Should you visit Moscow or Reykjavik?
Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the prices of travel for Moscow and Reykjavik. 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.
Reykjavik is the capital and largest city in the country of Iceland. The city is where the vast majority of the country's population resides and the urban area has about 200,000 residents. The city is sprawling, with a large area covered in suburbs. The the city center is quite compact, with many interesting and colorful houses. There are a lot of things that attract tourists to this city, including an interesting culture and history as well as plenty of shopping and dining opportunities.
Which city is cheaper, Reykjavik or Moscow?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Moscow is $65, while the average daily cost in Reykjavik is $210. 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 Reykjavik in more detail.
For a normal double-occupancy room in Moscow, $82 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Moscow, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is $41, such as in a hostel.
The prices for places to stay in Reykjavik can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is $119, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around $238.
To get around in Moscow, the average visitor spends $6.35 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.
To get around in Reykjavik, the average visitor spends $39 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.
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:
Yellow Drive - Vnukovo - Moscow - Vnukovo Transfers:
Yellow Drive - Domodedovo Airport Transfers:
Yellow Drive - Airport Transfers:
Ultra - Moscow Private Airport Transfer City Centre to Sheremetyevo Airport SVO:
Ultra - Moscow Private Airport Transfer - City Center to Domodedovo Intl Airport:
Transfer from Moscow to the Golden Ring (Ideal for Backpackers On a Shoestring!):
The Kremlin & Cathedrals Private Tour (with roundtrip transfer):
Sergiev Posad private tour with transfer from Moscow:
Round Trip Vnukovo Airport (VKO) Transfer to Moscow City Center:
Round Trip Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO) Transfer to Moscow City Center:
Round Trip Domodedovo Airport (DME) Transfer to Moscow City Center:
Private transfer from the Moscow center hotel to Sheremetyevo Airport:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Reykjavik
Also for Reykjavik, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Ultra - Reykjavik Private Airport Transfer from Cruise Port to Keflavík Airport:
Ultra - Reykjavik Private Airport Transfer from City Hotels to Keflavík Airport:
Transfer to & from Blue Lagoon:
SuperSaver: Northern Lights by mini-bus & Blue Lagoon transfer:
Secret Lagoon with transfer:
Roundtrip Transfer from Reykjavik/Keflavik to Blue Lagoon with Entrance Fee:
Round Trip Keflavik Airport (KEF) Transfer to Reykjavik City Center:
Reykjavík Airport Private Departure Transfer:
Shuttle Bus Transfer to/from Keflavik Airport:
Private Transfer to/from KEF Intl. Airport (KEF):
Reykjavik to Keflavik Airport (KEF) - Departure Private Car Transfer:
Reykjavik area to Keflavik Private Luxury Airport Transfer:
Is it cheaper to fly into Moscow or Reykjavik?
Prices for flights to both Reykjavik 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.
On average, meal and food prices in Moscow cost around $15 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 $6.00.
On average, meal and food prices in Reykjavik cost around $26 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 $10.
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:
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:
Traditional French-Russian Dinner in a Local's Home:
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:
Typical Food prices in Reykjavik
For Reykjavik, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:
Dinner (Fish Market)
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Reykjavik
For Reykjavik, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Exclusive dinner with a local family:
Weekend Reykjavik Food Tour with a stop at the Reykjavik Flea Market:
Dinner with an Icelandic Artist in Reykjavik Home:
Secret Lagoon, Buffet Dinner, and Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik:
South Coast: Volcanoes, waterfalls & Viking dinner at the Viking house:
Private Reykjavik Food Tour:
South Coast: Small group glacier hike, fire & ice with dinner at Viking lodge:
Cook and Dine Icelandic Cooking Class Gourmet Lunch or Dinner:
Kopar Fine Dining Dinner and Northern Lights Cruise from Reykjavik:
West Iceland Private Food Tour from Reykjavik:
In Moscow, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $16 per person, per day.
In Reykjavik, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $62 per person, per day.
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 Tour of Moscow:
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:
Typical Entertainment prices in Reykjavik
Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Reykjavik's activities, tours, and tickets:
Wine and Spa
Tours and Activities in Reykjavik
For Reykjavik, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
'Game of Thrones' Filming Locations Tour From Reykjavik:
(Private tour) 4 Days South Coast, Golden Circle & Snæfellsnes:
1.5 Hour Midnight Sun Buggy Tour From Reykjavik:
10-day Private tour of Iceland: Geysers & Glaciers:
1hr ATV & Golden Circle Adventure from Reykjavik:
1hr ATV Adventure & Caving from Reykjavik:
1hr ATV Adventure & Helicopter Adventure Combination Tour from Reykjavik:
1hr ATV Adventure & Rafting Tour from Reykjavik:
1hr ATV Adventure & Whale Watching Combination Tour from Reykjavik:
1hr ATV Reykjavik Peak Adventure:
1hr ATV adventure & Northern lights Hunt from Reykjavik:
1hr Buggy & Lava Caving Combination Tour from Reykjavik:
Typically, people visiting Moscow spend on average $8.15 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Typically, people visiting Reykjavik spend on average $24 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Sample the Local Flavors in Moscow
Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Moscow:
Pub Crawl by Soviet Van:
Pub Crawl Moscow Guided Tour in Classic Soviet Van:
Private Wine Tour in Moscow with History, Architecture and Friendly Local Guide:
Typical Alcohol prices in Reykjavik
Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Reykjavik are as follows:
Sample the Local Flavors in Reykjavik
Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Reykjavik:
Eimverk Distillery Tour with Tasting:
Private Reykjavik Pub Crawl:
Reykjavik Food & Wine Tour:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Moscow and Reykjavik, we can see that Reykjavik 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 Reykjavik would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Reykjavik than you might in Moscow.
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