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

Should you visit Moscow or Reykjavik?

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 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, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Where Should I go: Moscow or Reykjavik?

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.

Reykjavik

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 $66, while the average daily cost in Reykjavik is $193. 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 Reykjavik in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Moscow $41
    Reykjavik $109
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Moscow $82
    Reykjavik $218
Compare Hotels in Moscow and Reykjavik

Looking for a hotel in Moscow or Reykjavik? 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 Reykjavik


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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 Reykjavik Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Moscow $6.40
    Reykjavik $36
Typical Local Transportation prices in Moscow

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


  • Two Metro Passes
    $1.91

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Moscow

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

  • Yellow Drive - Vnukovo - Moscow - Vnukovo Transfers: $157
  • Yellow Drive - Domodedovo Airport Transfers: $135
  • Yellow Drive - Airport Transfers: $93
  • Ultra - Moscow Private Airport Transfer City Centre to Sheremetyevo Airport SVO: $9.41
  • Ultra - Moscow Private Airport Transfer - City Center to Domodedovo Intl Airport: $8.71
  • Transfer from Moscow to the Golden Ring (Ideal for Backpackers On a Shoestring!): $167
  • The Kremlin & Cathedrals Private Tour (with roundtrip transfer): $299
  • Sergiev Posad private tour with transfer from Moscow: $143
  • Round Trip Vnukovo Airport (VKO) Transfer to Moscow City Center: $58
  • Round Trip Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO) Transfer to Moscow City Center: $58
  • Round Trip Domodedovo Airport (DME) Transfer to Moscow City Center: $58
  • Private transfer from the Moscow center hotel to Sheremetyevo Airport: $34

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: $8.71
  • Ultra - Reykjavik Private Airport Transfer from City Hotels to Keflavík Airport: $218
  • Transfer to & from Blue Lagoon: $78
  • SuperSaver: Northern Lights by mini-bus & Blue Lagoon transfer: $149
  • Secret Lagoon with transfer: $80
  • Roundtrip Transfer from Reykjavik/Keflavik to Blue Lagoon with Entrance Fee: $187
  • Round Trip Keflavik Airport (KEF) Transfer to Reykjavik City Center: $175
  • Reykjavík Airport Private Departure Transfer: $236
  • Shuttle Bus Transfer to/from Keflavik Airport: $26
  • Private Transfer to/from KEF Intl. Airport (KEF): $204
  • Reykjavik to Keflavik Airport (KEF) - Departure Private Car Transfer: $111
  • Reykjavik area to Keflavik Private Luxury Airport Transfer: $140

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.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Moscow $15
    Reykjavik $24
Typical Food prices in Moscow

For Moscow, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Lunch for Two
    $7.78
  • Lunch in the Center Market
    $4.24
  • Breakfast for 2
    $14

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 Reykjavik

For Reykjavik, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Dinner (Fish Market)
    $174

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: $112
  • Weekend Reykjavik Food Tour with a stop at the Reykjavik Flea Market: $123
  • Dinner with an Icelandic Artist in Reykjavik Home: $151
  • Secret Lagoon, Buffet Dinner, and Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik: $159
  • South Coast: Volcanoes, waterfalls & Viking dinner at the Viking house: $179
  • Private Reykjavik Food Tour: $198
  • South Coast: Small group glacier hike, fire & ice with dinner at Viking lodge: $199
  • Cook and Dine Icelandic Cooking Class Gourmet Lunch or Dinner: $204
  • Kopar Fine Dining Dinner and Northern Lights Cruise from Reykjavik: $229
  • West Iceland Private Food Tour from Reykjavik: $723

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Moscow $17
    Reykjavik $56
Typical Entertainment prices in Moscow

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Moscow's activities, tours, and tickets:


  • Theater Tickets
    $16
  • Kremlin Entry (2)
    $14

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 Reykjavik

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Reykjavik's activities, tours, and tickets:


  • Art Museum
    $11
  • Wine and Spa
    $29

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: $126
  • (Private tour) 4 Days South Coast, Golden Circle & Snæfellsnes: $3,388
  • 1.5 Hour Midnight Sun Buggy Tour From Reykjavik: $160
  • 10-day Private tour of Iceland: Geysers & Glaciers: $13,561
  • 1hr ATV & Golden Circle Adventure from Reykjavik: $276
  • 1hr ATV Adventure & Caving from Reykjavik: $254
  • 1hr ATV Adventure & Helicopter Adventure Combination Tour from Reykjavik: $403
  • 1hr ATV Adventure & Rafting Tour from Reykjavik: $287
  • 1hr ATV Adventure & Whale Watching Combination Tour from Reykjavik: $248
  • 1hr ATV Reykjavik Peak Adventure: $143
  • 1hr ATV adventure & Northern lights Hunt from Reykjavik: $238
  • 1hr Buggy & Lava Caving Combination Tour from Reykjavik: $283

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Moscow $8.22
    Reykjavik $22

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 Reykjavik

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


  • Beer
    $8.60

Sample the Local Flavors in Reykjavik

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Reykjavik:

  • Eimverk Distillery Tour with Tasting: $34
  • Private Reykjavik Pub Crawl: $181
  • Reykjavik Food & Wine Tour: $249


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.


When is the best time to visit Moscow or Reykjavik?

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 Reykjavik in the Summer?

Both Reykjavik and Moscow are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities. Also, most visitors come to Reykjavik for the hiking and the family-friendly experiences during these months.

Moscow is much warmer than Reykjavik in the summer. The temperature in Moscow is usually 19°C (67°F) in July, and Reykjavik stays around 11°C (52°F).

In July, Moscow usually receives more rain than Reykjavik. Moscow gets 92 mm (3.6 in) of rain, while Reykjavik receives 52 mm (2 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Moscow 19°C (67°F) 
    Reykjavik 11°C (52°F)

Should I visit Moscow or Reykjavik in the Autumn?

Both Reykjavik and Moscow during the autumn are popular places to visit. Also, the autumn months attract visitors to Reykjavik because of the hiking trails, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area.

The weather in Reykjavik can be very cold. In the autumn, Moscow is a little warmer than Reykjavik. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Moscow in October are around 6°C (43°F), and Reykjavik is about 5°C (41°F).

Moscow usually gets less rain in October than Reykjavik. Moscow gets 58 mm (2.3 in) of rain, while Reykjavik receives 86 mm (3.4 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Moscow 6°C (43°F) 
    Reykjavik 5°C (41°F)

Should I visit Moscow or Reykjavik in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Moscow and Reykjavik. Also, the shopping scene and the cuisine are the main draw to Reykjavik this time of year.

It's quite cold in Reykjavik in the winter. The weather in Moscow can be very cold. In January, Moscow is generally much colder than Reykjavik. Temperatures in Moscow average around -8°C (17°F), and Reykjavik stays around -0°C (32°F).

In January, Moscow usually receives less rain than Reykjavik. Moscow gets 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain, while Reykjavik receives 76 mm (3 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Moscow -8°C (17°F) 
    Reykjavik -0°C (32°F)

Should I visit Moscow or Reykjavik in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Moscow as well as Reykjavik. Also, many travelers come to Reykjavik for the natural beauty.

Be prepared for some very cold days in Reykjavik. Moscow is much warmer than Reykjavik in the spring. The temperature in Moscow is usually 7°C (45°F) in April, and Reykjavik stays around 3°C (38°F).

Moscow usually gets less rain in April than Reykjavik. Moscow gets 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain, while Reykjavik receives 58 mm (2.3 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Moscow 7°C (45°F) 
    Reykjavik 3°C (38°F)

Typical Weather for Reykjavik and Moscow

Moscow Reykjavik
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan -8°C (17°F) 45 mm (1.8 in) -0°C (32°F) 76 mm (3 in)
Feb -7°C (20°F) 37 mm (1.5 in) 1°C (33°F) 72 mm (2.8 in)
Mar -1°C (30°F) 34 mm (1.3 in) 1°C (34°F) 82 mm (3.2 in)
Apr 7°C (45°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 3°C (38°F) 58 mm (2.3 in)
May 14°C (57°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 7°C (44°F) 44 mm (1.7 in)
Jun 18°C (64°F) 76 mm (3 in) 10°C (49°F) 50 mm (2 in)
Jul 19°C (67°F) 92 mm (3.6 in) 11°C (52°F) 52 mm (2 in)
Aug 18°C (64°F) 74 mm (2.9 in) 11°C (52°F) 62 mm (2.4 in)
Sep 12°C (54°F) 64 mm (2.5 in) 8°C (46°F) 67 mm (2.6 in)
Oct 6°C (43°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 5°C (41°F) 86 mm (3.4 in)
Nov -0°C (32°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 1°C (35°F) 73 mm (2.9 in)
Dec -5°C (23°F) 52 mm (2 in) 0°C (32°F) 79 mm (3.1 in)


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