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The tallest building in Europe – in Moscow!

The construction of the “Federation Tower” complex in the Moscow International City Business Center “Moscow City” was finally finished.

There are two skyscrapers in the complex – “East” and “West”.
The tower “East” is the tallest building in Europe!
Height – 374 m, 101 floor.

About the Moscow City business center

Moscow International Business Center on Wikipedia

The Moscow City is a new district on Presnenskaya Embankment. The area of it is about 100 hectares and the development area is 60 hectares. Although The Moscow City is an area of business activity you still can find there  apartments and areas for recreation and shopping.

You can see the skyscrapers almost from any point of the city. Whenever you come to Moscow you will definitely get to see it. 

 

By the way, did you know there is one of the best panoramic views on “Imperia” Tower of the Moscow City? Read more here The best 6 places with a panoramic view of Moscow

 

How to Get Around In Moscow Without Speaking Russian

People often ask me if they can manage to get around the city when they can’t speak Russian. It is a very frequent question so I decided to write about it.

Do Russians even speak English?

I hope you don’t expect every Russian to be fluent in English. I mean it is a country where people are not required to speak any other language rather than Russian. Most of us have taken English classes in school but as long as we don’t use it in everyday life it is difficult to keep it on a good level.

All the Russians would be able to say simple words like hello, yes, no, thank you and others (trust me even my parents know those haha). Younger ones can speak better English and in fact they would really love to help you, to practice their English and to be able to tell their friends that now they have a foreign friend. But I encourage you to speak very slow so they could understand you.

If you are planning to visit only Moscow you will not find it difficult there (as well as Saint Petersburg). But the further you go the more difficult it is to find someone who speaks English.

How do I use Metro or other types of transportations?

Yes! It is very easy to use Moscow metro now. SInce last few years there are maps in English all around the metro, all the signs are translated, all the announcements are in both Russian and English. What is more every train is equipped with wifi so you can use Google translate’s option of instant camera translation.

In buses, trams and trolleys it will be difficult though but most probably you won’t even need to take them.

If you want to use a taxi I would recommend you to install an app (Yandex taxi, Uber or GETtaxi). Not all the taxi drivers can speak English but all of these apps you can use in English. Just put in th destination and check the location of the car, the number and even a name of the driver on your screen and easily travel around anywhere you need.

How do I navigate?

The easiest you can do is install a Google map on your smartphone and pre-download the map with wifi or use the mobile internet (and it is pretty cheap). I also suggest you to pin with a star or a heart all the places and sights you want to visit and then just follow your GPS. But do remember to charge your phone!

There is a Tourist Information office near to the Red Square although it is a bit difficult to find it but if you do they will provide you with a free English map and different brochures about the city. If you choose to explore the city with a map you should know that not all the signs are translated to English and you might get frustrated at some time. If you get lost don’t worry. Just find somebody young and ask for help. We love helping foreigners.

Should I get a local to show me around?

Having a local guide to show you around is obviously the easiest option!

There are plenty of agencies that offer guided tours in many languages. I really love taking  Free Walking Tour take all my friends to join it. The tour guides are always friendly and welcome to give you as many tips as you need. The same company covers a range of other genres of tours and I suggest you those.

If you are alone and don’t want a tour guide then you might want to try using Tinder or CouchSurfing.

 

Eating out

Sure you will find menus in English in hotels, cafes or restaurants if you don’t plan to go to some hidden places or to go far away from the center. In most of the places there are stuff who can speak English and it’s not a difficult task to have a good food for a dinner.

Get Google translator prepared

Google Translate App is the best help if you go to the hidden places and can’t find anyone speaking English. Then just use Google. The translation by google is not 100% accurate but it is fast and decent enough for short sentences. If you don’t have the mobile internet then I suggest you to download the English to Russian package in advance.

You can also use the instant photo translation option to read the signs, the labels, the menu or anything else. It requires a good internet connection, working camera, charged phone and a bit of patience (I think I am not the only one who finds this option a bit annoying).

Learn the letters

It will be very useful to learn the Cyrillic alphabet – will help you compare the English-only map with the real environment, will help you navigate in the areas where the signs were not translated yet.

You have to learn only the letters no need to learn speaking Russian in fact, just the alphabet will be enough. Most of the characters are similar to English ones (not like Chinese or Arabic) so you will have to learn only the pronunciation.

Stay close to the Red Square and Tverskaya street and you will have no difficulties. As soon as you want to go farther away it will get more challenging. But if you like new experiences go… and have some fun!

And never let the language keep you from visiting Moscow, it’s a super cool place!

Transfer from VKO airport (Vnukovo Airport)

 

Transfer from VKO airport (Vnukovo Airport)

The easiest way to get to the city is to use a taxi service.

The best taxi services to use (apps)

Uber, Yandex.Taxi

Pros and cons

+ Very convenient

+ Will take you anywhere you want

+ You can pay by credit card if it is connected to your taxi app

+ 24h

– You might get stuck in traffic (Just check the roads with Google maps, it shows the traffic and approximate time for Uber)

– it is expensive

Approximate price to get to Moscow city center from VKO airport – 1000 rub

Approximate time – 30-50 minutes (when there is a traffic jam up to 1.5 hours)

 

Get to the city by Aeroexpress train.

There is a direct train from Sheremetyevo International Airport to the city center. You will arrive to Kiyevsky rail terminal.

Pros and cons

+ Very convenient

+ Fast (takes around 30-40 minutes to reach)

+ Good price

+ No traffic

+ You can buy the ticket online prior the departure or in the airport

– The trains depart according to the schedule and it is not very convenient

– No trains from 00:00 to 06:00

Price to get to Moscow city center from VKO airport – 420 rub

Time – 30-40 minutes

 

The cheapest way to get to the city is go by bus + metro.

If you are trying to spend as less money as you can then this option is for you.

Pros and cons

+ Cheap

+ Buses leave every 15 minutes

– Takes a lot of time. If there is no traffic jams you will reach the metro within 15-25 minutes and then by metro it will take 30-40 minutes to reach the city center.

– You might get stuck in traffic (Check the roads with Google maps whether the traffic is bad or not)

– You have to pay by cash

 

Approximate price to get to Moscow city center from VKO airport – 110 rub

Approximate time – 1 hour (when there is a traffic jam up to 1.5 hours)

 

If you want to go to the city center by bus check this post where I give all the tips on taking a bus from Vnukovo International Airport.

 

Transfer from DME airport (Domodedovo Airport)

 

Transfer from DME airport (Domodedovo Airport)

The easiest way to get to the city is to use a taxi service.

The best taxi services to use (apps)

Uber, Yandex.Taxi

Pros and cons

+ Very convenient

+ Will take you anywhere you want

+ You can pay by credit card if it is connected to your taxi app

+ 24h

– You might get stuck in traffic (Just check the roads with Google maps, it shows the traffic and approximate time for Uber)

– it is expensive

Approximate price to get to Moscow city center from DMO airport – 1200 rub

Approximate time – 50-60 minutes (when there is a traffic jam up to 1.5 hours)

 

The most convenient way to get to the city is to take an Aeroexpress train.

There is a direct train from Sheremetyevo International Airport to the city center. You will arrive to Paveletsky rail terminal.

Pros and cons

+ Very convenient

+ Fast (takes only 46 minutes to reach)

+ Good price

+ No traffic

+ Trains leave every 30 minutes

+ You can buy the ticket online prior the departure or in the airport

– The trains depart according to the schedule so you might have to wait

– No trains from 00:00 to 06:00, at night you can’t take this option

Price to get to Moscow city center from DMO airport – 420 rub

Time – 46 minutes

 

The cheapest way to get to the city is go by bus + metro.

If you are trying to spend as less money as you can then this option is for you.

Pros and cons

+ Cheap

+ 24h

+ Buses leave every 15 minutes

– Takes a lot of time. If there is no traffic jams you will reach the metro within 40-60 minutes and then by metro it will take 30-40 minutes to reach the city center.

– You might get stuck in traffic (Check the roads with Google maps whether the traffic is bad or not)

– You have to pay by cash

 

Approximate price to get to Moscow city center from DMO airport – 160 rub

Approximate time – 1.5 hours (when there is a traffic jam up to 2.5 hours)

 

If you still want to go to the city center by bus check this post where I give all the tips on taking a bus from Domodedovo International Airport.

Transfer from SVO airport (Sheremetyevo Airport)

 

Transfer from SVO airport (Sheremetyevo Airport)

The easiest way to get to the city is to use a taxi service.

The best taxi services to use (apps)

Uber, Yandex.Taxi

Pros and cons

+ Very convenient

+ Will take you anywhere you want

+ You can pay by credit card if it is connected to your taxi app

+ 24h

– You might get stuck in traffic (Just check the roads with Google maps, it shows the traffic and approximate time for Uber)

– it is expensive

Approximate price to get to Moscow city center from SVO airport – 1200 rub

Approximate time – 50-60 minutes (when there is a traffic jam up to 2 hours)

 

The most convenient way to get to the city is to take an Aeroexpress train.

There is a direct train from Sheremetyevo International Airport to the city center. You will arrive to Belorussky rail terminal.

Pros and cons

+ Very convenient

+ Fast (takes only 35 minutes to reach)

+ Good price

+ No traffic

+ Trains leave every 30 minutes

+ You can buy the ticket online prior the departure or in the airport

– The trains depart according to the schedule so you might have to wait

– No trains from 00:30 to 05:00, at night you can’t take this option

Price to get to Moscow city center from SVO airport – 420 rub

Time – 35 minutes

 

The cheapest way to get to the city is go by bus + metro.

If you are trying to spend as less money as you can then this option is for you.

Pros and cons

+ Cheap

+ 24h

+ Buses leave every 15 minutes

– Takes a lot of time. If there is no traffic jams you will reach the metro within 40-60 minutes and then by metro it will take 30-40 minutes to reach the city center.

– You might get stuck in traffic (Check the roads with Google maps whether the traffic is bad or not)

– The buses system is a bit complicated

– You have to pay by cash

 

Approximate price to get to Moscow city center from SVO airport – 110 rub

Approximate time – 1.5 hours (when there is a traffic jam up to 2.5 hours)

 

If you still want to go to the city center by bus check this post where I give all the tips on taking a bus from Sheremetyevo International Airport.

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