Moscow, the capital of Russia, will become the main host city of the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. Within the Confederations Cup matches in Moscow will be played at “Otkritie Arena” stadium (matches of the group round and the match for the third place). The FIFA World Cup will be hosted by two Moscow stadiums: Luzhniki and Otkritie Arena. Luzhniki will hold the tournament opening and closing ceremonies, as well as the final match.
Moscow is the most populous city in Europe. Over 15 million people live in the capital of Russia and in its suburbs. Moscow is the best city in Russia from the point of view of transport accessibility. In the city there are three airports (Vnukovo, Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo), and all of them are largest in Russia as to passenger traffic. Moscow can be reached by direct flight from almost any country of the world.
On arrival you can rent a car directly at the airport. For more detailed information visit the RentalCars website. One can reach the city from the airport by taxi, by bus, and also by high-speed aero-express — a comfortable electric train going from the city railway terminals. The Kiyevsky railway terminal electric train goes to the Vnukovo Airport, the Belorussky railway terminal train goes to Sheremetyevo, the Paveletsky railway terminal train — to Domodedovo.
In Moscow there are nine railway terminals. During the Confederations Cup and the World Cup the tournament guests can comfortably move between some host cities by railway transport. For example, it takes you four hours to get from Moscow to Saint Petersburg (trains go from the Leningradsky and Kursky railway terminals), you get to Nizhny Novgorod in 5 hours (from the Kursky railway terminal), and to Kazan, Saransk and Samara (from the Kazansky railway terminal) in 8-13 hours. And to the southern cluster cities (Rostov-on-Don and Sochi), the east cluster (Yekaterinburg), as well as to Volgograd and Kaliningrad guests can get by plane.
The main transport to move around Moscow is, of course, the metro. The Moscow Metro was opened in 1935. Since then, over 200 stations and 12 lines were built. The Moscow Metro is considered the largest in Europe according its length and passenger traffic.
Moscow land transport is also well developed. In the city there is an extensive network of bus, trolleybus and tram routes.
The Luzhniki stadium can be easily reached by taxi or metro. Near the stadium there are two metro stations “Sportivnaya” and “Luzhniki”. Another metro station “Vorobyovy Gory” is not too near but in some walking distance from the stadium. Guests can also get to Luzhniki by buses 15 and 5, and also by trolleybuses 79k, 28 and 31.
It is very easy to get to Otkritie Arena stadium by taxi and by metro. Just near the arena there are two metro stations: “Tushinskaya” and “Spartak”. Also, near the stadium about twenty bus stop. Their numbers are 2, 88, 210, 248, 266, 372, 400t, 409, 436, 450, 455, 460m, 464, 467, 540, 541, 542, 549, 568, 575, 614, 631, 640, 741, 741k, 777, 904, 904k, 930, 961, 964.
Moscow is a rather ancient city. Its first mention goes back to the 12th century. In spite of the fact that the city was repeatedly plundered, burned and reconstructed, a lot of historical buildings remain up to now. A few historical heritage sites are described below.
First of all, the ensemble of the Moscow Kremlin and the Red Square are worth looking at. The Kremlin is the most ancient fortress in the capital center, the main historical complex of the city and the Russian President residence.
Poklonnaya Gora and the Museum of the Great Patriotic War
In the South-West of the city there is the world's largest Museum of the Great Patriotic War.
The Bolshoi Theatre is one of the largest and most reputable opera and ballet theaters.
Moscow State University is one of the largest and most prestigious educational institutions in Russia and the world. Near the university there is an observation site with the excellent view of the capital center.
Additional Information on the City
The Moscow climate is moderate continental. In June and July it is usually moderately warm and dry in Moscow. Daily average temperature usually makes about 18-20 °C.
Moscow is a rather expensive city even under the universal standards. However, the financial crisis and the local currency devaluation significantly reduced the price of stay in Moscow for foreign citizens. For example, today the average check in most restaurants in Moscow makes up to 50 dollars.