Should you visit Moscow or Lucerne?
Which city should you visit? Read on to compare 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. So, let's dig into it.
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 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.
Which city 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 $170. 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. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Moscow and Lucerne in more detail.
For a normal double-occupancy room in Moscow, $80 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Moscow, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is $40, such as in a hostel.
For a normal double-occupancy room in Lucerne, $218 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Lucerne, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is $109, such as in a hostel.
On average, meal and food prices in Moscow cost around $14 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around $5.60.
While meal prices in Lucerne can vary, the average travelers spends about $50 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Lucerne should cost around $20 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Lucerne is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.
Meals for one day
Typical Food prices in Moscow
For Moscow, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:
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:
Moscow Food Tour:
An evening at the monastery with dinner:
Traditional Russian Cooking Class and Meal in Moscow with a Friendly Local:
Private Market Tour and Traditional Russian Cooking Class in Moscow:
Traditional Russian Cooking Class and Meal in a Local Home in Moscow:
Moscow Metro and Russian Dinner Private tour:
Moscow River Cruise with Dinner and Lively Firework with a Private Guide:
Private food tour: Russian culinary culture:
Moscow Yummy Food tour:
Red Square and River Cruise with Dinner Private Tour:
To get around in Moscow, the average visitor spends $6.19 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.
Lucerne's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend $9.96 per person, per day on transportation in Lucerne.
Typical Local Transportation prices in Moscow
Some typical examples of transportation costs in Moscow are as follows:
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):
The Kremlin & Cathedrals Private Tour (with roundtrip transfer):
Transfer from Moscow to the Golden Ring (Ideal for Backpackers On a Shoestring!):
Yellow Drive - Vnukovo - Moscow - Vnukovo Transfers:
Sergiev Posad private tour with transfer from Moscow:
Yellow Drive - Domodedovo Airport Transfers:
Moscow Airport Transfers : Moscow City to Domodedovo Airport DME in Luxury Car:
Moscow Airport Transfers : Moscow City to Sheremetyevo Airport SVO in Luxury Car:
Moscow Airport Transfers : Vnukovo Airport VKO to Moscow City in Luxury Car:
Moscow Airport Transfers : Moscow City to Vnukovo Airport VKO in Luxury Car:
Moscow Airport Transfers : Moscow City to Domodedovo Airport DME in Business Car:
Arrival Private Transfer Moscow Domodedovo DME to Moscow City by Luxury Car:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Lucerne
Also for Lucerne, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Zurich Airport Transfers : Lucerne City to Zurich Airport ZRH in Luxury Van:
Zurich Airport Transfers : Lucerne City to Zurich Airport ZRH in Business Car:
ZRH Airport - Lucern City (Transfer Service):
Transfers Zurich Airport - Lucerne:
Private transfer from Lucerne City to Zurich Airport:
Private transfer from Lucerne City to Lucerne Train Station:
Private Transfer from Lucerne City to interlaken City:
Departure Private Transfer Lucerne-Basel-Bern to Zurich Airport by Luxury Van:
Departure Private Transfer Lucerne-Basel-Bern to Zurich Airport by Business Car:
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.
In Moscow, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $16 per person, per day.
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Lucerne can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $27 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
Typical Entertainment prices in Moscow
Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Moscow's activities, tours, and tickets:
Kremlin Entry (2)
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:
'Communist Moscow' walking tour:
1 Day City Tour in Moscow city:
1-day Moscow Tour (Top sights: Kremlin, Red Square, Arbat street, etc.):
1-day Tour to Saint-Petersburg from Moscow (Hermitage Museum and Peterhof):
1-day Tour to Saint-Petersburg from Moscow (Hermitage Museum and sights tour):
1-hour scenic Moscow River Cruise:
10-Day Climbing Tour to Elbrus Mountain the Highest in Europe:
12-Day River Cruise on a 3-Star Ship from Moscow:
14-Day River Cruise along the Volga from Moscow to Astrakhan:
15-Day Altai Mountains Horse Riding Tour from Moscow:
15-day Trekking Tour in Siberia Altai Mountains:
Typical Entertainment prices in Lucerne
For Lucerne, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:
Tours and Activities in Lucerne
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Lucerne.
3 Days Swiss Alpine Rails and Trails Tour:
5 day Private Tour of Central Switzerland including Luzern, Grindelwald & Zurich:
ALL TRANSPORT INCLUSIVE Mt. Pilatus Guided Golden Roundtrip Tour:
Appenzell and Liechtenstein Tour from Luzern:
Artisan Cheesemaking and Chocolate factory with Tasting Private Tour from Luzern:
Artisan Cheesemaking and Tasting Private Tour from Lucerne:
Chocolate World Experience and Tasting Private Tour from Luzern:
Glacier Express Panoramic Train Round Trip in one Day Private Tour from Luzern:
Golden Round Trip from Mt. Pilatus Self-Guided Tour:
Grindelwald Adventure Tour with Cliff walk & Bachalpsee hiking tour from Lucerne:
Jungfraujoch Top of Europe Private Photo Tour from Lucerne:
Jungfraujoch Top of Europe Private Tour from Luzern:
Typically, people visiting Moscow spend on average $7.95 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Lucerne, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $17.
Sample the Local Flavors in Moscow
Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Moscow:
Pub Crawl Moscow Guided Tour in Classic Soviet Van:
Private Wine Tour in Moscow with History, Architecture and Friendly Local Guide:
Sample the Local Flavors in Lucerne
Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Lucerne:
Chocolate, Cheese and Wine Tour in Luzern region:
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.
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