18 Best Things Not To Miss in Moscow, Russia

Things to do in Moscow RussiaAs a Russian who has lived in Moscow  for many years, I have finally decided to write a blog post about it, incredible! 🙂

The list below is for people who have time and/or the desire to see some attractions in Moscow.

If you are traveling to Russia in the near future, just scroll down the list of 18 sights below and you will find recommendations for pubs, visa info, average prices for things and many practical tips.

1 red square moscowFor those who have some time to discover the capital of Moscow – great, you will certainly have some fun!

I know the list is long and you probably won’t have the time to see everything. But that’s ok, you should scroll down the list and just choose what you like the most. Make sure to book IN ADVANCE, as things can get crowded during high season.

1. Red Square

Red Square is the heart and soul of Russia! The most famous landmark of Moscow and the whole country, it is an absolute must do!

The square is always full of people and has some special festive atmosphere! If you get lost, you can always ask locals for directions – “Krasnya ploshad”.

Here are the must see places inside the square:

Saint Basil’s Cathedral

1.1 Siant Basil Cathedral red squareAdmire the Saint Basil’s Cathedral (the famous church with the colorful onion domes), and take a full circle around it as it is not only beautiful from one side of the square. The cathedral was commissioned by Ivan the Terrible in the 16th century and the legend says that the eyes of the architect were cut out after he built this cathedral.

Why? So that he could not build one more beautiful cathedral like that, duh!

Oh, the barbaric traditions back in the time… He was called Ivan the Terrible for a reason, right?

You can enter the church, the price is 350 rub, but it is not that spectacular from the inside.


Check out the stunning building on the left of the church, it is GUM – the main department store of the country and the most beautiful one, too! Nowadays, they do an AMAZING job decorating the place and I am sure it will look fantastic during your visit too! Go inside to check it out!

Lenin’s Mausoleum

1.3 Lenin Mausoleum

The place serves as the resting place of the leader of the communist movement, Vladimir Lenin. Preserving the body with different reagents is a high secret.

It’s really bizarre, if you ask me, to display a mummy of a person in the heart of the city, it has been there for almost a century. But hey, you can visit it!

Visiting the Mausoleum is free of charge but it’s only open on Tuesdays to Thursday and Saturday from 10 to 13; more details on it here. Keep in mind that no photos and even no loud talking is allowed inside the Mausoleum. The entrance is from Aleksandrovskiy Garden side.

Eternal Flame

There is an Eternal Flame in honor of an unknown soldier on the left side of Red Square right after the exit. Changing the guards is worth seeing, it happens every hour.

TIP: You can take a Free Walking tour to get to know all the above attractions with an English-speaking guide.

If you would like a private guide, here is an inexpensive option.


The Kremlin is the official residency of the President of the Russian Federation. You can see it from the outside – the red walls that surround the Red Square, or you can take an excursion to one of the museums located inside.

Read more about the Kremlin and the museums inside it in the next paragraph.

Metro: “Okhotny Ryad”, “Teatral’naya”, “Ploshad’ Revolutsii”.

2. Kremlin

2 kremlinKeep in mind that you cannot go inside the Kremlin walls unless you are visiting a museum or you are part of a tourist group.

There are a couple of museums you can visit inside:

Armoury Chamber

Kremlin Armoury (Оружейная палата) houses the famous Faberge eggs collection. It holds unique collections of weapons, jewelry and various household articles of the tsars.

ATTENTION: Entrance is only granted at designated times. You can buy tickets online in advance for a specific time or get it in a ticket office. The queues are very long so I suggest you buy tickets in advance online!

The museum is open daily except Thursdays. The available time slots are 10, 12, 14:30, or 16:30. The ticket is 700 RUB, visitors under 16 years old go free of charge (but you will need to stand in the queue to get it. I know, it is silly). Get an audio guide too!

P.S. If you would like to take a private guided tour with all the tickets included in the price, here’s a great option.

Cathedral Square

2.2 cathedral squaareYou will see four cathedrals inside the Kremlin and ongoing exhibitions and the museums’ permanent expositions. The price is 500 RUB and the procedure is the same – you can buy it in the ticket office, but the line will be long, so I recommend taking care of it in advance online.

The Great Bell Tower of Ivan the Terrible

You will hear about history and architecture of the bell tower and the Kremlin, see the authentic fragments of the white stone decor of the ancient Kremlin buildings, and admire the beautiful views of the Kremlin and the surrounding area.

Sessions to visit start at 10:15, 11:15, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00 and 17:00. The tour is 45 minutes.

The price is 250 RUB and you can buy the tickets only in the ticket booth 45 minutes before the tour.

If you would like to visit the Kremlin and the surroundings with the guide and don’t want to figure out ticketing options, get this tour, where everything is already included in the price.

ATTENTION: Kids under 14 years old are not permitted to enter.

Metro: “Okhotny Ryad”, “Teatral’naya”, “Ploshad’ Revolutsii”.

3. Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

3. Cathedral of Christ the SaviourThe cathedral is located just a few hundred meters away from the Kremlin. It is the largest Orthodox church in the world and the most important church in the country (hint – not the colorful one that is located on the Red Square!).

Christ the Saviour is not as old as you might think. The original cathedral was demolished by Stalin’s order in 1931 and the new one was only rebuilt recently – in 2000. Even though it is not that old, it looks magnificent nevertheless.

Only Russians could destroy a magnificent church during communism and then build the tallest (Orthodox) church in the world on its place after the collapse of the regime.

The church is also known for the infamous Pussy Riot protest against Putin back in 2012.

The entrance is free.

Metro: “Kropotkinskaya”.

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4. Zaryadye Park

4. Zaryadye Park_Zaryadye is a newly opened landscape urban park. It is that new you will not find it in the tour guides of 6 months ago. The park is also located in a proximity of Red Square in a large area of 78 000 m2.

The entire territory of the park is divided into four climatic zones: forest, steppe, tundra, and the floodplains, which is supposed to show the variety of climate zones in Russia.

Enjoy breathtaking views to the Moscow Kremlin from the floating bridge, visit the Ice Cave, get in a 4D attraction called “Flight over Russia” and try some local food from the different regions of Russia!

Metro: “Kitay-Gorod”.

5. Bolshoi theatre

5 Bolshoi theaterBolshoi Theatre (translated as The Big Theatre from Russian) is an iconic building that hosts both ballet and opera performances.

The standards of Russian ballet are known as one of the highest in the world!

It is worth paying a visit to the theatre even if you are not a big fan of spectacles –  you are guaranteed to be fascinated by the neo-classical building from the inside!

TIP: If you go to an opera performance, check if they have English subtitles in advance on the website.

It’s quite hard to get an inexpensive ticket. If you are reading this article 3-4 months before going to Moscow, try buying the tickets on the official web site.

If you buy tickets last minute, the minimum price most likely will be around 200 euros per person.

If this is out of your budget, but you still want to go very much, you might risk it and try buying tickets at the entrance from resellers.

MONEY SAVER TIP: Arrive about an hour before and you will see men walking around the entrance and asking people something. These are the resellers. Just approach them and ask them how much a ticket would cost for tonight’s performance. They should speak enough English to negotiate the price. I entered Bolshoi once like this and everything was fine.

Metro: “Teatral’naya”, “Okhotny Ryad”

6. Gorky Park

6. Gorky Park Moscow

I follow the Moskva down the Gorky park…

Sounds familiar? Gorky Park (Park Gor’kogo in Russian) is the biggest and the most famous park in Moscow.

The park has recently been renovated and it now has a fresh, vibrant appearance!

It is the locals’ favorite place to hang out on a warm summer evening and you should not miss it too!  You can find entertainment for any taste there: anything from live dancing sessions, free yoga lessons to bicycles, outdoor movie theater, skateboards, ping-pong, beach volley and much, much more!

It can also be a nice idea to rent a bike and ride it all the way to another park – Neskuchnyi park (literally translated as “Not a boring park”). At the end of that park, you will reach Sparrow Hill (“Vorobyevy Gory” in Russian), which has a great view of the entire city.

You can take a boat cruise from Gorky park! (more on the cruise and the hill below).

6. Gorky Park MuzeonThere is also Muzeon Art Park, a dynamic contemporary space with a younger vibe. It is perfectly landscaped for a comfortable stay. Muzeon has a unique collection of 700 sculptures, so do not miss it when you’re in the park! It is located right in front of Gorky Park. Both are amazing!

Metro: “Park Kultury”, “Oktyabrskaya”

7. Sparrow Hills and MSU

7. Sparrow Hills Things to do in MoscowSparrow Hills are the hills on the right side of the Moskva River. It is elevated on 220 meters, giving a great panoramic view of the city, one of the highest points in Moscow.

Just a 15-minute walk from the lookout (you will see it right away nevertheless), is the tallest of seven Stalinist skyscrapers – the Moscow State University.

We are proud of the University, and the level of the education there. My brother has studied there.

7 MSU Moscow state University
“Vorobyevy gory” (it is still quite a walk from there, around 20 minutes. Type “smotrovaya ploshadka” in Google for directions). MSU metro is “Universitet.” You can visit the university first and then the lookout.

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8. Moscow metro

8 metro moscow

I have been all around the world, but Moscow metro is still the most beautiful and the most efficient I have ever seen!

Even if you are only planning to transport by taxi, you should go underground to see some of the stations. I am sure you will be fascinated! Plus, it is almost always much faster to get somewhere by metro than by car.

Most of the stations truly look like museums! Every station has its own unique decoration, a theme and a fascinating story behind it.

I recommend touring the stations somewhere between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. This way you will be able to properly see it without the crowds.

I recommend taking this tour with a knowledgeable guide who will tell you stories of forgotten stations and how the history of the country interconnected with the metro development.

8 metro moscow 2If you go by yourself, these are the stations I definitely recommend checking out:  Mayakovskaya, Ploshad Revolutsii, Kievskaya, Kropotkinskaya, Kurskaya, Komsomolskaya the ring side and Novoslobodskaya etc.

Afraid you will get lost in the enormous Moscow metro?

Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! There is a whole section dedicated to transportation in Moscow below in this article.

9. Tretyakovskaya gallery

9. Tretyakovskaya galleryTretyakovskaya Art Gallery has the world-famous collection of Russian painters.

Originally, it belonged to the Tretyakov brothers, very rich 19th-century philanthropists. They gave away all their private collection to the government after their death.

If there is just one museum you visit in Moscow, I recommend this one!

The ticket is 500 RUB and here is the official website where you can buy tickets online. Closed on Mondays.

Here is my recommendation for a half-day private tour with English guide.

Metro: “Tretyakovskaya”

10. VDNKh

10. VDNKhVDNKh is short for All Russian Exhibition center (in Russian). It was created during the USSR time when we had many other countries (Georgia, Armenia, Kazakhstan etc) as part of Russia. The idea of the park was to showcase different cultures and its agrarian methods in one place.

VDNKh now serves as an open-air (free) museum. The park complex is home to a number of shopping pavilions, museums and places to ride a bicycle, the largest skate park in Europe, many nice restaurants etc.

Here are other cool places to see in the area:

Museum of cosmonautics

Did you know that a Russian man named Yuri Gagarin was the first man to go to space? We Russians, are very proud of it and we even celebrate a Cosmonautics day on the 12th of April.

10.1 space museumIt is no surprise we also have a big museum fully dedicated to cosmonautics and the Russian history of space exploration. You will see the history of the evolution of cosmonautics in the museum – the original space suit, first sputniks, full size rockets and so on.

If you are interested in this topic, I highly recommend taking a guide. My guide was in Russian and I remember it was extremely interesting. I would not appreciate the museum the same much without his explanation!

You cannot miss the museum – there is a huge titanium pillar with a rocket on top of it located right in front of the museum’s entrance.

The price is 250 RUB, more details here.


Check out Moskvarium (an Oceanarium) if you are traveling with kids; it is located right inside the VDNkh complex. The variety of underwater life is impressive! You can see fur seals, guitarfish, crocodiles, crabs, hermit crabs, sea urchins, starfishes, shrimps, sharks and hundreds of types of fish. I have heard many great things about it!

The adult tariff is 900 RUB and 600 RUB for kids.

Metro: “VDNKh”

11. Moscow River cruise

11. Moscow River cruise 2Take a river cruise and enjoy all the famous landmarks from another angle. There are no tourist crowds and a nice summer breeze in your face, what can be better?

There are little nameless old boats that do the cruise, but I recommend taking a new awesome Radisson boat. These are a little more expensive, but you will feel comfortable. The Raddison Royal cruise is a very easy way to see the best of Moscow by sitting at a restaurant table with some good food and a glass of wine.

11. Moscow River cruiseI took my cruise during the sunset, and it was wonderful!

TIP: Don’t be late, the boat won’t wait!

The price is 750 RUB for adults and 500 RUB for kids for a 2-hour cruise. You can see the times and book your ticket here.

Metro: “Oktyabrskaya”, “Park Kultury” for Gorky Park Pier

12. Old Arbat and New Arbat streets

12. Old Arbat and New Arbat streetsArbat Street is a pedestrian street about one kilometer long in the historical center of Moscow, it is one of the oldest streets in the city.

New Arbat Street is great for souvenirs and people watching. You can meet all kinds of people there – brightly dressed teenagers, street musicians, caricaturists, souvenirs sellers, tourists etc. It is very touristic, think of La Rambla in Barcelona (just that it is fully pedestrian), but I think it is still worth it to stroll around once.

Metro: “Arbatskaya”

13. Moskva City skyscrapers

13 Moskva cityGo to the Moscow International Business Center (also knowns as Moskva city) to see the city’s beautiful landscape. Moscow city’s complex of skyscrapers is beautiful by itself, but you can also go up one of the towers for a great overview of the city. For example, the 58th floor of the Imperia tower has a really nice view.

Metro: “Vystavochnaya”, “Mejdunarodnaya”

14. Izmailovo Kremlin

14 Izmailovo Kremlin things to do in MoscowKremlin actually means fortress, so there are many kremlins in the city, please do not confuse it with the main Kremlin at the Red Square.

Izmailovo is a cultural complex modeled after Old Russia where the Russian history and a fairytale twisted with today’s world.

In my humble opinion, Kremlin in Izmailovo is the second most beautiful building after the Cathedral on the Red Square made in the Old Russian fairy-tale like style. Just look at the picture, isn’t it pretty?

You can take a couple of creative workshops there, visit the Vodka museum, take a horse carriage ride and many more fun things!

Izmailovo is also well known for its flea market called “Vernisaj.” The market is a great place to buy all your souvenirs, and it is much cheaper than on the Arbat street that I mentioned earlier!

14. Izmailovo KremlinYou will find everything from matreshkas and magnets to ancient Russian artifacts or other more creative gift ideas for your loved ones. Remember – if there is no price tag, you can always try to bargain a bit!

The entrance to the park is free, but as usual, all activities like taking a workshop are subject to charge. Here is the official website with all the information in English.

You can get a private tour with hotel pick-up of Izmailovo together with the Vodka museum for a very good price here.

Metro: 5 mins walk from “Partizanskaya” station

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15. Patriarshiye Ponds

15. Patriarshiye Ponds 3Patriarshie Ponds, or “Patriki”, how the locals like to call it, is a quiet district that traditionally was home for poets and artists.

Have you read “Master and Margarita” by Russian poet Bulgakov? The writer chose the ponds for the opening scene from the book.

Nowadays, Patriarshiy Ponds (Patriarshie Prydy in Russian) is a nice place to stroll around and have a delicious lunch or a coffee break.

It is a heaven for foodies – you can find all kinds of places here – starting from hipsters’ cafes and finishing with Uruguayan steak houses.

Metro: “Pushkinskaya”

16. Kolomenskoye Estate

16. Kolomenskoye EstateKolomenskoe is a cultural complex of cultural monuments with Russian medieval architecture. If you want to see how Russia looked like about 200 years ago, you should absolutely stop by! The 390-hectare scenic area overlooks the banks of the Moskva River.

Things not to miss – Church of the Ascension and the wonderful fairy tale like wooden palace of Tsar Alexis I or just have a calm picnic on the grass. Also ask locals about Golosov Ovrag, which is a very mystical place, they say it can be a portal to another world!

Entrance to the park is free, if you want to enter the palace, it is 400 RUB per person.

Again, if you would like to take a private tour, here is the link.

Metro: “Kolomenskoye”

17. Ostankinskaya TV tower

17. Ostankinskaya TV tower 2

Ostankinskaya TV tower is the 8th tallest building in the world and the highest building in Europe!

See the view from an open observation deck and take amazing pictures from 340 metres with a glass floor!

ATTENTION: You need to book your ticket in advance, it goes by assigned hour.

E-tickets can easily be purchased on the website in advance. I recommend doing so because the capacity is limited and only a certain number of tourists are allowed per day.

You can also visit a revolving restaurant inside the tower which turns on its axis twice every 40 minutes so diners get the full panoramic view of Moscow. You can dine there only with a prior purchased entrance ticket.

17. Ostankinskaya TV tower_The TV tower is open every day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The price varies depending on which deck you want to visit (open or close), time of the visit and your age. It will generally be between 600 RUB to 1500 RUB.

Keep in mind that due to safety regulations, people on wheelchairs and kids younger than 7 years old are not allowed to enter the building.

IMPORTANT: Do not forget your passport, you will need it to pass by the security control. No sharp objects are allowed, just like in airports.

Metro: it is not near a metro, you can walk for 25 minutes from VDNKh station, or catch a trolleybus 36 or 73 from VDNKh.

18. Tsaritsyno Museum reserve

18. Tsaritsyno Museum reserve

This is probably my favorite park in the city!

Tsaritsyno was a residence for Catherine the Great more than two centuries ago. This probably explains the fact why the park is so huge; its territory covers more than 400 hectares!

Enjoy some peace at the royal palace with its dramatic archways, music fountains, greenhouses and, of course, the palace itself.

There is also a little open air bus that does a circuit of the park for a small fee.

The entrance to the park is free, but if you want to visit the palace, it is 350 RUB. Updated schedule of the museum working hours is here.

If you would like to get a glimpse of the main landmarks, together with a private tour of Tsaritsyno, I recommend this tour.

Metro: “Tsaritsyno” (you will need to walk a bit through a tunnel)

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Unusual things to do in Moscow

There is much more to see in Moscow than just the Kremlin!

In case you are staying in Moscow longer, or you are not that much into the classical stuff, I have some suggestions for you.

Moscow is huge and it has plenty of interesting places to visit. Here are just some of the off-the-beaten path attractions of Moscow:

Vodka Museum

20 Vodka Museum

What kind of visit of Russia would it be if you missed the Vodka museum?

Explore the history of the famous drink in the country with an English-speaking guide. The best part? You get to sample various brands of vodka in the museum’s restaurant!

The museum is located in Izmailovo park (above in the list). You can combine the visit of the two in one go. The ticket is 200 RUB and you can buy it online here.

Museum of Soviet Arcade Games

21 Museum of Soviet Arcade GamesRelease your inner child playing 60 Arcade machines from the Soviet era!

I bet you have never even seen some of them! It is a great way to spend a couple of hours if you are tired of visiting museums and Russian palaces. The staff speaks excellent English, so they will be happy to explain how some of them work.

At the entrance, you will be given a box of coins (Soviet kopeicas) to play. The entrance fee is 450 RUB. Official website.

Metro: “Kuznetskiy most”, “Lubyanka”

Stalinist Skyscraper tour

22 Stalinist Skyscraper tour2Stalinist skyscrapers, also known as the Seven Sisters, are a bunch of skyscrapers in the center of Moscow built in the very unique Stalinist style. I recommend taking a guided tour to hear all the mystical stories about how and why it was built. Extremely interesting!

Not only can you get to know all the information from an English-speaking guide, but you can actually climb one of the buildings now! This tour is completely safe and the views are fantastic! (Please use Google translator to read the description, the actual tour is going to be in English).

Moscow Rooftop tour

23 rooftop tour Moscow

Keep in mind this picture was taken in St. Petersburg, I havent taken the Moscow rooftop tour (yet)

Craving for something unusual?

Take a 1-hour private roof top tour with an experienced roofer!

I bet none of your friends can brag they have a picture like that, can they?

I took one in Saint Petersburg and it was unforgettable!

All the locations are completely safe to climb, however, for your comfort, I recommend wearing comfortable shoes. You can discuss your preferences of the time and the view with the guide, he has a couple of locations to offer!

Take your camera, there are some amazing photo opportunities out there!

(Do not worry that the description is in Russian, the guide is fluent in English, they just did not translate part of the text on the website).

The price is very reasonable for an amazing tour like that, book the tour here.

Detskiy Mir rooftop viewpoint

24 viewpoint from Detskiy mir MoscowThere have been many lookout suggestions in this post already, so I decided to include this one as an optional one.

It doesn’t have the view of the whole city, only the city center, but it is cool nevertheless. Plus, it is free and you get to access it through the first (and the biggest) kids store in the country!

Central Department Store for Children (Detrskiy Mir) is a very cool store; your kids (and you!) will love the experience! Once you are done with the toys, search for Observatory signs. You will go out on a big balcony and enjoy the view!

Where to eat in Moscow and what to try

Here is the list of the local dishes you need to try (I included the Russian name too in case you will end up in a restaurant with no English menu):

25 Where to eat in Moscow and what to try

  1. Blini (блины) – Russian pancakes, can be eaten both as a dessert with jam or with meat filling.
  2. Borsch (борщ) – red beetroot soup with sour cream.
  3. Pelmeni (пельмени) – Russian dumplings.
  4. Solyanka (Солянка) – a little bit of everything in the soup – pickles, lemons, olives, sausages. It is a bit sour, but very good!
  5. Russian salad (Салат Оливье) – very popular salad in Russia, typically consists of boiled potatos, carrots, eggs, peas, ham and mayonnaise.
  6. Pirogi (пироги) – a pie with different fillings.
  7. Golubtsy (голубцы) – staffed cabbage leaves, usually with meat.
  8. Plov (плов) – the dish is actually not originally Russian, it is Uzbekh, but we’ve cooked it for so long it became ours too.
  9. Ikra (икра) – caviar.

NOTE: Tipping is expected in Russian restaurants (in places where you have servers, not the fast food ones). We usually tip about 10% of the bill.

Cheap (but good) eat chains include:

Some of the places I’ve included here are so called “stolovayas.” It generally has ready to eat food on display which you can put on your tray and then pay for it at the cash register.

Obviously, there are tons of places, and I could start a separate site only about restaurants in Moscow. Here, I’m giving suggestions for not pricey (about 500 RUB per meal) traditional food places. You are welcome to use TripAdvisor to choose something according to your preferences and budget.

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The best night clubs in Moscow

27 The best Night clubs in MoscowKnown as a city that never sleeps, Moscow offers a great variety of high class night clubs.

Warning – beware that the face control system is much stricter than in most of the European cities. Be sure to dress with no sneakers if you go to one of the fancy night clubs.

TIP: If you are a young party animal, a good choice for you might be the Moscow pub crawls. Take an organized pub crawl by locals with travelers like you here.

Where to stay in Moscow

28 Where to stay in Moscow during the World Cup 2018As Moscow is a very popular destination among travelers, the accommodations sell out fast, that’s why I recommend booking yours as soon as possible!

Before you read this part, you should know that there is a whole post dedicated specifically to accommodation in Moscow, all sorted by area (in the city center, near railway stations and airports) all hand-picked with great reviews and sorted by price for your convenience. Here is it – Where to stay in Moscow.

You can stay in the city center if you want to visit the city, as it will be much more convenient for you.

Whatever you choose, my recommendation is to always be located near the metro – you will not regret it. The Metro works fantastic in Moscow!

Here are some hand-picked accommodations all located in the center, close to the metro and with fabulous reviews. Booking.com works best in Russia, so I recommend using it when you visit.

Luxury (US$170 and up)Hotel De Paris – perfect choice for those who want to stay in the city center, be surrounded by elegant décor and be treated nicely by the staff. Tchaikovsky Hotel – named after Russian famous composer, this hotel is located in the historical building in the city center. It is spotlessly clean and has really friendly staff.

Middle price (US$110 to US$170)Hotel Maroseyka 2/15 – Very cetrally located, the Red Square is just 700 m. away, it has simple, but very clean and light rooms and fabulous reviews! Ahouse Hotel provides airport shuttle, and, of course, has really good reviews!

Budget (US$110 and less) – Hostel Kremlin Lights – a pretty cool hostel in the city center, ~US$40 for a bunk bed, very clean and cozy. Check if it is still available! Dream Place Hostel – more or less the same price for a bed in a dorm room, it is 10 minute walk to a metro station on the ring, rooms are bright and the staff is hospitable.

NOTE: By the regulations of Russia (very useless and outdated in my opinion), you will need to register yourself the first day you arrive in Russia. If you are staying in a hotel, they will take care of your registration. No worries about that, you will just pass your immigration form to your hotel and they will take care of the rest. If you are staying in an AirBnb in most cases, it will be your responsibility to go and register. I can only imagine what a nightmare it will be when thousands of people flood to the city halls to stay there in endless lines. If your AirBnb host will not deal with your registration, I highly recommend saving your time and nerves by staying in a hotel.

Having said that, if you decide to stay with AirBnb, you can use this promo code that will give you US$25 off your first booking.

What happens if you fail to register? I do not know – you might be in trouble or you might be just fine, you never know. You need to know that this is a rule and you might be required to show the paper of your registration when you leave the country.

Useful things to know before your trip to Moscow – visa, prices etc.

Here is the practical information you all have been waiting for – how to get around, visa, sim card etc. Read below for more info:

Visa for Russia

29 visa russiaUsually, the procedure to get a Russian visa is quite long and costly – you need an official invitation from your hotel, insurance etc. Before applying to your visa, you should check your country requirements.

You must have travel insurance before entering Russia. You can buy one online here.

If you need to apply for a visa and you haven’t yet there are two choices:

  1. You can do it by yourself, but there is going to be a lot of paperwork involved, including providing an official invitation from your hotel. The invitation is just a formality, but it can be quite time consuming to find a hotel who would make you that invitation or find a company who will provide a fake one for you (as I said it is just a useless formality).
  2. You can ask a specialized company to process your visa application for an extra fee (they usually charge about $100 on top of the visa consulate fee). The cool thing about them is that you do not need to go anywhere, just give them your passport and they will do the rest for you. Search for a reputable agency in your country.  Here are the companies I can recommend –  https://www.visahq.com/ (for those in the US). If you are from Canada, Europe, Brazil, Singapore and a couple more countries, check this link – visacentral.co.uk or Realrussia.co.uk

Trains in Russia

29. 1 trains in moscowOh, I know a lot about transportation in Russia, trains and Trans Siberian in particular. Writing a detailed post that would help you guys plan your journey is in my to-do list for forever.

Before I publish it, how about you ask me questions in the comments section below this post? I promise to reply!

For now, I can say that this is the official site for Russian trains, but the interface is quite poor and sometimes it doesn’t accept foreign cards.

If you have troubles, there is a great friendly website that accepts foreign cards, PayPal, sends you SMS with train updates and is user-friendly, the price is 5% higher on average, but I think it is worth it because you won’t need to spend hours understanding how the official one works. And one more cool things – if you need to cancel or change the ticket, you can do it online!

If you want to go for a short distance, you can also try buses. Here is a good site for buying bus tickets online.

Update: Here is the article about The Ultimate Guide To Russian Trains, you will find there everything you need to know!

How to get from the airport to Moscow

31 How to get from the airport to MoscowMoscow has three International airports and you get from/to each of them by taxi, fast train or public transport.


If you do not want to figure out how the transportation works upon your arrival, and drag your luggage in the metro, you can always take a taxi.

You can take an UBER, Gett or Yandex Taxi by ordering it in the app. The approximate price is 800 -2000 Rub (it really depends where you are going and which airport it is). Using the apps is awesome, but consider that you may have trouble meeting the driver as he probably won’t speak English.

Do not use the service of the guys who are standing in front of the arrival hall (just say “Net, spasibo” and walk away). They do not have the best reputation, chances are they will try to trick you because you are a foreigner.

If you prefer a pre-booked taxi with a person greeting you in the airport with a sign, it is just 50 Eur per car from any of the three airports. Book your private transfer here.

Fast trains (Aeroexpress)

Aeroexpress is the most convenient option. I always use this one when I go to Moscow. I recommend taking a fast speed train that will get you to the city center in 35 to 45 minutes depending on the airport. The price is 420 RUB.

The validity period of the ticket is three days from the date it was issued. So, don’t worry if your flight was late, you have plenty of time!

This is the official website to check the prices and to buy your tickets. You can also install the Aeroexpress app on your phone and buy tickets directly from there. You then will be able to just scan your QR code from the phone, yay to paperless tickets! You can also buy it at the ticket counter or ticket machines if you wish to.

The only downside? You will still need to either take a metro or taxi when you exit the Aeroexpress. For taxi, use an app I mentioned earlier, or make sure to agree about the price before.

Public transport

Each of the Airports has a bus that goes from the airport to the nearest metro station.  It is a very cheap way (the price of a public bus fare – max 100 rub), but I do NOT recommend taking it unless you are on a tight budget. Why? It can take you a couple of hours to get to the closest metro and chances are you will need to stand in the bus with all your luggage.

This is especially important ON the way to the airport, you simply might miss your flight by standing in the traffic!

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Transportation in Moscow

32 metro moscow3


As I said above, the metro in Moscow is fascinating – it works perfectly and it looks fantastic! Look for a big red “M” sign for a metro entrance.

All the signs are translated into English (though in smaller fonts). All lines are color-coded.  Here are some tips so you won’t get lost in Moscow metro:

Get Yandex.Metro app! This is by far the best app for a metro I have seen (also in English). It calculates the fastest route in the metro and even tells you where exactly to board the train to get to your connection train faster.

Metro prices:

There is no diversification in price – if you ride 1 stop or 30 stops, it will be the same price.

A single ticket is 55 RUB, but no one ever pays that! Let me teach you how to lower the cost almost twice:

Get a Troika card and top it up in any ticket stand inside the metro. The card is free, you just need to pay a 50 RUB deposit for issuing the card. You can return that money when you leave or take the card home with you as a memory.

With a Troika card, the price of your metro ride is just 32 RUB, and you can use it for buses as well.

The best part? You won’t need to stay in long lines to get single tickets each time! 😉


Taxies are also relatively inexpensive. 1 km is approximately 8 RUB (13 cents) in Uber.

We always use apps, we no longer call for a taxi anymore in Russia.

Use Uber, Yandex Taxi or Gett Taxi for your rides.

I recommend installing all of them and checking the price in each of them, sometimes the difference is quite significant.

Sim card with Internet connection in Moscow

33 Sim card with Internet connection in MoscowMany public places will have free Wi-Fi in Moscow. However, a recent law requires you to first receive a code by SMS to your phone number. (Big brother is watching you!) In some cases, it only works with Russian Sim cards.

I always get a Sim card in a foreign country, it is much easier to have mobile internet, be able to check information on the go, use Uber etc.

This is how to get a Russian Sim card:

If you arrive in working hours in the airport, you can get a Sim card with internet right there.

UPDATE:  I have recently been to Moscow and I have recorded a short video for you from the airport that shows which are the stores to buy a sim card from and the prices too. You can find the tips for Moscow on my Instagram in Highlights section. Do not forget to follow me too! 😉

Any mobile operator tariffs are pretty cheap. The average price that I looked up right now is 5GB for 400 RUB a month.

The companies are – Beeline (the one that I use), Megafon, Tele2, MTS (written МТС). To buy a simcard, just search for these names plus Связной and Евросеть, the last two are resellers and the usually have a couple of options between operators.

You could research all these sites in advance (Google translate them) to understand which one currently has the best promotions, but you can also just stop by any of those offices with your passport and get a Sim card, the price difference is really not that significant!

NOTE: if you are going to travel to other Russian cities, make sure your internet works in all regions, not only in the Moscow region.

Buying alcohol

36 Buying alcoholRecently, the rules for buying alcohol in supermarkets became very strict and there is no way you can buy alcohol anywhere after 11 p.m.

Having said that, there is of course no problem drinking anything in bars, clubs or restaurants all night long.

Prices in Moscow

37 Prices in Moscow

You are in luck, traveler! It has never been so cheap to visit Russia!

Our currency, Ruble, dropped twice in the last year due to the economic situation with oil and some political issues.

What does it mean for you? It is twice as cheap now to travel in Russia!

Here are the list of approximate prices in Moscow (other cities will be significantly cheaper):

ItemPrice in RubPrice in USD (Dec 2017)
Domestic beer 0,51502,5
Imported Beer 0,53005
Meal in a budget restaurant60010
A dinner in a nice restaurant1500 up25 up
Water in a supermarket500.7
Full meal in fast food cafes3005
A bunk bed in a hostel90015
A room in a 3* hotel400068
A room in a 5* hotel15000250
A cocktail in a night club4007
A vodka shot in a club1001,7
A cappuccino2504,3
A ticket to a museum70012
A metro ticket550,8
A fast train ticket from the airport4207
A Sim Card with 2-4 GB Internet4007

Russian alphabet

38 Russian alphabetThough all the metro and street signs are now in English, it is advisable to invest 30 minutes of your time to learn the Russian alphabet. It is not as hard as it seems, I promise! Plus, how cool would it be to impress your friends with some Russian reading skills?

Here is a video that can help you get started:

Also, Duoligo App is a great help!

How safe is Moscow?

39 How safe is MoscowWhile racism might be an issue in some of the cities in Russia, it is definitely not in Moscow. Long gone are the days when seeing a black person on the street was unusual.

If you are a member of the LGBT community, it is advisable to be careful with public displays of affection.

Use common sense and do not leave your valuables unattended, watch your bag in crowded public transport and you will be fine. This might sound surprising to you, but Moscow is a pretty safe place to be.

Other cities to visit:

If you visit only one more city… make it Saint Petersburg!

It is incredibly beautiful and it is one of my favorite cities in the world! You may be lucky enough to be just in time for the “white nights”! I have a detailed post on Top things to do in St. Pete, Russia here.


Things to do in Moscow RussiaThis has been the longest post on my blog so far, but I guess it is just natural that I want to share so much information with you about the city where I have lived for so long, where my family lives and that I love so much.

Usually the image of Russia is one of a 3rd world country, but I hope you will see that Moscow is one of the most developed and urbanized cities in the world. It is vibrant, cool and changing all the time! I am truly proud of our capital and I am always happy to come back!

If you want to see some of the things mentioned above, I recommend staying for more than 3 days in the city.

Things to do in Moscow RussiaHope it was helpful!

Have fun in Moscow and do not hesitate to comment below if you have any more question!


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Yulia is originally Russian but truly is a world citizen in heart. She was traveling around the world for over 4 years now. Her blog MissTourist.com is created with the purpose to inspire people to travel more and to share her advice of how to travel "smart".


  1. Supa 13.12.2017 at 00:29 - Reply

    WOW! Now that’s what I call an useful travel blog post! I was in Moscow for 2 days this summer on my way to Elbrus and I wish I had known about the Vodka museum, haha!
    Anyway, two days is obviously not enough for the city as great as Moscow but with a good planning you’ll see a lot. And for the art fans I would recommend Garage Museum of Contemporary Art (it’s in Gorky Park, 6th in the list).

    Also a good tip for all the students, feel free to use your ISIC card. You might get free entry or a proper discount to the museums etc.

    • Yulia 20.12.2017 at 20:32 - Reply

      Hello and thanks for the comment!
      Yes, two days is definitely not enough, i would say 4 days to see the main things.
      Thanks for the ISIC tip!

  2. Mike from TravelAndDestinations 23.12.2017 at 13:16 - Reply

    Excellent guide and so much detail!! I can’t wait to visit Moscow and see all these wonderful places one day!

    • Yulia 23.12.2017 at 20:12 - Reply

      You should do it when you have a chance!

  3. Bader Alsaqabi 28.12.2017 at 03:22 - Reply

    super helpful post.
    thanx for your time.

    keep it up

  4. Dima 05.01.2018 at 05:37 - Reply

    Simply perfect! I was in St Peter last year during the Confederations Cup and hopefully I’ll make it to Moscow this year!

    Thank you for the effort and greetings from Brazil

    • Yulia 06.01.2018 at 13:02 - Reply

      Awesome! Hope you will make it this time as well, it promises to be the event of the year! 😉

  5. Dmitri 12.01.2018 at 01:06 - Reply

    I always use public transport going from airport to the city. If the traffic is OK then it’s pretty fast.

    • Yulia 12.01.2018 at 14:19 - Reply

      I used to use public transport, but I found it take way to long and it is very unpredictable with the traffic.
      Taxis are usually a bit more that 10 eur which in my opinion is better for foreigners who do not speak or read russian.

  6. Ilze 22.01.2018 at 23:16 - Reply

    Wow, what a great list! Me, my husband and few friends are going to the Moscow World Cup and this list comes just at the right time – thank you! While our husbands will be experiencing the great sports, we, ladies, will be enjoying the city! For few days we have decided to take a local to also hear some insights about the culture and country from person living there daily. Have you heard about this service? https://www.showaround.com/locals/russia/moscow I have also found similar ones like https://www.likealocalguide.com/ and https://www.withlocals.com/, but my traveler friends had very good experience with the Showaround one. So we will give it a go. Hopefully successfully. See you in the Moscow streets!

    • Yulia 12.03.2018 at 13:32 - Reply

      Hello Ilze,
      sorry for the long reply!
      I have heard about likealocal for sure, but never used it, so cannot vouch for it, but I am sure it will be an interesting experience!

      Have fun in Moscow!

  7. Andrés 19.02.2018 at 12:07 - Reply

    Thanks what a great review.

  8. Leah 19.02.2018 at 13:41 - Reply

    Thank you so much for such a long, honest and advisable post! I am looking forward to visit moscow on behalf of all your recommendations 🙂

  9. Ajith 27.02.2018 at 14:00 - Reply

    This truly is a wonderful post. Ever since I have been allotted the WC 2018 tickets I am excited but am not sure on what to expect. Explains everything perfectly and will surely be a major part of my itinerary. Thank you very much for taking the effort.

    Also, I was recently searching online about airport pickups and came across a taxi company named welcome taxi. It offers cabs with English speaking drivers. Would be great if you could provide some information on this company?


    • Yulia 01.03.2018 at 12:56 - Reply

      Hi! Never heard about this company, sorry!
      I usually use Uber – you do not even need to communicate with the driver as the address is already set

  10. Karen Bard 06.04.2018 at 19:52 - Reply

    Thank you for this wonderful, helpful guide! I would love to see a post advising us gals on what to wear and pack 😉

    • Yulia 09.04.2018 at 13:27 - Reply

      You are welcome Karen!
      Umm, i didnt write a packing list post because I am not sure how it is different from Paris or any other big city.
      The only cultural thing would be I guess no flip-flops in restaurants and clubs – if you want to go to fancy places you need to dress up a bit more than in other countries, we have strict face control system at the entrance.
      Is there anything is particular you would like me to cover?

  11. Petra 07.04.2018 at 23:05 - Reply

    Great post!

    I am planning to visit Moscow in July/august and would like to explore as much as possible so very useful tips! 🙂 I’ve seen in a comment above you have recommended 4 days fo Moscow, I’m planning my trip and I would like to spend around 8-10 days in Russia (flight to and from Moscow). Could you recommend any day trips from Moscow? Or any cities (relatively) close to Moscow, I could visit for a couple of days and then esaily get back to Moscow?

  12. Felipe 01.05.2018 at 20:30 - Reply

    Hi Yulia. My name is Felipe, I live in Brazil and I follow you on Instagram. I found you after you wrote that post about the 18 best things to do in Moscow during World Cup.

    I’ll travel to Russia with my parents for the World Cup. Our schedule is:
    3 days – Moscow
    2 days – Saint Petersburg
    2 days – Sochi
    2 days – Volgograd
    1 more day – Moscow

    I would like to ask you for a few tips regarding the following subjects:

    i) Guide: while me and my father will be most of the time watching the matches, my mother will be mostly visiting touristic places alone. She speaks and average english. Do you think she needs a personal guide. She is a very energic 64 years old lady. If you think she needs one, would you have someone to recomend? How much does it cost per day?

    ii) Money: what is the best option? Taking Euros and exchange them in Moscow or taking US Dolares and exchange them in Moscow? Where do you suggest as best place for exchanging money in Moscow? My flight has a stopover in Amsterdam. Is it possible/a good idea buy Rublos in Amsterdam?

    iii) I’ll spend three days in Volgograd. I would like to take a tour through the site where the battles of WWII happened. Do you know any travel agency to recomend?

    iv) I need to buy a train ticket from Moscow to Saint Petersburg. What is the official/most reliable website?

    Well, that’s it. Sorry if it’s too much. lol. I look forward to hear all your tips. If you’re in any of the cities I’ll be during the World Cup you’re me and my family guest for a lunch or a dinner.

    Best Regards,

    • Yulia 01.05.2018 at 20:36 - Reply

      Hello, Felipe and thank you for reaching out to me for suggestions. First of all, I’m really glad you’ll get to spend the World Cup with your parents. I hope you’ll have a lot of fun while in Russia!

      Now, regarding your concerns, let’s take them one by one:
      1. Even though she could visit some of the main attractions by herself, I tend to recommend taking private or group tours because this way you’ll be sure she won’t miss on any important/interesting information. The best way for her would be to get some private tours that will help her make the best of those days, especially because she will be by herself. For example, for Moscow I can recommend this one: Prime Tour of Moscow. It’s awesome because you can add the attractions you want to visit to the itinerary and they will make a custom tour for your mother. Even though this will only take between 4 to 9 hours, she can always go back the next days in those places if she wants to walk/visit some more. You can even choose the language for this tour (besides English, they also have Spanish, French, German, Italian and Russian). Another option could be Moscow: 1-Day Panoramic Tour (this one will take her with a private car). But, overall, I think these tours are some good ways to tick the highlights of Moscow. There are just two examples, you can find more private tours on GetYourGuide.co.uk and you can choose whatever you think it’s best for her. For Saint Petersburg you can look into Saint-Petersburg: Private Tour with a Local which is also available in multiple languages and the benefit is that a local will arrange this tour for your mother. I don’t know if you can find a guide that will assist you during all those days and create different activities and visits, but you can search on the same website as above. I hope your mother will have a blast in Russia and will get to see a lot of beautiful landmarks!

      2. You can change your money either from euros or dollars (it doesn’t matter) in Moscow. I don’t recommend you change them in the airport, though. The best rates are at the ATMs.

      3. For Volgograd you can take the Volgograd City Tour which will show you all the history you need to know about the WWII and the Battle of Stalingrad in only 3 hours. Another cool option is to visit Rossoshka Memorial in Volgograd – you will basically see a famous cemetery where lots of soldiers were buried after the Battle of Stalingrad.

      4. For this one I recommend you read my article – The Ultimate Guide To Russian Trains. You’ll find there all the information you need, including what is the best way to buy tickets and what are the best websites you can access.

      I think that’s it! Hope my tips will help you have the best time in Russia together with your parents.
      Unfortunately, I won’t be in the country during World Cup – I would’ve loved to have lunch or dinner with your family! Maybe you’ll come visit again and we’ll cross paths some other time.

      Have fun,

  13. Christian 05.05.2018 at 22:28 - Reply

    Great blog Yulia! Quite helpfull.

    Just decided to visit Moscow between June 27 and 29th. Your tips of places to go are simply great!

    I’ll do everything by myself, and using my good skills in english. As noticed from your comments, i guess no big deal right:

    Finally, as Portuguese, do i need to apply for a visa in advance, or i simply need my valid passport at the airport:



    • Yulia 06.05.2018 at 18:12 - Reply

      Yes, of course, as most of the EU country citizen you will need to obtain a visa in advance in order to enter Russia.
      In case you have an official ticket for one of the games, I suggest you apply for the Fan ID, in this case you can enter without the visa.
      Do not forget that you will need to register yourself in a local immigration office in any way, does not matter if you entered with the visa or without.
      I have more information about it in the article above.

      Have a great time in Moscow!

  14. Jessika Cantu 10.05.2018 at 15:52 - Reply

    MY GOODNESS! I’ve never read such a thorough blog! Thank you so much for including so much detail! Really do appreciate it! 😀

    • Yulia 11.05.2018 at 15:01 - Reply

      I am happy you like it Jessika,
      enjoy your time in Moscow! 🙂

  15. Circe 14.05.2018 at 17:28 - Reply


    • Yulia 14.05.2018 at 18:43 - Reply

      Aww, thanks! these kind of comments make my days!
      Enjoy Russia!

  16. Rohit 14.05.2018 at 20:04 - Reply

    Wow honestly this is the best, most detailed blogpost I’ve ever read. There were many questions I had but after reading this in entirety, I can’t think of a single question left unanswered. Thank you for this blogpost, you’re an absolute lifesaver, Yulia!

    • Yulia 15.05.2018 at 19:25 - Reply

      ❤️ You are welcome, so happy it was useful for so many people!

  17. Azhar 18.05.2018 at 09:13 - Reply

    Wow, with these post I was forced to write a comment about it.
    Thank you for such a wonderful, easy and detailed.
    After reading it I have the confidence now that (I KNOW) Everything, travelling for the first time.
    Have a wonderful day.

    • Yulia 18.05.2018 at 12:54 - Reply

      Aww, thanks a lot for your comment!
      I am glad as I tried my best to make it super useful!
      Enjoy your time in Russia!

  18. Luis Jaime 21.05.2018 at 06:41 - Reply

    Hi Yulia:

    I am from Colombia and I will be in Moscow during the 2018 World Cup.Thanks a lot for your wonderful suggestions and recommendations.Your site is the best ,and the most generous in information, for tourists visiting Moscow during the 2018 World Cup.Thanks again.


  19. Fahad 25.05.2018 at 11:13 - Reply

    Thank you so much Yulia for such a detailed and informative blog. It is very well written and it is extremely helpful for all of us visiting Moscow.

    I shall be there in Russia next month for the world cup and I will be referring to it plenty of the times, during next one and half month. I thought the public transport such as metro rides would be free for the fan ID holders, do you know anything about that? Also, would you have any tips about Nizhny Novgorod?

    Cheers Yulia, have a wonderful weekend.

  20. Azhar 25.05.2018 at 16:46 - Reply

    Hi Yulia

    Do you have any idea what would be an issue with the website
    From the past 2weeks iam unable to book my free train from Moscow to St. Petersburg n back.

    Much appreciate if you can assist.


  21. Yunus 26.05.2018 at 11:25 - Reply

    Wow..!! Thanks a lot… I always admire people like you.. As you know information is wealth …
    Kudos for all the time you have spent in writing this blog and helping so many people out here..

    I have to mention that the kind of comfort this post gives to a first time anxious traveler cant be explained in words..!!

    • Yulia 26.05.2018 at 17:59 - Reply

      Thanks for your nice words Yunus! <3 Enjoy Russia!

  22. kathryn 28.05.2018 at 18:17 - Reply

    Thanks for such an insightful post! This will be really helpful when we head over next month 🙂

  23. Zaki 01.06.2018 at 11:04 - Reply


    This post was brilliant. Other sites were simply either lacking or overwhelming. Yours had the perfect amount of information in a very useful format!

    It will be saved on my phone as my go-to “travel guide” when I head there next month.

    Thank you so much!

    • Yulia 06.06.2018 at 01:27 - Reply

      Hi Zaki,
      thanks for your comment!
      You know, you actually gave me an idea! I have just created the PDF printable version of this post (added the alphabet and the metro map and deleted some unnecessary info), so you can print it or download it to your phone available off line.
      You can purchase it for 2,99 USD here and support my work if you wish to do so!
      Have a great time in Russia!

  24. sheyla 02.06.2018 at 23:47 - Reply

    WOW YULIA! your post was excellent!!! So glad i was able to read it before my travel! going for the world cup! suer excited!!!

    • Yulia 06.06.2018 at 01:24 - Reply

      Hi Sheyla, I am so happy you guys find it useful and all my work was done for something! 🙂
      Update, I have just made the post available in PDF (I added alphabet and the metro map as well), you can support my work by purchasing the PDF for 2,99 USD here if you wish to 😉

  25. Sanket 05.06.2018 at 16:49 - Reply

    Dear Yulia,

    Your 18 things to do in Moscow is simply amazing! It’s the best piece of travel writing I’ve ever seen.

    1. I am arriving with a friend in Moscow to start my trip. But will be taking an overnight train on the same day to Kazan. And only returning to Moscow 4 days later. Where should I register myself? I have an accommodation hostel booked in Kazan.

    2. We wanted to visit Red Square (St Basil’s Cathedral; GUM; Lenin’s Mausoleum) and Kremlin – Should we just book the tickets online? Does Moscow 1 Day Pass include entry to all tours?

    3. Bolshoi Theatre – do they accept shirt and jeans for outfit?

    4. We wanted to do a dinner cruise on 20th or 22nd evening? Any recommended dinner cruise in Moscow? Radisson Blu cruise seems full.

    5. For Bunker-42, should we book our tickets online? Which tour option is most recommended? http://bunker42.com/eng/ – Should we call to book the tickets?

    6. Any recommendations on Markets? Are izmailovsky market and arbat street similar? which one is better?

    7. Is Uber the best mode of transport? Any other alternatives? 🙂


    • Yulia 05.06.2018 at 17:13 - Reply

      Hi Sanket,
      thank you so much for your words, I am so happy to receive such positive responses from my readers!

      Now, to answer your questions:
      1) You have to register in the first 24 hours after arrival, so in your case that would be in Kazan

      2) all the things mentioned above are free of charge and can’t be booked in advanced (you can just walk around in the square, GUM is a department store and Mausoleum might have a very long line during the period of the World Cup, but this one can’t be avoided, there are no skip-the line tours, at least that I know of, there are pretty strict over there.)

      3) While they would appreciate you being dressed elegantly, you can also come in flip flops aand shorts if you have a ticket. But a shirt and jeans would be fine, no worries! Are you going to buy your ticket at the door or did you book it in advance?

      4) Here are other cruises recommendations all different by price and duration, choose the best one for you – here, here, here or here

      5) You usually definitely do not need to book in advance, but it might be busy during the world cup time, who knows. You can try calling them from your hotel in Kazan and booking it over the phone just in case? Ask your front desk, I am sure they will be happy to help!

      6) Arbat is more commercial and it is open till late, so you could actually visit both if you want to. In my opinion Izmailovo is nice also because it has this ginger-bread type house, but my taste might be different from yours 🙂

      7) Uber is the best in my opinion, that is what I always use. You can also download Yandex Taxi and Gett and use those ones when all foreigners will use Uber and get high surcharges 😉

      Hope that helps,
      have an amazing time in Russia! 🙂

  26. ruth 07.06.2018 at 23:12 - Reply

    OMG how useful, thanks for everything I will be in Moscow at the end of the month 😛

  27. Claudia 08.06.2018 at 00:54 - Reply

    WOW!!! I’ve spent the last three months researching travel blogs with tips for my Russia trip, and yours is the best by far!!! Thanks for this detailed post!
    I’m from Brazil and will arrive in July. I know Moscow will be crowded, but I chose not to miss this opportunity.

  28. Claudia Aragão 08.06.2018 at 06:03 - Reply

    Hi, Yulia!
    Your blog is great! Congratulations!!!
    I have one doubt, about the registration: I’ve read that if the tourist is going to stay for less than 7 days in a russian city it’s not necessary to register. Is it?

    I’m going to stay for 4 days in Moscow and another 4 in St. Peter.

    Thanks in advance!


    • Yulia 09.06.2018 at 12:24 - Reply

      Not sure where you heard it, but this is not true – you need to register and you need to do it in 24 hours after your arrival unless it is a weekend.
      As i mentioned above, the easiest way to do it is through a hotel

  29. Rafael 08.06.2018 at 06:13 - Reply


    this is AWESOME!! Thank you so much for putting this complete guide together!! Really, thank you!!

    We hope to enjoy our visit to Russia next week.


  30. Vicky 10.06.2018 at 00:47 - Reply

    Hello from greece.
    Thank you for the usufull imformation about moscow.
    I will be there from 8/8 till 14/8.
    I want to see ballet and hear a concert but as i see bolsoi theatre is closed this month.
    Please can you tell me some places where are open at august;
    And something else in my plans is to visit sergeve posand is it easy to go there by train;

    • Yulia 16.06.2018 at 18:14 - Reply

      Hey Vicky!
      Funnily enough, I have just come back from Greece:)
      You are right, Bolshoi seems to be closed in August, what a pity!
      There is Maly theatre, but the dont seem to have many things happaening in August as well, check it out here. Here is also a list of the most popular theaters in Moscow (please google translate it, it also links to the website of each theater), so you can choose something depending on your preferences.
      As for Sergiev POsad, you can get there by train, sure! You could also take a day tour with a guide in English if you wish to, here is more info.

  31. Nicolas 10.06.2018 at 02:07 - Reply


    Your guide is awesome! Can’t wait to be at Moscow!

    Best regards from Argentina

  32. PS 11.06.2018 at 20:30 - Reply

    Hi Yulia, we are visiting Moscow and St. Peters between 15-22nd June during World Cup….We have planned our entire trip based on your recommendations……only 1 thing we still could not manage is ticket to Armoury Chambers as all the online bookings are unavailable…..can you help us here??

    • Yulia 16.06.2018 at 17:57 - Reply

      Happy you used my blog so much!
      About the Armoury Champers – try this link. I just checked and everything seem to work there 🙂

  33. Derrick 15.06.2018 at 14:05 - Reply

    Fuuuu…. this is the ONLY blog i can finished. I never felt long or bored. Feeling euphoric this make me continue read. Yulia u are amazing and wonderful!!! Thank You so soo soooo much.

    • Yulia 16.06.2018 at 17:55 - Reply

      Hey Derrick, you are welcome, I am happy i managed to not make it boring! 🙂

  34. Siddharth Shankar Gupta 20.06.2018 at 22:17 - Reply

    Hey Yulia

    Ive read many blog posts for Moscow and Russia in general, and i’m travelling on 23rd (day after). But after reading your blog, I feel much more aware of what I’d be doing in Mosocw! Thanks, and keep blogging and travelling!

  35. Sam Yow 30.06.2018 at 15:11 - Reply

    Dear Yulia

    Many thanks for the detailed information.

    I will be at Moscow from 11 – 17 July and fly to Kazakhstan on 17 July via SVO airport.
    I will fly back to Moscow on 19 July via SVO around 0800 hours and go to DME airport to catch my flight around 1800 hours..
    Do I need to register myself again? thanks much and hope to meet you in Moscow.

    • Yulia 01.07.2018 at 14:46 - Reply

      I think once you exist the country, you need to reregister again. When you are in Russia for the first time, I would double check that on the front desk just in case, but this is what I would say.

  36. Blagovesta Tsvyatkova 02.07.2018 at 16:13 - Reply

    Very useful article! Thank you for taking time and compiling all the information for us 🙂

  37. Sam Yow 05.07.2018 at 15:41 - Reply

    many thanks Yulia.

  38. Mark 28.07.2018 at 10:46 - Reply

    Cool stuff you have and you keep overhaul every one of us

  39. Trisha 05.08.2018 at 10:55 - Reply

    Hi Yulia,

    This is the best blog I’ve seen for Moscow and St. Petersburg even in your other post. Literally, the best! I have 10 nights is Russia and was thinking of spending 4 nights in Moscow and 6 nights in St. Petersburg.
    1. Apart from your recommendations of what to do in the two respective cities, are there any day trips off the city to see a different side/off-beaten side all together, that you could suggest? Any recommended tours or routes? I am an English speaking native.
    2. What train to take from Moscow to St. Petersberg and back?

    Thanks and eagerly looking forward to your reply!

    • Yulia 06.08.2018 at 11:58 - Reply

      Hi Trisha!
      I am happy you like my posts, I am Russian after all, so I know some insider’s info! 😉
      1. From Moscow, I recommend visiting Yaroslavl, Sergiev Posad, Vladimir, Suzdal. If you don’t want to organize the transportation yoursefl, there are many modestly priced tours here
      As for St Petersburg, please check my post one more time – https://misstourist.com/top-11-things-to-do-saint-petersburg-russia/, there is a section called Day trips outside St. Pete
      2. You can buy your ticket here, the train is called Sapsan, and it will take you from Moscow to St Pete in little less than 4 hours!

      Hope this helps,
      have an amazing time in Russia!
      P.S. You might consider Kazan as well, you have enough days and it is a very pretty city that is 12 hours away by train (can be done as a night trip). The trains are new and comfortable

      • Trisha 06.08.2018 at 18:21 - Reply

        Hi Yulia!

        Thank you so much for such a prompt response. Super super helpful!

        Will check out the day trips from St. Petersburg on your site. A few more questions:

        1. Since you recommended to visit Kazan, is it possible to head to there from St Petersburg and then I have to fly back from Moscow. So planning my journey accordingly. Or how best would you suggest to fit that in? Wouldn’t mind it to be an overnight train.

        2. Thank you for recommending the Sapsan train. How about the 2nd class sleeper train during the day time which is 9 hour Long from Moscow to St. Petersburg? Since it’s cheaper and the view could be seen better as well? Wouldn’t mind wasting one whole day then but is that a comfortable/recommended journey as well since it’s not the Sapsan train?

        Looking forward to your reply!


  40. Larissa 14.11.2018 at 09:33 - Reply

    I loved it!
    I will be in Moscow in next January. I’m so excited! This city is stunning!

    thanks for tips!

    kisses from Brazil

    • Yulia 19.11.2018 at 17:52 - Reply

      Oh, it will be so beautiful in the first half of January when all the Christmas decorations are still on, hope you ll catch it! 🙂

  41. The Reader's Tales 23.12.2018 at 17:13 - Reply

    Hello Yulia!
    What an excellent guide and so much detail!! I can’t wait to visit Moscow and see all these wonderful places! Actually, I want to visit Moscow in May. I would like to keep in touch with you, to organise my trip. Do you mind?

    • Yulia 23.12.2018 at 21:02 - Reply

      Sorry, i don’t offer private trip consultation, that is the reason I have written so much about it here in fact.
      Hope you have an amazing trip!

  42. Manu 24.12.2018 at 17:44 - Reply

    Great ! very minute details. I got an idea of Moscow life

  43. Andre 27.12.2018 at 08:32 - Reply

    Hello Yulia! Your blog is simply amazing. I wanted to ask you a couple of questions.
    1. Do you think that Moscow is a good place to travel by yourself?
    2. If so, is the metro the best way to get to the places you mentioned in the post?
    3. Do you know any local tours for small groups and individuals?
    Thank you so much. ❤❤❤

    • Yulia 29.12.2018 at 13:35 - Reply

      hello Andre,
      happy you found it useful!
      here are the answers to you questions:
      1. yes
      2. yes
      3. I recommend this tour and there are more small group tours (and private ones too) on the website

  44. Eric Wilson 12.02.2019 at 23:20 - Reply

    Thank you! still want to go very much!

  45. Preetam 08.03.2019 at 14:44 - Reply

    Hello Yulia,

    First of all, congratulations for the fantastic blog on Russia.
    Just wanted to let you know that me and my wife had gone through your blog for Singapore and followed it completely and everything was perfect (including the show timings and direction) and it was a memorable trip.
    Now,we are planning to visit Moscow and St. Petersburg this summer and I am sure that this blog will be of great help.
    We are planning for six days each in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Do you think that it will be sufficient to tick off all the must-see places mentioned by you for Moscow and St. Petersburg?

    Looking forward to your reply.


    • Yulia 11.03.2019 at 21:08 - Reply

      Hi Preetam, I am happy it is useful!
      Yes, I think 6 days is more than enough to see all must-does places with no rush
      Have an amazing time there!

      • Preetam 12.03.2019 at 12:12 - Reply

        Thank you so much 🙂
        Looking forward to it!

  46. Pearl 18.04.2019 at 22:02 - Reply

    Very useful post! love it and thanks for your help! 🙂

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