Welcome to Moscow
We are very excited to welcome you in Moscow and wish you could feel like home here. To make your trip to and time in Russia as pleasant as possible, we will fill this page with some useful information about visas, accommodation, transport, places to eat and other little facts.
Traveling to Moscow
How to get visa
Please, don't forget to check in advance whether you need a visa for Russia. The process of getting visa is not that difficult and long as it seems! Below we gathered links to the information pages of the Russian Embassies in various countries about documents, timing and costs of the visa:

Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mexico, Mongolia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, South Korea, Sweden, Turkey, USA

If you need a visa to enter Russia — the best and easiest option for you is a tourist visa.
Russian entry visa is issued by the Embassy or Consulate of the Russian Federation in your country on the basis of the visa support document. The document consists of two parts: confirmation of accomodation of the foreign tourist and voucher the tourist services provided. You can get this two documents from the hotel where you are planning to stay. The service can be paid. Some of the hotels do visa support for free once you've booked, others for a small prize.
From the airports to Moscow city center
There are three main airports in Moscow: Sheremetyevo (SVO), Domodedovo (DME) and Vnukovo (VKO). We recommend to use one of them. All three are well-connected to the city center. There is also Zhukovsky airport, but it is located very inconveniently and has bad connection. Try not to choose flights to this airport.

Sheremetyevo International Airport

1. Aeroexpress to Belorussky railway station
This is the fastest and the most convenient way to get to the city. The first train from the airport leaves at 05:00, the last one at 00:30. The journey time is 35 minutes. Passenger air terminals of Sheremetyevo E, D, F are connected to each other and to the Aeroexpress terminal. Free Shuttle buses run from Terminal C to the Aeroexpress terminal (only for air passengers). The ticket can be purchased at the Aeroexpress terminal in special vending machines (vending machines issue change, and also accept bank cards for payment). You can see the schedule and buy the tickets through the site.

2. Taxi
You can use taxi services at the airport or Uber, Gett Taxi, Yandex.Taxi. Download a mobile app to book a taxi.


Domodedovo International Airport

1.Aeroexpress to Paveletsky railway station

The aeroexpress platform at the airport is located at the exit from the arrival hall of domestic lines. The first train leaves at 06:00, the last train to Moscow - at 00:00. The journey takes 45 minutes. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket sales terminal in the arrivals hall of international and domestic air lines. You can see the schedule and buy the tickets through the site.

2.Taxi
You can use taxi services at the airport or Uber, Gett Taxi, Yandex.Taxi. Download a mobile app to book a taxi.


Vnukovo International Airport

1.Aeroexpress to Kievsky railway station

The duration of the trip by aeroexpress to Moscow to the Kievsky railway station is 35 minutes. The ground entrance to the Aeroexpress station is located within walking distance from the terminal A. In order to enter the Aeroexpress station in Terminal A of the Vnukovo airport, you'll need to go down the elevator or escalator to the "-1" floor, walk past the Aviation Security Service employees and follow the signs to the station "Aeroexpress". In Terminal A, ticket machines have been installed for Aeroexpress (vending machines issue change, and accept payment by bank cards). You can see the schedule and buy the tickets through the site.

2.Taxi
You can use taxi services at the airport or Uber, Gett Taxi, Yandex.Taxi. Download a mobile app to book a taxi.
Staying in Moscow
Where to stay
There are a lot of hotels and hostels of different categories and various Airbnb options available in Moscow. For your convenience, we agreed with several hotels and hostels on discount for accommodation during the days of the congress. Read more.
How to get around
Metro
The quickest way to get around Moscow is by metro. Today the Moscow metro has 13 lines and 207 stations. It is possible to reach almost any place, event or sports complex in the city on the metro. The metro's operating hours are 5.30 am–1 am, 7 days a week. The last train departs from the end stations at 1.03am. Use Yandex.Metro app to find out how to get to the station you need. The app is available for Android and iOS.

Moscow Central Circle
In autumn 2016, the Moscow Central Circle (MCC) – a 54 kilometres long railway – opened to passengers. It eased the burden on central stations and provided pedestrian access to many city sights. Transferring from the MCC to the metro and back is free during first 90 minutes of the trip, and the MCC has become almost like another metro line for passengers. Trains on the circle line run both directions every 5–10 minutes. Most announcements are made both in English and Russian

Surface Public Transport
Moscow surface transit includes buses, trolleybuses, trams and shuttle vans. Most routes operate from 5.30 am to 1 am; there are a few all-night routes as well. The Troika card is the easiest way to pay for surface transit. To find the nearest stops and plan routes use the Yandex.Transport mobile app.

How to pay for the trip
Tourists can get a multi-fare pass, known as the Unified Travelcard, with unlimited trips for 24 hours, three days or a week, which can be used on surface transport, the metro, MCC and monorail. The prices are 218, 415 and 830 roubles respectively. Most Muscovites use the Troika card which costs 50 roubles. One trip at the "Koshelek" rate on any type of transport costs 36 roubles, and 56 roubles for passengers who transfer from the metro to surface transport or back (if done during the first 90 minutes). Aeroexpress, suburban trains and river transport have their own tariff systems.

Free Wi-Fi is available on public transport as well: on the metro and the Moscow Central Ring trains, at surface transport stops and aboard buses, trolleybuses and trams.

Taxi
Taxi services in Moscow have improved drastically over the past few years. Taxis have become more comfortable, convenient and safe. The simplest way to book a taxi is through one of several mobile taxi apps, which can usually guarantee that a car will arrive within 10 minutes. Download a mobile app to book a taxi.
Going around by bicycle
Over the past few years, a bicycle infrastructure has been created in Moscow from scratch. Bicycle racks and bicycle lanes have appeared in the city and a bike-share system was put in place. Cycling in the centre of Moscow is one of the quickest ways of seeing the city.

The Highway Code for cyclists
Carrying a bicycle in the public transit system
Rent a bicycle
Tobike — Zatsepa st., 21с2 (metro station “Paveletskaya"); WhatsApp: +7 926 837 27 00, tel.: +7 915 165 31 02.

Titan — 1-ya Tverskaya-Yamskaya st., 11 (metro station "Mayakovskaya"); WhatsApp: +7 910 477 66 30, tel.: +7 499 250 38 37.

Velorace.ru — Lubyanka st., 5c1 (metro station "Lubyanka"); WhatsApp: +7 915 009 19 36.
It also has the option to bring a bike for you to the starting zone of the Winter Bike Parade on February 11th. You need to book this option in advance.
About Moscow
Exploring Moscow
Every year WCC is not only about the event itself but also about the city it is held in. Find out more about Moscow from this video and plan your time to do some sightseeing!

During the past four years Moscow has undergone significant changes. From the city paralyzed by the consequences of the car-oriented development it is moving towards a pedestrian and bicycle-friendlier city. The number of cars is reducing; more and more initiatives aimed at promoting bicycle as a means of transportation are taking place.

With its square of 2511 km² and population of about 20 million people Moscow is a huge city, a megalopolis and a capital that attracts a lot of attention. Moscow can be seen as a separate country with its big potential. It is a common knowledge that the future the world population is an urban future, big cities are the most prospective and people flow to the big cities every year. That is why Moscow shouldn't be considered only as Moscow itself, it is an example and a start point for all changes in Russia, this is the place all trends taken by the regions are coming from and in many cases it is also an example for the CIS countries.

Moscow is a world class city and its experience and facilities for holding big events are hard to overestimate. There are three big international airports well-connected to the city center, easy and fast transportation access to different parts of the city, modern high-tech venues to hold events on the highest level. Moscow can be easily reached by train from many locations such as Finland, for example. Foreigners feel quite comfortable here even without knowing a word in Russian because of the bilingual urban navigation.

Russian government has its seat in Moscow that is why the outcome provided by the events held in the capital are more likely to be heard. Moscow has a huge economic potential. Offices of many Russian and international companies are located here.

Moscow will be the main destination in 2018 and the logistic center of Russia because of the World Cup that will take place in 11 Russian cities. Attention to the urban development, comfortable transportation, and tourism will be paid more than usual.
Useful information
Official language in Moscow is Russian.

Moscow Time (UTC+3).

The climate is moderately continental, with a pronounced seasonality. Winter (the period with an average daily temperature below 0 ° C) lasts about 4 months on average, from the second decade of November (November 10) to the second decade of March (March 20). During the calendar winter, short (3-5 days) periods of severe frost may occur (with a night temperature of -20 ° C, rarely up to -25 ..- 30 ° C). In December and early January, thaws are frequent, when the temperature from -5 ..- 10 ° C rises to 0 ° C and higher, sometimes reaching values of +5 .. + 9 ° C. The coldest month of the year is February (its average temperature is -6.7 ° C).

The voltage is 220 volts, the frequency is 50 hertz. The types of sockets C and F are used.

Tap water is not drinkable unless it is boiled.

Money. The official currency is the Russian ruble. The official exchange rate of foreign currencies to the ruble of the Russian Federation can be viewed on the website. It's useful to have some cash (rubles) when you arrive to Russia. Smaller shops, some cafes and taxies might not accept credit cards. However, ATM machines can be easily found all over the city: in hotels, supermarkets, metro stations, next to banks etc. Credit cards are accepted at many restaurants and bigger shops.

Tips. The service charge in restaurants is not included in the bill. It is generally accepted to leave a tip of 10% of the bill. People do not tip taxi drivers in Moscow. Porters or bellboys who help you with your luggage in a hotel can be left between 20 and 100 roubles, depending on your generosity and what small change you have. If you would like to thank the maid, leave 50 roubles in a visible place when you leave your room in the morning. However, this ritual is not obligatory and once again depends on your state of mind.

Safety. You just need to be aware and don't look for troubles yourself. In the city center you will be quite safe. If you are sticking to touristy areas, you will not likely have any troubles unless you are looking for them. Avoid walking around non-central neighborhoods late at night. If you stay far from downtown and have to get home late at night, use taxi.As in any big city, be aware of pickpockets, especially in transport and crowded places. Always keep an eye on your money and documents.

Emergency. Be sure to have emergency numbers at hand.
112 – Rescue service emergency telephone number that can be dialed from a mobile phone (the 24-hour operator speaks Russian and English).
8–800–220-00-01, 8-800-220-00-02 – Moscow tourist call center (hotline).
Food and entertainment
Here's a list of places where you can have a bite to eat, have dinner or just relax and spend an awesome time in Moscow.
Any questions not answered above?
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