A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Tehran vs. Kiev for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Tehran or Kiev?

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 Tehran and Kiev. 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: Tehran or Kiev?


The capital of Iran, Tehran is a cosmopolitan city with great museums, art galleries, parks, restaurants, and more. It is located in the northernmost part of Central Iran at the foot of the towering Alborz mountain range. Some of the most popular attractions include the Treasury of the National Jewels, Golestan Palace, and the Tajrish Bazaar.


Kiev is the capital city and also the largest city in the Ukraine, with a population of almost 3 million in the metropolitan area. It is situated on the Dnieper River in the north central part of the country and is one of the oldest cities in Eastern Europe, dating back to the fifth century. The people in Kiev are quite friendly and welcoming, and are happy to have you in their city. It can, however, be difficult to communicate and get around if you don't speak at least a little Russian. It is doable with a little sign language and the help of a guide book with translations though.

Which place is cheaper, Kiev or Tehran?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Tehran is $78, while the average daily cost in Kiev is $27. 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 Tehran and Kiev in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Tehran $62
    Kiev $18
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Tehran $124
    Kiev $36
Compare Hotels in Tehran and Kiev

Looking for a hotel in Tehran or Kiev? 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 Tehran

Hotels in Kiev

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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Tehran $0.39
    Kiev $1.08

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Kiev

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Kiev:

  • Private Transfer Kyiv Boryspil International Airport to Zhytomyr.: $173
  • Tunnel of Love, Tarakaniv Fort & Lutsk Private Round-Trip Transfer from Kyiv: $152
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Kyiv Boryspil International Airport to Chernihiv city: $147
  • Strategic Missile Forces Base: Round-Trip Transfer from Kyiv& Museum Guided Tour: $146
  • Tarakaniv Fort & Tunnel of Love Round-Trip Transfer from Kyiv by Private Vehicle: $135
  • Tunnel of Love Round-Trip Transfer from Kyiv by Private Vehicle: $113
  • Luxury Arrival Transfer From Kyiv International Airport Zhuliany(IEV): $80
  • Luxury Arrival Transfer From Kyiv Boryspil International Airport (KBP): $80
  • Luxury Departure Transfer From Kyiv Boryspil International Airport (KBP): $80
  • Luxury Departure Transfer To Kyiv International Airport Zhuliany(IEV): $80
  • Kiev Airport Transfers : Kiev City to Kiev Boryspil Airport KBP in Luxury Van: $78
  • Kiev Airport Transfers : Kiev Boryspil Airport KBP to Kiev City in Luxury Van: $67

Is it cheaper to fly into Tehran or Kiev?

Prices for flights to both Kiev and Tehran 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
    Tehran $14
    Kiev $7.58

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Kiev

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

  • "Kiev Private Food Tour" - Taste the best Ukraine has to offer: $53
  • Ukrainian cooking master class − the tastiest master class in Kyiv: $103
  • Kyiv Restaurant Food Tour: Ukrainian Cuisine Tasting: $113
  • Private Gastro/Food Tour In Kyiv : $144
  • Cooking master class: $226

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Tehran $4.59
    Kiev $2.13

Tours and Activities in Kiev

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

  • The best sights of Kiev in 3 hours. Private tour by car: $87
  • "Kiev Private 6 Hour Food, History & Nightlife Tour": $92
  • "Kiev Private City Tour" - Visit the best parts of the Capital: $53
  • "Kiev Private Nightlife Tour" - Visit Secret Bars & Party with Locals: $53
  • (!50% to UA army!) Must-see places in Kyiv - Private driving tour: $63
  • 1 Day Chernobyl Tour including Body Contamination Scan: $126
  • 1- or 3-Hour Private Kyiv Guided Bike Tour: $56
  • 2 Hours Kyiv Street Art Tour : $32
  • 2 Hours Private Walking Tour to Kiev Pechersk Lavra : $39
  • 2 hours Private Walking Tour in Ancient Kiev: $42
  • 2-Day Small-Group Tour to Lviv from Kiev by Intercity Train: $225
  • 2-days Group Tour To The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone: $279

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Tehran -
    Kiev $6.69

Sample the Local Flavors in Kiev

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

  • Kiev Bar Crawl - Private Nightlife Tour: $49
  • Private Pub Crawl - Beer Tasting: $70
  • Kiev Pub Crawling | Private Beer Tasting Tour: $77
  • Speakeasy Bar Crawl: $135
  • Private Tour To Chernihiv Brewery With Beer Tasting (City Tour Included): $185

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Tehran and Kiev, we can see that Tehran is more expensive. And not only is Kiev much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Tehran is in Middle East and Kiev is in Europe, 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 Kiev would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Kiev 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 Tehran would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Tehran than you might in Kiev.

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

Which is Bigger, Tehran or Kiev?

Tehran has a larger population, and is about 3 times larger than the population of Kiev. When comparing the sizes of Tehran and Kiev, 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.

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