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

Should you visit Moscow or Salzburg?

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 Salzburg. 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 Salzburg?

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.

Salzburg

Most people know of Salzburg from its roll in the infamous movie "The Sound of Music." Every child who fell in love with this movie knows the gazebo scene in the rain, or could sing "My Favorite Things" as they skip down the Salzach River, but once you get past the obvious cliches, you can see that Salzburg is a city with a lot of depth and culture aside from the movie.

Which city is cheaper, Salzburg 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 Salzburg is $128. 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 Salzburg in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Moscow $48
    Salzburg $77
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Moscow $96
    Salzburg $154
Compare Hotels in Moscow and Salzburg

Looking for a hotel in Moscow or Salzburg? 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 Salzburg


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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 Salzburg Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Moscow $7.48
    Salzburg $16
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:

  • Ultra - Moscow Private Airport Transfer - City Center to Domodedovo Intl Airport: $8.71
  • Ultra - Moscow Private Airport Transfer City Centre to Sheremetyevo Airport SVO: $9.41
  • Moscow Train Stations Private Arrival/Departure Transfer: $22
  • Private Arrival or Departure Transfer One Way: Moscow Airports to City Center: $23
  • Private Arrival or Departure Transfer: Moscow Airports to Moscow City Center: $30
  • Private Airport Transfer: Moscow to Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO): $30
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Moscow to Vnukovo International Airport (VKO): $30
  • Moscow DME/SVO/VKO Airports Private Arrival/Departure Transfer: $32
  • Private transfer from the Moscow center hotel to Sheremetyevo Airport: $34
  • Moscow to Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO) - Departure Private Transfer: $36
  • Departure Private Transfer Moscow City to Moscow Train Station by Business Car: $38
  • Private Business Transfer from Vnukovo Airport (VKO) to Moscow City Center: $40

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Salzburg

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Salzburg:

  • Transfer from Salzburg to Vienna: Private sightseeing daytrip with 2 stops: $252
  • Transfer from Salzburg to Prague: Private sightseeing daytrip with 2 stops: $216
  • Transfer from Salzburg to Budapest: Private sightseeing daytrip with 2 stops: $282
  • Scenic transfer from Salzburg to Prague with 4 hours stop in Hallstatt: $863
  • Sightseeing Transfer to Prague via Cesky Krumlov: $1,117
  • Salzburg → Vienna - 2h of Sightseeing - Comfortable Premium Car Private Transfer: $337
  • Salzburg → Budapest - 2h of Sightseeing Comfortable Premium Car Private Transfer: $351
  • Salzburg to Venice Private Transfer and Sightseeing: $814
  • Salzburg Train Station Departure Transfer: $87
  • Salzburg Train Station Arrival Transfer: $87
  • Salzburg Private Transfer from Salzburg Airport to City centre: $63
  • Salzburg Airport transfer from W.A. Mozart airport to hotels or apartments: $25

Is it cheaper to fly into Moscow or Salzburg?

Prices for flights to both Salzburg 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 $17
    Salzburg $33
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 Salzburg

Some typical examples of dining costs in Salzburg are as follows:


  • Lunch Salad
    $9.37

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Salzburg

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

  • Cookies and Apple Strudel Cooking Class Including Lunch: $52
  • Austrian Apple Strudel Cooking Class including Lunch: $57
  • Salzburg Christmas Cookies and Apple Strudel Cooking Lesson: $60
  • Salzach Cruise & Dinner at Hohesalzburg Fortress: $68
  • Best of Mozart Fortress Concert and Dinner: $79
  • Mozart and Advent/Christmas Concert with Dinner at Fortress Hohensalzburg: $82
  • Best of Mozart Concert and Dinner or VIP Dinner at Fortress Hohensalzburg: $82
  • Mozart Concert with Dinner: $84
  • Mozart Dinner Concert at the Baroque Hall of St Peter`s Abbey in Salzburg: $86
  • Fortress HohenObservationtower Admission, Dinner and Mozart Concert: $92
  • Dinner Cooking Class & Concert - Prezels, Dumplings, Apple Strudel & Mozart: $93
  • The Sound of Music Tour in Salzburg With Lunch or Dinner: $102

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Moscow $19
    Salzburg $25
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 classical tour: $6.38
  • Admission ticket to Kolomenskoye Historical and Architectural Museum and Reserve: $7.02
  • Tsaritsyno Museum entrance ticket: $8.14
  • Admission ticket to the The Museum of Cosmonautics: $11
  • The Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center Admission Ticket: $12
  • Admission ticket to the State Museum of GULAG's History, Moscow: $13
  • The Museum of Victory Admission Ticket: $13
  • Guided Metro Tour by Night: $14
  • Admission ticket to the Tochka-G Museum of Erotic Art, Moscow: $14
  • Admission ticket to Gallery of the European and American XIX-XX centuries art: $14
  • Tretyakov Gallery Admission Ticket: $16
  • Admission ticket to the New Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow: $17

Tours and Activities in Salzburg

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Salzburg are as follows:

  • 'The Sound of Music' Private Tour with Breakfast at Schloss Leopoldskron: $428
  • 2 pm Sound of Music Tour by minivan: $72
  • 2- or 3-Night Schloss Leopoldskron Stay in Salzburg Including 'The Sound of Music' Tour: $391
  • 2-Hour Private Salzburg City Highlights Tour: $274
  • 3-Night Salzburg Winter Package with City Highlights Tour: $158
  • 4-day Salzburg Package including Oktoberfest in Munich and Sound of Music Tour: $512
  • 9 am Sound of Music Tour by minivan: $72
  • A day in the life of Salzburg - Private tour with a local: $249
  • A taste of An audio tour through the birthplace of Mozart: $6.99
  • Adventure in Eagle's Nest - Hike Tour: $86
  • Amphibious Splash Tour on the Water and on the Land in Salzburg: $42
  • Austrian Lakes and Mountains Half-Day Tour from Salzburg: $66

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Moscow $9.61
    Salzburg $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 Salzburg

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


  • Beer
    $3.85

Sample the Local Flavors in Salzburg

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

  • Private Austrian Food and Wine Tasting with a Sommelière & Chef: $101
  • Private Half Day Salzburg City Tour including Visit to the Stiegl Brewery: $523


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


When is the best time to visit Moscow or Salzburg?

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 Salzburg in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Moscow as well as Salzburg. Also, most visitors come to Salzburg for the music scene and the family-friendly experiences during these months.

In July, Moscow is generally around the same temperature as Salzburg. Temperatures in Moscow average around 19°C (67°F), and Salzburg stays around 20°C (68°F).

Moscow usually gets around the same amount of rain in July as Salzburg. Moscow gets 92 mm (3.6 in) of rain, while Salzburg receives 91 mm (3.6 in) of rain this time of the year.


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

Should I visit Moscow or Salzburg in the Autumn?

Both Salzburg and Moscow are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities. Also, the autumn months attract visitors to Salzburg because of the shopping scene, the music scene, and the natural beauty of the area.

Moscow is much colder than Salzburg in the autumn. The temperature in Moscow is usually 6°C (43°F) in October, and Salzburg stays around 11°C (52°F).

In October, Moscow usually receives more rain than Salzburg. Moscow gets 58 mm (2.3 in) of rain, while Salzburg receives 51 mm (2 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


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

Should I visit Moscow or Salzburg in the Winter?

Both Salzburg and Moscow during the winter are popular places to visit. Furthermore, the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine are the main draw to Salzburg this time of year.

It's quite cold in Salzburg in the winter. The weather in Moscow can be very cold. In the winter, Moscow is much colder than Salzburg. Typically, the winter temperatures in Moscow in January are around -8°C (17°F), and Salzburg is about -0°C (31°F).

Moscow usually gets less rain in January than Salzburg. Moscow gets 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain, while Salzburg receives 56 mm (2.2 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Moscow -8°C (17°F) 
    Salzburg -0°C (31°F)

Should I visit Moscow or Salzburg in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Moscow and Salzburg. Furthermore, many travelers come to Salzburg for the natural beauty.

In April, Moscow is generally cooler than Salzburg. Temperatures in Moscow average around 7°C (45°F), and Salzburg stays around 11°C (51°F).

In April, Moscow usually receives less rain than Salzburg. Moscow gets 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain, while Salzburg receives 55 mm (2.2 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Moscow 7°C (45°F) 
    Salzburg 11°C (51°F)

Typical Weather for Salzburg and Moscow

Moscow Salzburg
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan -8°C (17°F) 45 mm (1.8 in) -0°C (31°F) 56 mm (2.2 in)
Feb -7°C (20°F) 37 mm (1.5 in) 2°C (36°F) 49 mm (1.9 in)
Mar -1°C (30°F) 34 mm (1.3 in) 6°C (43°F) 53 mm (2.1 in)
Apr 7°C (45°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 11°C (51°F) 55 mm (2.2 in)
May 14°C (57°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 15°C (59°F) 82 mm (3.2 in)
Jun 18°C (64°F) 76 mm (3 in) 18°C (65°F) 92 mm (3.6 in)
Jul 19°C (67°F) 92 mm (3.6 in) 20°C (68°F) 91 mm (3.6 in)
Aug 18°C (64°F) 74 mm (2.9 in) 19°C (67°F) 93 mm (3.6 in)
Sep 12°C (54°F) 64 mm (2.5 in) 16°C (61°F) 58 mm (2.3 in)
Oct 6°C (43°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 11°C (52°F) 51 mm (2 in)
Nov -0°C (32°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 5°C (42°F) 59 mm (2.3 in)
Dec -5°C (23°F) 52 mm (2 in) 1°C (35°F) 64 mm (2.5 in)


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