How To Get Around Moscow, If Not By Metro

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Similar to European cities, Moscow in recent years is trying hard to promote public transportion and transfer people from their cars to buses, trams and subways.

Wi-fi in the subway and at bus stations, increasing the number of land transport routes, insertion of some new, supposedly comfortable tariffs and such… all this is surely very cool and commendable, but let’s be honest: even in Moscow, with it’s infernal traffic, gigantic destinations and extremely high-priced gasoline–the metro is not always the most rational choice.

Not to mention the fact that it also sleeps at night unlike the capital, and represents a very dubious pleasure during peak hours and in the absence of a portable personal space.


So, Moskvaer offers some of the more economical options as a means of getting around the city for those who do not tolerate public transportion much.


Anytime is the app for carsharing, which means short-term car rental with per-minute or hourly payment. You can rent a car anywhere in the city within the MKAD frame, as well as leave it after use. On the map you will find all the vacant cars available for rental so you can pick the closest one. The car will be reserved for 20 minutes for free, and if you don’t cancel it, after 20 mins your rental time will begin.

The Minimum price is 6 rubles per minute of travel, 1.5 rubles per minute of daytime parking, 0.5 rubles per minute of overnight parking. The price varies depending on your chosen vehicle. For 6 rubles per minute (from Friday to Sunday–7 rubles), you can rent a Hyundai Solaris, Chevrolet Cruze, VW Polo. For 8 rubles (from Friday to Sunday–10)–a BMW 116i is at your disposal.

Please note that before booking a car, you need to fund your account in the application with at least 500 rubles as a deposit.

There are no additional costs like taxes, insurance and others. In fact, according to our calculations (however, the editorial boardmembers of Moskvaer don’t claim to be accountants), it turns out to be cheaper than a taxi.

The cons–the car can be picked up and left only within the MKAD and only at a location with free parking.

Select the “complete rent” option on the application and step out of the car. Then select the “lock doors” option on the application and the car rental is completed.

Advice: When you finish the trip, make sure that the system “locked” the car and disassociated it from your account. If the vehicle in the application is still “unlocked”, despite you having already completed the trip, call technical support in order to avoid additional charges to your account. Support is available 24/7.

GetTaxi, tariff Economy+

getI’m sure you all know how to use the GetTaxi application, which was the biggest competitor of YandexTaxi before Uber came to Moscow.

I do not want to describe the primitive directions in detail, so let me get directly to the point. GetTaxi has a new tariff Economy+, which, according to a company statement, is the cheapest among its competitors. Given the constant damping on the taxi market, I suspect that it will not stay the cheapest for long. But still, trips for long distances turn out to be cheaper with Economy+ by Get (Economy+, guys, not Comfort!) than, for instance, with Uber.

With Eocnomy+ you pay 149 rubles for the first 10 minutes and then 11 rubles per each additional minute of the trip, without any extra charge per kilometer.

Thus, with relatively no traffic jams you can get from the metro’s southernmost station to its northernmost station for about 500 rubles, whereas Uber is still cheaper for short-distanced trips.

Advice: If the app says “Unfortunately there are no Economy+ class cars available now”, close the app and reload it in five minutes.

Uber, Split Fare 

This is really weird, but I still meet people in Moscow who don’t have the Uber app even though they use taxis periodically. I want to address all those people officially: “Guys, download the Uber app for your own good and in the name of common sense.” It actually saves you money (the cash that is usually unsparingly burned by YandexTaxi, for instance) and your time, which is also money.

Again I don’t want to retell the instructions for use – it is hard to get lost there.

Advice: If someone didn’t know yet there is the “Split Fare” option in the app, so if you have someone who’s going the same way, you can share a ride. Don’t hesitate to offer a split fare, it’s very European (which means, fashionable).

Old-school taxi “catch by hand”

Yes, yes, yes. I know what you are thinking – I was thinking the same shit when my French fellow was happily telling me that this method still works. To be frank, I thought that all these ‘bombilas’ were finished long ago… but it seems like I was wrong.

Moreover, when I recently checked this option, I unexpectedly discovered that despite the diversity of public transport and civil taxi services, in some special cases, ‘bombilas’ seem to be the most optimal option.

Example: I’m late, and need to get the subway ASAP. It might take 10 minutes by foot and 15 minutes if wearing heels. There is no time to wait for the bus or for an Uber car, so I just raise a hand and a random car appears immediately. I got to the subway in 1.5 minutes and it only cost me 50 rubles (the price of a bus ticket). Profit!

Advice: Do not succumb to prejudices, think of your options, care for your time, money and nerves.

Wishing you the best on the open roads!

About Yana141 Articles
Journalist by education, barstool philosopher by heart. Moskvaer. Rebel. Frustrated hedonist.

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