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

Should you visit Moscow or Zurich?

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 Zurich. 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 Zurich?


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.


Zurich has the biggest connection for trains in Switzerland. It also has the country's biggest and busiest airport. Because of its importance as a transportation center, it is likely to be the first place you visit in Switzerland. It is the financial capital of the country (although, contrary to what you may have thought, not the political capital). It has many international companies, and is home to the country's stock exchange.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Sightseeing Tours in Switzerland, and The Best Romantic Tours for Couples in Switzerland.

Which place is cheaper, Zurich 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 Zurich is $266. 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 Zurich in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Moscow $40
    Zurich $168
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Moscow $80
    Zurich $336
Compare Hotels in Moscow and Zurich

Looking for a hotel in Moscow or Zurich? 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 Zurich

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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: Zurich Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Moscow $6.18
    Zurich $35
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Moscow

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

  • Two Metro Passes

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Moscow

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

  • Private Transfer from Pekanbaru Airport (PKU) to Tengkerang Barat: $41
  • Private Transfer from Tengkerang Tengah to Pekanbaru Airport (PKU): $41
  • Private Transfer from Wonorejo to Pekanbaru Airport (PKU): $43
  • Private Transfer from Pekanbaru Airport (PKU) to Pekanbaru City: $43
  • Private Transfer from Pekanbaru City to Pekanbaru Airport (PKU): $43
  • Private Transfer from Pekanbaru Airport (PKU) to Kampung Bandar: $43
  • Private Transfer from Pekanbaru Airport (PKU) to Kota Baru: $43
  • Private Transfer from Labuh Baru Barat to Pekanbaru Airport (PKU): $43
  • Private Transfer from Simpang Tiga to Pekanbaru Airport (PKU): $43
  • Private Transfer from Tanah Datar to Pekanbaru Airport (PKU): $43
  • Private Transfer from Pekanbaru Airport (PKU) to Delima: $43
  • Private Transfer from Pekanbaru Airport (PKU) to Tampan: $43

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Zurich

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

  • City Pass (2)

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Zurich

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Zurich:

  • Zurich to Zurich Airport (ZRH) - Departure Private Transfer : $42
  • Zurich City to Zurich Airport one way Private Transfer : $105
  • Zurich Airport ZRH to Vals Thermal Resorts: Round Trip Transfer: $132
  • Zurich Airport ZRH to Davos Klosters/Parsenn Arrival Transfer: $116
  • Zurich Airport Transfer: Zurich Airport (ZRH) to Zurich: $99
  • Zurich Airport (ZRH) to Titisee-Neustadt Thermal Arrival Transfer: $47
  • Zurich Airport (ZRH) to St Anton am Arlberg - Arrival Transfer: $105
  • Zurich Airport (ZRH) to Grindelwald/Wengen - Round-Trip Transfer: $177
  • Zurich Airport (ZRH) to Feldberg - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $144
  • Zurich Airport (ZRH) to Badenweiler Thermal - Arrival Transfer: $77
  • Transfer From Zürich Airport To St. Gallen: $123
  • Transfer Basel to Zurich Airport: $469

Is it cheaper to fly into Moscow or Zurich?

Prices for flights to both Zurich 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
    Zurich $61
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 Zurich

Some typical examples of dining costs in Zurich are as follows:

  • Breakfast for 2

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Zurich

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

  • Zürich Food Tour: $98

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Moscow $16
    Zurich $35
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:

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

Tours and Activities in Zurich

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Zurich are as follows:

  • 3 Hours Private Tour Around Zurich: $224
  • 3 in 1: Zurich Walking Tour - Cruise on the Lake - Cable Car Ride to Felsenegg: $101
  • Best Intro Tour of Zurich with a Local: $156
  • Best of Zürich & Surroundings: Walking Tour, Cable Car and Ferry: $90
  • Best of Zurich Tour with Felsenegg Cable Car and Ferry Ride : $73
  • Best of Zurich and Surroundings - Extended City Sightseeing Tour: $87
  • Christmas Walking Tour in Zürich: Exploring Holiday Charm: $45
  • Circular City Tour: $44
  • City tour of Zurich with the city whisperer from CHF 21.00: $78
  • Conscious Foodies Tour: $156
  • Day trip to Swiss Villages from Zurich - Small Group Tour by Car: $200
  • Engelberg Day Tour from Zurich with Lucerne Stop: $87

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Moscow $7.94
    Zurich $29

Sample the Local Flavors in Zurich

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

  • Informative wine tasting with Italian appetizers in the secure wine cellar: $156

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

Which is Bigger, Moscow or Zurich?

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

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 Zurich in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Moscow as well as Zurich. Also, the music scene and the family-friendly experiences are the main draw to Zurich this time of year.

In the summer, Moscow is around the same temperature as Zurich. Typically, the summer temperatures in Moscow in July average around 19°C (67°F), and Zurich averages at about 21°C (70°F).

Moscow usually gets around the same amount of rain in July as Zurich. Moscow gets 92 mm (3.6 in) of rain, while Zurich receives 89 mm (3.5 in) of rain this time of the year.

  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Moscow 19°C (67°F) 
    Zurich 21°C (70°F)

Should I visit Moscow or Zurich in the Autumn?

Both Zurich and Moscow are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities. Also, many travelers come to Zurich for the shopping scene, the music scene, and the natural beauty of the area.

In October, Moscow is generally much colder than Zurich. Daily temperatures in Moscow average around 6°C (43°F), and Zurich fluctuates around 13°C (56°F).

In October, Moscow usually receives less rain than Zurich. Moscow gets 58 mm (2.3 in) of rain, while Zurich receives 70 mm (2.8 in) of rain each month for the autumn.

  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Moscow 6°C (43°F) 
    Zurich 13°C (56°F)

Should I visit Moscow or Zurich in the Winter?

Both Zurich and Moscow during the winter are popular places to visit. Furthermore, many visitors come to Zurich in the winter for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

Zurich can get quite cold in the winter. Be prepared for some very cold days in Moscow. Moscow is much colder than Zurich in the winter. The daily temperature in Moscow averages around -8°C (17°F) in January, and Zurich fluctuates around 3°C (37°F).

Moscow usually gets less rain in January than Zurich. Moscow gets 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain, while Zurich receives 77 mm (3 in) of rain this time of the year.

  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Moscow -8°C (17°F) 
    Zurich 3°C (37°F)

Should I visit Moscow or Zurich in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Moscow and Zurich. Furthermore, most visitors come to Zurich for the natural beauty during these months.

In the spring, Moscow is much colder than Zurich. Typically, the spring temperatures in Moscow in April average around 7°C (45°F), and Zurich averages at about 12°C (53°F).

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

  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Moscow 7°C (45°F) 
    Zurich 12°C (53°F)

Typical Weather for Zurich and Moscow

Moscow Zurich
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan -8°C (17°F) 45 mm (1.8 in) 3°C (37°F) 77 mm (3 in)
Feb -7°C (20°F) 37 mm (1.5 in) 5°C (40°F) 70 mm (2.8 in)
Mar -1°C (30°F) 34 mm (1.3 in) 8°C (46°F) 72 mm (2.8 in)
Apr 7°C (45°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 12°C (53°F) 79 mm (3.1 in)
May 14°C (57°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 16°C (60°F) 101 mm (4 in)
Jun 18°C (64°F) 76 mm (3 in) 19°C (66°F) 100 mm (3.9 in)
Jul 19°C (67°F) 92 mm (3.6 in) 21°C (70°F) 89 mm (3.5 in)
Aug 18°C (64°F) 74 mm (2.9 in) 21°C (69°F) 104 mm (4.1 in)
Sep 12°C (54°F) 64 mm (2.5 in) 18°C (64°F) 79 mm (3.1 in)
Oct 6°C (43°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 13°C (56°F) 70 mm (2.8 in)
Nov -0°C (32°F) 58 mm (2.3 in) 7°C (45°F) 82 mm (3.2 in)
Dec -5°C (23°F) 52 mm (2 in) 4°C (39°F) 83 mm (3.3 in)