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

Should you visit Tallinn or Vilnius?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Tallinn or Vilnius, 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. It also has a unique and quaint vibe that attracts lots of visitors. And you can't forget about the nightlife, food, and shopping.

Vilnius

Vilnius is a surprising, undiscovered, and authentic city. 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 Vilnius: Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Popular museums and historical sights
  • 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
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Impressive beauty
Cons
  • Less walkable


How is Tallinn different from Vilnius?

Which is Better for a Holiday?

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

Is Tallinn or Vilnius Better for Museums and Historical Sights?

Tallinn
Vilnius

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

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.

If you're looking for an educational opportunity, there are a decent number of museums and historical sights around Vilnius. The city has fascinating museums relating to Soviet times. These include the Museum of Occupations and Freedom Fights and the Lithuanian Diaspora Art Museum. Other notable sights include the Three Crosses Monument and the St. Anne's and Bernardine Church Complex.


Is Tallinn or Vilnius Better for Food?

Tallinn
Vilnius

Both Tallinn and Vilnius 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 Vilnius area. The food is hearty with plenty of meat and potatoes. There are also soups and herring dishes as well as great desserts. Popular dishes in the area include cepelinai (meat filled potato dumplings), kibinai (a pastry), and potato pancakes.

Is Tallinn or Vilnius Better for Nightlife?

Tallinn
Vilnius

The nightlife scene is relatively similar in Tallinn and Vilnius.

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.

Vilnius is a popular destination for visitors looking to party into the night. The large student population is at the heart of the city's nightlife scene. You'll find most of the activity centered around three streets - Vilniaus, Islandijos and Vokiečių. These areas have a number of bars and clubs, and they draw the biggest crowds.

Is Tallinn or Vilnius Better for its Old Town?

Tallinn
Vilnius

Tallinn and Vilnius 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.

Vilnius is an extremely popular place to visit the historic old town area. The old town is filled with history, architecture, and churches. It's also where you'll find Vilnius University. At the heart of the area is Pilies Gatve (Castle Street), which has shopping, cafes, and restaurants.

Is Tallinn or Vilnius Better for Shopping?

Tallinn
Vilnius

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

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 Vilnius to go shopping. For quaint shops, head to old town, particularly around Pilies Gatve. The city also has an open air market, Kalvarijų Turgus, that is popular on Saturdays. There are also a few shopping malls around town.


Is Tallinn or Vilnius Better for Families?

Tallinn
Vilnius

Tallinn and Vilnius 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 Vilnius. The city has a number of historic sights, but once your kids have had their fill, you can head to one of the outdoor or indoor play areas in the city center. There's also a toy museum and an Energy and Technology Museum that kids will enjoy. After a busy day, make sure you grab some ice cream to lift everyone's spirits.

Is Tallinn or Vilnius Better for Couples?

Tallinn
Vilnius

Tallinn and Vilnius 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.

Vilnius is a good city for couples to visit. The city is filled with viewpoints, from hill tops to towers, where you can enjoy romantic views over the landscape. You can also dine in a local restaurant or enjoy a picnic in one of the outdoor settings.

Is Tallinn or Vilnius Better for Backpackers and Budget Travelers?

Tallinn
Vilnius

Tallinn and Vilnius 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.

Vilnius is a very popular city for backpackers and budget travelers. For backpackers who want to escape the crowds, this off-the-beaten path European capital is a great option. It has history, charm, and an authenticity that is hard to find in a more touristy area. It's also an affordable city, with hostels and plenty of cheap places to eat.

Is Tallinn or Vilnius Better for Students?

Tallinn
Vilnius

Both Tallinn and Vilnius are popular destinations for students.

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

Vilnius is popular with students. The city is small but charming with a number of places where international students can study. It's an affordable city with a lively atmosphere and an authenticate and genuine personality.


Is Tallinn or Vilnius Better for Public Transit?

Tallinn
Vilnius

Visitors will find public transit in both Tallinn and Vilnius.

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

You'll find some public transit in Vilnius, but it may not be enough to take you everywhere. Bus and trolleybuses are available.

Is Tallinn or Vilnius a more walkable city?

Tallinn
Vilnius

Tallinn is considered more walkable than Vilnius.

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.

Vilnius is a somewhat walkable city. The old town is the most walkable part of the city.

Should I spend more time in Vilnius or Tallinn?

How long in Tallinn or Vilnius?

It's fun to spend time in either Tallinn or Vilnius. Both can be explored in comparable amounts of time.

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


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

One day in Tallinn or Vilnius?

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 Vilnius, you'll find nightlife and food. Most visitors spend time around the old town while in the area. 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 Vilnius?

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 Vilnius, 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 Vilnius has to offer.


Five days in Tallinn or Vilnius?

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.

Vilnius 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.

A week in Tallinn or Vilnius?

It's hard to know how much time to spend in Tallinn. Many people enjoy the museums and nightlife when visiting Tallinn. Exploring the old town is a popular activity. One week may feel like too much time unless you plan to do a lot of relaxing.

It's hard to know how much time to spend in Vilnius. Many people enjoy the museums and nightlife when visiting Vilnius. Exploring the old town is a popular activity. One week may feel like too much time unless you plan to do a lot of relaxing.

Which city is cheaper, Vilnius 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 Vilnius is €76. 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 Vilnius in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Tallinn 40
    Vilnius 34
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Tallinn 80
    Vilnius 68
Compare Hotels in Tallinn and Vilnius

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Hotels in Tallinn


Hotels in Vilnius


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Tallinn 9.68
    Vilnius 6.64
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 Vilnius

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Vilnius:

  • Vilnius to Riga transfer with Sightseeing: $347
  • Vilnius Private 1-Way Airport Transfer: $57
  • Vilnius Airport Departure Private Transfer: $14
  • Vilnius Airport Arrival Private Transfer: $17
  • Riga to Vilnius Private One-Way Transfers: $283
  • Private transfer: Vilnius to Vilnius Airport (VNO): $622
  • Private transfer: Vilnius Airport (VNO) to Vilnius: $622
  • Private transfer from Vilnius to Riga or Riga International Airport: $323
  • Private transfer from Vilnius to Kaunas: $118
  • Private transfer Vilnius - Riga: $319
  • Private low cost transfer from Vilnius to Minsk: $254
  • Private Vilnius VNO Airport - Vilnius City Round-Trip Transfer: $33

Is it cheaper to fly into Tallinn or Vilnius?

Prices for flights to both Vilnius 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
    Vilnius 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 Vilnius

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


  • Dinner for Two
    13

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Vilnius

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

  • Vilnius - City of Contrasts - The Original City Tour by bicycle (bike+food tour): $32
  • National Dinner with Folk Show in Vilnius: $49
  • Dinner in local family: $66
  • Cooking Class in Vilnius: $71
  • Cooking Class: $74
  • Vilnius Dinner in the Darkness: $115
  • Dinner in the Dark Dining Experience in Riga: $281

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Tallinn 4.50
    Vilnius 7.78

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

Typical Entertainment prices in Vilnius

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Vilnius are as follows:


  • Walking Tour
    5.79

Tours and Activities in Vilnius

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

  • 10-Day Self-Driving Tour to Baltic States: $912
  • 2-Hour Segway Tours in Vilnius: $57
  • 2-Night Amber Spa Experience in Vilnius: $956
  • 3 Hour Vilnius Food Walking Tour: $83
  • 3-Hour Vilnius Food Insider Walking Tour and Tastings: $96
  • 3.5-Hour Taste of Vilnius Beer Trail Tour: $71
  • 6-Hour Trakai National Park Private Walking Tour from Vilnius: $187
  • 8 Days Baltic Tour: Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia: $1,095
  • 9-Day Lithuania and Latvia Small-Group Tour from Vilnius: $1,680
  • Audio Tours to Curonian Spit UNESCO sand dunes: $399
  • Audio Tours to Geographical Center of Europe: $96
  • Audio Tours to Grutas Park Soviet Time Museum: $239

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Tallinn 12
    Vilnius 5.10

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 Vilnius

Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in Vilnius from other travelers:


  • Beer
    4.34

Sample the Local Flavors in Vilnius

Also in Vilnius, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Vilnius Pub Crawl: $15


When comparing the travel costs between Tallinn and Vilnius, we can see that Vilnius is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in Europe, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.


When is the best time to visit Tallinn or Vilnius?

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 Vilnius in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Tallinn as well as Vilnius. Many travelers come to Tallinn for the family-friendly experiences. Also, many visitors come to Vilnius in the summer for the family-friendly experiences.

Tallinn is around the same temperature as Vilnius in the summer. The temperature in Tallinn is usually 17°C (62°F) in July, and Vilnius stays around 18°C (65°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Vilnius. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Tallinn this time of the year. In the summer, Tallinn often gets more sunshine than Vilnius. Tallinn gets 279 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Vilnius receives 219 hours of full sun.

Tallinn usually gets around the same amount of rain in July as Vilnius. Tallinn gets 79 mm (3.1 in) of rain, while Vilnius receives 78 mm (3.1 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Tallinn 17°C (62°F) 
    Vilnius 18°C (65°F)

Should I visit Tallinn or Vilnius in the Autumn?

Both Vilnius and Tallinn are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities. Many visitors come to Tallinn in the autumn for the shopping scene and the natural beauty of the area. Also, most visitors come to Vilnius for the shopping scene and the natural beauty of the area during these months.

In the autumn, Tallinn is cooler than Vilnius. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Tallinn in October are around 7°C (44°F), and Vilnius is about 8°C (46°F).

Tallinn usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Vilnius during autumn. Tallinn gets 92 hours of sunny skies, while Vilnius receives 94 hours of full sun in the autumn.

In October, Tallinn usually receives more rain than Vilnius. Tallinn gets 70 mm (2.8 in) of rain, while Vilnius receives 53 mm (2.1 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Tallinn 7°C (44°F) 
    Vilnius 8°C (46°F)

Should I visit Tallinn or Vilnius in the Winter?

Both Vilnius and Tallinn during the winter are popular places to visit. Most visitors come to Tallinn for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine during these months. Furthermore, the winter months attract visitors to Vilnius because of the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

The weather in Vilnius can be very cold. Tallinn can be very cold during winter. In January, Tallinn is generally around the same temperature as Vilnius. Temperatures in Tallinn average around -5°C (22°F), and Vilnius stays around -5°C (23°F).

In the winter, Tallinn often gets less sunshine than Vilnius. Tallinn gets 25 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Vilnius receives 36 hours of full sun.

Tallinn usually gets more rain in January than Vilnius. Tallinn gets 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain, while Vilnius receives 41 mm (1.6 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Tallinn -5°C (22°F) 
    Vilnius -5°C (23°F)

Should I visit Tallinn or Vilnius in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Tallinn and Vilnius. The spring months attract visitors to Tallinn because of the natural beauty. Furthermore, the natural beauty are the main draw to Vilnius this time of year.

The weather in Tallinn can be very cold. Tallinn is much colder than Vilnius in the spring. The temperature in Tallinn is usually 4°C (39°F) in April, and Vilnius stays around 7°C (45°F).

Tallinn usually receives more sunshine than Vilnius during spring. Tallinn gets 186 hours of sunny skies, while Vilnius receives 164 hours of full sun in the spring.

In April, Tallinn usually receives less rain than Vilnius. Tallinn gets 36 mm (1.4 in) of rain, while Vilnius receives 46 mm (1.8 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Tallinn 4°C (39°F) 
    Vilnius 7°C (45°F)

Typical Weather for Vilnius and Tallinn

Tallinn Vilnius
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan -5°C (22°F) 45 mm (1.8 in) -5°C (23°F) 41 mm (1.6 in)
Feb -6°C (22°F) 29 mm (1.1 in) -4°C (26°F) 38 mm (1.5 in)
Mar -2°C (29°F) 29 mm (1.1 in) 1°C (33°F) 39 mm (1.5 in)
Apr 4°C (39°F) 36 mm (1.4 in) 7°C (45°F) 46 mm (1.8 in)
May 10°C (50°F) 37 mm (1.5 in) 14°C (57°F) 62 mm (2.4 in)
Jun 15°C (58°F) 53 mm (2.1 in) 17°C (63°F) 77 mm (3 in)
Jul 17°C (62°F) 79 mm (3.1 in) 18°C (65°F) 78 mm (3.1 in)
Aug 16°C (60°F) 84 mm (3.3 in) 18°C (64°F) 72 mm (2.8 in)
Sep 11°C (52°F) 82 mm (3.2 in) 13°C (56°F) 65 mm (2.6 in)
Oct 7°C (44°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 8°C (46°F) 53 mm (2.1 in)
Nov 1°C (34°F) 68 mm (2.7 in) 2°C (36°F) 57 mm (2.2 in)
Dec -3°C (27°F) 55 mm (2.2 in) -2°C (29°F) 55 mm (2.2 in)


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