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  • Moscow Travel Guide

    Climate

    Moscow has a humid continental climate which is much like the climate in some countries of Northern Europe. An average temperature in March is about 0°C, in July — 23°C.

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    Time

    Moscow is located in the Moscow time zone MSK (Moscow Standard Time) with time zone offset +04:00.

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    60.1482 US Dollar $

    67.1495 EU €

    76.1536 GBP £

    Currency rates

    The national Russian currency is ruble.

    All payments for goods and services throughout Russia must be done in rubles, or by major credit cards. Foreign currency can be exchanged in banks or currency exchange offices at the airports, hotels or in the city.

    Exchange rates may vary daily.

    Visa

    As a rule of thumb, the majority of foreign visitors should obtain visa to get to Russia – in a Russian embassy or consulate at place of your residence.

    The easiest way is to make use of services provided by visa application centres or travel agencies.

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    Get to Moscow

    Airports

    If you arrive in Moscow by air you will find yourself in one of the three international airports:

    One can get to the airports not only by car but also using a non-stop rapid-transit “AeroExpress”. The train runs from the main railway stations in the city centre:

    • Kiyevskiy — to the Vnukovo,
    • Belorusskiy — to the Sheremetyevo
    • and Paveletskiy — to the Domodedovo airports.
    How to get to airport or railway station

    Railway stations

    Nine railway stations are situated in Moscow.

    • Long-distance trains to and from Western Europe arrive in and leave from Kievskiy and Belorusskiy railway stations.
    • Trains to Saint-Petersburg, Estonia and Finland leave from Leningradskiy railway station.
    • Trains from Rizhskiy railway station head to Latvia.
    • Trains from Yaroslavskiy and Kazansky railways stations go to the north and east of Russia and Siberia.
    • From Kurskiy railway station trains go to the south of the country and the Black sea.
    • Savelovsky railway station is the only station operating suburban trains.

    From Moscow you can travel by train non-stop to Paris, Nice or Vladivostok – wherever you wish to go.

    Getting around Moscow

    Subway (Metro)

    There are twelve lines and 188 stations in the Moscow Metro. This is many fewer than in New York or Tokyo and is, therefore, pretty easy to understand. That is especially true because the Moscow subway system is laid out in a radial pattern.

    The Moscow Metro system opens at 6 am, and the official closing time is 1:00 am, when the escalators at transfer points are stopped, and passengers are no longer able to move from one line to another. However, if you are in the Metro at 1.00 am and catch the last train, it will take you safely to your destination on that line. Trains run frequently, for instance at rush hour almost every minute, and even late at night you will probably not have to wait more than five minutes.

    A one-trip ticket costs around 40 rubles. You can buy it in a ticket office or automat at any metro station.

    Many stations in the city centre are renowned as masterpieces of architecture. The following centrally-located stations of the Moscow Metro are the most popular among tourists and tour guides: Mayakovskaya Station, Ploshad Revolutsii, Arbatskaya Station, Komsomolskaya Station, Novokuznetsksya Station, Kropotkinskaya Station, and Kievskaya Station.

    Download Moscow Metro Map

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    Surface transport (bus, trolleybus and tram)

    Every large street in the city is served by at least one bus route. Many of these routes are doubled by trolleybus and tram routes.

    Moscow surface transport goes from 5:30 a.m. till 1:00 a.m.

    The average distance between bus stops is about 150 m (500 ft).

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    Taxi

    There are several taxi services operating in Moscow, the most noticeable on the streets being The New Yellow Taxi

    Approximate cost of one trip is 1000 RUB.

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    Hints and tips



    • Quite heavy traffic in the streets of Moscow often causes traffic jams, so it is better to use metro on weekdays, especially in between 9-11 a.m. and 5-8 p.m. Going to the airport by taxi you should have no less than two hours before start of check-in.
    • As a rule of thumb a gratuity in restaurants amount to 5-10% of the bill.
    • In Moscow museums visitors usually have to get special right for photographing, it is prohibited to shoot using flash. Monday is a non-working day in the majority of museums.

    Telephone

    You may use your usual phone number or buy a sim-card of any Russian provider.

    Emergency numbers:

    911in any situation dangerous for life, health or property of a tourist

    937-9-911 — Moscow rescue service

    01 — fire and rescuers

    02 — police

    03 — ambulance

    112 — rescue services from mobile phone (dispatcher speaks Russian and English)

    Hot lines for tourists:

    8-800-220-0001 — for Russian tourists

    8-800-220-0002 — for foreign tourist

    Electricity

    220 V plugs are standard continental European type.

    British and North-American appliances need an adapter which is provided in every hotel.

    Wi-Fi

    WiFi is available almost in every cafe or restaurant, business center or mall within a Garden Ring, less frequently outside it. Most of hotspots are free – whenever you are at a cafe, ask your waiter for a free WiFi pass slip if your device does not connect automatically.

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