Where To Stay in Moscow, Russia During the World Cup 2018

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Moscow is a huge city that offers a wide range of things to do and many places to visit. The FIFA World Cup is going to take place in Russia this year and most of its activities will happen in Moscow. I have written a blog post about the things that you shouldn’t miss while being in Moscow during your stay. You can read it here.

As soon as 2018 began, I started getting e-mails from you where you were asking me to help you choose a place to stay during the World Cup in the summer of 2018.

So I asked my sister who lives there to choose the best ones for you!

World Cup 2018 in Moscow

Where To Stay In Moscow World Cup 2018 Football

Most of the games during the World Cup 2018 will happen in Moscow including the Opening and the Finals.

June 14th – Match 1. Moscow, “Luzhniki”. Russia – Saudi Arabia

June 16th – Match 7. Moscow, “Spartak” Argentina – Iceland

June 17th – Match 11. Moscow, “Luzhniki”. Germany – Mexico

June 19th – Match 15. Moscow, “Spartak” Poland – Senegal

June 20th – Match 19. Moscow, “Luzhniki”. Portugal – Morocco

June 23rd – Match 29. Moscow, “Spartak” Belgium – Tunis

June 26th – Match 37. Moscow, “Luzhniki”. Denmark – France

June 27th – Match 41. Moscow, “Spartak” Serbia – Brazil

July 1st – Match 51. 1/8 finals. Moscow, Luzhniki. 1B – 2A

July 3rd – Match 55. 1/8 finals. Moscow, “Spartak”. 1H-2G

July 10th – Match 62. 1/2 finals. Moscow, Luzhniki. P59 – P60

July 15th – Match 64. Final. Moscow, Luzhniki.

If you are planning to stay in Moscow during the championship, then the information below will be very useful to you.

Please don’t wait till June to book a place to stay! 80% of the rooms in the hotels are already booked! Book your room now!

It’s also important not to cancel your booking because I can assure you that you won’t have any other options closer to the World Cup dates. Don’t risk!

World Cup 2018 stadiums in Moscow – Luzhniki and Spartak.

Where To Stay in Moscow Hotel Recommendations Russia 2 World Cup Stadium

Moscow will held matches on two different stadiums: Luzhniki and Spartak.

You can see the location of Luzhniki and Spartak stadiums on the map above.

The areas near the stadiums are a good choice to stay if you do not want to go anywhere in the city and just want to see the games.

Hotels near the Luzhniki stadium

Where To Stay in Moscow Hotel Recommendations Russia 1 Luzniki Stadium

The Opening and the Finals will be held on Luzhniki stadium in Moscow. If you want to visit one of those, I suggest to stay close to the Luzhniki stadium. First of all, you will save a lot of time getting to the stadium when you’re that close and secondly, you should know that after every match, the Moscow government will close the closest metro station (they always do it) so it is much better if you book a hotel nearby.

The area is not very touristic, therefore there are just a handful of hotels around. The closest ones are already sold out unfortunately, but the ones below are also good and you can walk from there to the stadium or take a 10-15 minutes taxi ride.

My choices:

LUXURY HOTELS near the Luzhniki stadium ($150 and higher):

Villaggio Hotel

Where To Stay in Moscow Hotel Recommendations Russia Villaggio Hotel

The rooms have a very nice design and I’m sure you will like the decorations of the entire hotel. The staff is very friendly and always ready to help you with any requests you may have. In addition, the location is so close to the city center that it will be very easy to walk to the Red Square.

Getting to the Luzhniki stadium:

10 minutes by taxi

35-40 minutes walking distance

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Apelsin Hotel on Tulskaya

Where To Stay in Moscow Hotel Recommendations Russia Apelsin Hotel

This hotel awaits you with clean rooms, a quiet atmosphere, and hospitable staff. The surroundings are full of cafes and there’s also a shopping mall nearby. The metro station is very close, so you can use it to go to the city center.

Getting to the Luzhniki stadium:

10 minutes by taxi

35-40 minutes walking distance

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MIDDLE PRICED HOTELS near the Luzhniki stadium ($120-$180)

Jedi Hostel

Where To Stay in Moscow Hotel Recommendations Russia Jedi Hostel

Unfortunately, this is the only choice near Luzhniki stadium in this price range. However, it is a very good one. It’s not easy to get a 9.2 score for a hostel, right? The staff at Jedi Hostel is friendly, the rooms are clean and the people there are fun. The location is central, situated right on the famous Arbat Street full of restaurants, clubs, bars and even musicians.

Getting to the Luzhniki stadium:

15 minutes by taxi

60 minutes walking distance

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BUDGET HOTELS near the Luzhniki stadium (below $120)

Apelsin Hotel on Park Pobedy

Where To Stay in Moscow Hotel Recommendations Russia Apelsin Hotel on Park

This hotel is offers some clean and comfortable rooms that you can stay in. This one still has some budget rooms available! Hurry up and get one for yourself, although I don’t really recommend you to walk there from the stadium.

Getting to the Luzhniki stadium:

12 minutes by taxi

90 minutes walking distance

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999 Gold Hotel 

Where To Stay in Moscow Hotel Recommendations Russia 999 Gold Hotel

This hotel offers you the option to book a bed in a shared hostel room. If you’re willing to pay a higher price, then you can stay in separate rooms. Overall the rooms are clean, the location is good, situated close to the metro.

Getting to the Luzhniki stadium:

10 minutes by taxi

45-50 minutes walking distance

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Hotels near the Spartak stadium

Where To Stay in Moscow Hotel Recommendations Russia 1 Spartak Stadium

To be completely honest, the area near Spartak stadium is a bit boring. The place does not have any sights to see and you won’t have anything to do there.  However, if you decide to stay near the Spartak stadium, then you should take a look on this list of hotels that I have chosen for you.

I am very, very sorry to tell you that all the hotels are pretty far from the Spartak stadium and it wasn’t an easy job to find these for you, but here you go!

My choices:

LUXURY HOTELS near the Spartak stadium:

Hotel Tayozhny

Where To Stay in Moscow Hotel Recommendations Russia Hotel Tayozhny

This hotel has very comfortable rooms, the staff is always ready to help and the location is extremely good. Also, park Pokrovskoye-Streshnevo is nearby.

Getting to the Spartak stadium:

15 minutes by taxi

35-40 minutes walking distance

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MIDDLE PRICED HOTELS near the Spartak stadium ($120-$180)

Hotel Colibri

Where To Stay in Moscow Hotel Recommendations Russia Hotel Colibri

This is a small but very comfortable hotel, clean and quiet. Although it’s far from the center of Moscow, you should know that you’ll still have a shopping mall nearby.

Getting to the Spartak stadium:

20 minutes by taxi

Walking not suggested

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Broadway Hotel Moscow

Where To Stay in Moscow Hotel Recommendations Russia Broadway Hotel Moscow

Broadway Hotel awaits you with clean and spacious rooms, tasty breakfasts and helpful staff. The hotel is situated close to a nice park where you can spend your free time.

Getting to the Spartak stadium:

25 minutes by taxi

Walking not suggested

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BUDGET HOTELS near the Spartak stadium (below $120)

Hostel Start

Where To Stay in Moscow Hotel Recommendations Russia Hostel Start

This is an extremely nice hostel – it’s not easy to find one as good as this far from the center! Go for it! Clean, spacious, nice common area, big kitchen, free toiletries – what else you may need from a hostel? Book this one while you still can!

Getting to the Spartak stadium:

8 minutes by taxi

40 minutes walking distance

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Mini Hostel 

Where To Stay in Moscow Hotel Recommendations Russia Mini Hostel

A small cozy hostel with a shared bathroom and a kitchen available for you. It’s situated very close to the stadium (probably the closest hostel available), so don’t miss it!

Getting to the Spartak stadium:

15 minutes by taxi

25-30 minutes walking distance

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NO HOTELS LEFT?

If you cannot find anything and all the suggested hotels are fully booked, you can try Airbnb. But make sure that your host will register you there.

TIP: I have a €29 discount that you can use on your first booking – click here

VERRRRY IMPORTANT:

There is an important downside of using Airbnb in Russia and that is the reason why I strongly suggest booking a hotel. By Russian low, every foreigner is supposed to register in an Immigration office on the day (!) of arrival. If you stay in a hotel, you won’t need to worry about it – they will take a copy of your passport and fill in all the papers for you and bring it to the FMS (Federal Migration Services). The truth is, hardly any Airbnb host will do it for you, so it is your responsibility to take care of this and spend your own time in the huge bureaucratic machine of Russia. Once registered, they will give you a registration slip that you need to save until you leave the country. Now, I don’t know if the controllers will be strict with it during the World Cup, but it is a rule and you might get in trouble for not having this paper when you leave the country.

I understand this is really inconvenient, I also do not like this rule at all, but my duty is to warn you about the consequences

Where to stay in Moscow to have fun? Where to stay to explore the city?

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The areas near Luzhniki and Spartak stadiums are not fun and you won’t find anything to see there. There aren’t many places to hang out, almost no pubs and the few that are there will be extremely crowded because of the matches.

If you want to go clubbing, explore the Russian pubs and nightlife of Moscow, then I highly recommend you to stay in the center of Moscow!

Where To Stay In Moscow Recommendations Hotels Red Square City Center

This is a also a great choice if you want to see the sights of the city, the historical center and maybe even go to the museums or take some tours! All the main attractions are located in the city center, all the museums, the Red square etc.

In addition, if you want to attend the games on both of the stadiums – Luzhniki and Spartak – you may want to think about staying in the center, as it will be more convenient for you to travel around the city.

Hotels in the center of Moscow

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There are hundreds of hotels in the center of Moscow and it might be very difficult to make a decision. I have chosen some good ones for you, the ones that I will always choose even for myself because I find them very nice.

This is where I want you to stay! The central area is the best! Trust me with it!

My choices:

TOP LUXURY HOTELS in the city center:

Hotel Sadovnicheskaya

Where To Stay in Moscow Hotel Recommendations Russia Hotel Sadovnicheskaya

This is one of the very few 5-star hotels that still has rooms available for the World Cup period. The hotel is just beyond amazing! As all the 5-star hotels, they provide the best services and the best rooms rooms out there, but Hotel Sadovnicheskaya is also located in an extremely good spot in the city center! 5 minutes of slow walk and you are at the Red Square! Do not miss your chance and book a room there!

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Villa Kadashi Boutique Hotel

Where To Stay in Moscow Hotel Recommendations Russia Villa Kadashi Boutique Hotel

This is a true luxury hotel with great conditions! The service is very high, all the rooms are extremely nice and you will be situated at 5 minutes walking distance from the Red Square! All the main attractions are right there!

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LUXURY HOTELS in the city center (up to $500):

Aroom Hotel on Kitai Gorod

Where To Stay in Moscow Hotel Recommendations Russia Aroom Hotel on Kitai Gorod

All I can say is that the rooms are amazing and the staff is super nice. The location is about 15-20 minutes away from the Red Square. However, this hotel is in the heart of the historical part of the city called Kitai Gorod and on a great street full of restaurants. You’ll also have a nice park nearby – Chistiye prudy – and it will be very easy for you to reach all the central sights if you stay there.

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Loft Hotel H11

Where To Stay in Moscow Hotel Recommendations Russia Loft Hotel

The designers of this hotel created this one with a loft style in mind, but they didn’t leave the comfort behind, so you can really enjoy your stay there. I find this hotel very interesting. The rooms are not big, but super comfortable. The location is good – the hotel is hidden between the narrow streets of Kitai Gorod historical area. The area is pretty quiet, but if you walk a few blocks away you will reach a lively Maroseyka street full of restaurants and bars. If you walk even further, in no more than 15-20 minutes you will reach the Red Square.

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MIDDLE PRICED HOTELS in the city center ($120-$180)

Kitay-Gorod Hotel

Where To Stay in Moscow Hotel Recommendations Russia Kiray Gorod Hotel

This is a cozy hotel situated right in the heart of Moscow. 100 meters from a metro station, 50 meters from different bars and restaurants, 7 minutes walking distance from the Red square. The prices are very reasonable, too. Book it now before all the rooms are gone!

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Mini Hotel Provans

Where To Stay in Moscow Hotel Recommendations Russia Mini Hotel Provans

A small hotel located right near Moscow’s main street – Tverskaya street. You should know that there are a lot of theaters, shops and restaurants around. You can also take a 15 minutes walk to The Red square.

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BUDGET HOTELS in the city center (below $120)

Hostel Artist on Kitay-Gorod

Where To Stay in Moscow Hotel Recommendations Russia Hotel Artist on Kiray-Gorod

This is a very bright and colorful hostel. It has a large number of rooms, a nice common area and also a kitchen. Very good location, right in the Kitay Gorod – the historical part of the city. Plenty of pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes around. This hostel is also very close to Zaryadye Park and only 5 minutes away from the Red Square.

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Nereus Hostel near Kremlin

Where To Stay in Moscow Hotel Recommendations Russia Nereus Hostel

The Nereus Hostel awaits you with a very helpful staff and all the facilities that you might need. Good price for a good location. The hostel is situated at 3 minutes walking distance from the Red square, 1 minute from the metro and 1 minute away from Alexandr’s garden and Kremlin.

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Molotoff Capsule Hotel

Where To Stay in Moscow Hotel Recommendations Russia Molotoff Capsule

I bet this hotel is something that you never tried before! No words needed! You will get your own capsule like in the movies. In addition, the location is very good. 7 minutes walking distance from the Red square, 3 minutes from the lively streets full of clubs, bars and restaurants. You’ll find many attractions in the nearby area!

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Where should I stay in Moscow if I have a transfer to another city?

The games of the World Cup 2018 will take place in someother cities of Moscow, too. For most of them, you will have to transfer in Moscow.

The matches will be held in the following cities:

And here you can see them on the map:

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You can book a flight, buy a train ticket (or if you have a FAN ID some of the trains between the cities will be free of charge) or take a long-distance bus, whatever suits you better.

The fastest type of transport in Russia is of course air flights. You can fly within 1.5-2.5 hours between all the World Cup 2018 cities.

Check the cheapest flights here.

Where To Stay In Moscow Hotel Recommendations Train

If you obtain a FAN ID then you might want to try a local train free of charge. Even if you do not have the FAN ID you still might want to take a train, because it is much cheaper than a flight and it is much more comfortable than a bus. Depending on the destination and a train route, it will take you from 3 to 40 hours of travel.

I suggest you to book the tickets on tutu.ru, there you can see all the available trains and book a ticket right away. They even accept PayPal payments and all the foreign credit cards, which is very unusual in Russia.

If you do not have a FAN ID, the cheapest transport you will find is the bus. Regional companies usually operate long-distance buses and, to be honest, the buses are usually kind of uncomfortable. However, if you are low on budget you should give them a try. It takes around the same time to arrive as with the train – from 8 to 30 hours, depending on your destination.

If you are wondering what is the FAN ID and how to get it, just scroll down.

Hotels near the airports

There are four airports in Moscow:

  • Sheremetyevo
  • Domodedovo
  • Vnukovo
  • Zhukovsky

Let’s see which hotels are good to stay in near each of these airports:

Where To Stay in Moscow Hotel Recommendations Russia Airport

1. SVO Sheremetyevo International Airport Hotels:

Radisson Blu Hotel Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport

Where To Stay in Moscow Hotel Recommendations Russia Radisson Blu Airport

Radisson hotels are very well-known around the world for their quality of service and wonderful rooms. There is a Radisson Blu hotel near Sheremetyevo airport. If your transfer is in Sheremetyevo airport and you love to have the best service, then this must be your choice!

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Holiday Inn Express Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport

Where To Stay in Moscow Hotel Recommendations Russia Holiday Inn Express Moscow

Holiday Inn is a very good 3-star hotel where you will feel comfortable and you will have the chance to relax during your transfer. Book this one if you want to stay close to the Sheremetyevo airport!

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Hotel Sheremetyevo

Where To Stay in Moscow Hotel Recommendations Russia Hotel Sheremetyevo

If you want to relax and have a good rest, then this hotel is a very good choice. The prices are affordable and the service is good. The rooms are spacious and clean!

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2. DME Domodedovo International Airport Hotels:

Airhotel Express

Where To Stay in Moscow Hotel Recommendations Russia Airhotel Express

This hotel is located right inside the airport! No need to go anywhere! The prices are not extremely high, so it can be a very nice choice if you have a flight from Domodedovo airport.

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Hotel Aleksandriya-Domodedovo

Where To Stay in Moscow Hotel Recommendations Russia Hotel Aleksandriya

This hotel is situated outside of the Domodedovo international airport but it has a free shuttle bus that you can use! The rooms are very clean and comfortable, and the price is much cheaper. I suggest you to stay here!

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3. VKO Vnukovo International Airport Hotels:

Banniy Klub Shangri-La Vnukovo 

Where To Stay in Moscow Hotel Recommendations Russia Banniy Klub

This is actually a luxury SPA center located near the Vnukovo airport. I believe you will have the best transfer in your life if you stay there. Saunas, a swimming pool, jacuzzi – what else in the world you might need?!

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Hotel Rich

Where To Stay in Moscow Hotel Recommendations Russia Hotel Rich

Three words: nice, clean, comfortable. Situated only 5 minutes away from the Vnukovo International airport. All in all, a good price for a good quality!

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4. ZIA Zhukovsky International Airport Hotels:

Mini hotel Gavan Nadiezhdy

Where To Stay in Moscow Hotel Recommendations Russia Mini hotel Gavan

This is the only hotel situated near the new Zhukovsky airport. It’s not big, but it can accommodate plenty of guests. They even have their own garden and a playground for your kids. If you want to stay near the Zhukovsky international airport, click the link below!

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Hotels near the railway stations

Here are the main railway stations in Moscow. If you will take a train, you will for sure leave from one of them:

  • Kievskiy
  • Belorusskiy
  • Komsomolskaya
  • Kurskiy

Here are my suggestions for good hotels near each of these railway stations:

Where To Stay in Moscow Hotel Recommendations Russia 1 Railway Station

1. Kiyevsky Railway Terminal Hotels:

Bulgakov Mini-Hotel 

Where To Stay in Moscow Hotel Recommendations Russia 1 Bulgakov Mini Hotel

This is not the closest hotel to the Railway station but, in my opinion, it’s really one of the best choices! This mini-hotel is located just one metro station away from the Kiyevsky railway terminal, right on the Old Arbat Street. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes there and, overall, it’s a nice area to spend a night or two. You can easily get to the Kiyevsky railway terminal for your transfer!

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Mini Hotel Atmosphere 

Where To Stay in Moscow Hotel Recommendations Russia 1 Bulgakov Mini Hotel Atmosphere

This one is an awesome choice if you want to stay in a very calm place, not far away from the railway station. This hotel is situated on a riverbank and you can have a walk around. The location is quiet, so you will have a very good rest between your travels.

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2. Belorussky Railway Terminal Hotels:

Grand Hotel Belorusskaya

Where To Stay in Moscow Hotel Recommendations Russia 1 Grand Hotel Belorusskaya

This hotel is located extremely close to the Belorussky railway station and it has a very nice decor and look. The staff is friendly and the atmosphere is so pleasant. Go for it before all the rooms are fully booked!

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Seven Hills Brestskaya Hotel

Where To Stay in Moscow Hotel Recommendations Russia 1 Seven Hills Brestskaya Hotel

This one is close to the railway station, located right on Tverskaya Street. After only 7 minutes of walking you’ll arrive at the train station, and if you walk for a total of 15-20 minutes you’ll be right in the Red Square. The area might be a bit noisy because of the cars, but just keep the windows closed and you’ll be fine!

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Teddy Hostel

Where To Stay in Moscow Hotel Recommendations Russia Teddy Hostel

What could be cuter than a hostel full of teddy bears? Quiet location, clean and comfortable rooms. Helpful staff. This hostel is also pretty close to the railway station.

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3. Komsomolskaya Square Hotels (Kazansky, Leningradsky, Yaroslavsky Railway Terminals):

We call Komsomolskaya square the square of 3 railway stations – there are Kazansky, Leningradsky, Yaroslavsky Railway Terminals all in one. Convenient, right?

I have chosen some hotels for you that are located in a short walking distance from all of the 3 terminals. Please take care of your belongings there! This area is famous for homeless people. However, the hotels below are very safe, so no need to worry.

Apelsin Hotel on Komsomolskaya

Where To Stay in Moscow Hotel Recommendations Russia Apelsin Hotel on Komsomolskaya

This hotel is very nice and comfortable. The rooms are cozy and the staff is very helpful and open to your demands. Situated close to the Railway terminals, this is the perfect choice if you want to have a good rest!

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Morion Hotel

Where To Stay in Moscow Hotel Recommendations Russia 1 Morion Hotel

This is a small hotel near the railway terminals. Two words: quiet and clean. I think this is a very nice place to stay if you want to relax during your transfer!

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Nice hostel Komsomolskaya

Where To Stay in Moscow Hotel Recommendations Russia 1 Nice Hostel Komsomlskaya

This hostel offers a very spacious common area, many showers and a nice overall atmosphere. Just take a look at the pictures and you will want to book it! It’s also situated close to the railway stations. Book now before it is too late!

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4. Kursky Railway Terminal Hotels:

Agios Hotel on Kurskaya

Where To Stay in Moscow Hotel Recommendations Russia Agios Hotel on Kurskaya

Agios Hotel will offer you a comfortable stay in a nice and calm neighborhood. If you are looking for a place to stay near the Kursky railway terminal, I would suggest you to book this one!

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Guesthouse on Bolshoy Kazennyy

Where To Stay in Moscow Hotel Recommendations Russia Guesthouse on Bolshoy Kazennyy

In a few words: comfortable beds, convenient location, spacious room. Very close to the Kursky railway station (ony a few minutes away if you walk). Book this one if you want to stay close to the station!

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Can I rent an apartment in Moscow?

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I know some people prefer renting an apartment or a room during their stay. In this case, I recommend you to use Airbnb and you will find anything from a small room to a huge house in the countryside!

If you book anything via Airbnb I have a €29 discount for your first booking – click here

VERY IMPORTANT! REGISTRATION NEEDED FOR ALL FOREIGNERS!

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The Russian Government has this rule that everyone has to obtain a registration during his or her stay in the country. All the hotels above provide it, but if you are going to rent a place on your own, then please do ask the owner in advance if he or she can register you in Moscow. Normally there is no problem and the owners are ready to do it for you, but you should ask just in case!

If you do not have the registration, then the Russian migration officers can fine you. During the World Cup 2018 the rules are getting stricter, so I advise you to take care and make sure that the place where you will stay can properly register you in Russia during your stay.

FAN ID: visa free entry and free transportation

Where To Stay in Moscow Hotel Recommendations Russia FAN ID

FAN ID – what is it and how to get it?

If you plan to attend the 2018 World Cup, then the FAN ID is required for you, as they won’t let you inside the stadium without it.

If you don’t have a ticket to any of the games, then you cannot apply for the FAN ID.

Advantages of the FAN ID:

  • Visa-Free Entry to Russia (starts 10 days before the Opening Game and ends 10 days after the Finals)
  • Free Train rides between the host cities
  • Free public transportation inside the cities

You have to apply for it on the official website and after that they will send it to you by post.

For more details and FAN ID application, go here.

What to do in Moscow during you stay?

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You may already know that Moscow is a huge city full of attractions, sights and points of interest – there are always things to do in the city. Trust me – you will never get bored!

I have a separate post about 18 BEST THINGS NOT TO MISS IN MOSCOW DURING THE WORLD CUP 2018 that you can check out if you need some inspiration.

For more suggestions about Moscow, I advise you to check Moscowplaces.com, where  you will find tips about places you shouldn’t miss, food, parks and just anything about Moscow and the FIFA World Cup 2018!


Conclusion

I hope you found this article useful and you were able to find something good and fitting your budget.

I predict the accommodation situation will be quite tough during the World Cup and the sooner you book, the better. It will not get cheaper, trust me! And I’m sure you won’t find anything better closer to the event, so make sure you won’t cancel your booking!

Have a great time at the matches and do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions!


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  1. Daniela 29.03.2018 at 21:15 - Reply

    Thank you for taking the time to do this! It was really helpful

  2. teena hernandez 29.03.2018 at 23:47 - Reply

    Hello Yulia,

    My family and I are traveling to Russia with Fan ID’s for the world cup. We have booked our stay with AIRBNB and I have read and thank you for the important post about registration. My particular situation is that our host will be physically away during our stay and will not be available to register us. Are we allowed to register ourselves at a local FMS office? And also, is there an office available at SVO airport?

    Thank you Yulia 🙂

    • Lilia @Moscow Places 30.03.2018 at 18:56 - Reply

      Hi dear Teena!

      Yes you can do it yourself but if you don’t speak Russian it is going to be difficult 🙁

      You have to find the local to your host’s place migration office and go there yourself
      https://xn--b1ab2a0a.xn--b1aew.xn--p1ai/ – you can find the office here, but it is only in Russian, please ask your host for help.

      Once you go there you will have to carry these documents:
      – a passport with a stamp on the border of the Russian Federation
      – a migration card that you receive at the border with the stamp on the border of the Russian Federation
      – Russian Federation visa or a fan’s passport, which you get yourself online when you purchase tickets for 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia matches.

      Then you have to fill in a special form.

      Migration office employees do not speak English and are very strict, so be prepared. The form you will have to fill is also in Russian and you will have to fill it in Russian as well. That is the main problem.

      If you are not alone then all of you have to go there.

      Normally, not during the World Cup, they give you 7 days for the registration, but from 25.05.2018 to 25.07.2018 you have to obtain the registration within 24 hours from your arrival.

      In conclusion I can say that you can do it yourself, yes.
      But ask the host to help you finding the local office, ask him/her to take the forms and fill them for you in advance, so you don’t have to do it yourself later. Then whenever you arrive you will have to take the passport, the FAN ID, the migration card and the pre-filled form and go to the migration office.

      In case you don’t do it and then the migration officers catch you somehow the penalty will be from 2000 to 7000 rubles with possible expulsion from Russia (which is very unlikely).

      p.s. Or you can also change your host 🙂

  3. Edward 01.04.2018 at 02:00 - Reply

    Hi Teena,

    I did Airbnb in Russia and it was great. The absolutely easiest way to sort out your registration is to spend one night in a hotel. There they do the registration for you. After that you can stay at an Airbnb with total peace of mind.

    I once did the official registration at the migration office in Belarus and it was excruciating. Half a day wasted. In Ukraine once I completely forgot about it, but didn’t get into trouble. No one noticed. But I wouldn’t chance it.

  4. Andrew 13.04.2018 at 15:39 - Reply

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  5. TAPASH KUMAR GUHAROY 26.05.2018 at 20:06 - Reply

    Dear Yulia,
    Is the registration to be done in all cities that I am visiting or the first city is enough?

    • Yulia 27.05.2018 at 16:25 - Reply

      Just the first city. Save that paper, you will need to present it to the boarder control when you live the country

  6. Sanket Bothra 05.06.2018 at 08:03 - Reply

    Hi, I arrive in Moscow on my Day 1 but leave for Kazan the same evening where I have a hotel on my Day 2. And come back to Moscow during after 5 days my trip end.

    I do not have any accommodation for my Day 1 in Moscow. Where do I register myself?

    Kindly assist.

    Regards,
    Sanket

    • Yulia 05.06.2018 at 17:18 - Reply

      I think you will be fine registering through your hotel in Kazan, just explain the situation to the front desk and they will do the rest.

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