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Getting around Russia

Getting around Russia

Despite some existing opinions getting around Russia is quite easy and convenient.


Three main airports take international travelers into Moscow and one into St. Petersburg. The Moscow airports are Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO), Domodedovo International Airport(DME), and Vnukovo International Airport (VKO).
The airport in St. Petersburg is Pulkovo Airport (LED).
There is also a number of International Airport located in big cities across the country. In particular the international flights are made to Kazan, Vladivostok, Sochi and etc.
The network of inland flights is also highly developed in Russia and the low-cost flights make it even a more convenient way to travel.


Nine train stations serve Moscow. The station of arrival depends on the region passengers came from. From the Western TransSib terminal in Moscow, travelers can begin their 5,800 mile trans-Siberian rail trip to the city of Vladivostok on the Pacific coast.
International trains with sleeper cars are available to Moscow or St. Petersburg.


Magnificently decorated metro stations of Moscow are an attraction in themselves, so it’s worth taking the challenge. The following tips will help you getting around the metro at ease: first of all always keep a color map written in both English and Russian at hand.
Pay attention at the signage – all the lightboxes and signs are provided with English translation. So as the voice announcements. One ticket is valid through the whole trip – there’s no zone division.
And the ring-radial system of the Moscow metro makes it’s easier to find your way wherever your destination is.


Transfer to an airport in Moscow (and mostly elsewhere in Russia) will cost an average of 1500-2500 rubles (20-30 euros). A trip around the city – about 700 rubles (10 euros).
There is a danger of being stuck in a traffic jam in the rush hour (18:00-20:00).
Using mobile applications such as UBER, Yandex Taxi, Gett is very handy too.

Buses (long-haul)

Long-distance buses continue to be a means of transport widely used in Russia for trips between cities, as they offer routes and schedules that trains often don’t cover.
The buses depart from the stations, though they also make stops at other points in the cities for the collection of passengers. It is also common in some cities that buses have an exit at train stations or shopping centers.
Tickets are sold at the ticket offices of the same station or on the bus, though recently there have been platforms that allow the purchase of tickets online in advance.

Urban transport: Bus, Minibus, Trolleybus & Tram

Services are frequent in city centres but more erratic as you move out towards the edges.
t’s also likely that they can get jam-packed in the late afternoon.A stop is usually marked by a roadside ‘А’ sign for buses, ‘Т’ for trolleybuses, and ТРАМВАЙ or a ‘Т’ hanging over the road for trams.
The fare is usually paid to the driver. You will be charged extra if you have a large bag that takes up space.
Within most cities, minibuses double up on official bus routes but are more frequent. They will also stop between official bus stops, which can save quite a walk.

Useful apps

UBER, Yandex Taxi, Gett

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