Should you visit Tallinn or Turku?
If you're trying to decide where to visit between Tallinn or Turku, 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.
Turku, a city on the southwest coast of Finland, straddles the Aura River. Dating from the 13th century, it's known for Turku Castle, a medieval fortress with a history museum, perched at the river mouth. Restaurants line the cobbled riverside streets. On the eastern bank lies the Old Great Square, a former trade hub, surrounded by grand buildings. The nearby Turku Cathedral houses a royal tomb and a museum. The historic castle and cathedral point to the city's rich cultural history when it was the Finnish capital, and contemporary Turku is full of experimental art and vibrant festivals, thanks in part to its spirited university population (the country's second largest), who make Turku's nightlife young and fun. As the first city many visitors encounter arriving by ferry from Sweden and Aland, it's a splendid introduction to the Finnish mainland.
Which city is cheaper, Turku 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 Turku is €109. 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 Turku 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.
The prices for places to stay in Turku can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is €61, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around €122.
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.
Food in Turku costs travelers about €26 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.
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.
Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Turku than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend €35 on transportation in Turku on average per day.
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 Turku
Also for Turku, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Turku Private Transfer from Turku city centre to Turku airport:
Turku Private Transfer from Turku (TKU) Airport to City centre:
Turku (TKU) to City Center to Airport - Private Transfer:
Is it cheaper to fly into Tallinn or Turku?
Prices for flights to both Turku 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 expenses in Turku, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €18 per day, per person.
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:
Tours and Activities in Turku
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Turku.
Romantic tour in Turku:
The best of Turku walking tour:
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 Turku, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is €9.35.
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:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Tallinn and Turku, we can see that Turku 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 Turku would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Turku than you might in Tallinn.
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