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Websites

www.moscow-city.ru - Features links to lots of other sites (culture, travel, what’s on, road atlas, trade fairs, etc.).

www.moscow.info - Very informative and practical tourism website.

Practical A to Z


Eating out

Prices are indicated in roubles, euros, dollars and YE, a “virtual” currency that is an amalgam of the Euro and Dollar rate. The currency is not always specified. Whatever the case, the bill is paid in roubles at a rate fixed by the management!


Embassies

British Embassy – Smolenskaya Naberezhnaya 10 - Moscow 121099 - t 495 956 7200 - http://ukinrussia.fco.gov.uk/en/

Embassy of Ireland – Grokholski Pereulok 5 - Moscow 129010 - t 495 937 5911 - http://www.embassyofireland.ru


Health

Health care

Evropeïski meditsinski tsentr – Spiridonievski per. - Maïakovskaïa or Pouchkinskaïa metro stations.

Amerikanski meditsinski tsentr – Grokholski per. - Prospekt Mira metro station.

Botkine Hospital – Botkinski proezd 2 – Begovaïa metro station line 7.

Emergencies

Fire brigade (Pojarnaïa okhrana) – t 01

Police (Militsiïa) – t 02

Ambulance (Skoraïa pomochtch) – t 03


Shopping

Traditional souvenirs (matryoshka dolls, lacquered boxes, chapkas, etc.) – Tourist areas.

Chapkas and good quality fur – From the specialised shops along Bolchaïa Dimitrovka.

Vodka and caviar (and other delicacies) – Elisseïev at 14 Tverskaïa and N°1 Gastronom on the ground-floor of GOUM.

Art – Open-air market on Gogol Boulevard or even better at the artists’ house on Krymski Val… in addition to a host of contemporary art galleries.

Transport


On foot

Be very careful when crossing the street, even if you have right of way. Motorists very rarely display the slightest courtesy to pedestrians. Use underground passages and footbridges whenever possible.


Metro

The metro is the most convenient and practical means of transport. Metro lines can be identified by their number, colour and name.


Buses and trams

Buses are few and far between and often packed. The tramlines are more off the beaten track. Tickets are however cheaper if you buy them ahead of time; they must be stamped when you board the vehicle. The price is the same whatever the distance.


River trips

Sightseeing boats go up and down the Moskova every day between Kiev Station and east of Novospasski Bridge.


Taxis

Two sorts of taxis exist: official taxis which generally carry a black and yellow sign; unofficial taxis, driven by anyone who wants to earn some extra cash and which are flagged down by standing at the roadside with your thumb up. Explain to the driver where you want to go and wait until he has told you how much it will cost before you get into the car.

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