A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Zanzibar vs. Tallinn for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Zanzibar or Tallinn?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Zanzibar and Tallinn can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Zanzibar or Tallinn?

Zanzibar

Just off the coast of Tanzania lies an entrancing archipelago known as Zanzibar. This gorgeous string of islands is the land of sultans, palaces beaches and spice-filled markets. Once an important trading center, many restorations have been done in recent years to restore Zanzibar to its ancient grandeur - earning its capital city UNESCO World Heritage status in 2000.

Tallinn

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.

Which place is cheaper, Tallinn or Zanzibar?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Zanzibar is $53, while the average daily cost in Tallinn is $102. 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 destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Zanzibar and Tallinn in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Zanzibar $25
    Tallinn $51
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Zanzibar $50
    Tallinn $102
Compare Hotels in Zanzibar and Tallinn

Looking for a hotel in Zanzibar or Tallinn? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Zanzibar


Hotels in Tallinn


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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Zanzibar Hotel Prices and Tallinn Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Zanzibar $12
    Tallinn $13

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Zanzibar

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Zanzibar:

  • Zanzibar:Airport Arrival And Departure Private Transfer.: $110
  • Stone Town to Airport Private Transfer: $23
  • Splash Transfer: $60
  • Fishing Boat Tour with Transfer: $109
  • Ferry Ticket from Dar es Salaam with 1way transfer: $87
  • Baraka Turtle Aquarium Tour with Hotel Transfers: $80
  • Airport_Hotel and Destination Transfer Service: $24
  • Airport/Port&Hotel transfer service: $58
  • Airport to Stone Town Private Transfer: $22
  • Airport to Hotel Transfer: $62
  • Airport Transfers: $22
  • Airport Transfer to any Hotel: $50

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Tallinn

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


  • Tram Around Town for Two
    $1.79

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Tallinn

Also for Tallinn, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Tallinn Party Bus Airport Transfer: $126
  • Arrival Private Transfer from Tallinn Airport or Port to Tallinn City by minibus: $92
  • Arrival Private Transfer from Tallinn Airport or Port to Tallinn by Luxury Car : $92
  • Arrival private transfer from Tallinn Airport or Port to Tallinn by Luxury Van: $42
  • Departure Private Transfer from Tallinn City to Tallinn Airport or Port -minibus: $92
  • Departure Private Transfer from Tallinn to Tallinn airport or port -business car: $27
  • Departure private transfer from Tallinn to Tallinn Airport or Port by Luxury Car: $92
  • Departure private transfer from Tallinn to Tallinn TLL Airport by Luxury Van: $42
  • From Helicopter transfer to Helsinki: $2,667
  • From Return Day Trip Ferry Transfer to Helsinki: $42
  • Private Shore Excursion: Tallinn Old Town Walking Tour with Round-Trip Transfer: $243
  • Private Transfer from Tallinn Airport(TLL) to Tallinn Cruise Port: $17

Is it cheaper to fly into Zanzibar or Tallinn?

Prices for flights to both Tallinn and Zanzibar 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
    Zanzibar $17
    Tallinn $39

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Zanzibar

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

  • Half-Day Kuza Cave Swimming Adventure and Cooking Class: $13
  • Authentic Street Food Tours in Stone Town, Zanzibar: $40
  • Zanzibar Traditional Cooking Class: $49
  • Local Cooking Class with Spice Tour in Zanzibar: $52
  • Private Zanzibar Spices Tour with Traditional Swahili Cooking Lesson: $55
  • Zanzibar Cooking Class [Swahili food test ] and Spice farm Private tour: $59
  • Zanzibar Cooking Class & Spice Tour : $59
  • Walking Spice Farm with Local Cooking Class: $60
  • Spice Tour & Cooking Class in Zanzibar: $60
  • Zanzibar Spice farm and Cooking Class: $60
  • Stone Town Private Food Tour with a Guide: $65
  • Spice Farm Tour with Traditional Cooking Lesson: $65

Typical Food Prices in Tallinn

For Tallinn, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Lunch for Two
    $8.28
  • Dessert
    $1.24

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Tallinn

For Tallinn, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Tallinn TV Tower evening dinner (2-course meal): $56
  • Tallinn TV Tower evening dinner (3-course meal): $64
  • Tallinn Russian Dinner: $85
  • Tallinn Beer House Dinner: $97
  • Tallinn Food Tour: $116
  • Tallinn 3-Hour Estonian Food Tour: $128
  • Tallinn Food Tour with Round-trip Transfer Port-City: $138
  • Vegan Food Tours Tallinn: $215

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Zanzibar $13
    Tallinn $6.07

Tours and Activities in Zanzibar

Here are a few actual costs in Zanzibar for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • 4 hours Spice Tour in Tanzania: $80
  • City Tour in Zanzibar : $33
  • Fair Tourism In Paje: $27
  • Full Day Spice Tour, Prison Island and City Tours: $140
  • Half-Day Walking Tour in Zanzibar City's Spice Island: $63
  • Spice Farm & Prison Island Tour in Zanzibar: $87
  • Spice Tour & Mangapwani Cave Tour: $80
  • Stone City, Spice Farm and Prison Island Full Day Tour: $130
  • Stonetown Private Half-day Walking tour: $35
  • (Copy of) Jozani Forest Tours: $85
  • 2 Days Tour In Zanzibar: $180
  • 2 Hours Private Stone Town City Tour: $50

Tours and Activities in Tallinn

For Tallinn, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • First Discovery Walk and Reading Walking Tour: $3.23
  • Tallinn Scavenger Hunt and Best Landmarks Self-Guided Tour: $6.62
  • Self-Guided Highlights Scavenger Hunt and Tour: $7.00
  • Aegna Island: Self-Guided Discovery Tour: $8.61
  • Tallinn Old Town Audio Guide City Tour: $8.83
  • Self-Guided Audio Tour: $11
  • Tallinn Self-Guided Audio Tour: $14
  • Tour to the Paljassaare Special Protection Area: $14
  • Terrific Tallinn Self-Guided Audio Tour: $15
  • Self-Guided Tour to Most Instagrammable Places in Tallinn: $15
  • Time Travel Experience "VR Tallinn 1939/44": $16
  • Virtual Time Travel Experience VR Tallinn 1939/44 I: $16

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Zanzibar $7.04
    Tallinn $16

Sample the Local Flavors in Zanzibar

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Zanzibar:

  • Thrilling Pub Crawl In Zanzibar. Visit 3 Unique Bars: $26
  • Pub Crawl & Club Experience: $30

Sample the Local Flavors in Tallinn

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

  • Tallinn Brewery Fiesta: $73
  • City tour Craft Brewery visit and tasting of craft beers ciders and cheeses: $99
  • Tallinn Guided Bar Crawl: $125


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Zanzibar and Tallinn, we can see that Tallinn is more expensive. And not only is Zanzibar much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Zanzibar is in Africa and Tallinn is in Europe, this is one of the main reasons why the costs are so different, as different regions of the world tend to have overall different travel costs. So, traveling to Zanzibar would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Zanzibar 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 Tallinn would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Tallinn than you might in Zanzibar.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Zanzibar Expensive? and Is Tallinn Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Zanzibar or Tallinn?

Zanzibar has a larger population, and is about 2% larger than the population of Tallinn. When comparing the sizes of Zanzibar and Tallinn, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.


When is the best time to visit Zanzibar or Tallinn?

Tallinn has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, but Zanzibar experiences a warm climate with fairly sunny weather most of the year.

Should I visit Zanzibar or Tallinn in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Zanzibar as well as Tallinn. Zanzibar attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate. Additionally, the summer months attract visitors to Tallinn because of the family-friendly experiences.

In July, Zanzibar is generally a little warmer than Tallinn. Daily temperatures in Zanzibar average around 25°C (77°F), and Tallinn fluctuates around 17°C (62°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Tallinn. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Zanzibar this time of the year. In the summer, Zanzibar often gets less sunshine than Tallinn. Zanzibar gets 224 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Tallinn receives 279 hours of full sun.

Zanzibar usually gets less rain in July than Tallinn. Zanzibar gets 31 mm (1.2 in) of rain, while Tallinn receives 79 mm (3.1 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Zanzibar 25°C (77°F) 
    Tallinn 17°C (62°F)

Should I visit Zanzibar or Tallinn in the Autumn?

Both Tallinn and Zanzibar are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities. The warm climate attracts visitors to Zanzibar throughout the year. Also, the shopping scene and the natural beauty of the area are the main draw to Tallinn this time of year.

Zanzibar is much warmer than Tallinn in the autumn. The daily temperature in Zanzibar averages around 25°C (78°F) in October, and Tallinn fluctuates around 7°C (44°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Zanzibar. Zanzibar usually receives more sunshine than Tallinn during autumn. Zanzibar gets 275 hours of sunny skies, while Tallinn receives 92 hours of full sun in the autumn.

In October, Zanzibar usually receives around the same amount of rain as Tallinn. Zanzibar gets 66 mm (2.6 in) of rain, while Tallinn receives 70 mm (2.8 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Zanzibar 25°C (78°F) 
    Tallinn 7°C (44°F)

Should I visit Zanzibar or Tallinn in the Winter?

Both Tallinn and Zanzibar during the winter are popular places to visit. Plenty of visitors come to Zanzibar because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year. Also, many travelers come to Tallinn for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

Be prepared for some very cold days in Tallinn. In the winter, Zanzibar is much warmer than Tallinn. Typically, the winter temperatures in Zanzibar in January average around 28°C (82°F), and Tallinn averages at about -5°C (22°F).

It's quite sunny in Zanzibar. In the winter, Zanzibar often gets more sunshine than Tallinn. Zanzibar gets 236 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Tallinn receives 25 hours of full sun.

Zanzibar usually gets more rain in January than Tallinn. Zanzibar gets 78 mm (3.1 in) of rain, while Tallinn receives 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Zanzibar 28°C (82°F) 
    Tallinn -5°C (22°F)

Should I visit Zanzibar or Tallinn in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Zanzibar and Tallinn. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Zanzibar year-round. Also, many visitors come to Tallinn in the spring for the natural beauty.

Tallinn can get quite cold in the spring. In April, Zanzibar is generally much warmer than Tallinn. Daily temperatures in Zanzibar average around 27°C (81°F), and Tallinn fluctuates around 4°C (39°F).

Zanzibar usually receives less sunshine than Tallinn during spring. Zanzibar gets 155 hours of sunny skies, while Tallinn receives 186 hours of full sun in the spring.

Zanzibar gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In April, Zanzibar usually receives more rain than Tallinn. Zanzibar gets 269 mm (10.6 in) of rain, while Tallinn receives 36 mm (1.4 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Zanzibar 27°C (81°F) 
    Tallinn 4°C (39°F)

Typical Weather for Tallinn and Zanzibar

Zanzibar Tallinn
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 28°C (82°F) 78 mm (3.1 in) -5°C (22°F) 45 mm (1.8 in)
Feb 28°C (82°F) 52 mm (2 in) -6°C (22°F) 29 mm (1.1 in)
Mar 28°C (83°F) 131 mm (5.2 in) -2°C (29°F) 29 mm (1.1 in)
Apr 27°C (81°F) 269 mm (10.6 in) 4°C (39°F) 36 mm (1.4 in)
May 26°C (78°F) 176 mm (6.9 in) 10°C (50°F) 37 mm (1.5 in)
Jun 24°C (76°F) 42 mm (1.7 in) 15°C (58°F) 53 mm (2.1 in)
Jul 25°C (77°F) 31 mm (1.2 in) 17°C (62°F) 79 mm (3.1 in)
Aug 24°C (75°F) 27 mm (1.1 in) 16°C (60°F) 84 mm (3.3 in)
Sep 25°C (76°F) 28 mm (1.1 in) 11°C (52°F) 82 mm (3.2 in)
Oct 25°C (78°F) 66 mm (2.6 in) 7°C (44°F) 70 mm (2.8 in)
Nov 27°C (80°F) 132 mm (5.2 in) 1°C (34°F) 68 mm (2.7 in)
Dec 27°C (81°F) 116 mm (4.6 in) -3°C (27°F) 55 mm (2.2 in)