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

Should you visit Moscow or Stockholm?

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 Stockholm. 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 Stockholm?

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.

Stockholm

Stockholm is the capital city of Sweden and is made up of over 14 islands that are connected by countless bridges. Water is an integral part of the city, but so are parks and gardens. The city is covered in strategically positioned green space. Together, the water and parkland cover more than half of the city's area, giving this bustling city a breath of fresh air.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Budget Tours to Sweden, and The Best Tours for Seniors to Sweden.


Which place is cheaper, Stockholm or Moscow?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Moscow is $63, while the average daily cost in Stockholm is $169. 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 destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Moscow and Stockholm in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Moscow $40
    Stockholm $96
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Moscow $80
    Stockholm $192
Compare Hotels in Moscow and Stockholm

Looking for a hotel in Moscow or Stockholm? 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 Stockholm


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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: Stockholm Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Moscow $6.18
    Stockholm $20
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Moscow

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


  • Two Metro Passes
    $1.47

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Moscow

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

  • Private Transfer from Balai Batu Sadara to Padang Airport (PDG): $170
  • Private Transfer from Cinta Raja to Pekanbaru Airport (PKU): $43
  • Private Transfer from Duku to Palembang Airport (PLM): $94
  • Private Transfer from Labuh Baru Barat to Pekanbaru Airport (PKU): $43
  • Private Transfer from Meranti Pandak to Pekanbaru Airport (PKU): $44
  • Private Transfer from Nagari Sikucur to Padang Airport (PDG): $135
  • Private Transfer from Nagari Sungai Asam to Padang Airport (PDG): $135
  • Private Transfer from Palembang Airport (PLM) to Bukit Baru: $94
  • Private Transfer from Palembang to Palembang Airport (PLM): $94
  • Private Transfer from Pekanbaru Airport (PKU) to Delima: $43
  • Private Transfer from Pekanbaru Airport (PKU) to Kampung Bandar: $43
  • Private Transfer from Pekanbaru Airport (PKU) to Kota Baru: $43

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Stockholm

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Stockholm:

  • Train Transfer between City and Arlanda Airport: $21
  • Stockholm hotel to Stockholm Port Departure Private Transfer: $42
  • Stockholm hotel to Stockholm Port - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $84
  • Stockholm Skavsta Airport (NYO) to Stockholm City - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $161
  • Stockholm Private Transfer from Stockholm city centre to Skavsta Airport: $294
  • Stockholm Private Transfer from Stockholm Cruise Terminal to Skavsta airport: $294
  • Stockholm Port to Stockholm hotel Arrival Private Transfer: $42
  • Stockholm Port to Stockholm Bromma Airport (BMA) - Departure Private Transfer: $38
  • Stockholm Port to Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN) - Departure Private Transfer: $40
  • Stockholm Hotels to Nynashamn Cruise Port Private Transfer: $39
  • Stockholm City to Stockholm Skavsta Airport (NYO) - Departure Private Transfer: $81
  • Stockholm City Departure Private Transfer to Stockholm Port by Business Car: $124

Is it cheaper to fly into Moscow or Stockholm?

Prices for flights to both Stockholm 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 $14
    Stockholm $36
Typical Food Prices in Moscow

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


  • Lunch for Two
    $6.00
  • Lunch in the Center Market
    $3.27
  • Breakfast for 2
    $11

Typical Food Prices in Stockholm

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Stockholm:


  • Breakfast
    $9.20

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Stockholm

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

  • Self Guided Taysta Food Tour in Stockholm: $33
  • Food Tour: $103
  • Stockholm Food Tour: $105
  • Stockholm Walking Food Tour With Small Group: $120
  • Stockholm Dinner Experience: $124
  • From Wildlife Safari with Campfire Dinner: $130
  • Stockholm Private Food Tour with a Local: Tastiest Treats 100% Personalized: $219

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Moscow $16
    Stockholm $25
Typical Entertainment Prices in Moscow

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


  • Theater Tickets
    $13
  • Kremlin Entry (2)
    $11

Tours and Activities in Moscow

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

  • Custom Private Tour in Palembang with English Speaking Driver: $85
  • 2-Hour Private Guided Walking Tour in Bengkulu: $144

Tours and Activities in Stockholm

Here are a few actual costs in Stockholm for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • 1-Day Small-Group Stockholm Archipelago Kayak Tour: $187
  • 1-day 7h Royal Palace and Castle Tour from Stockholm: $355
  • 2-Hour Free Walking Tour in Stockholm: $0.93
  • 2-Hour Walking Tour Stockholm (Old Town and Surroundings): $3.31
  • 2-day canoe & wild camp adventure in Stockholm Archipelago self guided: $277
  • 2-day kayaking adventure around Vaxholm in Stockholm Archipelago - self guided: $258
  • 3 Hours Guided Shopping Tour in Stockholm Thrifting Stores: $19
  • 3-Hour Private Bike Tour in Stockholm: $237
  • 3-Hour Private Stockholm Photography Tour of Famous Landmarks : $174
  • 3h walking tour, small group max 10 people Stockholm: $64
  • ABBA Museum Fast-Track Tickets, Stockholm Pop Culture Tour: $292
  • ABBA Museum Fast-Track Tickets, Stockholm Pop Culture Tour: $285

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Moscow $7.94
    Stockholm $26

Sample the Local Flavors in Stockholm

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

  • Wine tasting Gamla Stan (old town -Stockholm): Event, team building & kick-off : $78
  • Swedish Wine Tasting Tour in Stockholm Gamla Stan: $284


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

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Moscow Expensive? and Is Stockholm Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Moscow or Stockholm?

Moscow has a larger population, and is about 8 times larger than the population of Stockholm. When comparing the sizes of Moscow and Stockholm, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.


When is the best time to visit Moscow or Stockholm?

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 Stockholm in the Summer?

Both Stockholm and Moscow during the summer are popular places to visit. Furthermore, the summer months attract visitors to Stockholm because of the city activities, the music scene, and the family-friendly experiences.

In the summer, Moscow is around the same temperature as Stockholm. Typically, the summer temperatures in Moscow in July average around 19°C (67°F), and Stockholm averages at about 18°C (64°F).

Moscow usually gets more rain in July than Stockholm. Moscow gets 92 mm (3.6 in) of rain, while Stockholm receives 71 mm (2.8 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Moscow 19°C (67°F) 
    Stockholm 18°C (64°F)

Should I visit Moscow or Stockholm in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Moscow and Stockholm. Furthermore, the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, the music scene, and the natural beauty of the area are the main draw to Stockholm this time of year.

In October, Moscow is generally cooler than Stockholm. Daily temperatures in Moscow average around 6°C (43°F), and Stockholm fluctuates around 8°C (46°F).

In October, Moscow usually receives more rain than Stockholm. Moscow gets 58 mm (2.3 in) of rain, while Stockholm receives 50 mm (2 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Moscow 6°C (43°F) 
    Stockholm 8°C (46°F)

Should I visit Moscow or Stockholm in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Moscow as well as Stockholm. Additionally, many travelers come to Stockholm for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

Be prepared for some very cold days in Stockholm. It's quite cold in Moscow in the winter. Moscow is much colder than Stockholm in the winter. The daily temperature in Moscow averages around -8°C (17°F) in January, and Stockholm fluctuates around -3°C (27°F).

Moscow usually gets more rain in January than Stockholm. Moscow gets 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain, while Stockholm receives 36 mm (1.4 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Moscow -8°C (17°F) 
    Stockholm -3°C (27°F)

Should I visit Moscow or Stockholm in the Spring?

Both Stockholm and Moscow are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities. Also, many visitors come to Stockholm in the spring for the activities around the city and the natural beauty.

In the spring, Moscow is a little warmer than Stockholm. Typically, the spring temperatures in Moscow in April average around 7°C (45°F), and Stockholm averages at about 5°C (41°F).

In April, Moscow usually receives more rain than Stockholm. Moscow gets 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain, while Stockholm receives 31 mm (1.2 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Moscow 7°C (45°F) 
    Stockholm 5°C (41°F)

Typical Weather for Stockholm and Moscow

Moscow Stockholm
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan -8°C (17°F) 45 mm (1.8 in) -3°C (27°F) 36 mm (1.4 in)
Feb -7°C (20°F) 37 mm (1.5 in) -3°C (27°F) 26 mm (1 in)
Mar -1°C (30°F) 34 mm (1.3 in) 0°C (33°F) 26 mm (1 in)
Apr 7°C (45°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 5°C (41°F) 31 mm (1.2 in)
May 14°C (57°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 11°C (52°F) 31 mm (1.2 in)
Jun 18°C (64°F) 76 mm (3 in) 16°C (61°F) 46 mm (1.8 in)
Jul 19°C (67°F) 92 mm (3.6 in) 18°C (64°F) 71 mm (2.8 in)
Aug 18°C (64°F) 74 mm (2.9 in) 17°C (62°F) 65 mm (2.5 in)
Sep 12°C (54°F) 64 mm (2.5 in) 12°C (54°F) 52 mm (2.1 in)
Oct 6°C (43°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 8°C (46°F) 50 mm (2 in)
Nov -0°C (32°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 3°C (37°F) 53 mm (2.1 in)
Dec -5°C (23°F) 52 mm (2 in) -1°C (31°F) 45 mm (1.8 in)