Should you visit Tallinn or Kemi?
If you're trying to decide where to visit between Tallinn or Kemi, 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.
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.
Which city 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 €74, while the average daily cost in Kemi is €107. 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 Kemi 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 Kemi, €118 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Kemi, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is €59, 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.
On average, meal and food prices in Kemi cost around €27 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around €11.
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.
Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Kemi than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend €31 on transportation in Kemi on average per day.
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:
Ultra - Tallinn Private Transfer from Tallinn Cruise Port to City Centre:
Ultra - Tallinn Private Transfer from City Centre to Tallinn Cruise Port:
Tallinn to Riga transfer with Sightseeing:
Tallinn Walking Tour with Free Time and Port Transfers:
Tallinn TLL Airport Luxury Van Private Departure Transfer:
Tallinn TLL Airport Luxury Van Private Arrival Transfer:
Tallinn TLL Airport Luxury Car Private Departure Transfer:
Tallinn TLL Airport Luxury Car Private Arrival Transfer:
Tallinn Return Airport Transfers:
Tallinn Party Bus Airport Transfer:
Tallinn Party Bus Airport Transfer:
Tallinn Limo Airport Transfer:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Kemi
Also for Kemi, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
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.
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.
Sightseeing expenses in Kemi, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €23 per day, per person.
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 Kemi
For Kemi, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
Audio Guided Day Tour of Ranua Zoo with Entry Ticket and Lunch:
Full-Day Tour of Rovaniemi and Santa Claus Village:
Northern Lights Aurora Tour from Kemi:
Snow Adventure Day from Kemi:
Typically, people visiting Tallinn spend on average €12 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Typically, people visiting Kemi spend on average €9.59 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
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 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.
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