Should you visit Moscow or Balaton Lake?
Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the prices of travel for Moscow and Balaton Lake. 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. So, let's dig into it.
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.
Balaton is a major freshwater lake in Hungary and the largest lake in Central Europe with a shoreline of 197 kilometers. The region around the lake is a popular holiday destination with a great number of resort towns and high-rise hotels to accommodate visitors seeking out lakeside activities, beaches, volcanic hills, and vineyards. Some of the towns are also very historic, offering examples from eighteenth-century art and architecture to castle ruins.
Which city is cheaper, Balaton Lake or Moscow?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Moscow is $62, while the average daily cost in Balaton Lake is $84. 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 Moscow and Balaton Lake in more detail.
For a normal double-occupancy room in Moscow, $78 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Moscow, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is $39, such as in a hostel.
Balaton Lake's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is $94. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is $47.
On average, meal and food prices in Moscow cost around $14 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around $5.60.
The price of a meal in Balaton Lake can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $27 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $11 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.
Meals for one day
Balaton Lake $27
Typical Food prices in Moscow
For Moscow, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:
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:
Moscow Food Tour:
An evening at the monastery with dinner:
Traditional Russian Cooking Class and Meal in Moscow with a Friendly Local:
Private Market Tour and Traditional Russian Cooking Class in Moscow:
Traditional Russian Cooking Class and Meal in a Local Home in Moscow:
Moscow Metro and Russian Dinner Private tour:
Moscow River Cruise with Dinner and Lively Firework with a Private Guide:
Private food tour: Russian culinary culture:
Moscow Yummy Food tour:
Red Square and River Cruise with Dinner Private Tour:
To get around in Moscow, the average visitor spends $6.08 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.
While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $12 per day to get around in Balaton Lake.
Typical Local Transportation prices in Moscow
Some typical examples of transportation costs in Moscow are as follows:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Moscow
Also for Moscow, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Ultra - Moscow Private Airport Transfer - City Center to Domodedovo Intl Airport:
Ultra - Moscow Private Airport Transfer City Centre to Sheremetyevo Airport SVO:
Moscow Train Stations Private Arrival/Departure Transfer:
Private Arrival or Departure Transfer One Way: Moscow Airports to City Center:
Private Arrival or Departure Transfer: Moscow Airports to Moscow City Center:
Private Airport Transfer: Moscow to Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO):
Private Airport Transfer: from Moscow to Vnukovo International Airport (VKO):
Moscow DME/SVO/VKO Airports Private Arrival/Departure Transfer:
Private transfer from the Moscow center hotel to Sheremetyevo Airport:
Moscow to Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO) - Departure Private Transfer:
Departure Private Transfer Moscow City to Moscow Train Station by Business Car:
Private Business Transfer from Vnukovo Airport (VKO) to Moscow City Center:
Is it cheaper to fly into Moscow or Balaton Lake?
Prices for flights to both Balaton Lake 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.
In Moscow, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $16 per person, per day.
Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $20 per person, per day in Balaton Lake. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.
Typical Entertainment prices in Moscow
Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Moscow's activities, tours, and tickets:
Kremlin Entry (2)
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:
Admission ticket to Kolomenskoye Historical and Architectural Museum and Reserve:
Tsaritsyno Museum entrance ticket:
Admission ticket to the The Museum of Cosmonautics:
The Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center Admission Ticket:
Admission ticket to the State Museum of GULAG's History, Moscow:
The Museum of Victory Admission Ticket:
Admission ticket to the Tochka-G Museum of Erotic Art, Moscow:
Admission ticket to Gallery of the European and American XIX-XX centuries art:
Tretyakov Gallery Admission Ticket:
Admission ticket to the New Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow:
1-hour scenic Moscow River Cruise:
Typically, people visiting Moscow spend on average $7.82 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
The average person spends about $8.62 on alcoholic beverages in Balaton Lake per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.
Sample the Local Flavors in Moscow
Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Moscow:
Pub Crawl Moscow Guided Tour in Classic Soviet Van:
Private Wine Tour in Moscow with History, Architecture and Friendly Local Guide:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Moscow and Balaton Lake, we can see that Balaton Lake 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 Balaton Lake would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Balaton Lake than you might in Moscow.
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