Top Tourist Attractions in Moscow

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Moscow, the city where good mood, kindness and discipline reigns, is one of our favorite cities. We wandered for hours on this charming city streets, admiring buildings architecture, the cathedrals colorful domes,  the museums, the palaces, and the countless monuments.  

The architecture of the new buildings is carefully thought out so that it fits in with the architecture of the old ones, so we didn’t see buildings that would ruin the picture and everything was built in perfect harmony.

What can you visit in Moscow?

Red Square


Red Square is located in the heart of the city and it is the most famous square in Russia. In the Red Square, there are some of the most important tourist attractions in Moscow: St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Kremlin Spasskaya Tower , Kazan Cathedral, GUM Shopping Center, Lenin’s Mausoleum, Voskresensky Gates, the Minin-Pozharsky Monument, and the State Historical Museum.

We entered the Red Square from the Voskresensky Gates and the first thing that caught our attention was the colorful St. Basil’s Cathedral, which was visible in all its splendor in the opposite side of the square.

St. Basil’s Cathedral

This impressive cathedral, located in Red Square, is the emblem of the city and a symbol of Russia.

The cathedral was built at the order of Ivan the Terrible between 1555 and 1561 and it is famous for its unique architecture.

We were looking forward to seeing the church and we went from the airport directly to Red Square.

The cathedral is beautiful, like a gingerbread house, and you must visit it at least once in your lifetime.

In front of the Cathedral, there is the Minin-Pozharsky Monument, a bronze statue dedicated to Dmitry Pozharsky and Kuzma Minin.

Opening times:

  • May: 11 AM – 6 PM (closed on the first Wednesday of the month);
  • June – August 24: 10 AM – 7 PM
  • August 24 – September 3: 10 AM – 4 PM (closed Wednesdays)
  • September 4 – November 5: 11 AM – 6 PM
  • November 6 – April: 11 AM – 5 PM

Entrance tickets:

  • We advise you to visit the interior of the cathedral, which, although not as spectacular as the outside, is worth a visit.
  • The entrance ticket to the cathedral costs 700 Rubles.
  • Entry ticket + audio guide: 1200 Rubles.

Kazan Cathedral

The cathedral is located at the entrance to Red Square near the State Historical Museum and the GUM shopping center. It is one of the most beautiful orthodox churches in the city. Here are held morning and evening services.

The church can be visited free of charge between 8 AM and 8 PM daily.

Lenin’s Mausoleum

Lenin’s Mausoleum is located in the Red Square, and it serves as the resting place of Vladimir Lenin.

The mausoleum can be visited free on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays between 10 AM and 1 PM.

By the time we arrived in the Red Square, there were already a lot of people waiting in the line and we were wondering if it was worth to wait, but to our surprise, we came to the entrance in 25 less than minutes.

State Historical Museum

The museum is located in the Red Square, near the Voskresensky Gates and the Kazan Cathedral.

The impressive collection in the museum contains about 4.5 million objects dating from different periods in the history of Russia.

If you want to see the whole collection you have to spend a few hours visiting the museum.

Opening times:

  • September – May:
  • 10 AM – 6 PM (Monday, Thursday and Sunday)
  • 10 AM – 9 PM (Friday and Saturday)
  • Tuesday – closed
  • June – August: 10 AM – 9 PM

Entrance tickets:

The entrance ticket costs 500 rubles.

Entry ticket + audio guide 1100 Rubles.

The Museum of the Patriotic War of 1812

The museum is behind the State Historical Museum (in Manege Square) and has the same schedule.

In the 13 rooms of the museum, there are exhibited over 2000 objects and the entrance ticket costs 350 Rubles.

GUM Shopping Center

The mall borders the Red Square, opposite the Kremlin walls and it is open daily between 10 AM and 10 PM.

The building has an interesting architecture and it is beautifully lit in the evening, so we had the impression that it was Christmas, although it was only October.

The Kremlin

The Kremlin is a fortified complex overlooking the Moskva River to the south, the Red Square to the east and the Alexander Gardens to the west.

Beyond the walls of the Kremlin, there are 5 palaces and 4 cathedrals.

Opening times:

  • The Kremlin can be visited from Friday to Wednesday between 10 AM and 5 PM and on Thursday it is closed.
  • The ticket office is open between 9:30 AM and 4:30 PM.

Entrance tickets:

  • Entrance tickets can be purchased from the ticket office located in the Alexander Gardens, near the Trinity Tower (one of the 20 towers that are part of the Kremlin walls).
  • Keep in mind that it might be a huge line at the ticket office (we arrived about 10 minutes before the ticket offices opened and there were already many people).
  • There are several types of tickets available:
  • Tickets for visiting the Cathedral Square: 700 rubles.
  • The ticket for the Armoury Chamber costs 1000 Rubles and can be purchased online here.
  • Diamond Fund Ticket: 500 Rubles.
  • Ticket for visiting the Ivan the Great Bell Tower Complex: 350 Rubles.
  • We bought tickets for the cathedral square, the Armoury Chamber and The Diamond Fund.

Beyond the Kremlin walls

We passed the Kremlin walls at the Kutafiya Tower/ Trinity Tower Entrance and waited 25 minutes in the line before passing through the security check.

On this website, you will find a Kremlin map that will help you plan your visit.

The State Kremlin Palace – Palace of Congresses

This is the first building we saw after entering the Kremlin. In this building are sometimes held conferences, concerts, and plays.

Tickets for shows can be purchased from here.

The Arsenal

Opposite the Congress Palace is the Kremlin Arsenal.

The Arsenal hosts today the Kremlin Regiment and cannot be visited by tourists.

The Senate Building

The Senate building is located in front of the Arsenal building. Once this building housed the Russian Senate and now, here is the Russian presidential administration and it is a very secure area and tourists’ access to this building is not allowed.

Tsar Bell and Tsar Cannon

After admiring the 3 buildings from the outside, we headed through the Senate square towards the Cathedral Square and passed by the Tsar Bell and Tsar Cannon.

With a weight of almost 40 tons and a length of 5.34 meters, the Tsar cannon is the largest cannon in the world.

The Tsar’s bell is about 6 meters high and has never been used. The bell is made of bronze and it is the largest bell in the world.

TheTsar Bell and Tsar Cannonare are located near the Secret Gardens and the Cathedral Square.

We walked for a few minutes through the garden, before we visited the Cathedral Square.

Cathedral Square:

In the cathedral square, the center of the Kremlin, there are the Assumption Cathedral, the Cathedral of the Archangel, the Cathedral of the Annunciation, Ivan the Great Bell-Tower and the Patriarch’s Palace and the Twelve Apostles’ Church.

The entrance ticket costs 700 Rubles and with it, you can enter the churches that are open to the public.

Church of the Deposition of the Robe

In the church with a single golden dome, there is an exhibition of wooden sculptures.

Patriarch’s Palace and the Twelve Apostles’ Church

The palace was built between 1653 and 1665 by Patriarch Nikon. Now inside the palace, there are the Twelve Apostles’ Church and a museum.

The Assumption/Dormition Cathedral

Its construction was completed in 1479 and it is the oldest cathedral inside the Kremlin. In this church, the tsars of Russia was crowned.

Ivan the Great Bell-Tower

Ivan the Great Tower is the tallest tower inside the Kremlin (81 meters) and marks the center of Moscow.

Cathedral of the Archangel

Inside the church, is the main necropolis of the Russian tsars, over 50 of them were buried here.

Cathedral of the Annunciation

The little cathedral with 9 golden domes is built in a traditional Russian style.

Grand Kremlin Palace

To get to the Armoury Chamber from the Cathedral Square you will pass by the Grand Kremlin Palace. The elegant building with many windows and the green roof is visible from the city.

The Grand Kremlin Palace is the official residence of the President of the Russian Federation and official receptions and visits are sometimes held here. Although it is the official residence of the president, he doesn’t live in the palace.

The palace has 700 rooms and 5 large reception rooms, and the only part of the palace open to the public is the Armoury Chamber (but several times a month, guided tours are organized to visit the palace, more details can be found here).

The Palace of the Facets, the Armoury Chamber and the Terem Palace are part of the Grand Kremlin Palace.

Palace of the Facets

This was the main reception hall of the banquets in the tsars times. Currently, in this room are held official ceremonies and can be visited by tourists on certain days.

Terem Palace

Terem Palace is not open to the public, but the special architecture of the palace can be admired and photographed from the outside.

The Armoury Chamber

The Armoury Chamber is now a museum, the oldest museum in Moscow. Here are exhibited over 4000 exhibits including royal carriages, a rich collection of gold and silver objects, ceremonial outfits of the tsars, clothes of the hierarchs of the Russian Orthodox Church and weapons.

In the other museums that we have visited in Moscow, we saw huge collections of gold and silver objects, so that at the Armoury Chamber we were particularly drawn to the royal carriages and ceremonial outfits of the tsars.

Visiting the museum takes about 2 hours.

Opening times:

  • The Armoury Chamber can be visited from Friday to Wednesday between 10 AM and 5 PM and on Thursday it is closed.
  • The ticket office is open between 9:30 AM and 4:30 PM.
  • Tickets can be purchased from the ticket office outside the Kremlin (near the Kutafiya and Trinity Towers).

Entrance tickets:

  • The ticket for visiting the Armoury Chamber costs 1000 Rubles and can be purchased online from here.
  • To visit the museum, you will enter the Kremlin at the Borovitskaya Tower Entrance Gate (consider that it may take quite a long time to pass the security check, we waited 25 minutes in the line at the gate).
  • On the ticket it is specified the time you will enter the museum.
  • You are not allowed to take pictures or videos inside the museum.

The Church of the Nativity

The church is part of the Grand Kremlin Palace and it is not open to the public.

Diamond Fund

The Diamond Fund exhibits a unique collection of jewels and gems from the Russian Crown treasury established by Emperor Peter I of Russia in 1719.

Here is exposed the Orlov diamond, one of the largest and most expensive diamond in the world, which Count Orlov gave to Catherine the Great.

The entry ticket to Diamond Fund costs 500 Rubles.

Kremlin military parade

The parade takes place every Saturday starting at 12 PM – noon (April – October) in Cathedral Square. You can watch the parade if you have the entrance ticket to the Cathedral Square.

Other places to visit around Red Square:

Alexander Gardens (Alexandrovski)

The Alexander Gardens stretches along the western wall of the Kremlin and consists of 3 separate gardens that can be visited for free.

The upper garden and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

The main attraction in this part of the garden is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, where once an hour the guard changing ceremony takes place.

Middle garden

Here is the Kutafiya Tower, which is the main entrance into the Kremlin.

The lower garden

Here is the Borovitskaya Tower, the other entrance gate (for tourists) into the Kremlin.

Manege Square (Manezhnaya)

The Manege Square is bordered by the Alexander Gardens and the Museum of the Patriotic War of 1812 to the south and by the elegant Hotel Moskva to the east.

This is where the Okhotny Ryad, Ploshchad Revolyutsii and Teatralnaya Metro Stations are, and it is the most important entry point to the Red Square.

In this market was built the Okhotny Ryad shopping center, which has 3 underground levels and from the market only the glass dome with the statue of St. George on the top is visible, which is the mall roof.

The square was very beautifully decorated on our visit.

Zaryadye Park

The park was inaugurated in 2017 and it is considered one of the best public parks in the world. One of the most impressive attractions in the park is the Floating bridge in the form of the letter “V” with a large outward extension above the Moskva River, which offers a panoramic view over the river, the Kremlin and St. Basil’s Cathedral.

Among the attractions of the park are: the ice cave, the underground museum, the concert hall, and the amphitheaters.

When we visited the park, it started to rain and we entered in the amphitheater, where to our surprise it was warm, due to the heating system.

The park is open 24 hours/day.

Moscow Metro

The Moscow Metro is one of the biggest attractions of the city. The metro line number 5 runs in a circle, intersecting with the other lines, and so it is very easy to get to any part of the city.

There are no metro lines connecting the city to the airports, but other means of transport will take you from the airports to a subway station (read here about the means of transport you can get from the airport to the city but also other details that will help you organize your holiday in Russia).

If you are traveling with a backpack, you will often be stopped before entering the metro and your backpack will be scanned.

The Moscow metro has 12 lines and 200 stations. This is the official website of the Moscow metro in English. From here you can print the metro map.

Schedule: 5:30 AM – 1:00 AM.

Useful app: Yandex Metro is a free application that can be used even if you have no internet connection.

Types of tickets and price:

  • One trip tickets: 55 rubles
  • 2 trips tickets: 110 rubles.
  • 20 trips tickets: 747 rubles.
  • 40 trips tickets: 1494 rubles.
  • 60 trips tickets: 1900 rubles.
  • Free for children under 7 years.
  • A multi-trip ticket can be used by one or more people.

The most beautiful metro stations in Moscow

The metro stations in Moscow are elegant, like a palace ballroom or a museum hall. The metro is one of the main attractions in Moscow and you must visit some stations.

If you want to visit the metro stations it is advisable to avoid peak hours.

We had a printed map with us, but the station names were also announced and displayed in English in the metro.

With a single ticket, you can visit as many stations as you want, the ticket is scanned once, before entering the metro, after which you can change the lines and stay underground for as long as you want.

Guided tours are also available.

Komsomolskaya Metro Station (Line 5)

The subway station is very beautiful and resembles a ballroom in a palace, with a high ceiling and huge chandeliers.

Arbatskaya Metro Station (Line 4)

This station looks like a ballroom in a castle too, with arched ceilings and lots of ornamental bronze chandeliers.

Ploshchad Revolyutsii Metro Station (Revolution Square) (Line 3)

Ploshchad Revolyutsii is one of our favorite metro stations and one of the closest stations to the Red Square.

Here are 72 bronze sculptures depicting workers, peasants, soldiers, artists, and children.

You will see how people rub the dog statue mouth because it is said to bring good luck.

Novoslobodskaya Metro Station (Line 5)

The station is decorated with 32 stained glass panels and simple chandeliers.

Mayakovskaya Metro Station (Line 2

The architecture of the station is simple, in the center of the domes in the ceiling, there are 34 mosaic paintings illuminated by chandeliers.

Belorusskaya Metro Station (Line 5)

The station has white marble pillars and 12 mosaic paintings on the ceiling.

Teatralnaya Metro Station (Line 2)

This beautiful station is covered with white marble taken from the demolished Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.

The central hall is decorated with crystal lamps with bronze frames and bas-reliefs made in the Leningrad porcelain factory.

Elektrozavodskaya Metro Station (Line 3)

The name of the station comes from the light bulb factory nearby. The ceiling is covered with 6 rows of lamps and on the walls are carved bas-reliefs with scenes from the war.

Prospekt Mira Metro Station (Line 5)

The pillars of the room are covered with white marble and on the ceiling are some chandeliers that give the place a festive air.

Kiyevskaya Metro Station (Line 5)

The station is like an art museum, here are displayed paintings with golden frames.

Taganskaya Metro Station (Line 5)

The pillars of the station are covered with 48 triangular panels with a blue background and white decorations.

Aviamotornaya Metro Station (Line 8)

The theme of the architecture of this station is aviation. The ceiling of the station is covered with small golden pyramids and the rest of the room has a simple design.

Bolshoi Theater

It is the most popular theater in Moscow. The standards of Russian ballet are known as some of the highest in the world and it is worth attending a show.

The theater is located near Red Square, about a 15-minute walk away.

The nearest subway stations are Teatralnaya (line 2) and Okhotnyi Ryad (Line 1).

Museum of Cosmonautics

Whether you are passionate about astronomy or not, you will love this museum. Among the interesting exhibits in the museum (satellites, astronaut costumes, space capsules, missiles), there are the famous dogs Belka and Strelka, which were the first living organisms that survived a voyage in the cosmos.

The museum was opened in April 1981, to commemorate 20 years since the day when Yuri Gagarin became the first man who reached space and the Earth orbit. Yuri Gagarin’s capsule is on display in the museum.

In the museum, there is a souvenir shop and Under the Rocket cafe where you can buy space food as a souvenir. If you want to see how it is like to be a cosmonaut, you can take part in a training session aboard the Soyuz-TMA spacecraft simulator.

We advise you to get an audio guide to find out more about the history of space exploration.

Opening times:

  • Monday – Wednesday, Friday and Sunday: 10 AM – 7 PM;
  • Thursday and Saturday: 10 AM – 9 PM;

How can you get here?

The easiest way to get to the museum is by metro – Line 6 to the VDNKh station.

From the metro station, you will cross the alley of the cosmonautics to reach the museum, on this alley are exposed statues of the most important cosmonauts in the history of Russia (Yuri Gagarin, Valentina Tereshkova, Pavel Belyayev, Alexey Leonov, Vladimir Komarov, Valentin Glushko, and Mstislav Keldysh).

The museum is located at the base of the Monument to the Conquerors of Space, a monument built in 1964 to celebrate the achievements of the Soviet people in space exploration.

Entrance tickets:

  • Tickets cost 250 Rubles.
  • Audio guide: 200 Rubles.

Christ of The Savior Cathedral

It is the second tallest Orthodox church in the world (103 meters), after People’s Salvation Cathedral from Bucharest, and it is located near the Red Square.

We walked from the Red Square along the Moskva River, passed by Kremlin and reached the cathedral in about 30 minutes.

The interior of the church is impressive and we advise you to climb the terrace too, to enjoy an amazing view over the Kremlin and the Moscow River.

You can get to the cathedral by metro, with line 1 to Kropotkinskaya station.

Tsar Alexander I ordered the construction of the cathedral in 1812 after the victory over Napoleon’s army, but the church was completed in 1860. The first cathedral was demolished at Stalin’s orders on December 5, 1931, and was rebuilt in its current form in 1990.

Entry tickets and opening times:

Admission is free and the cathedral can be visited between 9 AM and 6 PM.

To climb the panoramic terrace, which links 4 golden domes, you will have to pay 350 Rubles.

From the cathedral, we crossed the bridge and visited a small colorfully church, one of the most beautiful churches we have seen in the city.

Arbat Street (Old Arbat)

On the Arbat pedestrian street in the historical center of Moscow, there are many shops, souvenir shops and restaurants. The street is about 1 km long and it is one of the oldest streets in the city.

It is the ideal place to buy souvenirs and have lunch.

How can you get here?

From Alexander Garden near the Kremlin, you can walk and you will arrive here in about 30 minutes.

Arbat street is between the Arbatskaya and Smolenskaya metro stations (Line 3).

Gorky Park

The park became world-famous with the Scorpions song “Wind of Change”.

The huge park is located on the banks of the Moskva River and it is one of the most popular spots for leisure in Moscow. There are plenty of cafes, terraces, free wireless internet, an outdoor cinema and in winter you can skate on the huge natural ice rink.

Oktyabrskaya (Line 6) and Park Kultury (Line 1) Metro Stations are a 10-minute walk away from the main entrance to the park.

Peter the Great Statue

From Gorky Park, we headed along the river to Peter the Great Statue.

The statue erected in honor of Peter the Great  is 98-metre high and it is positioned on the banks of the Moskva River. We had read so many different opinions about this huge statue, and we said we had to see it up close to decide whether we liked it or not.

Tsaritsyno Park and Palace

Tsaritsyno Park and Palace were built at the order of Catherine the Great.

The Tsaritsyno Museum includes the palace complex and the park and it is one of the largest museums in Moscow.

The palace complex consists of the Great, Medium and Small Palaces, the Bread House, cavalry buildings, orangery buildings, a waterfall, a few gates and bridges, and a park.

The park is located in a quiet area and it is the perfect place to spend your free time

Activities you can enjoy in the park include electric car tours (April-October), cruise on the lake, music show and lights at the light musical fountain (summer between 9 AM and 11 PM) or jogging.

Entrance tickets:

  • Grand Palace and Bread House: 400 Rubles;
  • Combined ticket: Grand Palace and Bread House, Orangery complex (three orangeries), Middle Palace (Opera House), Third Cavalry Building, Small Palace: 890 Rubles.

Opening times:

  • Monday: closed;
  • Saturday: 10 AM – 8 PM;
  • Sunday: 10 AM – 7 PM;
  • Tuesday-Friday: 10 AM – 6 PM;
  • Park schedule: 6 AM – 12 AM (24:00)

How can you get here?

The palace is located in the south of Moscow and the simplest way to get here is by metro: Line 2 – Tsaritsyno Station.

Skyscrapers in Moscow

The skyscraper district of Moscow is called Moscow City or Moscow International Business Center (MIBC) and it is 4 km away from the Red Square.

There are apartments, hotels, spas, fitness rooms, restaurants, offices and a shopping center (Afimall City Shopping Center and Concert Hall).

How can you get here?

The closest subway stations are (depending on what you want to visit): Vystavochnaya (Line 4), Delovoy Tsentr (Line 8) and Mezhdunarodnaya (Line 5).

What can you visit here?

Afimall City Shopping Center

It is a very large shopping center, and it has 400 shops and 50 restaurants and cafes.

Opening times:

  • The mall is open daily between 10 AM and 10 PM.

Federation Tower and the 360-degree observation deck

Federation Tower is a complex consisting of 2 towers (East Tower and West Tower). East Tower is the second tallest building in Europe.

On the 89th floor in this building, there is a restaurant, a souvenir shop and the highest viewing platform in Europe with a 360-degree panoramic view where you will have the whole city at your feet.

The entrance to the observation platform is on the 2nd floor of the Afimall City shopping center.

If you want to enjoy the spectacular scenery while dining, you can try the Sixty restaurant on the 62nd floor.

Entrance tickets:

The ticket costs 1000 Rubles/children (6-14 years) and 1200 Rubles/adult (if you book online, you save 10%).

Opening times:

  • Monday-Thursday: 10 AM – 10 PM;
  • Friday – Sunday: 10 AM – 11 PM;

Imperial Tower

On the 56th floor of the Imperia Tower, there is an observation deck and the Moscow City Museum, where you can find details on how the skyscrapers in Moscow were built.

Entrance tickets:

Tickets cost 540 Rubles/adult and 400 Rubles/child.

Opening times:

  • Tuesday to Sunday: 10 AM and 10 PM;
  • Monday: 4 PM and 10 PM.

OKO Towers

On the roof of the building, at the height of 354 meters, it is located the highest open observation deck in Europe.

Entrance tickets:

Tickets cost 1500 rubles/adult and 750 rubles/child (7-14 years). Children under 7 years are not allowed.

Opening times:

Daily between 12 PM and 11 PM.

Moskvarium (Oceanarium)

At the Oceanarium in Moscow, you can admire a piece of the captivating underwater world. Besides a lot of types of fish, starfish, rays or sharks, here you will have the opportunity to see some of the most fascinating animals: dolphins and 2 species of whales (beluga and Killer whale).

Entrance tickets:

  • Monday – Thursday: 900 Rubles/adult and 600 Rubles/child (3-12 years).
  • Friday – Sunday: 1000 Rubles/adult and 800 Rubles/child (3-12 years).

Opening times:

Daily between 10 AM and 10 PM.

How can you get here?

You will get here very easily by metro: VDNKh Station (Line 6).

Ostankinskaya TV tower

Ostankino Tower (540 m) is the 11th tallest building in the world and the tallest in Europe. The television and radio tower has 2 platforms that can be visited by tourists: a glass closed platform and an open platform that can be visited from April to October.

You can dine at the restaurant located in the tower at a height of 334 meters, the restaurant rotates every 40 minutes, so you will have a 360-degree panoramic view of the city.

Entrance tickets:

  • During the week:
  • Adult: 1000 Rubles (600 Rubles between 10 AM – 11 AM)
  • Children/students: 500 Rubles (300 Rubles between 10 AM – 11 AM)
  • At the weekend:
  • Adult: 1400 Rubles
  • Children/students: 900 Rubles;
  • Ticket for both observation platforms: 1500 Rubles.
  • Children under 7 years are not allowed.

Opening times:

Daily between 10 AM and 10 PM.

How do you get here?

  • The nearest metro station is VDNKh station (Line 6), which is a 25-minute walk from the tower.
  • If you don’t want to walk, you can take or taxi – we have often used Uber in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
  • If you take the tourist bus, it has a station near the tower (Orange Line).

Novospassky Monastery

The main church in the complex is built in the traditional Russian style and has blue domes. We liked the fact that it is a very quiet place and not crowded at all.

The church can be visited daily between 8 AM and 8 PM and admission is free. Here is the crypt of the Romavov family.

You can reach the cathedral by metro – Proletarskaya station (Line 7).

The Moscow Sightseeing Bus

The most convenient and fastest way to discover Moscow is by metro, but as in one of the 7 days we spent in the city it was raining hard, we decided to see the city from a tour bus.

The hotel we stayed in, was a few minutes’walk away from Red Square, and we took the bus from the station near the square because we had seen in the previous days that it has a station next to the Red Square.

We purchased the tickets online and printed the voucher. The disadvantage is that there are no tickets available for one day, but only for 48 or 72 hours.

The bus runs between 10 AM and 6 PM and has 48 stations. If you want to take a cruise on the Moskva River, you can opt for a combined ticket. The cruise lasts one hour and it is available from May to October.

The bus has stations next to most of the touristic objectives and you can get off where you want and continue your tour later with one of the next buses (the buses pass through each station every  20-30 minutes).

We arrived by bus in some areas of the city we had not visited yet, such as the Moscow State University, which is located on the Sparrow hills, from here you have a fabulous view of the city.

Moscow is a very big city and quite crowded, so it will be difficult to visit all the attractions on the 3 routes in 2 days, we only got off the bus at the stations that were further away from the city or where it was harder to get by subway. The experience was pleasant, but we stayed on the bus more than we visited, anyway, we had already visited almost everything we had planned, but if you spend less time in Moscow, we recommend you choose the subway.

A guided tour (walking tour) is included in the ticket price, which we recommend you do not miss because you have the chance to find out very interesting things about the history of Russia. The guided tour starts daily at 10:45 AM from the Kitay-Gorod Metro Station – lines 6 and 7 (near the monument of Saints Cyril and Methodius).

Opening times:

  • Daily between 10 AM and 6 PM.
  • The cruise lasts one hour and is available from May to October at 11:30 AM and 6:30 PM

How much do the tickets cost?

  • 48 hours ticket for the bus + Walking tour: 36.25 Euro/adult and 30.45 Euro/child.
  • 48 hours ticket for the bus + Walking tour + Cruise: 47.84 Euro/adult and 37.7 Euro/child.
  • 72 hours ticket for the bus + Walking tour: 40.59 Euro/adult and 34.8 Euro/child.
  • You can book only the cruise separately for 17.4 euros/adult and 13.78 euros/child.

Izmailovo Kremlin

The word Kremlin means fortress and there are more Kremlins in Moscow. The Izmailovo Kremlin has spectacular architecture and it is one of the most fascinating places in the city.

Admission to the park is free, but you will have to pay for the activities you undertake here.

More details about the activities and events that take place here are available in several languages on their website. You can also read on the website about the Izmailovo Kremlin museums and their timetables (Museum of Bread, Museum of Chocolate, Museum of Russian Toys, Museum of the History of Vodka, Museum of the History of the Founding of the Russian Navy).

The complex is open daily between 8 AM and 9 PM.

You can get here by metro – line 3 to Izmaylovskaya or Partizanskaya stations.

Where to stay?

If you are visiting Moscow, we recommend staying in the city center, as many of the city’s tourist attractions are near Red Square.

We stayed a 10-minute walk from the Red Square and started and ended each day with a walk through the square.

If you are not staying in the city center, it is advisable to stay close to a metro station.

After a week in the fascinating Moscow, we headed to the charming city of St. Petersburg. You can read about the attractions in St. Petersburg here, and in this article you will find details that will help you organize your vacation in Russia.

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