Should you visit Turku or Rovaniemi?
If you're trying to decide where to visit between Turku or Rovaniemi, 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.
Rovaniemi is the capital of Lapland, in northern Finland. Almost totally destroyed during World War II, today it's a modern city known for being the "official" home town of Santa Claus, and for viewing the Northern Lights. It's home to Arktikum, a museum and science center exploring the Arctic region and the history of Finnish Lapland. The Science Centre Pilke features interactive exhibits on northern forests.
Which city is cheaper, Rovaniemi 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 Rovaniemi is €139. 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 Rovaniemi 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.
Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about €150 for a double occupancy room in Rovaniemi.
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.
Food in Rovaniemi costs travelers about €38 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
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Rovaniemi
Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Rovaniemi.
Northern Lights Hunt in a local Kota in Rovaniemi with Dinner:
Lappish evening in the Wilderness with dinner:
Lappish Cooking Master Class:
Traditional Lappish evening in the wilderness with dinner:
Best Of Lapland: Sauna, Ice swimming, Dinner & Northern Lights:
Northern Lights Experience with Ice Hotel Visit and Traditional Dinner:
Arctic Snowcastle with Dinner in Ice Restaurant:
The Taste of Lapland (Cooking & Aurora Hunting):
Lappish Food Tour with Dili:
Full Day Lapland Tour, including Lunch and Dinner:
Private Lappish evening in the wilderness with traditional sauna and dinner:
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.
While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around €25 per day to get around in Rovaniemi.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Turku
Also for Turku, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Turku (TKU) to City Center to Airport - Private Transfer:
Turku Private Transfer from Turku (TKU) Airport to City centre:
Turku Private Transfer from Turku city centre to Turku airport:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Rovaniemi
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Rovaniemi:
Transfer Kirkenes-Rovaniemi/ Rovaniemi-Kirkenes:
Transfer Rovaniemi - Tromso:
Private transfer Rovaniemi-Kiruna or Kiruna-Rovaniemi:
Transfer Rovaniemi - Kiruna or Kiruna - Rovaniemi:
Transfer Rovaniemi - Abisko, Björkliden, Riksgränsen:
Transfer Rovaniemi - Ivalo:
Transfer in Lapland from Railway station, hotels, airport to Kakslauttanen:
Private Transfer from Rovaniemi to Levi:
Transfer Rovaniemi - Kakslautanen:
Private transfer Rovaniemi-Levi, Levi-Rovaniemi:
Transfer Levi/Kittilä - Rovaniemi or Rovaniemi - Levi/Kittilä:
Transfer Pyhä/Luosto-Rovaniemi or Rovaniemi-Pyhä/Luosto:
Is it cheaper to fly into Turku or Rovaniemi?
Prices for flights to both Rovaniemi 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.
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.
Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around €39 per person, per day in Rovaniemi. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.
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:
Tours and Activities in Rovaniemi
Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Rovaniemi are as follows:
1-Hour Snowmobile Safari Experience:
4-Hour Northern Lights Mushing Experience in Rovaniemi:
5 days, 4 nights Santa ClauSs tour to Rovaniemi, Finland:
All Day Canoe Adventure to Rovaniemi:
All Day Fishing Adventure:
All Day Reindeer Adventure:
Arctic Circle: Special Northern Lights Hunting Tour by minibus:
Arctic River Fishing Tour:
Aurora Borealis Tour:
Aurora Hunting Photo Tour with Barbeque:
Authentic Reindeer Farm and Canoe Experience from Rovaniemi (Small Group):
Backcountry skiing adventure:
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.
The average person spends about €17 on alcoholic beverages in Rovaniemi per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Turku and Rovaniemi, we can see that Rovaniemi is more expensive. And not only is Turku much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Turku would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Turku 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 Rovaniemi would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Rovaniemi than you might in Turku.
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