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

Should you visit Moscow or Lisbon?

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 Lisbon. 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 Lisbon?

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.

Lisbon

Portugal's capital city of Lisbon continues to grow in popularity as a travel destination. The cultural scene has come to life in recent years and the city itself is stunningly beautiful. It sits on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean and is made up of hills that create a dramatic and scenic layout. The city has many white-bleached limestone buildings, narrow alleyways, and a laidback charm that appeals to visitors.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best One Week (7-Day) Tours in Portugal, and The Best 2-Week Tours in Portugal.


Which place is cheaper, Lisbon 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 Lisbon is $142. 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 Lisbon in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Moscow $40
    Lisbon $64
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Moscow $80
    Lisbon $128
Compare Hotels in Moscow and Lisbon

Looking for a hotel in Moscow or Lisbon? 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 Lisbon


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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: Lisbon Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Moscow $6.18
    Lisbon $26
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 Wonorejo to Pekanbaru Airport (PKU): $43
  • Private Transfer from Umban Sari to Pekanbaru Airport (PKU): $51
  • Private Transfer from Tengkerang Tengah to Pekanbaru Airport (PKU): $41
  • Private Transfer from Tanjung Alam to Padang Airport (PDG): $135
  • Private Transfer from Tangkerang Utara to Pekanbaru Airport (PKU): $43
  • Private Transfer from Tanah Datar to Pekanbaru Airport (PKU): $43
  • Private Transfer from Talang Jambe to Palembang Airport (PLM): $94
  • Private Transfer from Solok to Padang Airport (PDG): $135
  • Private Transfer from Singkarak to Padang Airport (PDG): $170
  • Private Transfer from Simpang Tiga to Pekanbaru Airport (PKU): $43
  • Private Transfer from Pekanbaru City to Pekanbaru Airport (PKU): $43
  • Private Transfer from Pekanbaru Airport (PKU) to Tengkerang Barat: $41

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Lisbon

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


  • Taxi Ride
    $7.07

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Lisbon

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

  • Try find your better than us ! Airport transfer service in Lisbon HTL-APT (LIS): $36
  • Try find your better than us ! Airport transfer service in Lisbon APT-HTL (LIS): $36
  • Transfers from/to Lisbon Airport to: Fátima / Nazaré / Alcobaça..: $266
  • Transfers from Lisbon airport and to Lisbon Airport: $121
  • Transfer: Airport to where you want: $49
  • Transfer to Sintra, Cascais, Estoril from Lisbon: $185
  • Transfer to Porto from Lisbon: $499
  • Transfer to Porto Covo from Lisbon: $256
  • Transfer to Nazaré from Lisbon: $236
  • Transfer to Lisbon from Lisbon Airport: $49
  • Transfer to Evora from Lisbon: $123
  • Transfer to Costa da Caparica from Lisbon: $55

Is it cheaper to fly into Moscow or Lisbon?

Prices for flights to both Lisbon 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
    Lisbon $46
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 Lisbon

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


  • Coffee
    $2.72

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Lisbon

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

  • Soirée Rivage - Sunset cruise with dinner and Party: $25
  • Tapas Food Tour: $38
  • Fado Show and Portuguese Dinner: $49
  • Lisbon Riverside Dinner with Tagus View: $49
  • Lisbon Food Tour: $54
  • Alfama Tour and Live Fado with Traditional Dinner: $54
  • 2-Hour Pastel de Nata Cooking Class: $54
  • Legendary Beer Dinner: $54
  • Pastel de Nata Cooking Class in Lisbon: $55
  • No Diet Club - Unique food tour in Lisbon with many Tastings: $63
  • Original Morning Food Tour: $64
  • Lisbon Tipsy Food Tour with Drinks and Food Included: $71

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Moscow $16
    Lisbon $26
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

Tours and Activities in Lisbon

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

  • 2-Hour Night Sailing Tour in Lisbon with a Drink: $55
  • Lisbon City Half-Day Private Tour : $287
  • Lisbon Essential Walking Tour: History, Stories and Lifestyle: $28
  • Lisbon Full Day Small Group City Tour: $72
  • Lisbon by Heart Private Walking Tour: $66
  • Private Walking Tour - Wandering Around Lisbon: $80
  • Saint George Castle Guided Tour from Lisbon: $34
  • Sintra or Cascais Half-day Private Tour - The real portuguese essence!: $121
  • The Heart of Lisbon- History & coffee experience: $66
  • from Sintra half-day sightseeing tour: $177
  • Évora & Arroiolos Small-Group Full Day Tour : $110
  • Évora Private Tour - Cork Factory and Wine Estate Included: $248

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Moscow $7.94
    Lisbon $20

Sample the Local Flavors in Lisbon

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Lisbon:

  • Pub Crawl with Unlimited Drinks and VIP Club Entry: $15
  • Pub Crawl with Open Bar, Shots, & VIP Club Entry: $17
  • Pub Crawl with Unlimited Drinks and VIP Club Entry: $17
  • Pub Crawl Lisbon - 1 Hour of Unlimited Beer and Sangria and more!: $19
  • Pub Crawl with Open Bar and VIP Club Entry: $20
  • 1-Hour Portuguese Wine Tasting Session: $21
  • Lisbon Pub Crawl: $21
  • Lisbon Pub Crawl: $22
  • Lisbon Wild Pub Crawl : $22
  • Pub Crawl Walking Tour with Shots and Drinking Games: $23
  • Beer Tasting in a Classic Brewery: $27
  • Halloween Haunts: Lisbon Pub Crawl Experience: $33


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


Which is Bigger, Moscow or Lisbon?

Moscow has a larger population, and is about 20 times larger than the population of Lisbon. When comparing the sizes of Moscow and Lisbon, 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 Lisbon?

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 Lisbon in the Summer?

Both Lisbon and Moscow are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities. Also, many travelers come to Lisbon for the beaches, the city activities, the music scene, and the family-friendly experiences.

In July, Moscow is generally cooler than Lisbon. Daily temperatures in Moscow average around 19°C (67°F), and Lisbon fluctuates around 23°C (73°F).

In July, Moscow usually receives more rain than Lisbon. Moscow gets 92 mm (3.6 in) of rain, while Lisbon receives 5 mm (0.2 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Moscow 19°C (67°F) 
    Lisbon 23°C (73°F)

Should I visit Moscow or Lisbon in the Autumn?

Both Lisbon and Moscow during the autumn are popular places to visit. Furthermore, many visitors come to Lisbon in the autumn for the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, the music scene, and the natural beauty of the area.

Moscow is much colder than Lisbon in the autumn. The daily temperature in Moscow averages around 6°C (43°F) in October, and Lisbon fluctuates around 19°C (66°F).

Moscow usually gets less rain in October than Lisbon. Moscow gets 58 mm (2.3 in) of rain, while Lisbon receives 80 mm (3.1 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Moscow 6°C (43°F) 
    Lisbon 19°C (66°F)

Should I visit Moscow or Lisbon in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Moscow and Lisbon. Furthermore, most visitors come to Lisbon for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine during these months.

Moscow can get quite cold in the winter. In the winter, Moscow is much colder than Lisbon. Typically, the winter temperatures in Moscow in January average around -8°C (17°F), and Lisbon averages at about 12°C (53°F).

Lisbon receives a lot of rain in the winter. In January, Moscow usually receives less rain than Lisbon. Moscow gets 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain, while Lisbon receives 110 mm (4.3 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Moscow -8°C (17°F) 
    Lisbon 12°C (53°F)

Should I visit Moscow or Lisbon in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Moscow as well as Lisbon. Additionally, the spring months attract visitors to Lisbon because of the beaches, the activities around the city, and the natural beauty.

In April, Moscow is generally much colder than Lisbon. Daily temperatures in Moscow average around 7°C (45°F), and Lisbon fluctuates around 16°C (60°F).

Moscow usually gets less rain in April than Lisbon. Moscow gets 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain, while Lisbon receives 64 mm (2.5 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Moscow 7°C (45°F) 
    Lisbon 16°C (60°F)

Typical Weather for Lisbon and Moscow

Moscow Lisbon
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan -8°C (17°F) 45 mm (1.8 in) 12°C (53°F) 110 mm (4.3 in)
Feb -7°C (20°F) 37 mm (1.5 in) 13°C (55°F) 111 mm (4.4 in)
Mar -1°C (30°F) 34 mm (1.3 in) 14°C (58°F) 69 mm (2.7 in)
Apr 7°C (45°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 16°C (60°F) 64 mm (2.5 in)
May 14°C (57°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 18°C (64°F) 39 mm (1.5 in)
Jun 18°C (64°F) 76 mm (3 in) 21°C (69°F) 21 mm (0.8 in)
Jul 19°C (67°F) 92 mm (3.6 in) 23°C (73°F) 5 mm (0.2 in)
Aug 18°C (64°F) 74 mm (2.9 in) 23°C (74°F) 6 mm (0.2 in)
Sep 12°C (54°F) 64 mm (2.5 in) 22°C (72°F) 26 mm (1 in)
Oct 6°C (43°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 19°C (66°F) 80 mm (3.1 in)
Nov -0°C (32°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 15°C (59°F) 114 mm (4.5 in)
Dec -5°C (23°F) 52 mm (2 in) 12°C (54°F) 108 mm (4.3 in)