In this post, I will detail some essential apps for Moscow. Since moving to Moscow, the following apps have been a permanent fixture on my phone and range from ‘very useful’ to ‘indispensable’. This is by no means a definitive list and if anyone finds or uses an app that makes Moscow a more accessible city, or us more informed of what Moscow has to offer, please post a comment.
I cannot live without this taxi ordering application. You do not have to speak Russian as everything is done automatically via your phone and the car comes to you via your wifi signal. The second reason why I prefer this app, is on the one or two occasions I have needed to contact the help desk, they offer an English speaking person and the issue has been dealt with quickly and professionally. The Yandex Taxi application does not offer this functionality.
You can get the app at their site, or via the Google Play and iTunes stores: http://gett.com/ru/
This app is excellent – this is all you will need to navigate around the wonderful Moscow metro. This app helps create optimal routes for travelling by metro. The program tells how long the journey will take, advises you of any station closures and gives several options for travel. The app is currently available for five cities, including Moscow and St. Petersburg. It is available in both Russian and English.
You can get the app at their site, or via the Google Play and iTunes stores: https://metro.yandex.ru/moscow
Yandex is a Russian based search engine and currently has a 60% market share so is the most supported provider in the region. This app contains a map of the entire world, but it is most detailed and precise in Russian cities. You can download the city map and use it in offline mode to navigate the city. The application also helps build routes around the city, taking into account traffic jams, and helps you find any organization, from office buildings to Starbucks. You may have noticed many taxi drivers using the app, as it also shows the location of fixed speed cameras! Yandex Maps also offers information on bus routes and connections which are very accurate.
You can get the app at their site, or via the Google Play and iTunes stores: https://maps.yandex.com/
This is a useful app that it is offered in English, which removes some of the stress of catching buses. I like the fact that it offers options for different travel routes and shows a number of choices for the bus number you can take. However, this can sometimes be a little too much and for this reason some people prefer the transport options offered by Yandex Maps. At the time of writing this app is only available for iOS and not Android. Despite these small issues, I find this app to be a great way to ease myself onto the Moscow bus network with confidence.
Download it from the iTunes store: https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/rusavtobus/id693820987?l=en&ls=1&mt=8