With the 2018 FIFA World Cup now in full swing in Moscow, StayPlanet brings you the complete guide to the city, from transport to attractions to hotels we’ve got you covered.
Before you embark on your trip to Moscow be aware that you do need a Russian tourist visa to enter the country. It’s important to have this organised in advance to avoid unnecessary stress before you leave.
There are three main airports: Sheremetyevo International Airport, Domodedovo International Airport and Vnukovo International Airport.
Top tip: When booking your trip make sure you consider which one of these airports is the closest to your hotel. A common mistake is booking the wrong airport, leaving tourists traveling hours from the airport to their destination.
Getting to and from any of the airports listed above is relatively simple. The quickest way (30-47 minutes) to get to and from the airport is by the ‘Aeroexpress’ train. You will be expected to pay 500 roubles at ticket windows, however, if you purchase tickets on their website or with their mobile app you can be expected to pay a reduced price of 420 roubles.
(500 Russian Roubles = 6.79 Euro)
The recommended form of transport around the city is by metro, it’s known for being cheap, quick and convenient. You are almost always guaranteed to reach anywhere via the metro in Moscow. You can also expect to find wonderful architecture while traveling by metro as the underground is also a museum.
Tickets can be bought at windows labelled ‘KACCA’ at metro stations and range in price depending on how many trips you are planning on taking.
Other forms of transport around the city include bus, tram and taxi.
Red Square is a cobblestoned area located at the very heart of Moscow. The name originates from the word krasnaya which translates to both ‘red’ and ‘beautiful’. It’s the most central point in Moscow due to major streets originating from it. Many attractions surround the square such as the Saint Basil’s Cathedral and the Kremlin.
St. Basil’s Cathedral is located at the southern end of Red Square. It’s the most recognisable architectural attraction due to the crazy colours, patterns and shapes. Its unique structure and style is why it’s a must see while traveling to Moscow.
The Kremlin is also located near the Red Square and overlooks the River Moskva. It includes five palaces, four cathedrals and now serves as the official residence of the President of the Russian Federation.
Gorky Park is known for its more modern culture, leisure and activities; including cycling, rollerblading, beach volleyball and table tennis. There are also bicycle rentals available throughout the park. In the winter months the ponds located in the park turn into the city’s biggest ice-skating rink, ensuring plenty to do all year around.
Moscow has plenty to offer and this includes places to stay while you visit too. The city has plenty of options when it comes to hotels, hostels and apartments, visit our website to find an accommodation that suits you and your budget on our website: stayplanet.com
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Written by Sofia from StayPlanet.