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

Should you visit Moscow or Budapest?

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 Budapest. 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 Budapest?

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.

Budapest

Budapest is the capital city of Hungary. It has been called the "Paris of the East" because of its impressive architecture and general beauty. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage List in 1987 because of its cultural importance, its location on the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrassy Avenue. In addition to its rich history, Budapest still has a young vibe with a lot of energy. There's an active night life, an impressive music scene, and a good reputation with European youth.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Budapest, and The Best 10-Day Tours from Budapest.


Which place is cheaper, Budapest or Moscow?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Moscow is $63, while the average daily cost in Budapest is $93. 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 destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Moscow and Budapest in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Moscow $40
    Budapest $51
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Moscow $80
    Budapest $102
Compare Hotels in Moscow and Budapest

Looking for a hotel in Moscow or Budapest? 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 Budapest


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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: Budapest Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Moscow $6.18
    Budapest $11
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Moscow

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


  • Two Metro Passes
    $1.47

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Moscow

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

  • Private Transfer from Pekanbaru Airport (PKU) to Suka Mulia: $170
  • Private Transfer from Singkarak to Padang Airport (PDG): $170
  • Private Transfer from Balai Batu Sadara to Padang Airport (PDG): $170
  • Private Transfer from Tanjung Alam to Padang Airport (PDG): $135
  • Private Transfer from Nagari Sikucur to Padang Airport (PDG): $135
  • Private Transfer from Solok to Padang Airport (PDG): $135
  • Private Transfer from Nagari Sungai Asam to Padang Airport (PDG): $135
  • Private Transfer from Talang Jambe to Palembang Airport (PLM): $94
  • Private Transfer from Palembang Airport (PLM) to Bukit Baru: $94
  • Private Transfer from Duku to Palembang Airport (PLM): $94
  • Private Transfer from Palembang to Palembang Airport (PLM): $94
  • Private Transfer from Umban Sari to Pekanbaru Airport (PKU): $51

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Budapest

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


  • Short Taxi Ride
    $7.20
  • Metro Pass
    $3.95

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Budapest

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

  • Try find your better than us! Airport transfer service in Budapest HTL-APT (BUD): $57
  • Transfer from Vienna to Budapest: $716
  • Transfer City to Airport: $18
  • Transfer Airport to City: $18
  • T72 Tank Driving with Hummer Transfer: $1,638
  • Private transfer from Budapest to Zagreb: $944
  • Private transfer from Budapest to Vienna: $597
  • Private transfer from Budapest to Prague: $1,074
  • Private transfer between Budapest and Vienna: $477
  • Private Transfer: Budapest to Budapest International Airport (BUD): $44
  • Private Transfer from Budapest to Zagreb with 2 hours for sightseeing: $270
  • Private Transfer from Budapest to Zadar, Hotel-to-hotel, English-speaking driver: $286

Is it cheaper to fly into Moscow or Budapest?

Prices for flights to both Budapest 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 $14
    Budapest $24
Typical Food Prices in Moscow

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


  • Lunch for Two
    $6.00
  • Lunch in the Center Market
    $3.27
  • Breakfast for 2
    $11

Typical Food Prices in Budapest

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


  • Lunch
    $3.52

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Budapest

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

  • Traveling Spoon Hungarian Goulash Private Online Cooking Class: $40
  • Downtown Budapest Cruise with Pizza and Beer: $45
  • Pizza & Beer Downtown Budapest Cruise: $46
  • Medieval Dinner Show with Drinks: $53
  • Vegan Hungarian Food Tour (full meals): $53
  • Vegan Hungarian Food Tour / Local delights: $57
  • Private Street Food Tour: $60
  • Danube Cruise with Hungarian Dinner and Live Music: $75
  • Budapest Danube Cruise with Buffet Dinner, Performances and Music: $76
  • Evening Cruise and Dinner with Champagne: $87
  • Lángos (Hungary’s nr1 streetfood) cooking class: $88
  • Candlelit Dinner River Cruise with Live Music: $92

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Moscow $16
    Budapest $23
Typical Entertainment Prices in Moscow

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


  • Theater Tickets
    $13
  • Kremlin Entry (2)
    $11

Tours and Activities in Moscow

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

  • 2-Hour Private Guided Walking Tour in Bengkulu: $144
  • Custom Private Tour in Palembang with English Speaking Driver: $85

Typical Entertainment Prices in Budapest

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


  • Entrance to the Baths for Two
    $7.06

Tours and Activities in Budapest

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

  • Private Budapest city tour with a daytime Danube river cruise: $243
  • 1.5 Hour Budapest Segway Tour - To The Castle Area : $50
  • 2 Hour Budapest Market and Tasting Tour: $57
  • 2 Hours Buda Castle Walking Tour - Walk with a Historian: $40
  • 2 Hours Budapest Walking Tour with A Private Guide: $131
  • 2-Hour Private Budapest Castle Walking Tour: $128
  • 22 Dog-statues in Budapest - an unusual tour: $26
  • 22 Dog-statues in Budapest - an unusual tour: $28
  • 3 Cocktail Cruise Budapest : $39
  • 3-Hour Budapest E-Bike Adventure!: $50
  • 3-Hour Orientation Walking Tour of Buda and Pest: $38
  • 3-Hour Private Tour of Budapest: $27

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Moscow $7.94
    Budapest $19

Sample the Local Flavors in Budapest

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

  • 5-Hour Pub Crawl through Ruin Bars: $22
  • Private, Personalized Pub Crawl, 5 drinks included: $22
  • Ultimate Budapest Pub Crawl: $23
  • Bingo Bar Crawl: $25
  • Budapest Original Ruin Pub Crawl Including 5 Shots: $28
  • Ruin Bar Pub Crawl with Entry Tickets: $29
  • Detective Pub Crawl Game by App: $39
  • Drunken History Bar Crawl Tour with Local Drinks: $42
  • Tipsy Tour Fun Bar Crawl with a Local Guide: $42
  • Drunken History Ruin Pub Walking Tour: $43
  • Tipsy Ruin Pub Crawl Tour with 4 Drinks Included: $43
  • 8-Tier Hungarian Wine Tasting in a Cozy Downtown Wine Bar: $48


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

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Moscow Expensive? and Is Budapest Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Moscow or Budapest?

Moscow has a larger population, and is about 6 times larger than the population of Budapest. When comparing the sizes of Moscow and Budapest, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.


When is the best time to visit Moscow or Budapest?

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 Moscow or Budapest in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Moscow and Budapest. Furthermore, many visitors come to Budapest in the summer for the city activities and the family-friendly experiences.

In the summer, Moscow is around the same temperature as Budapest. Typically, the summer temperatures in Moscow in July average around 19°C (67°F), and Budapest averages at about 21°C (70°F).

In July, Moscow usually receives more rain than Budapest. Moscow gets 92 mm (3.6 in) of rain, while Budapest receives 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Moscow 19°C (67°F) 
    Budapest 21°C (70°F)

Should I visit Moscow or Budapest in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Moscow as well as Budapest. Additionally, most visitors come to Budapest for the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area during these months.

In October, Moscow is generally much colder than Budapest. Daily temperatures in Moscow average around 6°C (43°F), and Budapest fluctuates around 12°C (53°F).

Moscow usually gets more rain in October than Budapest. Moscow gets 58 mm (2.3 in) of rain, while Budapest receives 34 mm (1.3 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Moscow 6°C (43°F) 
    Budapest 12°C (53°F)

Should I visit Moscow or Budapest in the Winter?

Both Budapest and Moscow are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities. Also, the winter months attract visitors to Budapest because of the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

The weather in Budapest can be very cold. Moscow can be very cold during winter. Moscow is much colder than Budapest in the winter. The daily temperature in Moscow averages around -8°C (17°F) in January, and Budapest fluctuates around -1°C (31°F).

In January, Moscow usually receives around the same amount of rain as Budapest. Moscow gets 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain, while Budapest receives 42 mm (1.7 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Moscow -8°C (17°F) 
    Budapest -1°C (31°F)

Should I visit Moscow or Budapest in the Spring?

Both Budapest and Moscow during the spring are popular places to visit. Also, the activities around the city and the natural beauty are the main draw to Budapest this time of year.

In the spring, Moscow is much colder than Budapest. Typically, the spring temperatures in Moscow in April average around 7°C (45°F), and Budapest averages at about 12°C (53°F).

Moscow usually gets around the same amount of rain in April as Budapest. Moscow gets 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain, while Budapest receives 42 mm (1.7 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Moscow 7°C (45°F) 
    Budapest 12°C (53°F)

Typical Weather for Budapest and Moscow

Moscow Budapest
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan -8°C (17°F) 45 mm (1.8 in) -1°C (31°F) 42 mm (1.7 in)
Feb -7°C (20°F) 37 mm (1.5 in) 2°C (35°F) 39 mm (1.5 in)
Mar -1°C (30°F) 34 mm (1.3 in) 7°C (44°F) 35 mm (1.4 in)
Apr 7°C (45°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 12°C (53°F) 42 mm (1.7 in)
May 14°C (57°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 16°C (62°F) 62 mm (2.4 in)
Jun 18°C (64°F) 76 mm (3 in) 20°C (67°F) 69 mm (2.7 in)
Jul 19°C (67°F) 92 mm (3.6 in) 21°C (70°F) 45 mm (1.8 in)
Aug 18°C (64°F) 74 mm (2.9 in) 21°C (69°F) 56 mm (2.2 in)
Sep 12°C (54°F) 64 mm (2.5 in) 17°C (63°F) 39 mm (1.5 in)
Oct 6°C (43°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 12°C (53°F) 34 mm (1.3 in)
Nov -0°C (32°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 6°C (42°F) 59 mm (2.3 in)
Dec -5°C (23°F) 52 mm (2 in) 1°C (34°F) 48 mm (1.9 in)