A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Tallinn vs. Reykjavik for Backpackers, Nightlife, Families, and Couples

Should you visit Tallinn or Reykjavik?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Tallinn or Reykjavik, 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 charming, quaint, and whimsical city. It's considered by many to be an absolutely beautiful destination, too. It also has that perfectly quaint feel that is like no other place. Other reasons to visit include food, shopping, and museums.

Reykjavik

Reykjavik is a green, safe, and friendly city. It's considered by many to be an absolutely beautiful destination, too. Visitors also love the hiking, shopping, and nightlife.

Tallinn and Reykjavik: Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Impressive beauty
  • Quaint atmosphere
Pros
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Impressive beauty
Cons
  • Less popular with backpackers


How is Tallinn different from Reykjavik?

Which is Better for a Holiday?

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

Is Tallinn or Reykjavik Better for Food?

Tallinn
Reykjavik

Both Tallinn and Reykjavik 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.

Reykjavik may not make the list for most foodies, but you'll find what you need while you're in town. Traditional Icelandic food may not have the best reputation, but restaurants these days are pretty good with a variety of dishes to choose from. Popular foods in the area include fish, lamb, and Icelandic skyr (a type of yogurt).


Is Tallinn or Reykjavik Better for Nightlife?

Tallinn
Reykjavik

The nightlife scene is relatively similar in Tallinn and Reykjavik.

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.

Reykjavik has an active nightlife scene for those who seek it out. The city offers the best nightlife in Iceland and you'll be surprised at the number of clubs, bars, and craft breweries that you can choose from. Almost all of the popular nightlife spots are around Laugavegur, a major shopping street in town.

Is Tallinn or Reykjavik Better for Shopping?

Tallinn
Reykjavik

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

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.

Many visitors go to Reykjavik to go shopping. The city's main shopping street is Laugavegur, which is where you'll find the most activity around town as well as a bustling atmosphere.

Is Tallinn or Reykjavik Better for Families?

Tallinn
Reykjavik

Tallinn and Reykjavik 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.

Reykjavik is known to be a very family-friendly place to visit. With its many outdoor activities and hands on museums, the city is great for kids. The cafes and restaurants are family-friendly and their are plenty of entertainment options for the whole family.

Is Tallinn or Reykjavik Better for Couples?

Tallinn
Reykjavik

Tallinn and Reykjavik 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 Reykjavik frequently as it offers plenty of romantic activities. There are museums, outdoor activities, and even the northern lights that make this city very romantic. The cafes are laid-back and the atmosphere is friendly.


Is Tallinn or Reykjavik Better for Backpackers and Budget Travelers?

Tallinn
Reykjavik

Tallinn is a more popular city for backpackers.

With so many budget-friendly offerings, Tallinn is extremely popular for backpackers. 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.

Reykjavik is popular with backpackers and budget travelers. There are a number of hostels around town, but they can be pretty expensive. Transportation can also be pretty challenging for backpackers.

Is Tallinn or Reykjavik Better for Students?

Tallinn
Reykjavik

Both Tallinn and Reykjavik are popular destinations for students.

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

Reykjavik is popular with students. Students will enjoy a unique experience in this city. There are good academic programs as well as beautiful outdoor settings that you can explore.

Is Tallinn or Reykjavik Better for Public Transit?

Tallinn
Reykjavik

Visitors will find public transit in both Tallinn and Reykjavik.

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

You'll find some public transit in Reykjavik, but it may not be enough to take you everywhere. There is a fairly comprehensive bus system around town.

Is Tallinn or Reykjavik a more walkable city?

Tallinn
Reykjavik

Tallinn and Reykjavik are similar when it comes to walkability.

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.

Reykjavik is a very walkable destination. The city is small and compact, so it's easy to explore on foot.


Should I spend more time in Reykjavik or Tallinn?

How long in Tallinn or Reykjavik?

In either Tallinn or Reykjavik, you'll find plenty of activities to fill your time. Most visitors tend to spend more time in Reykjavik than Tallinn because of the overall number of sights and activities.

The ideal length of time for a trip to Tallinn is 2-4 days, and the ideal length of time for a trip to Reykjavik is 1-5 days.


  • How many days in Tallinn or Reykjavik? Ideal Length of Stay
    Tallinn 2-4 
    Reykjavik 1-5

One day in Tallinn or Reykjavik?

You'll find shopping and museums around the quaint city of Tallinn. Visiting the old town is also a must. Since there is so much to do in the area, one day is probably not enough for all of it. It has many unique tourist attractions and fascinating things to do.

In Reykjavik, you'll find nightlife and shopping. Many travelers plan to spend time hiking while in the area. One reason most visitors come is for the hiking. 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 Reykjavik?

You'll find museums and nightlife around the quaint destination of Tallinn. The old town is one of the main draws for visitors. This is a popular place to visit for a weekend.A weekend should give you a good understanding of everything this city has to offer. This city offers a variety of activities to choose from.

In Reykjavik, you'll find shopping and nightlife. 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. One reason most visitors come is for the hiking. A weekend is a great amount of time to relax and see the many things that Reykjavik has to offer.

Five days in Tallinn or Reykjavik?

Travelers enjoy the nightlife and food when visiting the charming city of Tallinn. The length of your ideal trip is an individual decision. Exploring the old town is a popular activity. Five days is plenty of time to see everything, even with extra days to spare.

Reykjavik is a great place to explore. It is common to spend five days here. Hikers are also drawn to this area. Five days is a great amount of time to relax and see the many things that Reykjavik has to offer. Anyone can find something fun to do here.

A week in Tallinn or Reykjavik?

Tallinn is a popular choice for travelers. Make sure you visit the old town while you're here. One week is usually plenty of time to spend here with extra days to spare. With this much time, visitors often visit nearby destinations or take day trips. It will give you the chance to have new experiences.

It's hard to know how much time to spend in Reykjavik. Many people enjoy the shopping and nightlife when visiting Reykjavik. One reason most visitors come is for the hiking. 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 city is cheaper, Reykjavik 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 Reykjavik is €188. 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 Reykjavik in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Tallinn 40
    Reykjavik 107
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Tallinn 80
    Reykjavik 214
Compare Hotels in Tallinn and Reykjavik

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Hotels in Tallinn


Hotels in Reykjavik


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Our Analysis
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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Tallinn 9.68
    Reykjavik 35
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:

  • Ultra - Tallinn Private Transfer from Tallinn Cruise Port to City Centre: $8.71
  • Ultra - Tallinn Private Transfer from City Centre to Tallinn Cruise Port: $8.71
  • Tallinn to Riga transfer with Sightseeing: $335
  • Tallinn Walking Tour with Free Time and Port Transfers: $51
  • Tallinn TLL Airport Luxury Van Private Departure Transfer: $35
  • Tallinn TLL Airport Luxury Van Private Arrival Transfer: $35
  • Tallinn TLL Airport Luxury Car Private Departure Transfer: $60
  • Tallinn TLL Airport Luxury Car Private Arrival Transfer: $60
  • Tallinn Return Airport Transfers: $70
  • Tallinn Party Bus Airport Transfer: $93
  • Tallinn Party Bus Airport Transfer: $87
  • Tallinn Limo Airport Transfer: $100

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Reykjavik

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

  • Ultra - Reykjavik Private Airport Transfer from Cruise Port to Keflavík Airport: $8.71
  • Ultra - Reykjavik Private Airport Transfer from City Hotels to Keflavík Airport: $218
  • Transfer to & from Blue Lagoon: $78
  • SuperSaver: Northern Lights by mini-bus & Blue Lagoon transfer: $149
  • Secret Lagoon with transfer: $80
  • Roundtrip Transfer from Reykjavik/Keflavik to Blue Lagoon with Entrance Fee: $187
  • Round Trip Keflavik Airport (KEF) Transfer to Reykjavik City Center: $175
  • Reykjavík Airport Private Departure Transfer: $236
  • Shuttle Bus Transfer to/from Keflavik Airport: $26
  • Private Transfer to/from KEF Intl. Airport (KEF): $204
  • Reykjavik to Keflavik Airport (KEF) - Departure Private Car Transfer: $111
  • Reykjavik area to Keflavik Private Luxury Airport Transfer: $140

Is it cheaper to fly into Tallinn or Reykjavik?

Prices for flights to both Reykjavik 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
    Reykjavik 23
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

Typical Food prices in Reykjavik

For Reykjavik, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Dinner (Fish Market)
    170

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Reykjavik

For Reykjavik, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Exclusive dinner with a local family: $112
  • Weekend Reykjavik Food Tour with a stop at the Reykjavik Flea Market: $123
  • Dinner with an Icelandic Artist in Reykjavik Home: $151
  • Secret Lagoon, Buffet Dinner, and Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik: $159
  • South Coast: Volcanoes, waterfalls & Viking dinner at the Viking house: $179
  • Private Reykjavik Food Tour: $198
  • South Coast: Small group glacier hike, fire & ice with dinner at Viking lodge: $199
  • Cook and Dine Icelandic Cooking Class Gourmet Lunch or Dinner: $204
  • Kopar Fine Dining Dinner and Northern Lights Cruise from Reykjavik: $229
  • West Iceland Private Food Tour from Reykjavik: $723

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Tallinn 4.50
    Reykjavik 55

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 Reykjavik

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Reykjavik's activities, tours, and tickets:


  • Art Museum
    10
  • Wine and Spa
    28

Tours and Activities in Reykjavik

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

  • 'Game of Thrones' Filming Locations Tour From Reykjavik: $126
  • (Private tour) 4 Days South Coast, Golden Circle & Snæfellsnes: $3,388
  • 1.5 Hour Midnight Sun Buggy Tour From Reykjavik: $160
  • 10-day Private tour of Iceland: Geysers & Glaciers: $13,561
  • 1hr ATV & Golden Circle Adventure from Reykjavik: $276
  • 1hr ATV Adventure & Caving from Reykjavik: $254
  • 1hr ATV Adventure & Helicopter Adventure Combination Tour from Reykjavik: $403
  • 1hr ATV Adventure & Rafting Tour from Reykjavik: $287
  • 1hr ATV Adventure & Whale Watching Combination Tour from Reykjavik: $248
  • 1hr ATV Reykjavik Peak Adventure: $143
  • 1hr ATV adventure & Northern lights Hunt from Reykjavik: $238
  • 1hr Buggy & Lava Caving Combination Tour from Reykjavik: $283

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Tallinn 12
    Reykjavik 21

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

Typical Alcohol prices in Reykjavik

Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Reykjavik are as follows:


  • Beer
    8.41

Sample the Local Flavors in Reykjavik

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Reykjavik:

  • Eimverk Distillery Tour with Tasting: $34
  • Private Reykjavik Pub Crawl: $181
  • Reykjavik Food & Wine Tour: $249


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


When is the best time to visit Tallinn or Reykjavik?

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 Reykjavik in the Summer?

Both Reykjavik and Tallinn are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities. The summer months attract visitors to Tallinn because of the family-friendly experiences. Also, the hiking and the family-friendly experiences are the main draw to Reykjavik this time of year.

In July, Tallinn is generally a little warmer than Reykjavik. Temperatures in Tallinn average around 17°C (62°F), and Reykjavik stays around 11°C (52°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Tallinn. Tallinn usually receives more sunshine than Reykjavik during summer. Tallinn gets 279 hours of sunny skies, while Reykjavik receives 171 hours of full sun in the summer.

In July, Tallinn usually receives more rain than Reykjavik. Tallinn gets 79 mm (3.1 in) of rain, while Reykjavik receives 52 mm (2 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Tallinn 17°C (62°F) 
    Reykjavik 11°C (52°F)

Should I visit Tallinn or Reykjavik in the Autumn?

Both Reykjavik and Tallinn during the autumn are popular places to visit. The shopping scene and the natural beauty of the area are the main draw to Tallinn this time of year. Furthermore, many travelers come to Reykjavik for the hiking trails, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area.

Be prepared for some very cold days in Reykjavik. Tallinn is a little warmer than Reykjavik in the autumn. The temperature in Tallinn is usually 7°C (44°F) in October, and Reykjavik stays around 5°C (41°F).

In the autumn, Tallinn often gets more sunshine than Reykjavik. Tallinn gets 92 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Reykjavik receives 83 hours of full sun.

Tallinn usually gets less rain in October than Reykjavik. Tallinn gets 70 mm (2.8 in) of rain, while Reykjavik receives 86 mm (3.4 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Tallinn 7°C (44°F) 
    Reykjavik 5°C (41°F)

Should I visit Tallinn or Reykjavik in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Tallinn and Reykjavik. Many travelers come to Tallinn for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine. Furthermore, many visitors come to Reykjavik in the winter for the shopping scene and the cuisine.

Reykjavik can get quite cold in the winter. Be prepared for some very cold days in Tallinn. In the winter, Tallinn is much colder than Reykjavik. Typically, the winter temperatures in Tallinn in January are around -5°C (22°F), and Reykjavik is about -0°C (32°F).

Tallinn usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Reykjavik during winter. Tallinn gets 25 hours of sunny skies, while Reykjavik receives 27 hours of full sun in the winter.

In January, Tallinn usually receives less rain than Reykjavik. Tallinn gets 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain, while Reykjavik receives 76 mm (3 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Tallinn -5°C (22°F) 
    Reykjavik -0°C (32°F)

Should I visit Tallinn or Reykjavik in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Tallinn as well as Reykjavik. Many visitors come to Tallinn in the spring for the natural beauty. Additionally, most visitors come to Reykjavik for the natural beauty during these months.

Reykjavik can be very cold during spring. Tallinn can get quite cold in the spring. In April, Tallinn is generally a little warmer than Reykjavik. Temperatures in Tallinn average around 4°C (39°F), and Reykjavik stays around 3°C (38°F).

In the spring, Tallinn often gets more sunshine than Reykjavik. Tallinn gets 186 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Reykjavik receives 140 hours of full sun.

Tallinn usually gets less rain in April than Reykjavik. Tallinn gets 36 mm (1.4 in) of rain, while Reykjavik receives 58 mm (2.3 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Tallinn 4°C (39°F) 
    Reykjavik 3°C (38°F)

Typical Weather for Reykjavik and Tallinn

Tallinn Reykjavik
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan -5°C (22°F) 45 mm (1.8 in) -0°C (32°F) 76 mm (3 in)
Feb -6°C (22°F) 29 mm (1.1 in) 1°C (33°F) 72 mm (2.8 in)
Mar -2°C (29°F) 29 mm (1.1 in) 1°C (34°F) 82 mm (3.2 in)
Apr 4°C (39°F) 36 mm (1.4 in) 3°C (38°F) 58 mm (2.3 in)
May 10°C (50°F) 37 mm (1.5 in) 7°C (44°F) 44 mm (1.7 in)
Jun 15°C (58°F) 53 mm (2.1 in) 10°C (49°F) 50 mm (2 in)
Jul 17°C (62°F) 79 mm (3.1 in) 11°C (52°F) 52 mm (2 in)
Aug 16°C (60°F) 84 mm (3.3 in) 11°C (52°F) 62 mm (2.4 in)
Sep 11°C (52°F) 82 mm (3.2 in) 8°C (46°F) 67 mm (2.6 in)
Oct 7°C (44°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 5°C (41°F) 86 mm (3.4 in)
Nov 1°C (34°F) 68 mm (2.7 in) 1°C (35°F) 73 mm (2.9 in)
Dec -3°C (27°F) 55 mm (2.2 in) 0°C (32°F) 79 mm (3.1 in)


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