Moscow (Russian: Москва) is the 869 year-old capital of Russia. A truly iconic, global city, Moscow has played a central role in the development of Russia and the world. For many, the sight of the Kremlin complex in the centre of the city is still loaded with symbolism and history. Moscow was the capital of the former Soviet Union and signs of its previous life are very visible even now. Yet, there's more to Russia and its capital than just memories of the USSR. Architectural gems from the time of the Russian Empire are still dotted throughout Moscow, whilst signs of modern Tsars (or at least people with similar levels of wealth) abound.
Attractions in Moscow
Moscow is a living museum to a millennium of political, religious and cultural history. Moscow can be an overwhelming experience for visitors - there's just so much to see in this vast and vibrant city, from the truly sublime to the ever-so-slightly ridiculous.
2. Red Square
3. Tretyakov Gallery
4. Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts
5. The Armoury
6. Church of the Ascension
7. Institute of Russian Realist Art
8. Kremlin in Izmailovo
9. Christ the Saviour Cathedral
10. Bolshoi Theatre
Metro The Metro is open from 5:30AM-1:00AM. Station entrances are closed at 1:00AM, and at this time the last trains depart from all of the termini stations. After 1:00AM, many locals will enter the train station using the exits, which are still open. Service on the ring line runs until 1:30AM, although entrances are closed at 1:00AM. The down escalators are also shut off at 1:00AM.
There is signage in the Metro stations in English and the Latin alphabet, but these signs are not everywhere. Each train carriage has a map in Latin script and there is one near the entrance to each platform. Note the direction of the train before you alight. It is worth printing or saving to your phone the most up-to-date map of the metro system in both Cyrillic and Latin letters to take with you.
Note that 2 or 3 stations may be
connected as transfer points but will each have a
different name. There are 2 stations called
Smolenskaya and 2 stations called Arbatskaya, but
the station pairs are not connected to each other
despite having the same name.
By bus and trolleybus Every large street in the city is served by at least one bus and one trolleybus route, which necessitate an abundance of trolley wires in the city. Most Moscow buses and trolleybuses operate 05:30AM-01:00AM; however, there are a few routes that operate during the night.
Buses and trolleybuses never seem to follow their schedules, mostly due to traffic jams and delays, but they are frequent until the late evening.
A trolleybus route map is available online. A useful mobile app called Yandex Transport helps you locate a nearest bus, trolleybus or tram on the line. The red tickets for the metro can be used on the buses and trolleys too.
By tram There are several tram routes, although trams are not common in the city centre. A map and a schedule of the tram routes are available online.