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.

Which city 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 $77, while the average daily cost in Lisbon is $110. 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 Lisbon in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Moscow $48
    Lisbon $49
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Moscow $96
    Lisbon $98
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: Moscow Hotel Prices and Lisbon Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Moscow $7.48
    Lisbon $20
Typical Local Transportation prices in Moscow

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


  • Two Metro Passes
    $2.23

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Moscow

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

  • Yellow Drive - Vnukovo - Moscow - Vnukovo Transfers: $157
  • Yellow Drive - Domodedovo Airport Transfers: $135
  • Yellow Drive - Airport Transfers: $93
  • Ultra - Moscow Private Airport Transfer City Centre to Sheremetyevo Airport SVO: $9.41
  • Ultra - Moscow Private Airport Transfer - City Center to Domodedovo Intl Airport: $8.71
  • Transfer from Moscow to the Golden Ring (Ideal for Backpackers On a Shoestring!): $167
  • The Kremlin & Cathedrals Private Tour (with roundtrip transfer): $299
  • Sergiev Posad private tour with transfer from Moscow: $143
  • Round Trip Vnukovo Airport (VKO) Transfer to Moscow City Center: $58
  • Round Trip Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO) Transfer to Moscow City Center: $58
  • Round Trip Domodedovo Airport (DME) Transfer to Moscow City Center: $58
  • Private transfer from the Moscow center hotel to Sheremetyevo Airport: $34

Typical Local Transportation prices in Lisbon

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


  • Taxi Ride
    $6.77

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Lisbon

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

  • Óbidos Nazaré Alcobaça Batalha Fatima Private Transfer From Lisbon to Coimbra: $280
  • Transfers from/to Lisbon Airport to: Fátima Nazaré Alcobaça Óbidos Tomar Leiria: $203
  • Transfers from and to Lisbon-Algarve (Center Cities): $625
  • Transfer/Transport: $45
  • Transfer to Povoa do Varzim: $591
  • Transfer in Private Vehicle from Lisbon City to Airport: $18
  • Transfer in Private Minivan from Lisbon City to Airport: $22
  • Transfer in Lisbon: $50
  • Transfer from Sintra-Cascais to Lisbon Airport: $84
  • Transfer from Lisbon to Óbidos (And Vice Versa): $245
  • Transfer from Lisbon to Évora (And Vice Versa): $228
  • Transfer from Lisbon to Vilamoura or Quarteira: $398

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 $17
    Lisbon $35
Typical Food prices in Moscow

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


  • Lunch for Two
    $9.09
  • Lunch in the Center Market
    $4.96
  • Breakfast for 2
    $17

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 Lisbon

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


  • Coffee
    $2.60

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Lisbon

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

  • Virtual Portuguese Cooking Lesson: $31
  • Live Online Cooking Class from Pastel de Nata with Filipa: $39
  • Bohemian dinner party on a beautiful rooftop near the coast: $42
  • 2-Hour Pastel de Nata Cooking Class: $51
  • The magic of Pasteis de Nata cooking class in Lisbon: $53
  • Bitemojo Self Guided Food Tour New To Lisbon: $54
  • Withlocals Your Way: Lisbon Personalised Private Food Tour: $56
  • Pastel de Nata Cooking Class with Local Baker: $57
  • Private Groups: Pastel de Nata cooking class and tasting in Lisbon's pastry shop: $57
  • Authentic Portuguese dinner with a local chef: $58
  • Lisbon Food Tour: $62
  • Lisbon Old Town Food Tour by Sitway: $63

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Moscow $19
    Lisbon $20
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)
    $17

Tours and Activities in Moscow

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

  • "Moscow Versailles" Kuskovo estate Private Tour: $249
  • 'Communist Moscow' walking tour: $240
  • 1 Day City Tour in Moscow city: $300
  • 1-Day Tour of Moscow: $367
  • 1-day Moscow Tour (Top sights: Kremlin, Red Square, Arbat street, etc.): $357
  • 1-day Tour to Saint-Petersburg from Moscow (Hermitage Museum and Peterhof): $709
  • 1-day Tour to Saint-Petersburg from Moscow (Hermitage Museum and sights tour): $840
  • 1-hour scenic Moscow River Cruise: $18
  • 10-Day Climbing Tour to Elbrus Mountain the Highest in Europe: $1,649
  • 12-Day River Cruise on a 3-Star Ship from Moscow: $2,373
  • 14-Day River Cruise along the Volga from Moscow to Astrakhan: $3,029
  • 15-Day Altai Mountains Horse Riding Tour from Moscow: $2,201

Tours and Activities in Lisbon

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

  • Évora and Arraiolos - 8 Hour Private Tour: $183
  • Évora and Megaliths Full-Day Tour from Lisbon: $82
  • 10 Days Private Tour in Portugal from Lisbon: $2,476
  • 10 Hour Private Tour: Lisbon, Sintra, Cascais and Estoril Highlights: $213
  • 2 Day Street Art Private Tour from Lisbon: $933
  • 2 Days Private Tour In the Algarve from Lisbon: $682
  • 3 Days Private Tour In Lisbon: $639
  • 3 Days Private Tour In the Algarve from Lisbon: $886
  • 3 Days Private Tour. Wines and Gastronomy: $980
  • 3 days Escape in Upper Alentejo, away from the crowds , experience authenticy of POrtugal: $2,053
  • 3-Night Private Tour of Lisbon, Sintra, Cascais, Estoril, Sesimbra and Arrábida: $1,086
  • 3-Night Private Tour of Lisbon, Sintra, Cascais, Estoril, Óbidos, Nazaré and Fátima: $954

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Moscow $9.61
    Lisbon $15

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 Lisbon

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

  • 1-Hour Portuguese Wine Tasting Session: $22
  • 3-Hour Portuguese History & Flavors Food & Wine Tour: $30
  • Portuguese Wine Tasting and Cheese Lunch: $56
  • Christ the King and Arrábida Small-Group Tour with Wine Tasting from Lisbon: $58
  • Craft Beer, Port & Wine Tour: $68
  • Food & Wine Tasting Walking Tour: $75
  • Santuário Cristo Rei-Sesimbra-Castle Palmela-Bacalhoa Winery with wine tasting: $81
  • Full-Day Évora Wine Tour: $84
  • Wine Tasting in Lisbon: $87
  • Private Van Tour Arrabida and Wine Tasting: $89
  • Wine tasting Private Day Tour ARRABIDA: $92
  • Van Private Tour Arrábida Wine Tour: $96


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.


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 city activities, the music scene, and the family-friendly experiences.

In July, Moscow is generally cooler than Lisbon. Temperatures in Moscow average around 19°C (67°F), and Lisbon stays 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 temperature in Moscow is usually 6°C (43°F) in October, and Lisbon stays 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 are around -8°C (17°F), and Lisbon is 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 activities around the city and the natural beauty.

In April, Moscow is generally much colder than Lisbon. Temperatures in Moscow average around 7°C (45°F), and Lisbon stays 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)


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