Moscow

By | 16th January 2018

Do you need a car in Moscow?

Do you need a car in Moscow > Should you rent a car in Moscow Russia > Moscow ( SVO )

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.

Do you need a car in Moscow? Introduction

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Why should you rent a car in Moscow?

What are the main reasons for hiring a car here? Do you just want to drive locally? Do you want to go further afield, or should you even look at taking a road trip? 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?

Moscow Car hire summary


Overall drive rating

Based on a weighted score across all cost and quality factors. [Full notes - drive rating]

20%

 

Cheapest rate for one week

Based on cheapest economy car hire deal with no added extras. [full notes - basic costs]

€200

 #228/300

 

How much should I expect to pay in the peak season?

Based on cheapest deal during the summer holiday season. (Unless otherwise noted) [full notes - seasonal variations]

 €220

146/300

 

Free parking score

Total 482 - of which 128 have free parking. [full notes - parking]

27%

#222/300

 
  • Few reasons to get a hire car in Moscow.
 

Why not? Visiting Moscow without a car

 
Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Moscow public transport quick facts

Train score

 

80%

Water travel score

30%

Overall public transport score

90%

 

Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

This overall rating considers walking and cycling in and around Moscow. 

20%

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!

Ratings

Car rental in - Moscow Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Moscow?

  • Based on comparison with transit and walking/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 questions, if you are here for the first time AND 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?

What about for families?

 

Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Moscow if we are staying in the city centre / main resort area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the urban area?

What if we are staying in a rural area?

 

What is your attitude towards driving?

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

What if we are easy either way?

What if I prefer to drive?


 

Verdict

What is our final score for Moscow on the Carornocar scale?

1

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Why? Why not? Ratings Comments
 

Would you hire a car in Moscow?

Have you driven in Moscow? Do you agree with our advice on whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Moscow?
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