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

Should you visit Moscow or Amsterdam?

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 Moscow and Amsterdam. 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: Moscow or Amsterdam?

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.

Amsterdam

Amsterdam is the capital, and most popular tourist destination in the Netherlands. There are over one million residents in the metro area. Amsterdam is most famous for its canals that criss cross across the city, but it also has a rich history, interesting culture, and liberal vibe that appeal to all types of travelers. The architecture, bridges, and cycling culture help this metropolitan area maintain its small town vibe, despite being the largest city in the country as well as the financial center.

Which city is cheaper, Amsterdam or Moscow?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Moscow is $75, while the average daily cost in Amsterdam is $137. 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 Moscow and Amsterdam in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Moscow $47
    Amsterdam $79
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Moscow $94
    Amsterdam $158
Compare Hotels in Moscow and Amsterdam

Looking for a hotel in Moscow or Amsterdam? 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 Moscow


Hotels in Amsterdam


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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: Moscow Hotel Prices and Amsterdam Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Moscow $7.30
    Amsterdam $16
Typical Local Transportation prices in Moscow

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


  • Two Metro Passes
    $2.18

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Moscow

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

  • Arrival Private Transfer Moscow Domodedovo DME to Moscow City by Luxury Car: $124
  • Arrival Private Transfer Moscow Domodedovo DME to Moscow by Luxury Van: $53
  • Arrival Private Transfer Moscow Train Station to Moscow City by Luxury Van: $87
  • Arrival Private Transfer Moscow Vnukovo Airport VKO to Moscow City by Luxury Van: $54
  • Arrival Private Transfer Moscow Vnukovo VKO Airport to Moscow by Luxury Car: $109
  • Departure Private Transfer Moscow City to Moscow Domodedovo DME by Luxury Car: $123
  • Departure Private Transfer Moscow City to Moscow Domodedovo DME by Luxury Van: $59
  • Departure Private Transfer Moscow City to Moscow SVO Airport by Luxury Van: $54
  • Departure Private Transfer Moscow City to Moscow Train Station by Business Car: $38
  • Departure Private Transfer Moscow City to Moscow Train Station by Luxury Car: $87
  • Departure Private Transfer Moscow City to Moscow Train Station by Luxury Van: $87
  • Departure Private Transfer Moscow SVO Airport to Moscow City by Luxury Car: $110

Typical Local Transportation prices in Amsterdam

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Amsterdam:


  • Ride on Tram
    $3.19
  • Renting a Bike
    $15
  • One Hour Canal Cruise
    $9.98
  • Single Day Transit Pass
    $2.60
  • Transit Pass to Amsterdam Airport
    $3.39

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Amsterdam

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Amsterdam:

  • VIP Local Transfer inside Amsterdam: $81
  • VIP Amsterdam Airport Departure Transfer: $67
  • VIP Amsterdam Airport Departure Transfer: $61
  • Ultra - Amsterdam Private Transfer from Cruise Port to Amsterdam City Centre: $9.55
  • Ultra - Amsterdam Private Transfer from City Centre to Amsterdam Cruise Port: $9.55
  • Ultra - Amsterdam Private Airport Transfer City Center to Schiphol Airport AMS: $73
  • Transfer in Private Vehicle from Amsterdam City to Airport: $34
  • Transfer in Private Minivan from Amsterdam City to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport: $46
  • Taxi Transfer from cruise port terminal in Amsterdam to hotel in Amsterdam: $56
  • Schiphol Airport Transfer - Amsterdam City Center: $135
  • Roundtrip Transfer Schiphol - Amsterdam: $104
  • Roundtrip Private Transfer Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam: $101

Is it cheaper to fly into Moscow or Amsterdam?

Prices for flights to both Amsterdam and Moscow 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
    Moscow $17
    Amsterdam $35
Typical Food prices in Moscow

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


  • Lunch for Two
    $8.87
  • Lunch in the Center Market
    $4.84
  • Breakfast for 2
    $16

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

Typical Food prices in Amsterdam

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Amsterdam:


  • Afternoon Tea
    $5.99

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Amsterdam

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Amsterdam.

  • Live online cooking class from Classic European 2-course meal: $23
  • Amsterdam Evening Pizza Cruise: $40
  • Three course lunch/dinner voucher: $42
  • Walking Food Tour: $43
  • 3 Course Dinner in the Dark: $48
  • Withlocals the 10 Tastings: Amsterdam's Favourite Private Food Tour with a Local: $50
  • Private Pizza Canal Cruise Amsterdam: $62
  • Dinner with an Amsterdam artist on the river: $62
  • Amsterdam Nightlife Ticket & VIP Dinner at Hard Rock CafĂ©: $63
  • Amsterdam Small Group Food Tour: $69
  • Food Tour in the Albert Cuyp Market Amsterdam: $73
  • Delicious Dutch Dinner in an Amsterdam Canalhouse: $75

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Moscow $19
    Amsterdam $30
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)
    $16

Tours and Activities in Moscow

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

  • Moscow classical tour: $6.38
  • Admission ticket to Kolomenskoye Historical and Architectural Museum and Reserve: $7.02
  • Tsaritsyno Museum entrance ticket: $8.14
  • Admission ticket to the The Museum of Cosmonautics: $11
  • The Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center Admission Ticket: $12
  • Admission ticket to the State Museum of GULAG's History, Moscow: $13
  • The Museum of Victory Admission Ticket: $13
  • Guided Metro Tour by Night: $14
  • Admission ticket to the Tochka-G Museum of Erotic Art, Moscow: $14
  • Admission ticket to Gallery of the European and American XIX-XX centuries art: $14
  • Tretyakov Gallery Admission Ticket: $16
  • Admission ticket to the New Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow: $17

Typical Entertainment prices in Amsterdam

Here are a few typical costs in Amsterdam for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


  • Two tickets to the Houseboat Museum
    $5.99
  • Entry for two to the Anne Frank House
    $17

Tours and Activities in Amsterdam

Here are a few actual costs in Amsterdam for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • 1 hour Amsterdam City Tour in Pedicab: $87
  • 1,5 hours Amsterdam Rickshaw Tour: $174
  • 1.5 Hour Walking Tour of Amsterdam’s Red Light District with a Local: $41
  • 1.5-hour Amsterdam Bubbly Bike tour: $757
  • 2 Hours Private Walking Tour of the Highlights of Amsterdam: $81
  • 2 hours Amsterdam City Tour in Pedicab: $162
  • 2-Day Nightclub Admission Ticket: Best Nightlife in Amsterdam: $13
  • 2-Hour Private Anne Frank Walking Tour with Drink: $162
  • 2-Hour Private Custom Amsterdam Walking Tour With A Local Guide: $70
  • 2-Hour Semi Private All-Inclusive Cruise on our Boutique Style boats: $79
  • 2.5 hours Amsterdam Pedicab Tour: $249
  • 2.5-Hour Amsterdam Sightseeing Tour by Bike: $204

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Moscow $9.38
    Amsterdam $19

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

Sample the Local Flavors in Amsterdam

Also in Amsterdam, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Distillery Tour & Tasting: $22
  • Amsterdam Bar Crawl: $27
  • Amsterdam Shared Bar Crawl: $31
  • Private Amsterdam Red Light District and pub tour: $61
  • Guided Craft Beer Brewery Bus Tour with Tastings: $67
  • 4 hour Amsterdam Brewery Tour: $81
  • High Class Culinary Lunch in Amsterdam - Self-Guided Food & Wine Tour: $102
  • Drew's 3-Hour Amsterdam Brewery and Bar Tour to Top Rated Bars: $106
  • Discover 3 gastronomic restaurants in Amsterdam - self-guided food & wine tour: $129
  • Experience 4 Culinary Restaurants in Amsterdam Self-Guided Food & Wine Tour: $152
  • Amsterdam Bachelor Party Bar Crawl: $488


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Moscow and Amsterdam, we can see that Amsterdam 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 Amsterdam would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Amsterdam than you might in Moscow.


When is the best time to visit Moscow or Amsterdam?

Both places have a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. As both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Moscow or Amsterdam in the Summer?

Both Amsterdam and Moscow during the summer are popular places to visit. Furthermore, most visitors come to Amsterdam for the city activities, the music scene, and the family-friendly experiences during these months.

In the summer, Moscow is a little warmer than Amsterdam. Typically, the summer temperatures in Moscow in July are around 19°C (67°F), and Amsterdam is about 17°C (62°F).

Moscow usually gets more rain in July than Amsterdam. Moscow gets 92 mm (3.6 in) of rain, while Amsterdam receives 75 mm (3 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Moscow 19°C (67°F) 
    Amsterdam 17°C (62°F)

Should I visit Moscow or Amsterdam in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Moscow and Amsterdam. Furthermore, the autumn months attract visitors to Amsterdam because of the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, the music scene, and the natural beauty of the area.

In October, Moscow is generally much colder than Amsterdam. Temperatures in Moscow average around 6°C (43°F), and Amsterdam stays around 11°C (51°F).

In October, Moscow usually receives less rain than Amsterdam. Moscow gets 58 mm (2.3 in) of rain, while Amsterdam receives 72 mm (2.8 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Moscow 6°C (43°F) 
    Amsterdam 11°C (51°F)

Should I visit Moscow or Amsterdam in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Moscow as well as Amsterdam. Additionally, the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine are the main draw to Amsterdam this time of year.

It's quite cold in Amsterdam in the winter. The weather in Moscow can be very cold. Moscow is much colder than Amsterdam in the winter. The temperature in Moscow is usually -8°C (17°F) in January, and Amsterdam stays around 2°C (36°F).

Moscow usually gets less rain in January than Amsterdam. Moscow gets 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain, while Amsterdam receives 66 mm (2.6 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Moscow -8°C (17°F) 
    Amsterdam 2°C (36°F)

Should I visit Moscow or Amsterdam in the Spring?

Both Amsterdam and Moscow are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities. Also, many travelers come to Amsterdam for the activities around the city and the natural beauty.

In the spring, Moscow is around the same temperature as Amsterdam. Typically, the spring temperatures in Moscow in April are around 7°C (45°F), and Amsterdam is about 8°C (46°F).

In April, Moscow usually receives less rain than Amsterdam. Moscow gets 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain, while Amsterdam receives 52 mm (2 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Moscow 7°C (45°F) 
    Amsterdam 8°C (46°F)

Typical Weather for Amsterdam and Moscow

Moscow Amsterdam
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan -8°C (17°F) 45 mm (1.8 in) 2°C (36°F) 66 mm (2.6 in)
Feb -7°C (20°F) 37 mm (1.5 in) 3°C (37°F) 49 mm (1.9 in)
Mar -1°C (30°F) 34 mm (1.3 in) 5°C (41°F) 63 mm (2.5 in)
Apr 7°C (45°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 8°C (46°F) 52 mm (2 in)
May 14°C (57°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 12°C (54°F) 61 mm (2.4 in)
Jun 18°C (64°F) 76 mm (3 in) 15°C (59°F) 68 mm (2.7 in)
Jul 19°C (67°F) 92 mm (3.6 in) 17°C (62°F) 75 mm (3 in)
Aug 18°C (64°F) 74 mm (2.9 in) 17°C (62°F) 71 mm (2.8 in)
Sep 12°C (54°F) 64 mm (2.5 in) 14°C (57°F) 67 mm (2.6 in)
Oct 6°C (43°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 11°C (51°F) 72 mm (2.8 in)
Nov -0°C (32°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 6°C (43°F) 81 mm (3.2 in)
Dec -5°C (23°F) 52 mm (2 in) 3°C (38°F) 80 mm (3.1 in)


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