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Moscow is simply one of those cities where we think all of the main attractions are focused around the city centre, rather than outside it, although there are also plenty of parks around the edge of the city.

Please note that Carornocar.com is currently being revised and updated in preparation for the Summer 2021 (northern hemisphere) tourist season. It is expected that some social distancing rules will still apply. For additional Moscow car hire advice, please use the comments form below.

Quick Ratings

Price band

Moscow is in car rental price band: 4/10 (1 = cheapest car rental location)

General comment - based on price alone, is it worth renting a car in Moscow? 

Sometimes. Car rental is slightly cheaper than global averages.

Volatility:

Can you expect big swings in car rental prices in Moscow between the peak and the off peak season?

5/10 (0 = stable prices)

Driving score: 2/10

Non car score:10/10

Balance: 1

(0 = car hire not advised / 10 = rental car essential)

General comment -

 

Why? Visiting Moscow using a hire car

Why do you need a car in Moscow ?


Few reasons to get a hire car in Moscow.

Why not? Visiting Moscow without a car

Why don't you need a car in Moscow ?


However, if there is one single reason that really stands out as to why no visitor to the central Moscow should even consider getting in a car of any kind, it is simply that the Moscow underground is such an amazing attraction in its own right. When the stations look like art galleries, who cares about how to actually visit the galleries and museums themselves, when you have to be on the underground system anyway to appreciate the stations?

There are many cities which have vast marble “Taj Mahal” airports, but no city has anything like as lavish an underground system as Moscow.

A classic introductory visit to Russia may also include St Petersburg on a two city tour. This can easily be done by high speed train, or using internal flights. Some visitors prefer to incorporate these cities with a Volga River cruise, but either way, you are unlikely to want to drive between the two.

Ratings: How does Moscow compare?

Is it worth hiring a car in Moscow? TBC

This is based on a rough consideration of the costs of renting a car in Moscow, and how this compares with the costs of using public transport. The answer to this varies hugely from one destination to the next, based on a wide range of factors. It's based on renting a car at the airport (TBC), and driving for an average of 2-3 hours on open roads on most days.

How does this compare if:

You are travelling:

Solo / As couple / small family / larger family / senior couple etc

Does car rental make sense on different budgets?

 

 

Do you need to hire a car in Moscow? TBC

This is based strictly on whether or no we think it's possible to visit Moscow (and the surrounding area) without using a car. Of the three key questions, this one is the most likely to be a "no".

Should you rent a car in Moscow? TBC

This is a balance of all factors. Remember this is an answer to the question for people who are already asking it. That's why the answer might still be a "yes", even when public transport is good. 

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Hiring | Driving | Parking

Trains | Buses | Local travel

 

Car hire basics:

 

Public transportation basics:

 

Regular bus services: YES

Coach (inter-city): YES

Tram: NO

Metro: NO

Commuter Rail:

High Speed Rail:

Rail type (end stub / through / junction / hub):

 

As you start ....

Does Moscow airport have a direct rail link?

(Yes - within terminal / adjacent / short walk) (Yes - bus transfer / other) No

 

 

 

 


Changelog

Has our advice for Moscow car rental changed over time, or has it been pretty constant?

2017 - 1

2019 - 1

2021 - 1

Average score - 1

Notes:

 

Summary

Do you or don't you need a car in Moscow ?

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St Petersburg

Europe > Russia > St Petersburg

See: Why hire a car in St Petersburg ? | Why not? | Ratings | Summary | Comments


Please note that Carornocar.com is currently being revised and updated in preparation for the Summer 2021 (northern hemisphere) tourist season. It is expected that some social distancing rules will still apply. For additional St Petersburg car hire advice, please use the comments form below.

Quick Ratings

Price band

St Petersburg is in car rental price band: 4/10 (1 = cheapest car rental location)

General comment - based on price alone, is it worth renting a car in St Petersburg? 

Sometimes. Car rental is slightly cheaper than global averages.

Volatility:

Can you expect big swings in car rental prices in St Petersburg between the peak and the off peak season?

5/10 (0 = stable prices)

Driving score: 3/10

Non car score:7/10

Balance: 2

(0 = car hire not advised / 10 = rental car essential)

General comment -

 


Why? Visiting St Petersburg using a hire car

Why do you need a car in St Petersburg ?



Why not? Visiting St Petersburg without a car

Why don't you need a car in St Petersburg ?



Ratings: How does St Petersburg compare?

Is it worth hiring a car in St Petersburg? TBC

This is based on a rough consideration of the costs of renting a car in St Petersburg, and how this compares with the costs of using public transport. The answer to this varies hugely from one destination to the next, based on a wide range of factors. It's based on renting a car at the airport (TBC), and driving for an average of 2-3 hours on open roads on most days.

How does this compare if:

You are travelling:

Solo / As couple / small family / larger family / senior couple etc

Does car rental make sense on different budgets?

 

 

Do you need to hire a car in St Petersburg? TBC

This is based strictly on whether or no we think it's possible to visit St Petersburg (and the surrounding area) without using a car. Of the three key questions, this one is the most likely to be a "no".

Should you rent a car in St Petersburg? TBC

This is a balance of all factors. Remember this is an answer to the question for people who are already asking it. That's why the answer might still be a "yes", even when public transport is good. 

See global comparisons

Hiring | Driving | Parking

Trains | Buses | Local travel

 

Car hire basics:

 

Public transportation basics:

 

Regular bus services: YES

Coach (inter-city): YES

Tram: NO

Metro: NO

Commuter Rail:

High Speed Rail:

Rail type (end stub / through / junction / hub):

 

As you start ....

Does St Petersburg airport have a direct rail link?

(Yes - within terminal / adjacent / short walk) (Yes - bus transfer / other) No

 

 

 

 


Changelog

Has our advice for St Petersburg car rental changed over time, or has it been pretty constant?

2017 - 3

2019 - 4

2021 - 2

Average score - 3

Notes:

 


Summary

Do you or don't you need a car in St Petersburg ?