Travelling to Moscow

Travelling by Plain

Moscow is the capital city of Russia. It has an extensive transit network, which consists of 5 airports, 9 railroad terminals, and the metro system. When you take a Moscow flight, you have at least 3 international airports to choose from. 

VNUKOVO Airport (Moscow Russia)
Vnukovo Airport (Moscow, Russia) is 30 km the center of Moscow and 80 km from the place of the event.
Domodedovo Airport (Moscow, Russia) is from 50 km the center of Moscow and 100 km from the place of the event.
Sheremetyevo being the most common entry point for foreign visitors. This airport handles over 60 percent of flights to Moscow. Sheremetyevo Airport (Moscow, Russia) is 30 km from the center of Moscow and 30 km from the place of the event.

Travelling by Car

If you happen to be traveling from one of the Baltic states, Finland or Sweden, then driving your own car to Russia may be a good option. There are many tourists traveling by car from these countries, as well as a steady flow of second-hand cars imported to Russia from Germany. All this means that the customs regulations are quite straightforward and the infrastructure on the road is good. However, this also means longer queues at some border crossing points.

If you decide to go through Belarus, you need to use custom point "Novyye Yurkovichi" only.


The shortest route from Poland to Russia avoiding Belarus (and thus transit visa hassle) is to travel through Kaunas (Lithuania), Riga (Latvia) entering Russia near Pskov.


The best is to enter Russia through the border with Latvia, Estonia or Finland, as all of them belong to same economic area (EU), which means less hassle.

If you are traveling from Finland, Nujimaa/Bruschnishnaya control point is usually quite fast, while Valimaa/Torfjanak usually has longer queues. The border between Latvia and Russia is usually not too busy, but it depends: sometimes you can get through the border in 20 minutes, sometimes you might have to wait 2 hours.

The petrol and diesel is easily available in Russia and there are generally 4 types on sale: 95 ("devyanosto pyaty" - that's what you use for most foreign cars - unleaded), 92 ("devyanosto vtoroi"), 80 or 76 (for old Russian cars), and diesel fuel. The 95 petrol is about 0.6 euro per liter, diesel is about 0.56 euro per liter, so it is about twice less than in Europe. There might sometimes be problems with the quality of the fuel, so it's better to use petrol stations that have some sort of brand name (BP, TNK, LukOIL are among the best ones).


To travel in Russia by car you need (according to the Russian authorities):
  • your personal passport with valid Russian visa, original;
  • your driving licence, original;
  • the registration document on your car (a document that proves you are the owner of the car with all the information about the owner and registration - called "techpassport" or auto-passport in Russian), original;
  • third-party insurance valid in Russia (can be purchased at petrol stations just before the border or if you want to save money and time at the local office or affilliate of a Russian insurance company (such as Ingosstrakh, Rosno, etc.), for example, in Latvia it can be bought at most Parex Bank branches).
None of these documents should be translated in Russian (except for your visa, insurance, and International driving permit that will be in Russian, anyway). Your visa does not need to have the information about your car, but it's recommended, so when you apply for your visa support, submit your car details as well.

Fire extingiusher and first-aid kit are mandatory.