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Walking in the Kremlin

by Olga on February 13, 2016

Ursula: My walking capability is approx. one mile. Would that be enough to walk inside of the Kremlin? Thank you

Ursula, the main Kremlin itinerary I suppose is not less than 1 mile (approx. 1 mile). Moreover there will be a possibility to take a sit in the Assumption cathedral. What seems to me even more important it is the organization of the entrance and purchasing the tickets before the tour, that require time and effort.  So, somebody should assist you. All the tourists enter the Kremlin by a staircase. On special occasions it is possible to escape it, if to contact the stuff. In this case you will enter from above.

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From Domodedovo to the Kremlin by aeroexpress

by Olga on January 28, 2016

Question from Michelle:

Olga, if you would be kind to answer my question, I will be arriving via Domedovo  (Moscow ) airport heading towards Kremlin and Im planning to take the aeroroport express train. Please guide me how.

1. Take the aeroexpress from Domodedovo airport to Paveletsky railway terminal. domodedovo aeroexpress

2. When you arrive to Moscow almost all the people from aeroexpress will go in the same direction – to the metro, just follow them. The entrance to the metro station Paveletskaya (radial, green line) is located in the train terminal.

metro Paveletskaya

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            John: I need to get to Northern River Boat Station Leningradsky Prospekt, Khimki . What is the  travel time difference if I come into  Domodedovo International Airport or into Sheremetyevo International Airport ?

           Sheremetyevo is preferable. By taxi it will take not more than 30-40 min. There are dispatchers at the airport. Negotiate a fixed fare before you board the taxi. Besides, you can take a bus #851 (or minibus #949) to the Metro station Rechnoy vokzal. How to get from the metro to Boat Station is described here:

http://askmoscow.com/2014/05/how-to-get-from-rechnoy-vokzal-to-the-city-center/

 

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Observation platforms in Moscow

by Olga on June 9, 2015

I was asked by Judith:

      Olga, I have searched online about the observation platform and Vorobyovy Gory and      I  am quite confused . Are these two the same one, the one near MSU? And may I know will there be any entry fee? Which one of two will you recommend if they are different?
Thanks a lot.
P.S. Your information provided are really really useful, especially the one about Kremlin^.^

Hi, Judith.
Yes, the observation platform near MSU and that one on Vorobyovy Gory are the same place.
http://askmoscow.com/2010/12/viewpoint-1/ Here I gave an instruction how to get there:
http://askmoscow.com/2013/02/from-the-metro-to-the-observation-platform/ There is no any entry fee! Recently there was opened a new Moscow viewing desk at the top of Central Children’s store “Detsky mir” on Lubyanka square: http://opposto.livejournal.com/357751.html No entry fee as well! Thanks for your P.S. 🙂

 

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This post will explain you how to get from the Moscow Kremlin to the Kievsky terminal or precisely to Vnukovo (VKO) aeroexpress terminal.

Let us start from the Russian state library. We have seen the Kremlin museums, from the central part of Alexander gardens entered the underpass, passed it to the end and once outside looked at F. Dostoevsky monument on the left. Now, please, follow my arrows.

We need to enter  the metro station Arbatskaya.
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I was asked by Sophie:

Olga, the Viking cruise will be docked at the Moscow Northern River Boat Station, Leningradsky Prospekt, Khimki. Do you know how long will it take to get to the Armory if we take the subway? We heard there is a subway, but not sure where it is.  Will appreciate any help you can give us.

 

It will take you about 20 minutes walk from the pier to the metro station Rechnoy vokzal and 25 minutes by the green metro line to the station Teatralnaya, which is located in the city centre.

 

Your route from the river boat terminal to the metro station Rechnoy vokzal:

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From the Metro to the observation platform

by Olga on February 13, 2013

I’ve got a question:

Olga, can you tell me how to walk from the Metro station to the observation platform?

It’s my pleasure to answer:

1. I recommend to leave subway station “Universitet” by escalator, which is close to the last carriage if you come from the city center.
2. Outside look around. You will find at some distance a spire of the main MSU building. It will help you to orient yourself.
3. Cross the road and go to the left along Lomonosovsky prospect as if to the main building (you can see the spire).
4. Turn right at the first crossing. Very soon the main building will be on your left, go forward, pass the building and  turn left.
5. Now you are at the opposite side of the main MSU building. Turn right and keep going in this direction up to the observation platform. If you pass the fountain (does not work in winter :)), you are on the right way.

MSU observation platform

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Travellers with backpacks

by Olga on February 9, 2013

I’ve  got a question:

I am planning a trip to Moscow, for my wife and I, soon. We want to visit  Kremlin in the morning and then go to Red Square for the afternoon and evening.  We each carry a small backpack with us.
Will we be required to leave them before entering the Kremlin?
If so, can I bring the backpacks to Red Squre after my visit to the Kremlin?
Is there direct access to Red Square from the Kremlin grounds?

– You are right, to visit the Kremlin you need to leave your backpacks at a checkroom. Ask where buying tickets. As for Red square, you can take them with you.
– There is no entrance to Red square from the Kremlin. Go along the Kremlin wall and make a turn to the right when you leave the Alexander garden.

Best wishes and have a nice trip!

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Again airport

by Olga on February 19, 2012

I’ve got a question:

– Olga, we are flying into Moscow airport Domodedovo (DME) and flying out of it in a few weeks. I need to transfer from Lufthansa to S7 coming from Germany and flying Kyrgyzstan. These are two different tickets, so how do I transfer the luggage. Do I need to enter Russia in order to do this? Do I need a transit visa or can I make the transfer of my luggage from Lufthansa to S7 without enter Russia? Any explanation would be appreciated.

– I recommend you to check the airport info here.

The baggage is processed without your involvement if it was checked through to the final destination at the departure airport.
So, show your second ticket (to Kyrgyzstan) at the registration desk in Frankfurt!
If not, you will pick-up your luggage to go through customs control at Domodedovo.
As for visa, you do not need a transit visa since you will be arriving and leaving again within several hours and not going to leave the airport transit area.

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Again airports

by Olga on December 12, 2010

I  got a question:

Is it possible to take a taxi to the northern most Metro Sta. (Rechnoy Vakzal), then use the metro to get to Domedyedevo. (Heard rumors that the line was being extended that far to the south.)

Actually, I would not recommend anybody who does not speak Russian to take a taxi service at Moscow airports for safety reasons, besides it will be too expensive.

There is a possibility to use

the AeroExpress train which goes between the Sheremetyevo airport and Belorussky Railway Station (35 min, 300 rubles) http://www.svo.aero/en/aeroexpress/

than the metro (you need to be a communicative person to ask for help if there will be any problem with orientation)

than the AeroExpress train which goes between Paveletsky Station in Moscow (metro station there has the same name) and the Domodedovo airport (40-50 minutes, 300 rubles).

http://www.domodedovo.ru/en/main/getting/1/aero/1/

In my opinion the best way to escape this long trip around Moscow is to buy tickets which allow to change the plane in one airport. I would prefer Domodedovo.

NB: Domodedovskaya metro station of the dark green line is very far from airport! There you can take a regular city bus or marshrutka=minibus which run from this metro station to DME.

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