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

Should you visit Dubai or Moscow?

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

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Dubai and Moscow can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Dubai or Moscow?

Dubai

Ever wonder what it would be like to see the lifestyles of the rich and famous up close. There's no more upscale destination than Dubai. It's by far and away the spot for shopping, partying, sunbathing, fine dining and the most luxurious of luxury. As the most modern and progressive of the seven emirates in the United Arab Emirates, this area has experienced an unbelievable economic boom and tourism spike. It's a desert city with an amazing infrastructure.

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 Dubai?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Dubai is $198, while the average daily cost in Moscow is $77. 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 Dubai and Moscow in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Dubai $136
    Moscow $48
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Dubai $272
    Moscow $96
Compare Hotels in Dubai and Moscow

Looking for a hotel in Dubai 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 Dubai


Hotels in Moscow


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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: Dubai Hotel Prices and Moscow Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Dubai $10
    Moscow $7.48
Typical Local Transportation prices in Dubai

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


  • Taxi Ride
    $12
  • Airport Taxi
    $12
  • Sea Taxi
    $0.54

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dubai

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

  • airport transfers/arival and departures: $28
  • Zipline Experience in Dubai Marina with Private transfers: $286
  • Wild Wadi tickets with Sharing Transfers: $87
  • Wild Wadi Without Transfer: $92
  • Wild Wadi Waterpark Experience with Private Transfers: $150
  • Wild Wadi Water Park with Transfer: $100
  • Wild Wadi Water Park in Dubai With 2 way Transfer: $125
  • Wild Wadi Water Park Dubai on Sharing Transfer: $72
  • Wild Wadi Tickets with Transfers: $110
  • Wild Wadi Dubai water park Entrance with Optional Private transfers in Dubai: $66
  • Wheelchair Accessible Airport Transfer in Dubai: $107
  • Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi with Private Transfer From Dubai for 1 to 6 people: $808

Typical Local Transportation prices in Moscow

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


  • Two Metro Passes
    $2.23

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 Dubai or Moscow?

Prices for flights to both Moscow and Dubai 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
    Dubai $45
    Moscow $17
Typical Food prices in Dubai

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


  • French bread
    $0.95
  • Sumo salad in Dubai Mall + Juice
    $10
  • Lemon Mint Tea
    $4.36
  • Coffee & Cake
    $6.53
  • Smoothie
    $5.45
  • Shawarma
    $1.91

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Dubai

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

  • Romantic Dhow Creek Dinner Cruise With Live Shows and International Buffet: $17
  • Sightseeing Dhow Cruise Dinner: $18
  • Dubai Deira Cruise with International Buffet Dinner with Live Shows: $19
  • Cruising with Dinner and Live Shows at Dubai Creek: $20
  • Dubai Creek Dhow Cruise Dinner: $20
  • Dhow Dinner Cruise at Dubai Creek (Without Transfers): $20
  • Sail along the Dubai Creek Dhow cruise with a delectable Dinner from AED 60: $21
  • Sightseeing Romantic Dhow Cruise Dinner: $21
  • Dhow Cruise Dinner Dubai: $22
  • Dhow Cruise Dinner on Dubai Creek: $22
  • Evening Dhow Dinner Cruise in Dubai: $22
  • Dubai Creek 2-Hour Romantic Dhow Cruise Dinner: $23

Typical Food prices in Moscow

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


  • Lunch for Two
    $9.09
  • Lunch in the Center Market
    $4.96
  • Breakfast for 2
    $17

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.
    Dubai $15
    Moscow $19
Typical Entertainment prices in Dubai

For Dubai, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:


  • Visit to the Dubai Museum
    $0.82

Tours and Activities in Dubai

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

  • "Glimps of History"-4 Hrs Dubai city tour: $163
  • 04 Days Best of Dubai With Desert Safari, Dhow Cruise and City Tour: $305
  • 1 Day 2 Tours Combo: $76
  • 1 Hour Jet Ski Tour of Dubai Atlantis: $153
  • 1 Hour Private 800cc Buggy Tour Good for 2 persons: $220
  • 1 Hour Private Jet Ski Tour in Dubai: $195
  • 1 hour Mina Seyahi Jetski Tour: $160
  • 1.5-Hours Dubai Historic Old Town Walking Tour: Covid-19 safe & PRIVATE tour: $60
  • 1001 Adventure Tour: $71
  • 12 Hours Dubai Stopover Tour: $350
  • 12-Minute Dubai Helicopter Tour: $176
  • 2 Days TRIO-Dubai City Tour with Desert Safari and Full Day Abu Dhabi City Tour.: $136

Typical Entertainment prices in Moscow

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


  • Theater Tickets
    $19
  • Kremlin Entry (2)
    $17

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
    Dubai $18
    Moscow $9.61
Typical Alcohol prices in Dubai

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Dubai:


  • A Couple Drinks
    $25

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 Dubai and Moscow, we can see that Dubai is more expensive. And not only is Moscow much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Dubai is in Middle East and Moscow 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 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 Dubai would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Dubai than you might in Moscow.


When is the best time to visit Dubai or Moscow?

Moscow has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, but Dubai experiences a tropical climate with fairly warm weather most of the year.

Should I visit Dubai or Moscow in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Dubai and Moscow. Plenty of visitors come to Dubai because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year.


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The heat can be very extreme in Dubai. In the summer, Dubai is much warmer than Moscow. Typically, the summer temperatures in Dubai in July are around 35°C (95°F), and Moscow is about 19°C (67°F).

In July, Dubai usually receives less rain than Moscow. Dubai gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Moscow receives 92 mm (3.6 in) of rain each month for the summer. June to August in Dubai is the dry season.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Dubai 35°C (95°F) 
    Moscow 19°C (67°F)

Should I visit Dubai or Moscow in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Dubai as well as Moscow. Dubai attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate.


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In October, Dubai is generally much warmer than Moscow. Temperatures in Dubai average around 29°C (84°F), and Moscow stays around 6°C (43°F).

Dubai usually gets less rain in October than Moscow. Dubai gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Moscow receives 58 mm (2.3 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Dubai 29°C (84°F) 
    Moscow 6°C (43°F)

Should I visit Dubai or Moscow in the Winter?

Both Moscow and Dubai are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Dubai throughout the year.


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It's quite cold in Moscow in the winter. Dubai is much warmer than Moscow in the winter. The temperature in Dubai is usually 19°C (66°F) in January, and Moscow stays around -8°C (17°F).

In January, Dubai usually receives less rain than Moscow. Dubai gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Moscow receives 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain each month for the winter. The rainy season in Dubai is January to March.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Dubai 19°C (66°F) 
    Moscow -8°C (17°F)

Should I visit Dubai or Moscow in the Spring?

Both Moscow and Dubai during the spring are popular places to visit. Plenty of visitors come to Dubai because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year.


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In the spring, Dubai is much warmer than Moscow. Typically, the spring temperatures in Dubai in April are around 26°C (79°F), and Moscow is about 7°C (45°F).

Dubai usually gets less rain in April than Moscow. Dubai gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Moscow receives 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain this time of the year. June to August is the dry season in Dubai.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Dubai 26°C (79°F) 
    Moscow 7°C (45°F)

Typical Weather for Moscow and Dubai

Dubai Moscow
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 19°C (66°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) -8°C (17°F) 45 mm (1.8 in)
Feb 20°C (68°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) -7°C (20°F) 37 mm (1.5 in)
Mar 23°C (73°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) -1°C (30°F) 34 mm (1.3 in)
Apr 26°C (79°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 7°C (45°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
May 31°C (88°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 14°C (57°F) 58 mm (2.3 in)
Jun 33°C (91°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 18°C (64°F) 76 mm (3 in)
Jul 35°C (95°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 19°C (67°F) 92 mm (3.6 in)
Aug 36°C (97°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 18°C (64°F) 74 mm (2.9 in)
Sep 33°C (91°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 12°C (54°F) 64 mm (2.5 in)
Oct 29°C (84°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 6°C (43°F) 58 mm (2.3 in)
Nov 25°C (77°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) -0°C (32°F) 58 mm (2.3 in)
Dec 21°C (70°F) 20 mm (0.8 in) -5°C (23°F) 52 mm (2 in)


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