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

Should you visit Tallinn or Lucerne?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Tallinn or Lucerne, 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 whimsical, historical, and charming city. Many visitors also come here because of it's amazing beauty. As it offers a special and quaint atmosphere, visitors come from all over to experience this destination. It's also popular because of the museums, nightlife, and food.

Lucerne

Lucerne is a cultural, historic, and vibrant city. It's a large city, so you'll find plenty of things to do around town. The beauty of this spot is also one of the main reasons why visitors come. Visitors also love the food, shopping, and museums.

Tallinn and Lucerne: Pros and Cons

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


How is Tallinn different from Lucerne?

Which is Better for a Holiday?

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

Is Tallinn or Lucerne better for Museums and Historical Sights?

Visiting museums and landmarks is a fun activity in both Tallinn and Lucerne.

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.

You'll find a good number of museums and monuments packed into Lucerne. Top sights in town include the famous Chapel Bridge, the Lion Monument and the town walls and towers. There are also a number of museums including the Swiss Transport Museum and Museum Sammlung Rosengart.

Tallinn
Lucerne


Is Tallinn or Lucerne better for Food?

Both Tallinn and Lucerne 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 Lucerne area. Food is expensive around town, but there are some unique specialties like fondue, br├Ątwurst, and of course, chocolate. It's nice to sit out by the river and enjoy a hearty meal while you soak up the view.

Tallinn
Lucerne

Is Tallinn or Lucerne better for Nightlife?

The nightlife scene is relatively similar in Tallinn and Lucerne.

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.

Lucerne is a popular destination for visitors looking to party into the night. The city has some of the best nightlife in Switzerland, with many lively clubs, bars, and pubs. There are also many local events that hosted in town and bring in a crowd.

Tallinn
Lucerne

Is Tallinn or Lucerne better for its Old Town?

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.

Lucerne offers a nice historic old town area. Sitting on the water's edge, this old town has a number of historic buildings and the beautiful Chapel Bridge.

Tallinn
Lucerne

Is Tallinn or Lucerne better for Shopping?

Shoppers can find a variety of stores in both Tallinn and Lucerne.

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.

Browsing through shops is a popular activity in Lucerne. The city is filled with high end shopping opportunities with everything from boutique shops to major chains. Popular items to purchase in town include chocolate, watches, jewelry, and Swiss army knives.

Tallinn
Lucerne


Is Tallinn or Lucerne better for Families?

Tallinn and Lucerne 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 Lucerne. The city is filled with history and there are a number of playgrounds around town. If the weather's warm, you can also take a swim in Lake Lucerne. Many kids enjoy escaping the city and doing a day trip to the amazing Mt. Titlis, or other peaks that are nearby.

Tallinn
Lucerne

Is Tallinn or Lucerne better for Couples?

Tallinn and Lucerne are both fun 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 Lucerne frequently as it offers plenty of romantic activities. The city has many pleasant square, excellent restaurants, and a romantic atmosphere that makes for a great couple's getaway. There are a number of nice hotels to choose from as well.

Tallinn
Lucerne

Is Tallinn or Lucerne better for Public Transit?

Visitors will find public transit in both Tallinn and Lucerne.

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

You'll find some public transit in Lucerne, but it may not be enough to take you everywhere. There's a comprehensive system of buses around town.

Tallinn
Lucerne

Is Tallinn or Lucerne a more walkable city?

Tallinn is considered more walkable than Lucerne.

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.

Lucerne is a somewhat walkable city. The major tourist areas are fairly walkable if your hotel is in a convenient location.

Tallinn
Lucerne


Should I spend more time in Lucerne or Tallinn?

How long in Tallinn or Lucerne?

Visitors can find plenty of fun things to do in both Tallinn and Lucerne. With generally more activities and things to do, visitors tend to spend more time in Tallinn than Lucerne.

The ideal length of time for a trip to Tallinn is 2-4 days, and the ideal length of time for a trip to Lucerne is 1-3 days.


  • How many days in Tallinn or Lucerne? Ideal Length of Stay
    Tallinn 2-4 
    Lucerne 1-3

One day in Tallinn or Lucerne?

In Tallinn, you'll find nightlife and food. Most visitors spend time around the old town 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.

In Lucerne, 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 Lucerne?

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

In Lucerne, you'll find food and shopping. 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 Lucerne has to offer.

Five days in Tallinn or Lucerne?

Tallinn is a great place to explore. The old town is one of the main draws for visitors. 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.

Lucerne 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 Lucerne?

It's hard to know how much time to spend in Tallinn. Exploring the old town is a popular activity. One week may feel like too much time here unless you plan to do a lot of relaxing.

It's hard to know how much time to spend in Lucerne. One week may feel like too much time here unless you plan to do a lot of relaxing.

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 €165. 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 Lucerne in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Tallinn 40
    Lucerne 105
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Tallinn 80
    Lucerne 210
Compare Hotels in Tallinn and Lucerne

Looking for a hotel in Tallinn or Lucerne? 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 Lucerne


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Tallinn 9.68
    Lucerne 9.62
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:

  • Private Minivan Transfer from Tallinn to Riga: $448
  • Tallinn to Riga transfer with Sightseeing: $335
  • Private Shore Excursion: Tallinn Old Town Walking Tour with Round-Trip Transfer: $274
  • Private Transfer from Tallinn to Riga: $156
  • Tallinn Limo Airport Transfer: $100
  • Tallinn Party Bus Airport Transfer: $93
  • Tallinn Party Bus Airport Transfer: $87
  • Tallinn Return Airport Transfers: $70
  • Tallinn Airport Transfer - Return: $65
  • Tallinn TLL Airport Luxury Car Private Departure Transfer: $60
  • Tallinn TLL Airport Luxury Car Private Arrival Transfer: $60
  • Departure Private Transfer Tallinn City to Tallinn Airport TLL: $52

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Lucerne

Also for Lucerne, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Zurich Airport: Private Transfer to/from Lucerne: $240
  • Zurich Airport Transfers : Lucerne City to Zurich Airport ZRH in Luxury Van: $207
  • Zurich Airport Transfers : Lucerne City to Zurich Airport ZRH in Business Car: $118
  • ZRH Airport - Lucern City (Transfer Service): $287
  • Transfers Zurich Airport - Lucerne: $431
  • Rafting in Interlaken with Return Transfer from Lucerne: $239
  • Private transfer from Lucerne City to Zurich Airport: $271
  • Private transfer from Lucerne City to Lucerne Train Station: $110
  • Private Transfer from Lucerne City to interlaken City: $174
  • From Canyoning in Interlaken w/ Return Transfer: $239
  • Departure Private Transfer Lucerne-Basel-Bern to Zurich Airport by Luxury Van: $251
  • Departure Private Transfer Lucerne-Basel-Bern to Zurich Airport by Business Car: $191

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.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Tallinn 25
    Lucerne 48
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
    Lucerne 26

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: $535
  • 1-Hour Good Morning Tallinn Running Tour: $19
  • 2 Hour Tallinn Old Town Walking Tour: $162
  • 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour of Tallinn: $45
  • 2-hour private tour of Tallinn with transport: $254
  • 3-Hour Private Tour of Tallinn: $254
  • 5h Tallinn Old Town, Kadriorg Pirita Small Group Tour: $75
  • 7 Days Small Group Tour: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus & Ukraine: $3,190
  • 8-Day Tour Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia: Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius: $995
  • Admire Tallinn's highlights Walking & Driving Private Tour: $291
  • Aegna Half-Day Guided Tour: Stone Maze and Valley of Boulders: $31
  • Best of Tallinn 2-Hour Bike Tour: $28

Typical Entertainment prices in Lucerne

For Lucerne, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:


  • 1 Day Bicycle Rental
    33
  • The Swiss Transport Museum Entrance Fee
    34

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: $2,452
  • 5 day Private Tour of Central Switzerland including Luzern, Grindelwald & Zurich: $7,504
  • ALL TRANSPORT INCLUSIVE Mt. Pilatus Guided Golden Roundtrip Tour: $280
  • Appenzell and Liechtenstein Tour from Luzern: $627
  • Artisan Cheesemaking and Chocolate factory with Tasting Private Tour from Luzern: $424
  • Artisan Cheesemaking and Tasting Private Tour from Lucerne: $328
  • Chocolate World Experience and Tasting Private Tour from Luzern: $226
  • Day Trip from Grindelwald First Mountain Adventure: $206
  • From Titlis Glacier Day Tour with Private Guide: $476
  • From Luzern: Top-Secret Mountain Fortress Tour: $471
  • Glacier Express Panoramic Train Round Trip in one Day Private Tour from Luzern: $399
  • Grindelwald Adventure Tour with Cliff walk & Bachalpsee hiking tour from Lucerne: $1,443

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Tallinn 12
    Lucerne 17

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

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: $627


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.


When is the best time to visit Tallinn or Lucerne?

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 Lucerne in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Tallinn and Lucerne. Many travelers come to Tallinn for the family-friendly experiences. Also, many visitors come to Lucerne in the summer for the city activities and the family-friendly experiences.

In the summer, Tallinn is cooler than Lucerne. Typically, the summer temperatures in Tallinn in July are around 17°C (62°F), and Lucerne is about 21°C (70°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Lucerne this time of the year. In Tallinn, it's very sunny this time of the year. Tallinn usually receives more sunshine than Lucerne during summer. At this time of the year, Tallinn gets 279 hours of sunny skies, while Lucerne receives 241 hours of full sun.

In July, Tallinn usually receives less rain than Lucerne. At this time of the year, Tallinn gets 79 mm (3.1 in) of rain, while Lucerne receives 89 mm (3.5 in) of rain.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Tallinn 17°C (62°F) 
    Lucerne 21°C (70°F)

Should I visit Tallinn or Lucerne in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Tallinn as well as Lucerne. Many visitors come to Tallinn in the autumn for the shopping scene and the natural beauty of the area. Also, most visitors come to Lucerne for the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area during these months.

In October, Tallinn is generally much colder than Lucerne. Temperatures in Tallinn average around 7°C (44°F), and Lucerne stays around 13°C (56°F).

In the autumn, Tallinn often gets less sunshine than Lucerne. Tallinn gets 92 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Lucerne receives 120 hours of full sun.

Tallinn usually gets around the same amount of rain in October as Lucerne. Tallinn gets 70 mm (2.8 in) of rain, while Lucerne receives 70 mm (2.8 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Tallinn 7°C (44°F) 
    Lucerne 13°C (56°F)

Should I visit Tallinn or Lucerne in the Winter?

Both Lucerne and Tallinn are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities. Most visitors come to Tallinn for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine during these months. Also, the winter months attract visitors to Lucerne because of the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

The weather in Lucerne can be very cold. Tallinn can be very cold during winter. Tallinn is much colder than Lucerne in the winter. The temperature in Tallinn is usually -5°C (22°F) in January, and Lucerne stays around 3°C (37°F).

Tallinn usually receives less sunshine than Lucerne during winter. At this time of the year, Tallinn gets 25 hours of sunny skies, while Lucerne receives 55 hours of full sun.

In January, Tallinn usually receives less rain than Lucerne. At this time of the year, Tallinn gets 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain, while Lucerne receives 77 mm (3 in) of rain.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Tallinn -5°C (22°F) 
    Lucerne 3°C (37°F)

Should I visit Tallinn or Lucerne in the Spring?

Both Lucerne and Tallinn during the spring are popular places to visit. The spring months attract visitors to Tallinn because of the natural beauty. Furthermore, the activities around the city and the natural beauty are the main draw to Lucerne this time of year.

The weather in Tallinn can be very cold. In the spring, Tallinn is much colder than Lucerne. Typically, the spring temperatures in Tallinn in April are around 4°C (39°F), and Lucerne is about 12°C (53°F).

In the spring, Tallinn often gets more sunshine than Lucerne. Tallinn gets 186 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Lucerne receives 150 hours of full sun.

Tallinn usually gets less rain in April than Lucerne. Tallinn gets 36 mm (1.4 in) of rain, while Lucerne receives 79 mm (3.1 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Tallinn 4°C (39°F) 
    Lucerne 12°C (53°F)

Typical Weather for Lucerne and Tallinn

Tallinn Lucerne
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan -5°C (22°F) 45 mm (1.8 in) 3°C (37°F) 77 mm (3 in)
Feb -6°C (22°F) 29 mm (1.1 in) 5°C (40°F) 70 mm (2.8 in)
Mar -2°C (29°F) 29 mm (1.1 in) 8°C (46°F) 72 mm (2.8 in)
Apr 4°C (39°F) 36 mm (1.4 in) 12°C (53°F) 79 mm (3.1 in)
May 10°C (50°F) 37 mm (1.5 in) 16°C (60°F) 101 mm (4 in)
Jun 15°C (58°F) 53 mm (2.1 in) 19°C (66°F) 100 mm (3.9 in)
Jul 17°C (62°F) 79 mm (3.1 in) 21°C (70°F) 89 mm (3.5 in)
Aug 16°C (60°F) 84 mm (3.3 in) 21°C (69°F) 104 mm (4.1 in)
Sep 11°C (52°F) 82 mm (3.2 in) 18°C (64°F) 79 mm (3.1 in)
Oct 7°C (44°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 13°C (56°F) 70 mm (2.8 in)
Nov 1°C (34°F) 68 mm (2.7 in) 7°C (45°F) 82 mm (3.2 in)
Dec -3°C (27°F) 55 mm (2.2 in) 4°C (39°F) 83 mm (3.3 in)


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