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Moscow Travel Guide: Best Things to Do + More [2023]

· everything to know about visiting moscow, including the best things to do and how to get around. ·.

the red st basils church in moscow on a white winters day

Moscow is Russia’s vibrant capital city, and it also happens to be the largest city in all of Europe. The city’s long and infamous history makes it one of the most unique places we have ever visited.

The architecture ranges from centuries-old palaces to uniform, gray concrete buildings. The people range from cold and private to warm and welcoming. Moscow is a city is strong juxtapositions, and we learned a lot during our time there.

This post will break down all you need to know about visiting Moscow, including the best things to do, how to get there, how to get around, and more.

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The Best Things to Do in Moscow

1. explore the red square.

The Red Square is the heart of Moscow. Most of the city’s top attractions can be found here, including just about everything on this list. The Kremlin, St. Basil’s Cathedral, and Lenin’s Mausoleum are all located here, and the State Historical Museum and GUM are not far from here, either.

The Red Square is a common home for parades, protests, and seasonal celebrations. There are massive Christmas celebrations here, with food vendors and carnival rides set up in numbers.

red orthodox church in moscow russia red square on a winter day

2. Check Out the Ziferblat

The Ziferblat is a café in Moscow that is unlike any café we have ever been to. While most cafes charge you for your drinks and food, the Ziferblat charges you for your time.

Upon arrival, you are given a clock. When you leave, the barista calculates how much time you spent in the café and charges you accordingly. This concept was created to help visitors to be more intentional with their time, and the cafe itself is incredibly charming.

For a detailed look at everything you need to know before you visit, make sure you read my post about visiting the Ziferblat Cafe in Moscow .

white lcocks on a table

3. Marvel at St. Basil’s Cathedral

St. Basil’s Cathedral is one of the most iconic churches in the world, and it was the single thing we were most excited to see while in Moscow. Built almost 500 years ago, St. Basil’s Cathedral is recognized by its colorful domes and whimsical style. The church is of the Russian Orthodox faith, and the inside is just as wondrous as the outside.

St. Basil’s Cathedral is located on the edge of the Red Square, making it incredibly convenient to visit. Entrance for non-worshippers costs 800 rubles, and tickets can be bought at the church

woman in winter jacket standing in front of St Basils Russian Orthodox in moscow on a winter day

4. Explore the Kremlin

The Kremlin is the largest active fortress in Europe, and it is the site of most of Russia’s government affairs. In addition to government buildings, the Kremlin Complex is filled with courtyards, towers, and museums that are open to the public. If you have the time, you could spend a couple of days fully exploring all that there is to see in the Kremlin.

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5. Walk Through Lenin’s Mausoleum

Vladimir Lenin is one of the most important figures in Russian history, and his body is located perfectly embalmed in a mausoleum in the Red Square. The Mausoleum is open to the public to visit, and as long as you are willing to go through a few security checks, it is easily one of the best things to do in Moscow. Its convenient location in the Red Square makes it a can’t miss attraction.

There is absolutely no photography allowed inside the Mausoleum. Do not test this rule.

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6. Wander Along Arbat Street

The Arbat is a very popular street in Moscow that is lined with stores, cafes, and other touristy attractions. It is one of the oldest streets in the city, dating back to the 1400s. This street is both quaint and trendy, and there are many walking tours that introduce tourists to the neighborhood’s wonders and highlights.

man in sinter jacket standing in arbat street moscow at night with glistening white lights strung from the buildings

7. Catch a Show at the Bolshoi Theatre

As a lover of the arts, it is hard to think of Moscow and not think of ballet. Russia has always been a top dog in the world of fine arts, and Bolshoi Theater is one of the best places to catch a performance. We were lucky enough to attend an Opera here, and it is a venue that you don’t want to miss out on if you enjoy opera, ballet, or orchestral performances.

8. Visit the State Historical Museum

The State Historical Museum is one of the most respected museums in Moscow. Despite its name, it is not really focused on the history of Russia as a nation. Rather, it contains a collection of artifacts from all throughout Russia’s history.

The museum’s collection is very broad in nature. It houses some items from indigenous tribes that used to occupy the region, pieces collected by the Romanov family, and more.

9. Wander Around GUM

GUM is an absolutely massive mall within walking distance of the Red Square. It isn’t just the size that draws visitors here; it’s the sense of luxury. The mall is so beautiful inside, much like the metro stations.

While visiting a mall might not sound like it belongs on a bucket list, this mall does. You will not want to miss out on visiting GUM while in Moscow.

people walking inside GUM mall in russia with christmas lights

10. Admire the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

While St. Basil’s Cathedral is the most iconic church in Moscow, it isn’t the only one. The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour is absolutely stunning, with massive golden domes. It is the tallest Orthodox church in the world, and it is the seat of the Orthodox Patriarch of Moscow.

It is located just about a mile from the Red Square, just south of the Kremlin Complex. You can walk to it from the Red Square in about 20 minutes.

How to Get to Moscow

Flying to moscow.

Moscow has three major international airports: Sheremetyevo (SVO) , Domodedovo (DMO) , and Vnukovo (VKO) . All three of them are directly connected to downtown Moscow by the Aeroexpress trains, which leave every 30 minutes throughout the day. By Aeroexpress train, you can expect to get to the city center in 25-45 minutes depending on the airport that you fly into.

Sheremetyevo is the biggest and busiest of the three airports, and it is the one you are most likely to fly into – especially if you are coming from outside of Europe or the Caucus region. We flew into Sheremetyevo on a direct flight from New York City.

I usually provide backup airport options, because flying right into the city isn’t always the cheapest way to get where you’re going. Unfortunately, when it comes to Moscow, don’t really have a choice other than to fly right into Moscow. It is a very remote city, and it is usually the cheapest place to fly into in Russia as a whole.

Since Sheremetyevo is so busy, you will probably find a great flight option anyway. I wrote in  my post about finding cheap flights  that using hub airports will lead to more affordable airfare, and the same logic applies here. Even though Russia’s national airline, Aeroflot, is no longer a member of the SkyTeam Alliance, Moscow is still a major hub connecting passengers from all over the world.

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Train or Bus to Moscow

Trains and buses are one of the most popular ways to get around Europe. However, they’re of very little use when you’re trying to get to Moscow.

Moscow is hundreds of miles from the nearest major cities. The only major European city that can even be reached within 8 hours on the ground is St. Petersburg, and even the Baltic capitals of Riga, Vilnius, and Tallinn are over 12 hours away.

If you want to get to Moscow, the best option is almost always to fly. While the train routes to Moscow are scenic, they simply take forever.

How to Get Around Moscow

METRO | TROLLEYS | TRAMS | BUSES

Moscow has one of the most memorable metro systems in the world. Its metro lines are very deep underground, and the stations are absolutely stunning. Each station has its own unique style, but all of them contain escalators that seem to go on forever.

turned-on chandelier on ceiling of moscow metro

The system was built in an effort to showcase the power of the Soviet Union and its bright future. The plans were a form of propaganda, but they resulted in what is still one of the most visually appealing subway systems on earth.

Moscow’s metro system isn’t just pretty. It is also very useful and accessible. The system has 17 lines that connect the city and its surrounding area.

But wait; there’s more!

The Moscow metro system is also incredibly affordable, with each ride costing less than a dollar. The metro is by far the best way to get around Moscow, as it is almost impossible to beat the connection times and the low cost to ride.

Tickets can be bought at electronic, English-speaking kiosks in stations, or directly from ticket counters at certain larger stations. There are also day passes available, which are a very solid option if you plan on riding the metro several times per day.

long gray escalator in moscow russia

The metro is by far the best way to get around Moscow.

In addition to the metro system, Moscow also has a network of buses, trams, and trolleys. This system is nowhere near as convenient or well-connected as the metro, though, and is likely of little use to you during your trip. There is no Uber in Moscow, but a similar app named Yandex is available if you need a ride in a pinch.

How Many Days Do You Need in Moscow?

Moscow is the biggest city in all of Europe, and it is absolutely loaded with things to do. You could spend weeks in Moscow and still find new things to do. Of course, most travelers don’t have that kind of time to spend in one place!

I recommend spending no less than three full days in Moscow, and ideally closer to five or seven.

Moscow is very spread out, and it can take some time to get from one major point to another. There are also so many places that are nice to just sit back and relax, which is hard to do when you’re in a hurry trying to cram activities into just a few days.

If you only have a week to visit Russia, I’d advise spending all of the time in one city. If you decide to split your time between Moscow and St. Petersburg, I recommend not trying to squeeze in any day trips beyond those two cities.

moscow bridge at night with lights

When Is the Best Time of the Year to Visit Moscow?

There are two different ways to approach this question. Personally, I think the best time to visit Moscow is around Christmas and New Year’s Day. While the weather will be absolutely freezing, Moscow is a surreal winter wonderland in December and January.

We were in Moscow right before Christmas. While it was very cold, you can always bundle up. Exploring the Christmas markets and pop-up ice skating rinks throughout Moscow is one of my favorite memories from anywhere I’ve traveled, and I dream of going back to do it again.

If you aren’t fond of the cold, Moscow is beautiful in the summer. It tends to get pretty cold in the shoulder seasons, so if you want warm weather, you should plan to visit in the summer. Moscow actually gets pretty warm in July and August, and there are a bunch of fantastic places to soak up the sun within the city.

The best time to visit Moscow is either around Christmas or from late May to August.

group of people walking in moscow red square at night with christmas lights everywhere

Is Moscow Safe to Visit?

While Moscow is a truly wonderful city, there’s no denying that visiting Russia comes with risks. As the country is run by an infamous communist dictator, concerns about visiting are valid. While we didn’t experience any sort of threat or negative treatment during our time in Moscow, we visited in a peaceful time.

In our experience, Russia doesn’t seem to detain normal Americans or Westerners to use as pawns. As a regular person, as long as you don’t commit any crimes, there is a slim chance you will run into any issues. However, Russia will not hesitate to enforce its laws against foreigners, and illegal behaviors will likely land you in a very compromising position.

Russia will not hesitate to enforce its laws against foreigners, and illegal behaviors will likely land you in a very compromising position.

To make matters worse, Russia has a bad reputation for gang violence. While the Russian mafia has very little interest in normal Western tourists, they won’t hesitate to pick a fight with anyone who ventures into their sphere of influence. If you seek out illegal substances or activities, you could be a target of the mafia.

If you seek out illegal substances or activities, you could be a target of the mafia.

Finally, since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, things are all very different. Russia is currently at war, and there are battles raging within 8 hours of Moscow. While it is still relatively safe to visit, that could change at any time as the war with Ukraine continues.

Is Moscow Worth Visiting?

Without a doubt, Moscow is worth visiting. It is one of the most unique major cities we have ever visited, and we hope to make it back one day. The Russian Orthodox churches are stunning, the city’s history is unlike any other, and the food is to die for.

While many visitors prefer St. Petersburg to Moscow, I think Moscow deserves a lot of hype of its own. Moscow is the beating heart of Russian culture and history, and it’s a place I highly recommend checking out if you have the chance.

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That’s all we have for you about Moscow! I hope this post was helpful as you plan your trip to Russia’s capital.

Have you been to Moscow? Or is this your first time visiting? Comment below if you have anything to add to our travel guide!

Hi, I'm Greg. I'm an avid traveler who has traveled to over 50 countries all around the world with my wife and kids. I've lived in Italy, Mexico, China, and the United States, and I dream of moving abroad again in the future. With this blog, I provide my audience with detailed destination guides to my favorite places and pro-tips to make travel as stress-free as possible.

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Schedules & Route Maps

SMART Transit east and west routes take you to popular destinations throughout the City of Moscow. Buses stop at medical offices, shopping areas, schools (including the University of Idaho campus) and high-density housing developments.

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There are two fixed routes. Both routes connect at Moscow’s Intermodal Transit Center at 1006 Railroad Street. 

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Single route schedule, west side loop.

Covers the west side of Moscow and the University of Idaho campus. Common stops include:

  • Student Union Building (ISUB) and residence halls along Sixth Street
  • Moscow Family Medicine QuickCARE
  • Palouse Mall
  • Downtown Moscow
  • Gritman Medical Center

East side loop 

Covers the east side of Moscow from the UI campus. Common stops include:

  • Moscow High School
  • East City Park
  • Aquatic Center
  • Moscow Junior High School
  • Skateboard Park
  • Latah County Fairgrounds
  • Eastside Marketplace 
  • Styner Avenue

Buses depart the Intermodal Transit Center at 10 minutes and 40 minutes after the hour.

Most stops are served every half hour. 

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West side loop schedule.

Transit Center

6:40, 7:10, 7:40, 8:10, 8:40, 9:10, 9:40, 10:10, 10:40, 11:10, 11:40, 12:10, 12:40, 1:10, 1:40, 2:40, 3:40, 4:40, 5:40, 6:40

College & Deakin Ave.

6th & Deakin

6:41, 7:41, 8:41, 9:41, 10:41, 11:41, 12:41, 1:41, 2:41, 3:41, 4:41, 5:41, 6:41

Ash & University Ave.

7:11, 8:11, 9:11, 10:11, 11:11, 12:11, 1:11, 2:11, 3:11, 4:11, 5:11, 6:11

7:12, 8:12, 9:12, 10:12, 11:12, 12:12, 1:12, 2:12, 3:12, 4:12, 5:12, 6:12

6:42, 7:42, 8:42, 9:42, 10:42, 11:42, 12:42, 1:42, 2:42, 3:42, 4:42, 5:42, 6:42

Wallace Complex

7:12, 7:42, 8:12, 8:42, 9:12, 9:42, 10:12, 10:42, 11:12, 11:42, 12:12, 12:42, 1:12, 1:42, 2:12, 2:42, 3:12, 3:42, 4:12, 4:42, 5:12, 5:42, 6:12, 6:42

6th & Perimeter

7:13, 7:43, 8:13, 8:43, 9:13, 9:43, 10:13, 10:43, 11:13, 11:43, 12:13, 12:43, 1:13, 1:43, 2:13, 2:43, 3:13, 3:43, 4:13, 4:43, 5:13, 5:43, 6:13, 6:43

6:46, 7:46, 8:46, 9:46, 10:46, 11:46, 12:46, 1:46, 2:46, 3:46, 4:46, 5:46, 6:46

Moscow Family Medicine/QuickCare

6:47, 7:47, 8:47, 9:47, 10:47, 11:47, 12:47, 1:47, 2:47, 3:47, 4:47, 5:47, 6:47

6:50, 7:15, 7:50, 8:15, 8:50, 9:15, 9:50, 10:15, 10:50, 11:15, 11:50, 12:15, 12:50, 1:15, 1:50, 2:50, 3:50, 4:50, 5:50, 6:50

Baker Hill (Wish Medical)

A & Baker

6:51, 7:16, 7:51, 8:16, 8:51, 9:16, 9:51, 10:16, 10:51, 11:16, 11:51, 12:16, 12:51, 1:16, 1:51, 2:16, 2:51, 3:16, 3:51, 4:16, 4:51, 5:16, 5:51, 6:16, 6:51

A & Peterson

A & Cherry

6:52, 7:17, 7:52, 8:17, 8:52, 9:17, 9:52, 10:17, 10:52, 11:17, 11:52, 12:17, 12:52, 1:17, 1:52, 2:17, 2:52, 3:17, 3:52, 4:17, 4:52, 5:17, 5:52, 6:17, 6:52

A & Lily

6:53, 7:18, 7:53, 8:18, 8:53, 9:18, 9:53, 10:18, 10:53, 11:18, 11:53, 12:18, 12:53, 1:18, 1:53, 2:18, 2:53, 3:18, 3:53, 4:18, 4:53, 5:18, 5:53, 6:18, 6:53

A & Almon

7:19, 8:19, 9:19, 10:19, 11:19, 12:19, 1:19, 2:19, 3:19, 4:19, 5:19, 6:19

Almon & E

7:20: 8:20, 9:20, 10:20, 11:20, 12:20 1:20, 2:20, 3:20, 4:20, 5:20, 6:20

E & Main (Rosauers)

7:21, 8:21, 9:21, 10:21, 11:21, 12:21, 1:21

2nd & Main

6:55, 7:22, 7:55, 8:22, 8:55, 9:22, 9:55, 10:22, 10:55, 11:22, 11:55, 12:22, 12:55, 1:22, 1:55, 2:22, 2:55, 3:22, 3:55, 4:22, 4:55, 5:22, 5:55, 6:22, 6:55

Friendship Square

6:56, 7:24, 7:56, 8:24, 8:56, 9:24, 9:56, 10:24, 10:56, 11:24, 11:56, 12:24, 12:56, 1:24, 1:56, 2:56, 3:56, 3:56, 4:56, 5:56, 6:56

8th & Main (Gritman Medical Center)

6:57, 7:25, 7:57, 8:25, 8:57, 9:25, 9:57, 10:25, 10:57, 11:25, 11:57, 12:25, 12:57, 1:25, 1:57, 2:25, 2:57, 3:25, 3:57, 4:25, 4:57, 5:25, 5:57, 6:25, 6:57

Friendship Square stop not serviced during Saturday Farmers’ Market May through Oct

East Side Loop Schedule

6:40, 7:10, 7:40, 8:10, 8:40, 9:10, 9:40, 10:10, 10:40, 11:10, 11:40, 12:10, 12:40, 1:10, 1:40, 2:10, 3:10, 4:10, 5:10, 6:10

College & Deakin

6:41, 7:10, 7:41, 8:10, 8:41, 9:10, 9:41, 10:10, 10:41, 11:10, 11:41, 12:10, 12:41, 1:10, 1:41, 2:10, 2:41, 3:10, 3:41, 4:10, 4:41, 5:10, 5:41, 6:10, 6:41

6:41, 7:11, 7:41, 8:11, 8:41, 9:11, 9:41, 10:11, 10:41, 11:11, 11:41, 12:11, 12:41, 1:11, 1:41, 2:11, 3:11, 4:11, 5:11, 6:11

Almon & A

8:42, 9:42, 10:42, 11:42, 12:42, 1:42, 2:42, 3:42, 4:42, 5:42, 6:42

8:43, 9:43, 10:43, 11:43, 12:43, 1:43, 2:43, 3:43, 4:43, 5:43, 6:43

8:44, 9:44 10:44, 11:44, 12:44, 1:44, 2:14, 3:14, 4:14, 5:14, 6:14

D & Jefferson

8:45, 9:45, 10:45, 11:45, 12:45, 1:45, 2:45, 3:45, 4:45, 5:45, 6:45

D & Howard

8:46, 9:46, 10:46, 11:46, 12:46, 1:46, 2:46, 3:46, 4:46, 5:46, 6:46

Moscow High School / 1912 Center

3rd & Polk

7:13, 8:13, 9:13, 10:13, 11:13, 12:13, 1:13, 2:13, 3:13, 4:13, 5:13, 6:13

3rd & Lincoln

7:14, 8:14, 9:14, 10:14, 11:14, 12:14, 1:14, 2:14, 3:14, 4:14, 5:14, 6:14

1st & Hayes

Hayes & D St.

6:45, 7:15, 7:45, 8:15, 8:45, 9:15, 9:45, 10:15, 10:45, 11:15, 11:45, 12:15, 12:45, 1:15, 1:45, 2:15, 2:45, 3:15, 3:45, 4:15, 4:45, 5:15, 5:45, 6:15, 6:45

Hayes & F St.

F St. & Orchard

6:46, 7:16, 7:46, 8:16, 8:46, 9:16, 9:46, 10:16, 10:46, 1:16, 11:46, 12:16, 12:46, 1:16, 1:46, 2:16, 2:46, 3:16, 3:46, 4:16, 4:46, 5:16, 5:46, 6:16, 6:46

F St. & Mountain View

6:47, 7:17, 7:47, 8:17, 8:49, 9:17, 9:49, 10:17, 10:49, 11:17, 11:49, 12:17, 12:49, 1:17, 1:49, 2:19, 3:19, 4:19, 5:19, 6:19

Mountain View Skate Park

Mountain View & Rolling Hills

6th & Mountain View

6:48, 7:18, 7:48, 8:18, 8:48, 9:18, 9:48, 10:18, 10:48, 11:18, 11:48, 12:18, 12:48, 1:18, 1:48, 2:18, 2:48, 3:18, 3:48, 4:18, 4:48, 5:18, 5:48, 6:18, 6:48

6th & Park

6:49, 7:19, 7:49, 8:19, 8:49, 9:19, 9:49, 10:19, 10:49, 11:19, 11:49, 12:19, 12:49, 1:19, 1:49, 2:19, 2:49, 3:19, 3:21, 4:19, 4:49, 5:19, 5:49, 6:19, 6:49

Blaine Street at 6th Street

7th & Blaine

6:50, 7:20, 7:50, 8:20, 8:50, 9:20, 9:50, 10:20, 10:50, 11:20, 11:50, 12:20, 12:50, 1:20, 1:50, 2:20, 2:50, 3:20, 3:50, 4:20, 4:50, 5:20, 5:50, 6:20, 6:50

Blaine & Mabelle

Blaine & White Ave. (Eastside Marketplace)

6:51, 7:21, 7:51, 8:21, 8:51, 9:21, 9:51, 10:21, 10:51, 11:21, 11:51, 12:21, 12:51, 1:21, 1:51, 2:21, 2:51, 3:21, 3:51, 4:21, 4:51, 5:21, 5:51, 6:21, 6:51

Styner & Northwood

6:53, 7:23, 7:53, 8:23, 8:53, 9:23, 9:53, 10:23, 10:53, 11:23, 11:53, 12:23, 12:53, 1:23, 1:53, 2:23, 2:53, 3:23, 3:53, 4:23, 4:53, 5:23, 5:53, 6:23, 6:53

Styner & Hawthorne

Styner & Main

6:54, 7:24, 7:54, 8:24, 8:54, 9:24, 9:54, 10:24, 10:54, 11:24, 11:54, 12:24, 12:54, 1:24, 1:54, 2:24, 2:54, 3:24, 3:54, 4:24, 4:54, 5:24, 5:54, 6:24, 6:54

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How to get from Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO) to central Moscow

Sheremetyevo airport

Sheremetyevo airport

1. Aeroexpress

The fastest way to get from this airport to the center of Moscow is the Aeroexpress train, which has a station right in the airport building. With no traffic on the way, you’ll arrive at the Savelovskaya train station in 45 min and the Belorusskaya train station in 53 minutes, from both you can get on the metro, from which it’s convenient to go anywhere in the city.

The first train leaves Sheremetyevo at 4:45 a.m., and the last departs 12:42 a.m. Tickets on the Aeroexpress go for 500 rubles ($8) at the ticket office and 450 rubles ($7.2) online. You can buy tickets in advance via the website aeroexpress.ru , or download the app .

Bus is a cheaper way to reach Moscow, but you might end up in a traffic jam. Another disadvantage is that the bus only goes to a metro station at the end of the line, near the city limits, so you’ll need another 30 minutes to reach the city center.

To Khovrino metro station (Green line):

- 1195 Aeroexpress buss (departure each 15 min., tickets $150 and available to buy online here )

To Rechnoy Vokzal metro station (Green line):

- Bus No. 851 runs from 5:37 a.m. to 12:49 a.m. (and to 12:45 a.m. on weekends); 55 rubles ($0.8). Travel time about 50 minutes.

- The so-called marshrutka mini-bus No. 949 runs from 6:45 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.; 80 rubles ($1.3). Travel time about 30 minutes.

To Planernaya metro station (Purple line):

- Bus No. 817 runs from 5:22 a.m. to 12:08 a.m.; 55 rubles ($0.8). Travel time around 40 minutes.

- Mini bus No. 948 runs from 6:45 a.m. to 9:15 p.m.; 80 rubles ($1.3). Travel time around 30 minutes.

To Yugo-Zapadnaya metro station (Red line)

- Night bus H1 runs from 0:15, every half an hour, 55 rubles ($0.8).

If you arrive at night and don’t want to wait for a night bus, then take a taxi. But don’t take one that’s already at the airport because they charge 5,000 rubles ($80) and more; in fact, the ride should cost no more than 2,000 rubles ($30).

There are several services and apps to help you book a taxi in advance and the price is fixed no matter how long you spend in traffic jams:

- Uber is available in Moscow

- Yandex Taxi (the app works in many languages)

- Gett Taxi (works in Russian, English and Hebrew)

- City Mobil (available in English).

The last two are available for booking in advance, but there are usually many cars in the vicinity of the airport that’ll pick you up in 5-10 minutes. When you arrive at the airport you can get online with free WiFi in the terminal, and book a car. They’ll probably ask you to call after passing through border control because waiting in front of the airport is free for only the first 15 minutes, and then it’s quite expensive.

4. Car sharing

Several car-sharing companies are available at Sheremetyevo. You need an ID, driver’s license, credit card and a smartphone. You’ll need to sign a contract with a company in order to access its vehicle (you can also do this online). The leading companies are: Delimobil ( click here to find more about access at the airport); Yandex Drive (available in English on Google Play ); and BelkaCar ( works only in Russian ). You should download an app in advance to find the nearest car.

5. Rent a car

All major car rental companies can be found at Sheremetyevo: Sixt , Europcar , Avis , and Rentalcars . You can rent a car online or by visiting the rental office. Booking in advance doesn’t influence the price much but it does provide greater choice of car models.

6. Rent a helicopter

If you’re rich enough or adhere to the notion that ‘You only live once,’ then Sheremetyevo offers a great option to avoid traffic and roads entirely. Go to the airport’s website for more information about helicopter rental - www.svo.aero.

Arriving at another airport? Find out how to get from Domodedovo (DME) and Vnukovo (VKO) to central Moscow.

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