How Much Will a Baltics Trip Cost?

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How much will a Baltics trip cost? Many potential travellers will ask themselves this before heading to this area of the world. The Baltic States of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia sit nestled in the northeastern corner of Europe and see very little international tourism outside of their respective capital cities.

However, since joining the EU in 2004 and adopting the Euro as currency in 2015, travelling through these countries is met with the ease and low prices of Schengen-area countries like the Czech Republic with the lack of tourist crowds in the Balkans.

These facts make Baltics travel an appealing choice for those looking to get off the beaten path in Europe. However, because not much is known about this underrated area of the continent, many people ask themselves the question: “How expensive are Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania for tourists?”

Well, we spent the best part of a month exploring this undiscovered area of Europe in 2016 and returned again for several weeks in the summer of 2018 and found it incredibly easy to maintain a tight travel budget while still living quite comfortably.

We returned to the region again in the summer of 2022 and found that, like everywhere, prices have increased but it is still an affordable place to travel in Europe.

In general, you can expect a trip to the Baltics to cost around €50 – 150 per day per person. Travel to the Baltics all come fairly inexpensively when compared to the prices of Western Europe.

This, coupled with lively, cosmopolitan cities and a beautiful, unspoilt coastline, is reason enough to explore these three wonderful countries!

Accommodation Prices in the Baltics

Like with most travel budgets, the biggest aspect you’re going to need to account for in your total Baltics trip cost is going to be accommodation. If you’re a backpacker and commonly stay in hostels, be warned that outside of the main cities, hostels can be few and far between. That is not to say that it is tricky to find budget accommodation.

Tallinn, Estonia from above
Tallinn, Estonia from above

If you do stay in a hostel, you can expect a bed in a dorm to start somewhere around the €15 mark, with a private room costing about €35-50 per night. If there don’t happen to be hostels in the city or town that you wish to stay in, make sure to check out Airbnb or similar sites.

A private, one-bedroom apartment in most major areas lands around €60-80 per night and a hotel room in a nicer, centrally located hotel will land around the same. Obviously, it is always possible to spend more money, but these are the prices to expect for a mid-range trip.

Prices tend to stay pretty steady throughout the region, but Tallinn can be slightly more expensive than the other big cities just due to the fact that it receives more tourism, however it is possible to combat this if you stay outside of the Old Town.

Luckily, this hasn’t translated much to accommodation costs as a majority of the city’s visitors come via cruise ship or on a day trip from Helsinki, so the price of a bed is still quite low. Especially when to compared to Finland’s nearby capital.

Beautiful beaches on the Curonian Spit, Lithuania
Beautiful beaches on the Curonian Spit, Lithuania

Transportation Prices in the Baltics

Much like in the Balkans, Baltics travel is dominated by the mighty bus! Buses in the Baltics, however, are some of the nicest I’ve seen anywhere in the world and can be an incredibly comfortable mode of transportation. They will be, however, the second-largest portion of your travel budget next to accommodation.

A domestic bus within cities rarely cost more than €10 – 15 and an international bus won’t generally break €20 — and that’s only for a 5+ hour journey.

Generally, you can assume that a bus between destinations lands somewhere between €10 – 20. It can often be significantly cheaper to book bus tickets in advance online in order to save some money. There are also often discounts available for those who are under 26.

Public transport within cities is quite extensive and very affordable. In general, expect to pay about €1.50-2 for a single journey on a bus or tram, with prices varying from city to city. There are also often discounts available if you are a student. Public transport information for the major Baltic cities is widely available online and it can be worth researching before arriving to have a better idea of the costs.

Taxies are also fairly affordable for short journeys, and Uber is also available in Tallinn and Vilnius. Taxi scams are not nearly as common in the Baltics as they are elsewhere in Eastern Europe, but it is always good practice to make sure that the meter is on and running before you begin a journey.

It is worth noting that it isn’t common practice to hail a taxi from the street in the Baltics, but rather to call one in advance. If the city you are visiting does not have Uber, we would recommend using the Bolt app, which functions in the same way and is used throughout the Baltics.

If you want to have a lot of flexibility and maybe get away from the major cities in the Baltics, it can be very worth it to rent a car. Car hire prices are, unfortunately, quite high in 2022 but there are ways to save money on that.

Going through a local company can be a good option, as can hiring a manual transmission instead of an automatic. For a basic car rental, expect to pay about €50 per day, not including fuel costs. Note that, current fuel prices land around €4 per litre.

For those who do want to rent a car while in the Baltic, we suggest browsing to find great deals across a number of different companies.

The Nativity Cathedral in Riga, Latvia
The Nativity Cathedral in Riga, Latvia

Food Prices in the Baltics

Baltic cuisine is quite unique and draws influence both from Eastern Europe and from that of the Nordic Countries. I am always a massive proponent of sampling the local food and drink and when it comes to Baltics travel, it is quite affordable!

The average cost of a meal at a budget-friendly restaurant is €10 and you can often have a three-course meal at a mid-range restaurant for under €20-30 per person.

Street food or a fast food burger won’t cost more than €7 and, of course, you can always buy some groceries and cook your own meals if you really want to stretch your Baltics travel budget.

All in all, it is entirely possible to eat very well in the Baltics for no more than €25-40 per person per day.

The Kissing Students Fountain in Tartu, Estonia
The Kissing Students Fountain in Tartu, Estonia

Activities Prices in the Baltics

Now that the basics for your budget are accounted for, it’s time to look at how much money you’re going to spend actually seeing the wonderful sights!

Fortunately enough, the cities of Vilnius, Riga, and Tallinn all offer free walking tours which don’t have to cost you a penny, however, note that the guides work only for tips so it’s customary to leave around €5 if you found that the tour was worth it.

There are a number of great museums throughout the Baltic countries and you almost always have to pay an entry fee to see these. Generally speaking, admission into most museums will rarely cost more than €5 for an adult ticket and there are almost always discounts for students, youths, and seniors.

If you happen to be visiting one of the many Baltic beach towns such as Liepaja, it also won’t cost a thing to spend a day lounging on the soft, white sand! The same goes for exploring one of the many beautiful national parks dotting the Baltic countryside.

Altogether, it isn’t necessary to spend more than €5 – 10 per day on activities on your trip to the Baltics.

Street art in Vilnius, Lithuania
Street art in Vilnius, Lithuania

Entertainment Prices in the Baltics

Obviously, no Baltics travel or backpacking budget would be complete if you didn’t account for the price of entertainment.

And you’re in luck because a pint of local lager in a bar costs on average about €2.50-3. If you’re after a basic cocktail, such as a gin and tonic, that’s going to cost a few euros more — averaging about €6-8.

There is also a thriving craft beer scene in the Baltics, though a bottle or pint does tend to cost a bit more than its mass-produced counterparts. If you’re keen to sample the craft beer in a bar, expect to pay around €5.

Also, if you’re like me and can’t start the day without a cup of coffee, a cappuccino from a local cafe will set you back around €2. Not too bad!

Craft beer sampler from Uba Ja Humal in Tallinn
Craft beer sampler from Uba Ja Humal in Tallinn

Average Baltics Travel Costs

In order to get a clearer idea of how much Baltics travel is going to cost, I’ve averaged the prices I outlined above. This is assuming you’re splitting the costs of accommodation with another person and the costs are outlined per person per day.

Accommodation: €15 – 40 / night 

Transportation: €5 – 50 / day 

Food: €25 – 40 / day 

Activities€0 – 10 / day

Entertainment: €5 – 10 

Assuming you’re only going to travel every four days or so and that you don’t eat a three-course restaurant meal every night, you can comfortably travel in the Baltics for around €50 – 150 per day.

The higher end of the budget factors in the costs of a rental car (split between two people). Visitors can save a significant amount of cash if they do not want to hire a car.

Relaxing by the canal in Riga
Relaxing by the canal in Riga

The Baltics are one of the few places in Europe that the tourist crowds haven’t entirely discovered yet. Baltics travel is not only easy, interesting, and a lot of fun, but it can also be incredibly affordable!

Have you been to the Baltics? Are you planning a trip? Let us know in the comments!

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Maggie is a co-founder and writer for The World Was Here First. Originally from the US, she has lived in five different countries and has travelled to dozens more, both solo and with her partner, Michael. She particularly loves exploring Spain and spending time in the Caucasus and the Baltics. Read more about Maggie


  1. Hi Maggie, we are planning a trip for the last week of July to all the three Baltic countries and finishing in Warsaw. What’re the tipping customs and expectations? Thank you in advance for sharing any insights!

    • Hi Vin, tipping around 10% for good service is welcome, but not necessary. You also could round up the bill if you’re paying in cash.

  2. Hey there! Nice insights. Local wines are however not made from grapes in Baltic countries but from various local berries and fruits 🙂 And I wonder which places you visited for beer, as the average is now much higher than 1,5EUR…

    • That’s good to know about the wine! 1.50 Euro was about what we were paying for a beer when we were travelling in the Baltics and was the reported average when I was doing the research for this article, as well. It’s unfortunate that the price has now increased in some places.


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