Should you visit Turku or Malmo?
If you're trying to decide where to visit between Turku or Malmo, 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.
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.
Located on the southern tip of Sweden, in the province of Skane, Malmo is Sweden's third largest city. It has a very international population with about a third of the residents being from countries other than Sweden. This diversity is evident within Malmo, which is rich in culture, interesting food, and an array of entertainment options. Historically, Malmo was an industrial city with a ship building company, Kockums being the area's largest employer. Today, however, the city is much more economicaly diverse with many eco friendly neighborhoods and plenty of suburban style housing.
Which city is cheaper, Malmo or Turku?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Turku is €109, while the average daily cost in Malmo is €68. 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 Turku and Malmo in more detail.
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.
The prices for places to stay in Malmo 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.
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.
Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Malmo than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend €6.62 on transportation in Malmo on average per day.
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:
Typical Local Transportation prices in Malmo
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Malmo:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Malmo
Also for Malmo, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Private Transfer: Malmo to Malmo Airport (MMX):
Low Cost Private Transfer From Malmö Sturup Airport to Copenhagen City - One Way:
First Class Airport Limousine Transfer: Malmö City to Kastrup Airport:
Airport Limousine Transfer: Malmö City to Kastrup Airport 1-7 Passengers:
First Class Airport Limousine Transfer: Sturup Airport to Malmö City:
First Class Airport Limousine Transfer: Malmö City to Sturup Airport:
Airport Limousine Transfer: Sturup Airport to Malmö City 1-7 passengers:
Airport Limousine Transfer: Malmö City to Sturup Airport 1-7 Passengers:
Malmo Private Transfer from Central Malmo to Malmo Airport:
Malmö City to Kastrup hotel/address - Private Car Transfer:
Malmö City to Copenhagen hotel or address - Private Car Transfer:
Low Cost Private Transfer From Malmö Sturup Airport to Malmö City - One Way:
Is it cheaper to fly into Turku or Malmo?
Prices for flights to both Malmo and Turku 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 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.
On average, meal and food prices in Malmo cost around €21 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around €8.40.
Meals for one day
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.
Sightseeing expenses in Malmo, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €13 per day, per person.
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:
2-Hour Romantic Guided Walking Tour:
Christmas Magic Walking Tour:
City Highlights Walking Tour with Local Guide:
Tours and Activities in Malmo
For Malmo, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
Skip the Line: Disgusting Food Museum Entrance Ticket:
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.
Typically, people visiting Malmo spend on average €30 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Turku and Malmo, we can see that Turku is more expensive. And not only is Malmo much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Malmo would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Malmo 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 Malmo.
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