Travel to Moscow: the essential tips

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If you're planning to travel to Moscow, here's all you need to know! The essential tips about what kind of clothes you're gonna need, basic tips about language and much more!

Moscow Airport

Moscow‐Domodédovo is an international airport located 35km south of downtown Moscow. This is one of the top three airports in the city and an arrival hub for Iberia and Vueling airlines. Another option is Moscow‐Sheremétievo airport, which is located north of the city and serves as an arrival hub for the Russian airline Aeroflot. And last but not least there’s the Moscow‐Vnúkovo international airport, which is in the southwest side of downtown Moscow. Depending on where you are flying in from will dictate which airport you will land. The place from where you are flying to Moscow determines in which airport you’ll land. The code for all the airports in and around the city is MOW, so any time you travel to Moscow this code should appear on your ticket.

Transportation between the airport and Moscow

You can always take a taxi to get from the airport to where you're staying. In the Domodedovo and Sheremetyevo airport, the Aeroexpress train service is a good way to get to the downtown area. In about 50 min, this train can take you from the airport to the Paveletsky main subway station for 250 rubles (around 6,15€). This service is only available from 7:00 to 00:00.

The cold weather in Russia

This is a very important topic if you travel to Moscow. In the winter, you need go well prepared: a warm coat, gloves, scarfs and even a raincoat because it tends to rain quite frequently. In the spring and fall you can wear lighter coats or jackets, but you still need some water boots and umbrellas because there’s always a chance of rain. And of course in the summer the weather is nicer, so you can get away with wearing lighter clothes but don't forget to bring a sweatshirt or a windbreaker because the nights get breezy.

Travel to Moscow: Visa

If you intend to travel to Moscow, or any other territory within the Russian Federation, you must have a valid visa in your passport and an I.D that is recognized by Russian authorities. The applicant must specify a reason for the visit to the Russian territory and present documents that justify the trip. There are different types of visas according to the reason of the visit: Tourist visa: Issued for small touristic stays, which should be the only reason for the visit. Business Visa: For professional and commercial visits, studies, civil registration issues, cultural exchanges, sports and religion.

  • Private travel visa: Only for special government guests, foreigners holding a residence permit in the Russian Federation and Russian residents.
  • Transit visa: This one is for travelers that have a transit in Russia and have to cross the passport control. Passengers with connections that do not need to leave the international area of the airport or overfly the Russian territory do not need this type of visa. The type of visa you request must match the reason of your visit to Russia and you will need to present evidence proving it. A new visa can’t be issued if there is another active Russian visa valid in the same passport. We recommend carrying your passport, the visa and the migration card during your stay, just in case any Russian police stop you.

Russian currency

Russian currency is the Ruble (RUR) which is divided into 100 Copec. The bills are in denominations of 50, 100, 500 and 1,000 Rubles. You can also pay with credit card although we recommend that you carry enough cash so you can last a few days without any complications, especially if you plan to visit nearby cities. ATM’s take American Express, Cirrus, Eurocard, MasterCard y Visa.

Russian basic phrases

The official language is Russian, which is written in the Cyrillic alphabet. English is not very common outside Moscow and Saint Petersburg, so you may find our interpreter services in Moscow very useful, and can help you avoid any communication trouble during you stay in Russia.

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