around -5°C (23°F).

In the winter, Tallinn often gets less sunshine than Kaunas. Tallinn gets 25 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Kaunas receives 40 hours of full sun.

Tallinn usually gets more rain in January than Kaunas. Tallinn gets 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain, while Kaunas receives 39 mm (1.5 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Tallinn -5°C (22°F) 
    Kaunas -5°C (23°F)

Should I visit Tallinn or Kaunas in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Tallinn and Kaunas. The spring months attract visitors to Tallinn because of the natural beauty. Furthermore, the activities around the city are the main draw to Kaunas this time of year.

The weather in Tallinn can be very cold. In the spring, Tallinn is much colder than Kaunas. Typically, the spring temperatures in Tallinn in April are around 4°C (39°F), and Kaunas is about 7°C (44°F).

Tallinn usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Kaunas during spring. Tallinn gets 186 hours of sunny skies, while Kaunas receives 175 hours of full sun in the spring.

In April, Tallinn usually receives less rain than Kaunas. Tallinn gets 36 mm (1.4 in) of rain, while Kaunas receives 42 mm (1.7 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Tallinn 4°C (39°F) 
    Kaunas 7°C (44°F)

Typical Weather for Kaunas and Tallinn

Tallinn Kaunas
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan -5°C (22°F) 45 mm (1.8 in) -5°C (23°F) 39 mm (1.5 in)
Feb -6°C (22°F) 29 mm (1.1 in) -4°C (25°F) 31 mm (1.2 in)
Mar -2°C (29°F) 29 mm (1.1 in) 0°C (33°F) 35 mm (1.4 in)
Apr 4°C (39°F) 36 mm (1.4 in) 7°C (44°F) 42 mm (1.7 in)
May 10°C (50°F) 37 mm (1.5 in) 13°C (56°F) 55 mm (2.2 in)
Jun 15°C (58°F) 53 mm (2.1 in) 16°C (62°F) 69 mm (2.7 in)
Jul 17°C (62°F) 79 mm (3.1 in) 18°C (64°F) 80 mm (3.1 in)
Aug 16°C (60°F) 84 mm (3.3 in) 17°C (63°F) 78 mm (3.1 in)
Sep 11°C (52°F) 82 mm (3.2 in) 13°C (55°F) 56 mm (2.2 in)
Oct 7°C (44°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 8°C (46°F) 45 mm (1.8 in)
Nov 1°C (34°F) 68 mm (2.7 in) 2°C (36°F) 53 mm (2.1 in)
Dec -3°C (27°F) 55 mm (2.2 in) -2°C (28°F) 47 mm (1.9 in)


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