Do you need a car in Moscow?

Should you rent a car in Moscow Russia > Moscow

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.

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Why should you rent a car in Moscow?

In terms of factors like the cost of the hire itself, fuel costs, road tolls and parking charges, is it worth hiring a car in Moscow?

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  • Few reasons to get a hire car in Moscow.

Why not? Visiting Moscow without a car

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Walking and Cycling Overview

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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.

Verdict – very strong no!


Car rental in - Moscow Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Moscow?

Based on comparison with transit, walking and cycling.

Is it worth hiring a car in Moscow?

Based on value for money

Should you rent a car in Moscow?

Weighing up the above, if you are asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?

Who is travelling?

Is it worth renting a car in Moscow if I am a solo / budget traveller?

What about for 2 people travelling together?

For families?


Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Moscow if we are staying in a central area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the city/resort?

Or in a rural area?


What is your attitude towards driving?

Should I hire a car in Moscow if I prefer not to drive?

If I am easy either way?

If I prefer to drive?



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