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

Should you visit Tallinn or Salzburg?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Tallinn or Salzburg, 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 historical, charming, and quaint city. You'll find world class beauty here as well. As it offers a special and quaint atmosphere, visitors come from all over to experience this destination. Other popular activities here include nightlife, food, and shopping.

Salzburg

Salzburg is a recognizable, historic, and beautiful city. It's considered by many to be an absolutely beautiful destination, too. It also has a unique and quaint vibe that attracts lots of visitors. Visitors also love the museums, nightlife, and live music.

Tallinn and Salzburg: Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Popular museums and historical sights
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Impressive beauty
  • Quaint atmosphere
Cons
  • Less popular for students
Pros
  • Popular museums and historical sights
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Good for students
  • Impressive beauty
  • Quaint atmosphere


How is Tallinn different from Salzburg?

Which is Better for a Holiday?

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

Is Tallinn or Salzburg better for Museums and Historical Sights?

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

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 Salzburg. There are many historic sights to explore including Mozart's birthplace, the Mozart Residence, the Salzburg Museum, and the many stunning churches and concert halls.

Tallinn
Salzburg


Is Tallinn or Salzburg better for Food?

Both Tallinn and Salzburg 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.

Dining out in Salzburg is an experience not to be missed. The old town is filled with charming restaurants that serve local specialties including schnitzel, tafelspitz, and strudel. The city is also known for it's impressive breakfast spread that is often served on a three tiered cake stand and includes cheeses, salami, fresh fruit, pastries, olives, jams and more.

Tallinn
Salzburg

Is Tallinn or Salzburg better for Nightlife?

The nightlife scene is relatively similar in Tallinn and Salzburg.

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.

Salzburg has an active nightlife scene for those who seek it out. The city has a number of trendy bars, pubs, and clubs where you can enjoy music and a lively atmosphere.

Tallinn
Salzburg

Is Tallinn or Salzburg better for its Old Town?

Tallinn and Salzburg both have historical old towns that attract visitors.

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.

Salzburg has a unique history which comes to life in its historic area. This beautiful old town is filled with cafes, restaurants, and churches. You can enjoy local music performed by street performers as you soak in the atmosphere and the regular chime of the church bells really gives the city personality. There are also frequent markets and shops to explore.

Tallinn
Salzburg

Is Tallinn or Salzburg better for Shopping?

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

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.

Salzburg is a world class destination for shoppers. The city's historic heart is filled with boutique shops, chocolate markets, and charming local vendors. It's fun to peruse the many shops that line the streets while you shop for local souvenirs.

Tallinn
Salzburg


Is Tallinn or Salzburg better for Families?

Tallinn and Salzburg 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.

Salzburg is known to be a very family-friendly place to visit. Kids who know the Sound of Music will enjoy visiting the setting of a number of scenes from the movie. There are even popular Sound of Music tours that take you to the gardens where they sang "Do Re Mi" and out of town to the church where Maria married the Captain. There are also Marionette Puppet shows, cooking classes, castles and more around town that everyone can enjoy.

Tallinn
Salzburg

Is Tallinn or Salzburg better for Couples?

Tallinn and Salzburg 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.

Salzburg is a great city for couples, as it has plenty to offer. The town offers a romantic setting with elaborate breakfasts, beautiful architecture, live shows, and plenty that couples can enjoy. You can simply wander around old town or explore the many gardens around town.

Tallinn
Salzburg

Is Tallinn or Salzburg better for Backpackers and Budget Travelers?

Tallinn and Salzburg are both good destinations 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.

Salzburg is a very popular city for backpackers and budget travelers. This is a popular city to visit, so there are plenty of amenities for backpackers. If you want to save a little money, you can stay and eat outside of old town where the prices are a little less.

Tallinn
Salzburg

Is Tallinn or Salzburg better for Students?

Salzburg is generally a better city for students than Tallinn.

Salzburg is a great destination for students. International students appreciate the high quality of life, excellent educational opportunities and unique European setting that makes this city special. There are also a number of beautiful places just outside of town that you can explore, as well as many travel connections to other popular cities in Europe.

Tallinn is popular with students. International students appreciate the vibrant atmosphere and the affordable options around town.

Tallinn
Salzburg


Is Tallinn or Salzburg better for Public Transit?

Visitors will find public transit in both Tallinn and Salzburg.

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

The public transit in Salzburg can get you to most places easily. Trolleys and buses make it easy to get around town.

Tallinn
Salzburg

Is Tallinn or Salzburg a more walkable city?

Tallinn and Salzburg 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.

Salzburg is a very walkable destination. The old town is very walkable, but if you stay outside of the main tourist areas, you'll likely want to take a bus.

Tallinn
Salzburg

Should I spend more time in Salzburg or Tallinn?

How long in Tallinn or Salzburg?

In either Tallinn or Salzburg, you'll find plenty of activities to fill your time. Most visitors tend to spend more time in Salzburg 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 Salzburg is 3-5 days.


  • How many days in Tallinn or Salzburg? Ideal Length of Stay
    Tallinn 2-4 
    Salzburg 3-5

One day in Tallinn or Salzburg?

The beautiful city of Tallinn offers food and shopping. Exploring the old town is a popular activity. With so much to do, one day is probably not enough time to see everything. It will give you the chance to have new experiences.

In Salzburg, you'll find shopping and museums. 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.

A weekend in Tallinn or Salzburg?

Tallinn is a popular place that is full of things to see and experience. If you have a weekend, this city makes for a great vacation. Make sure you visit the old town while you're here. While some people choose to spend more or less time in Tallinn, a weekend is sufficent for most. Take your pick from the many activities offered around the area.

In Salzburg, you'll find museums and nightlife. The length of your trip often depends on your style of travel. Visiting the old town is also a must. Since there is so much to do in the area, a weekend is probably not enough for all of it.


Five days in Tallinn or Salzburg?

Tallinn is a popular choice for travelers. Five days 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. The entire area has lots to do.

Salzburg is a great place to explore. It is common to spend five days here. The old town is one of the main draws for visitors. Five days is a great amount of time to relax and see the many things that Salzburg has to offer. Anyone can find something fun to do here.

A week in Tallinn or Salzburg?

Tallinn is a great place to explore. Visiting the old town is also a must. One week is more than enough time to enjoy everything. Take some day trips to nearby places to fill the extra days. This city offers something for everyone.

It's hard to know how much time to spend in Salzburg. 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.

Which city is cheaper, Salzburg 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 Salzburg is €123. 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 Salzburg in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Tallinn 40
    Salzburg 74
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Tallinn 80
    Salzburg 148
Compare Hotels in Tallinn and Salzburg

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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Tallinn 9.68
    Salzburg 16
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
  • Private Airport Transfer: Tallinn Airport (TLL) to Tallinn: $14
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Tallinn to Tallinn Airport (TLL): $14
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Tallinn TLL Airport to Tallinn City: $15
  • Private Departure Transfer from Tallinn City to Tallinn TLL Airport: $15
  • Arrival Private Transfer Tallinn Airport (TLL) to Tallinn City: $23
  • Departure Private Transfer Tallinn City to Tallinn TLL by Car: $23
  • Private Tallinn TLL Airport - Tallinn City Round-Trip Transfer: $29
  • City Transfer Tallinn: $33
  • Tallinn TLL Airport Luxury Van Private Arrival Transfer: $35
  • Tallinn TLL Airport Luxury Van Private Departure Transfer: $35

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Salzburg

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Salzburg:

  • Transfer from Salzburg to Vienna: Private sightseeing daytrip with 2 stops: $252
  • Transfer from Salzburg to Prague: Private sightseeing daytrip with 2 stops: $216
  • Transfer from Salzburg to Budapest: Private sightseeing daytrip with 2 stops: $282
  • Scenic transfer from Salzburg to Prague with 4 hours stop in Hallstatt: $863
  • Sightseeing Transfer to Prague via Cesky Krumlov: $1,117
  • Salzburg → Vienna - 2h of Sightseeing - Comfortable Premium Car Private Transfer: $337
  • Salzburg → Budapest - 2h of Sightseeing Comfortable Premium Car Private Transfer: $351
  • Salzburg to Venice Private Transfer and Sightseeing: $814
  • Salzburg Train Station Departure Transfer: $87
  • Salzburg Train Station Arrival Transfer: $87
  • Salzburg Private Transfer from Salzburg Airport to City centre: $63
  • Salzburg Airport transfer from W.A. Mozart airport to hotels or apartments: $25

Is it cheaper to fly into Tallinn or Salzburg?

Prices for flights to both Salzburg 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
    Salzburg 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:

  • 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 Salzburg

Some typical examples of dining costs in Salzburg are as follows:


  • Lunch Salad
    9.00

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Salzburg

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Salzburg.

  • Cookies and Apple Strudel Cooking Class Including Lunch: $52
  • Austrian Apple Strudel Cooking Class including Lunch: $57
  • Salzburg Christmas Cookies and Apple Strudel Cooking Lesson: $60
  • Salzach Cruise & Dinner at Hohesalzburg Fortress: $68
  • Best of Mozart Fortress Concert and Dinner: $79
  • Mozart and Advent/Christmas Concert with Dinner at Fortress Hohensalzburg: $82
  • Best of Mozart Concert and Dinner or VIP Dinner at Fortress Hohensalzburg: $82
  • Mozart Concert with Dinner: $84
  • Mozart Dinner Concert at the Baroque Hall of St Peter`s Abbey in Salzburg: $86
  • Fortress HohenObservationtower Admission, Dinner and Mozart Concert: $92
  • Dinner Cooking Class & Concert - Prezels, Dumplings, Apple Strudel & Mozart: $93
  • The Sound of Music Tour in Salzburg With Lunch or Dinner: $102

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Tallinn 4.50
    Salzburg 24

Tours and Activities in Tallinn

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

  • Pioneer Street Art Tour in Tallinn Telliskivi Creative City: $12
  • Tallinn Self-Guided Audio Tour: $15
  • Tour to the Paljassaare Special Protection Area: $16
  • Skip the Line: Tallinn TV Tower Entrance Ticket: $16
  • Skip the Line: Tallinn Legends Interactive Museum Entrance Ticket: $17
  • Tallinn National Unity Tour on E-bike: $19
  • 1-Hour Good Morning Tallinn Running Tour: $19
  • Tallinn TV Tower: Fast-Lane Ticket: $19
  • Tallinn Bay Sightseeing Cruise: $22
  • Tallinn Day Cruise: TOWERS OF TALLINN: $22
  • Tallinn Ghost and Legends Walking Tour: $24
  • Tallinn Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour: $28

Tours and Activities in Salzburg

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Salzburg are as follows:

  • 'The Sound of Music' Private Tour with Breakfast at Schloss Leopoldskron: $428
  • 2 pm Sound of Music Tour by minivan: $72
  • 2- or 3-Night Schloss Leopoldskron Stay in Salzburg Including 'The Sound of Music' Tour: $391
  • 2-Hour Private Salzburg City Highlights Tour: $274
  • 3-Night Salzburg Winter Package with City Highlights Tour: $158
  • 4-day Salzburg Package including Oktoberfest in Munich and Sound of Music Tour: $512
  • 9 am Sound of Music Tour by minivan: $72
  • A day in the life of Salzburg - Private tour with a local: $249
  • A taste of An audio tour through the birthplace of Mozart: $6.99
  • Adventure in Eagle's Nest - Hike Tour: $86
  • Amphibious Splash Tour on the Water and on the Land in Salzburg: $42
  • Austrian Lakes and Mountains Half-Day Tour from Salzburg: $66

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Tallinn 12
    Salzburg 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 Salzburg

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Salzburg:


  • Beer
    3.70

Sample the Local Flavors in Salzburg

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Salzburg:

  • Private Austrian Food and Wine Tasting with a Sommelière & Chef: $101
  • Private Half Day Salzburg City Tour including Visit to the Stiegl Brewery: $523


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


When is the best time to visit Tallinn or Salzburg?

Both places have a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. As both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Tallinn or Salzburg in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Tallinn as well as Salzburg. The summer months attract visitors to Tallinn because of the family-friendly experiences. Additionally, the music scene and the family-friendly experiences are the main draw to Salzburg this time of year.

In the summer, Tallinn is cooler than Salzburg. Typically, the summer temperatures in Tallinn in July are around 17°C (62°F), and Salzburg is about 20°C (68°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Salzburg. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Tallinn this time of the year. In the summer, Tallinn often gets more sunshine than Salzburg. Tallinn gets 279 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Salzburg receives 227 hours of full sun.

Tallinn usually gets less rain in July than Salzburg. Tallinn gets 79 mm (3.1 in) of rain, while Salzburg receives 91 mm (3.6 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Tallinn 17°C (62°F) 
    Salzburg 20°C (68°F)

Should I visit Tallinn or Salzburg in the Autumn?

Both Salzburg and Tallinn are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities. The shopping scene and the natural beauty of the area are the main draw to Tallinn this time of year. Also, many travelers come to Salzburg for the shopping scene, the music scene, and the natural beauty of the area.

In October, Tallinn is generally much colder than Salzburg. Temperatures in Tallinn average around 7°C (44°F), and Salzburg stays around 11°C (52°F).

Tallinn usually receives less sunshine than Salzburg during autumn. At this time of the year, Tallinn gets 92 hours of sunny skies, while Salzburg receives 108 hours of full sun.

In October, Tallinn usually receives more rain than Salzburg. At this time of the year, Tallinn gets 70 mm (2.8 in) of rain, while Salzburg receives 51 mm (2 in) of rain.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Tallinn 7°C (44°F) 
    Salzburg 11°C (52°F)

Should I visit Tallinn or Salzburg in the Winter?

Both Salzburg and Tallinn during the winter are popular places to visit. Many travelers come to Tallinn for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine. Also, many visitors come to Salzburg in the winter for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

Salzburg can get quite cold in the winter. Be prepared for some very cold days in Tallinn. Tallinn is much colder than Salzburg in the winter. The temperature in Tallinn is usually -5°C (22°F) in January, and Salzburg stays around -0°C (31°F).

In the winter, Tallinn often gets less sunshine than Salzburg. Tallinn gets 25 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Salzburg receives 44 hours of full sun.

Tallinn usually gets less rain in January than Salzburg. Tallinn gets 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain, while Salzburg receives 56 mm (2.2 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Tallinn -5°C (22°F) 
    Salzburg -0°C (31°F)

Should I visit Tallinn or Salzburg in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Tallinn and Salzburg. Many visitors come to Tallinn in the spring for the natural beauty. Also, most visitors come to Salzburg for the natural beauty during these months.

Tallinn can get quite cold in the spring. In the spring, Tallinn is much colder than Salzburg. Typically, the spring temperatures in Tallinn in April are around 4°C (39°F), and Salzburg is about 11°C (51°F).

Tallinn usually receives more sunshine than Salzburg during spring. At this time of the year, Tallinn gets 186 hours of sunny skies, while Salzburg receives 155 hours of full sun.

In April, Tallinn usually receives less rain than Salzburg. At this time of the year, Tallinn gets 36 mm (1.4 in) of rain, while Salzburg receives 55 mm (2.2 in) of rain.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Tallinn 4°C (39°F) 
    Salzburg 11°C (51°F)

Typical Weather for Salzburg and Tallinn

Tallinn Salzburg
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan -5°C (22°F) 45 mm (1.8 in) -0°C (31°F) 56 mm (2.2 in)
Feb -6°C (22°F) 29 mm (1.1 in) 2°C (36°F) 49 mm (1.9 in)
Mar -2°C (29°F) 29 mm (1.1 in) 6°C (43°F) 53 mm (2.1 in)
Apr 4°C (39°F) 36 mm (1.4 in) 11°C (51°F) 55 mm (2.2 in)
May 10°C (50°F) 37 mm (1.5 in) 15°C (59°F) 82 mm (3.2 in)
Jun 15°C (58°F) 53 mm (2.1 in) 18°C (65°F) 92 mm (3.6 in)
Jul 17°C (62°F) 79 mm (3.1 in) 20°C (68°F) 91 mm (3.6 in)
Aug 16°C (60°F) 84 mm (3.3 in) 19°C (67°F) 93 mm (3.6 in)
Sep 11°C (52°F) 82 mm (3.2 in) 16°C (61°F) 58 mm (2.3 in)
Oct 7°C (44°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 11°C (52°F) 51 mm (2 in)
Nov 1°C (34°F) 68 mm (2.7 in) 5°C (42°F) 59 mm (2.3 in)
Dec -3°C (27°F) 55 mm (2.2 in) 1°C (35°F) 64 mm (2.5 in)


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