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Introduction

Moscow's Belarus Station, Moscow

Moscow's Belarus Station, Moscow

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Moscow is the capital of Russia, and the country's primary political and economic centre. Formerly a communist strong-hold, this city is coming out of its repression and embracing capitalism to the fullest extent. The once empty shelves are now filled with expensive designer and luxury goods. Unlike many areas and cities in the country, Moscow has see its population growing over the last decades, and is rivalling cities like Paris and London regarding the number of inhabitants, of which the total urban area now has well over 13 million! With the growing numbers of cars, this might give first time visitors a feel of one big polluted area with constant traffic jams and compared to its neighbour St. Petersburg it really needs to grow on you before you uncover its beauty.

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Sights and Activities

  • Moscow Metro - Metro in Moscow is not just for transportation. It’s a huge underground museum where you can enjoy the best samples of Soviet art and architecture. During this tour we visit the most remarkable stations built in Stalin Empire style: Mayakovskaya, Kievskaya, Novoslobodskaya, Komsomolskaya and Revolution Square, then go deeper into the history exploring vintage trains in Moscow Metro museum.
  • Novodevichiy Convent - Founded in 1524 by VasiliyIII (the father of Ivan the Terrible) in honor of the return of city Smolensk to Russia Novodevichiy Convent has become a shelter and sometimes a prison for many ladies of Russian Royal and boyar families. It survived during the Napoleon army occupation in 1812 and was used as the Museum of Women’s Emancipation at Soviet times. Being one of the best preserved samples of medieval Russian architecture it was proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Izmailovo Flea Market and Kremlin - Izmailivo Flea Market (often called Vernissage) is a famous one-stop souvenir venue in Moscow. If you want to take a piece of Russia to you country this place is the best to visit. You can find there everything – from matreshka dolls to Soviet life-style propaganda posters, from samovars to bears skin rugs, from oil paintings to school and military uniforms at best prices than elsewhere in Moscow. Even if you buy nothing it’s a fun place to watch and take photos. Izmailivo Kremlin is located near by. It was built just few years ago as a replica of traditional Russian Kremlin, but has become a popular entertainment place not just among tourists but among Muscovites, too. There is a typical Russian wooden church, a bunch of cafes and workshops on its territory. If you like to know the history of Russian vodka welcome to the Vodka museum.
  • VVC (former VDNH) - Built in 1939 VVC (former VDNH) was the largest in the USSR exhibition to display the country’s economy achievements. It was planned as a temporary venue, but due to its enormous success became permanent. Now VVC an open-air museum where you can see some of the best samples of Soviet architecture and science. Though the buildings are quite run-down at the moment and need restoration, watching the Fountain of People’s Friendship, The Worker and Kolkhoz Woman monument, the Gagarin’s Space ship “Vostok” you can still feel the spirit of the bygone Empire.
  • Red Square and the Kremlin - The Red Square separates the Kremlin, the former royal citadel, from the merchant quarter. The square holds Lenin's Tomb, everyday except Monday's and Friday's from 10:00am until 1:00pm. St. Basil's Cathedral, the famous onion-domed church sits to the south end of the square. To the east is the GUM department store, previously known for it's long lines, it now features a number of high end stores. The Kremlin has long been the one of the most important seats of political power in Russia, and current houses the Russian president. The Kremlin is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Moscow Kremlin’s grounds and museums are open every day except Thursdays from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

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Weather

Moscow has a continental climate with warm summers and cold winters. Summers from June to August see average highs of 21-23 °C with nights around 12-14 °C. Temperatures can hit 35 °C or more though and in 2010 the city had the warmest summer by far with a month of temperatures well above 30 °C and an alltime high of 38 °C. Winters are much colder, with temperatures during the day well below zero from December to February and nights around -10 °C on average though temperatures have been know to drop to -40 °C during some occasions. Average annual precipitation is around 700 mm with summers being the wettest time of year and late winter/early spring the driest time. Snow is possible from October to April though tends to concentrate from December to February.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max-6.3 °C-4.2 °C1.5 °C10.4 °C18.4 °C21.7 °C23.1 °C21.5 °C15.4 °C8.2 °C1.1 °C-3.5 °C
Avg Min-12.3 °C-11.1 °C-5.6 °C1.7 °C7.6 °C11.5 °C13.5 °C12 °C7.1 °C2.1 °C-3.3 °C-8.6 °C
Rainfall42 mm36 mm34 mm44 mm51 mm75 mm94 mm77 mm65 mm59 mm58 mm56 mm
Rain Days11889811121011101212

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Getting there

Red Square at night

Red Square at night

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By plane

There are 3 airports near Moscow:

International
Among the three airports, there are numerous flights, mainly to destinations in Europe and Asia including Amsterdam, Bangkok, Beijing, Berlin, Cairo, Delhi, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hong Kong, Istanbul, London-Heathrow, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Rome, Shanghai, Tokyo, Toronto, Washington-Dulles and Zürich.

Domestic
Aeroflot flies to and from Adler/Sochi, Anapa , Astrakhan, Barnaul, Irkutsk, Kaliningrad, Kemerovo, Krasnodar, Krasnoyarsk, Magadan, Mineralnye Vody, Nizhnevartovsk, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Perm, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Samara, St. Petersburg, Surgut, Tyumen, Ufa, Vladivostok, Volgograd, Yekaterinburg and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. Other major airlines in the country are Rossiya Airlines, Transaero and S7 Airlines.

By train

Moscow is the starting point (or ending point for travellers heading west) for the Trans-Siberian Railway, with destinations like Vladivostok and Beijing.

Moscow - Finland
Between Helsinki and Moscow, there are direct daily overnight trains with 'The Tolstoi', taking roughly 13 hours to cover the routes. Trains are fast and comfortable.

Moscow - China
There are two routes between Moscow and Beijing: the Trans-Mongolian and the Trans-Machurian routes, both of which are southern branches of the better-known Trans-Siberian Railway. The first goes via Ulan Bator, cutting across Mongolia and then into China. It leaves Moscow every Tuesday night, taking about 6 days to reach Beijing. The second cuts into northern China at Manzhouli and continues to via Harbin. It leaves Moscow on Friday night and takes about 6 days as well to cover the distance to Beijing. For more information look at the article: Trans-Siberian Railway or check the Timetable directly for exact schedules.

Moscow - Kazakhstan
There is train every second day between Moscow and Almaty in Kazakhstan, leaving Moscow at 10:30pm and arriving on day 5 early in the morning in Almaty. From Almaty, trains leave at around 7:30am, arriving on the 4th day at around 10:30am. Check this site for schedule details.

Moscow - Kyrgyzstan
Two trains a week link the capitals of Russia and Kyrgyzstan. From Moscow, trains leave on Thursdays and Sundays at 11:15pm, arriving in Bishkek on Mondays and Thursdays respectively at 2:30am. Trains leave Bishkek around 10:00am on Mondays and Thursdays, arriving in Moscow on Thursdays and Sundays just after 3 in the afternoon.

Moscow - Uzbekistan
There are three trains a week between Moscow and Tashkent (Uzbekistan). Trains leave Moscow on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 11:15pm, arriving 3 days later at 7:15pm in Tashkent. In the opposite direction, trains depart from Tashkent at around 7:00pm on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, arriving in Moscow 3 days later at just after 3 in the afternoon.

Moscow - North Korea
There is one train a week between Moscow (Yaroslavski station) and Pyongyang, usually leaving on Friday from Moscow, and Saturday from Pyongyang. It takes a week to complete the entire journey.

By Bus

Eurolines provides international buses to places like Riga and even all the way to London, a multiple-day trip!

By boat

Although there are no official passenger services to/from Moscow, there are still river cruises which visit Moscow, mainly in summer. There are 2 river terminals in Moscow. The North Station, in Khimki neighborhood, provides berths for cruise ships to St Petersburg, as well as Astrakhan, Rostov-on-Don and other cities along the Volga. The South Station is not used commercially anymore.

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Getting around

By car

Much of Moscow's geography is defined by the numerous 'Ring Roads' that circle the city at various distances from the centre. With the Red Square and the Kremlin forming the very centre, the innermost ring road is the Boulevard Ring (Bulvarnoye Koltso), built in the 1820s where the 16th century walls used to be. It runs from the Christ the Savior Cathedral in southwest central Moscow, to the mouth of the Yauza in southeast central Moscow. The next ring road, the Garden Ring (Sadovoe Koltso), derives its name from the fact that landowners near the road in Tsarist times were obligated to maintain gardens to make the road attractive. In Soviet times, the road was widened, and curently you will find no gardens there. The recently constructed Third Ring is not much use for tourists but is a heavily used motorway which absorbs a bit of Moscow's traffic. Finally, the outer edge of Moscow is largely defined by the Moscow Ring Road, a motorway which is over 100 kilometres long and encircles the entire city. Finally, a Fourth Ring is due to be built between the Third Ring and the Moscow Ring Road in the next years, much needed to relief a bit of the growing pressure on Moscow's existing other (ring)roads.

By public transport

Lenin mural in Moscow subway

Lenin mural in Moscow subway

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Check the All in one Moscow Search Engine for public transportation.

Moscow has an eloborate and wide spread subway system. There are 12 lines and 172 stations covering a total length of 278 kilometres.
The Moscow Metro uses magnetic cards (contact cards) for tickets with a fixed number of journeys (up to 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 60 and 70 journeys for 30 days from the day of the first journey). 60 roubles (approximately US$2) will get you a ticket valid for 5 trips of any distance. The Moscow Metro is open from about 5:30am until 1:00am. During peak hours, trains run roughly every 90 seconds on most lines. At other times during the day, they run about every two to three and a half minutes, and every six to ten minutes late at night. Most station names are only printed in Cyrillic, so travellers are recommended to learn how to pronounce the letters of the cyrillic alphabet to make travelling the metro easier.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Boulevard Apartment1-st Kolobovsky pereulok 15/6, building 1, apt 31Apartment-
Capital Hostel5/6, Malaya Ordynka, MoscowHostel83
Comrade HostelMaroseyka street 11 3rd floorHostel84
Godzillas HostelBolshoi Karetnyy 6Hostel87
Golden Ring Hostel & apartmentsPogdestvenka st 5/7 Rogdestvenka st 5/7HOSTEL81
HM HostelAp.14, Maly Afansyevskiy 1/33Hostel76
Bulgakov (HomeFromHome) HostelArbat street 49, apt 9Hostel55
Hostel Central MoscowKutuzovsky prospect 24Hostel81
Hostel OasisStrastnoy bulvar 4/3 2 floorHostel72
Hotel Akvarel-Moscow12, Stoleshnikov alleyway building 3Hotel-
Orekhovo Hotel, MoscowShipilovsky Proezd, 43 korp.1 39Hotel-
Hotel Rus-Moscow21st km of Warsaw highwayHotel-
Kremlin suiteZemlyanoi Wal 39/1Apartment-
Moscow Central Apartments29 Leninsky pr. office 401-408Apartment-
Moscow Home-Hostel2 Neopalimovsky per.1/12Hostel71
Napoleon HostelMaly Zlatoustinskiy Street Dom 2, 4th FloorHostel75
Near Kremlin ApartmentsNew Arbat 6Apartment65
Nova House4 Devyatkin pereulok Apt. 6Guesthouse86
Old Arbat DeluxeBolshoy Afanasevskiy Lane 11/13Apartment-
Petrovka Loft17/2 41 Petrovka StreetHotel81
Pushkin Square (o)office 533, 35, ulitsa Old Arbat (5th storey)Apartment-
Sadovaya Apartmentoffice 533, 35, ulitsa Old Arbat (5th storey)Apartment-
Suharevka (Lenin Hostel)Bolshaya Sukharevskaya Square 16/18 Apt. 5Hostel70
Taganka Apartmentoffice 533, 35, ulitsa Old Arbat (5th storey)Apartment-
Trans-Siberian HostelBarashevskiy Per. 12Hostel84
Yellow Blue Bus Hostel4 Tverskaya - Yamskaya #5 Apt. 8Hostel79
ChocolateDegtyarniy lane, house 15, building 1 Apt 4Hostel77
Artel Artistic HostelTeatraniy Proezd, 3 (through the arc)Hostel75
Moscow Style HostelTverskaya St, 15, ap. 80Hostel77
ShelterBolshoy Kharitonyevsky Lane 13Hostel-
Hostel Soniastr. 4 Tverskaya Yamskaya, 12Hostel-
Buddy Bear Hostelstr. Smolenskii boulevard 15, apartment 13.Hostel-
Rainbow HostelLuchnikov lane House 7/4, Building 6, 4th floorHostel-
Hotel Bitsa-MoscowBalaklavskii prospekt d.33,Hotel-
Day'n'Night HostelLuchnikov Lane 7/4 building 6, 3rd floorHOSTEL71
Hostel-museum Red StarMuranovskaya st.4, Entrance 3, Ground Floor, Apt 100Hostel-
Moscow City Center HostelTverskaya, 27, 8th floor appart.83HOSTEL81
Tsvetnoy Boulevard ApartmentBolshoy Sykharevskiy per 2/24 Unit 4Apartment-
Hostel Home from HomeEntrance 2, Ap.9 Arbat St. 49Hostel83
Maxima Slavia Hotel44 Yaroslavskoe ShosseHOTEL-
Maxima Zarya HotelGostinichnaya St., 4/9HOTEL-
Hotel Izmaylovo 3*Izmaylovskoye Highway 71Hostel-
Kvart Apartments ArbatNoviy Arbat,16Apartment-
A la Russe Hotel & HostelVoznesenskiy Str,build.5HOSTEL62
Gagarin HostelKrivokolenny lane 8/1 app 8 dial 8K2339Hostel83
Moscow Ideal HostelMaroseika 13, building 3, 6 floor, apartment 62Hostel79
TNT Hostel Moscow5 Zvonarskiy per.,3rd floorHostel79
OhostelUl. Malaya Ordynka, 19, 3rd floorHostel-
Basilica HostelSerebryanicheskiy pereulok 1aHostel75
All The World Hostel MoscowBolshaya Tulskaya St., 54, 1 floorHOSTEL-
Hostel Orange on BasmannayaNovaya Basmannaya 16 building 4, entrance 4 apartment 38Hostel-
Trip and SleepDenegniy Pereulok 9/5Hostel-
Matreshka Hostel2-nd Neopalimovskiy pereulok 3 metro Park Kultury (ring line)Hostel-
1st Arbat HostelMaliy Kakovinskiy pereulok, 4, bld. 1, app. 8Hostel81
Bagration GuesthouseKutuzovsky avenue 30/32Guesthouse-
City Realty Kremlin DeluxeSivtsev Vrazhek lane 15/25Apartment-
4 Rooms Home HotelBolshoy Karetny lane 17 building 3, flat 110 (porch №7, leftmost)Hotel-
Galina's FlatChaplygina Str 8 -35Guesthouse80
Fresh HostelSretenka str. 26/1, 3 entrance (door code 18B1597 3rd floorHOSTEL-
7 Sky HostelMiasnitskaya Street 21/8 build 5, ap. 24HOSTEL75
Taganka HostelMarksistskaia street 34/2 Vorontsovskaya street 35B-2Hostel80
3 PenguinsPetrovsky boulevard 17/1 flat 6Hostel78
Prosto Hostel1st yamskogo polya streetHostel-
Hostel Orange at PresnyaSredny Tishinsky Pereulok 10 entrance 1, doorphone code #656 Floor 2Hostel-
Hostel Orange na SadovomSadovaya-Spasskaya Str.17/2 doorphone code 9B2190, floor 8Hostel-
Traveller Hostel & HotelSadovaya-Samotechnaya, 15/1HOSTEL-
Pyjamas HostelBolshoy Zlatoustinsky, 3A/2, 45HOSTEL82
Fabrika Hostel & Gallery on Red OctoberBersenyevskiy pereulok, 5, building 3, 4 floorHOSTEL79
C&C Apartment5th Kozhukhovskaya str., 32, bldg.1APARTMENT87
Moscow RentalsBorisoglebskiy pereulok, 12 Kazanskiy pereulok 8Apartment-
Hostel New ArbatNew Arbat 2Hostel-
Pushkin HostelBolshaya Bronnaya street, 27/4Hostel-
Hostel VersaillesTverskaya street, 12-7Hostel-
Green ManGO HostelNovaya Basmannaya st. 25/2Hostel-
Vanilla Bed and BreakfastBol. Kozikhinskiy Pereulok 4Guesthouse79
People HotelNovinsky boulevard, 11HOTEL-
108 Minutes HostelMalaya Ordynka, 5/6, bld.4, apt.3HOSTEL84
Panamas HostelBolshoy Zlatoustinskyi Pereulok 3A/2 App.1HOSTEL75
Souvenir HostelSpiridonovka street, 26Hostel-
ModernHostelMantulinskaya Street Building 10Hostel-
Bananas Hostel MoscowPokrovsky blvd, 8 bld.2HOSTEL77
Giraffe HostelApartment 14, 2nd floor Bol'shaya Gruzinskaya st.32.10Apartment-
Academika Hostel15 Smolenskiy blvd.Hostel-
Pocrov Hotel105062, Pokrovka str., 40b, MoscowHotel-
Bear Hostels on MayakovskayaSadovaya-Kudrinskaya 32 Constr.2, floor #4HOSTEL74
Panda Hostel1st Shchipkovsky lane, 18HOSTEL-
TheBestHostelMaroseyka 13/3Hostel-
Kvart Apartments BelorusskayaBelorusskayaAPARTMENT-
Master OtelMoscow Maroseyka str.13/3Hostel73
Kvart Apartments TverskayaOruzheyniy lane,5Apartment-
Kvart Apartments KievskayaKievskayaAPARTMENT-
Kvart Apartments Prospekt MiraOrlovo-Davidovskiy per,1APARTMENT-
Dmitrovka HostelBolashaya Dmitrovka str., 22HOSTEL72
PhilippNew Arbat 10 Philippovsky lane 18GUESTHOUSE-
Central Hostel MoscowNovinskiy boulevard 28/35 apt 2, floor #2HOSTEL-
ColumbZubovskiy blv 35, str. 1, kv. 1HOSTEL-
iVAN HostelPetrovsky pereulok, 1/30, apt. 23.HOSTEL81
Bear Hostels on ArbatskayaBolshaya Molchanovka 23 Construction 2, fHOSTEL81
Kassado Plaza - MoscowMnevniki Street 3 Bld.2HOTEL-
Hostel MirgorodНаш адрес г.Москва. ул.ПокровкHostel-
Chillax Hostel2-y Kolobovskiy pereulok, 9/2HOSTEL87
Maxima Panorama Hotel4 Masterkova str.HOTEL-
Okhotnik Hotel1, Golovinskoye ShosseHOTEL-
Ibis Moscow Paveletskaya HotelShchipok Str 22 Bld. 1HOTEL-
Maxima Irbis Hotel1 Gostinichnaya str.HOTEL-
Tverskaya LoftTverskaya Street 12/7 apartment 257HOSTEL79
Hotel PostalAlexander Solzhenitsyn Street, 10/1HOTEL-
Dinamo Aprtment33a Leningradsky Ave.APARTMENT-
The Hostel Orange on KutuzovskyKutuzovsky proezd building 6 entrance 2Hostel-
Da! Hostel(Old) Arbat, 11HOSTEL74
Hostel DOMPodsosenskiy pereulok 21 building 5HOSTEL80
Petr 1 Hostel73-G Izmailovskoe Shosse str.HOSTEL-
Embassy SuiteNovinskiy Boulevard 15APARTMENT-
High Rise DeluxeKudrinskaya Square 1APARTMENT-
City Centre Olympic SuiteSadovo-Sukharevskaya, 13/15APARTMENT-
Old Arbat Theatre SuiteBol'shoi Nikolopeskovskiy Pereulok 6APARTMENT-
Ministry DeluxeSmolenskiy Boulevard 22/14APARTMENT-
Tverskaya Deluxe1-Ya Tverskaya-Yamskaya 15APARTMENT-
Guesthouse & Hostel Flat No7Bol'shie Kamenshiki, d. 4, kv. 7HOSTEL-
Apple Hostel MoscowBig Spasoglinitshevsky Lane 6/1HOSTEL-
Safari HostelPetrovka 26, Str. 8HOSTEL81
Tipo Hostel LightProspekt Mira 105HOSTEL-
Private Room in Moscowproezd Solomennou Storojki-6GUESTHOUSE-
Cinema Hostel MoscowMaly Zlatoustinsky Side- Street, 2HOSTEL-
Traveller Hostel&HotelBolshaya Tulskaya 54, Apt 1HOSTEL-
MamaRo Apartments22, Spiridonovka St.APARTMENT-
Hostel Free StyleRozhdestvenskiy Bul'var, 5/7HOSTEL-
Nomad Hostel21/8 Myasnitskaya str., bld.5, Apt. 23HOSTEL-
ShelterPetrovka street 17 building 8HOSTEL-
Kiev Style HostelKreshatik St. 15Hostel-
Artist hostel on Chistie PrudiArkhangelsky pereulok build.11/16, corp.4, ap. 57.Hostel-
Artist hostelsBaumanskaya street 2Hostel-
Comfortable homestay in Moscow Russiader. Saburovo 7a KrasnogorkGUESTHOUSE-
GrossotelPrechistenskaya nab., d. 15HOTEL-
Hostel StolichnyiSerafimovicha 2, pod.10, etazh 6.HOSTEL-
Backpacker EcohostelStarosadskiy pereulok, 5/8 str.3HOSTEL-
Hostel LaptiPartiyniy Pereulok 1/2Hostel-
Z-HostelZnamenka st, 15, app. 16HOSTEL-
Petrovka Hotel17/5 Petrovka StHotel-
Lapti Design Hostel1 Partiynyy per., bld. 2HOSTEL-
Fabrika Hostel & Gallery on ArbatSivcev Vrazhek per. 19HOSTEL-
Welcome Home HostelSmolenskiy Bul’var 6/8, 129 kHOTEL-
City Loft RoomsMerzlyakovskiy lane 15HOSTEL-
Faro hostelArbat 25/36, 7HOSTEL79
Hostel Gol'yanovoGol'yanovskiy Proezd 4a s1HOSTEL-
At AtelierSadovnicheskaya Street 25HOSTEL-
Intermark Serviced ApartmentsNoviy Arbat 25Apartment-
Seasons hostelBolshaia Ordynka 9/13Hostel-
Hostel Stariy ZamokSerafimovicha 2HOSTEL-
Hostel SopsMyasnitskaya Street 46 bld 2Hostel-
TimeHome HostelMyasnitskaya street , 15 App 13Hostel-
ABC hostel MoscowSerafimovicha Street 2HOSTEL-
Angelhostelул.Садовая-спасская 191HOSTEL-
ABC Hostel309 Serafimovicha str. 2 Entrance 16 4 floorHostel-
Evropa HostelSadovaya Triumfal'naya 16/2HOSTEL-
Top-HostelБольшой казенный переулокHOSTEL-
Plaza HostelEntr.1, Build3, Maly Zlatoustinskiy SidestreetHOSTEL-
Oh So Indie House HostelApartment 21, Floor 3, 20, Povarskaya Street, Arbatskaya,HOSTEL-
Sleepbox Hotel1-ya Tverskays-Yamskaya st. 27HOSTEL-
Hostel Moscow IzmaylovoПервомайская верх. ул., д36 с1HOSTEL-
Landmark HostelMoscow, Russia Starovagankovskiy pereulok 15HOSTEL-
Apartment Potemkin at Tverskaya1st Tverskaya-Yamskaya, 7HOSTEL-
Arizona DreamМосква, Малая Бронная 24/4HOSTEL-
Old MoscowMaroseyka street 13/1HOTEL-
Petrovka Sky HostelPetrovka Street 17/1HOSTEL-
DK HostelМосква, Пятницкая 53/18 корп 1HOSTEL-
City Comfort HotelBuild. 3, Maly Zlatoustinskiy SidestreetHOTEL-
ZaZaZoo3A, 10, Maliy Zlatoustinsky lane streetHOSTEL-
Maxima Zarya HotelGostinichnaya Street 4/9Hotel-
Hostel D'Arbat119019, Moscow, Noviy Arbat str. 6,HOSTEL-
Chicago HostelZhukovskogo Street 4 Bld 1, BasmannyHOSTEL-
By CrocusMoscow, 3-ya Myakininskaya Street 20AGUESTHOUSE-
Semenovskiy Mini HotelMoscow, Lechebnaya Street, 3GUESTHOUSE-

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Keep connected

Internet

Russia is a huge country, and excess to the internet varies a lot. The main cities and tourist places have (free) wifi excess at lots of places, like restaurants and cafes (McDonald's is always a safe bet). Internet cafes are present in larger places as well. Rural areas and especially if you venture into remote and/or mountainous areas have little excess at all. Most travellers will find connections though when using their phone or tablet.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The emergency number is 112. The country code for Russia is 7. Russian phone numbers have an area code with three, four or five digits (according to their province), followed by an individual number with, respectively, 7, 6 or 5 digits, always yielding 10 digits in total. The three digit code 800 is used for toll-free calls. Mobile phones always have three-digit "area" codes and seven-digit numbers. Calls within any one area code may omit the area code (except in Moscow). Inter-area code calls within Russia: 8 (wait for tone) full Russian number including area code. The international access code for dialling outwith Russia is the sequence of 8 (wait for secondary tone and then) 10. International calls to Russia, as always, replace the plus sign (+) in the international phone format with the local international access code for the country you're calling from, followed by Russia's country code of 7 followed by the individual Russian phone number including area code.

You will require a SIM-unlocked GSM 900 / 1800 compatible international cell phone when buying a Russian SIM card. If you do not have your own international cell phone, it's best to buy a cheap cell phone with some value on the card. Foreigners can purchase a local SIM card by showing your passport. BeeLine is considered to be the best in terms of reliability and connections quality. However Megafon's services can be a bit cheaper.

Post

Russian Post is the national postal service of Russia. It's English version is currently under construction, but mainly involves the track&trace system. The domestic post is reasonably reliable, and sending international mail is fairly reliable but slow, taking at least a few weeks to European countries, longer to the USA or Australia for example. The delivery of mail sent from abroad to Russia is highly unreliable, and people or companies tend to use foreign adresses, from where a private carrier sends it to Russia. Alternatives like poste restante are non-existent with Russian Post. Most cities and large towns in Russia have a Central Post Office (Glavpochtamt), which also sells stamps and envelopes, and usually has fax services and Internet availability, though the latter mostly not in smaller places. Also, many hotels have postal services, including mail boxes. Post offices tend to keep long hours, usually from 8:00am or 9:00am until 8:00pm or 9:00pm Monday to Friday, and closing earlier during weekends. The main central post offices in the biggest cities keep even longer hours. For sending parcels, you can also try services by DHL Russia and FedEx Russia. For all mail you can use the regular alphabet, though maybe include the country's name in Cyrillic. For sending post to Russia (or trying to receive it) note that addresses should be in reverse order: Russia, postal code, city, street address, name.

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 55.755786
  • Longitude: 37.617633

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