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).