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

Should you visit Tallinn or Lillehammer?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Tallinn or Lillehammer, 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. It also has that perfectly quaint feel that is like no other place. It's also known for shopping, museums, and nightlife.

Lillehammer

Lillehammer is a natural, adventure-filled, and sporty city. This is a charming small with plenty of activities, too. Visitors also love the nightlife, food, and hiking.

Tallinn and Lillehammer: Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Popular museums and historical sights
  • Active nightlife
  • Scenic old town
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Very walkable
  • Impressive beauty
  • Quaint atmosphere
Pros
  • Popular for skiing
  • Popular museums and historical sights
  • Active nightlife
  • Good for hiking
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
Things to Consider
  • Less popular with backpackers
  • Less walkable


Is there more to do in Tallinn or Lillehammer?

Travelers will usually find more to do in Tallinn. Although Tallinn and Lillehammer are popular destinations, Tallinn has more sights and attractions for tourists. Tallinn is very popular for its museums, nightlife, historical sights, shopping, impressive beauty, and quaint atmosphere, while Lillehammer attracts visitors for its skiing, food, hiking, and small town charm. Tallinn is more touristy than Lillehammer and is popular for its well preserved old town and its active nightlife scene. It is also well known for The Old Town. Lillehammer is famous for its winter sports and role as host for the 1994 Winter Olympics.

The Old Town
The Old Town

How is Tallinn different from Lillehammer?

Which is Better for a Holiday?

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

Is Tallinn or Lillehammer Better for Skiing?

Tallinn
Lillehammer

Lillehammer is a very popular place for skiing and snowboarding. However, Tallinn is not a skiing destination.

Visitors travel far to experience snow skiing in Lillehammer. There is both downhill skiing and cross country skiing in the area. There are five alpine centers that offer skiing for everyone from beginners to the world's elite. There are also 2,300 kilometers of cross country ski trails. The region is known for its long and reliable winter with great ski conditions.

Tallinn is not a skiing destination.


Are the Museums and Historical Sights Better in Tallinn or Lillehammer?

Tallinn
Lillehammer

Tallinn is well known for its museums and landmarks. Also, Lillehammer is still popular, but not quite as popular for its historical sights.

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.

Lillehammer offers a variety of museums and landmarks to choose from. There are a number of sights that are related to the city's role as host of the 1994 Olympics. Check out the Norwegian Olympic Museum, Lysgårdsbakkene Ski Jumping Arena, and the Lillehammer Olympic Bobsleigh and Luge Track. Also make sure you visit the Maihaugen Open-Air Museum.

Is the Food Better in Tallinn or Lillehammer? Which Destination has the Best Restaurants?

Tallinn
Lillehammer

Lillehammer is a very popular place for its restaurants. Also, Tallinn is not quite as popular, but is fairly good for its restaurant scene.

Lillehammer has a huge number of terrific restaurants. Local food traditions date back centuries and you'll find a combination of simple recipes and elaborate menus. Dishes often include fish or local meat such as elk. There are also soups such as kål, which are made with bacon, meat, potatoes, and barley.

There are many up and coming restaurants in the Tallinn area. 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.

Is Tallinn or Lillehammer Better for Nightlife?

Tallinn
Lillehammer

Tallinn is well known for nightlife. Also, Lillehammer is still popular, but not quite as popular for nightlife and partying.

Tallinn is a popular destination for visitors looking to party into the night. 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.

If you're looking for night time activities Lillehammer has a few options to choose from. There is a lively atmosphere with many bars, clubs, and pubs around town.


Is Tallinn or Lillehammer Better for its Old Town?

Tallinn
Lillehammer

Tallinn is a world-class destination for its historic old town. However, Lillehammer does not have a historic old town.

The historic old town of Tallinn is revered around the world. 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.

Lillehammer does not have a historic old town.

Is Tallinn or Lillehammer Better for Hiking?

Tallinn
Lillehammer

Lillehammer is a very popular place for its hiking trails. However, Tallinn is not a hiking destination.

Many visitors explore the nearby hiking trails while visiting Lillehammer. You'll find many hikes that take you through the alpine setting and the pristine landscapes. You can enjoy breathtaking views and strolls through nearby national parks.

Tallinn is not a hiking destination.

Is the Shopping Better in Tallinn or Lillehammer?

Tallinn
Lillehammer

Tallinn is well known for shopping. Also, Lillehammer is still popular, but not quite as popular for its shopping opportunities.

Tallinn is an extremely popular place for shoppers. 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.

Shopping is a popular activity when visiting Lillehammer. You'll find a number of shopping centers that have retail stores selling clothing, jewelry, sporting goods, and more.


Is Tallinn or Lillehammer Better for Families?

Tallinn
Lillehammer

Lillehammer is a very popular place for its kid-friendly activities. Also, Tallinn is not quite as popular, but is fairly good for its family-friendly activities.

Because of its large number of kid-friendly activities, Lillehammer is very family-friendly. The town has many winter and adventure sports that are great for the whole family. You can visit the Olympic Park, or spend the day at Hunderfossen Familiepark, which is one of the original amusement parks in the country. You can also visit Jorekstad Waterpark, go hiking in the summer, or skiing in the winter.

You'll find plenty of kid-friendly things to do in Tallinn. 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.

Is Tallinn or Lillehammer Better for Couples?

Tallinn
Lillehammer

Tallinn and Lillehammer are both superb 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.

Couples visit Lillehammer frequently as it offers plenty of romantic activities. The skiing and other winter activities are great for winter sport enthusiasts. During the summer months there's hiking and other outdoor fun.

Is Tallinn or Lillehammer Better for Backpackers and Budget Travelers?

Tallinn
Lillehammer

Tallinn is a world-class destination for backpackers. Also, Lillehammer is still popular, but not quite as popular for backpackers and budget travelers.

Tallinn is a mecca for backpackers and budget travelers. 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.

Lillehammer is a good city to visit for backpackers. There's some camping and other affordable accommodation for backpackers in the area.


Is Tallinn or Lillehammer Better for Students?

Tallinn
Lillehammer

Both Tallinn and Lillehammer are nice destinations for students.

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

Lillehammer is popular with students. The city has a number of students and offers some great entertainment activities. The cost of living can be high though.

Is Tallinn or Lillehammer Better for Public Transit? Which Is Easier to Get Around Without a Car?

Tallinn
Lillehammer

Tallinn is well known for its public transit. Also, Lillehammer is still popular, but not quite as popular for times when you don't have a car.

Many visitors rely on the effecient and affordable public transportation in Tallinn. There are buses trolleys and trams around town.

While Lillehammer offers some public transit options, it might not be your first choice. There are trains and buses throughout the region.

Is Tallinn or Lillehammer a more walkable city?

Tallinn
Lillehammer

Tallinn is a world-class destination for its walkability. Also, Lillehammer is still popular, but not quite as popular for its high level of walkability.

Getting around Tallinn on foot is easy. The city is compact and easily explored on foot, particularly in the most touristy areas.

Lillehammer is a somewhat walkable place. There are some pedestrian streets and pedestrian-friendly areas in town.


Should I spend more time in Lillehammer or Tallinn?

How long in Tallinn or Lillehammer?

It's fun to spend time in either Tallinn or Lillehammer. In our opinion, Tallinn has more to see and do, so we recommend that you spend more time in Tallinn than Lillehammer. However, 2-4 days is a good amount of time to spend in either destination.

Families should spend more time in Lillehammer than Tallinn. Because of the many family-friendly attractions and fun things to do for kids in Lillehammer, it's a great place to visit with the whole family.

Couples should spend more time in Tallinn than Lillehammer. You'll find plenty of romantic sights and fun activities in Tallinn that are great for a weekend getaway or a longer couple's trip.

Backpackers and budget travelers should spend more time in Tallinn than Lillehammer if your budget allows for it. With a larger number of budget-friendly sights, good nightlife, and active things to do, anyone traveling on a budget would have a good time in Tallinn.


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

One day in Tallinn or Lillehammer?

Visitors enjoy the nightlife and food when visiting the quaint city of Tallinn. The old town is one of the main draws for visitors. One day is usually not enough time for a trip here as there is plenty to do. The entire region has so many activities, and you'll want time to do everything.

In Lillehammer, you'll find shopping and museums. Many travelers plan to spend time hiking 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.

A weekend in Tallinn or Lillehammer?

Visitors enjoy the food and shopping when visiting the quaint destination of Tallinn. Exploring the old town is a popular activity. This city offers something for everyone. Plenty of people spend a weekend in the area when traveling. If you enjoy all that's offered here, then a weekend is just the right amount of time to spend here.

In Lillehammer, you'll find museums and skiing. The length of your trip often depends on your style of travel. A weekend here is typical. Hiking can easily take up a good amount of your time here, too. A weekend is a great amount of time to relax and see the many things that Lillehammer has to offer.

Five days in Tallinn or Lillehammer?

The whimsical city of Tallinn offers shopping and museums. 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. The length of your trip often depends on your style of travel.

Lillehammer is a great place to explore. Hikers are also drawn to this area. 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 Lillehammer?

Many people enjoy the museums and nightlife when visiting Tallinn. Anyone can find something fun to do here. 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 Lillehammer. Many people enjoy the nightlife and food when visiting Lillehammer. Many visitors also spend a good bit of time hiking. One week may feel like too much time unless you plan to do a lot of relaxing.

Which place is cheaper, Lillehammer 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 Lillehammer is €95. 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 Lillehammer in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Tallinn 47
    Lillehammer 57
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Tallinn 94
    Lillehammer 114
Compare Hotels in Tallinn and Lillehammer

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Hotels in Tallinn


Hotels in Lillehammer


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Tallinn 12
    Lillehammer 3.64
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 Party Bus Airport Transfer: $126
  • Arrival Private Transfer from Tallinn Airport or Port to Tallinn City by minibus: $69
  • Arrival Private Transfer from Tallinn Airport or Port to Tallinn by Luxury Car : $70
  • Arrival Private Transfer from Tallinn Airport or Port to Tallinn by business car: $23
  • Arrival private transfer from Tallinn Airport or Port to Tallinn by Luxury Van: $33
  • Departure Private Transfer from Tallinn City to Tallinn Airport or Port -minibus: $69
  • Departure Private Transfer from Tallinn to Tallinn airport or port -business car: $23
  • Departure private transfer from Tallinn to Tallinn Airport or Port by Luxury Car: $70
  • Departure private transfer from Tallinn to Tallinn TLL Airport by Luxury Van: $33
  • Guided Day trip to Helsinki from Tallinn by VIP car / Hotel transfers included: $465
  • Private Day tour to Tallinn from Helsinki. All transfers included: $481
  • Private Shore Excursion: Tallinn Old Town Walking Tour with Round-Trip Transfer: $244

Is it cheaper to fly into Tallinn or Lillehammer?

Prices for flights to both Lillehammer 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
    Lillehammer 32
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: $97
  • Tallinn 3-Hour Estonian Food Tour: $129
  • Tallinn Food Tour with Round-trip Transfer Port-City: $133
  • Vegan Food Tours Tallinn: $216

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Tallinn 5.63
    Lillehammer 15

Tours and Activities in Tallinn

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

  • Tallinn Self-Guided Audio Tour: $6.00
  • Tallinn Scavenger Hunt and Walking Tour: $6.65
  • Tallinn Old Town Audio Guide City Tour: $8.86
  • Tour to the Paljassaare Special Protection Area: $14
  • Terrific Tallinn Self-Guided Audio Tour: $15
  • Self-Guided Tour to the Most Instagrammable Spots in Tallinn: $16
  • Tallinn Cruise Port to Tallinn Lennart Meri Airport (TLL) - Departure Private : $17
  • Tallinn Lennart Meri Airport (TLL) to Tallinn Cruise Port - Arrival Private : $17
  • 1-Hour Good Morning Tallinn Running Tour: $17
  • Skip the Line: Tallinn TV Tower Entrance Ticket: $19
  • Guided Old Town Tallinn Historical Walking Tour: $28
  • Tallinn Walking Sight Seeing Tour: $31

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Tallinn 15
    Lillehammer 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 Beer House Brewery Fiesta: $71
  • Tallinn Brewery Fiesta: $73
  • Tallinn Bar Crawl: $74
  • City tour Craft Brewery visit and tasting of craft beers ciders and cheeses: $100
  • Tallinn Guided Bar Crawl: $125


When comparing the travel costs between Tallinn and Lillehammer, we can see that Tallinn 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.

Which is Bigger, Tallinn or Lillehammer?

Tallinn is bigger, and its population is about 20.6 times larger than the population of Lillehammer. When comparing the population of Tallinn vs. Lillehammer, 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 and the activities that interest you.

Budget Your Trip is all about finding out how much everything costs so that you can travel cheaper and longer. Created by avid travelers Laurie and Bryan, our goal is to help you plan your next trip on the right budget. With average daily travel costs that are calculated from the budgets of real travelers, plus an analysis of hotel and tour prices, you can find out how much money you need to plan your next adventure. We also have plenty of travel advice, accommodation reviews, and activity suggestions.
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