Why visit Moscow, Russia
Moscow is the capital of the Russian Federation as well as its most populous city. It is situated on the Moskva River in western Russia, and has at its historic core the iconic Kremlin, the fortified complex that is home to the country’s President and many tsarist treasures.
Consider heading underground when visiting Moscow. The 80-year old Moscow Metro underground system is said to be the most beautiful in the world, as it is almost as much an art gallery as it is a transport network.
Things to do in Moscow
On a visit to Moscow don’t miss checking out Red Square. It is Russia’s symbolic centre as well as the site of the State Historical Museum, Lenin’s Mausoleum, and the 16th-century St. Basil’s Cathedral, which has stunning, coloured, onion-shaped domes. Tourists should also head to the GUM, a huge shopping complex near Red Square; visit the Bolshoi, the oldest theatre, to see a ballet production; or listen to classical music at Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. When it comes to green space, you should spend time exploring Izmailovsky Park, which is set in a 16th-century royal estate. As well, Gorky Park is fun to visit as it has an amusement park, a Ferris wheel, and ice skating in winter.
Best time to visit Moscow
Moscow has a harsh climate and is incredibly cold in winter, so it’s best to avoid the city during that time of year. Summer is very crowded though, so a good time to visit tends to be April to May, or September to October.
Expect to pay
The currency in Moscow is the Russian ruble.
You can expect to pay approximately AUD$3.30 for a regular coffee in Moscow.
Arriving in Moscow by plane
There are three airports servicing Moscow. The main one is Moscow Domodedovo Airport, also known as Domodedovo International Airport. It sits approximately 40km from the CBD. In addition there is Sheremetyevo International Airport, which is 30km from the centre of Moscow, or Moscow Vnukovo International Airport, also just under 30km from the city.
Some of the airlines operating flights from Australia to Moscow are Qatar Airways, Air China, Air Berlin, Singapore Airlines, Air India, Swiss, Air Serbia and Virgin Australia.
Australians planning a visit to Moscow should apply for a visa prior to travel. You can apply in advance at a Russian Embassy or Consulate.
Transportation to city centre
A taxi from the airport into the Moscow city centre varies according to your departure terminal and your destination, but starts at around $20.
Where to stay in Moscow
Moscow is divided into six different districts, with most of the city’s activity happening around the Central district. In Moscow you might also like to stay within the Boulevard Ring that contains many historical buildings and key sights; in the Garden Ring for museums; or in the other districts for a variety of shopping, hotels and restaurants.
It pays to book a hotel online for the most affordable rates.
Useful tips before you go
Visitors to Moscow should take care to cover themselves when entering/attending a church. Women should not expect a handshake when meeting someone in Russia (and shouldn’t initiate one), although men will typically greet each other every morning with a handshake.
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Please note: all information is correct as of June 2016.
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