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

Should you visit Moscow or London?

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 London. 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 London?

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.

London

The capital of the United Kingdom is a thriving multicultural metropolis. Steeped in iconic landmarks, world-class museums and royal parks, London is energetic, majestic, ambitious and one of the world's greatest cities. London is a cultural and fashion capital, a great place to go out, an amazing place to eat and one of those cities that is constantly changing with new and exciting things sprouting up almost every day. History and tradition greet you at every turn in the UK's capital. London is also a city with an edgy underbelly, delighting in neon pink dive bars, cheeky graffiti and mind-blowing street food. When you need a break from the action, pop into a pub or relax in one of the city's many parks. Blow through the city on a double-decker bus, and take a pinch-me-I'm-in-London walk through the West End. As one of the most visited cities in the world, London is busy, vibrant and very tourist friendly. The only problem with London is that it's very expensive; it can eat away at your budget if you aren't careful. Luckily, there are also tons of free or cheap things to do in London that can fill your time.

Which city is cheaper, London 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 London is $175. 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 London in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Moscow $48
    London $109
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Moscow $96
    London $218
Compare Hotels in Moscow and London

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Hotels in Moscow


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Our Analysis
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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Moscow $7.48
    London $25
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:

  • Private Tour to Russia's Largest Aviation Museum (with roundtrip train transfer): $398
  • The Kremlin & Cathedrals Private Tour (with roundtrip transfer): $299
  • Transfer from Moscow to the Golden Ring (Ideal for Backpackers On a Shoestring!): $167
  • Yellow Drive - Vnukovo - Moscow - Vnukovo Transfers: $157
  • Sergiev Posad private tour with transfer from Moscow: $143
  • Yellow Drive - Domodedovo Airport Transfers: $135
  • Moscow Airport Transfers : Moscow City to Domodedovo Airport DME in Luxury Car: $134
  • Moscow Airport Transfers : Moscow City to Sheremetyevo Airport SVO in Luxury Car: $133
  • Moscow Airport Transfers : Vnukovo Airport VKO to Moscow City in Luxury Car: $133
  • Moscow Airport Transfers : Moscow City to Vnukovo Airport VKO in Luxury Car: $126
  • Moscow Airport Transfers : Moscow City to Domodedovo Airport DME in Business Car: $125
  • Arrival Private Transfer Moscow Domodedovo DME to Moscow City by Luxury Car: $124

Typical Local Transportation prices in London

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


  • Taxi Ride
    $18
  • Heathrow Express
    $22
  • Luggage Storage
    $9.67
  • London Map
    $1.56
  • Oyster Card
    $43
  • Train to Gatwick Airport (2)
    $26
  • Oyster Card
    $33

Hired Cars and Shuttles in London

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

  • private transfers from London to Heathrow airport: $167
  • private transfer shopping trip from London to Bicester village wr (8 hours): $745
  • private transfer from central london to city airport: $186
  • Warner Bros Studio Private Executive return Transfer from London: $214
  • VIP Departure Transfer from London Center to Heathrow Airport: $113
  • Ultra - London Private Airport Transfer from City Centre to Heathrow Airport LHR: $8.71
  • Ultra - London Airport Transfer from City Centre to London Gatwick Airport LGW: $8.71
  • Transfer to the Cruise ports from your London accommodation: $67
  • Transfer in private vehicle from London City to London Airport (LHR): $51
  • Transfer in private vehicle from London City Center to Heathrow Airport: $56
  • Transfer in private car from London City to London-Gatwick Airport (LGW): $68
  • Transfer in Private Vehicle from London City Center to Gatwick Airport: $73

Is it cheaper to fly into Moscow or London?

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Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Moscow $17
    London $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 London

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


  • Lunch at Starbucks
    $16
  • Tea
    $7.25
  • Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason
    $47
  • Morning Tea
    $7.68
  • Pastry
    $6.05
  • Sushi Dinner for One
    $22

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in London

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

  • Traveling Spoon Nepalese Momos Private Online Cooking Class: $27
  • Private Cooking Class with a London Cookbook Author: $87
  • BYOB Pizza Workshop Supper Club: $91
  • Private Cooking Class in Central London with a Food Expert: $150
  • South London Food Tour With A Local: Borough Market, Southbank & London Bridge: $150
  • Borough Market Visit & Cooking Class in Central London with a Food Professional: $164
  • 3.5-Hour Shoreditch Street Food Tour: $261
  • Private Food Tour, Cooking Class and Market Visit in London with a Food Expert: $315

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Moscow $19
    London $31
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

Typical Entertainment prices in London

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


  • Two Tickets to a Concert
    $100
  • London Symphony Orchestra
    $42
  • London Pass
    $57
  • Comedy Show
    $9.67

Tours and Activities in London

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

  • 'Cutty Sark' Entrance Ticket: $21
  • 'The Crown' Film Locations Private Car Tour: $370
  • 007 James Bond's London Private Half Day Tour: $690
  • 007 James Bond's London Private Half Day Tour: $690
  • 1066 Battle of Hastings Private Tour: $435
  • 1066 Battle of Hastings, Birling Gap and Seven Sisters Tour: $2,005
  • 1066 Battle of Hastings, Birling Gap and Seven Sisters Tour: $2,005
  • 12 Angry Guests: The Online Jury Experience: $11
  • 3-Day Devon and Cornwall Small-Group Tour: In Search of King Arthur: $743
  • 3-Day Tour from Stonehenge, Glastonbury, Bath and the South West Coast: $851
  • 3.5-Hour Small-Group Food Tasting Tour of Royal London: $98
  • 4 HR Private Tour Churchill War Rooms and Kensington Palace (Private Guide): $844

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Moscow $9.61
    London $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 London

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

  • The Original Shoreditch Pub Crawl: $27
  • Camden Pub Crawl with Drinks: $27
  • Sipsmith Distillery Tour and Complimentary Tasting: $35
  • Private:Brewery, Winery, and Cider & Spirit Tastings Tour in SW Ontario: $101
  • Gin Palace Crawl with Distillery Tour & Tastings: $107
  • English Sparkling Wine Tours from London: $392
  • Private London Pub History and Brewery (Full Day Tour): $621
  • Private visit to Bombay Sapphire Distillery and Stonehenge: $851


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


When is the best time to visit Moscow or London?

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 London in the Summer?

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

In July, Moscow is generally around the same temperature as London. Temperatures in Moscow average around 19°C (67°F), and London stays around 18°C (64°F).

In July, Moscow usually receives more rain than London. Moscow gets 92 mm (3.6 in) of rain, while London receives 46 mm (1.8 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Moscow 19°C (67°F) 
    London 18°C (64°F)

Should I visit Moscow or London in the Autumn?

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

Moscow is much colder than London in the autumn. The temperature in Moscow is usually 6°C (43°F) in October, and London stays around 12°C (53°F).

Moscow usually gets around the same amount of rain in October as London. Moscow gets 58 mm (2.3 in) of rain, while London receives 58 mm (2.3 in) of rain this time of the year.


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

Should I visit Moscow or London in the Winter?

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

The weather in London can be very cold. Moscow can be very cold during winter. In the winter, Moscow is much colder than London. Typically, the winter temperatures in Moscow in January are around -8°C (17°F), and London is about 4°C (40°F).

In January, Moscow usually receives less rain than London. Moscow gets 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain, while London receives 52 mm (2 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Moscow -8°C (17°F) 
    London 4°C (40°F)

Should I visit Moscow or London in the Spring?

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

In April, Moscow is generally cooler than London. Temperatures in Moscow average around 7°C (45°F), and London stays around 9°C (48°F).

Moscow usually gets less rain in April than London. Moscow gets 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain, while London receives 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Moscow 7°C (45°F) 
    London 9°C (48°F)

Typical Weather for London and Moscow

Moscow London
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan -8°C (17°F) 45 mm (1.8 in) 4°C (40°F) 52 mm (2 in)
Feb -7°C (20°F) 37 mm (1.5 in) 5°C (40°F) 35 mm (1.4 in)
Mar -1°C (30°F) 34 mm (1.3 in) 7°C (44°F) 47 mm (1.9 in)
Apr 7°C (45°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 9°C (48°F) 45 mm (1.8 in)
May 14°C (57°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 13°C (55°F) 51 mm (2 in)
Jun 18°C (64°F) 76 mm (3 in) 16°C (61°F) 51 mm (2 in)
Jul 19°C (67°F) 92 mm (3.6 in) 18°C (64°F) 46 mm (1.8 in)
Aug 18°C (64°F) 74 mm (2.9 in) 18°C (64°F) 51 mm (2 in)
Sep 12°C (54°F) 64 mm (2.5 in) 15°C (59°F) 51 mm (2 in)
Oct 6°C (43°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 12°C (53°F) 58 mm (2.3 in)
Nov -0°C (32°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 7°C (45°F) 55 mm (2.2 in)
Dec -5°C (23°F) 52 mm (2 in) 5°C (42°F) 57 mm (2.2 in)


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