Budget Travel Ideas in Moscow

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Moscow is Russia's capital and largest city with a population of around 10.5 million people. Moscow is the 7th largest city in the entire world, giving it many characteristics most other cities don't have - art and politics, musicians and writers, circuses and skyscrapers, most anything you can find in the world, you will find all together in Moscow. However, Moscow is voted one of the most expensive cities in the world so keep that in mind while planning.

How to Get There

If you are interested in traveling to Moscow, you probably know that, due to it's distance from the Americas, it is not as cheap as flying from a European country. Some airlines have excellent deals, but you're best to try some of the multi-airline search engines. These sites generally compare prices of airlines and give you the best price. Worth noting is that traveling during the week instead of the weekend and departing from larger cities will get you much cheaper ticket prices.

What to Do

Taking the metro of Moscow is probably the cheapest mode of transportation. It is best to tour around the city on foot, but it is too large to walk to everything you might want to see. The cheapest way to travel around the city, if you plan on using the metro often, is to get a multi-trip RFID card. Luckily, once you get there, most of the interesting sites and architecture are buildings you pass, so there isn't an entrance fee. The Red Square, the Lenin Mausoleum, St. Basil Cathedral, New Arbat Street, and many more are attractions popular to tourists that you don't have to pay a dime to visit. Numerous parks and cathedrals are all around and often more beautiful than what you would pay to see in a museum. A fair forewarning is that many locals are not fond of tourists that don't speak Russian. Read in detail about where you are going before you go.

Where to Stay

Many hostels are available in Moscow and are usually the cheapest accommodation you will find. In the "old town" of Moscow sits the Comrade Hostel, with beds starting around $23 per night. The highest rated hostel on hostelworld.com is the HM Hostel Moscow and rooms start at only $25 per person per night. This hostel is also centrally located and only a 3 minute walk to the metro station, which will take you anywhere you need to go.

July 29, 2009 new by kileybugher

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