Transport in Russia
Russia is a vast country with enormous distances, but even if it is your first visit to Russia, it is not difficult to get to a destination on your own. The main thing is to plan your route, like during a journey to any unfamiliar places.
Usually staff will send detailed instructions on how to get to the university. It is easy to find your way around in Russian cities with mobile maps that work without Internet access (OsmAnd, Mobile Yandex maps, 2 GIS and others). Don't forget to download them before your journey.
From the Airport to the City
You can get from the airport to the city using various forms of transport. Most often these are regular buses, fixed-route or private taxis, and suburban trains. Express trains operate in some major cities from airport terminals.
You can get from Moscow airports to the city for 50-150 roubles (1-2$) and by fixed-route taxi for 70-150 roubles (1-2$). Prices are even lower in other Russian cities. For example, the Plus Metro rate (1 journey by train + 1 journey by metro), Airport-to-Airport (2 journeys by aeroexpress + 1 journey by public road transport) and other Aeroexpress tariffs are available from Moscow airports.
High-speed trains take passengers to the city centre. They are fast, comfortable, frequent (every 30 min.), they have more luggage space, and different tariffs are available online.
For example, the Plus Metro rate (1 journey by train + 1 journey by metro), Airport-to-Airport (2 journeys by aeroexpress + 1 journey by public road transport) and other Aeroexpress tariffs are available from Moscow airports.
It's relatively easy to find ticket offices for express trains by following special signs at the airport. You can also buy tickets at the airport, but it is cheaper to purchase online.
1 journey on the Moscow express costs 500 roubles (8$).
Tickets are cheaper in other cities. For instance, a high-speed train from Koltsovo Airport will take you to Yekaterinburg for 60 roubles (1$).
High-speed trains also operate from the airports of Vladivostok and Sochi.
Some Russian universities offer international students free airport transfer. To learn the details, please get in touch with university representatives and request accurate information. In some cases, you are requested to submit an application on the university website prior to your arrival.
In Russian cities and towns you can get around by metro, bus, tram, trolleybus, and private fixed-route taxi.
There are underground systems in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Kazan, Yekaterinburg, and Volgograd.
The larger the city, the higher the fare. In Moscow one journey will cost you 55 roubles*, in St. Petersburg 45 roubles*, in Yekaterinburg just 32 roubles.* A journey by public road transport (bus, trolleybus, tram) will cost you 55 roubles* in Moscow, 40 roubles* in St. Petersburg, 25 roubles* in Kazan, and 21 roubles* in Tomsk.
Students on full-time courses at Russian universities can purchase tickets on public transport at discounted prices. Passengers pay cash in fixed-route taxis and no discounts are offered.
Before you receive your travel card, you can still save on regular travel cards using various tariffs. It is not worth buying tickets for 1 or 2 journeys. A travel card for several journeys (5 or more) will work out cheaper: the more journeys you purchase, the cheaper they become. In Moscow, you can also buy a travel card at the "90-minute" rate, which allows you to make as many journeys as you like within an hour and a half, using both the underground and/or public road transport. Similar tariffs apply in other Russian cities as well.
Tickets on public road transport can be bought from the driver, but they will be much more expensive than from ticket offices or special kiosks.
Traveling around Russia
Intercity travel is possible by coach, train, boat and plane. Discounts are also available for local trains (within one federal district): a 50% discount is available between September 1 and June 15. To apply this discount when purchasing a ticket or travel card, present your student card (student social card, depending on the region).