Travel guide to Moscow

Facts

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Local name
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Inhabitants
8,345,471
Timezone
When it is 12.00 in England, it is 14.00 in Moscow.

Best time to visit

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July and August are the warmest months in Russia and also the tourist season among Russians and foreigners. As it rains every third day during these months, May, June, September and October are appealing alternatives. From the end of November to the beginning of April, Moscow is covered in snow, frost and ice, which don't slow down anything indoors, where the theatres, ballets and orchestras still go on unaffected.

Literature

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Fodors Moscow and St. Petersburg Eyewitness Travel Guides: Moscow The Rough Guide Moscow

Culture and entertainment

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The nightlife in Moscow, consisting of nightclubs and discos, has been developed quite considerably, as well as has the music scene, which, in some places, can be equalled to that of the west. Moscow's trump card is the high cultural life in operas, theatres, ballets and concert halls, and palaces, churches and parks are the settings of first-rate performances all year round.

Accommodation / Hotel

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The overnight accommodation in Moscow isn't very impressive, compared to the west, and most of the city's hotels are too expensive compared to what they offer, especially those in the city centre. It should be possible to find cheaper accommodation south and southwest of Kremlin, but if you're on a very tight budget you should try some of the B&Bs and hostels run by foreigners. Book your hotel in Moscow here

Local transport

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Taxi

There are plenty of taxis in Moscow and they're cheap, too. You can find both official taxis, with check patterns on the sides and private ones, which is a blanket term for anything stoppable by reaching out your arm.

Other transport

The Moscow Metro is one of the cleanest, most beautiful and well functioning in the world. In fact, it outclasses western metros by far and it's cheap as well. Being able to decode the Cyrillic destination names on the schedules is a great advantage, though.
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