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Public Transport in Moscow [How to Get Around]

Public transport in Moscow – in a megapolis is like air, we can not live without it, it is our necessity, it saves our time and simplifies our life. Public transport in Moscow is usually the first thing tourists deal with upon the arrival. To make it easier, we will cover different ways you can get around, followed by some vital tips basics to help you get around Moscow without any problems.

 

AEROEXPRESS

 

 

In fact, aeroexpress is one of the most convenient and reliable ways of traveling from the airports to the city rail stations and metro stations. The rail terminals are located on the Circle line (brown line) of Moscow metro. From Sheremetyevo, Airport Aeroexpress trains transport passengers to Belorussky rail terminal, from Vnukovo Airport – to Kievskaya Rail station and from Domodedovo Airport – to Paveletskay Rail Station. All three rail terminals are located in the area of eponymous metro stations – Belorusskaya, Kievskaya, Paveletskaya. Don’t confuse the stations, all three of them are transfer stations, linking to radial lines and Kievskaya even has two changes – to the blue line and to the light-blue line.

 

TICKETS

There are 6 ways to buy tickets: ticket vending machines, Aeroexpress ticket offices, at the turnstiles using the PayGate service, via www.aeroexpress.ru, Aeroexpress mobile app (for iOS and Android), and from mobile ticket clerks at the airports.

 

Check the schedule on the website:

To Moscow

To Airport

BEAR IN MIND

During FIFA World Cup fans with Fan-ID and ticket attending Moscow matches, along with volunteers, people included in the FIFA lists, and non-accredited journalists with their ID and a special railcard can travel with Aeroexpress free of charge.

Download an app or buy tickets on the website. English version is available. Plan your arrival and departure beforehand, there might be queues to the vending machines or ticket office.

 

TAXI

 

 

Lots of official reliable taxi companies have appeared on the market. The most popular among Russians are Yandex Taxi (iOS/Android), Uber (iOS/Android), Gett (iOS/Android). All you need to order a taxi is to download one of these apps, know the address where you go and precise departure. In most cases, drivers don’t speak English, but an app will overcome the language barrier. If you feel more comfortable with English-speaking drivers, you can take Lingo taxi or RuDeEn taxi.

BEAR IN MIND

Especially relevant during FIFA-2018, don’t take the unofficial taxi from the airport, it costs a fortune.

 

BUSES

 

 
 

The bus is a traditional type of public transport in Moscow and it is mostly used by the Russians. Don’t be afraid of getting around Moscow in a bus, it won’t drive you far away, if you miss your station, the distance between the stops is quite short. Free WiFi works in new buses. In addition, electronic displays in buses and on the bus stops provide passengers with information about next stop and arrival time of the next bus. What is important to do before using public transport or going down to the subway is to buy Troika card and top it up. One trip costs 35 rubles.

 

 
 

Besides daytime routes buses run at night, replacing metro. 10-night routes function in Moscow, two of them might be essential to you to know about.

 

Route “Б”– 24/7, buses running along Sadovoye Koltso. Interval – every 15 minutes

Route “H1” – from Ozernaya street to Sheremetyevo airport and backward. Interval – 30 min.

 

TRAMS

 

 
 

Another type of transport in Moscow – trams. The main benefit of traveling in trams is that they can avoid hard traffic. Originally it’s the second type of urban transport – Moscow Tram network was opened in 1872. Like in buses, pay for the trip with Troika card.

 

Over the past few years, public transport in Moscow has undergone drastic changes, that have gained great feedback from the passengers. New buses, trams, metro trains with conditioning systems, free Wifi, equipped with displays both inside and on the bus stops, with the opportunity to track the route and time of your bus in Yandex Transport app (iOS/Android). All these updates make using public transport more convenient and practical.

 

HOP ON HOP OFF

 

 
 

Another type of getting around Moscow in a bus – red double-decker that runs along three routes.

 

Route 1 – Red. Duration 1 hour. Interval – about 15 min.

Route 2 – Green. Duration- 2 hours. Interval – about 30 min.

Route 3 – combined with route 1 and 2.

 

The rules of hop on- hop off bus allows you to enter or exit an unlimited number of times during the validity of your ticket at any stop of the route.

 

BEAR IN MIND

Buy tickets online

On route 1 (red) – Alexander Garden stop may be the best place to hop on to avoid crowds.

On route 2 (green)- Smolenskaya metro station stop seems to be a right choice to hop on.

 

BICYCLE

 

 

In comparison to Copenhagen or the Amsterdam the index of using a bike as a public transport in Moscow is low, but still, the government has made some steps towards creating extensive bike-system. The longest cycle lane stretches from the Frunzenskaya embankment to Vorobyovy Gory. Overall the total length of cycle lanes constitutes 11,5 km. By 2020 this number is planned to be increased to 75 km.

 

If you decide to have a ride, choose one of the cycle stations to rent a bike on the official website of Velobike (iOS/Android).To rent a bike you need your phone, bank card to register, and then go for a ride. Price depends on the time.

 

 
 

Access to renting (all rides less than 30 minutes included in the price):

  • One-day access:  150 rubles
  • 1 month: 600 rubles

 

Price:

  • first 30 min – free
  • 1h – 30 rubles plus
  • 2h- 100 rubles
  • 3h – 450 rubles

 

Additionally, besides city bikes as the type of public transport in Moscow for super-active people – you can rent bikes in the parks, special places for renting or stores. For example, in Electra show-room you can rent Electra bikes or even buy this and other brands.

 

 

CARSHARING

 

 

Another advantageous way of getting around Moscow and, moreover, Moscow region is the service of carsharing. The concept of such a type of transport in Moscow suggests renting a car and paying for every minute you travel. Most likely you won’t use carsharing when traveling in the center of Moscow because it seems like taxi benefits outweigh the carsharing ones. Thus, main strong point in favor of taxi is that the taxi-driver either orientates himself or herself better in the city than a tourist or got used to Moscow roads and parking. Carsharing will demonstrate its usefulness when going to Moscow region. You won’t be limited by taxi, and can easily decide where to go and what to see.

 

BelkaCar

  • Price: 8 rubles/min; waiting/parking time 2 rubles/min
  • Cars: KIA Rio
  • Download the app: (iOS/Android)

website

 

YandexDrive

  • Price:  5 rubles and more/ 1min (the price depends on the time and demand)
  • Cars: KIA Rio X-Lane, KIA Rio, Renault Kaptur
  • Download the app: (iOS/Android)

website

 

Delimobil

  • Price: Basic- 7 rubles/min, Fairytale rate – 8ribles/min; waiting/parking time 2,5 rubles/min; Audi TT – 3000rubles/6h
  • Cars: Hyundai Solaris, Renault Kaptur, Audi TT
  • Download the app: (iOS/Android)

website

 

Anytime

  • Price: 8 rubles/min
  • Cars: Renault Kaptur, KIA Rio, Hyundai Solaris, SKODA Octavia, Audi A3, Audi Q3, Nissan QASHQAI и Renault Kangoo. 
  • Download the app: (iOS/Android)

website

 

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