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

Should you visit Tallinn or Zurich?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Tallinn or Zurich, 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.

Zurich

Zurich is a beautiful, historic, and liberal city. The beauty of this spot is also one of the main reasons why visitors come. Visitors also love the museums, nightlife, and live music.

Tallinn and Zurich: Pros and Cons

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


How is Tallinn different from Zurich?

Which is Better for a Holiday?

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

Is Tallinn or Zurich Better for Museums and Historical Sights?

Tallinn
Zurich

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

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 Zurich. Make sure you check out the Museum of Fine Arts, the Fraumünster, as well as the Swiss National Museum.


Is Tallinn or Zurich Better for Food?

Tallinn
Zurich

Both Tallinn and Zurich 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 Zurich is an experience not to be missed. Many restaurants have a strong German influence, but you'll also find traditional Swiss dishes such as cheese and chocolate fondue. There are also several Michelin star restaurants in town.

Is Tallinn or Zurich Better for Nightlife?

Tallinn
Zurich

The nightlife scene is relatively similar in Tallinn and Zurich.

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.

Zurich is a popular destination for visitors looking to party into the night. The city has some of the best nightlife in Switzerland. There are a high concentration of bars and clubs around town, or you could check out one of the badis, which are pools that also act as bars during the summer months. They're usually located by the lake.

Is Tallinn or Zurich Better for its Old Town?

Tallinn
Zurich

Tallinn and Zurich 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.

Zurich has a unique history which comes to life in its historic area. The city has an old town that is split into two parts on each side of the Limmat River. The historic districts are filled with churches, squares, and charming areas that are fun to explore. Walking tours are the best way to explore the old town.

Is Tallinn or Zurich Better for Shopping?

Tallinn
Zurich

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

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.

Zurich is a world class destination for shoppers. Visitors often buy chocolate, watches, and jewelry in this city. You'll find brand names and luxury items that are of high quality. Each neighborhood has its own character with stores ranging from traditional to international.


Is Tallinn or Zurich Better for Families?

Tallinn
Zurich

Tallinn and Zurich 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.

Zurich is known to be a very family-friendly place to visit. It's a surprisingly mellow city with a relaxing vibe that makes it easy to explore with kids. Popular family-friendly activities include swimming in the Limmat River, sailing on Lake Zurich, and visiting Josefwiese park, which has a large playground.

Is Tallinn or Zurich Better for Couples?

Tallinn
Zurich

Tallinn and Zurich 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 Zurich frequently as it offers plenty of romantic activities. One of the most romantic experiences you can have in town is visiting the Zurich Thermal Baths and Spa. There's an outdoor rooftop thermal pool as well as many ways that you can pamper yourselves.

Is Tallinn or Zurich Better for Students?

Tallinn
Zurich

Zurich is generally a better city for students than Tallinn.

Zurich is a great destination for students. The city offers a number of unique experiences for international students. The academics are good and the university campuses are nice.

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

Is Tallinn or Zurich Better for Public Transit?

Tallinn
Zurich

Visitors will find public transit in both Tallinn and Zurich.

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

The public transit in Zurich can get you to most places easily. The system is made up of streetcars and buses.


Is Tallinn or Zurich a more walkable city?

Tallinn
Zurich

Tallinn and Zurich 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.

Zurich is a very walkable destination. There are paths that lead along the rivers and the lake connecting the old town areas to other parts of the city.

Should I spend more time in Zurich or Tallinn?

How long in Tallinn or Zurich?

In either Tallinn or Zurich, you'll find plenty of activities to fill your time. Most visitors tend to spend more time in Zurich 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 Zurich is 2-5 days.


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

One day in Tallinn or Zurich?

Many travelers enjoy the museums and nightlife when visiting the quaint destination of Tallinn. The old town is one of the main draws for visitors. But since there are so many activities, you'll likely want to spend more than one day exploring.

In Zurich, you'll find shopping and museums. Most visitors spend time around the old town while in the area. One reason most visitors come is for the shopping. 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 Zurich?

Tallinn is a great place to explore. It is common to spend a weekend here. With all of its activities, you can easily fill a weekend here. Your budget might influence how long you stay.

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

Five days in Tallinn or Zurich?

It's hard to know how much time to spend in Tallinn. Make sure you visit the old town while you're here. Five days may feel like too much time unless you plan to do a lot of relaxing. It has many unique tourist attractions and fascinating things to do.

Zurich 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 Zurich has to offer. Anyone can find something fun to do here.


A week in Tallinn or Zurich?

Travelers enjoy the shopping and museums when visiting the charming destination of Tallinn. This city offers a variety of activities to choose from. Most visitors spend time around the old town while in the area. Most people find that one week is more than enough time to see everything.

It's hard to know how much time to spend in Zurich. Many people enjoy the live music and food when visiting Zurich. One reason most visitors come is for the shopping. 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, Zurich 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 Zurich is €197. 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 Zurich in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Tallinn 40
    Zurich 124
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Tallinn 80
    Zurich 248
Compare Hotels in Tallinn and Zurich

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Hotels in Tallinn


Hotels in Zurich


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Our Analysis
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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Tallinn 9.68
    Zurich 26
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

Typical Local Transportation prices in Zurich

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Zurich:


  • City Pass (2)
    26

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Zurich

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Zurich:

  • Private Transfer to/from Zurich Airport (ZRH): $96
  • Airport and City Private Transfer: $93
  • Zurich to Zurich Airport (ZRH) - Departure Private Car Transfer: $73
  • Zurich Departure Private Transfers from Zurich City to Zurich Airport ZRH: $100
  • Zurich Departure Private Transfers from Zurich City to Zurich Airport ZRH: $87
  • Zurich Arrival Private Transfers from Zurich Airport ZRH to Zurich City: $95
  • Zurich Airport Transfers : Zurich City to Zurich Airport ZRH in Luxury Van: $100
  • Zurich Airport Transfers : Zurich City to Zurich Airport ZRH in Luxury Car: $133
  • Zurich Airport Transfers : Zurich City to Zurich Airport ZRH in Business Car: $91
  • Zurich Airport Transfers : Zurich Airport ZRH to Zurich City in Luxury Van: $100
  • Zurich Airport Transfers : Zurich Airport ZRH to Zurich City in Luxury Car: $126
  • Zurich Airport Transfers : Zurich Airport ZRH to Lucerne City in Luxury Van: $207

Is it cheaper to fly into Tallinn or Zurich?

Prices for flights to both Zurich 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
    Zurich 46
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 Zurich

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


  • Breakfast for 2
    12

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Zurich

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

  • Culinary Tour from Zurich with Traditional Swiss Cheese Fondue Dinner: $154
  • Overnight Mount Titlis including 4-course dinner: $545

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Tallinn 4.50
    Zurich 26

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 Zurich

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

  • 2-Day Alps Tour from Mt Pilatus and Mt Titlis: $592
  • 2-Day Jungfraujoch Top of Europe Tour from Interlaken or Grindelwald: $557
  • 2-Day Mt Rigi Tour from Zurich Including Mineral Baths and Lake Lucerne Cruise: $474
  • 2-Day Switzerland Tour from Zurich to Geneva: Mt.Titlis,Interlaken,Bern,Gruyères: $693
  • 2-Day Winter Tour from Mt Pilatus and Mt Titlis: $592
  • 2-hour Private Guided Zurich Downtown Tour: $225
  • 3 in 1: Zurich Walking Tour - Cruise on the Lake - Cable Car Ride to Felsenegg: $98
  • 3-Day Glacier Express Self-Guided Tour from Zurich: $556
  • 3-Day GoldenPass Line Self-Guided Tour from Zurich: $439
  • 4-Day Glacier and Bernina Express Self-Guided Tour from Zurich: $768
  • 4-Day Switzerland Tour from Zurich Including Mt. Titlis Cable Car: $1,662
  • 5-Day Famous Mountain Peaks Self-Guided Tour from Zurich: $982

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Tallinn 12
    Zurich 22

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 Zurich

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

  • Pub Crawl Zurich: $29


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


When is the best time to visit Tallinn or Zurich?

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 Zurich in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Tallinn as well as Zurich. Many travelers come to Tallinn for the family-friendly experiences. Additionally, many visitors come to Zurich in the summer for the music scene and the family-friendly experiences.

Tallinn is cooler than Zurich in the summer. The temperature in Tallinn is usually 17°C (62°F) in July, and Zurich stays around 21°C (70°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Zurich. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Tallinn this time of the year. In the summer, Tallinn often gets more sunshine than Zurich. Tallinn gets 279 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Zurich receives 241 hours of full sun.

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


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

Should I visit Tallinn or Zurich in the Autumn?

Both Zurich 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 Zurich for the shopping scene, the music scene, and the natural beauty of the area during these months.

In the autumn, Tallinn is much colder than Zurich. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Tallinn in October are around 7°C (44°F), and Zurich is about 13°C (56°F).

Tallinn usually receives less sunshine than Zurich during autumn. Tallinn gets 92 hours of sunny skies, while Zurich receives 120 hours of full sun in the autumn.

In October, Tallinn usually receives around the same amount of rain as Zurich. Tallinn gets 70 mm (2.8 in) of rain, while Zurich receives 70 mm (2.8 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


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

Should I visit Tallinn or Zurich in the Winter?

Both Zurich 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. Also, the winter months attract visitors to Zurich because of the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

The weather in Zurich can be very cold. Tallinn can be very cold during winter. In January, Tallinn is generally much colder than Zurich. Temperatures in Tallinn average around -5°C (22°F), and Zurich stays around 3°C (37°F).

In the winter, Tallinn often gets less sunshine than Zurich. Tallinn gets 25 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Zurich receives 55 hours of full sun.

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


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

Should I visit Tallinn or Zurich in the Spring?

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

The weather in Tallinn can be very cold. Tallinn is much colder than Zurich in the spring. The temperature in Tallinn is usually 4°C (39°F) in April, and Zurich stays around 12°C (53°F).

Tallinn usually receives more sunshine than Zurich during spring. Tallinn gets 186 hours of sunny skies, while Zurich receives 150 hours of full sun in the spring.

In April, Tallinn usually receives less rain than Zurich. Tallinn gets 36 mm (1.4 in) of rain, while Zurich receives 79 mm (3.1 in) of rain each month for the spring.


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

Typical Weather for Zurich and Tallinn

Tallinn Zurich
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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