Should you visit Minsk or Lucerne?
If you're trying to decide where to visit between Minsk or Lucerne, this travel cost comparison can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.
Minsk is the capital city of Belarus, centrally located. Situated on the Svislac and Niamiha rivers, it is also capital of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), and was the capital of the former Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic from 1919-1991. It is a modern city dominated by monumental Stalinist architecture with many of its museums, theaters, and other cultural attractions.
Lucerne is a relatively small city in the center of Switzerland. It is located across the lake from Altdorf and it has a thriving tourism industry. It's close proximity to many of the major sights in the country make it a great base for exploration. Many people use it as a jumping off point for exploring Mount Rigi and the Rutli Meadow.
Which city is cheaper, Lucerne or Minsk?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Minsk is $66, while the average daily cost in Lucerne is $170. 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. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Minsk and Lucerne in more detail.
A hotel room in Minsk is about $66 This assumes double occupancy and modest accommodations.
For a normal double-occupancy room in Lucerne, $218 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Lucerne, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is $109, such as in a hostel.
In Minsk travelers spend around $22 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.
While meal prices in Lucerne can vary, the average travelers spends about $50 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Lucerne should cost around $20 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Lucerne is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.
Meals for one day
The average price of local transportation around Minsk is $12 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.
Lucerne's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend $9.96 per person, per day on transportation in Lucerne.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Minsk
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Minsk:
Transfer from Minsk Airport (MSQ) or Minsk city to Brest (any address):
Transfer from Minsk Airport (MSQ) or Minsk city to Gomel (any address):
Private transfer Minsk - Vitebsk city ROUND WAY:
TRANSFER: Minsk - Grodno, ROUND WAY:
Transfer from Minsk Airport (MSQ) or Minsk city to Grodno (any address):
Transfer from Minsk Airport (MSQ) or Minsk city to Vitebsk (any address):
Transfer from Minsk Airport or Minsk city to Vilnius (any address, airport):
Transfer Minsk Airport - Russian Border:
Round Trip Transfer to Borisov Arena Stadium by Minibus:
Transfer from/to Minsk airport by 2019 Mercedes Sprinter:
Transfer from Minsk Airport (MSQ) or Minsk city to Mogilev (any address):
TRANSFER: Minsk - Grodno:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Lucerne
Also for Lucerne, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Private transfer from Lucerne City to Lucerne Train Station:
Zurich Airport Transfers : Lucerne City to Zurich Airport ZRH in Business Car:
Private Transfer from Lucerne City to interlaken City:
Departure Private Transfer Lucerne-Basel-Bern to Zurich Airport by Business Car:
Zurich Airport Transfers : Lucerne City to Zurich Airport ZRH in Luxury Van:
Departure Private Transfer Lucerne-Basel-Bern to Zurich Airport by Luxury Van:
Private transfer from Lucerne City to Zurich Airport:
ZRH Airport - Lucern City (Transfer Service):
Transfers Zurich Airport - Lucerne:
Is it cheaper to fly into Minsk or Lucerne?
Prices for flights to both Lucerne and Minsk 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.
Minsk's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $20 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Lucerne can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $27 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
Tours and Activities in Minsk
Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Minsk are as follows:
14 Days Mysterious Transilvania, Ukraine, Belarus & Moldova Small Group Tour:
2 Castles for 1 private tour from Minsk - Mir and Nesvizh.:
2-days: Minsk City Tour + Nesvizh Palace - Mir Castle:
2-days: Minsk City Tour - Stalin Line + Nesvizh Palace - Mir Castle:
2city in 1day, from Minsk to Lida Castle (city) and the Grodno city Private tour:
3-hours Guided Minsk City Tour (Driving & Walking Tour):
3-hrs sightseeing tour around Minsk (Private Driving & Walking Tour):
4 Castles for 1 private tour from Minsk - Mir, Nesvizh, Kosava and Ružany Palace:
4 Castles for 1 private tour from Minsk - Mir, Nesvizh, Novogrudok, Lubchany:
5-Day Private Belarus-Ukraine Tour:
5-Day Small-Group Belarus - Ukraine Tour:
Authentic Belarusian Experience:
Typical Entertainment prices in Lucerne
For Lucerne, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:
Tours and Activities in Lucerne
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Lucerne.
Swiss Chocolate Adventure Experience at Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne:
Lucerne Swiss Museum of Transport Entrance Ticket:
Golden Round Trip from Mt. Pilatus Self-Guided Tour:
2-Hour Gourmet Lunch Cruise on Lake Lucerne:
Mt. Pilatus by Cable Car and Cogwheel Train & Lake Cruise:
Pearls of Switzerland Cristina Tschuppert Private city walking tour Lucerne:
Chocolate World Experience and Tasting Private Tour from Luzern:
Luzern City Tour with Lake Cruise Private Tour:
Lucerne City Walking Tour in Portuguese (1-2 guests):
Lake Lucerne Castles and Villas Tour:
Mount Rigi with Lake Cruise Private Tour from Luzern:
ALL TRANSPORT INCLUSIVE Mt. Pilatus Guided Golden Roundtrip Tour:
The average person spends about $14 on alcoholic beverages in Minsk per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Lucerne, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $17.
Sample the Local Flavors in Lucerne
Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Lucerne:
Chocolate, Cheese and Wine Tour in Luzern region:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Minsk and Lucerne, we can see that Lucerne is more expensive. And not only is Minsk much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Minsk would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Minsk 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 Lucerne would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Lucerne than you might in Minsk.
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