Moscow Travel Tips

Hi there! Welcome to my Moscow travel tips page! Consider it to be a one big Moscow FAQ, where no question will be left unanswered.

You must have lots to ask, I know! Well, my friend, you've come to the right place. Just sit back - and read,read,read!

I'll try to think through every question you may have, but I still need your help on this one. If there's something about Moscow that you need to know - please send it through the contact form.

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When is it the best time to visit Moscow?

I think it's best to come in summer. The sun is shining, the flowers blossom, no need to wear a warm jacket. Plus, don't forget that pictures taken in summer usually look better than those taken in winter, simply due to the fact there's more light around.

Don't get me wrong, though. Russia is very beautiful in winter, so if you're planning to travel to Moscow region or to any other picturesque place - I'll surely back your decision! If, on the other hand, you plan to stay in the city - summer is your best choice.

Is it safe in Moscow?

Moscow is pretty much as secure as every big city. Play by the rules, use your head - and you'll leave Russia with nothing but good memories.

Stay out of poorly-lit places and bad, remote neigborhoods, avoid suspicious people, don't fall for obvious frauds - it's as simple as that. Otherwise, your chances are the same as, say, in New-York.

If you want to read more about the possible dangerous situations - read my "Things to Avoid" section.

Are the people friendly in Moscow?

The people in Moscow are generally friendly, especially towards foreigners. Note, though, that many of them do not speak any English.

Here's a free Moscow travel tip - if you're planning a trip, I suggest you have a map (GPS is even better), or a local, English-speaking guide. Otherwise, most of Muscovites will not be able to help you out if you get lost (although they'd really love to).

If you pay your Moscow friends a visit - be sure you'll be accepted warmly and heartily. After all,hospitality is one of the oldest Russian traditions - and we've grown quite good at it!

How much time do I need to see Moscow?

I'd say it depends on how much time you're willing to spend on foot per day. It's a good idea to plan you Moscow travel ahead, evaluating what Moscow sights you wish to see and which places you'd like to go.

While doing so, keep in mind that Moscow is huge (around 1000 sq. km), and the traffic is bad. Therefore, do not over-rely on a car in case you plan to rent one - you'll be better off riding a metro.

Overall, I would say one week would suffice if you plan to see the main Moscow landmarks and are ready to walk around all day long. Otherwise, take a longer vacation.

What Russian souvenirs should I buy?

First of all, you should know that Matrioshkas are not your only option. There are all kinds of souvenirs you can choose from, including the Russian nesting dolls, of course.

It's really impossible to list them all in this short answer, so if you want more information, read my Russian souvenirs guide page.

Who is the mayor of Moscow?

Yuri Luzhkov is, of course! He's been the mayor of Moscow for as long as I can remember, and judging by the time he's been in the office, he may very well be the last one! :)

Kiddin', of course, but seriously - mayor Luzhkov has outlived many of Russia's known politicians. He's been a very controversial figure to say the least, so you'd better check out my Yuri Luzhkov page that's all about our beloved mayor!

UPDATE: Yuri Luzhkov is no more the mayor of Moscow. He was replaced with Sergey Sobyanin. Nothing much is known about that guy, so we yet have to see what he's capable of.

That's it for now, but I'll surely be updating! By the way, if you want to know more - visit my 10 facts about Russia page.

See you around!

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