Moscow is one of the biggest cultural and tourist centres of Europe. As the capital of Russia, Moscow is also one of the fastest growing tourist destinations boasting such well-known sights as Red Square, the Kremlin and Lenin’s tomb.
It is the most populous city in Europe with more than 10 million inhabitants. Moscow is a vibrant city renowned for a wide range of art and culture including the Tretyakov Gallery, as well as the opera and ballet at the Bolshoi Theatre.
International flights into Moscow arrive at one of three airports – Domodedovo, Sheremetyevo or Vnukovo. From Domodedovo a taxi to the city-centre should cost about R2,000. The express train to the almost central Paveletsky station (R450, 45 minutes) is another option.
From Sheremetyevo airport shuttle buses (R250, 30 minutes) go to Rechnoi Vokzal metro station in the north. The express train (R450, 35 minutes) goes to the central Belorussky railway station.
From Vnukovo airport you may get by express train goes to the Kievskaya station (R450, 45 minutes).
The city is served by an extensive transit network, which includes three international airports, nine railway terminals, numerous trams, a monorail system and one of the deepest underground metro systems in the world, the Moscow Metro, the fourth-largest in the world and largest outside of Asia in terms of passenger numbers.
Tickets on the Moscow cost R40 for one journey anywhere within the system. A block of 20 tickets costs R500. The extensive bus, tram and trolleybus system is just as cheap. There are no English-language signs in the metro, so count the stops to make sure you get off at the right place.
Where to stay
There are more than 200 hundred hotels of all shapes and sizes in Moscow ranging from five-star luxury to budget options for tourists watching their pennies. It is estimated that every night in Moscow hotels welcome around 70,000 guests.
Staying in the heart of Moscow can be quite expensive but there is a wide range of accommodation options for any budget – from luxurious suits to funky hostels dorms.
What to do
Tours & attractions – When visiting Moscow for the first time the usual landmarks are a must. The Kremlin’s high red walls and towers surround an inner city of palaces, cathedrals, government buildings and museums atop Borovitsky Hill.
If you are interested in the history of Russia then you can visit Red Square which is home to the remodelled and modernised Lenin’s Tomb. The Red Square is also the site for the extravagant looking St Basil’s Cathedral with its brightly decorated rood and beautiful interior.
Shopping – The GUM shopping mall is a landmark in Moscow’s Red Square. It occupies the majority of the historic square’s east side with a facade stretching the length of two and a half football fields. The GUM (pronounced as ‘goom’) department store was built over a hundred years ago and is a testament to the expertise of late nineteenth century Russian architecture and contains around 200 shops.
Art & culture – Moscow has a rich history of art and culture with a large mix of galleries, museums and theatres. The most famous of which is the Bolshoi, home of both opera and ballet.
The State Tretyakov Gallery possesses a unique collection of Russian art which includes masterpieces which span a period of a thousand years. It contains more than 170,000 works by Russian artists from early religious paintings to modern art.
The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts is Moscow’s best museum for non-Russian art. Works from ancient Egypt and Rome through the 21st century are represented here.
Russia is proud of its space travel achievements, and the technologically savvy and interactive Cosmonaut Museum introduces visitors to its cosmic accomplishments.
Eating out / Night life
Moscow is a great city for dining out, there are plenty of quirky cafés and hidden restaurants to suit everyone’s taste and pocket – whether it’s traditional local cuisine or international dishes.
The night scene in Moscow is as laid back or lively as you want it. From familiar pubs and beer halls to elegant lounge bars. The Russian capital has everything you could need for a memorable night on the town.
Moscow has a humid continental climate with warm summers but long and cold winters. Typical high temperatures in the warm months of June, July and August are around 23°C/73°F.
Destination Guide courtesy of FIA Formula E website.