Should you visit Tallinn or Lucerne?
If you're trying to decide where to visit between Tallinn or Lucerne, 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.
Lucerne is a relatively small city in the center of Switzerland. It is located across the lake from Altdorf and it has a thriving tourism industry. It's close proximity to many of the major sights in the country make it a great base for exploration. Many people use it as a jumping off point for exploring Mount Rigi and the Rutli Meadow.
Which city is cheaper, Lucerne 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 Lucerne is €144. 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 Lucerne 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 Lucerne, €184 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Lucerne, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is €92, 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.
While meal prices in Lucerne can vary, the average travelers spends about €42 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Lucerne should cost around €17 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Lucerne is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.
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.
Lucerne's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend €8.43 per person, per day on transportation in Lucerne.
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:
Private Minivan Transfer from Tallinn to Riga:
Tallinn to Riga transfer with Sightseeing:
Private Shore Excursion: Tallinn Old Town Walking Tour with Round-Trip Transfer:
Private Transfer from Tallinn to Riga:
Tallinn Limo Airport Transfer:
Tallinn Party Bus Airport Transfer:
Tallinn Party Bus Airport Transfer:
Tallinn Return Airport Transfers:
Tallinn Airport Transfer - Return:
Tallinn TLL Airport Luxury Car Private Departure Transfer:
Tallinn TLL Airport Luxury Car Private Arrival Transfer:
Departure Private Transfer Tallinn City to Tallinn Airport TLL:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Lucerne
Also for Lucerne, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Zurich Airport Transfers : Lucerne City to Zurich Airport ZRH in Luxury Van:
Zurich Airport Transfers : Lucerne City to Zurich Airport ZRH in Business Car:
ZRH Airport - Lucern City (Transfer Service):
Transfers Zurich Airport - Lucerne:
Private transfer from Lucerne City to Zurich Airport:
Private transfer from Lucerne City to Lucerne Train Station:
Private Transfer from Lucerne City to interlaken City:
Departure Private Transfer Lucerne-Basel-Bern to Zurich Airport by Luxury Van:
Departure Private Transfer Lucerne-Basel-Bern to Zurich Airport by Business Car:
Is it cheaper to fly into Tallinn or Lucerne?
Prices for flights to both Lucerne 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, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Lucerne can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around €23 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
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:
Typical Entertainment prices in Lucerne
For Lucerne, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:
Tours and Activities in Lucerne
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Lucerne.
3 Days Swiss Alpine Rails and Trails Tour:
5 day Private Tour of Central Switzerland including Luzern, Grindelwald & Zurich:
ALL TRANSPORT INCLUSIVE Mt. Pilatus Guided Golden Roundtrip Tour:
Appenzell and Liechtenstein Tour from Luzern:
Artisan Cheesemaking and Chocolate factory with Tasting Private Tour from Luzern:
Artisan Cheesemaking and Tasting Private Tour from Lucerne:
Chocolate World Experience and Tasting Private Tour from Luzern:
Glacier Express Panoramic Train Round Trip in one Day Private Tour from Luzern:
Golden Round Trip from Mt. Pilatus Self-Guided Tour:
Grindelwald Adventure Tour with Cliff walk & Bachalpsee hiking tour from Lucerne:
Jungfraujoch Top of Europe Private Photo Tour from Lucerne:
Jungfraujoch Top of Europe Private Tour from Luzern:
Typically, people visiting Tallinn spend on average €12 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Lucerne, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is €15.
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:
Sample the Local Flavors in Lucerne
Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Lucerne:
Chocolate, Cheese and Wine Tour in Luzern region:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Tallinn and Lucerne, we can see that Lucerne 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 Lucerne would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Lucerne than you might in Tallinn.
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