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Driving

Driving in Moscow can take some getting used to and although many expats have cars here, you really don't need one unless you do a lot of driving outside of the city as it's so easy to get around using the metro, buses, trams, and taxis.

Metro

The metro is the easiest and fastest way of getting around the city. Its layout is quite simple and you can get from practically any station to another with a maximum of two transfers. Trains run from 6am to 1am and you'll rarely wait more than 3 minutes for a train. Read more about the Moscow Metro.

Buses / Trolley-buses / Trams

Trolleybuses in Moscow
Moscow Trolleybuses
Moscow trams
Moscow trams

Bus stops have a white/yellow sign on a post or attached to a building. There are also modern bus-stop shelters. A white sign hanging from wires in the middle of the street sometimes signals tram-stops. You can buy bus/trolley-bus/tram maps in the kiosks in the pedestrian underpasses.

Tickets are bought either at the ticket-office at the metro station or from the driver. You enter any of the doors and validate one ticket by using the punch device positioned near the door or window. It is very important to validate you ticket. If you do not have a valid ticket you can be fined. You can travel any distance on the same ticket. Tickets are 10 RUR for 1 journey (15 if purchased from the driver).

Occasionally some buses (especially at peak hours) are accompanied by a conductor (usually recognised by an orange vest). A conductor can sell you a ticket and validate it. On some buses you may encounter an electronic ticket validator with a gateway device which cannot be passed without a ticket. This electronic validating system is expected to gradually replace condocturs and the existing punch devices in the nearest future.

Taxis

There are both official and private taxis in Moscow. The official taxis are yellow Volgas with a chequered logo on the doors and a light on the roof. There are also many private companies operating, such as Gema and Citroen which offer a fixed price per hour. If you stop a taxi in the street, several "private" or "black" cabs will stop as well. Almost every car becomes a taxi in Moscow! You should always agree on a price before entering the taxi - official taxis are much more expensive than private ones, so you should expect to pay a minimum fee of 150 rubles - private taxis charge from 50 rubles for a short journey in the city centre.