Car Rental in Moscow
Where to rent a car in Moscow
The two main international airports in Moscow both offer car rental services, so you can immediately collect your vehicle upon arrival in the city. Moscow Domodedovo Airport is home to a few international providers including Sixt and Avis along with other local companies. You’ll find all of the car rental counters situated within the international terminal on the first floor. If you are arriving at Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport you will also find plenty of leading car rental companies including Hertz, Avis, Sixt and Europcar. Offices are located in Terminal D on the first floor within the South Complex of the airport. Plenty of companies can be found within central Moscow also if you don’t need to collect your vehicle immediately - this includes both international companies and local providers.
Driving in Moscow
It is difficult to traverse the streets of central Moscow as the streets are almost always congested and often in poor condition due to limited local maintenance work. The driving etiquette of local drivers also leaves a lot to be desired, so expect to be honked at and cut off frequently. You should avoid the city center during the morning and evening rush hours at all costs or you will end up stuck in a traffic jam for hours. Some lanes in the city are reserved for buses only - cameras watch these lanes closely and will dish out fines for any vehicles caught within them.
Parking in Moscow
It will be almost impossible to find parking within central Moscow, but you will find plenty of parking around the outskirts. If you do manage to find parking in the center it will cost you up to 5 AED per hour but prices can be as cheap as 2 AED an hour outside of Moscow. To pay for parking you can visit a ticketing machine or pay through your phone (app or SMS) if you have a Russian SIM card, while there are also more than 75 open parking lots across the city available. A much more convenient idea is to take advantage of the extensive park-and-ride facilities available on the outskirts of the city which are free of charge if you use the metro system to go in and out of the city. Also, check with your hotel to see if they provide parking.
Where to go around Moscow
You will, of course, want to check out the incredible places around Red Square, the heart of Moscow and its most popular tourist area, but there are plenty more fascinating things to do across the city and beyond. Head to the Sparrow Hills, the highest peak in the city, for incredible views of Moscow and visit the stunning fortified monastery of Novospassky just south of the center which is more than 500 years old. From Moscow you are within easy driving distance of the popular cities and towns of the Golden Ring such as Sergiev Posad, which is less than 2 hours north, or the ancient town of Rostov Veliky which is a 3 hour and 30 minute drive.
* This information is correct as of December 2018