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Helsinki, Etela-Suomen Laani, Finland

How much does it cost to travel to Helsinki?

You should plan to spend around $151 (€139) per day on your vacation in Helsinki. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $37 (€34) on meals
  • $24 (€22) on local transportation
  • $157 (€145) on hotels

A one week trip to Helsinki for two people costs, on average, $2,111 (€1,951). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Helsinki cost?

A one week trip to Helsinki usually costs around $1,055 (€975) for one person and $2,111 (€1,951) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Helsinki on average costs around $2,111 (€1,951) for one person and $4,222 (€3,901) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Helsinki will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Helsinki on average costs around $4,523 (€4,180) for one person and $9,046 (€8,360) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Helsinki has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Helsinki expensive to visit?

Prices in Helsinki are reasonable and comparable to your average travel destination. Hotels, food, and sightseeing are generally within normal price ranges.

Within Europe, which is known to be an expensive region, Helsinki is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Dublin or Malaga.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Helsinki Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Helsinki?

The average Helsinki trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Helsinki travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) 145 ($157)
Local Transportation 1 22 ($24)
Food 2 34 ($37)
Entertainment 1 27 ($29)
Alcohol 2 8 - 24 ($8 - 25)
Accommodation Budget in Helsinki
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Helsinki is $79 (€73). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Helsinki is $157 (€145). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Helsinki

Looking for a hotel in Helsinki? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options.

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Helsinki based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $99. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Helsinki
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Helsinki is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $24 (€22) per person, per day, on local transportation in Helsinki.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Flights to Helsinki
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Food Budget in Helsinki
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Helsinki can vary, the average cost of food in Helsinki is $37 (€34) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Helsinki should cost around $15 (€14) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Helsinki is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in Helsinki
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Helsinki typically cost an average of $29 (€27) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Alcohol Budget in Helsinki
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $17 (€16) on alcoholic beverages in Helsinki per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Water Budget in Helsinki
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • On average, people spend $9.01 (€8.33) on bottled water in Helsinki per day. The public water in Helsinki is considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Last Updated: Nov 26, 2023
Helsinki On a Budget
Helsinki Helsinki
Helsinki is the capital of Finland and dates back to 1550. Helsinki is an international metropolis with a diverse population, but also a small town vibe. The city itself has a population of just over 600,000 but the metropolitan area, including Espoo and Vantaa, has a population of more than 1.3 million. There are many outdoor bars and cafes that take advantage of the warmer summer months. During this time there are long days, and the population floods into the street after a long and cold winter, so visiting during the summer is a fun and lively experience.

Helsinki is one of the world's most northern capitals, making its winters long, dark and cold. Winter weather can be expected from November all the way through March and temperatures average about 5 degrees Celsius. There's a bitter wind chill that makes it feel even colder and the occasional snowfall often melts into a gray slush. Summer is the time to visit Helsinki. It's short and really starts in early June and runs through late August. Maximum daily temperatures hover around 22 degrees Celsius but do occasional reach 27 degrees Celsius. Daylight hours are long during this time and there is almost no darkness from early June until mid July.
Helsinki has many interesting sights that range from eclectic churches to elaborate museusms. Some popular places to visit include Lutheran Cathedral, the Church in the Rock, Uspenski Cathedral, the Design Museum, Ateneum Art Museum, the National Museum of Finland and the Helsinki City Musesum. You can see many of these places by visiting Helskinki in one day, perhaps from Tallinn or on a longer trip through the rest of the country.

One summer sight worth visiting is Suomenlinna, which was once considered the greatest sea fortress in the Baltic. It dates back to the mid 1700s and today it has many old buildings, very few cars, and only a small number of residents. There are also some restaurants, cafes, theaters and museums. If you're in town during nice weather, pack a picnic.
Each of Helsinki's neighborhoods has its own vibe and character. The downtown area, called the center, is where you'll find lots of shops, department stores and offices. There are some beautiful squares and nice cathedrals as well. The Toolo neighborhood has old residential buildings that are designed with art deco. There are some cafes on Museokatu and a market square called Toolontori. Kruununhaka is an old district with many antique and design shops. Kallio is situated between Hakaniemi and Sornainen and is an interesting place to visit.

Helsinki is also bordered on three sides by the ocean. There are many small islands that are easy to reach by boat including Korkeasaari which is the Zoo Island, Seurasaari Open Air Museum Island, Suomenlinna Fortress Island and many more. There's a ferry that travels to some of the islands from the Market Place.

There are some interesting and fun activities that you can enjoy while you're in Helsinki. The Vintage tram ride is an interesting way to get around the city center. There are several amusement parks that some people enjoy visiting as well. Popular festivals include Lux Helsinki, Vappu, Helsinki-paiva, Juhannus among many others.
Food and Dining
Helsinki has many cosmopolitan and trendy restaurants that serve so much more than the typical meat and potato dishes. They are generally expensive though, so be prepared to pay for them. Lunch is a great time to try a new restaurant if you're on a tight budget because many places have lunch sets that are less than ten euros. These are usually served between 10:30am and 2pm. Other budget options include fast food and some smaller Finnish eateries. There are some good pizza and kebab places that are relatively cheap, and the Unicafe is a chain that is owned by the Helsinki University student union. It has several locations and offers full meals for less than ten euros.

It's possible to walk around many parts of Helsinki, but taking public transportation will make your trip more efficient and comfortable. There are trams, buses and a metro that travel through the city. The trams are the easiest and most scenic way to get around. Lines 2 and 3 make a figure eight around the city and are popular with tourists. Trams operate mostly in the city center, and if you want to go further out, buses are a better option. The main bus stations are near the Central Railway Station and in the Kamppi Center near the Kamppi metro station. There's also a metro line that runs from the center of the city to the eastern part of town. There aren't many places along the line that interest tourists, but extension projects are underway.
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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.