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

Should you visit Moscow or Washington?

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 Washington. 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 Washington?

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.

Washington

Washington, DC is the capital city of the United States of America. It is also a city rich in history and culture. The city dates back to 1791 when the states of Maryland and Virginia donated the land to create the capital. In 1846, Congress returned the land that was ceded by Virginia and in 1871 it created a single municipal government with the remaining area. Today, Washington, DC has a population of over 600,000 people. The metropolitan area includes suburbs in Maryland and Virginia and has a population of about 5.8 million.

Which city is cheaper, Washington or Moscow?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Moscow is $66, while the average daily cost in Washington is $155. 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 Washington in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Moscow $41
    Washington $91
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Moscow $82
    Washington $182
Compare Hotels in Moscow and Washington

Looking for a hotel in Moscow or Washington? 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 Washington


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Our Analysis
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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Moscow $6.40
    Washington $37
Typical Local Transportation prices in Moscow

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


  • Two Metro Passes
    $1.91

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Moscow

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

  • Private Tour to Russia's Largest Aviation Museum (with roundtrip train transfer): $398
  • The Kremlin & Cathedrals Private Tour (with roundtrip transfer): $299
  • Transfer from Moscow to the Golden Ring (Ideal for Backpackers On a Shoestring!): $167
  • Yellow Drive - Vnukovo - Moscow - Vnukovo Transfers: $157
  • Sergiev Posad private tour with transfer from Moscow: $143
  • Yellow Drive - Domodedovo Airport Transfers: $135
  • Moscow Airport Transfers : Moscow City to Domodedovo Airport DME in Luxury Car: $134
  • Moscow Airport Transfers : Moscow City to Sheremetyevo Airport SVO in Luxury Car: $133
  • Moscow Airport Transfers : Vnukovo Airport VKO to Moscow City in Luxury Car: $133
  • Moscow Airport Transfers : Moscow City to Vnukovo Airport VKO in Luxury Car: $126
  • Moscow Airport Transfers : Moscow City to Domodedovo Airport DME in Business Car: $125
  • Arrival Private Transfer Moscow Domodedovo DME to Moscow City by Luxury Car: $124

Typical Local Transportation prices in Washington

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


  • Metro Day Pass
    $9.00

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Washington

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

  • Washington, DC: Private Airport Transfer(SUV): To or From: (DCA) Reagan National: $180
  • Washington, DC: Potomac Mills Outlet Private Transfer: $357
  • Washington to Washington R. Reagan Airport (DCA) - Departure Private Transfer: $61
  • Washington to Washington Dulles Airport (IAD) - Departure Private Transfer: $97
  • Washington to Newark International Airport (EWR) - Departure Private Transfer: $491
  • Washington to New York LaGuardia Airport (LGA) - Departure Private Transfer: $535
  • Washington to New York J.F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) - Departure Private Transfer: $535
  • Washington to Baltimore Washington Airport (BWI) - Departure Private Transfer: $109
  • Washington Reagan Airport Transfer to Baltimore & D. C.: $15
  • Washington City to Philadelphia City - Private Car Transfer: $392
  • Washington City to New York City - Private Car Transfer: $516
  • Washington City to Baltimore City - Private Car Transfer: $168

Is it cheaper to fly into Moscow or Washington?

Prices for flights to both Washington 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 $15
    Washington $30
Typical Food prices in Moscow

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


  • Lunch for Two
    $7.78
  • Lunch in the Center Market
    $4.24
  • Breakfast for 2
    $14

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 Washington

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Washington:


  • Water
    $2.00
  • Snacks on Monuments Tour
    $6.15

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Washington

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

  • Seattle: Pike Place Market Plant-Based Food Tour: $64
  • Washington D.C.: 3.5-Hour Georgetown Food Tour: $65
  • Washington DC: 3-Hour Italian Food Tour: $65
  • Washington DC Food Tour: Italian Cuisine in Dupont Circle: $65
  • Washington, DC: The Original Brew Tour with Tasting & Dinner: $70
  • Adams Morgan Food Tour: $76
  • Washington DC: Private Food Tour Experience: $79
  • Capitol Hill Walking Food Tour: $79
  • U Street Neighborhood Food Tour: $99
  • Washington DC Odyssey Dinner Cruise: $100
  • Private French Cooking Class with an Expert in the Heart of Washington DC: $108
  • Washington, DC 3-Hour Dinner Buffet Cruise: $122

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Moscow $17
    Washington $19
Typical Entertainment prices in Moscow

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


  • Theater Tickets
    $16
  • Kremlin Entry (2)
    $14

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

Tours and Activities in Washington

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Washington.

  • "HEROES OF FREEDOM" PRIVATE TOUR (4 Hour Military Tribute): $658
  • "SHINING CITY" PRIVATE TOUR (3 Hour Evening Tour): $658
  • 2 Day Grand Tour with George Washington's Mount Vernon: $95
  • 2-Day Colonial Williamsburg Guided Tour from Washington DC: $330
  • 24/48-Hour Washington, D.C. Hop-on Hop-off Tour: $49
  • 3-Hour "DC After Dark" Night-Time Guided Bus Tour with Stops at Top Attractions: $35
  • 3-Hour Private Jeep Tour of Washington D.C.: $495
  • 3-Hour Washington DC "Monuments By Night" Guided Night-Time Sightseeing Bus Tour: $49
  • 3-Hour Washington DC "Morning Monuments" Guided Sightseeing Walking & Bus Tour: $64
  • 3-Hour Washington, D.C Urban Adventure Scavenger Hunt: $44
  • 30-Minutes Supercar Driving Pilot Experience in Washington DC: $275
  • Advance Tickets to Washington, D.C.'s Newseum: $24

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Moscow $8.22
    Washington $15

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 Washington

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Washington:

  • Epic Washington DC Bar Crawl: By Let’s Roam: $12
  • Haunted Washington D.C. Ghost and Pub Walking Tour: $27
  • Washington DC: Boos and Booze Haunted Pub Crawl: $34
  • DC: 'New York Times Journeys' Walking Tour with Beer, Cheese and Wine Tasting: $120
  • Seattle All-Inclusive: Hike Mt. Rainier and Wine Tasting: $278
  • NOVA Private Custom Wine Tours & Tasting from DMV: $645
  • 6 Hours Northern VA Wine Tour: $920


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


When is the best time to visit Moscow or Washington?

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 Washington in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Moscow and Washington. Furthermore, many visitors come to Washington in the summer for the hiking, the city activities, the music scene, and the family-friendly experiences.

Moscow is cooler than Washington in the summer. The temperature in Moscow is usually 19°C (67°F) in July, and Washington stays around 79°F (26°C).

In July, Moscow usually receives around the same amount of rain as Washington. Moscow gets 92 mm (3.6 in) of rain, while Washington receives 3.5 inches (88 mm) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Moscow 19°C (67°F) 
    Washington 79°F (26°C)

Should I visit Moscow or Washington in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Moscow as well as Washington. Additionally, most visitors come to Washington for the hiking trails, the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, the music scene, and the natural beauty of the area during these months.

In the autumn, Moscow is much colder than Washington. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Moscow in October are around 6°C (43°F), and Washington is about 60°F (15°C).

Moscow usually gets less rain in October than Washington. Moscow gets 58 mm (2.3 in) of rain, while Washington receives 2.9 inches (73 mm) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Moscow 6°C (43°F) 
    Washington 60°F (15°C)

Should I visit Moscow or Washington in the Winter?

Both Washington and Moscow are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities. Also, the winter months attract visitors to Washington because of the museums, the Christmas ambience, the shopping scene, the theater shows, and the cuisine.

The weather in Washington can be very cold. Moscow can be very cold during winter. In January, Moscow is generally much colder than Washington. Temperatures in Moscow average around -8°C (17°F), and Washington stays around 35°F (1°C).

In January, Moscow usually receives less rain than Washington. Moscow gets 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain, while Washington receives 2.7 inches (68 mm) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Moscow -8°C (17°F) 
    Washington 35°F (1°C)

Should I visit Moscow or Washington in the Spring?

Both Washington and Moscow during the spring are popular places to visit. Also, the activities around the city and the natural beauty are the main draw to Washington this time of year.

Moscow is much colder than Washington in the spring. The temperature in Moscow is usually 7°C (45°F) in April, and Washington stays around 56°F (14°C).

Moscow usually gets less rain in April than Washington. Moscow gets 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain, while Washington receives 2.8 inches (72 mm) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Moscow 7°C (45°F) 
    Washington 56°F (14°C)

Typical Weather for Washington and Moscow

Moscow Washington
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan -8°C (17°F) 45 mm (1.8 in) 35°F (1°C) 2.7 inches (68 mm)
Feb -7°C (20°F) 37 mm (1.5 in) 37°F (3°C) 2.7 inches (69 mm)
Mar -1°C (30°F) 34 mm (1.3 in) 47°F (8°C) 3.2 inches (82 mm)
Apr 7°C (45°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 56°F (14°C) 2.8 inches (72 mm)
May 14°C (57°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 66°F (19°C) 3.5 inches (89 mm)
Jun 18°C (64°F) 76 mm (3 in) 75°F (24°C) 3.3 inches (83 mm)
Jul 19°C (67°F) 92 mm (3.6 in) 79°F (26°C) 3.5 inches (88 mm)
Aug 18°C (64°F) 74 mm (2.9 in) 78°F (26°C) 3.9 inches (98 mm)
Sep 12°C (54°F) 64 mm (2.5 in) 71°F (22°C) 3.3 inches (85 mm)
Oct 6°C (43°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 60°F (15°C) 2.9 inches (73 mm)
Nov -0°C (32°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 50°F (10°C) 3.2 inches (82 mm)
Dec -5°C (23°F) 52 mm (2 in) 39°F (4°C) 3.2 inches (82 mm)


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