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

Should you visit Moscow or Sarajevo?

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 Sarajevo. 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 Sarajevo?

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.

Sarajevo

Sarajevo is the capital city of Bosnia and is one of the most culturally and historically interesting cities to visit in Europe. The city was at the crossroads where the Eastern and Western Roman Empires divided, and the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches divided. Today it is most associated with the Civil War that occurred here between 1992 and 1995. There are still many remnants of the war left, from the cemeteries that dot the countryside to the leftover damage done by bombs. Despite its brutal history, Sarajevo has begun to thrive again, both economically and as a tourist destination.

Which city is cheaper, Sarajevo or Moscow?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Moscow is $80, while the average daily cost in Sarajevo is $51. 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 Sarajevo in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Moscow $51
    Sarajevo $19
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Moscow $102
    Sarajevo $38
Compare Hotels in Moscow and Sarajevo

Looking for a hotel in Moscow or Sarajevo? 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 Sarajevo


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Moscow $7.82
    Sarajevo $5.10
Typical Local Transportation prices in Moscow

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


  • Two Metro Passes
    $2.33

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

Typical Local Transportation prices in Sarajevo

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Sarajevo:


  • Tram Tickets (for 2)
    $1.49

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Sarajevo

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

  • Transfer from Sarajevo to Split with Herzegovina Tour: $131
  • Transfer from Sarajevo to Kotor+Herzegovina tour: $148
  • Transfer from Sarajevo to Dubrovnik with stops(Konjic,Mostar,Blagaj,Pocitelj): $131
  • Transfer from Sarajevo to Dubrovnik with Herzegovina tour: $131
  • Transfer from Sarajevo to Belgrade with visit Visegrad, Andricgrad and Drvengrad: $123
  • Transfer Sarajevo-Dubrovnik: $156
  • Transfer From Sarajevo To Tuzla: $96
  • Transfer From Sarajevo To Mostar: $282
  • Private Transfer to and from Sarajevo Airport: $22
  • Private Transfer to and from Sarajevo Airport: $25
  • Sarajevo Airport Transfer: $15
  • Sarajevo - Dubrovnik Transfer with Mostar Tour: $351

Is it cheaper to fly into Moscow or Sarajevo?

Prices for flights to both Sarajevo 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 $18
    Sarajevo $23
Typical Food prices in Moscow

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


  • Lunch for Two
    $9.50
  • Lunch in the Center Market
    $5.18
  • 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 Sarajevo

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


  • Restaurant Dinner (for 2)
    $11

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Sarajevo

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

  • Traditional Bosnian Dinner with your Host Family: $38
  • A Taste of Sarajevo - Authentic Food Tour: $49
  • Dinner with locals: $57
  • Cooking Classes - Contemporary Bosnian cuisine: $65
  • Simple Bosnian Cooking Class Sarajevo: $68
  • Home-hosted Cooking Class: Cook and Eat with Bosnian family: $74
  • Bosnian Cooking Lessons: $75

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Moscow $20
    Sarajevo $8.59
Typical Entertainment prices in Moscow

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


  • Theater Tickets
    $20
  • 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 Sarajevo

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


  • National Museum (for 2)
    $6.94

Tours and Activities in Sarajevo

For Sarajevo, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • 1425 Days Under Siege Tour Sarajevo: $31
  • 1984 Olympic Games Bobsled Track Tour: $37
  • 1984 Sarajevo Olympics Adventure - Half Day Tour: $38
  • 2 Hours Sarajevo Tunnel Tour with Guide: $109
  • 2-Hour Romeo and Juliet Bridge Guided Walking Tour in Sarajevo: $109
  • 2-Night Private tour to Mostar and Kravice Waterfalls from Dubrovnik or Split: $319
  • 2D1N Sarajevo ⇄ Dubrovnik Tour via Mostar & Herzegovina (Herzegovina Journey): $557
  • 3 Day Bosnia Combo Tour Package: $718
  • 4 Days 3 Nights Luxury Bosnia Hercegovina Tour: $1,804
  • 8 Days Bosnian Experience: $1,148
  • 9 Days in Bosnia and Herzegovina- The Three Lakes Tour: $4,977
  • 9D8N Bosnian Winter Holiday (Winter with Funky Tours): $1,436

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Moscow $10
    Sarajevo $5.33

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

Sample the Local Flavors in Sarajevo

Also in Sarajevo, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Small-group Wine Tasting Expiriance, with lunch in vineyard: $80


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Moscow and Sarajevo, we can see that Moscow is more expensive. And not only is Sarajevo much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Sarajevo would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Sarajevo 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 Moscow would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Moscow than you might in Sarajevo.


When is the best time to visit Moscow or Sarajevo?

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 Sarajevo in the Summer?

Both Sarajevo and Moscow are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities. Also, the hiking, the city activities, and the family-friendly experiences are the main draw to Sarajevo this time of year.

In the summer, Moscow is cooler than Sarajevo. Typically, the summer temperatures in Moscow in July are around 19°C (67°F), and Sarajevo is about 26°C (78°F).

In July, Moscow usually receives more rain than Sarajevo. At this time of the year, Moscow gets 92 mm (3.6 in) of rain, while Sarajevo receives 49 mm (1.9 in) of rain.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Moscow 19°C (67°F) 
    Sarajevo 26°C (78°F)

Should I visit Moscow or Sarajevo in the Autumn?

Both Sarajevo and Moscow during the autumn are popular places to visit. Furthermore, many travelers come to Sarajevo for the hiking trails, the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area.

In October, Moscow is generally much colder than Sarajevo. Temperatures in Moscow average around 6°C (43°F), and Sarajevo stays around 17°C (62°F).

Sarajevo gets a good bit of rain this time of year. Moscow usually gets less rain in October than Sarajevo. Moscow gets 58 mm (2.3 in) of rain, while Sarajevo receives 153 mm (6 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Moscow 6°C (43°F) 
    Sarajevo 17°C (62°F)

Should I visit Moscow or Sarajevo in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Moscow and Sarajevo. Furthermore, many visitors come to Sarajevo in the winter for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

Be prepared for some very cold days in Moscow. Moscow is much colder than Sarajevo in the winter. The temperature in Moscow is usually -8°C (17°F) in January, and Sarajevo stays around 6°C (42°F).

Sarajevo receives a lot of rain in the winter. In January, Moscow usually receives less rain than Sarajevo. At this time of the year, Moscow gets 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain, while Sarajevo receives 148 mm (5.8 in) of rain.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Moscow -8°C (17°F) 
    Sarajevo 6°C (42°F)

Should I visit Moscow or Sarajevo in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Moscow as well as Sarajevo. Additionally, most visitors come to Sarajevo for the activities around the city and the natural beauty during these months.

In the spring, Moscow is much colder than Sarajevo. Typically, the spring temperatures in Moscow in April are around 7°C (45°F), and Sarajevo is about 14°C (58°F).

It's quite rainy in Sarajevo. Moscow usually gets less rain in April than Sarajevo. Moscow gets 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain, while Sarajevo receives 127 mm (5 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Moscow 7°C (45°F) 
    Sarajevo 14°C (58°F)

Typical Weather for Sarajevo and Moscow

Moscow Sarajevo
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan -8°C (17°F) 45 mm (1.8 in) 6°C (42°F) 148 mm (5.8 in)
Feb -7°C (20°F) 37 mm (1.5 in) 8°C (46°F) 134 mm (5.3 in)
Mar -1°C (30°F) 34 mm (1.3 in) 11°C (51°F) 124 mm (4.9 in)
Apr 7°C (45°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 14°C (58°F) 127 mm (5 in)
May 14°C (57°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 19°C (66°F) 94 mm (3.7 in)
Jun 18°C (64°F) 76 mm (3 in) 22°C (72°F) 73 mm (2.9 in)
Jul 19°C (67°F) 92 mm (3.6 in) 26°C (78°F) 49 mm (1.9 in)
Aug 18°C (64°F) 74 mm (2.9 in) 26°C (78°F) 65 mm (2.5 in)
Sep 12°C (54°F) 64 mm (2.5 in) 22°C (71°F) 109 mm (4.3 in)
Oct 6°C (43°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 17°C (62°F) 153 mm (6 in)
Nov -0°C (32°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 11°C (52°F) 203 mm (8 in)
Dec -5°C (23°F) 52 mm (2 in) 7°C (45°F) 196 mm (7.7 in)


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