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

Should you visit Moscow or Sydney?

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 Sydney. 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 Sydney?

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.

Sydney

Sydney, known as the harbour city, is the most famous and frequently visited city in Australia. It is at the economical and cultural heart of the country, and is one of the most beautiful and livable cities in the world. It's situated on the water with stunning views of the famous harbour throughout the city. It's most famous landmarks include the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It is also very close wonderful beaches, parks, and nature.

Which place is cheaper, Sydney 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 Sydney is $275. 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 Sydney in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Moscow $40
    Sydney $103
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Moscow $80
    Sydney $206
Compare Hotels in Moscow and Sydney

Looking for a hotel in Moscow or Sydney? 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 Sydney


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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: Sydney Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Moscow $6.19
    Sydney $15
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Moscow

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


  • Two Metro Passes
    $1.48

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Moscow

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

  • Private Transfer from 8 ILIR to Palembang Airport (PLM): $93
  • Private Transfer from Balai Batu Sadara to Padang Airport (PDG): $169
  • Private Transfer from Batusangkar to Padang Airport (PDG): $135
  • Private Transfer from Bukit Baru to Palembang Airport (PLM): $93
  • Private Transfer from Cinta Raja to Pekanbaru Airport (PKU): $43
  • Private Transfer from Delima to Pekanbaru Airport (PKU): $43
  • Private Transfer from Duku to Palembang Airport (PLM): $93
  • Private Transfer from Harjosari to Pekanbaru Airport (PKU): $43
  • Private Transfer from Kampung Bandar to Pekanbaru Airport (PKU): $43
  • Private Transfer from Kampung Baru to Pekanbaru Airport (PKU): $43
  • Private Transfer from Kampung Dalam to Pekanbaru Airport (PKU): $43
  • Private Transfer from Karya Baru to Palembang Airport (PLM): $93

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Sydney

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Sydney:


  • Taxi Ride
    $13
  • Taxi to Airport
    $16

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Sydney

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Sydney:

  • Try find your better than us!AirportTransfer inSydney APT-HTL SYD: $62
  • Try find your better than us ! Airport transfer service in Sydney HTL-APT (SYD): $62
  • Transfer from White Bay Cruise Terminal to Sydney Airport: $26
  • Transfer Between Airport & Hotels or Cruise Terminal: $13
  • Tandem Skydive with Optional Transfers: $221
  • Airport Shuttle Transfer to and from CBD Hotels: $36
  • Sydney to Sydney Airport (SYD) - Departure Private Transfer: $39
  • Sydney Port Private Departure Transfer: City Hotel to Cruise Port: $28
  • Sydney Port Private Arrival Transfer: Cruise Port to City: $28
  • Sydney Port Arrival Transfer: Cruise Port to City Hotel: $23
  • Sydney International Airport to/from Sydney One Way Transfer: $69
  • Sydney Arrival Transfer: Airport to City or Overseas Passenger Terminal: $23

Is it cheaper to fly into Moscow or Sydney?

Prices for flights to both Sydney 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
    Sydney $45
Typical Food Prices in Moscow

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


  • Lunch for Two
    $6.02
  • Lunch in the Center Market
    $3.28
  • Breakfast for 2
    $11

Typical Food Prices in Sydney

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


  • Tea
    $2.61
  • Lunch Special
    $9.79
  • Food/Drink Coogie Beach
    $9.79
  • Meat Pies
    $3.26

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Sydney

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

  • VIVID Dinner Cruise with Complimentary Drink on Arrival: $36
  • Sydney Street Art & Food Tour: $50
  • Sydney's Little Italy Food Tour: $50
  • Christmas in July Dinner Cruise on Sydney Harbour: $56
  • Dinner Christmas Party! Nov&Dec: $56
  • Sydney Harbour: Tall Ship Vivid Dinner Cruise: $58
  • Harbor Sunset Cruise with Dinner: $58
  • 1.5 - Hour Sydney Harbour Tall Ship Twilight Dinner Cruise: $59
  • Vivid Tall Ships Dinner Cruise on Sydney Harbour: $59
  • Kids Cooking Classes: $63
  • Small Group Refugee Chef Dinner Banquet at Bohemian Cafe: $63
  • Sydney Harbour: Latin Fiesta Dinner Cruise: $69

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Moscow $16
    Sydney $31
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
  • 2 Days Private Tour to See Bull Race and Raflesia Arnoldi Flower: $250

Typical Entertainment Prices in Sydney

Here are a few typical costs in Sydney for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


  • Theatre Show
    $29
  • Sydney Tower Visit (for 2)
    $30
  • Blue Mountain Tour/Featherdale Park (for 2)
    $124
  • Powerhouse Museum
    $9.82

Tours and Activities in Sydney

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

  • Bespoke Cycle Tours - Sydney Harbour E-Bike Coffee/Lunch Tour: $182
  • Small-Group Sydney's Northern Beaches and Ku-ring-gai National Park Bus Tour: $228
  • Sydney to Bondi Tour and Historical Site: $89
  • 1 Day Thredbo Snow Tour: $99
  • 1 Day Thredbo Snow Tour From Sydney: $99
  • 2 Hours Running Tour in Sydney: $99
  • 2 Hours Sydney Harbour's True Crime Cruise Tour: $30
  • 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour in Sydney Harbour National Park : $36
  • 3 Hours Abba Tribute Cruise on Sydney Harbour: $79
  • 3 Hours Christmas Magic Private Walking Tour in Sydney: $229
  • 3-Hour Private Bike Tour with a Local Sydney Guide: $228
  • 3.5 Hours Explore Bondi Beach and Sydney Sightseeing Tour: $195

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Moscow $7.96
    Sydney $15

Typical Alcohol Prices in Sydney

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


  • Wine
    $10

Sample the Local Flavors in Sydney

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

  • Night Out Pub Crawl with Local Guide: $29
  • Big Night Out Pub Crawl: $30
  • Sydney Cellar Door - Old Vine Expressions Wine Tasting: $46
  • Private Wine Tour and Tasting: $56
  • Urban Winery Wine Tasting Tour with Cheese Platter: $56
  • Beach and Brew - Hike and Brewery (Men and Women): $73
  • Marrickville Brewery Tour: $76
  • The Rocks Pub Walking Tour: $76
  • Balmain Pub Walking Tour: $76
  • Luxury Hunter Valley Wildlife & Wine Tasting Tour from Sydney: $83
  • Sydney The Rocks Historical Pub Tour: $101
  • Sydney Beer and Brewery Tour: $102


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Moscow and Sydney, we can see that Sydney is more expensive. And not only is Moscow much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Moscow is in Europe and Sydney is in Pacific, this is one of the main reasons why the costs are so different, as different regions of the world tend to have overall different travel costs. 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 Sydney would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Sydney 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 Sydney Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Moscow or Sydney?

Moscow has a larger population, and is about 2 times larger than the population of Sydney. When comparing the sizes of Moscow and Sydney, 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 Sydney?

Even though both destinations experience a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, they experience these seasons at different times of the year. Sydney is in the southern hemisphere and summer is in January and winter is in July, but Moscow has summer in [NORTHERNSUMMERMONTH] and winter in [NORTHERNWINTERMONTH].

Should I visit Moscow or Sydney in the Summer?

Both Sydney and Moscow during the summer are popular places to visit. Furthermore, most visitors come to Sydney for the beaches, snorkeling, the hiking, the city activities, and the family-friendly experiences during these months.

In July, Moscow is generally cooler than Sydneyin January. Daily temperatures in Moscow average around 19°C (67°F), and Sydney fluctuates around 23°C (73°F).

Sydney gets a good bit of rain this time of year. Moscow usually gets less rain in July than Sydneyin January. Moscow gets 92 mm (3.6 in) of rain, while Sydney receives 116 mm (4.6 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July and January
    Moscow 19°C (67°F) 
    Sydney 23°C (73°F)

Should I visit Moscow or Sydney in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Moscow and Sydney. Furthermore, the autumn months attract visitors to Sydney because of the hiking trails, the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area.

Moscow is much colder than Sydney in the autumn. The daily temperature in Moscow averages around 6°C (43°F) in October, and Sydney fluctuates around 19°C (65°F)in April.

Sydney receives a lot of rain in the autumn. In October, Moscow usually receives less rain than Sydneyin April. Moscow gets 58 mm (2.3 in) of rain, while Sydney receives 120 mm (4.7 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October and April
    Moscow 6°C (43°F) 
    Sydney 19°C (65°F)

Should I visit Moscow or Sydney in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Moscow as well as Sydney. Additionally, the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine are the main draw to Sydney this time of year.

The weather in Moscow can be very cold. In the winter, Moscow is much colder than Sydney. Typically, the winter temperatures in Moscow in January average around -8°C (17°F), and Sydney averages at about 12°C (53°F)in July.

Moscow usually gets less rain in January than Sydneyin July. Moscow gets 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain, while Sydney receives 54 mm (2.1 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January and July
    Moscow -8°C (17°F) 
    Sydney 12°C (53°F)

Should I visit Moscow or Sydney in the Spring?

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

In April, Moscow is generally much colder than Sydneyin October. Daily temperatures in Moscow average around 7°C (45°F), and Sydney fluctuates around 18°C (64°F).

In April, Moscow usually receives less rain than Sydneyin October. Moscow gets 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain, while Sydney receives 79 mm (3.1 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April and October
    Moscow 7°C (45°F) 
    Sydney 18°C (64°F)

Typical Weather for Sydney and Moscow

Moscow Sydney
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan -8°C (17°F) 45 mm (1.8 in) 23°C (73°F) 116 mm (4.6 in)
Feb -7°C (20°F) 37 mm (1.5 in) 23°C (73°F) 113 mm (4.4 in)
Mar -1°C (30°F) 34 mm (1.3 in) 21°C (70°F) 148 mm (5.8 in)
Apr 7°C (45°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 19°C (65°F) 120 mm (4.7 in)
May 14°C (57°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 15°C (60°F) 88 mm (3.5 in)
Jun 18°C (64°F) 76 mm (3 in) 13°C (55°F) 128 mm (5 in)
Jul 19°C (67°F) 92 mm (3.6 in) 12°C (53°F) 54 mm (2.1 in)
Aug 18°C (64°F) 74 mm (2.9 in) 13°C (55°F) 90 mm (3.5 in)
Sep 12°C (54°F) 64 mm (2.5 in) 15°C (59°F) 60 mm (2.4 in)
Oct 6°C (43°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 18°C (64°F) 79 mm (3.1 in)
Nov -0°C (32°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 20°C (67°F) 101 mm (4 in)
Dec -5°C (23°F) 52 mm (2 in) 22°C (71°F) 81 mm (3.2 in)