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Enchanting Moscow is the capital of Russia and the biggest city in Europe. Moscow is known for its amazing architecture, fascinating history and rich artistic heritage. It’s also a great location for visiting nearby destinations by hire car, such as Krasnogorsk,Khimki,Podolsk and Zelenograd.
If you’re arriving via Sheremetyevo airport then it’s a 21-mile drive by rental car to Moscow. Bear in mind that the fastest route, via the M11, has tolls. En route you could stop off at the scenic banks of the Moscow Canal, which feeds into the Volga river.
Finding a hire car in Moscow is simple. You can rent a car from a range of providers at both Sheremetyevo airport and within the city itself. Parking in Moscow is limited and rules can be confusing, so it may be best to find a hotel that offers parking to guests. Moscow has a variety of hotels to suit a range of budgets, including Azimut Hotel Olympic Moscow, Mercure Arbat Moscow and Golden Apple Boutique Hotel.
Hertz is one main car hire provider in Moscow. Hertz offers free cancellation, unlimited mileage and insurance included.
There’s much to see and do by hire car in Moscow. The Kremlin, a medieval fortified area of the city that’s now the Russian seat of government, is a must-see. Highlights include Red Square, the rainbow towers of Saint Basil's Cathedral, the Grand Kremlin Palace, the Kremlin Wall and the Kremlin towers. Other highlights to see by rental car in Moscow include the Bolshoi Theatre, the Gulag History Museum, the Bunker-42 Cold War Museum, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Moscow State University, Tretyakov Gallery, the Kremlin Armoury, Lenin’s Mausoleum, Gorky Park and the Moskva river.
The Losiny Ostrov National Park is a seven-mile drive from Moscow. Losiny Ostrov (which means ‘elk island’) is one of the major national parks of Russia and is 28,717 acres of forestland. The park includes a moose biological station where you can get close to moose cubs.
Krasnogorsk, a 14-mile drive from Moscow, is a city on the Moskva river. Highlights include the Sneg All Season Ski Complex, a striking building that offers indoor skiing, the Memorial Museum of the German Anti-Fascists, Znamenskiy Temple, Church of the Holy Martyr Elizabeth, Nicholas Church, Chapel in the Cathedral of the Sign and Crocus City Oceanarium. Vegas City Hall is a concert hall featuring world-famous circus acts, chamber music recitals and international performers.
Driving in Moscow can be hectic and congested. Drivers can sometimes break the rules, so perhaps aim to travel at quieter times. Bear in mind that most traffic signs will be in Russian so it is advisable to have GPRS or a good map. When you are driving in Russia, make sure you always carry your passport with you. You are also required by law to carry the following items, so make sure your rental car provider includes them: warning triangle, headlamp beam deflectors, first aid kit, fire extinguisher and spare bulbs. Russia is right-hand drive.
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