Moscow Russia 72 hours solo

Russia Moscow

The vibrant city of Moscow

I’m alone in Moscow for 72 hours with zero Russian language skills and I’ve never been to Russia before. Imagine the possibilities. Anything could happen.

I arrived after 9pm and as per Russia’s rules my hotel booked. Its central and close to the metro which if the reviews are true will be perfect for sightseeing.

Moscow

Kiyevskaya Metro Station

 

 

 

for transport through Russia, visa and currency information see my post on Russia.

 

Within Moscow transport is fantastic. You can take a train from the airport to the center of the city for 8.50 euro. You purchase the ticket from a machine and its very straight forward and easy to understand. The train is direct to the main station.

Metro, the metro is fantastic and very cheap. A big M over the stations makes it easy to find. Its very easy to navigate and on the same map model as London, New York etc. There is a free app called Yandex.Metro available in English you can download if you need. Very few signs are in English on the metro however 2 lines are now announcing in English and Russian so this made life easier. Trips are 50 RUB each way or you can buy an 11 ride pass for 360 RUB. The system is cash only. The metro operates from 5.30am to 1 am each day.

Buses: www.mosgortrans.ru

buses run from 05.30 to 1am. Tickets available from a booth for 40 rubles or on the bus for 50 rubles. You must activate your ticket when you purchase it. Lots of buses have conductors checking and selling tickets.

Driving: be warned, Russia has a zero alcohol tolerance. Driving can be intimidating, some roads have 18 lanes. Street parking is available and needs to be paid for via card or to a smart phone. You must have an international drivers license.

Taxis: Uber is still great value in Russia, charged to your smartphone. Be careful of taxis around the train station. The fee they quoted me was 4 times the price I paid the UBER driver.

Where to go

Arbat street cuts through old Moscow and is full of tourists and tourist driven shops. Not really my scene.

Basmanny is located in the North East of Moscow and is famous for its fabulous restaurants. Something for every taste and budget. You can find the Epiphany Cathedral here at Yelokhovo with its amazing golden interior that glimmers by candlelight.

Highlights. The Kremlin, Red Square, Christ the Savior Church and a river boat trip.

Accommodation: I stayed in the south side of the city and loved it. very accessible via public transport. There are many options of accommodation available for all prices.

My thoughts on Moscow. Its an outstanding city, one of my top 3 in the world and I would love to come back some day.

 


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About Sandra

Just a girl from Ireland who wants to live everywhere. Not a planner, a winger when it comes to travel. I don't even like people who plan too much. Without spontaneity there is no depth. A jack of all trades. A great friend, loyal and passionate and I expect the same in return. Always ready for the next adventure at a moments notice.
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