Moscow, Russia Hotels
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Moscow is everything you’d expect from the capital city of the world’s largest country: stately, sprawling, brimming with history, and expensive. It’s right up there with Tokyo and London in terms of costly metropolises, and vacationing to Moscow poses a challenge for travelers on a budget. The city is flush with 5-star luxury accommodations. However, in recent years there’s been a push for more affordable accommodations, inspiring budget-friendly choices like Hotel Oksana and Hotel ReaKomp. Finding cheap hotels and hostels in Moscow’s city limits is possible if you know where to look.

Hipmunk's Best Hotels in Moscow, Russia

Mercure Arbat Moscow
Mercure Arbat Moscow
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4.6
Smolenskaya Square 6, Moscow
from $2
Marriott Moscow Royal Aurora Hotel
Marriott Moscow Royal Aurora Hotel
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4.5
11 Petrovka Street, Moscow
from $3
Peter I Hotel
Peter I Hotel
17 bldg. 1, Neglinnaya St, Moscow
from $5
Hotel National, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Moscow
Hotel National, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Moscow
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4.4
15/1 Mokhovaya Street, bld. 1, Moscow
from $5
Crowne Plaza Moscow World Trade Centre
Crowne Plaza Moscow World Trade Centre
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4.1
12 Krasnopresnensksya emb, Moscow
from $2
Hotel Budapest
Hotel Budapest
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3.8
2/18 Petrovskii Linii St., Moscow
from $1
Novotel Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport
Novotel Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport
Mezhdunarodnoye shosse Ownership 3 Khimki District, Moscow
from $1
Katerina City Hotel
Katerina City Hotel
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4.2
Shluzovaya Naberezhnaya 6/1, Moscow
from $0
InterContinental Moscow - Tverskaya
InterContinental Moscow - Tverskaya
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4.5
Tverskaya Ulitsa 22, Moscow
from $4
Marriott Moscow Grand Hotel
Marriott Moscow Grand Hotel
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4.3
26/1, Tverskaya Street, Moscow
from $2
More About Moscow, Russia Hotels...

The Sun Stays Out All Night in Summer

It’s not too difficult to decide when to visit Moscow. In the summer, temperatures are mild and the sun never fully sets. In the winter, the fur coats and vodka come out for good reason, and daylight hours are close to nonexistent.

Because of the drastic difference in seasons, locals and tourists alike flood the streets in Moscow from May through August. The White Lights festival runs during the summer, celebrating the seemingly eternal daylight with ballet and opera performances and concerts throughout the city. Hotels and hostels in Moscow can book up quickly in the summer with such an influx of visitors, so at this time you may consider staying further out from the city center to find the cheapest accommodation options in Moscow.

Russian’s biannual Fashion Week takes place in Moscow in March/April and October. In a country where women wear stilettos in -40 degrees, you can bet this event is taken seriously. Once again, hotel prices can rise, as Fashion Week is undisputedly one of the most posh and anticipated affairs of the year.

Winter is by far the cheapest time to visit Moscow if you can bear the cold and darkness. You may get a more local experience traveling at this time, as there are far fewer tourists in winter.

Moscow’s Major Sites and Best Free Attractions

Most of Moscow’s major attractions are located in the historic city center. While hotel prices near the attractions can be sky-high, it’s easy to commute into the center for daily sightseeing. To stick to a budget while still making the most of all the city has to offer, check out some of Moscow’s best free attractions.

You can’t take a trip to the Russian capital without visiting the famous Red Square and Lenin’s tomb. From there, admire the bright pops of color and architectural presence of St. Basil’s Cathedral. It’s free to "ooh" and "ahh" over these landmarks from the outside, although they do charge admission upon entry. 

In the summer, enjoy nature with a stroll through the massive Alexander Garden, and catch one of the many concerts that takes place there as part of the White Nights festival. You can also take a free walking tour around the major city sites, and it’s up to you how much you decide to tip at the end.

Stay in the Outskirts For the Best Hotel Deals

As a rule of thumb, central neighborhoods are more expensive than communities on the outskirts of the city. Budget-conscious travelers should avoid hotels near the historic city center in neighborhoods like Kitai-Gorod and Tverskaya, for example. Opt to stay a few miles farther out, in neighborhoods like Partizanskaya and the Arbat District, and you can save on accommodations with a wider selection of budget and mid-range options.   

Hotel Oksana is highly reviewed and rooms dip as low as $33 a night in the off-season. While it’s certainly not walking distance from the center, Moscow’s metro system is cheap, extensive and runs relatively well. You should have no problem traveling to the major sites with public transportation, even if you’re staying in the outskirts.

Hotel ReaKomp is another hotel located a bit outside the city center. Its location near a metro system makes it easily accessible, and with rates as low as $37 a night, it’s a steal.

Hostel Dorms Are Cheap and Plentiful

In a city as large as Moscow, it’s no shock that hostels are relatively easy to come by. The real surprise is how affordable they can be, considering the high price of hotels. A dorm in a hostel bed is the cheapest option for travelers to Moscow, as you can find deals as low as $6 a night on the outskirts. Staying closer to the city center will only cost you about double that, which is still a fantastic deal in such a costly city. 

Hostel at Myanitskaya, for example, is centrally located, receives high reviews, and has dorm beds for as low as $7 per night, with breakfast included.

Cheap Airbnb Rooms Make Moscow Accessible to Budget Travelers

While Moscow is known as a city of luxury, and its abundance of five-star hotels is intimidating, it's becoming more accessible to budget travelers as more and more people begin renting out private rooms in their homes. There are well over 1,000 Airbnb listings in the Russian capital, with a ride range of private rooms and full-property rentals.

You should be able to find relatively central rooms in Moscow for as low as $30 a night, though on average expect to pay more like $50 or $60. In summer, with an influx of visitors, Airbnb hosts are likely to raise their rates a bit.

As you move further from the city center, private rooms drop as low as $20. By spending just a few extra bucks in the outskirts, you could find yourself a place as nice as some hotels. It’s possible that the Airbnb host doesn't speak English (a profile written only in Russian is a good indicator), which may account for a lower price.

Russia’s capital is unlike any other travel destination, and a visit to Moscow can open your eyes to past, present, and future world events and relations. Although the city may be one of the world’s most expensive, finding great deals on mid-line hotels or hostel dorm beds helps cut prices dramatically. A visit to Moscow is doable on any budget.

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