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

Should you visit Moscow or Paris?

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 Paris. 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 Paris?

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.

Paris

Paris is a dream destination for many people. It's location on the river Seine contributes to its stunning beauty and you can spend many days wandering through its wonderfully diverse neighborhoods. It's known as a city of culture, fashion, food and fun. There is never a shortage of entertainment and activities around town and a highlight of many people's trips to Paris is to explore the city at night, when it truly comes to life. It is not hard to see why this city has received the nickname as the "City of Lights."

Which city is cheaper, Paris 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 Paris is $191. 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 Paris in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Moscow $48
    Paris $126
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Moscow $96
    Paris $252
Compare Hotels in Moscow and Paris

Looking for a hotel in Moscow or Paris? 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 Paris


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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 Paris Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Moscow $7.48
    Paris $18
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 Paris

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


  • Metro
    $6.67
  • Train from Airport
    $9.37
  • Metro tickets
    $7.08
  • Train
    $21

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Paris

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

  • Your private transfer from Disneyland to Paris: $53
  • Versailles Guided Tour Including Priority Access & Hotel Transfer from Paris: $159
  • VIP Airport Transfer between Orly Airport & Paris Hotel: $90
  • Ultra - Private Transfer from Paris to Giverny to visit Claude Monet's Garden: $9.57
  • Ultra - Paris Airport Transfer from City Centre to Charles de Gaulle Airport CDG: $94
  • Transfert from Paris To Airport Roissy Charles De Gaulle: $120
  • Transfer in private vehicle from Paris City to Paris Orly Airport: $44
  • Transfer in private vehicle from Paris City to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport: $46
  • Transfer from Paris to Geneva or from Geneva to Paris: $1,431
  • Transfer from Paris to Beauvais Airport: $112
  • Transfer from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris - ROUND TRIP: $189
  • Transfer from Paris (any hotel) to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport: $96

Is it cheaper to fly into Moscow or Paris?

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Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Moscow $17
    Paris $32
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 Paris

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


  • Ice Cream
    $8.33
  • Breakfast
    $7.29
  • Breakfast for 2
    $31
  • Dinner on River Cruise
    $90
  • Dinner
    $59
  • Cheese
    $14

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Paris

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

  • Paris en Scene Boat 3-Course Dinner Cruise: $49
  • Paris River Seine Lunch or Dinner Cruise: $60
  • Italian dinner on the river Seine: $61
  • Seine River Cruise with French Dinner on Champs-Elysees Avenue: $61
  • Seine River Cruise & Dinner on Champs Elysées Avenue: $62
  • Choux cooking class for kids in Paris: $62
  • Capitaine Fracasse Boat 3-Course Dinner Cruise: $67
  • Paris Small-Group Gourmet Food Tour With Optional Lunch and Wine Tasting: $75
  • Bistro Parisien Dinner and Seine River Sightseeing Cruise Combination: $75
  • NO DIET CLUB - Unique Bike and Food tour in Paris !: $75
  • Romantic Cruise with 3-course Dinner on Seine River: $76
  • Fondue Cooking Party - Winter is Coming: $78

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Moscow $19
    Paris $64
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 Paris

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


  • Louvre Entry for Two
    $19
  • Admission to Pantheon
    $5.21
  • Catacombs (2)
    $24

Tours and Activities in Paris

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

  • 1 Day Private Walking Tour Of Montmartre, Latin Quarter, Champs Élysées: $180
  • 1 Day in Eiffel Tower, Cruise, City Tour, and Louvre: $139
  • 1 Hour Real time Virtual Tour in Paris: $150
  • 1 hour Sainte Chapelle- skip the line access - English or Español: $51
  • 14-day Taste of Europe Tour: France, Italy, Monaco,Switzerland,Germany and more.: $1,565
  • 15+ Top Sights Paris Tour with Fun Guide: $52
  • 180° Paris by Night Tour: Exclusively for You & Your Group: $54
  • 1:30 hours tour of Louvre museum: $261
  • 1st Day in Paris Discovery Private Tour: 'How-to' Orientation & Sightseeing Fun!: $63
  • 2 Hours Paris city center walking tour: $16
  • 2 Hours Photoshoot tours at the Eiffel tower, Trocadero, Champs de Mars and more: $423
  • 2-Day Loire Valley Castles Tour from Paris: $521

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Moscow $9.61
    Paris $20

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

Typical Alcohol prices in Paris

Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Paris are as follows:


  • Wine
    $15

Sample the Local Flavors in Paris

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Paris:

  • Pub Crawl in Latin Quarter: $37
  • Guided Visit and Wine Tasting in a Royal Wine Cellar in Paris: $40
  • Guided tour and wine tasting in a historic cellar in the center of Paris: $41
  • Cheese and Wine Tasting in the Latin Quarter with Chef Alex: $47
  • Organic wine tasting in Paris: $56
  • Wine Tasting In Paris: $83
  • Paris Art of Pairing Cheese and Wine Tasting in a Cheese Cellar: $87
  • Paris Wine Tasting Session with Expert Sommelier: $89
  • Walk & Wine Tour in the Latin Quarter: $97
  • Paris Wine Tasting plus Cheese & Cured Meat Lunch with an Expert Sommelier Guide: $97
  • Paris Evening Wine Tour and Tasting: $112
  • Montmartre Hill Sweet & Savory French Gourmet Food & Wine Tasting Tour: $112


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


When is the best time to visit Moscow or Paris?

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 Paris in the Summer?

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

Moscow is around the same temperature as Paris in the summer. The temperature in Moscow is usually 19°C (67°F) in July, and Paris stays around 20°C (68°F).

In July, Moscow usually receives more rain than Paris. Moscow gets 92 mm (3.6 in) of rain, while Paris receives 58 mm (2.3 in) of rain each month for the summer.


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

Should I visit Moscow or Paris in the Autumn?

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

In the autumn, Moscow is much colder than Paris. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Moscow in October are around 6°C (43°F), and Paris is about 13°C (56°F).

Moscow usually gets around the same amount of rain in October as Paris. Moscow gets 58 mm (2.3 in) of rain, while Paris receives 55 mm (2.2 in) of rain this time of the year.


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

Should I visit Moscow or Paris in the Winter?

Both Paris and Moscow are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities. Also, most visitors come to Paris for the museums, the Christmas ambience, the shopping scene, the theater shows, and the cuisine during these months.

Paris can be very cold during winter. Moscow can get quite cold in the winter. In January, Moscow is generally much colder than Paris. Temperatures in Moscow average around -8°C (17°F), and Paris stays around 5°C (40°F).

In January, Moscow usually receives less rain than Paris. Moscow gets 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain, while Paris receives 55 mm (2.2 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Moscow -8°C (17°F) 
    Paris 5°C (40°F)

Should I visit Moscow or Paris in the Spring?

Both Paris and Moscow during the spring are popular places to visit. Also, the spring months attract visitors to Paris because of the activities around the city and the natural beauty.

Moscow is much colder than Paris in the spring. The temperature in Moscow is usually 7°C (45°F) in April, and Paris stays around 11°C (52°F).

Moscow usually gets less rain in April than Paris. Moscow gets 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain, while Paris receives 50 mm (1.9 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Moscow 7°C (45°F) 
    Paris 11°C (52°F)

Typical Weather for Paris and Moscow

Moscow Paris
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan -8°C (17°F) 45 mm (1.8 in) 5°C (40°F) 55 mm (2.2 in)
Feb -7°C (20°F) 37 mm (1.5 in) 6°C (42°F) 45 mm (1.8 in)
Mar -1°C (30°F) 34 mm (1.3 in) 8°C (47°F) 52 mm (2.1 in)
Apr 7°C (45°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 11°C (52°F) 50 mm (1.9 in)
May 14°C (57°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 15°C (59°F) 62 mm (2.4 in)
Jun 18°C (64°F) 76 mm (3 in) 18°C (64°F) 53 mm (2.1 in)
Jul 19°C (67°F) 92 mm (3.6 in) 20°C (68°F) 58 mm (2.3 in)
Aug 18°C (64°F) 74 mm (2.9 in) 20°C (67°F) 46 mm (1.8 in)
Sep 12°C (54°F) 64 mm (2.5 in) 17°C (63°F) 53 mm (2.1 in)
Oct 6°C (43°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 13°C (56°F) 55 mm (2.2 in)
Nov -0°C (32°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 8°C (47°F) 57 mm (2.2 in)
Dec -5°C (23°F) 52 mm (2 in) 5°C (42°F) 55 mm (2.2 in)


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