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.See the weather in Moscow
Moscow is located in the Moscow time zone MSK (Moscow Standard Time) with time zone offset +04:00.See the time in Moscow
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.
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.Learn more
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:
Nine railway stations are situated in Moscow.
From Moscow you can travel by train non-stop to Paris, Nice or Vladivostok – wherever you wish to go.
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.
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).Learn more
You may use your usual phone number or buy a sim-card of any Russian provider.
911 — in 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)
8-800-220-0001 — for Russian tourists
8-800-220-0002 — for foreign tourist
220 V plugs are standard continental European type.
British and North-American appliances need an adapter which is provided in every hotel.
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.