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Useful Information for your Stay in Moscow

WHEN BEST TO GO

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The best time to visit to Moscow is during the summer months from May until late August, as the winter can be very cold.

However, those brave enough to try Moscow’s freezing weather will discover a beautiful, romantic snow-covered city.

LOCAL CUSTOMS

Generally, customs in Moscow are similar to that of other countries in Europe. Photography is usually not allowed inside many of the cultural sights of the capital, so check with officials beforehand. Locals are generally friendly and will help out if you’re struggling to read some of the Cyrillic street signs.

ATTIRE

Western-style dress is the norm throughout the city, while those visiting nightclubs and upscale restaurants should be prepared to dress smartly. Those hoping to visit clubs that operate the infamous ‘face-control’ policy must be prepared to dress to impress, with plenty of ‘bling’ on show and at least a few gorgeous-looking people in your party.

LANGUAGE

Russian

CURRENCY

Russian Ruble

EXCHANGE RATE

$1 = RUB 30.8; £1 = RUB 49.5; €1 = RUB 43.1

COUNTRY DIALLING CODE

+7

24 HOUR EMERGENCY CONTACT

Ambulance: 03; Fire services: 01; Police: 02

TIME ZONE

GMT +3
DST +4

POPULATION

11 million

RELIGIOUS DEMOGRAPHIC

Russian Orthodox Christianity is the predominant religion.

TYPICAL OPENING HOURS

Shops open from 9am to 6pm from Monday to Saturday. Some larger retailers open till 8pm, and many small shops are closed between 1pm and 3pm.

EMBASSY CONTACTS

US:

+7 495 728 5000

Bolshoy Deviatinsky Pereulok No. 8, Moscow 121099

 

UK:

+7 495 956 7200

Smlenskaya Naberezhnaya 10, Moscow 121099

 

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

  • January 1 – New Year
  • January 7 – Orthodox Christmas
  • March 8 – Women’s Day
  • May 1 – Labor Day
  • May 9 – Victory Day
  • June 12 – Independence Day
  • November 7 – Peace and Harmony Day (former October Revolution Day)
  • December 12 – Constitution Day