Moscow: Local Travel Info
More than just Fur and Vodka
Getting around Moscow
Internal flights and major international airports in Moscow
Moscow is served by five primary commercial airports: Sheremetyevo International Airport, Domodedovo International Airport, Bykovo Airport, Ostafyevo International Airport and Vnukovo International Airport. Sheremetyevo is the most common entry point for foreign passengers, handling 60% of international flights. It is also the second nearest. Domodedovo handles many long-haul flights, whereas the other three provide much of internal Russian travel.
Getting to and from the airport in Moscow
Sheremetyevo is served by the 851, 851c (express) bus and by minibus to Metro Rechnoi Vokzal. If you are travelling this way be aware that the buses go to Sheremetyevo 1 before 2, which is where most international flights fly from. The 817 bus to Metro Planernaya also goes there and you can expect to pay under €1 for travel. City buses are also notably roomier than minibuses – though the minis are quicker. The buses go to Metro stations, which is where you can complete your journey. Cab travel costs around €50-60 to the city centre and you should be sure to agree a price with the driver and pay it before you leave, to avoid trouble. Of course always use official ranks when doing so.
Getting to Domodedovo is slightly easier - being served by Paveletskaya metro station and generally has a reputation for being fast and efficient.
Renting Cars in Moscow
Russia unfortunately has a particularly high car death rate and only an experienced or savvy driver should consider it. Cheap car rental options in Moscow from Russian-made cars are easier to find away from the airport, though for the average non-fluent Russian speaker, a bigger branded Western name will at least be familiar and accountable. You can expect prices from €80 per day and considerably less for the domestic ones. Book you car rental for Moscow online before you travel to secure a cheap car hire in Moscow deal.
Drivers’ License requirements in Moscow
Most well-known establishments will require a blocked security amount on your credit card/deposit and may charge you more for returning to different outlets. The minimum accepted age is usually 21 years old and you will need a valid drivers’ license.
Driving Rules in Moscow
General road safety rules are similar to what you will be used to, however as it is Europe, you will of course be driving on the right side of the road. Parking can be difficult in Moscow and there is known to be a great deal of congestion around the city. You are expected to ensure everyone in your vehicle wears their seatbelt at all times. The maximum speed limit within the city is 60 km/h, but be sure to look out for regional restrictions as normal.
Buses in Moscow
Buses in Moscow cost around 40 cents for one trip from the driver, though you can save even more by buying your ticket beforehand. This is then inserted into the ticket machine as you then board the bus. Moscow buses do not have the most punctual reputation and can be up to 40 minutes late in the evening. Buses run from 5:30-1:00am and are boarded in the yellow-plated ‘A’ bus stops. There are no night buses after the last bus, so you will have to find your own way if you have a late one.
Taxis in Moscow
Generally reliable but be vigilant at all times. Make sure you agree the price beforehand and if possible, pay in advance. Moscow taxis are adorned by the traditional chequered design and unless you are in a lively area, it may be necessary to flag a passing one as normal.
Cycling in Moscow
Bikes are generally hard to find for hire in Moscow. Leaving a bicycle unattended, even with a lock is not recommended and there are no official cycle areas. On the road, Moscow can be a dangerous and congested place so only confident travellers are advised to cycle in Moscow.
Water Transport in Moscow
Water-taxis are in the pipeline in Moscow and should be around by 2010. Moscow has two passenger terminals – North and South River Terminal. These cruise along the Moskva and Oka rivers, mainly for entertainment purposes.
Hitch-hiking in Moscow
Certainly not recommended in most cities and Moscow is no different. Hitch-hiking should be seen as a last resort in Moscow.