Here're some tips on what to do when you first arrive in Moscow, how to get to the final point of your destination and how to get around Moscow on your own.
How to get from the airport to the city
Moscow has 5 airports. The easiest way to get from the airport to the city is to book your transfer in advance. We can recommend you to use the services of a Moscow driver . He can meet you with the sign and get you to the final point of your destination. If you want to have someone speaking English, you can also hire a Moscow tour guide who can help in case of any problems in the airport and give you a short tour on the way. But there're cheaper ways to the city. 1.Find out which airport you arrive – it might be: Domodedovo International airport (35 km (22 miles) south of the centre of Moscow) Sheremetyevo International Airport (located 29km (18 miles) north-west of Moscow) it has 5 terminals: B,C, D, E, F Vnukovo International Airport (28 km (18 mi) southwest from the center of Moscow)
3.You can get to the city by bus or by shuttle bus. It costs a bit cheaper then the train but the journey might take long time because of traffic jams. Shared taxi or express buses are more convenient as they go straight to the destination point. Here you can find more information about the bus services.
Moscow has 9 train stations. All of them are close to the city center. You can get to the final point of your destination by car or by metro.
You can book your car transfer in advance or find the taxi on spot (Better to find official taxi service, the private drivers approaching to you in airports and train station are likely to rip you off).
All train stations are linked to Moscow metro. Rail terminal metro station Belorussky Rail Terminal Belorusskaya Kazansky Rail Terminal Komsomolskaya Kiyevsky Rail Terminal Kievskaya Kursky Rail Terminal Kurskaya Leningradsky Rail Terminal Komsomolskaya Paveletsky Rail Terminal Paveletskaya Rizhsky Rail Terminal Rizhskaya Savyolovsky Rail Terminal Savyolovskaya Yaroslavsky Rail Terminal Komsomolskaya
The best way to use the taxi in Moscow is to book it in advance. There're a lot of taxi agencies. You can ask the restaurant or the hotel to call one of these numbers and it normally takes about 30 min – 1 hour for the car to be delivered. Taxi Bistro (327 5144; www.taxopark.ru) Taxi Blues (105 5115; www.taxi-blues.ru) New Yellow Taxi(940 8888; www.nyt.ru)
There're also 'official' and 'unofficial' taxis circulating around the city. Almost any car can be a taxi in Moscow, private drivers are eager to earn some extra money and they'll take you where you need for a reasonable amount of money. But you need to negotiate first!!! If you stop an 'official' taxi – you should also negotiate the price! Even if the driver says he has a meter! The normal price is between 300-500 rubles.It's better if you can ask a Russian person to talk to the driver (cheaper for you) and you can ask your Moscow tour guide to book a taxi if you can wait at least 30 min or find a taxi in the street.