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

Should you visit Moscow or Tallinn?

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 Tallinn. 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 Tallinn?


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.


Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, is located on the southern coast of the Gulf of Finland. It has a population of more than 430,000 people and is a charming, yet cosmopolitan place to visit. The Old Town is at the center of the city's tourism, and the beauty and architecture is very impressive. The city's close proximity to Helsinki makes it a popular day trip from Finland, but cheap plane flights have also encouraged visitors from around Europe to spend several days in this city. In particular, summer months can become quite crowded.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best 2-Week Tours from Tallinn, and The Best Family-Friendly Tours to Estonia.

Which place is cheaper, Tallinn 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 Tallinn is $102. 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 Tallinn in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Moscow $40
    Tallinn $50
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Moscow $80
    Tallinn $100
Compare Hotels in Moscow and Tallinn

Looking for a hotel in Moscow or Tallinn? 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 Tallinn

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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: Tallinn Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Moscow $6.18
    Tallinn $13
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Moscow

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

  • Two Metro Passes

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Tallinn

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

  • Tram Around Town for Two

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Tallinn

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

  • Private Airport Transfer: $43
  • Highlights Shore Excursion with Return Transfer: $49
  • Beginner Archery Class with Transfer: $81
  • Airport Transfer Service: $49
  • Tallinn to Riga Private Transfer via Saremaa island andParnu: $296
  • Tallinn Lennart Meri Airport (TLL): Transfer to Tallinn Port: $103
  • Tallinn Highlights Shore Excursion With Port Return Transfer: $66
  • Tallinn Cruise Port: Private Transfer to Tallinn hotels: $103
  • Tallinn Cruise Port to Tallinn hotels - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $33
  • Tallinn Cruise Port to Tallinn hotels - Arrival Private Transfer : $17
  • Tallinn Arrival Private Airport Transfer in Minivan: $119
  • Private Transfer from Tallinn Cruise Port to Tallinn Airport(TLL): $17

Is it cheaper to fly into Moscow or Tallinn?

Prices for flights to both Tallinn 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 Meals for one day
    Moscow $14
    Tallinn $39
Typical Food Prices in Moscow

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

  • Lunch for Two
  • Lunch in the Center Market
  • Breakfast for 2

Typical Food Prices in Tallinn

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

  • Lunch for Two
  • Dessert

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Tallinn

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

  • Tallinn TV Tower evening dinner (2-course meal): $56
  • Tallinn TV Tower evening dinner (3-course meal): $64
  • Tallinn Russian Dinner: $85
  • Tallinn Beer House Dinner: $98
  • Tallinn 3-Hour Estonian Food Tour: $129

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Moscow $16
    Tallinn $6.05
Typical Entertainment Prices in Moscow

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

  • Theater Tickets
  • Kremlin Entry (2)

Tours and Activities in Moscow

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

  • 2 Days Private Tour to See Bull Race and Raflesia Arnoldi Flower: $250

Tours and Activities in Tallinn

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

  • "Legends and Landmarks: A Tallinn Walking Adventure": $22
  • 120 Degrees daily guided walking tour: $27
  • 2 Hour Tales of Tallinn Private Car Tour: $67
  • 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour of Tallinn: $50
  • 2-hour private tour of Tallinn with transport: $276
  • 3-Hour Private Tour of Tallinn: $299
  • 5 Hour Deluxe Shore Excursion in Tallinn from Cruise Port: $49
  • 5 Hour Majestic Tallinn Tour from Cruise Port: $46
  • Accessible tour in Tallinn: $745
  • Aegna Island: Self-Guided Discovery Tour: $8.63
  • All-in-One Tallinn - See stunning Estonian Capital from a Cruise Ship or Hotel: $79
  • All-in-One Tallinn Shore Excursion for Cruise Ships: $73

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Moscow $7.94
    Tallinn $16

Sample the Local Flavors in Tallinn

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

  • Talinn: Bar Crawl with Shots, Beer, and Nightclub Entry: $22
  • Tallinn Pub Crawl (Ex The Epic Bar Crawl): $27
  • Tallinn Exclusive Pub & Bar Crawl - Free Drinks, Local Guide: $42
  • Tallinn Brewery Fiesta: $73
  • Tallinn Guided Bar Crawl: $125

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

Which is Bigger, Moscow or Tallinn?

Moscow has a larger population, and is about 30 times larger than the population of Tallinn. When comparing the sizes of Moscow and Tallinn, 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 Tallinn?

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 Tallinn in the Summer?

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

In the summer, Moscow is a little warmer than Tallinn. Typically, the summer temperatures in Moscow in July average around 19°C (67°F), and Tallinn averages at about 17°C (62°F).

In July, Moscow usually receives more rain than Tallinn. Moscow gets 92 mm (3.6 in) of rain, while Tallinn receives 79 mm (3.1 in) of rain each month for the summer.

  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Moscow 19°C (67°F) 
    Tallinn 17°C (62°F)

Should I visit Moscow or Tallinn in the Autumn?

Both Tallinn and Moscow during the autumn are popular places to visit. Furthermore, the autumn months attract visitors to Tallinn because of the shopping scene and the natural beauty of the area.

In October, Moscow is generally around the same temperature as Tallinn. Daily temperatures in Moscow average around 6°C (43°F), and Tallinn fluctuates around 7°C (44°F).

Moscow usually gets less rain in October than Tallinn. Moscow gets 58 mm (2.3 in) of rain, while Tallinn receives 70 mm (2.8 in) of rain this time of the year.

  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Moscow 6°C (43°F) 
    Tallinn 7°C (44°F)

Should I visit Moscow or Tallinn in the Winter?

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

It's quite cold in Tallinn in the winter. The weather in Moscow can be very cold. Moscow is much colder than Tallinn in the winter. The daily temperature in Moscow averages around -8°C (17°F) in January, and Tallinn fluctuates around -5°C (22°F).

In January, Moscow usually receives around the same amount of rain as Tallinn. Moscow gets 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain, while Tallinn receives 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain each month for the winter.

  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Moscow -8°C (17°F) 
    Tallinn -5°C (22°F)

Should I visit Moscow or Tallinn in the Spring?

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

Be prepared for some very cold days in Tallinn. In the spring, Moscow is much warmer than Tallinn. Typically, the spring temperatures in Moscow in April average around 7°C (45°F), and Tallinn averages at about 4°C (39°F).

Moscow usually gets more rain in April than Tallinn. Moscow gets 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain, while Tallinn receives 36 mm (1.4 in) of rain this time of the year.

  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Moscow 7°C (45°F) 
    Tallinn 4°C (39°F)

Typical Weather for Tallinn and Moscow

Moscow Tallinn
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan -8°C (17°F) 45 mm (1.8 in) -5°C (22°F) 45 mm (1.8 in)
Feb -7°C (20°F) 37 mm (1.5 in) -6°C (22°F) 29 mm (1.1 in)
Mar -1°C (30°F) 34 mm (1.3 in) -2°C (29°F) 29 mm (1.1 in)
Apr 7°C (45°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 4°C (39°F) 36 mm (1.4 in)
May 14°C (57°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 10°C (50°F) 37 mm (1.5 in)
Jun 18°C (64°F) 76 mm (3 in) 15°C (58°F) 53 mm (2.1 in)
Jul 19°C (67°F) 92 mm (3.6 in) 17°C (62°F) 79 mm (3.1 in)
Aug 18°C (64°F) 74 mm (2.9 in) 16°C (60°F) 84 mm (3.3 in)
Sep 12°C (54°F) 64 mm (2.5 in) 11°C (52°F) 82 mm (3.2 in)
Oct 6°C (43°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 7°C (44°F) 70 mm (2.8 in)
Nov -0°C (32°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 1°C (34°F) 68 mm (2.7 in)
Dec -5°C (23°F) 52 mm (2 in) -3°C (27°F) 55 mm (2.2 in)