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

Should you visit Moscow or Munich?

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 Munich. 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 Munich?

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.

Munich

Munich is the capital city of Bavaria and a top travel destination within Germany. It has stunning architecture and a cultural scene that rivals Berlin. It has some of the country's top museums, festivals, and concerts. Munich is most famous for its Oktoberfest, which is easily the busiest time of year in the city. The architecture is what surprises most travelers. It's quite impressive and truly adds to the character of the city. Although much of Munich was destroyed during World War II, the city has successfully rebuilt most of the buildings in their previous style. Much of the city remains as it was in the 1800s. There are two major research universities in Munich, helping to make it a center for engineering, business, and the sciences.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Romantic Tours for Couples in Germany, and The Best Walking Tours in Germany.


Which place is cheaper, Munich 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 Munich is $161. 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 Munich in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Moscow $40
    Munich $97
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Moscow $80
    Munich $194
Compare Hotels in Moscow and Munich

Looking for a hotel in Moscow or Munich? 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 Munich


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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: Munich Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Moscow $6.18
    Munich $21
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 Balai Batu Sadara to Padang Airport (PDG): $170
  • Private Transfer from Cinta Raja to Pekanbaru Airport (PKU): $43
  • Private Transfer from Duku to Palembang Airport (PLM): $94
  • Private Transfer from Labuh Baru Barat to Pekanbaru Airport (PKU): $43
  • Private Transfer from Meranti Pandak to Pekanbaru Airport (PKU): $44
  • Private Transfer from Nagari Sikucur to Padang Airport (PDG): $135
  • Private Transfer from Nagari Sungai Asam to Padang Airport (PDG): $135
  • Private Transfer from Palembang Airport (PLM) to Bukit Baru: $94
  • Private Transfer from Palembang to Palembang Airport (PLM): $94
  • Private Transfer from Pekanbaru Airport (PKU) to Delima: $43
  • Private Transfer from Pekanbaru Airport (PKU) to Kampung Bandar: $43
  • Private Transfer from Pekanbaru Airport (PKU) to Kota Baru: $43

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Munich

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


  • Single Zone Trip on Subway
    $2.50
  • Inner District Subway Day Pass
    $5.66
  • City transport day ticket
    $12

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Munich

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Munich:

  • Try find your better than us ! Airport transfer service in Munich HTL-APT (MUC): $177
  • Try find your better than us ! Airport transfer service in Munich APT-HTL (MUC): $177
  • Transfer in private vehicle from Munich Airport (MUC)- Munich City: $74
  • Transfer from Munich to Linz: Private daytrip with 2 hours for sightseeing : $214
  • Shared Departure Transfer: Munich Central Station to Munich Airport: $14
  • Shared Arrival Transfer: Munich Airport to Munich Central Station: $14
  • Salzburg to Munich Transfer: $271
  • Private transfer from Munich to Vienna: $944
  • Private transfer from Munich to Prague: $716
  • Private arrival transfer Munich Airport to Munich Hotels: $248
  • Private Transfer: Munich to Munich International Airport (MUC): $117
  • Private Transfer- Munich to River Cruise Dock Nuremberg: Port / Harbor transport: $194

Is it cheaper to fly into Moscow or Munich?

Prices for flights to both Munich 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
    Munich $30
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 Munich

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Munich:


  • Bratwurst
    $5.44
  • Leberkässemmeln (Veal & Pork Sandwich)
    $2.12

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Munich

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Munich.

  • Hard Rock Cafe with Set Menu for Lunch or Dinner: $27
  • Hard Rock Cafe Munich with Set Lunch or Dinner : $29
  • 3-Hour Food Tour Through Haidhausen in GERMAN: $49
  • Private Salzburg History & Food Tour with Munich train add-on: $55
  • Food Tour Beer- 3 small beers & "Brotzeit" in GERMAN: $80
  • 6 gears dinner show menu: $101
  • Lunch Like a Local: Munich's ORIGINAL Viktualienmarkt Food Tour: $142
  • Private - Viktualienmarkt Food Tour and Beyond - best Munich tastings: $231
  • Munich Food Tour & Food Market with German Delicacies: $265
  • Salzburg Semi-Private Guided Day Tour from Munich with Dinner : $275

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Moscow $16
    Munich $31
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:

  • Custom Private Tour in Palembang with English Speaking Driver: $85
  • 2-Hour Private Guided Walking Tour in Bengkulu: $144
  • 2 Days Private Tour to See Bull Race and Raflesia Arnoldi Flower: $250

Typical Entertainment Prices in Munich

Here are a few typical costs in Munich for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


  • Schack Gallery Entrance
    $4.35
  • Munich Zoo Entrance
    $9.79
  • Pub Crawl Munich Tour
    $15
  • Neuschwanstein Castle (2)
    $26

Tours and Activities in Munich

Here are a few actual costs in Munich for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Access A tour for blind and partially sighted people: $99
  • 2 Hours VIP Private Segway Tour: $92
  • 2-hour Private Walking Tour in Munich: $216
  • 2-hour city tour by bike in Munich to the hotspots of the Isar metropolis: $40
  • 5 Top Churches in Munich Private Walking Tour : $212
  • 5 Top Churches in Munich Private Walking Tour : $212
  • A Tour inside Munich's Justizpalast: $24
  • Albert Einstein Private Walking Tour in Old Town Munich: $205
  • Andechs Monastery Beer Hike Food Experience Private Tour (departs Munich): $209
  • Art & Heritage: Walking Tour of Bavarian National Museum: $400
  • Bad Tölz Private Guided Walking Tour: $222
  • Bavarian Beer and Food Evening Tour in Munich: $68

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Moscow $7.94
    Munich $40

Typical Alcohol Prices in Munich

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Munich:


  • Hofbrauhaus
    $13

Sample the Local Flavors in Munich

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

  • Exclusive Brewery Tour & Tasting of 4 Organic Beers: $29
  • Munich's Original Pub Crawl: $31
  • English Guided Brewery Tour in Munich beertasting 4 beers: $38
  • Beer and Brewery Tour in Munich: $47
  • Cheese & Wine tasting: $97
  • The ORIGINAL Munich Christmas Market Festive Wine Tour -with food: $142
  • Private Wine Tasting Tour in Munich with a Wine Expert: $292
  • Bachelor(ette) Party with Pub Crawl: $407
  • Bachelor(ette) Party with Pub Crawl: $407


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


Which is Bigger, Moscow or Munich?

Moscow has a larger population, and is about 8 times larger than the population of Munich. When comparing the sizes of Moscow and Munich, 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 Munich?

Both places have a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. As both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Moscow or Munich in the Summer?

Both Munich and Moscow during the summer are popular places to visit. Furthermore, most visitors come to Munich for the city activities, the music scene, and the family-friendly experiences during these months.

In July, Moscow is generally around the same temperature as Munich. Daily temperatures in Moscow average around 19°C (67°F), and Munich fluctuates around 20°C (68°F).

Moscow usually gets more rain in July than Munich. Moscow gets 92 mm (3.6 in) of rain, while Munich receives 80 mm (3.1 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Moscow 19°C (67°F) 
    Munich 20°C (68°F)

Should I visit Moscow or Munich in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Moscow and Munich. Furthermore, the autumn months attract visitors to Munich because of the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the music scene.

Moscow is much colder than Munich in the autumn. The daily temperature in Moscow averages around 6°C (43°F) in October, and Munich fluctuates around 11°C (52°F).

In October, Moscow usually receives more rain than Munich. Moscow gets 58 mm (2.3 in) of rain, while Munich receives 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Moscow 6°C (43°F) 
    Munich 11°C (52°F)

Should I visit Moscow or Munich in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Moscow as well as Munich. Additionally, the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine are the main draw to Munich this time of year.

It's quite cold in Munich in the winter. The weather in Moscow can be very cold. In the winter, Moscow is much colder than Munich. Typically, the winter temperatures in Moscow in January average around -8°C (17°F), and Munich averages at about -1°C (31°F).

Moscow usually gets around the same amount of rain in January as Munich. Moscow gets 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain, while Munich receives 43 mm (1.7 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Moscow -8°C (17°F) 
    Munich -1°C (31°F)

Should I visit Moscow or Munich in the Spring?

Both Munich and Moscow are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities. Also, many travelers come to Munich for the activities around the city.

In April, Moscow is generally much colder than Munich. Daily temperatures in Moscow average around 7°C (45°F), and Munich fluctuates around 11°C (53°F).

In April, Moscow usually receives less rain than Munich. Moscow gets 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain, while Munich receives 48 mm (1.9 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Moscow 7°C (45°F) 
    Munich 11°C (53°F)

Typical Weather for Munich and Moscow

Moscow Munich
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan -8°C (17°F) 45 mm (1.8 in) -1°C (31°F) 43 mm (1.7 in)
Feb -7°C (20°F) 37 mm (1.5 in) 3°C (37°F) 41 mm (1.6 in)
Mar -1°C (30°F) 34 mm (1.3 in) 6°C (43°F) 42 mm (1.7 in)
Apr 7°C (45°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 11°C (53°F) 48 mm (1.9 in)
May 14°C (57°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 15°C (60°F) 66 mm (2.6 in)
Jun 18°C (64°F) 76 mm (3 in) 19°C (65°F) 88 mm (3.5 in)
Jul 19°C (67°F) 92 mm (3.6 in) 20°C (68°F) 80 mm (3.1 in)
Aug 18°C (64°F) 74 mm (2.9 in) 20°C (68°F) 78 mm (3.1 in)
Sep 12°C (54°F) 64 mm (2.5 in) 17°C (62°F) 60 mm (2.3 in)
Oct 6°C (43°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 11°C (52°F) 45 mm (1.8 in)
Nov -0°C (32°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 6°C (42°F) 52 mm (2.1 in)
Dec -5°C (23°F) 52 mm (2 in) 1°C (33°F) 49 mm (1.9 in)