Domestic Transportation in Russia
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:
|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|
|Sibir Airlines (S7)||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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