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Transports in Moscow

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Moscow has an extensive transport network like most European cities. Find out, in this city, how to travel stress free.

With a population of some 15 million inhabitants, Moscow attracts thousands of tourists every year due to its prosperous economy, as well as its rich historical and cultural heritage. Hence, the development and modernization of its transport network. Indeed, the Russian capital city has an extensive transport network consisting of bus, subway, trains, tram, buses, etc., which will allow you to travel anywhere at affordable rates. You may also rent a car if you have a valid driver's license and a knowledge of the Russian Highway Code.

Car

If you are planning to rent a car in Moscow, you will need an international driver's license, as well as a notarized Russia translation. You are also required to have the vehicle's documents and insurance certificate on board while driving. If you have moved to Russia with your car, you will also require a Russian customs document stating that you will leave the country along with your vehicle. This condition also applies to tourists.

 Warning:

Choosing to drive in Russia means that you will have to understand many roads' poor conditions, the bad quality gasoline available, as well as unreliable road signs, etc. Moreover, if you are fined by the police, settle it in Russian Rubles and request for a receipt.

Subway

Moscow's subway system is divided into two zones: zone A which is the administrative district Novomoskovski and zone B which includes Troïstski and Zelenogradski. You are likely to locate yourself quite easily at the subway station. Moreover, two pricing plans apply.

Taxi

Those who prefer to travel by taxi may make an advance booking by phone or on the taxi company's website. Some taxis may charge you per kilometer while others will charge in terms of travel time (20, 30 or 40 minutes). It is best to hire taxis which will take a single client at a time if you wish to have quality service.

Bus

Most Muscovites prefer to travel by bus for their everyday travel. You may choose from some 660 lines and around 6,700 buses to travel anywhere around the city. You will also find facilities for handicapped people as well as a satellite system, air conditioning and audio and visual facilities.

Note that buses in Moscow are available as from 5 am till 1.30 am the next morning. Fares are to be paid on board to the bus controller. You will need some RR 28 to travel by bus.

Commuter trains

Moscow also hosts a network of commuter trains called “elektritchki”. This network, which includes 88 stations, stretching over 190 km of rail, connects the following neighborhoods: Kiev, Riga, Kazan, Gorky Paveletskaya, Saviolovo, Yaroslavl, Ryazan Kourks, Smolensk and Paveletskaya. Note that all commuter train stations are connected to the metropolitan network. Hence, you may continue your trip peacefully.

Tickets can be purchased at vending machines which are available at train stations. Rates generally vary according to different destinations.

 Good to know:

The Aeroexpress, which is a high speed line, even connects the different neighborhoods to Moscow's three major airports.

Monorail

Ulitsa Sergei Eisenstein, Timiriazevskaïa, Ulitsa Milachenkhova, Teletsentr, Ulitsa Akademika Koroliova, Vystavotchny tsentr, which are found in the Northern district, are served by the monorail system. This train starts to operate as from 7 am and is available till 11 pm.

Tram

Moscow's tram network consists of 42 lines and some 1000 modern and comfortable tramways. These will not only take you to boulevards outskirts via lines A and B bus also to the Taganka neighborhood via line B.

Trolleybus

Moscow has the world's largest trolleybus system, covering some 600 km. The system consists of 90 lines with around 1,600 vehicles.

Shuttle minibus

If you want to go to a particular place, without correspondence, you can travel by shuttle minibuses which are available almost everywhere. These generally follow the same routes as buses. However, trips are longer. Shuttle minibuses are available as from 5 am until midnight. Rates vary according to different destinations and are to be paid on board.

 Useful links:

Expat.com - Moscow Forum
Mosmetro - Moscow Metro engl.mosmetro.ru
MSK Rusavtobus - Bus network msk.rusavtobus.ru
Taxi Blues www.taxi-blues.ru
Minibus shuttle www.autoline.ru
RZD - Russian Railways pass.rzd.ru

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