A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Tallinn vs. Kemi for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Tallinn or Kemi?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Tallinn or Kemi, 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.

Where Should I go: Tallinn or Kemi?

Tallinn

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.

Kemi

Kemi is a town on Bothnian Bay in Lapland, Finland. It's known for the massive Sampo icebreaker, a giant ship built to ply the Arctic waters. The main economic activity in Kemi is centered on two large paper and wood pulp mills and on the only chromium mine in Europe. Kemi also has a claim to fame as the home of the world's largest snow castle (reconstructed every year with a different design). The SnowCastle is usually located at the inner harbor of Kemi.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best 2-Week Tours from Tallinn, The Best Family-Friendly Tours to Estonia, Tours for Outdoor and Nature Lovers in Finland, and The Best Adventure Tours to Finland.


Which place is cheaper, Kemi or Tallinn?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Tallinn is €95, while the average daily cost in Kemi is €134. 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 destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Tallinn and Kemi in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Tallinn 47
    Kemi 74
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Tallinn 94
    Kemi 148
Compare Hotels in Tallinn and Kemi

Looking for a hotel in Tallinn or Kemi? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Tallinn


Hotels in Kemi


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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Tallinn Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Tallinn 12
    Kemi 39
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:

  • Tallinn to Riga Private Transfer via Saremaa island andParnu: $296
  • Tallinn hotels to Tallinn Cruise Port - Departure Private Transfer: $17
  • Tallinn Highlights Shore Excursion With Port Return Transfer: $65
  • Tallinn Cruise Port to Tallinn hotels - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $33
  • Tallinn Cruise Port to Tallinn hotels - Arrival Private Transfer : $17
  • Talinn Airport and City Private Transfer: $44
  • Private Transfer from Tallinn Cruise Port to Tallinn hotels : $17
  • Private Transfer from Tallinn Airport(TLL) to Tallinn Cruise Port: $17
  • Departure private transfer from Tallinn to Tallinn Airport or Port by Luxury Car: $94
  • Departure Private Transfer from Tallinn to Tallinn airport or port -business car: $28
  • Arrival Private Transfer from Tallinn Airport or Port to Tallinn City by minibus: $93
  • Tallinn Party Bus Airport Transfer: $127

Is it cheaper to fly into Tallinn or Kemi?

Prices for flights to both Kemi 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 36
    Kemi 34
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:

  • Tallinn Russian Dinner: $85
  • Tallinn Beer House Dinner: $98
  • Tallinn 3-Hour Estonian Food Tour: $129
  • Vegan Food Tours Tallinn: $216

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Tallinn 5.63
    Kemi 29

Tours and Activities in Tallinn

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

  • 1-Hour Good Morning Tallinn Running Tour: $17
  • 2 Hour Tales of Tallinn Private Car Tour: $66
  • 2 Hour Tallinn Old Town Walking Tour: $200
  • 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour of Tallinn: $50
  • 3-Hour Private Tour of Tallinn: $299
  • 5 Hour Deluxe Shore Excursion in Tallinn from Cruise Port: $49
  • Alcohol Tasting Tour In Tallinn: $65
  • All-in-One Tallinn - See stunning Estonian Capital from a Cruise Ship or Hotel: $88
  • Best of Tallinn Upper and Lower Town Tour for Cruise Passengers: $47
  • City Sightseeing Tallinn Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour: $33
  • Day Tour to Magical Bog Shoe Walking tour: $272
  • Discover Terrific Self-Guided Audio Tour: $15

Tours and Activities in Kemi

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

  • From Icebreaker Cruise with Lunch and Ice Floating: $460
  • Icebreaker Sampo Cruise ice floating from Rovaniemi: $718
  • Icebreaker Arktis Cruise with Ice Floating: $313
  • Icebreaker Sampo Cruise with Buffet and Ice Floating: $411
  • SnowExperience365 at Snow Castle Entry Ticket: $16

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Tallinn 15
    Kemi 12

Sample the Local Flavors in Tallinn

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

  • Tallinn Brewery Fiesta: $73
  • Tallinn Guided Bar Crawl: $125


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

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Tallinn Expensive? and Is Kemi Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Tallinn or Kemi?

Tallinn has a larger population, and is about 20 times larger than the population of Kemi. When comparing the sizes of Tallinn and Kemi, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.


When is the best time to visit Tallinn or Kemi?

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 Kemi in the Summer?

Both Kemi and Tallinn are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities. Many travelers come to Tallinn for the family-friendly experiences.

Tallinn is around the same temperature as Kemi in the summer. The daily temperature in Tallinn averages around 17°C (62°F) in July, and Kemi fluctuates around 15°C (60°F).

It's quite sunny in Kemi. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Tallinn. Tallinn usually receives less sunshine than Kemi during summer. Tallinn gets 279 hours of sunny skies, while Kemi receives 304 hours of full sun in the summer.

In July, Tallinn usually receives more rain than Kemi. Tallinn gets 79 mm (3.1 in) of rain, while Kemi receives 50 mm (2 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Tallinn 17°C (62°F) 
    Kemi 15°C (60°F)

Should I visit Tallinn or Kemi in the Autumn?

Both Kemi and Tallinn during the autumn are popular places to visit. Many visitors come to Tallinn in the autumn for the shopping scene and the natural beauty of the area.

Kemi can be very cold during autumn. In the autumn, Tallinn is much warmer than Kemi. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Tallinn in October average around 7°C (44°F), and Kemi averages at about 2°C (36°F).

In the autumn, Tallinn often gets more sunshine than Kemi. Tallinn gets 92 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Kemi receives 82 hours of full sun.

Tallinn usually gets more rain in October than Kemi. Tallinn gets 70 mm (2.8 in) of rain, while Kemi receives 64 mm (2.5 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Tallinn 7°C (44°F) 
    Kemi 2°C (36°F)

Should I visit Tallinn or Kemi in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Tallinn and Kemi. Most visitors come to Tallinn for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine during these months.

The weather in Kemi can be very cold. Tallinn can be very cold during winter. In January, Tallinn is generally much warmer than Kemi. Daily temperatures in Tallinn average around -5°C (22°F), and Kemi fluctuates around -12°C (10°F).

Tallinn usually receives more sunshine than Kemi during winter. Tallinn gets 25 hours of sunny skies, while Kemi receives 19 hours of full sun in the winter.

In January, Tallinn usually receives around the same amount of rain as Kemi. Tallinn gets 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain, while Kemi receives 44 mm (1.7 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Tallinn -5°C (22°F) 
    Kemi -12°C (10°F)

Should I visit Tallinn or Kemi in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Tallinn as well as Kemi. The spring months attract visitors to Tallinn because of the natural beauty.

It's quite cold in Kemi in the spring. The weather in Tallinn can be very cold. Tallinn is much warmer than Kemi in the spring. The daily temperature in Tallinn averages around 4°C (39°F) in April, and Kemi fluctuates around -1°C (31°F).

In the spring, Tallinn often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Kemi. Tallinn gets 186 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Kemi receives 194 hours of full sun.

Tallinn usually gets more rain in April than Kemi. Tallinn gets 36 mm (1.4 in) of rain, while Kemi receives 29 mm (1.1 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Tallinn 4°C (39°F) 
    Kemi -1°C (31°F)

Typical Weather for Kemi and Tallinn

Tallinn Kemi
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan -5°C (22°F) 45 mm (1.8 in) -12°C (10°F) 44 mm (1.7 in)
Feb -6°C (22°F) 29 mm (1.1 in) -12°C (11°F) 32 mm (1.3 in)
Mar -2°C (29°F) 29 mm (1.1 in) -7°C (19°F) 35 mm (1.4 in)
Apr 4°C (39°F) 36 mm (1.4 in) -1°C (31°F) 29 mm (1.1 in)
May 10°C (50°F) 37 mm (1.5 in) 6°C (43°F) 31 mm (1.2 in)
Jun 15°C (58°F) 53 mm (2.1 in) 13°C (55°F) 41 mm (1.6 in)
Jul 17°C (62°F) 79 mm (3.1 in) 15°C (60°F) 50 mm (2 in)
Aug 16°C (60°F) 84 mm (3.3 in) 13°C (56°F) 63 mm (2.5 in)
Sep 11°C (52°F) 82 mm (3.2 in) 8°C (46°F) 63 mm (2.5 in)
Oct 7°C (44°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 2°C (36°F) 64 mm (2.5 in)
Nov 1°C (34°F) 68 mm (2.7 in) -4°C (24°F) 58 mm (2.3 in)
Dec -3°C (27°F) 55 mm (2.2 in) -10°C (15°F) 42 mm (1.7 in)