A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Athens vs. Moscow for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Athens or Moscow?

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

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Athens and Moscow. We'll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Where Should I go: Athens or Moscow?

Athens

Athens is the capital city of Greece and is home to a population of over 3.7 million people. It's most famous as the birthplace of Classical Greece and the history in the city is incomparable to that found anywhere. It became the national capital of the modern Greek State in the 1830s, before which it was just a small village with a very impressive history. The city was redesigned by architects and city planners and incorporated large public squares, lots of green space, and wide avenues. The city has had its ups and downs both economically and politically, but it remains a beautiful and impressive place to explore.

Moscow

Moscow is the capital of Russia and is notable for its important role in history. It's a very sprawling city with many museums and fascinating buildings. Ten percent of Russia's population lives in this capital city and it's a financial and political center for the country. The Moskva River weaves its way through the city and you will find most of the city's sights and attractions on the northern side of the river.

Which city is cheaper, Moscow or Athens?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Athens is €103, while the average daily cost in Moscow is €83. 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. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Athens and Moscow in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Athens 51
    Moscow 52
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Athens 102
    Moscow 104
Compare Hotels in Athens and Moscow

Looking for a hotel in Athens or Moscow? 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 Athens


Hotels in Moscow


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Athens 22
    Moscow 8.07
Typical Local Transportation prices in Athens

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Athens:


  • Airport Bus for Two
    6.40
  • Metro
    1.50
  • Metro
    2.00
  • Metro from Airport to City Center
    8.00
  • Taxi from Airport
    35

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Athens

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

  • iMove Transfers Services Athens: $75
  • VIP VAN Piraeus Port Transfer 1 - 8 persons or Alimos Kalamaki Marina to Athens: $61
  • VIP VAN Athens Airport Transfer 1 - 4 persons: $101
  • VIP VAN Airport Transfer 5 - 8 persons: $105
  • VIP Ferry Ticket from Piraeus Port To Mykonos & Private Transfer included: $167
  • VIP Ferry Ticket From Piraeus Port To Santorini & Private Transfer Included: $174
  • VAN Piraeus Port Transfer 1 - 8 persons or Alimos Kalamaki Marina to Athens: $39
  • Ultra - Private Transfer from Athens City Centre to Piraeus Cruise Port: $9.41
  • Ultra - Athens Private Airport Transfer from City Centre to Athens Airport ATH: $9.41
  • Transfers around Athens and city tours: $373
  • Transfers and Guided Tours in all over Greece, sightseeing and Private hire!!: $106
  • Transfer to Loutraki/Corinth from Athens: $166

Typical Local Transportation prices in Moscow

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Moscow are as follows:


  • Two Metro Passes
    2.41

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Moscow

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

  • Private Tour to Russia's Largest Aviation Museum (with roundtrip train transfer): $398
  • The Kremlin & Cathedrals Private Tour (with roundtrip transfer): $299
  • Transfer from Moscow to the Golden Ring (Ideal for Backpackers On a Shoestring!): $167
  • Yellow Drive - Vnukovo - Moscow - Vnukovo Transfers: $157
  • Sergiev Posad private tour with transfer from Moscow: $143
  • Yellow Drive - Domodedovo Airport Transfers: $135
  • Moscow Airport Transfers : Moscow City to Domodedovo Airport DME in Luxury Car: $134
  • Moscow Airport Transfers : Moscow City to Sheremetyevo Airport SVO in Luxury Car: $133
  • Moscow Airport Transfers : Vnukovo Airport VKO to Moscow City in Luxury Car: $133
  • Moscow Airport Transfers : Moscow City to Vnukovo Airport VKO in Luxury Car: $126
  • Moscow Airport Transfers : Moscow City to Domodedovo Airport DME in Business Car: $125
  • Arrival Private Transfer Moscow Domodedovo DME to Moscow City by Luxury Car: $124

Is it cheaper to fly into Athens or Moscow?

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Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Athens 30
    Moscow 19
Typical Food prices in Athens

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Athens:


  • Ice cream
    3.00
  • Souvlaki
    2.20

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Athens

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

  • Online 1hr Cooking Class: Santorini Tomato Fritters: $6.22
  • Greek Meatballs Private Online Cooking Class: $27
  • Withlocals the 10 Tastings: Athens Private Food Tour with a Local: $42
  • Online Cooking Class: Greek mini cheese pies: $45
  • Street Culture & Food Tour: $56
  • Afternoon Food Tour: $56
  • Athens walking and tasting food tour.: $60
  • 4-Hour Cooking Class with Market Visit: $69
  • Homemade Gyros cooking class and dinner in Athens for private groups: $75
  • The Classic Food Tour: $76
  • Taste of Half-Day Small Group Food Tour: $77
  • Greek Phyllo and Pie Cooking Class in Athens: $77

Typical Food prices in Moscow

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


  • Lunch for Two
    9.81
  • Lunch in the Center Market
    5.35
  • Breakfast for 2
    18

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Moscow

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

  • Virtual Home Cooking with Russian Family: $22
  • Moscow Food Tour: $67
  • An evening at the monastery with dinner: $80
  • An Evening at the Monastery with Dinner: $85
  • Traditional Russian Cooking Class and Meal in Moscow with a Friendly Local: $91
  • Private Market Tour and Traditional Russian Cooking Class in Moscow: $101
  • Food Tour: $102
  • Traditional Russian Cooking Class and Meal in a Local Home in Moscow: $117
  • Traditional French-Russian Dinner in a Local's Home: $118
  • Moscow Metro and Russian Dinner Private tour: $127
  • Moscow River Cruise with Dinner and Lively Firework with a Private Guide: $133
  • Private food tour: Russian culinary culture: $144

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Athens 28
    Moscow 21

Tours and Activities in Athens

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Athens.

  • "A Must-See" Anc. Epidaurus, Mycenae & Nafplion Premium Full Day Tour By Locals: $411
  • "Athens city tour": $270
  • "Private tour in Athens": $243
  • ''Tour in Athens'': $118
  • 1 Day Private Tour Corinth, Cave of Lakes at Kalavrita & Journey by Cog Railway: $264
  • 1 Day Private tour to Meteora, visit the Monasteries are lying on the cliffs.: $317
  • 1 Day Saronic Islands Cruise: $168
  • 10 Day Greek Island Tour: Mykonos, Santorini-Volcano, Crete, Delos, Knossos,: $2,457
  • 10 Day Ultimate Ancient Greece Tours Experience: $2,411
  • 10 Day to Explore the Best Historical Gems in Greece and tour in Santorini: $1,798
  • 10 Days Private Tour: North Greece: $2,706
  • 10 Days Private Tour: Peloponnese: $2,706

Typical Entertainment prices in Moscow

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Moscow's activities, tours, and tickets:


  • Theater Tickets
    21
  • Kremlin Entry (2)
    18

Tours and Activities in Moscow

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

  • "Moscow Versailles" Kuskovo estate Private Tour: $249
  • 'Communist Moscow' walking tour: $240
  • 1 Day City Tour in Moscow city: $300
  • 1-Day Tour of Moscow: $367
  • 1-day Moscow Tour (Top sights: Kremlin, Red Square, Arbat street, etc.): $357
  • 1-day Tour to Saint-Petersburg from Moscow (Hermitage Museum and Peterhof): $709
  • 1-day Tour to Saint-Petersburg from Moscow (Hermitage Museum and sights tour): $840
  • 1-hour scenic Moscow River Cruise: $18
  • 10-Day Climbing Tour to Elbrus Mountain the Highest in Europe: $1,649
  • 12-Day River Cruise on a 3-Star Ship from Moscow: $2,373
  • 14-Day River Cruise along the Volga from Moscow to Astrakhan: $3,029
  • 15-Day Altai Mountains Horse Riding Tour from Moscow: $2,201

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Athens 18
    Moscow 10

Sample the Local Flavors in Athens

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

  • Athens Walking Tour with Food and Wine Tasting: $37
  • Virtual Greek Wine Tasting: $87
  • Athens Food and Wine Tasting Tour: $96
  • Wine tasting tour: $131
  • Wine Tasting and Athens Trikke Combo Tour: $133
  • The Best Winery & Tasting Tour in Nemea.Enjoy a unique all day wine tasting tour: $140
  • Private Wine Tasting Experience of Greek Awarded Wines in Athens: $148
  • Premium Wine Tour in Peloponnese -Ancient Corinthos, Nemea - the Land of Myth: $148
  • Athens Private Wine Tasting Tour - Dionysian Grapes: $149
  • Ancient Corinth & Nemea Wine Tasting (up to 15 in a Luxurious Mercedes Minibus): $151
  • Greek Private Wine Tasting: $166
  • Mercedes Private Full-Day Tour, Nafplio, Corinth Canal and Wine Tasting: $168

Sample the Local Flavors in Moscow

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Moscow:

  • Pub Crawl by Soviet Van: $76
  • Pub Crawl Moscow Guided Tour in Classic Soviet Van: $79
  • Private Wine Tour in Moscow with History, Architecture and Friendly Local Guide: $121


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Athens and Moscow, we can see that Athens is more expensive. And not only is Moscow much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Moscow would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Moscow 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 Athens would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Athens than you might in Moscow.


When is the best time to visit Athens or Moscow?

Both destinations experience a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. And since both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Athens or Moscow in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Athens and Moscow. The summer months attract visitors to Athens because of the city activities and the family-friendly experiences.

In the summer, Athens is a little warmer than Moscow. Typically, the summer temperatures in Athens in July are around 27°C (81°F), and Moscow is about 19°C (67°F).

In July, Athens usually receives less rain than Moscow. At this time of the year, Athens gets 6 mm (0.2 in) of rain, while Moscow receives 92 mm (3.6 in) of rain.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Athens 27°C (81°F) 
    Moscow 19°C (67°F)

Should I visit Athens or Moscow in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Athens as well as Moscow. The city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area are the main draw to Athens this time of year.

In October, Athens is generally much warmer than Moscow. Temperatures in Athens average around 19°C (67°F), and Moscow stays around 6°C (43°F).

Athens usually gets less rain in October than Moscow. Athens gets 48 mm (1.9 in) of rain, while Moscow receives 58 mm (2.3 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Athens 19°C (67°F) 
    Moscow 6°C (43°F)

Should I visit Athens or Moscow in the Winter?

Both Moscow and Athens are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities. Many travelers come to Athens for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

Moscow can get quite cold in the winter. Athens is much warmer than Moscow in the winter. The temperature in Athens is usually 10°C (51°F) in January, and Moscow stays around -8°C (17°F).

In January, Athens usually receives around the same amount of rain as Moscow. At this time of the year, Athens gets 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain, while Moscow receives 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Athens 10°C (51°F) 
    Moscow -8°C (17°F)

Should I visit Athens or Moscow in the Spring?

Both Moscow and Athens during the spring are popular places to visit. Many visitors come to Athens in the spring for the activities around the city and the natural beauty.

In the spring, Athens is much warmer than Moscow. Typically, the spring temperatures in Athens in April are around 16°C (60°F), and Moscow is about 7°C (45°F).

Athens usually gets less rain in April than Moscow. Athens gets 25 mm (1 in) of rain, while Moscow receives 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Athens 16°C (60°F) 
    Moscow 7°C (45°F)

Typical Weather for Moscow and Athens

Athens Moscow
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 10°C (51°F) 45 mm (1.8 in) -8°C (17°F) 45 mm (1.8 in)
Feb 11°C (51°F) 48 mm (1.9 in) -7°C (20°F) 37 mm (1.5 in)
Mar 12°C (54°F) 44 mm (1.7 in) -1°C (30°F) 34 mm (1.3 in)
Apr 16°C (60°F) 25 mm (1 in) 7°C (45°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
May 20°C (68°F) 14 mm (0.6 in) 14°C (57°F) 58 mm (2.3 in)
Jun 24°C (76°F) 6 mm (0.2 in) 18°C (64°F) 76 mm (3 in)
Jul 27°C (81°F) 6 mm (0.2 in) 19°C (67°F) 92 mm (3.6 in)
Aug 27°C (81°F) 8 mm (0.3 in) 18°C (64°F) 74 mm (2.9 in)
Sep 24°C (76°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 12°C (54°F) 64 mm (2.5 in)
Oct 19°C (67°F) 48 mm (1.9 in) 6°C (43°F) 58 mm (2.3 in)
Nov 16°C (60°F) 51 mm (2 in) -0°C (32°F) 58 mm (2.3 in)
Dec 12°C (54°F) 66 mm (2.6 in) -5°C (23°F) 52 mm (2 in)


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