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

Should you visit Moscow or Lucerne?

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 Lucerne. 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 Lucerne?

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.

Lucerne

Lucerne is a relatively small city in the center of Switzerland. It is located across the lake from Altdorf and it has a thriving tourism industry. It's close proximity to many of the major sights in the country make it a great base for exploration. Many people use it as a jumping off point for exploring Mount Rigi and the Rutli Meadow.

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


Which place is cheaper, Lucerne 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 Lucerne is $216. 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 Lucerne in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Moscow $40
    Lucerne $138
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Moscow $80
    Lucerne $276
Compare Hotels in Moscow and Lucerne

Looking for a hotel in Moscow or Lucerne? 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 Lucerne


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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: Lucerne Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Moscow $6.18
    Lucerne $13
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 Singkarak to Padang Airport (PDG): $170
  • Private Transfer from Balai Batu Sadara to Padang Airport (PDG): $170
  • Private Transfer from Nagari Sungai Asam to Padang Airport (PDG): $136
  • Private Transfer from Palembang Airport (PLM) to Talang Jambe: $94
  • Private Transfer from Palembang Airport (PLM) to Bukit Baru: $94
  • Private Transfer from Bukit Baru to Palembang Airport (PLM): $94
  • Private Transfer from Karya Baru to Palembang Airport (PLM): $94
  • Private Transfer from Palembang Airport (PLM) to Karya Baru: $94
  • Private Transfer from Palembang Airport (PLM) to Sei Selayur: $94
  • Private Transfer from Kebun Bunga to Palembang Airport (PLM): $94
  • Private Transfer from Palembang Airport (PLM) to 8 ILIR: $94
  • Private Transfer from Kelurahan Sail to Pekanbaru Airport (PKU): $69

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Lucerne

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

  • Zurich Airport (ZRH) to Bad Ragaz Resorts - Round-Trip Transfer: $251
  • Rafting in Interlaken with Return Transfer from Lucerne: $259
  • Private Transfer from Lucerne to Zurich English Speaking Driver: $136
  • Private Transfer from Lucerne to Zurich Airport: $286
  • Private Transfer between Lucerne & Grindelwald/Lauterbrunnen: $325
  • Private transfer from Zurich airport to Lucerne: $550
  • LAUTERBRUNNEN Private Transfer from Zurich Airport: $726
  • INTERLAKEN Private Transfer from Zurich Airport: $748
  • From Canyoning in Interlaken w/ Return Transfer: $259
  • Bad Ragaz Resorts to Zurich Airport ZRH - Departure Transfer: $126

Is it cheaper to fly into Moscow or Lucerne?

Prices for flights to both Lucerne 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
    Lucerne $63
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

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Lucerne

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

  • Lake Candlelight Dinner Cruise: $142
  • From Zurich: 2-Day Mt.Titlis including 4-course dinner: $495

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Moscow $16
    Lucerne $34
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

Typical Entertainment Prices in Lucerne

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


  • 1 Day Bicycle Rental
    $34
  • The Swiss Transport Museum Entrance Fee
    $35

Tours and Activities in Lucerne

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

  • A Wonderful Christmas Tour in Lucerne: $542
  • A Wonderful Christmas Tour in Lucerne: $279
  • Alpine Majesty: Private Tour to Mount Titlis from Luzern: $567
  • Alpine Majesty:Luzern to Jungfraujoch Exclusive Private Tour: $826
  • Basel: Swiss Alps Glacier Express Train Ride & Lucerne Tour: $765
  • Burgenstock Private Tour: Mt. Rigis & Lake of Lucerne Cruise: $589
  • Day Trip from Grindelwald First Mountain Adventure: $175
  • Day Trip to Swiss Villages from Lucerne - Small Group tour by Car: $202
  • Early morning tour: $213
  • Fish and Grill - Private Fishing Adventure with BBQ Experience: $84
  • From Mt. Pilatus and Lake Lucerne Private Tour: $618
  • From Mt. Pilatus and Lake Lucerne Small-Group Tour: $232

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Moscow $7.94
    Lucerne $22

Sample the Local Flavors in Lucerne

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

  • 3 Hour Unique Wine Tour - Half Day in Swiss Alps: $168
  • Lake Lucerne Region Wine Tasting: $275


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


Which is Bigger, Moscow or Lucerne?

Moscow has a larger population, and is about 180 times larger than the population of Lucerne. When comparing the sizes of Moscow and Lucerne, 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 Lucerne?

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 Lucerne in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Moscow and Lucerne. Furthermore, the city activities and the family-friendly experiences are the main draw to Lucerne this time of year.

In July, Moscow is generally around the same temperature as Lucerne. Daily temperatures in Moscow average around 19°C (67°F), and Lucerne fluctuates around 21°C (70°F).

In July, Moscow usually receives around the same amount of rain as Lucerne. Moscow gets 92 mm (3.6 in) of rain, while Lucerne receives 89 mm (3.5 in) of rain each month for the summer.


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

Should I visit Moscow or Lucerne in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Moscow as well as Lucerne. Additionally, many travelers come to Lucerne for the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area.

Moscow is much colder than Lucerne in the autumn. The daily temperature in Moscow averages around 6°C (43°F) in October, and Lucerne fluctuates around 13°C (56°F).

Moscow usually gets less rain in October than Lucerne. Moscow gets 58 mm (2.3 in) of rain, while Lucerne receives 70 mm (2.8 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Moscow 6°C (43°F) 
    Lucerne 13°C (56°F)

Should I visit Moscow or Lucerne in the Winter?

Both Lucerne and Moscow are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities. Also, many visitors come to Lucerne in the winter for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

Lucerne can get quite cold in the winter. Be prepared for some very cold days in Moscow. In the winter, Moscow is much colder than Lucerne. Typically, the winter temperatures in Moscow in January average around -8°C (17°F), and Lucerne averages at about 3°C (37°F).

In January, Moscow usually receives less rain than Lucerne. Moscow gets 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain, while Lucerne receives 77 mm (3 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Moscow -8°C (17°F) 
    Lucerne 3°C (37°F)

Should I visit Moscow or Lucerne in the Spring?

Both Lucerne and Moscow during the spring are popular places to visit. Also, most visitors come to Lucerne for the activities around the city and the natural beauty during these months.

In April, Moscow is generally much colder than Lucerne. Daily temperatures in Moscow average around 7°C (45°F), and Lucerne fluctuates around 12°C (53°F).

Moscow usually gets less rain in April than Lucerne. Moscow gets 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain, while Lucerne receives 79 mm (3.1 in) of rain this time of the year.


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

Typical Weather for Lucerne and Moscow

Moscow Lucerne
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan -8°C (17°F) 45 mm (1.8 in) 3°C (37°F) 77 mm (3 in)
Feb -7°C (20°F) 37 mm (1.5 in) 5°C (40°F) 70 mm (2.8 in)
Mar -1°C (30°F) 34 mm (1.3 in) 8°C (46°F) 72 mm (2.8 in)
Apr 7°C (45°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 12°C (53°F) 79 mm (3.1 in)
May 14°C (57°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 16°C (60°F) 101 mm (4 in)
Jun 18°C (64°F) 76 mm (3 in) 19°C (66°F) 100 mm (3.9 in)
Jul 19°C (67°F) 92 mm (3.6 in) 21°C (70°F) 89 mm (3.5 in)
Aug 18°C (64°F) 74 mm (2.9 in) 21°C (69°F) 104 mm (4.1 in)
Sep 12°C (54°F) 64 mm (2.5 in) 18°C (64°F) 79 mm (3.1 in)
Oct 6°C (43°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 13°C (56°F) 70 mm (2.8 in)
Nov -0°C (32°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 7°C (45°F) 82 mm (3.2 in)
Dec -5°C (23°F) 52 mm (2 in) 4°C (39°F) 83 mm (3.3 in)