Domestic Transportation in Russia

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Means of Transport Recommended in Town

The big cities, in particular Moscow and St Petersburg, have an extensive, fast metro network.
The most convenient means of transport remains the taxi. It is best to use official taxis (they have a yellow sign on the roof) for security reasons. If you book the taxi in advance and agree on the fare, you can avoid unpleasant surprises.
A basic knowledge of Russian is useful for getting around.
Maps of Urban Networks
Map of the Moscow metro
Map of the St Petersburg metro
Urban Transport Agencies
The Moscow Metro
Find an Itinerary
To calculate your journey time on the Moscow metro
To find your itinerary in other cities
Taxi Companies
Taxi Hire Service
A list of taxi companies in St Petersburg
A list of taxi companies in Moscow

Transportation From Airport to City Centre:






Car Rental
Moscow - Domodedovo (DME) 37 km / 23 miles RUR 750-1000 / 40 min RUR 30 / 25-30 min RUR 120 / 40 min Available

Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country

The rail network is relatively extensive and good quality. Trains keep to the timetable but they are slow. For security reasons it is better not to travel alone.
Domestic flights have greatly increased over the last few years; but the planes are old and comfort is Spartan for most companies. Accidents still happen quite frequently.
Rail Companies
Russian railways (in English)


Name Type Domestic Flights International Flights
Aeroflot Major Yes Yes
Sibir Airlines (S7) Major Yes Yes
Transaero Major Yes Yes
KrasAir Major Yes Yes
Rossiya (Pulkovo) Major Yes Yes
DalAvia Major Yes Yes
KD Avia low cost Yes Yes
Sky Express Low cost Yes No

You Can Consult the List of Airlines Banned Within the EU. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).


Traveling By Yourself

Because of climatic conditions and the road network's lack of maintenance, driving is often difficult and dangerous. The sometimes unpredictable behavior of local drivers, an often disconcerting traffic system, the presence of unexpected objects or vehicles on the public highway, all require very careful attention.
The highway police (GAI) frequently make checks; fines for speeding or crossing solid lines have to be paid on the spot. Emergency road services, medical or mechanical, are slow in coming.
There are often traffic jams near large built-up areas, especially Moscow.
On the main roads, the signs are also written in the Roman alphabet.
Driver's License
You can drive for up to 1 year with your driver's license, translated by a qualified translator, and an international driver's license. You must keep your passport and visa with you at all times.
Conditions For Renting a Vehicle
Rental Agencies
A list of rental agencies
Tolls or Taxes
Only on entering the country.
Find an Itinerary
Traffic Conditions Online
Real-time traffic conditions. The color of the traffic light tells how bad traffic jams are (from green to red)
Parking Facilities
You can usually park free on the street.
For long periods, it is better to use guarded parking lots; you have to pay for these.

Rules of the Road

Minimum Driving Age
Side of the Road For Driving
Speed Limits
60 km/h in built-up areas, 90 on main roads and 100 on motorways
Safety Belts
National Roads Organizations
Government automobile inspectorate

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